The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a composite cell-signaling system that allows endogenous cannabinoid ligands to control cell functions through the interaction with cannabinoid receptors. Modifications of the ECS might contribute to the pathogenesis of different diseases, including cancers. However, the use of these compounds as antitumor agents remains debatable.
Medical cannabis (MC) utilization continues to expand in the United States, as a growing body of evidence supports the use of cannabis and cannabinoids in the treatment of a range of chronic conditions. To date, gender-related differences in MC use are not widely reported, and little is known regarding physicians’ support of patients’ use of MC to address symptoms associated with chronic conditions.
Cannabis use has increased dramatically across the country; however, few studies have assessed the long-term impact of medical cannabis (MC) use on cognition. Studies examining recreational cannabis users generally report cognitive decrements, particularly in those with adolescent onset. As MC patients differ from recreational consumers in motives for use, product selection, and age of onset, we assessed cognitive and clinical measures in well-characterized MC patients over 1 year. Based on previous findings, we hypothesized MC patients would not show decrements and might instead demonstrate improvements in executive function over time.
The prevalence of medical cannabis (MC) use in patients with cancer is growing, but questions about safety, efficacy, and dosing remain. Conducting randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) using state-sponsored MC programs is novel and could provide data needed to guide patients and providers.
Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) is one of the most prevalent indications for medical cannabis (MC) treatment globally. In this study, we investigated CNCP parameters in patients during prolonged MC treatment, and assessed the interrelation between CNCP parameters and the chemical composition of MC chemovar used.
Pain and symptom control challenges are common in palliative care, and the search for other therapeutic strategies is ongoing. Unfortunately, patients and their caregivers are receiving little information or support from healthcare providers regarding the increasingly popular cannabinoid-based medicines (CBM). Clinicians, meanwhile, feel understandably perplexed by the discrepancy between the available evidence and the rapid interest in which patients and their families have demonstrated for CBM. There is an urgent need to address the many challenges that are delaying the appropriate integration of CBM into clinical practice, notwithstanding the obvious need for a solid general knowledge of pharmacology, mechanism of action and available clinical evidence supporting its use
SCC member Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli identifies a coherent nomenclature for cannabis products (whether derived from Cannabis sativa L. or not). The paper was published in Drug Science, Policy and Law in December of 2020.
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 Pharmaceuticals November 2020 Abstract In the last decade the use of medical cannabis (MC) for palliative cancer treatment…
Authors: Emily M.Webster, Ghanshyam S.Yadav, Stefan Gysler, Blair McNamara, Jonathan Black, Joan Tymon-Rosario, Burak Zeybek, Chanhee Han, Christopher K. Arkfeld, Vaagn Andikyan, Gulden Menderes, Gloria Huang, Masoud Azodi, Dan-Arin Silasi, Alessandro D.Santin,Peter E.Schwartz, Elena S.Ratner, Gary Altwerger Published in Gynecologic Oncology Reports November 2020 Abstract Research within a gynecologic oncology population has lagged behind…
Author: Kevin M Takakuwa, Frances S Shofer, Raquel M Schears Published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine January 2020 Introduction Medical cannabis is legal in 33 US states [ 1 ] but remains federally illegal. The majority of legal states require physicians to provide cannabis recommendations in order for patients to have access to it….
Dr. Kevin M.Takakuwa details the history of the SCC, which is the first and oldest U.S. medical organization promoting the use of medical cannabis.
The Israel Medical Association journal : IMAJ, April 2020
BACKGROUND: With the increased use of cannabis in the medicinal and recreational domains, it is becoming more important for physicians to better understand its harmful and beneficial effects. Although medical cannabis comes in several forms, the preferred route of administrati…