A Not-So-Proud Memory

During Pride Month, we owe it to history to recall an embarrassing, tragic twist in the relationship between AIDS activism and the medical marijuana movement.

How the Aids Epidemic Catalyzed the Medical Marijuana Movement

The historical account of Dennis Peron, the medical cannabis and human rights activist who was instrumental in bringing attention to AIDS and changing cannabis policy in California.

Can CBD Counter Binge-Eating?

Findings suggest that CBD may have therapeutic potential to reduce binge eating and the development of obesity, according to a paper published by Addiction Biology.

GW Opposed Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment

On June 19 the House of Representatives voted to add the Blumenauer-McClintock Amendment —which would prevent the Department of Justice from enforcing federal law in states that have legalized adult-use marijuana—to an appropriations bill.

The heterogeneity and complexity of Cannabis extracts as antitumor agents.

Authors: Liran Baram, Ella Peled, Paula Berman, Ben Yellin, Elazar Besser, David Meiri, et al
Oncotarget, 25 June 2019

The Cannabis plant contains over 100 phytocannabinoids and hundreds of other components. The biological effects and interplay of these Cannabis compounds are not fully understood and yet influence the plant’s therapeutic effects. Here we assessed the antitumor effects of whole…

Add MJ Journals: ‘Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids’

“Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids” is a peer-reviewed journal offering an international forum to present and discuss recent advances in the rapidly developing field of medical cannabis and cannabinoids.

JAMA op-ed: ‘Educating Physicians About MJ’

Marijuana use is prevalent both in states where it is legal to some degree and in states where it is not. However, evidence suggests that many physicians may be unprepared for this reality.

Can Medical Marijuana Help with Dementia?

There’s no official endorsement of medical cannabis for dementia, but with or without scientific data, more and more people are willing to investigate cannabis to treat their loved ones.

The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) has adopted the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research (CCR)

By Fred Gardner The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) has adopted the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research (CCR) as its official publication. Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a pharmacologist at UC Irvine, edits the journal.

The press release from the publisher states that CCR is “extremely excited” by the affiliation. The release does not list clinical among the types of studies the ICRS has been “spearheading,” but does list “misuse potential.”

“Beyond CBD” makes its entrance as a supplement to the peer-reviewed journal Alternative

A note from the publisher of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine introduces “the first issue of Beyond CBD, a special supplement.” They’re obviously planning more. The lead article, “The Endocannabinoid System and its Modulation by Cannabidiol (CBD)” by Jamie Corroon, ND, MPH, and Jake F. Felice, ND, LMP is the most thorough and well-written overview we’ve seen.

Safety and Efficacy of Medical Cannabis in Fibromyalgia.

Authors: Iftach Sagy, Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, Mahmoud Abu-Shakra, Victor Novack
Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5 June 2019

BACKGROUND: Chronic pain may be treated by medical cannabis. Yet, there is scarce evidence to support the role of medical cannabis in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The aim of the study was to investigate the characteristics, safety, and effectiveness of medical cannabis thera…

Should Oncologists Recommend Cannabis?

Authors: Donald I. Abrams
Current Treatment Options in Oncology, 3 June 2019

Cannabis is a useful botanical with a wide range of therapeutic potential. Global prohibition over the past century has impeded the ability to study the plant as medicine. However, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been developed as a stand-alone pharmaceutical initially …