Topic: Medicinal

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Cannabis being studied for use against COVID-19

Israeli researchers are using cannabis treatment to down-regulate the inflammation storm before patients develop severe lung inflammation. With the widespread impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s health and the rising need for readily available therapies, alternative treatment sources are being studied with enthusiasm. There is increasing interest in the possible beneficial role of cannabis in the cycle of care and therapy treatments. Israeli researchers from the Medical Cannabis Research and Innovation Center at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, are looking at this possible connection. Dr. Igal Louria-Hayon says the focus is on just how much cannabis influences

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Forget the munchies: how marijuana can be an appetite suppressant

A little-known cannabinoid called THCV can trigger your brain to eat less and avoid greasy, fatty foods. Marijuana’s capability as an appetite stimulant is well-documented. And, no, we’re not talking about the “munchies.” We’re referring to its ability to kick-start appetite in potentially life-threatening situations. Cancer, for instance, can induce adverse metabolic changes in patients, causing them to lose their appetites and tissue in the process, which results in a condition called “cachexia.” Chemotherapy drugs often exacerbate these effects, but research shows medical cannabis can boost appetite, mood and caloric intake in cancer patients, while simultaneously battling cancer cells. AIDS

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The link between flavonoids, Alzheimer’s and marijuana

A new study has found that higher long-term dietary intakes of flavonoids are associated with lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Researchers recently discovered that a low flavonoid intake was associated with Alzheimer’s risk, meaning a diet lacking berries, apples, tea and other flavonoid rich foods could hold one of the keys to the disease. The April 2020 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found, “higher long-term dietary intakes of flavonoids are associated with lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) in U.S. adults.” The study does not provide an immediate connection between

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Is marijuana the next recovery revolution for pro athletes?

More and more research shows the benefits marijuana has on athletes, and leagues have begun to pay attention. According to science, cannabis provides significant benefits to athletes in both performance and recovery. Physically speaking, marijuana can reduce inflammation, alleviate pain symptoms, and improve symptoms caused by traumatic brain injuries. Those who don’t like the psychoactive effect of THC should know CBD acts as an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory as well. Other reviews show how cannabis also delivers a mental boost for athletes. Studies have shown training with marijuana increases focus and motivation in the gym. But it can also allow

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Talking to your parents about cannabis

Many of us have been there. Your mom comes over to visit and finds a bong stashed under a pile of soiled laundry, and suddenly you find yourself playing a game of 20 questions. “How could you do this to me?” “Are you high right now?” “Weed is a gateway drug. What’s next? Heroin?” Without the necessary preparation, you might find yourself scrambling for excuses — or pinning blame for your perfectly natural habit on external forces. You were “holding onto it for a friend,” right? You’ve “never actually smoked weed.” You were just curious. Or, the classic rebuttal: You

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Marijuana can create false memories in users, study finds

The memory is a tricky device to trust — it’s an imperfect management tool for the recollection of our past. Research has shown that each time we recall a memory, we inadvertently change its details in our brain. What was once remembered as a cloudy day at the beach suddenly becomes a rainy morning at the lake if we’re not careful. According to new research, marijuana users should be cautious in believing their memory is telling the truth. That’s because people are more likely to create “false memories” under the influence of cannabis. One hit of weed caused individuals to

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Most people favor marijuana use in hospice care

Two recent studies show that the vast majority of Americans, including palliative care professionals, favor the use of medical marijuana as part of hospice care. MorseLife recently unveiled a 2019 study focused on advances in hospice care and found that “87% of Americans support the use of medical marijuana as a treatment option for terminally ill patients, with nearly three in five Americans (58%) expressing strong support.” Another study, published in October 2019 in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, focused on the responses of over 300 palliative care professionals from over 40 states on the use of medical cannabis. The

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Why patients should always start by micro-dosing medical marijuana

Regardless of a patient’s age or medical background, the best approach is always to start with a small dose, which can be increased if and when necessary. Finding the right dose of a new medication can be tricky. Too little, and you won’t get the relief you’re looking for. Too much, and you can experience undesirable side effects that outweigh the advantages of taking the medication in the first place. The same is true of medical cannabis, which, like any medication, requires careful, slow advancement to find the right amount for each patient. Marijuana’s health benefits can be significant, but

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Here are some of the weirdest products containing CBD

CBD is the latest wellness trend, and it is making appearances in the most unlikely products. The use of CBD in the health and wellness products has been shown to be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation, as well as functioning as a natural sleep aid. However, in order for CBD to be effective, it needs to be taken either orally or topically in a manner that allows the CBD to actually get absorbed into the body. As reported by Healthline, “The wellness industry is going to do what the wellness industry does best: try to make money. And CBD

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What the year ahead looks like for CBD

To say that 2019 was a boom year for the CBD industry would be a massive understatement, and 2020 is primed to top the record sales and product innovation that have come to characterize this surging market. On Dec. 20, 2018, President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law, which removed hemp from the government’s controlled drug category and spurred farmers across the country to repurpose agricultural land previously used to grow feed and food crops such as corn and alfalfa for hemp varieties with high CBD and low THC (.3% or less) content. Farmers experiencing demand and profit surges

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