Cannabis consumption and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A three years longitudinal study in first episode non-affective psychosis patients.

Authors: Javier Vázquez-Bourgon, Víctor Ortiz-García de la Foz, Irene Suarez-Pereira, et al
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 20 December 2019

INTRODUCTION: Increased incidence of obesity and excess weight lead to an increased incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Recent evidence indicates a protective effect of cannabis consumption on weight gain and related metabolic alterations in psychosis patie…

IACM 2019 Highlights: Defending Doctors’ Rights Across the Globe

The IACM conference in Berlin highlighted talks from the top professionals in the field of cannabis science. Christine Milentis, our Executive Secretary, reports on the history of cannabis for medical use and the rights of doctors across the globe to prescribe it.

Indications and administration practices amongst medical cannabis healthcare providers: a cross-sectional survey.

A study published in BMC Family Practice sought to characterize the clinical practice characteristics of medical professionals who recommend cannabis.

Changing My Specialty

Sometimes practitioners feel like they can’t recommend cannabis due to legal limitations, stigma, or a lack of support. Dr. Sarah Mann tells the tale of one of her patients who inspired the shift towards a cannabis integrated practice.

The Effectiveness of Topical Cannabidiol Oil in Symptomatic Relief of Peripheral Neuropathy of the Lower Extremities.

Authors: Dixon H. Xu, Benjamin D. Cullen, Meng Tang, Yujiang Fang
Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, December 2019

BACKGROUND: Peripheral neuropathy can significantly impact the quality of life for those who are affected, as therapies from the current treatment algorithm often fail to deliver adequate symptom relief. There has, however, been an increasing body of evidence for the use of ca…

The Potential Benefits of Palmitoylethanolamide in Palliation: A Qualitative Systematic Review.

Authors: Mellar P. Davis, Bertrand Behm, Zankhana Mehta, Carlos Fernandez
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, December 2019

Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is a nutraceutical endocannabinoid that was retrospectively discovered in egg yolks. Feeding poor children with known streptococcal infections prevented rheumatic fever. Subsequently, it was found to alter the course of influenza. Unfortunately, the…