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On Marijuana and Breastfeeding: A New Study

Determining the safety of any new medication is difficult. Generally, willing volunteers are given doses of experimental medications and monitored by medical professionals in a clinical setting. This, of course, after extensive testing in animal models first. While this approach generally works for the population in general, certain groups, like pregnant mothers, are excluded from … Read more

New Study: Does CBD Protect Against Effects of THC?

Medical cannabis opponents often point to the addictive potential of cannabis as a reason to oppose its use. Many cannabis users consider it to be non-addictive, but cannabis use disorder (CUD, formerly cannabis dependence) is a clinically defined condition. In 2010, an estimated 13 million cases of CUD were reported worldwide. Over 1.7 million of … Read more

THC-induced Psychosis as a Potential Marker of Schizophrenia Risk

different stressed poses of the same model: visual suggestion of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects the way individuals perceive reality. While it is relatively uncommon (less than 1% of the population), the symptoms are devastating. Those suffering from schizophrenia often lose touch with reality, and may experience hallucinations and delusions. Other symptoms include withdrawing into an internal world, a “flat” affect, an inability … Read more

CBD Reduces Anxiety In Mice By Stimulating Neuronal Growth

image of a rodent's neuron

Anxiety and Depression are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the United States, affecting ~40 million people every year. There are seemingly countless antidepressants on the market, falling into several different categories based on their mechanism of action and particular chemical composition. These drugs are incredibly popular; a study from 2016, summarized here, showed that … Read more

CBD as a Potential Treatment for Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurodegenerative disorders are a major health burden both in the United States and worldwide. These diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease, all stem from the progressive loss of neurons in the brain. The specific causes of these diseases (with the exception of Huntington’s) are complex, and are influenced by genetic and environmental factors. … Read more