Marijuana Can Help Children with Seizures, Cancer Nausea

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests medical marijuana can treat seizures and reduce chemotherapy-related nausea in adolescents. The study analyzed 22 studies related to the use of marijuana as a therapy for children and young adults, and found THC improved nausea and vomiting in young patients undergoing chemotherapy, which CBD was beneficial for treating seizures. This information is especially welcomed for children who have not responded well to other treatment options. While cannabis was seen as beneficial for young patients suffering cancer or epilepsy, the review did not find promising information regarding its use in pediatrics for the treatment of neuropathic pain, PTSD, and Tourette’s syndrome.

On the other hand, the review found cannabis may present certain harms for young patients, and one of the study’s lead authors, Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong, explains, “Our research supports the AAP’s concerns that cannabis can be harmful to children’s brains… Studies of children and adolescents who use recreational cannabis, particularly frequent use of high potency cannabis over longer periods of time, suggest negative effects on learning, memory, attention, and problem-solving ability.” Because of this, there should be extra care in following proper dosing guidelines. That’s where our CannaBest Medical smartphone app can be extra useful! With it, you can keep track of the amount of cannabis used, the frequency of its use, the cannabinoid composition, and the preferred vehicle for administration, so that you can discover the most appropriate treatment regimen. Journal daily for the most accurate results.

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Can Marijuana Help With Nausea?

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Marijuana has long been promoted as an antiemetic, making it a viable option for those seeking relief from nausea. The cannabinoid THC is cannabis’ main active ingredient responsible for providing nausea relief by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the brain that manage nausea and vomiting.. In one study, healthy volunteers received ipecac, a substance that stimulates vomiting, alongside THC. It was found that THC significantly reduced symptoms of queasiness and vomiting.

The antiemetic benefits provided by medical marijuana make it desirable for cancer and AIDS patients who seek relief from the nauseating side effects of their traditional treatment regimens. One study found patients undergoing chemotherapy experienced an absence of nausea and vomiting through the use of cannabinoids, and reported it as preferable to other treatments. Another study analyzed 30 studies of more than 1300 patients and found cannabinoid-based medications were more effective than other antiemetics in treating side effects of chemotherapy. Studies have also found cannabis’ nausea relief can help AIDS patients continue with their antiretroviral treatments, and THC can help stimulate appetite to combat weight loss.

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More Medical Marijuana Could Help Cut Down On Narcotics

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A recent study has found medical marijuana can help fight the narcotics epidemic by reducing the need for pharmaceutical medications. According to the study, which looked at prescriptions filled by Medicare Part D enrollees between 2010 and 2013, prescriptions for which marijuana could serve as an appropriate substitution fell drastically. Most notable is cannabis’ ability to alleviate pain, which in turn can make a substantial dent in the need for expensive pain management medications that have the potential of producing negative side effects. In states that have legalized medical marijuana, the number of prescriptions for different medications, but most notably pain medications, have decreased.

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10 Facts About Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Cannabidiol is one of the better understood cannabinoids of the over 113 known cannabinoids that exist in cannabis. It’s gaining in popularity for its ability to treat a wide range of conditions without producing psychoactive side effects, but how well do you know the cannabinoid? Let’s look at the facts!

Because CBD does not act on the same receptors as THC, it is able to provide a myriad of health benefits without producing the psychoactive high that marijuana is known for. This makes the cannabinoid appropriate for use in pediatric treatment and makes it desirable among health professionals and patients who want symptom relief without any side effects. According to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD is able to act as an antiemetic, anticonvulsant, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral and anti-cancer, anxiolytic and antidepressant, and an analgesic.

Although CBD can provide all of these benefits, one of the strengths of cannabinoid is that it is able work alongside other cannabinoids and terpenes to provide maximum relief through what is known as the “entourage effect.” Through this, CBD can actually buffer against the negative side effects of THC, so that patients can experience the therapeutic benefits of that cannabinoid with less severe side effects. CBD’s safety profile is so high that people have even started using it to treat ailments in their pets. Depending on dosage, CBD can either increase wakefulness among users, or provide sedative effects that facilitate sleeping. Larger doses help people stay asleep longer, while small doses help stimulate energy and help people wake up.

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Study: Cannabis Use Inversely Associated With Fatty Liver Disease

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Data published in PLoS One suggests adults who have used marijuana face a lower risk of suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than those who have not. Using a samily size of 22,000 adults, researchers from Stanford University in California and Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea assessed the relationship between marijuana use and NAFLD, and found cannabis use independently predicted lower risks of the condition, and that the effect was dose-dependent. This information supports the findings from previous studies. Researchers concluded, “Active marijuana use provided a protective effect against NAFLD independent of known metabolic risk factors… [W]e conclude that current marijuana use may favorably impact the pathogenesis of NAFLD in US adults.”

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What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 4.

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After having discussed so many way marijuana can be applicable in medicinal instances, it’s time we conclude our discussion.

Many people may be aware of short spurts of anxiety following marijuana use, but what they don’t know is that marijuana could actually improve anxiety long-term. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD, specifically, has been deemed as effective as approved anti-anxiety medications. Studies have found marijuana may manage the overactive immune system associated with lupus. This, as well as marijuana’s inherent anti-inflammatory properties, can help alleviate symptoms of pain and inflammation that coincide with the condition. Many patients have experienced relief from the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, however these results have proven inconsistent in what studies exist, and while the medication is well tolerated, some patients did not experience any relief at all. More research is desired.

Cannabinoids also help stimulate bone formation, prevent bone resorption, and prevent loss of bone mass making marijuana a potentially powerful player in therapy for osteoporosis. By reducing the side effects associated with Hepatitis C treatment regimens, marijuana use encourages patients to complete their treatments and helps lead patients to remission. Its stimulation of certain receptors may also improve treatment outcomes. Marijuana may also help those who suffer from severe headaches like migraines by reducing their frequency and severity. Lastly, researchers have discovered lower prevalence of diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in marijuana users. Marijuana users, in general, have lower insulin levels, smaller waists, are less likely to be obese.

This concludes our post on the many ways marijuana can treat a myriad of symptoms. Thanks for following along for the discussion! This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 3.

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In the last post, we continued to look at the conditions where medical marijuana is effective. It’s not done yet! We’ll continue the discussion below.

While the relationship between marijuana and heart disease is complicated, and cannabis can actually exacerbate symptoms in some users by increasing heart rate and blood pressure, scientists have found low doses of THC can reduce damage from heart attacks, and CBD can be used as a treatment for cardiovascular disease. Cannabis may also reduce the severity and lessen the impact of a stroke. Although most studies thus far have been animal studies, researchers believe medical cannabis may help treat the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, and one human study found synthetic THC improved motor-related symptoms of the disorder. Animal studies have found cannabis may slow the progression of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and many properties of cannabis could help reduce pain, relax muscles, reduce saliva, stimulate appetite, and induce sleep. Synthetic cannabinoids also improved pain symptoms in fibromyalgia patients, and one survey found patients actually preferred cannabis to any approved pharmaceutical medication.

New support is starting to accumulate for the use of marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease. Marijuana may be able to do so by reducing inflammation and the formation of plaques. Marijuana has been found to alleviate tics and be well tolerated in patients with Tourette’s syndrome. Cannabis topicals are now offered as effective treatments for varying skin disorders, and its anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties make it effective for the treatment of acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Marijuana may also help those who suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea fall asleep quicker and improve breathing during sleep. Lastly, and probably most well known, is medical marijuana’s ability to treat epilepsy. Specifically, the cannabinoid CBD is well-tolerated and effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures.

There are even many more conditions to talk about regarding medical marijuana treatment. Keep reading as we conclude our discussion in the next post! This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 2.

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In our previous post, we began to look at the conditions medical marijuana can help, but it doesn’t end there! Let’s continue that discussion now.

Medical marijuana may help those with inflammatory bowel disease, including conditions like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Marijuana may improve symptoms to the point of remission and can help patients ween off of traditional medications. Marijuana may also help those with Parkinson’s disease, and patients have experienced relief from tremor severity and pain symptoms. Surprisingly, marijuana may also help those with asthma. Because THC acts as a bronchodilator, it opens up the pathways of the lungs, reduces spasms, and prevents over-inflation of the lungs. Not surprisingly, marijuana is known to stimulate appetite, which can be extremely beneficial for patients suffering from conditions like AIDS and cancer, where appetite loss is a common symptom of the conditions and side effect of the disorders’ treatments. On the other hand, marijuana can also help combat obesity. Although it is able to increase appetite, marijuana is still associated with a smaller waistline and lower cholesterol in users than in non-users, and it has been found to better manage glucose levels.

As mentioned in the previous post in relation to cancer, medical marijuana is effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting, and it can be so effective at treating this common side effect associated with chemotherapy and HIV/AIDS treatment regimens that it can allow patients to continue with these unpleasant treatments. Medical marijuana can also improved the recovery and survival rates of patients with traumatic brain injury. Similarly, researchers believe phytocannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoids could improve the outcomes of spinal cord injury, as well, due to the fact they have observed increases in the body’s natural endocannabinoid production following injury in an attempt to prevent damage.

Thanks for following up with today’s post on the medical benefits of medical marijuana. Still, there are so many more conditions where medical marijuana is useful! We’ll continue our discussion of more conditions in the next post. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

What Are The Medical Benefits of Marijuana? - Part 1.

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Medical marijuana is now being touted for having a wide range of medicinal benefits that allow it to provide therapeutic relief for many different conditions. In this four part series, we will take an in depth look at many of the medical conditions it is capable of treating.

One of the most commonly cited and widely approved conditions for marijuana use is chronic pain. Marijuana is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing pain and providing relief for the conditions that cause it, like arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and migraines. Medical marijuana is also used for treating glaucoma, a condition that affects sight and can damage the optic nerve due to increased pressure in the eye. Studies have found marijuana decreases intraocular eye pressure by 25-30%, and scientists believe its neuroprotective properties could prevent the optic nerve from getting damaged. Medical marijuana may also help those suffering from liver disease. The cannabinoid CBD can prevent liver fibrosis, while THC may be able to help improve the symptoms associated with cholestatic liver disease.

Marijuana is also promoted as a hero for cancer patients, mainly for its ability to reduce the nausea and vomiting accompanying chemotherapy treatments. Even more exciting, in rodent models, THC and cannabinoids have been found to induce apoptosis in cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. In other rodent models, THC reduced tumor size. Contrary to what has long been claimed by prohibitionists about cannabis’ relationship to schizophrenia, studies have found non-psychoactive compounds like CBD may actually benefit psychosis. CBD is antipsychotic and generally well tolerated. But be careful, as THC may actually exacerbate symptoms. Lastly, recent clinical trials have found medical marijuana help those with multiple sclerosis by combatting muscle spasticity, reducing pain, and improving sleep quality.

That concludes today’s post on the medical benefits of medical marijuana, but there’s still so much more to discuss! Tune into the following post where we will look at more conditions where medical marijuana’s usage is applicable. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

3 Pros and 3 Cons of Using Edibles

As is true of any method of intake when it comes to dosing with medical marijuana, or any prescription medication, there are benefits and downsides to any vehicle of administration. In the above video, Civilized discusses the pros and cons to consuming the medical marijuana edible, which is a popular form of medical marijuana dosing among consumers. If you don’t have time or are not in a good place to watch the video, here’s a rundown of what it says.

For patients looking longterm relief, the effects of an edible are long lasting. Its effects remain stead and constant, and can range anywhere from three to seven hours. The unique process involved in metabolizing an edible results in a more potent effect than can permeate across the body. On the downside, the onset of relief from edibles are delayed, and can take from 45 minutes to 2 hours to take effect. The edible’s stronger potency along with its delayed effects can cause consumers to either take too little, for fear of experience to strong of an effect, or too much, out of impatience in waiting for relief. Lastly, it can be difficult to distinguish marijuana edibles from other consumable goods. This can should be considered when keeping edibles away from children, and it can cause concern of accidentally ingestion when eating an edible is not desired.

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Using Cannabis Pain Patches for Fibromyalgia

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Medical marijuana patients have access to a myriad of different methods and vehicles for administering medical marijuana therapy. Now, the company Cannabis Science has developed two new transdermal patches that can offer relief for fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy nerve pain. Transdermal patches allow cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream directly through entering the skin. Some patients prefer this method because it allows for more precise dosing, so the patient can receive specific dosages and can target the affected areas of the body. The cannabinoid most responsible for providing relief through these patches is CBD, because studies have found it effectively provides pain relief for inflammatory pain, including that associated with fibromyalgia and peripheral neuropathy, without producing any psychoactive side effects.

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Study: Cannabis May Be Protective Against Liver Disease

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French researchers have recently determined cannabis may protect against liver disease in patients diagnosed with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In the study, which was published in the Journal of Viral Hepatitis, a cohort of 838 HIV-HCV co-infected subjects were examined to determine if there was a link between cannabis use and steatosis (fatty liver disease). They concluded, “Daily cannabis use was independently associated with a reduced prevalence of steatosis” after adjusting for potential confounders. “Daily cannabis use may be a protective factor against steatosis in HIV-HCV co-infected patients.”

This information supports previous studies that have similarly determined cannabis may be beneficial for those infected with HIV/HCV. This information was originally published on the Daily Chronic, and has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Neurologist Dr. Carlos Aguirre's Survey Demonstrates CBD's Powerful Effects on Seizures

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Pediatric neurologist Dr. Carlos G. Aguirre-Velazquez has released continuing results from his clinical study involving the use of CBD oil for seizures relating to tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Dr. Aguirre measured the frequency, intensity, and duration of convulsive crises in TSC patient, as well as studied their quality of life, use of prescription drugs, and the long-term sustainability of CBD treatment. The results of his study are positive, with 60% of participants exhibiting clinically significant (60-80%) reductions in the frequency of their seizures with the use of CBD products. Additionally, patients using CBD experienced an improvement in mood, appetite, cognition, and overall quality of life, without experiencing adverse side effects, suggesting CBD can be used consistently while maintaining a high safety profile. Minor side effects like drowsiness and appetite increase existed, but they could improve or dissipate with adjusted doses. Researchers explained, “The experience of parents and patients with medicinal cannabis (CBD), as reported in our survey, suggests that CBD reduced the frequency, intensity, and duration of convulsive crises secondary to TSC.”

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Treating Autism With Cannabis Now Has Scientific Support

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A new study has found CBD extract may be able to provide support for those diagnosed with autism. Many researchers attribute the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which include problems in communication, odd social interactions, restricted or repetitive movements, to reduced inhibition in the brain. Now, in a breakthrough study, a team of researchers from the University of Washington has sought to use CBD as a way of restoring inhibition in the brain. Scientists used a genetic mouse model, in which the genes have been mutated in order to produce the symptoms of Dravet Syndrome, which includes inducing spontaneous seizures and exhibiting autism-like behaviors, to determine the effects of CBD on autism, specifically. In the model, mice were offered a choice between interacting with other mice or objects. While mice would usually prefer to spend time with other mice, the autistic-like mice usually have no preference and will split their time equally between the two. Upon receiving small amounts of CBD (about 10-20% of the anti-epileptic dose), the autistic-like mice significantly increased the amount of time they spent with other mice. Additionally, CBD reduced the urge autistic-like mice felt in escaping these social situations, and they exhibited improved performance in regards to the quality of their social interactions.

To understand these results, the researchers recorded electrical signals within the brains of the individual mice. They found CBD blocked the brain receptor GPR55 from interfering with how the brain cells communicated, thereby restoring balance and brain inhibition. The next steps will involve breaking down the barriers that exist as a result of cannabis’ Schedule I status so that researchers can test the effects of CBD on autism in large-scale human models. This information has been provided by Civilized and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Study: Colorado’s Adult Use Cannabis Access Law Associated With Reductions In Opioid Deaths

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There are various studies suggesting that the implementation of statewide medical marijuana programs can have a major impact in combatting the opioid crisis, but now studies suggest that even adult use access to recreational marijuana can also make a dent in the epidemic. The study, which was published in The American Journal of Public Health, involved a team of researchers from the University of North Texas School of Public Health, the University of Florida, and Emory University. By looking at the number of monthly opioid-related deaths that preceded Colorado’s adult use retailers against monthly opioid-related deaths after, they found that Colorado’s cannabis retail effectively reduced deaths related to opioid use. The researchers concluded, “Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado… Legalization of cannabis in Colorado was associated with short-term reductions in opioid-related deaths.”

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Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 3.

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It is now time to conclude our discussion of the health benefits of medical marijuana in the third post of our series.

While medical marijuana is know for its internal benefits, it can also benefit the body topically as well. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have antioxidant properties that make them able to protect the body from oxidative stress, and thereby prevent skin damage and aging. Through vaping or using topical applications, medical marijuana can provide various skin benefits. There are now a wide range of products available to help women relieve the aches and pains that come along with menstruation. There aren’t many studies regarding cannabis and menstruation specifically, but women have been attesting to the benefits of the plant, and studies have found cannabis reduces nausea, relieves pain, and reduces muscle spasms, suggesting it could have powerful benefits for the symptoms that coincide with periods.

Marijuana has often been associated with unhealthy habits like increasing appetite and falling for cravings known as the “munchies.” Contrary to the belief that marijuana may cause weight gain, it may actually do the opposite and help users maintain a healthy weight. In one study, 13,000 adults who used marijuana consistently had smaller waists and 3% lower BMI than those who abstained, even in spite of their higher caloric consumption. Some researchers suggest marijuana may produce these results by helping our bodies digest blood sugar more quickly and efficiently. Marijuana may also help relieve the digestive system of disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This may be because marijuana can interact with the endocannabinoid system, which in turn can help treat the condition and control the movement of food within the gut.

This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer, and this concludes our post on the many ways marijuana may contribute to better overall health.

Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 2.

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In our last post, we began our discussion of the different health benefits of medical marijuana, but let’s continue and discover more ways the plant can enhance one’s life.

Although medical marijuana has garnered the reputation as a gateway drug by prohibitionists and anti-marijuana activists, studies have shown marijuana can actually help ween people off of those harmful and addictive substances. One study from 2009 found people used marijuana as a replacement for alcohol, prescription, and illegal drugs, mostly due to the fact that marijuana effectively manages health issues while producing few adverse side effects, and leaving little risk for withdrawal symptoms. This is an especially important benefit in light of the opioid epidemic currently ravaging the country. Not only is marijuana a healthy alternative to harmful substances like cigarettes, but it may even benefit the lungs and improve lung capacity. One study from the Journal of the American Medical Association involving 5000 participants over the course of 20 years linked marijuana users with a higher overall lung capacity than non-users. Additionally, marijuana’s ability to act as a bronchodilator makes it a powerful tool for asthma sufferers.

Medical marijuana also acts as a sleep aid for those who suffer with insomnia or other sleep disorders. Studies have found THC reduces the time it needed to fall asleep in healthy volunteers and insomniacs, so consuming marijuana prior to sleeping can help induce sleep. That said, some studies suggest cannabis can interfere with the deeper stages of sleep where dreaming occurs, known as REM sleep. Another use for medical marijuana is in enhancing sexual health. One study from 2017 found small doses of marijuana increases sexual drive and libido, and consumers report it increases orgasms and sexual enjoyment. That said, consumers shouldn’t go overboard: some studies have linked heavy long-term use to negative side effects like lack of sexual interest, erectile dysfunction, and reduced testosterone levels.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment of our discussion on the overall health benefits of medical marijuana. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Discussing the Health Benefits of Marijuana - Part 1.

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As research surrounding medical marijuana increases, we are becoming more aware of the various conditions it is capable of treating. Additionally, medical marijuana can provide a myriad of health benefits to contribute to an improved quality of daily life. In this three part series, we will discuss the many ways medical marijuana can therapeutically enhance one’s health.

One of the ways medical marijuana is therapeutically beneficial is through its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Although THC can increase anxiety under certain circumstances, new evidence suggests medical marijuana can actually relieve stress. In our previous post, we discussed how medical marijuana provided stress relief and buffered against heightened levels of cortisol in stressful situations. Another study from Canada found 40% of medical marijuana patients prescribed benzodiazepines for anxiety were able to cease use of their pharmaceutical medications within 90 days of beginning a cannabis regimen. Medical marijuana can also enhance one’s mood by increasing the release of dopamine neurons in the pleasure center of the brain.

Follow up with our next post, where we will continue our discussion of how medical marijuana can provide therapeutic health benefits in different aspects of one’s life. This information has been provided by Leaf Science and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Cannabis as an Anti-Anxiety Medication

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A new study published in Psychopharmacology has found regular cannabis use can, over time, reduce the risk of anxiety and blunt stress responses in stressful situations, including when a person is sober. In the study, which involved 40 regular cannabis users and 42 people who had little to no experience with cannabis, non-cannabis users reported feeling anxious and exhibited high levels of cortisol in stressful scenarios, while cannabis users reported less anxiety, and exhibited no change in cortisol levels. Prior to the study, all participants abstained from use for 12-18 hours. Results also found that patients did not exhibit heightened cannabis cravings when stressed.

Co-author, researcher, and clinical assistant professor at Washington State University explains, “Based on our findings, the potential effects of cannabis on stress do appear to extend beyond the period of intoxication… But we’re not yet comfortable saying whether that muted stress response is a good thing or a bad thing.” Both too much and too little cortisol can prove problematic, with too much resulting in negative side effects and leading to various conditions, and too little preventing a person from producing an appropriate stress response. More research is necessary in order to determine whether reduced cortisol levels are beneficial or detrimental.

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Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use, Study Finds

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A new study conducted by researchers from DePaul University and Rush University, College of Nursing and published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Care has determined patients registered in state medical marijuana programs tend to reduce their use of prescription medications. In the study, which involved 34 registered medical marijuana patients in Illinois, respondents claimed the onset of medical cannabis relief was quicker than other medications, and they found it had fewer side effects. Most patients used medical cannabis as a replacement for opioids, anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories, and over-the-counter analgesics. The authors explained, “[O]ur results indicate that MC (medical cannabis) may be used intentionally to taper off prescription medications. These findings align with previous research that has reported substitution or alternative use of cannabis for prescription pain medications due to concerns regarding addiction and better side-effect and symptom management, as well as complementary use to help manage side-effects of prescription medication.”

This data supports previous studies with similar findings. This information has been provided by the Daily Chronic and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.