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Trends in Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in the United States, 2015-2018.

Authors: Benjamin H. Han, Joseph J. Palamar
JAMA Internal Medicine, 24 February 2020

With the legalization of cannabis in many states for medical and/or recreational purposes, there is increasing interest in using cannabis to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults. The use of cannabis in the past year by adults 65…

Factors Moderating the Association Between Cannabis Use and Psychosis Risk: A Systematic Review.

Authors: Sanne J. van der Steur, Albert Batalla, Matthijs G. Bossong Published in Brain Sciences 12 February 2020   Abstract Increasing evidence indicates a relationship between cannabis use and psychosis risk. Specific factors, such as determinants of cannabis use or the genetic profile of cannabis users, appear to moderate this association. The present systematic review…

Possible therapeutic applications of cannabis in the neuropsychopharmacology field.

Authors: Javier Fernández-Ruiz, Ismael Galve-Roperh, Onintza Sagredo, Manuel Guzmán
European Neuropsychopharmacology, 10 February 2020

Cannabis use induces a plethora of actions on the CNS via its active chemical ingredients, the so-called phytocannabinoids. These compounds have been frequently associated with the intoxicating properties of cannabis preparations. However, not all phytocannabinoids are psychot…

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…

A double-blind randomized placebo controlled study assessing safety, tolerability and efficacy of palmitoylethanolamide for symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.

Authors: Elizabeth Steels, Ruchitha Venkatesh, Eleanor Steels, Gemma Vitetta, Luis Vitetta
Inflammopharmacology, June 2019

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to assess the safety, tolerability and efficacy of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) when dosed at 300 mg and 600 mg per day on symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. METHODS: This was a single site, comparative, double-blind placebo controlled study i…

Targeting the Endocannabinoid System in Psychiatric Illness.

Prevalence of psychiatric disorders continues to rise globally, yet remission rates and patient outcome remain less than ideal. As a result, novel treatment approaches for these disorders are necessary to decrease societal economic burden, as well as increase individual functi…

Cannabinoids in depressive disorders.

Authors: Ewa Poleszak, Sylwia Wośko, Karolina Sławińska, Aleksandra Szopa, Andrzej Wróbel, Anna Serefko
Life Sciences, 15 November 2018

Cannabis sativa is one of the most popular recreational and medicinal plants. Benefits from use of cannabinoid agents in epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and others have been suggested. It seems that the endocannabinoid system is also inv…

Cannabis Use and Hypomania in Young People: A Prospective Analysis .

Authors: Steven Marwaha, Catherine Winsper, Paul Bebbington, Daniel Smith
Schizophrenia Bulletin, November 2018

Background: Cannabis use in young people is common and associated with psychiatric disorders. However, the prospective link between cannabis use and bipolar disorder symptoms has rarely been investigated. The study hypothesis was that adolescent cannabis use is associated with…

Cocaine and Marijuana Use Among Young Adults With Myocardial Infarction.

Authors: Ersilia M. DeFilippis, Avinainder Singh, Sanjay Divakaran, Ankur Gupta, Bradley L. Collins, et al
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 5 June 2018

BACKGROUND: Substance abuse is increasingly prevalent among young adults, but data on cardiovascular outcomes remain limited. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess the prevalence of cocaine and marijuana use in adults with their first myocardial infarction (M…

Marijuana use during and after pregnancy and association of prenatal use on birth outcomes: A population-based study.

Authors: Jean Y. Ko, Van T. Tong, Jennifer M. Bombard, Donald K. Hayes, John Davy, et al
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, June 2018

BACKGROUND: We sought to describe the correlates of marijuana use during and after pregnancy, and to examine the independent relationship between prenatal marijuana use and infant outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: We used state-specific data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring…

Rates and Predictors of Conversion to Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder Following Substance-Induced Psychosis.

Authors: Marie Stefanie Kejser Starzer, Merete Nordentoft, Carsten Hjorthøj
American Journal of Psychiatry, April 2018

OBJECTIVE: The authors investigated the rates of conversion to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder after a substance-induced psychosis, as well as risk factors for conversion. METHOD: All patient information was extracted from the Danish Civil Registration System and the Psychi…

Adolescent cannabis use, baseline prodromal symptoms and the risk of psychosis.

Authors: Antti Mustonen, Solja Niemelä, Tanja Nordström, Graham K. Murray, Pirjo Mäki, et al
The British Journal of Psychiatry, April 2018

BACKGROUND: The association between cannabis use and the risk of psychosis has been studied extensively but the temporal order still remains controversial. Aims To examine the association between cannabis use in adolescence and the risk of psychosis after adjustment for prodro…