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Cannabis genotyping and gene sequencing

Sequencing the Cannabis Genome

The Massachusetts-based company Medicinal Genomics had sequenced the entire genome of Cannabis sativa L. How will this impact scientific research and public health?
Posted: February 9, 2014
Cannabis legalization is ending the drug war

Victory for Pot Means Beginning of End of Drug War

With the voters in Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana, Martin A. Lee argues that the war on pot may be over — and good riddance to decades of bad science, scare-mongering, and harsh laws.
Posted: February 8, 2014
Marijuana doesn't cause lung cancer

Marijuana Smoking and Lung Cancer

You'd think it would have been very big news in the spring of 2005 when Donald Tashkin, a professor of pulmonology at UCLA, revealed that cannabis smoke doesn't cause lung cancer and may prevent respiratory tissue cells from becoming malignant.
Posted: February 7, 2014
Cannabis may shrink tumor growth

CBD, THC, and Cancer

Mounting evidence shows cannabinoids in marijuana slow cancer growth, inhibit formation of new blood cells that feed a tumor, and help manage pain, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects.
Posted: February 5, 2014
CBD and schizophrenia

Pot Compound Treats Schizophrenia

CBD can treat schizophrenia as effectively as antipsychotic medications, with far fewer side effects, according to a preliminary clinical trial. Researchers led by Markus Leweke of the University of Cologne in Germany studied 39 people with schizophrenia who were hospitalized for a psychotic episode.
Posted: February 4, 2014
Allen Ginsberg, marijuana legalization

13 Key Moments In Marijuana History

The history of marijuana in America has long been a history of competing narratives, dueling interpretations. What follows are 13 slides of key moments in the history of marijuana in the United States.
Posted: February 3, 2014
CBD safe at high doses

CBD: Safe at High Doses

Oral administration of CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans, according to clinical trial data published by the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design. Investigators at Kings College in London assessed the physiological and behavioral effects of CBD and THC versus placebo in a randomized, double-blind, crossover trial.
Posted: February 1, 2014
Cathy Jordan ALS cannabis patient

Medical Marijuana Patient with ALS Outlives Her Doctors

Cathy Jordan first noticed something was wrong in summer of 1985 when she couldn’t pick things up. Her muscles weren’t responding. In 1986, she was diagnosed with ALS , also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Nearly 20 years later she is still alive thanks to cannabis, her medicine of choice and necessity.
Posted: January 31, 2014
Marijuana for Alzheimer's prevention

Key Marijuana Ingredient Staves Off Memory Loss

In a test of short-term memory skills, only users of "skunk"-type marijuana strains exhibited impaired recall when intoxicated, whereas people who smoked hashish or herbal cannabis blends performed equally well whether stoned or sober.
Posted: January 30, 2014
Cannabis Terpenes

Taming THC

THC has been the primary focus of cannabis research since 1964, when Raphael Mechoulam isolated and synthesized it. More recently, the synergistic contributions of CBD and terpenes to cannabis pharmacology and analgesia have been scientifically demonstrated.
Posted: January 29, 2014