Alcohol cognition Safety Uncategorized

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 […]

Anxiety Autism Cannabidiol Uncategorized

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 […]

Safety Uncategorized

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 […]

History Political Uncategorized

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 […]

Uncategorized Video and radio

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 […]

History Uncategorized

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 […]