Cannabis for the Treatment of Cancer

Cannabis is well known throughout the world as a treatment for alleviating the side effects of chemotherapy and the symptoms of cancer. The antiemetic properties of the plant’s chief cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol, led to a synthetic form of it being approved by the FDA in 1985. This drug, Marinol, is prescribed for severe chemotherapy-associated nausea as […]

Cannabis and Violence

A recent study published the news that cannabis use is correlated with increased violent behavior. The researchers followed young males from the ages of 8 to 56, and found that those who used cannabis were more likely to commit violent offenses. This may be a surprise to many in the cannabis community. As a cannabis […]

Smoking Cannabis and Cancer

Walk into a California dispensary and prominently displayed at eye level is likely a sign that reads, “Smoke from cannabis contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer. State of California Prop 65 warning.” Most young people probably don’t read the sign. But imagine the arthritic 75 year old visiting a dispensary for the […]

My Brain on Cannabis

When it comes to intelligence, cannabis has had a bad reputation. We’ve all seen the media representations of ‘stoners’ as bumbling, forgetful, and unfocused characters, and maybe we’ve even had some experiences ourselves where we’ve felt stupefied by some potent bud. Difficulty with short term memory recall and slowed cognitive functioning are commonly reported side […]

When OG Kush is not OG Kush

Walk into a dispensary in LA, San Francisco, Denver, or Seattle and you’ll most likely see some of the most popular strains prominently displayed, with names such as Blue Dream, Durban Poison, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, and OG Kush. However, an OG Kush is not an OG Kush is not an OG Kush. I can walk […]

The Endocannabinoid System

Dr. Bonni Goldstein, medical director of Canna-Centers, was the guest speaker at the most recent Women Grow event in LA. She talks about the endocannabinoid system and its role in the human body.

Cannabis Testing Lab Standards

First, the good news. More states are making cannabis testing mandatory. This means that before you walk into your local dispensary, the products on the shelf have been tested for everything from THC and CBD levels, to mold and pesticides. And when a new harvest makes its way into the same dispensary from the same […]

Medical Marijuana - Research and Therapeutic Potential

The endocannabinoid system, a physiologic system in the human body, was only discovered in the early 1990s. It is perhaps the largest neurotransmitter system in the human body and useful in treating an enormous array of conditions. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are present in fish, reptiles, earthworms, leeches, amphibians, birds and mammals — every animal except […]

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