A healthy endocannabinoid system is critical to the human body’s immune functions.
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A THC-like substance that occurs naturally in humans and other vertebrates helps maintain immunity, memory, nerve function and more – and research suggests a lack of it can harm health.
The cannabis plant produces both THC – the psychoactive component in marijuana – and the compound commonly known as CBD, which does not lead to a ‘high.’
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Studies suggest that marijuana and CBD use might help relieve chronic pain while also reducing a patient’s need for opioids.
Around 75% of antibiotics, including penicillin and amphotericin B, are derived from natural products.
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With the dual threats of antibiotic resistance and emerging pandemics, finding new drugs becomes even more urgent. A trove of medicines may be lying under our nose.
A variety of pain-relieving drugs are available both over the counter and by prescription.
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Different painkillers provide relief in different ways. The most effective medication is the one that best targets the type of pain you’re experiencing with minimal side effects.
Exercise spurs the release of the body’s natural cannabinoids, which have myriad benefits for mental health and stress relief.
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A growing body of research points to the body’s natural cannabinoid system as the primary driver behind the runner’s high – and the mental health boost and stress relief following exercise.
Cannabis is a complex plant, ideally labelling of cannabis products should accurately reflect the combinations of psychoactive ingredients present in a strain.
Cannabis labelling is often misleading. Labelling cannabis products with quantities of key compounds will help consumers make informed decisions.
The use of cannabis, though safer than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk.
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Weed, though far less dangerous than many other drugs, is not entirely without risk. Some 59% of people treating pain with medical cannabis experience moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms
Hundreds of CBD products – including gummies – are now on the market.
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The jury’s still out on whether or not CBD relieves stress and anxiety.
Research shows that cannabis use by people living with post-traumatic stress disorder may reduce their likelihood of depression and suicide.
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Cannabis use is common among trauma survivors, and may improve some of the symptoms of those with PTSD.
The New Zealand government is introducing a scheme for regulating medicinal cannabis.
There is no doubt a regulated market for access to medicinal cannabis is safer, but if cannabis-based products were allowed to bypass efficacy trials, there’s a potential cost to patient safety.
Radula complanata, a cannabinoid moss.
Radula liverwort shares an intriguing similarity to cannabis – researchers are working out what it does to the brain.
We’ve got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or ‘legal highs’, are a dangerous unknown.
There is growing evidence for the use of cannabis in treating opioid addiction.
As Canada moves towards legalization of cannabis in 2018, there is growing evidence of the drug’s potential to treat opioid addiction itself, as well as the chronic pain that often drives it.
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Mexico and Canada are about to turn medical cannabis into North America’s most lucrative new market.
Despite dozens of trials internationally, the evidence on medical cannabis is unconvincing.
NSW is about to embark on the largest and most definitive clinical trial ever of medicinal cannabis for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
There is incredible variation between strains of cannabis plant.
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The Australian government will now accept licence applications for groups wanting to grow cannabis for scientific and medical purposes. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about this complex plant.
A variety of medical marijuana strains are seen at a dispensary in Denver in 2011.
With restrictions to cannabis loosening at the state level, research is badly needed to get the facts in order.
New psychoactive substances, same problematic users.
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147m people used the drug last year. We need to know much more about it.
Packets of synthetic cannabinoids illegally sold in New York City.
Synthetic cannabinoids – drugs that mimic the psychoactive effect of cannabis – have been linked to injuries and deaths. And when one is banned, another rises to take its place.