Pet-friendly Cannabis: Do Your Research

People are beginning to widely accept the healing properties of cannabis for treating a variety of conditions. The drug has been deemed a "miracle drug" by many, and because it is able to provide symptom relief for so many different conditions, people are beginning to wonder if the plant's power could potentially treat their furry friends that fall ill. A pet is an important part of someone's life, so when this loved one falls ill, people try to do whatever they can to provide relief or save their lives. Marijuana Investor News warns if you're considering cannabis for your pet, do you research first; what works for a human does not always work for another species.  

The options available for treating suffering pets are limited and often come with unwanted side effects, so many pet owners are looking for holistic alternatives like medical cannabis. Research and anecdotal evidence suggest cannabinoids like THC and CBD can be helpful for ailing humans, but THC can actually be dangerous for pets. In dogs, the wrong dosage of THC can cause static ataxia which causes them to lose basic motor functions. While humans have never overdosed on marijuana, overconsumption of the plant for animals can be fatal. 

Current medical marijuana companies focused on providing symptom relief for pets isolate CBD or create synthetic cannabinoids. The medical marijuana industry is still budding across the nation, and when it comes to medical marijuana for pets, there is ample room for growth and development. Marijuana Investor News says, "If an animal's pain can be eased and quality of life improved with a prescription of cannabinoids, it is well worth it to invest in the research and development of these druges to see what combinations, strains, and levels of certain cannabinoids are compatible with our furry friends."

Cannabinoids have the potential to help treat sick animals, but until they are investigated further they need to be handled with the utmost care. Read more about the pet and cannabis dilemma on Marijuana Investor News

Study Finds Marijuana May Lower Sperm Count

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Many consider marijuana a miracle plant, having a wide array of healing properties that can combat a variety of symptoms while lacking many of the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs currently on the market. This is not to say that cannabis has no side effects, however. Many consider the plant's side effects minimal and less severe than pharmaceutical drugs, pointing to the fact that it is impossible to overdose on the drug and the fact that the drug is merely habit forming as opposed to addictive. That being said, it is still important to understand each side effect of the medication, one being the possibility of lowering one's sperm count. 

In a study conducted between 2008 and 2012, 1,215 Danish men between the ages of 18-28 were examined in mandatory health exams while serving in the military. Part of the examination required participants to provide a semen sample and answer questions about their health and lifestyle, including questions about marijuana use and recreational drug use within the previous three months. Out of all of the participants, 45 percent reported using marijuana, and those who used it more than once a week had 28 percent lower sperm count than those who did not. Those who combined marijuana use with other drug use had 55 percent lower sperm count. Researchers explained, "Our findings are of public interest as marijuana use is common and may be contributing to recent reports of poor semen quality."

Marijuana Investor News wrote an analysis of this study, and pointed out this information should not be overly alarming because marijuana is not the only thing that can lower one's sperm count. "While marijuana may lower sperm count and sperm concentration in regular users, a good number of other activities do as well, but leading a healthy and active lifestyle may be the best counteraction." For more information on this topic, read the whole article here.


Top 5 Reasons Dosage Control is a Game Changer for the Cannabis Industry

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One of the biggest problems in the medical marijuana industry is the stigma associated with marijuana as a stoner drug for getting high instead of a path towards relieving symptoms and ailments. It's not surprising that this stigma exists, as there is relatively little clinical research of marijuana's medicinal properties, and it isn't treated like other medicines. With other prescription medications, a doctor prescribes a treatment regimen that consists of a scheduled routine and specific measured doses. With medical marijuana, however, patients are handed a card that allows them to access the medication, but they then have to make their own decisions on their method of intake, their proper dose, the composition of their medication, and how often they should medicate.

That's why we at CannaBest Medical have developed an app to help people better understand their medication and track their dosing regimen. Documenting this information will help provide users guidance throughout their medical marijuana journey and will offer physicians the material needed to make useful recommendations for their patients. 

There are many reasons why understanding medical marijuana dosage and treating it like a real medication are of the utmost importance for developing this industry, and here are the top five according to Marijuana Investor News:

1. It eliminates unpredictability when it comes to providing consistent results throughout the therapy. 2. It creates a more sellable products. Doctors can assure their patients that they are taking a real medication that will generally provide the desired therapeutic effect. 3. It improves the user experience. 4. It widens the product's appeal for patients who probably would have never considered marijuana as a medication before. Lastly, 5. It helps legitimize the medical marijuana industry which would be able to mimic the infrastructure and approach of the pharmaceutical industry.

For a more in depth look at these 5 reasons, visit MJInvestor News


Cannabidiol and Bone Fracture Healing: Promising Data Published on Medical Marijuana

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Evidence continues to mount in support of cannabidiol (CBD) in the treatment of bone fracture healing thanks to 18 scientists from Israel and Sweden. Research has shown CBD can "enhance fracture healing and stimulate Lysyl Hydroxylase (a highly abundant enzyme involved in bone healing) activity in osteoblasts (bone building cells)." Research has been performed on the cannabinoid's effect on bone healing, but never with such a large group of scientists. Marijuana Investor News discusses this new study further. 

The study consisted of three experiments; one that injected THC or CBD into rats with fractured femurs, one that analyzed the effects of an equal part CBD/THC mixture on a fracture callus, and one that looked at the effects of THC and CBD on the expression of osteoblast enzyme lysyl hydroxylase that catalyzes collagen crosslinking.

The first experiment concluded "stimulation of endocannabinoid receptors of bone cells with cannabis ligands improved the rate of bone healing... [and] CBD significantly enhanced the mechanical properties and strength of bone after eight weeks." The second experiment found THC increased the maximal force and stiffness of bone a little more than CBD. Lastly, the third experiment discovered CBD increased mRNA levels of the lysyl hydroxylase gene. "This data is probably the most significant finding in cannabis research to date because it gave scientists insight into the genetic impact of cannabis on the body. Everything starts with genetics and this concrete data gives us a deeper insight into how cannabis influences the body's physiology." 

For a more detailed look at these findings, read guest contributor Fabian Hernandez's piece on MJINews. 

Study: No Link Between Teen Marijuana Use and Mental Illness

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One of the strong subjects of debate when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana is the effects marijuana might have on children. Marijuana is thought to be useful in the treatment of various illnesses, including epilepsy and other seizure disorders, or autism, many of which afflict children and young adults. While the relief these patients may feel from high CBD strains of medical marijuana seems incredible in comparison to the pharmaceutical options currently available, many parents and caregivers are concerned about how the medication may affect these children both mentally and physically as they mature into adulthood. Now, evidence suggests there is no link between marijuana use and mental or physical health.

The Daily Chronic discusses a study of this link, saying, "Researchers found no link between teen marijuana use and the development of psychotic symptoms, lifetime depression, anxiety, allergies, headaches, cancer, asthma, or high blood pressure." The study divided its participant population (408 males between the age of adolescence to the 30's) into four groups based on how often and when they began to use marijuana. Very few participants had mental health issues, even when ignoring the controlled mitigating factors like access to healthcare, use of other drugs, cigarette smoking, and others factors. 

The results of this study are significant because they seem to show there is little to no connection between the youth use of marijuana and the development of mental illness, but it is important to note that the study is incomplete; the only test subjects were male. We hope that further research will reveal that using marijuana in adolescence is not harmful on mental of physical development, so parents and caregivers can feel reassured when using medical marijuana to treat a child's condition.

For more details on the study, read this article on Marijuana Investor News. 

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We were featured in an MJINews Piece! Upon returning from the My Compassion Cannabis Conference 2015 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, we've talked quite a bit about the wonderful experience we had. Now you can share in that experience as well! This Marijuana Investor News article covers the highlights of the conference, and CannaBest was one of them!

Study: Medical Marijuana May Help Heal Broken Bones

Medical Marijuana is some sort of a miracle plant, with properties that can treat a long list of ailments, but who knew it could also help heal broken and fractured bones? A study conducted by Tel Aviv University and published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that when studying mice with mid-femoral fractures, the ones treated with CBD healed significantly quicker than the ones that were not treated with the cannabinoid. The CBD treatment also resulted in healed bones that were stronger and harder to break. It will be interesting to see what research can find when it expands to treating humans who have sustained a broken bone with CBD. For more on the subject, read this article written by Marijuana Investor News:

Weed for Weight Control?

Using weed to control weight gain seems ironic. Marijuana has long been associated with the "munchies," or the desire to eat any junk food in sight. This stereotype is not without substance. Studies have shown marijuana to stimulate appetite in animals and humans alike, and many states have approved the use of marijuana in those suffering from uncontrollable weight loss, the anorexia associated with chemo and debilitating diseases, as well as cachexia or wasting syndrome. 

Now, however, some studies are showing marijuana can be effective in reducing obesity. Researchers found that among several different groups of human populations, obesity was less prevalent among cannabis consumers. The authors concluded, "even if cannabis consumption increases appetite, people using cannabis are less likely to be obese than people who do not use cannabis." The credit for combating obesity goes to the cannabinoid THCV, which was found to reduce weight and appetite and modulate feeding behaviors. Reducing obesity is important because there are many health problems associated with it, such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancers. The rate of obesity is increasing in populations worldwide, so it is now more important than ever to discover and research new ways for combating the problem.