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Medical cannabis and cognitive performance in middle to old adults treated for chronic pain

Authors: Sharon R Sznitman, Simon Vulfsons, David Meiri, Galit Weinstein Published in Drug and Alcohol Review September 2020 Abstract Introduction and aims: Cannabis exposure is becoming more common in older age but little is known about how it is associated with brain health in this population. This study assesses the relationship between long-term medical cannabis…

Cannabis: An Emerging Treatment for Common Symptoms in Older Adults

Authors: Kevin H Yang, Christopher N Kaufmann, Reva Nafsu, Ella T Lifset, Khai Nguyen, Michelle Sexton, Benjamin H Han, Arum Kim, Alison A Moore Published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society October 2020 Abstract Background/objectives: Use of cannabis is increasing in a variety of populations in the United States; however, few investigations about how…

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.

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.”

A pediatric patient with autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy using cannabinoid extracts as complementary therapy: a case report

Authors: Juliana Andrea Ponton, Kim Smyth, Elias Soumbasis, Sergio Andres Llanos, Mark Lewis, Wilhelm August Meerholz & Robert Lawrence Tanguay Published in Journal of Medical Case Reports September 2020 Abstract   Background The pharmacological treatment for autism spectrum disorders is often poorly tolerated and has traditionally targeted associated conditions, with limited benefit for the core…

Acute effects of naturalistic THC vs. CBD use on recognition memory: a preliminary study

Authors: Tim Curran , Hélène Devillez , Sophie L. York Williams and L. Cinnamon Bidwell Published in Journal of Cannabis Research  2020 Abstract The ratio of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to cannabidiol (CBD) varies widely across cannabis strains. CBD has opposite effects to THC on a variety of cognitive functions, including acute THC-induced memory impairments. However, additional…

Medical marijuana certification for patients with sickle cell disease: a report of a single center experience

Authors: Susanna A. Curtis, Dana Lew, Jonathan Spodick, Jeanne E. Hendrickson, Caterina P. Minniti, John D. Roberts Published in Blood Advances August 2020 Abstract More than one-third of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) report using cannabis-based products. Many states list SCD or pain as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, but there are few data…

A Survey Exploring the Relationship Between Cannabis Use Characteristics and Sexual Function in Men

Authors: Hriday P. Bhambhvani BS, Alex M.Kasman MD, Genester Wilson-King MD, Michael L. Eisenberg MD Published in Sexual Medicine September 2020 Abstract Introduction Cannabis is the most commonly used drug in the United States; however, the effects of cannabis use on male sexual function are poorly understood. Aim To characterize the contemporary landscape of cannabis…

Frequent Cannabis Use and Cessation of Injection of Opioids, Vancouver, Canada, 2005-2018

Authors: Hudson Reddon, Kora DeBeck, M Eugenia Socias, Stephanie Lake, Huiru Dong, Mohammad Karamouzian, Kanna Hayashi, Thomas Kerr, M-J Milloy Published in American Journal of Public Health August 2020 Abstract Objectives To evaluate the impact of frequent cannabis use on injection cessation and injection relapse among people who inject drugs (PWID). Methods Three prospective cohorts…

A molecular basis for the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrosis properties of cannabidiol

Authors: Falone Sunda, Afolake Arowolo Published in The FASEB Journal April 2020 Abstract Cannabidiol (CBD) is considered a non-psychoactive, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. There are various reports on the versatile function of CBD, including ameliorating chronic inflammation and fibrosis formation in several tissue types. However, only a hand full…

Cannabis Consumption Used by Cancer Patients during Immunotherapy Correlates with Poor Clinical Outcome

Authors: Gil Bar-Sela, Cohen Idan, Salvatore Campisi-Pinto, Gil M Lewitus Published in Cancers August 2020 Abstract Cannabis or its derivatives are widely used by patients with cancer to help with cancer symptoms and treatment side effects. However, cannabis has potent immunomodulatory properties. To determine if cannabis consumption during immunotherapy affects therapy outcomes, we conducted a…

A molecular basis for the anti‐inflammatory and anti‐fibrosis properties of cannabidiol

Authors: Falone Sunda, Afolake Arowolo Published in The FASEB Journal September 2020 Abstract Cannabidiol (CBD) is considered a non‐psychoactive, antioxidant, and anti‐inflammatory compound derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. There are various reports on the versatile function of CBD, including ameliorating chronic inflammation and fibrosis formation in several tissue types. However, only a hand full…