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The most important player in the US’s war against marijuana

The Trump administration has been outspoken about its antipathy towards cannabis. Surrogates have made appearances on news programs claiming that cannabis, even for medicinal purposes, carries great risk. They claim that it’s a gateway drug, that it carries substantial health risks, even from acute use, and any medicinal benefits are largely unfounded. These accusations are […]

cognition Microbiome

How cannabis’ effect on your poop could affect your brain

It’s not just click bait. The bacteria that line your gut, from your esophagus to your colon, are now being increasingly recognized to have an impact on brain function via the Gut-Brain Axis. This bacterial composition matters; bacteria can activate nerves that connect the gut to the brain, influence neurotransmitter and hormone signaling, and induce brain inflammation. […]

Migraine

Can cannabis help treat migraines?

Headaches were one of the first reported medical uses for cannabis with references to its efficacy dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries A.D. Around the turn of the 20th century, the father of modern medicine, Sir William Osler, claimed that, for migraine, “cannabis… is probably the most effective remedy.” Over a hundred years […]

Cannabidiol Epilepsy

The significance of Dravet Syndrome in the medicinal marijuana movement

Chances are, you haven’t heard of Dravet Syndrome. It’s a relatively rare childhood disorder affecting 1:~20,000 individuals that begins to present itself within the first year of life in otherwise normally developing children. Despite its rarity, the struggle to treat children with Dravet Syndrome has led to some of the strongest evidence in favor of […]