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It’s not what you see: Adolescent cannabis exposure impacts how the brain functions, even if it doesn’t affect brain structure

A recent article published in the journal, Addiction, looked at the impact of adolescent alcohol and cannabis use on brain structural characteristics. The scientists used a brain imaging technique called MRI (yes, the same thing used to diagnose your torn ACL) and looked at numerous characteristics relating to number of brain cells and how they […]

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How CBD may treat autism

For a more comprehensive discussion of autism and CBD’s ability to treat autism spectrum disorder, see my article on Leafly. One of the most common brain characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is reduced inhibitory brain signaling. This is the result of lower-than-normal levels of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA. The reduction in inhibitory […]

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Can cannabis make you vomit? The science behind Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

For a comprehensive discussion of the topic, see my article on Civilized. Cannabis has long been known to treat nausea and vomiting. After all, Dronabinol is a cannabis-based FDA-approved medication to help treat nausea associated with chemotherapy. So can cannabis also make you vomit? Turns out, in some cases, it can. Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) […]

Cannabidiol Pain Safety Uncategorized

Cannabis and Pain: Why cannabis is a powerful weapon to fight the opioid epidemic

One of the greatest public health issues facing the country is the worsening opioid epidemic. Prescription opioids are the first line of pain treatment following surgery or other pain-related conditions. The benefit of these drugs is that they work, at least in the short term. But overtime, tolerance to the drug develops, requiring the user […]

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Cannabis protects the brain after injury

Note: for a more thorough discussion on the issue, please see my article on Civilized.life. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affect an estimated 42 million people annually and carry a massive $76.5 economic burden in the United States, alone. Many of these TBIs are sports related, but they also result from vehicle accidents and war. Nearly […]

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Cannabis, not marijuana

Let’s stop saying “marijuana”. It’s “cannabis”. For 2018, one of our New Year’s resolutions should be to rid ourselves of the term marijuana. Let’s acknowledge its racism-steeped past, recognize its rich medicinal history, and take an important step towards full legalization. But first, why we use the term “marijuana” in the first place… 1930’s… It was […]

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A Case for Cannabidiol: A Guide to CBD’s Medicinal Potential

For a pdf version, click  The emergence of high cannabidiol (CBD)-marijuana strains and CBD-rich medicinal products over the last 20 years has led to an explosion in the medicinal use of cannabis. CBD is an abundant non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid in cannabis that is thought to convey many of its medicinal benefits. While medicinal use of cannabis […]

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CBD’s Goldilocks Zone

We often think that if a little of something is good, then a lot must be better. If you’re in a lot of pain, your doctor may tell you to take 4 pills of ibuprofen instead of 2. If your anti-anxiety medication isn’t cutting it, then you’ll be told to up-the-dose. This isn’t the case […]

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Live on Love, Travel + Other Drugs!

Looking forward to being interviewed on the podcast, Love, Travel + Other Drugs. We’ll be live tomorrow (12/6/17) at 11am PST (yes, that time is correct). We’ll be chatting cannabis science. You can submit questions before the show, or call in and ask your questions on the air! Check it out through Unmute. A link will […]