Quick Hits

Welcome to Project CBD Quick Hits, where we collect some of the most interesting and informative tidbits of research into cannabis over the past week.
Posted: September 12, 2019
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Some research has shown that caffeine can amplify the short-term forgetfulness caused by THC. A new study indicates that the caffeine may block other effect of cannabinoids. Read more
Posted: September 12, 2019
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It is increasingly recognized that cannabidiol can moderate many of the effects of THC, but the mechanisms by which CBD does this aren’t obvious. The neurotransmitter adenosine may be one important link. Read more
Posted: September 11, 2019
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Dosing CBD and other cannabinoids is challenging. An article in Molecules detailed the absorption and kinetics of a new formulation of self-emulsifying CBDRead more
Posted: September 10, 2019
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Researchers from eight different countries recently collaborated on an article warning about the dangers of teens falling in love. Read more
Posted: September 9, 2019
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The protective effect of cannabinoids for those living with Type 2 diabetes and obesity is particularly pronounced among people with schizophrenia. Why? Read more

More quick hits

Posted: 7 months 17 hours ago
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The entourage effect was a term first used to describe the various endocannabinoids that work together. Recent research emphasizes how two of these chemicals (OEA and PEA) exert subtle anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effects through a receptor called PPAR-alpha.

Posted: 7 months 1 week ago

Little needs to be said about the devastating impact methamphetamine abuse can have. It is a highly addictive substance whose use can lead to transient psychotic behavior and long-term cognitive problems. As part of an Iranian researcher’s PhD thesis, two scientists demonstrate that CBD can reduce the likelihood of methamphetamine relapse, even while one deals with stresses like sleep deprivation. This is particularly important because drug withdrawal often causes temporary insomnia, yet many of the medications that induce sleep are highly addictive.

Posted: 7 months 1 week ago
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Much funding has been devoted to studying drug use and risky sexual practices. While this is a serious issue that should be addressed, such research has been misused to stigmatize marginalized groups. It is used to justify greater enforcement of racist drug laws in communities of color by insinuating that poor black women are misusing their autonomy, and hence need to be forced into rehabilitation programs for their own good.

Posted: 7 months 1 week ago
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A new article from the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (CDPR) warns of the dangers of cannabis because it may be contaminated with organophosphate pesticides (e.g. chlorpyrifos, glyphosate). The CDPR walks through what could happen if a pregnant woman uses chlorpyrifos-contaminated cannabis.

Posted: 7 months 1 week ago
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Smoking cigarettes is well known to cause lung damage, but this is not only due to smoke. Nicotine in whatever form – even nicotine replacement therapies like a patch – causes lung inflammation and fibrosis by activating acetylcholine receptors. Polish scientists recently examined how the endocannabinoid system fits into the picture.

Posted: 7 months 1 week ago
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In spite of the munchies, using THC-rich cannabis is associated with lower weight and a smaller risk for Type II diabetes. This is well substantiated by human epidemiology and research.

Posted: 7 months 4 weeks ago
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In his first article of the new year, Raphael Mechoulam and other Israeli scientists look at the “real life experiences of medical

Posted: 7 months 4 weeks ago
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A study in Molecular Psychiatry with tens of thousands of people found an association between ADHD and cannabis use. Their data suggests that ADHD causes later cannabis use, which may support the notion that THC is used to self medicate (although ADHD is associated with heavier use of many drugs).

Posted: 7 months 4 weeks ago
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Endometriosis is a poorly-understood condition causing severe chronic pain and alterations in a woman’s menstrual cycle. As an understudied disease, treatment is limited. Scientists surveyed over 400 Australian women to see what actions they took to treat their pelvic pain. Cannabis, heat, CBD oil, and dietary changes were rated most effective by women, in that order.

Posted: 7 months 4 weeks ago

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) leads to numerous problems, including alcoholism and suicide. New findings indicate that endocannabinoids aid TBI recovery: When researchers boosted 2-AG levels shortly after injury, rats displayed less anxiety and less interest in alcohol. This is significant since alcoholism is a serious comorbidity of brain injury.

Posted: 7 months 4 weeks ago
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Across political boundaries, a group of scientists from Russia, China, and the USA crystallized the CB2 cannabinoid