Jan 222014
 January 22, 2014
New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Panic Disorders

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannbinoids may treat panic disorders. “The present study investigated the effects of systemic or intra-dorsolateral periaqueductal gray (dlPAG) administration of CB1 agonists [meant to mimic cannabinoids] on behavioural changes induced in rats by predator (a live cat) exposure, a model of panic responses”, claims the study’s abstract. After conducting the study, researchers concluded that; “These results suggest that modulation of the cannabinoid system could be a target in the [...]

Jan 162014
 January 16, 2014
Marijuana An Effective Treatment For Neuropathic Pain, Says New Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Pain, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis can significantly reduce pain and improve sleep in those with neuropathic pain. For the study; “303 patients with PNP (peripheral neuropathic pain) associated with allodynia were screened; 128 were randomized to THC/CBD spray and 118 to placebo, in addition to their current analgesic therapy.” After conducting the study, which used a spray made from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), [...]

Jan 132014
 January 13, 2014
New Study: Marijuana May Protect Liver From Alcohol Related Damage

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine has found that cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis, can prevent damage to the liver caused by alcohol consumption. According to the study’s abstract; “Acute alcohol drinking induces steatosis, and effective prevention of steatosis can protect liver from progressive damage caused by alcohol. Increased oxidative stress has been reported as one mechanism underlying alcohol-induced steatosis.” It continues; “We evaluated whether cannabidiol, which has been reported to function as an antioxidant, can protect the liver from alcohol-generated oxidative [...]

Can Using Marijuana Lower Your IQ?

 Posted by at 12:49 PM on January 12, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jan 122014
 January 12, 2014
Can Using Marijuana Lower Your IQ?

For many decades marijuana opponents would cling to the argument that smoking marijuana makes you stupid. These opponents would claim that marijuana use, by itself, would make an otherwise smart person an idiot. Marijuana opponents would completely disregard examples of very successful people that consumed marijuana, and try instead to use boogeyman tactics in order to scare people into thinking that marijuana significantly lowers the IQ of anyone that uses it. Fortunately for intelligent marijuana consumers, science is on our side. In August of 2012 a study was released which [...]

Jan 072014
 January 7, 2014
Cannabinoids Can Treat Multiple Sclerosis Better Than Pharmaceuticals

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found promising evidence that cannabinoids can provide a natural treatment for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. “In an experimental mouse model of MS-related spasticity, Sativex [a product made entirely from cannabis] dose-dependently improved hind limb flexion/stiffness and a dosage of 10 mg/kg was shown to be as [or more] effective as the most widely established anti-spasticity treatment baclofen (5 mg/kg)”, claims the study. According to researchers at the Institute of [...]

Jan 052014
 January 5, 2014
Does Marijuana Have Any Affect On Hormone Based Birth Control?

An eye opening article came out in Jezebel discussing the piece ran by Vanity Fair about the potentially lethal birth control Nuva Ring. According to the FDA, there is a fifty-six percent increase risk of blood clots, and that percent can climb even higher if you are a female cigarette smoker. After Ericka Lang suffered a massive heart attack -which was the direct result of using the Nuva Ring- her mother has made it her mission to inform women that labeling an “increased risk” of embolisms was a shady practice because many women might change their mind [...]

Jan 022014
 January 2, 2014
New Study: Marijuana Can Kill Colon Cancer Cells

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the most recent issue of the journal Phytomedicine, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis-based medicines may provide a cure for colon cancer. For the study, researchers “investigated the effect of a standardized Cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol (CBD), here named CBD BDS, i.e. CBD botanical drug substance, on colorectal cancer cell proliferation and in experimental models of colon cancer in vivo.” While conducting the study, it was found that; “CBD reduced cell proliferation in tumoral, [...]

Cannabinoids Can Treat Neuroinflammation

 Posted by at 6:36 AM on December 30, 2013  Marijuana Science
Dec 302013
 December 30, 2013
Cannabinoids Can Treat Neuroinflammation

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the journal Cell Immunology has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors - something done naturally by cannabis and cannabinoids – has neuroinflammatory capabilities. According to the study; “Here we showed that Gp1a, a highly selective CB2 [cannabinoid receptor 2] agonist, with a four log higher affinity for CB2 than CB1, reduced clinical scores and facilitated recovery in EAE [experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, a disease of the central nervous system] in conjunction with long term reduction in demyelination and axonal loss.” The study continues; “This is [...]

Dec 262013
 December 26, 2013
New Study: Cannabis Effective In Treating Chrohn's Disease

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new clinical study published in the journal Pharmacology and by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabis is effective in treating Chrohn’s disease, which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). According to researchers at the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical University of Graz in Austria; “In ancient medicine, cannabis has been widely used to cure disturbances and inflammation of the bowel. A recent clinical study now shows that the medicinal plant Cannabis sativa has lived up to expectations and proved to be highly efficient in cases of [...]

Top Ten Marijuana Studies From 2013

 Posted by at 6:35 AM on December 24, 2013  Marijuana Science
Dec 242013
 December 24, 2013
Top Ten Marijuana Studies From 2013

Courtesy of The Joint Blog 2013 has been an incredible year for cannabis-related science, with dozens of peer-reviewed studies being released examining the benefits of cannabis ranging from weight-loss, to cancer-killing capabilities. Here we breakdown the ten most important (and groundbreaking) studies released this year. 1. THC May Treat Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer By Altering Genes A government funded study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that THC may actually alter certain genes in our body, which can result in a positive effect on a number of conditions, especially cancers and inflammatory diseases. [...]