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Thu
04
Feb

Review of Studies Finds Cannabis May Not Be Linked To Cognitive Dysfunction In Seniors

Marijuana use among older adults may not have a major effect on cognitive function.

That is the takeaway of a new review published late last year in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. Reviewing a combination of both human and animal trials, the researchers examined the studies “to critically examine the extent of literature on this topic and highlight areas for future research” on the effect of cannabis exposure on older subjects.

Thu
04
Feb

Health Insurance for Medical Marijuana Is Now a Reality

Cannabis is legal in some form in 34 U.S. states, with five more pending legalization. Of those states, most have legalized all forms of cannabis for medicinal purposes, though a handful have only legalized CBD oil.

Despite increased legalization, there remains a major void in the medical cannabis market: health insurance. 

The reason major health insurance carriers won’t cover cannabis is they require their drug formulary approved by the FDA before it can be covered in their medical plans. With cannabis still classified as a Schedule I drug at the federal level, no such drug has been approved with exception of Epidiolex, an FDA-approved CBD-based epilepsy medication developed by GW Pharmaceuticals. 

Tue
02
Feb

Can CBD Protect You from the Flu?

There have been a number of studies surrounding immunity, the flu and how the body responds to infection. These studies have also looked at how CBD and other cannabinoids could impact that response. Could CBD help people to feel better more naturally and possibly not feel as sick when they get sick.

Cannabinoids Suppress the Production of Cytokines in the Body

Cytokines are interleukin tumor necrosis factor. These are the chemicals that affect you when you get sick with a virus. Cytokines create body aches, nausea, headache, loss of appetite, all of the symptoms that make you feel terrible.

Tue
02
Feb

Cannabis Does Not Harden the Arteries, Studies Say

Atherosclerosis, often referred to as a hardening of the arteries, is a major issue across the globe. According to at least one study, roughly half of individuals 40-54 years old have hardened arteries.  That is obviously a significant number and includes people that do not smoke and/or are of normal weight.

Tue
02
Feb

THC vs CBD: Differences and Benefits

Cannabis contains more than 100 cannabinoids. However, there are two that are the main and the most popular ones. These two cannabinoids differ in effects and legal status. We talk about THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol). Each one produces something different and contributes both to the sensation that marijuana produces and its therapeutic applications. Knowing both compounds allows you to better choose the variety when growing, as well as knowing what to look for according to whether you want something recreational or medicinal. The other components can also influence our body, but they are more difficult to isolate and we know less about their possible effects.

Tue
02
Feb

Meet the cannabis advocacy group partnering with one of Canada's leading HIV/AIDS centres

About a year ago, Christina Michael, the founder and CEO of Vancouver-based independent retailer Marigolds Cannabis, started making a plan to approach the Dr. Peter Centre about forming a partnership. 

Mon
01
Feb

5 Ways Medical Cannabis Can Help People With Diabetes

Type I diabetes can be an inherited disease. But Type 2 diabetes is a preventable chronic disease, with lifestyle changes including balanced nutrition and physical activity. In tandem with America’s growing obesity rate, the prevalence of diabetes diagnoses increases at an astounding rate.

Mon
01
Feb

8 Weed Strains that Will Help You Focus

Weed can be a great tool for clearing your mind and slowing down the world. This is why it's so good for people who like to smoke before studying. Though getting high before doing anything productive can be overwhelming and distracting for some, for others, cannabis is the first step before sitting in one spot for hours — all while giving the mind the tunnel vision needed to knock out daunting tasks.

Whether you're sitting down to do homework, cranking out a paper, or studying for your real estate licensing exam, there are hundreds of cannabis strains that may ease the process. Here is a quick list of eight to get you started.

Fri
29
Jan

Survey Finds Cannabis Beneficial For Many Parkinson’s Patients

A survey in Germany has found more than half of patients with Parkinson’s disease who use medical cannabis have self-reported beneficial clinical effects.

Analysis of more than 1,300 patient questionnaires revealed over 8% of patients with PD reported using cannabis products and 54% of those reported a beneficial clinical effect.

More than 40% of users reported it helped manage pain and muscle cramps, and more than 20% a reduction in stiffness, freezing, tremor, depression, anxiety and restless legs. According to the American Parkinson Disease Association, “freezing” involves sudden, short, transient episodes preventing initiating movement such as walking.

Fri
29
Jan

Study: Cannabis legalization leading to a decline in opioid prescriptions

A study set to publish in the journal, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, has found that legalizing cannabis has led to a “marked decline” in the volume of opioids prescribed across Canada.

Nearly 18,000 Canadians died from an opioid-related overdose from January 2016 to June 2020, according to the federal Public Health Infobase.

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