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Treatment of Crohn’s Disease with Cannabis

By | Crohn's Disease, Research Articles

Treatment of Crohn’s Disease with Cannabis: an Observational StudyIn 2011, researchers in Israel published the first study evaluating the effect of cannabis on patients with Crohn’s disease. All patients stated that consuming cannabis had a positive effect, ameliorating disease activity and reducing the need for other conventional medications. The researchers hypothesized that the observed beneficial effect in this study may be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, but additional effects of cannabinoids may also play a role. Read More

Cannabinoid–Opioid Interaction in Chronic Pain

By | Chronic Pain, Opioids, Research Articles

Cannabinoid Opioid Interaction in Chronic PainIn 2011, Nature Publishing Group released an article by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, who undertook a study of twenty-one individuals with chronic pain to delineate the synergistic effects of cannabinoids and opioids. The study concluded that vaporized cannabis augments the analgesic effects of opioids without significantly altering plasma opioid levels. The combination may allow for opioid treatment at lower doses with fewer side effects. Read More

Endocannabinoid Signaling in Autism

By | Autism, Endocannabinoid System, Research Articles

Endocannabinoid Signaling in AutismIn July 2015, Neurotherapeutics published an article about Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), presenting a modern view of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system, and alterations of its main components in human patients and animal models relevant to ASD. Our understanding of eCB signaling in autism is still in its infancy compared with other disorders of the central nervous system or of peripheral tissues, where eCB-based therapies have already reached preclinical and clinical phases. However, research in this field is rapidly evolving, and novel drugs able to hit specifically a distinct element of the eCB system are being developed at a surprising speed. Read More

Cannabidiol Induces Programmed Cell Death in Breast Cancer Cells

By | Breast Cancer, CBD, Research Articles

Cannabidiol Induces Programmed Cell Death in Breast Cancer CellsA study by researchers at Harvard Medical School was published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics in 2011 characterizing the mechanism underlying the antitumoral properties of cannabidiol (CBD). This study showed that CBD induced both apoptosis and autophagy-induced death in breast cancer cells and inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cell lines. These data enhance the desirability of CBD as an anticancer agent, because they suggest that CBD preferentially kills breast cancer cells, while minimizing damage to normal breast tissue.
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Cannabidiol Inhibits Human Glioma Cell Migration

By | Brain Health, Cancer, CBD, Research Articles

CaCannabidiol Inhibits Human Glioma Cell MigrationIn 2005, the British Journal of Pharmacology published a study evaluating the ability of cannabidiol (CBD) to impair the migration of tumor cells and thus act as a potential antitumoral compound. The results of the study reinforce the evidence of antitumoral properties of CBD, demonstrating its ability to limit tumor invasion, although the mechanism of its pharmacological effects remains to be clarified. This antimigratory property, together with the known antiproliferative and apoptotic features of CBD, strengthen the evidence for its use as a potential antitumoral agent.
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Cannabis and Pain Medication

By | Chronic Pain, Opioids, Pain, Research Articles

Cannabis and Pain MedicationManagement of chronic pain is one of the most common reasons given by individuals seeking medical cannabis. However, very little information exists about the concurrent use of cannabis and prescription pain medication (PPM). This study fills this gap in knowledge by systematically comparing medical cannabis users who use or do not use PPM, with an emphasis on Read More

Synthetic and Natural Cannabinoids: the Cardiovascular Risk

By | Cardiovascular, Heart Health, Research Articles, THC

Synthetic and Natural Cannabinoids: the Cardiovascular RiskFrom The British Journal of Cardiology, this 2015 editorial, by neurologist and cannabis research pioneer Dr. Ethan Russo, explores the cardiovascular risks associated with cannabis, suggesting that ultra-low THC and therapeutic phytocannabinoid dosing are cardio protective, while high doses of THC and high levels of stimulation of the CB1 receptor pose cardiovascular risks. Read More