Feb 152014
 February 15, 2014
University Of Colorado Begins Mapping Cannabis Genome

Courtesy of The Joint Blog With cannabis recently legalized in parts of the country, scientists who have been sitting on their hands for years can now study the plant in its natural form – scientists like those at the University of Colorado Boulder, who have announced the launch of the Cannabis Genome Research Initiative. The goal of the eighteen-month endeavor is to map the DNA makeup of cannabis, and to provide more knowledge about the plant’s history. “Despite the fact that cannabis is one of the most valuable and historically important crop species, we know [...]

Feb 122014
 February 12, 2014
Study Concludes Marijuana Increases Appetite By Enhancing Sense Of Smell

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience has revealed why cannabis can act as an appetite stimulant. A group of European scientists examined the standard smelling and eating patterns of mice, and compared them to patterns exhibited by mice given THC. Both groups of mice were offered almond and banana oils; while the mice in the control group sniffed the oils and eventually lost interest, the group of mice who were administered THC just kept sniffing. When offered food, the mice who were given THC [...]

Feb 102014
 February 10, 2014
Marijuana May Offer Alternative To Electromagnetic Therapy For Chronic Stress

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study examining the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or electromagnetic therapy, has revealed that cannabis may provide an alternative treatment option for those suffering chronic unpredictable mild stress. Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry,Department of Anesthesiology and Institute of Neuroscience of Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, in Xi’an, China, first examined the specific symptoms of chronic unpredictable mild stress in rats through a series of tests; a sucrose preference test, a forced swimming test, and an open-field test. Researchers also measured hippocampal CB1 receptor expression and cell proliferation. The [...]

Feb 092014
 February 9, 2014
New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Osteoarthritis

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Neurosciencehas found that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. According to the study; “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease associated with articular cartilage degradation. The major clinical outcome of osteoarthritis is a complex pain state that includes both nociceptive and neuropathic mechanisms.” It continues; “Currently, the therapeutic approaches for osteoarthritis are limited as no drugs are available to control the disease progression and the analgesic treatment has restricted efficacy. Increasing evidence from preclinical [...]

Feb 082014
 February 8, 2014
Marijuana May Delay Retinal Degeneration, Says New Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in this month’s issue of the journal Experimental Eye Research, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids – compounds found naturally in cannabis – may delay retinal degeneration in those with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that often causes blindness. “Cannabinoids have been demonstrated to exert neuroprotective effects on different types of neuronal insults”, begins the study’s abstract. According to researchers, the goal of the study is to address the theraputic potential of cannabinoids “on photoreceptor degeneration, synaptic connectivity and functional activity [...]

Jan 312014
 January 31, 2014
Marijuana Can Treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia According To Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the journal Case Reports in Oncology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis can treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells. According to researchers; “Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells and is typically well treated with combination chemotherapy, with a remission state after 5 years of 94% in children and 30-40% in adults. This case study is on a 14-year-old patient diagnosed with a very aggressive form [...]

The Paradoxical Effects Of Marijuana

 Posted by at 6:28 AM on January 30, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jan 302014
 January 30, 2014
The Paradoxical Effects Of Marijuana

By Robert Bergman Marijuana has the “paradoxical” ability to produce reactions that are often diametrically opposed. For instance, it can typically be used to ease nausea, spasticity, pain, and insomnia, but it can also magnify those problems for certain individuals. Marijuana is also known for its ability to produce euphoria, pleasure, or relaxation at one time and depression or anxiety at another. In large part, marijuana’s paradoxical nature stems from the fact that its effects are filtered through the highest centers of human consciousness. That’s why the French poet Baudelaire [...]

Jan 272014
 January 27, 2014
Could Cannabis Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis? New Study Says It May

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis – may provide a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues. “Recent studies have suggested immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) activation”, states the study’s abstract. Despite these recent studies, researchers say that the connection between these cannabinoid receptors and rheumatoid arthritis has been much less observed, leading them to conduct this study. According to [...]

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), [...]