A Brief History of Cannabis Medicine

For thousands of years, cultures around the world utilized the cannabis plant as food, fiber and medicine. Cannabis appears in the first materia medica ever written. The earliest Chinese pharmacoepoia, Shen Nung’s Pen Ts’ao Ching (Divine Husbandman’s Classic of Materia Medica), was passed on by oral tradition and dates back to between 2637 and 2737 B.C.E. Nung is considered the Chinese god of agriculture and possibly the mythical Second Emperor of China. Researchers date the oldest written compilation that still survives documenting these Chinese oral medical traditions to between 300 ...
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Commentary: This is Your “Little Brain” on Cannabis

This article from Psychology Today brings up an important topic of conversation for medical professionals. Perhaps the high concentration of CB1 receptors in the cerebellum is a protective adaptation. Poor coordination and difficulty with visual tracking should be a warning to slow down, both in terms of cannabinoid ingestion and movement. Unfortunately, poor judgement on the part of the frontal cortex and reward circuitry is able to override this primitive early warning system and we all know the outcome when that happens. Continuing to ignore the brain’s innate warning circuitry would b...
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Study: Cannabis in Oncology Practice

Image: Royal Queen Seeds Promoting MMJ Among Oncologist in the USA By John Taenzler, Ph.D. for Cannabis Business Executive In October 2018, a survey was conducted among 87 oncologists (ONCs) in 19 of the States where medical marijuana (MMJ) has been approved and available.  An objective of this research was to assess the depth of knowledge about cannabis pharmacology, state-specific regulations, and attitudes of national medical organizations toward MMJ. In examining and assessing the perceptions and attitudes of these ONCs towards MMJ, physicians were asked about their curre...
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Older Adults Tolerate Medical Marijuana Well

From: Grandmas Smoking Weed The following article is an excellent example of the value of community-based and patient-centered observational study in developing a better understanding of the therapeutic usefulness of cannabinoid-based medicine for specific conditions, in this case chronic pain and opioid analgesic dependence. The fact that it was carried out through chart review in a clinic seeing mostly older adults is all the more encouraging, as the efficacy and tolerability of THC-containing cannabis medicines among the elderly might be expected to be lower than among younger populatio...
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Commentary: Endorsing Cannabis as an Opioid Substitute ‘Irresponsible’

This is yet another piece of propaganda in the counter-attack by Big Pharma/FDA/DEA on our progress. So sad, so stereotypical and so mistaken. I am really embarrassed by this endless repetition of falsehoods and circular reasoning. I think we have to call it for what it is, push forward the recent World Health Organization recommendations for rescheduling to lowest category possible, which would facilitate better research on safer alternatives that could end this epidemic. Anything else is what is irresponsible. -Dr. David Ostrow Endorsing Cannabis as an Opioid Substitute 'Irresponsibl...
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Commentary: Could cannabis be key to combat the opioid crisis?

This is an interesting review based on U.S. experience, but proposing the use of cannabis to treat pain and opiate misuse in Australia, which has the second-highest rate of opioid analgesic use in the world. This highlights the important of reviews by highlighting the potential for good in cotnrast to the counter attack highlighting potential negative consequences. Not bad for a commercial online publication, I say.-Dr. David Ostrow Could cannabis be key to combat the opioid crisis? by Zoe Gross for FinFeed Weed’s legal forays began in the medical space as a way to treat chronic...
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The Systemic Lack of Education About the Endocannabinoid System Leads to Widespread Ignorance About Cannabis

by David Bearman, M.D. The lack of education from grade school through grad school and medical school regarding cannabis, cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is directly a result of bad policy. Up and down this is due to the government dealing with many psychoactive substances on a criminal justice basis not as medicine and not following the science.  Much of education problem can be traced to our medical schools. The majority of U.S medical schools are not even addressing the ECS, arguably the largest neurotransmitter system in the human brain, let alone the med...
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NYTimes: Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Image: 1936 "Reefer Madness" The following is an excerpt from the New York Times on a recent article titled, "Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?" I wonder how “closed hospitals” can be full of Black men that became insane because of smoking pot? The author, Benedict Carey, says it is common practice for Black men to be "locked up and the key thrown away" in England because of cannabis derived insanity? I very much doubt it. But I do know that countless studies have shown that our prisons are full of Black men whose only crimes were being found carrying a joint and not being able t...
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Quality vs. Junk Science: Read the Study, Not Just the Headline

The United States is in an epidemic; there are too many people rejecting real science while embracing junk. This is not an isolated phenomenon, it applies to global warming, disease prevention and policy toward substance use and abuse. Just because a study has been done doesn’t mean it is a well-designed, valid study. One needs to look beyond the alleged results and look at the design. We need to look at the results with a critical eye toward such matters as study design and raw data, and how the data has been integrated. When you read a new headlines about a study ask questions. Is i...
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Patient Understanding of Cannabis Still Ahead of Doctors

Hash Bash in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2018 - Image Marijuana & Business The following study is an excellent cross-sectional opportunistic survey of users, conducted during the annual hash bash held on University of Michigan campus. Participants were surveyed by a group from the Institute for Social Research (at U of M), where my survey work was based while I was at University of Michigan between 1986 and 1993. This is the same institute that conducts the annual national study of high school students' drug use and attitudes known as the Monitoring the Future survey. h Setting aside ...
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