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Newswise: Medical Cannabis put to the test in first ever real-world evidence clinical trial led by UHN
Released: 9-Jul-2020 5:00 AM EDT
Medical Cannabis put to the test in first ever real-world evidence clinical trial led by UHN
University Health Network (UHN)

Medical cannabis is finally being put under the microscope, in a first-of-its-kind real world evidence study led by Dr. Hance Clarke, Toronto General Hospital. In the Medical Cannabis Real-World Evidence trial patients using the online portal created by Medical Cannabis by Shoppers, will know exactly what is in their product and its effectiveness.

Newswise: From bench to beach: Award-winning epilepsy researcher furthers understanding of how cannabidiol stops seizures
Released: 23-Jun-2020 1:55 PM EDT
From bench to beach: Award-winning epilepsy researcher furthers understanding of how cannabidiol stops seizures
International League Against Epilepsy

Lyndsey Anderson traveled halfway around the world to do epilepsy research in Sydney, Australia. Recently, she was awarded ILAE's 2020 Epilepsia Prize for Basic Science Research.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 18-Jun-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every Tuesday throughout the duration of the outbreak.

Newswise: Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use
Released: 15-Jun-2020 8:25 AM EDT
Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use
University of South Australia

In a sign that designer drugs are becoming more prevalent in Australia, synthetic cathinones – commonly known as ‘bath salts’ – have been detected in the nation’s wastewater in the largest study of its kind in the country.

Released: 11-Jun-2020 3:55 PM EDT
New Technology Extends Therapeutic Effects of Medical Cannabis
American Technion Society

Israeli researchers have developed an innovative drug delivery system that releases medical cannabis slowly to provide tailored treatment with a long-lasting effect. It could be tailored to specific treatment targets, such as seizures.

Newswise: Cannabis in Michigan: New report documents trends before recreational legalization
Released: 4-Jun-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Cannabis in Michigan: New report documents trends before recreational legalization
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly twelve years ago, Michigan voters approved the use of medical cannabis by residents with certain health conditions. A year and a half ago, they voted to approve its use by all adults, for any reason. What happened between those two dates is the focus of a comprehensive new report.

26-May-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults at Higher Risk for Substance Use
New York University

Middle-aged and older adults who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual have higher rates of using certain substances in the past year than those who identify as heterosexual, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health.

Released: 28-May-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems
University of Bristol

Users of high-potency cannabis are four times more likely to report associated problems, and twice as likely to report anxiety disorder, than users of lower-potency strains, according to new research from the University of Bristol.

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Released: 20-May-2020 2:05 PM EDT
Legal Cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain
University of New Mexico

Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole Cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model.

Released: 19-May-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Cannabis use for management of chronic musculoskeletal pain increasing, new study shows
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

The use of medical cannabis has garnered a lot of recent attention, especially as parts of the United States and Canada have legalized its use. While it has been studied in cancer and nerve pain, not much is known about the usage rate and its efficacy in managing chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. According to a new study released as part of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Virtual Education Experience, up to 20% of patients presenting to an orthopaedic surgeon with chronic MSK pain are using cannabis to manage their pain, with many reporting success. Additionally, two-thirds of non-users are interested in using it for the management of MSK pain, prompting a need to further study its effects.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
What’s the Best Way to Identify Male Hemp Seedlings?
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

More farmers are growing non-intoxicating strains of cannabis, or hemp, for CBD production. This new market has led to commercial genetic tests for early determination of hemp plant sex. A new study has found that these tests may not all produce accurate results.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
CBD Shows Promise for Fighting Aggressive Brain Cancer
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Findings from a new study examining human and canine brain cancer cells suggest that cannabidiol could be a useful therapy for a difficult-to-treat brain cancer. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive chemical compound derived from marijuana.

Newswise: Industrial Hemp: reviewing history and hysteria
Released: 23-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Industrial Hemp: reviewing history and hysteria
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Valuable for its fiber, seed and oil, crop is making a return in research and in farmers' fields

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Released: 9-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every Tuesday, throughout the duration of the outbreak.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear, study suggests
Ohio State University

Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Study suggests marijuana may impair female fertility
Endocrine Society

Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according to an animal study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. The abstract will be published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.

27-Mar-2020 3:20 PM EDT
Students Who Up Their Cannabis Use Face Increased Risk of Alcohol Problems
Research Society on Alcoholism

Cannabis use can worsen some consequences of alcohol use among young adult drinkers over time, according to a new study which tracked the frequency of cannabis use and negative drinking outcomes among college students over three years. More than one in five young drinkers use cannabis, often (but not always) at the same time as drinking alcohol. This is a concern because the effects of cannabis might combine with those of alcohol to increase negative outcomes of drinking, such as impaired driving or developing an alcohol use disorder Although previous research has suggested a link between cannabis use and alcohol consequences, there have been few long-term evaluations of the impact of fluctuations in cannabis use on alcohol consequences over time. The latest study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, was conducted by researchers in Toronto, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York.

Newswise: Teen marijuana use boosts risk of adult insomnia
Released: 31-Mar-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Teen marijuana use boosts risk of adult insomnia
University of Colorado Boulder

A new study of more than 1,800 adult twins found that individuals who started using cannabis regularly before age 18 were far more likely to suffer insomnia and sleep fewer than six hours per night as adults.

Newswise: Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers (video)
Released: 30-Mar-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers (video)
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Currently, no breatalyzer test exists for cannabis intoxication, although the substance is known to impair driving, among other activities. Scientists now report that they are one step closer to a convenient saliva test for measuring cannabis levels at roadside stops.

25-Mar-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Study Shows Legal Marijuana Products Too Strong for Pain Relief
Wake Forest Baptist Health

More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a study published in the March 26 online edition of the journal PLOS ONE.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 10:40 AM EDT
NMU Launches Indoor Agriculture Program
Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University will begin offering an indoor agriculture associate degree program this fall. Through a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach, graduates learn equally about plant biology and the construction/maintenance of indoor growing systems, preparing them for a variety of career opportunities.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 10:05 AM EDT
New study: Cannabis helps fight resistant bacteria
University of Southern Denmark

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming, antibiotics have saved millions of lives from fatal infections world-wide. However, with time bacteria have developed mechanisms to escape the effects of antibiotics - they have become resistant.

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Released: 25-Mar-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Study indicates vaporized cannabis creates drug-seeking behavior
Washington State University

Rats with regular access to cannabis seek more of the substance and tend to show increased drug-seeking behavior when cannabis is absent.

Newswise: Researcher receives $3.9 million grant to study how cannabis chemicals can help with pain
Released: 17-Mar-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Researcher receives $3.9 million grant to study how cannabis chemicals can help with pain
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Ziva Cooper, research director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, has been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the NIH to study whether cannabis chemicals called terpenes can reduce the amount of opioid medication a person needs to reduce pain.

24-Feb-2020 10:35 AM EST
Study Finds Artisanal CBD Not as Effective as Pharmaceutical CBD for Reducing Seizures
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD, according to a preliminary study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 72nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, April 25 to May 1, 2020.

Newswise: McMaster researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis
Released: 26-Feb-2020 9:50 AM EST
McMaster researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis
McMaster University

The research team found that CBG had antibacterial activity against drug-resistant MRSA. It prevented the ability of that bacteria to form biofilms, which are communities of microorganisms that attach to each other and to surfaces; and it destroyed preformed biofilms and cells resistant to antibiotics. CBG achieved this by targeting the cell membrane of the bacteria. These findings in the laboratory were supported when mice with an MRSA infection were given CBG.

Newswise: Scientists receive NIH grant to support study using THC as therapy for HIV patients suffering from inflammation
Released: 26-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Scientists receive NIH grant to support study using THC as therapy for HIV patients suffering from inflammation
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

More than $3.7 million was awarded to Mahesh Mohan, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Professor at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and Chioma M. Okeoma, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, to explore the link between cannabinoids (THC) and chronic intestinal inflammation in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Released: 25-Feb-2020 1:45 PM EST
Weight-Based Bullying Linked to Increased Adolescent Alcohol, Marijuana Use
American Psychological Association (APA)

Adolescents who are bullied about their weight or body shape may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than those who are not bullied, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 11:00 AM EST
Cannabis Use Among Older Adults has Increased 75 Percent Since 2015
NYU Langone Health

Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Released: 12-Feb-2020 12:30 PM EST
Toxicological Research on E-cigarettes, PFAS, Cannabinoids, Wildfires, and More to Be Presented during the SOT 59th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo
Society of Toxicology

With 80+ Featured and Scientific Sessions and 2,000+ presentations showcasing advances in fundamental and translational sciences and emerging disciplines and technologies, the 59th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo of the Society of Toxicology is the largest forum for toxicological research in the world.

3-Feb-2020 5:05 AM EST
Does Simultaneous Use of Marijuana Affect Alcohol Intake and Consequences Among Young Adults?
Research Society on Alcoholism

Simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana (SAM) is common among young people, and is sometimes a deliberate choice to enhance the effects of intoxication. However, compared with alcohol use alone, SAM has been linked to a greater risk of interpersonal problems, physical and mental health issues, and road accidents. Despite this, there has been little research at the occasion level – for example, it is not known if individuals who engage in SAM drink more (or less) alcohol on the occasions when they also use marijuana, and experience more (or fewer) alcohol-related consequences, than on alcohol-only days. Researchers in Seattle and Minneapolis have conducted a new study, published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, to evaluate these aspects, by conducting multiple daily assessments of alcohol and SAM use among the same individuals over time. The study took place in and around Seattle in Washington state, where non-medical marijuana use is legal for those over

Newswise: Hemp ‘goes hot’ due to genetics, not growing conditions
Released: 30-Jan-2020 12:25 PM EST
Hemp ‘goes hot’ due to genetics, not growing conditions
Cornell University

As the hemp industry grows, producers face the risk of cultivating a crop that can become unusable – and illegal – if it develops too much of the psychoactive chemical THC. Cornell University researchers have determined that a hemp plant’s propensity to ‘go hot’ – become too high in THC – is determined by genetics, not as a stress response to growing conditions, contrary to popular belief.

Released: 29-Jan-2020 2:20 PM EST
New insight into how cannabidiol takes effect in the brains of people with psychosis
King's College London

Published in Psychological Medicine, the research used fMRI scans to examine the brain activity of 13 people with a diagnosis of psychosis under the influence of a single dose of CBD or placebo and 16 controls whilst they were undertaking a memory task.

Released: 29-Jan-2020 1:35 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Launches New Podcasts
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced the launch of two new monthly podcasts for physician anesthesiologists, the anesthesia care team, residents, medical students and anesthesiology community.

Released: 21-Jan-2020 12:05 PM EST
Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run
BMJ

Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects, suggests preliminary research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.

17-Jan-2020 4:25 PM EST
An Estimated 2 Million People With Heart Disease Have Used Marijuana, Finds Study
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

A new study estimates that more than 2 million Americans with heart disease have used marijuana, but the cardiovascular effects of the drug are not fully understood.

Newswise: How Marijuana Accelerates Growth of HPV-related Head and Neck Cancer Identified
Released: 13-Jan-2020 11:55 AM EST
How Marijuana Accelerates Growth of HPV-related Head and Neck Cancer Identified
University of California San Diego Health

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified how THC from marijuana accelerates cancer growth in patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive head and neck cancer.

Newswise: Study Sheds Light on Link Between Cannabis, Anxiety and Stress
10-Jan-2020 5:40 PM EST
Study Sheds Light on Link Between Cannabis, Anxiety and Stress
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions, Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers report.

Released: 6-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
Cannabis Edibles Present Novel Health Risks
Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

With the recent legalization of cannabis edibles in Canada, physicians and the public must be aware of the novel risks of cannabis edibles

Newswise: Forensic Chemist Detects Marijuana-Use Based on Sweat Test
Released: 6-Jan-2020 1:10 PM EST
Forensic Chemist Detects Marijuana-Use Based on Sweat Test
University at Albany, State University of New York

Jan Halámek is proving that our own perspiration not only gives away how drunk we are – but if we are high, too.

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Released: 18-Dec-2019 10:45 AM EST
Study: Marijuana Use in E-Cigarettes Increases Among Youth
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

A study published today online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found marijuana use in electronic cigarettes has been increasing among U.S. middle and high school students from 2017 to 2018.

Released: 10-Dec-2019 11:15 AM EST
Where Cannabis Is Legal, Americans Are More Likely to Believe It Has Benefits
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Residents of states where cannabis has been legalized are more likely to believe it has beneficial effects - including health benefits in treatment of pain and anxiety or depression, reports a survey study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 2-Dec-2019 12:10 PM EST
Pot While Pregnant: UNLV Medicine Doctors Urge Caution
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Daily marijuana use during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infection, decreased oxygen levels and other negative fetal health outcomes, according to a new study from a team of UNLV Medicine doctors.

25-Nov-2019 2:35 PM EST
Understanding Association of Marijuana Use, Risk of Developing Cancer
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

The association between marijuana use and the risk of developing different kinds of cancer remained largely unclear in this analysis of 25 studies. The available studies were limited by small numbers of participants with high levels of marijuana use, poor quantification of marijuana use, and the presence of other factors such as cigarette smoking, which could influence results. Long-term studies are needed to improve understanding of marijuana’s association with the risk of developing cancer.

Released: 26-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
NMU and Shimadzu Dedicate Medicinal Plant Chemistry Lab
Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University students enrolled in the nation's first medicinal plant chemistry program have access to cutting-edge instrumentation used in and beyond the cannabis industry through NMU's partnership with Shimadzu. Representatives of both entities recently dedicated a new lab on campus.

25-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
Study Finds Increase in Calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers for Natural Psychoactive Substances, Driven by Increase in Marijuana Exposures
Nationwide Children's Hospital

A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found there were more than 67,300 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December 2017, which totaled an average of 3,743 exposures each year, or approximately 10 calls every day.

Newswise: Cannabis Found Not to Be a Substitute for Opioids
15-Nov-2019 11:30 AM EST
Cannabis Found Not to Be a Substitute for Opioids
McMaster University

The research team looked at all research on the effects of cannabis use on illicit opioid use during methadone maintenance therapy, which is a common treatment for opioid use disorder, and found six studies involving more than 3,600 participants.

11-Nov-2019 12:10 PM EST
In States Where Recreational Marijuana is Legal, Adults Use More Frequently and Teens Report Increased Problematic Use
NYU Langone Health

In States Where Recreational Marijuana is Legal, Adults Use More Frequently and Teens Report Increased Problematic Use


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