Biological Activity of Cannabis sativa L. Extracts Critically Depends on Solvent Polarity and Decarboxylation

SCC Member Gretchen E. Maurer, DO, MS and colleagues examine the current research potential for cannabis in sports medicine.

Medical Cannabis Treatment for Chronic Pain: Outcomes and Prediction of Response

Authors: Joshua Aviram, Dorit Pud, Tamar Gershoni, Bareket Schiff‐Keren, Miriam Ogintz, Simon Vulfsons, Tamar Yashar, Adahan Haim‐Moshe, Silviu Brill, Howard Amital, Itay Goor‐Aryeh, Dror Robinson, Leslie Green, Refael Segal, Yacov Fogelman, Oren Tsvieli, Ben Yellin, Yelena Vysotski, Ofir Morag, Vadim Tashlykov, Roee Sheinfeld, Ruth Goor, David Meiri, Elon Eisenberg Published in European Journal of Pain…

Compassion Fatigue: Helping the Helper

By Matt Cascio, RN, CCFP, Compassion Fatigue Coach I’ve been a Registered Nurse (RN) for 22 years. My practice is more holistic these days, rather than in a hospital setting. At 38 years old, I became a RN after a complete career change. In 2016, I decided to accept a job in an Infusion Center…

Preliminary Assessment of Medical Cannabis Consumption by Cancer Survivors

This study indicates that cancer survivors may indeed consume cannabis for symptom relief, and not merely for recreational purposes. More research is needed to study the adequate role that cannabis may have for treating symptoms associated with cancer survivorship.

Add-on cannabidiol significantly decreases seizures in 3 patients with SYNGAP1 developmental and epileptic encephalopathy

Authors: Mathieu Kuchenbuch, Gianluca D’Onofrio, Nicole Chemaly, Giulia Barcia, Théo Teng, Rima Nabbout Published in Epilepsia Open July 2020 Abstract Mutations in SYNGAP1 are associated with developmental delay, epilepsy, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Epilepsy is often drug-resistant in this syndrome with frequent drop attacks. In a prospective study of add-on cannabidiol (CBD), we identified…

Activation of Cannabinoid Receptor 2 Prevents Colitis-Associated Colon Cancer through Myeloid Cell De-activation Upstream of IL-22 Production

Authors: William Becker, Haider Rasheed Alrafa,Kiesha Wilson, Kathryn Miranda, Courtney Culpepper, Ioulia Chatzistamou, Guoshuai Cai, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Prakash S. Nagarkatti Published in Iscience August 2020 Abstract Summary Intestinal disequilibrium leads to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and chronic inflammation predisposes to oncogenesis. Antigen-presenting dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages can tip the equilibrium toward tolerance or pathology….

A single dose of cannabidiol modulates medial temporal and striatal function during fear processing in people at clinical high risk for psychosis

Authors: Cathy Davies, Robin Wilson, Elizabeth Appiah-Kusi, Grace Blest-Hopley, Michael Brammer, Jesus Perez, Robin M Murray, Paul Allen, Matthijs G Bossong, Philip McGuire, Sagnik Bhattacharyya Published in Translational Psychiatry September 2020 Abstract Emotional dysregulation and anxiety are common in people at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR) and are associated with altered neural responses to…

Cannabidiol Modulates Cytokine Storm in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Induced by Simulated Viral Infection Using Synthetic RNA

Authors: Hesam Khodadadi, Évila Lopes Salles, Abbas Jarrahi, Fairouz Chibane, Vincenzo Costigliola, Jack C Yu, Kumar Vaibhav, David C Hess, Krishnan M Dhandapani, Babak Baban Published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research September 2020 Abstract Introduction In the absence of effective antivirals and vaccination, the pandemic of COVID-19 remains the most significant challenge to our health…

Delegitimizing Cannabis Because of Its Recreational Use is the Real Lie

Sherry Yafai, MD encourages the need for healthcare professionals to shift their perspective on cannabis in her column for Emergency Medicine News. “Delegitimizing medications based simply on their potential for recreational use or abuse is a dangerous and uninformed approach for physicians.”

Endocannabinoids Inhibit the Induction of Virulence in Enteric Pathogens

Authors: Melissa Ellermann, Alline R. Pacheco, Angel G. Jimenez, Regan M. Russell, Santiago Cuesta, Aman Kumar, Wenhan Zhu, Gonçalo Vale, Sarah A. Martin, Prithvi Raj, Jeffrey G. McDonald, Sebastian E. Winter, Vanessa Sperandio Published in Cell October 2020 Abstract Summary Endocannabinoids are host-derived lipid hormones that fundamentally impact gastrointestinal (GI) biology. The use of cannabis…

Dr. Joel Wren’s Civil Society Statement on Cannabis to the World Health Organization

This is a statement delivered by Dr. Joel Wren from the Society of Cannabis Clinicians regarding the follow-up discussions on the recommendations of the World Health Organization on cannabis and cannabis-related substances on October 8th, 2020.

Guidelines for CBD When Patients Are Using Medications Metabolized by the P450 System

Answers from SCC Members to an inquiry on the safety of using CBD when patients are taking medications metabolized by the P450 system.