Tags : marijuana research

Will CBD cure COVID-19? The evidence is light

CBD products are now available in grocery stores and health emporiums even in U.S. states without medical cannabis laws. So, as the novel coronavirus upends the country, it’s no real surprise that there are hucksters peddling cannabidiol as a “cure” for COVID-19. “CBD is Way Better Than Shooting Up Lysol,” a meme on former NFL […]Read More

Senators Demand Update From DEA On Marijuana Growing Applications

A group of senators are pressing top federal drug and health agencies to provide an update on the status of efforts to increase the number of authorized marijuana manufacturers for research purposes. A letter from the lawmakers—led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and addressed to the heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of […]Read More

People Are Skipping Sleep Aids In Favor of Marijuana, Study Reports

The scientific community is still unclear on whether or not marijuana can actually help treat sleep disturbances such as insomnia. A new study, however, found that fewer people purchase over-the-counter (OTC) sleep medications when they have legal access to cannabis. “Our results show that the market share growth for sleep aids shrank with the entry […]Read More

Marijuana Use Tied To Lower Rates Of Depression And Suicidal Ideation Among PTSD Patients

People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who consume marijuana experience significantly fewer depressive episodes and lower rates of suicidal ideation compared to non-users, according to a new study. The research, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology on Tuesday, analyzed nationally representative health data from Statistics Canada’s 2012 Community Health Survey and found that people […]Read More

Everyday Marijuana Use Reduces Opioid Consumption By Chronic Pain Patients, Study Finds

A number of studies have shown that people dealing with chronic pain issues find themselves substituting medical marijuana for prescription painkillers. And according to new research out this week, they’re also using cannabis to replace opioids that weren’t prescribed by a doctor, such as heroin. “We observed an independent negative association between frequent cannabis use and […]Read More

Senate Could Consider Marijuana Research Amendment On Spending Bill

The federal government would be required to study the impact of state marijuana legalization laws under an amendment to a spending bill that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) wants his colleagues to consider this week. The measure, which would be attached to appropriations legislation funding the Department ofJustice and other government agencies for the 2020 fiscal […]Read More

Here’s What Researchers Know So Far About How Marijuana Legalization Affects Public Health

Opponents of medical and recreational marijuana laws often raise concerns about their effect on public health, claiming that such policies will result in a rise of cannabis use disorder and the use of other potentially harmful substances. A new review, however, found that while marijuana use does increase among adults—but not teens—after legalization, that doesn’t […]Read More

Senate Marijuana Hearing Highlights How Schedule I Status Blocks Research

A major focus of a U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on the health impacts of marijuana turned out to be how cannabis’s current Schedule I federal classification makes it harder for researchers to shed light on those effects. The Wednesday event—titled “Marijuana and America’s Health: Questions and Issues for Policy Makers”—featured testimony from […]Read More

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