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The First Clinical Trial For Cannabis as a Migraine Treatment Is Underway

The first double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study is now investigating whether cannabis products, like THC and CBD, can actually treat acute migraines in a safe and effective way. Currently, 20 participants who experience monthly migraines are enrolled in the trial, but researchers at the University of California San Diego hope to enroll at least another 70 …

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Common questions about medical cannabis

Many people aren’t aware that cannabis was a popular treatment in this country in the late 1800s and early 1900s — commonly dispensed by doctors — and that the American Medical Association was one of the strongest voices testifying against prohibiting it in 1937. I’ve been aware of the ability of medical cannabis to alleviate …

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How to safely exercise while high, according to medical cannabis doctors

Though the “lazy stoner” stereotype suggests marijuana users are nothing more than couch potatoes with the munchies, those who infuse the substance into their exercise routines have reported more consistent workouts, better mental health, and better body image. A meta-analysis published in April even found that cannabis users tend to work out more than their cannabis-free counterparts. Little research exists …

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Cannabinoids: Medical implications

Herbal cannabis has been used for thousands of years for medical purposes. With elucidation of the chemical structures of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) and with discovery of the human endocannabinoid system, the medical usefulness of cannabinoids has been more intensively explored. While more randomized clinical trials are needed for some medical conditions, other medical …

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Medical uses of marijuana (Cannabis sativa): fact or fallacy?

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has been used throughout the world medically, recreationally and spiritually for thousands of years. In South Africa, from the mid-19th century to the 1920s, practitioners prescribed it for a multitude of conditions. In 1928 it was classified as a Schedule I substance, illegal, and without medical value. Ironically, with this prohibition, cannabis …

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A Vademecum for Prescribing Doctors

Cannabis has been used for centuries for therapeutic purposes. In the last century, the plant was demonized due to its high abuse liability and supposedly insufficient health benefits. However, recent decriminalization policies and new scientific evidence have increased the interest in cannabis therapeutic potential of cannabis and paved the way for the release of marketing …

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Cannabis and Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain

Purpose of review: The purpose of this study was to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence of the potential analgesic effects, or lack thereof, of the marijuana plant (cannabis) or cannabinoids, and of safety or tolerability of their long-term use. Recent findings: We found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) cannabis is consistently effective in reducing chronic non-cancer …

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Seth Rogen launched a weed brand, and the site immediately crashed

The actor/filmmaker/stoner and his longtime creative partner, Evan Goldberg, announced the launch of their cannabis company Houseplant on Monday. The name combines the brand’s two main products: “House” goods like ceramic ashtrays and lighters, and weed (plant) strains curated by the two Pineapple Express writers. “If you know anything about me at all, it’s probably …

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Want to Easily Incorporate CBD into Your Daily Regimen? Here’s How

Whether you’re a big fan of CBD wellness products, or have never tried one out before, you’re probably aware that there’s a wide variety to choose from. At times it seems daunting to sift through endless lotions, balms, drops, and oils, not knowing which would be right for your daily routine. Well, look no further …

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Anesthetic considerations in medical cannabis patients

Purpose of review: Growing numbers of patients, consuming cannabinoids admitted to surgery, create a challenge to anesthesia providers. This review provides a summary of recent literature related to cannabis and anesthesia, with specific recommendations to the anesthetic management of medical cannabis consumers. Recent findings: At present, cannabis has found its way to public consensus in many countries …

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