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Cannabis as a medicine has an ancient history with anecdotes dating back to the Vedic period (c.1500 BCE) in India and Nepal. It wasn’t until 1839 that William Brooke O’Shaughnessy introduced the therapeutic potential of cannabis to the western hemisphere, and another 75 years after that until Sir William Osler, the father of modern medicine, proposed […]

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MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CITIVA, in collaboration with the University of West Indies, Mona announced today they are donating the first cannabis-based medicine extracted from their well-researched, high-CBD cannabis strain, to be used in a ground-breaking study in Jamaica that will examine its effect on children with Epilepsy.  Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160915/408540 … read more at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/citiva-teams-up-with-epican-to-donate-first-harvest-of-medically-indicated-cannabis-for-patient-study-in-jamaica-300329299.html

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A study released last week found that states legalizing marijuana for medical use could see a reduction in the use of opioid painkillers, which are highly addictive. The study examined people between the ages of 21 and 40 who died in car crashes. In states allowing use of medical marijuana, fewer crash victims tested positive […]

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A UC Berkeley researcher and HelloMD — a digital healthcare platform specializing in medical cannabis — announced last Tuesday that they had teamed up to study the connection between medical marijuana and opioid use. A recent national increase in accidental fatal opioid overdoses prompted HelloMD Chief Medical Officer Perry Solomon and UC Berkeley School of […]

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Pharmaceutical start-up GreenLight Medicines has secured €500,000 in funding as it seeks to develop “breakthrough medicines” using cannabis extracts. The company, which primarily focuses on exploring the “full potential of cannabis and cannabinoids as a medicine”, secured the phase two funding from a consortium of private Irish investors. It follows a €100,000 seed investment. The […]

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The Phylos Galaxy, an interactive genetic map of cannabis strains, was the result of collaboration between Phylos Bioscience and the American Museum of Natural History. (Click for interactive graphic) When Mowgli Holmes moved back to his home state of Oregon in 2013, the cannabis industry was beginning to take off in a big way — but as a molecular […]

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Image source: Getty Images. The statistics associated with Alzheimer’s disease are downright depressing. The disease, which typically affects the elderly and is characterized by a progressive decline in cognitive function, currently afflicts 5.4 million Americans, and the Alzheimer’s Association expects the direct and indirect costs of treatment to reach $236 billion in 2016. Some one in […]

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A study led by researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pitt Department of Psychology has identified a possible link between adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse. The study, published today in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that both sleep duration and sleep quality […]

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Getty Studies have shown that cannabis can be a powerful appetite stimulator. This concept has spawned countless tired jokes of pot smokers getting “the munchies”, causing them to be unproductive, sit on the couch, eat junk food and gain weight. While we have smashed the myths of the typical lazy stoner, few would deny that […]

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Posted September 19, 2016 18:26:29 Photo: Steve Peek says cannabis oil has helped control his daughter Suli’s seizures. (ABC News: Andree Withey) The father of a dying Brisbane child wants special permission from the Queensland Government to use cannabis oil in hospital. Steve Peek said doctors had tried every legal medication on his eight-year-old daughter […]

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