WASHINGTON, DC – The US Food and Drug Administration has approved two clinical trials to assess the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive plant cannabinoid, in the treatment of intractable pediatric epilepsy. The two approved trials will take place at New York Medical School and at the University of California at San Francisco, according to an online report in the […]
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) has announced its intent to establish a task force to better educate pharmacists to the management of cannabis therapy. “Medical marijuana has come to the forefront of patient care in many of the diseases that Specialty Pharmacists treat including Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, HIV and others,” the association stated […]
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LONDON – Studies have shown that marijuana not only helps fight the symptoms of treating cancer but also the disease itself. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, often gets the credit for battling cancer cells, but a new study shows that THC isn’t working alone. The study conducted at St. George’s University of London, led by Dr. Wai Liu, examined six […]
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The concomitant administration of various non-psychoactive plant cannabinoids demonstrates synergistic anti-cancer activity in human leukemia cells, according to preclinical trial data published online this week in the journal Anticancer Research. Investigators from Saint George’s, University of London assessed the anti-cancer potential of three non-psychoactive cannabinoids (cannabidiol, cannabigerol, and cannabigevarin) and their respective acids on two types of leukaemia cell […]
VANCOUVER, BC – Law enforcement-based efforts criminalizing the possession of illicit substances have largely failed to reduce drug production, potency, or access, according to an assessment of global drug interdiction efforts published online this week by the British Medical Journal. Investigators from Canada and the United States reviewed government data to assess the long-term, global impact of enforcement-based supply reduction intervention […]
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LONDON, UK — The administration of THC, the primary psychoactive component in cannabis, modulates emotional processing in healthy volunteers, according to placebo-controlled crossover trial data published online by the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. Investigators from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on 11 healthy male subjects. Following the administration of THC or placebo, […]
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Cannabis use is not a significant contributor to the global burden of disease, according to an epidemiological review published in The Lancet. An international team of researchers from Australia and the United States assessed the global prevalence of illicit drug use and quantified its adverse effects on health, as measured in years of life lived with […]
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HAIFA, ISRAEL – The consumption of cannabis is effective in treating symptoms associated with cancer and conventional anti-cancer therapies, such as nausea, weight loss, pain, and fatigue, according to observational study data published in the journal Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Israeli investigators surveyed the use of cannabis on various cancer-related symptoms in 131 patients over the course of […]
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The passage of medical cannabis laws is associated with a reduction in the public’s consumption of alcohol and with fewer incidences of alcohol-related traffic fatalities, according to data published in the Journal of Law and Economics. Investigators at Montana State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Colorado assessed data regarding both alcohol consumption and traffic […]