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Cannabis has been at the center of one of the most exciting—and underreported—developments in modern science. Research on marijuana’s effects led directly to the discovery of a hitherto unknown biochemical communication system in the human body, the Endocannabiod System, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood, and everyday experience.

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To what extent is research on cannabis in pregnancy complicated by tobacco?
"What about the children?" is a mantra that has been used to propel prohibition with misplaced fear.
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Finding an optimal dose is even more difficult for people with liver or kidney diseases, as these are the major organs that clear chemicals from the blood.
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A new study from researchers at Yale University suggests that an antipsychotic called haloperidol decreases the psychoactive effects of THC.
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Most cannabis supplied by the U.S. government for research has less than 10% THC and it may have been stored for more than a year.
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If there’s a gateway, it appears to be early opioid prescriptions, not cannabis.
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This study shows that measuring a compound’s affinity for CB1 should be done at multiple time points, otherwise the rate of internalization will confound the results.
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Saoirse O'Sullivan's group at University of Nottingham (UK) examined the effects of singing and dancing on endocannabinoid levels
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Nephi Stella and other researchers at the University of Washington recently reviewed 2-AG's role in endocannabinoid signaling.
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Two contradictory studies underscores why preclinical research is only a first step in developing medicines

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