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Association of Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana Laws With Opioid Prescribing for Medicaid Enrollees

Authors Hefei Wen, PhD; Jason M. Hockenberry, PhD Published in JAMA Internal Medicine May 2018 Abstract Importance Overprescribing of opioids is considered a major driving force behind the opioid epidemic in the United States. Marijuana is one of the potential nonopioid alternatives that can relieve pain at a relatively lower risk of addiction and virtually no…

Ingestion of a THC-Rich Cannabis Oil in People with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

Authors Carolina Chaves, MD, Paulo Cesar T Bittencourt, MD, MSc, Andreia Pelegrini, PhD Published in Pain Medicine October 2020 Abstract Objective To determine the benefit of a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich cannabis oil on symptoms and quality of life of fibromyalgia patients. Methods A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted for eight weeks to determine the…

Safety Considerations in Cannabinoid-Based Medicine

Authors Joshua Aviram, Gil M. Lewitus, Yelena Vysotski, Anton Uribayev, Shiri Procaccia, Idan Cohen, Anca Leibovici, Mahmud Abo-Amna, Luiza Akria, Dmitry Goncharov, Neomi Mativ, Avia Kauffman, Ayelet Shai, Or Hazan, Gil Bar-Sela and David Meiri Published in International Journal of General Medicine December 2020 Abstract Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that are…

Cannabidiol A Race To Relief

Authors: Nishi Whiteley and Ethan Russo, MD Published in HerbalGram 2020 Introduction Few chemical compounds have enjoyed such a rapid ascent to market acceptance and consumer popularity as CBD. According to BDS Analytics, the US hemp-derived CBD market is projected to grow to $20 billion by 2024.1 CBD was the top-selling herbal dietary supplement in…

In vitro and in vivo pharmacological activity of minor cannabinoids isolated from Cannabis sativa

Authors: Ayat Zagzoog, Kawthar A. Mohamed, Hye Ji J. Kim, Eunhyun D. Kim, Connor S. Frank, Tallan Black, Pramodkumar D. Jadhav, Larry A. Holbrook & Robert B. Laprairie Published in Scientific Reports November 2020 Abstract The Cannabis sativa plant contains more than 120 cannabinoids. With the exceptions of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), comparatively little…

Experience of Migraine, its Severity, and Perceived Efficacy of Treatments among Cannabis Users

A study from Complementary Therapies in Medicine in 2020 examines patterns of cannabis use and its associated relief among migraineurs.

A Comprehensive Review of Cannabis in Patients with Cancer: Availability in the USA, General Efficacy, and Safety

Dylan Zylla, MD and colleagues give an overview of cannabis treatments for cancer patients. They provide guidance to clinicians on how to have informed discussions regarding their care.

Oncology Clinicians and the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program: A Survey on Medical Cannabis Practice Patterns, Barriers to Enrollment, and Educational Needs

Authors: Dylan Zylla, Grant Steele , Justin Eklund, Jeanne Mettner, Tom Arneson Published in Cannabis and cannabinoid research October 2018 Abstract Background:Medical cannabis has been available in the State of Minnesota since July 2015 through the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program (MMCP). Objectives: Our study aimed to delineate oncology providers’ views on medical cannabis, identify barriers…

Cannabis Use May Reduce Healthcare Utilization and Improve Hospital Outcomes in Patients with Cirrhosis

Authors: Lindsay A. Sobotka, Khalid Mumtaz, Alice Hinton, Sean G. Kelly, Lanla F. Conteh, Anthony J. Michaels, A. James Hanje, Michael R. Wellnera Published in Annals of Hepatology November 2020 Abstract Introduction and Objectives:  Previous studies reveal conflicting data on the effect of cannabis use in patients with cirrhosis. This research evaluates the impact of…

Marijuana and Cannabinoids in ESRD and Earlier Stages of CKD

Authors: Joshua L. Rein, Christina M. Wyatt Published in American Journal of Kidney Diseases August 2017 Abstract Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug in the United States, and legal recreational and medicinal use has gained public acceptance during the last decade. Twenty-nine US states have established medical marijuana programs, 8 of which have also…

Cannabidiol (CBD) as a Promising Anti-Cancer Drug

Authors: Emily S. Seltzer, Andrea K. Watters, Danny MacKenzie, Jr., Lauren M. Granat and Dong Zhang Published in Cancers  October 2020 Abstract Recently, cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), have been the subject of intensive research and heavy scrutiny. Cannabinoids encompass a wide array of organic molecules, including those that are physiologically produced…

Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of progressive stages of alcoholic liver disease

Authors: Adeyinka C Adejumo, Tokunbo O Ajayi, Oluwole M Adegbala, Kelechi L Adejumo, Samson Alliu, Akintunde M Akinjero, Nnaemeka E Onyeakusi, Ogooluwa Ojelabi, Terence N Bukong Published in Liver International January 2018 Abstract Background: Abusive alcohol use has well-established health risks including causing liver disease (ALD) characterized by alcoholic steatosis (AS), steatohepatitis (AH), fibrosis, cirrhosis…