Medical

Can cannabis be a substitute for prescription drugs?

In order for a prescription drug to reach the market, it must be extensively studied, first in animal and then in human clinical trials. Safety, efficacy, and risks must be determined. But as anyone who has seen a commercial for a prescription drug knows, there are still side effects. There are risks in stopping a prescription. And, of course, there are the risks of addiction.

What Is THCA In Cannabis And What Can It Do For You?

THCA is the acid form of THC that’s found in the raw cannabis plant. What does all this mean though, and how can THCA have a positive impact on one’s life?

The cannabis plant contains over 400 chemical entities and more than 60 of them are cannabinoid compounds. One of these cannabinoid compounds is THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), which contains its own variety of medicinal properties and therapeutic effects.

Florida Adds Edibles to Medical Cannabis Program

New emergency rules in Florida allow for the manufacturing and sale of medical cannabis-infused edibles. The rules take effect immediately.

The Florida Department of Health quietly approved emergency rules on Wednesday night that establish a regulatory framework for the manufacturing and distribution of medical cannabis-infused edibles, the Miami Herald reports.

Cannabis research database shows how U.S. funding focuses on harms of the drug

A new analysis of cannabis research funding in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom has found that $1.56 billion was directed to the topic between 2000 and 2018—with about half of the money spent on understanding the potential harms of the recreational drug. Just over $1 billion came from the biggest funder, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which doled out far more money to research cannabis misuse and its negative effects than on using cannabis and cannabis-derived chemicals as a therapeutic drug.

Nebraska Voters Are Likely To Decide on Medical Cannabis This Fall

The campaign says the Secretary of State confirmed enough signatures are valid, but a legal challenge also arose. Voters in five states will see medical and/or adult use cannabis on their November ballots.

It’s looking very likely that Nebraska voters will decide on medical cannabis this fall. If voters approve the amendment, doctors will be able to make medical cannabis recommendations, and patients with serious conditions can grow, possess, and buy medical cannabis. 

The Science of Medical Cannabis

 

Although research in the U.S. has been limited for decades, researchers around the globe are leading the charge.

While standards are a necessary part of every industry, the pharmacological space is not free from corruption. Additional research is always a boon for understanding, but the demands put on cannabis by the United States Federal Government are uniquely restrictive.

Researchers See Promising Results Using Cannabis Terpenes To Treat COVID-19

A recent study examining the use of cannabis terpene formulation - NT-VRL on inflammatory conditions has had some promising results in treating cytokine storm syndrome caused by COVID-19.

Cytokine storm syndrome is a form of inflammatory response where white blood cells are activated and release inflammatory cytokines, which the activate more white blood cells. The syndrome can cause symptoms like fever, fatigue, and vomiting, but can advance to a point where a patient might need a ventilator to stay alive or might die.

How Legalizing Cannabis Can Bring Back the Right Kind of Tourism

The early film star, Mae West, said, "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." Obviously, she wasn't talking about tourism. Before the pandemic, many of Europe's major cities were choking on crowds. Venice probably had the worst of it, with gigantic cruise ships sailing up the Grand Canal disgorging thousands of tourists all at once into the narrow already overcrowded sidewalks. And Barcelona's La Rambla had become crushed that they had to ban tour groups from the Mercado.

Congress Allows Troops To Use CBD Products

As of Monday, military service members are no longer forbidden to use CBD products.

According to Marijuana Moment, the House of Representatives approved a measure that allows troops to use hemp products as well as its derivatives.

The measure passed by a vote of 336 to 71. The initiative was led by Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is also a military veteran.