In recent years, the subject of CBD has played an increasingly prominent role in the medical cannabis conversation. This once-overlooked cannabinoid has drawn the attention of policymakers, patients, and families who say it can help reduce seizures in children suffering from a severe form of pediatric epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Researchers have rushed to
Migraine headaches have long been understood to cause severe pain and discomfort, and can often be difficult to treat effectively. For many patients, migraine is a chronic condition that persists despite treatment and can prove extremely debilitating. In recent years, researchers have revisited the question of what causes these crippling headaches and discovered new evidence
Dr. Rosemary Mazanet has authored a new 5-part series on medical cannabis and neuropathic pain for the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. The first two installments are available here: Part 1: The Status of Legalized Medical Marijuana and What is Dispensed Part 2: The History of Cannabis Use Future installments in the series will focus on the benefits
A common misconception you may hear from critics of medical cannabis is that its use injures the brain. The notion that “marijuana kills brain cells” is a decades-old myth that still persists among some who haven’t had a chance to study the subject scientifically. The fascinating truth, ironically enough, is that cannabis can actually protect
The legalization of cannabis for medical use in 25 states and the District of Columbia (as of the writing of this article) has fueled a growing acceptance of marijuana as a treatment option for a number of conditions. Despite criticism of the programs (whether for prescribed medical conditions or recreational), there is real science behind the use of
Marijuana has had many recorded uses in diverse cultures throughout the past 5,000 years. The first possible recorded use of cannabis occurred as early as 2727 BCE with the legendary Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, who is considered the father of Chinese agriculture and herbal medicine. In “The Herbal” which is considered the oldest Chinese text
As we discussed in a previous post, cannabinoids are the biological active ingredients found in the composition of the marijuana flower.These active ingredients interact with your own endocannabinoid system which regulates a variety of different biological receptors. The following chart can be useful in understanding the medical benefits of each cannabinoid.
Neurobiologist Emily Lindley is launching a fascinating study evaluating medical marijuana’s effectiveness at treating chronic pain when compared to opioid pain relievers: The question of whether marijuana can help treat chronic pain is important enough on its own, but Lindley’s study takes on extra significance in the context of the ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse.