Pharmaceuticals

Ibuprofen as a FAAH Inhibitor

Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the most common classes of painkillers, which includes aspirin, ibuprofen, celecoxib, and other pharmaceuticals. Their primary target is an enzyme called cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which metabolizes many lipids (including endocannabinoids!) into a class of inflammatory molecules called prostaglandins.

CBD and Autism

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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 cannabis treatment in autism.” Published in Nature, the study found that just under a third of patients report significant improvements and over half report moderate improvements while using CBD-rich oil derived from cannabis (30% CBD, 1-2% THC). The improvements include decreased aggression and agitation, fewer seizures, and better sleep, appetite and ability to concentrate.

Project CBD Releases Educational Primer on Cannabinoid-Drug Interactions

New: This report is now available in Spanish and Japanese translations! See bottom of this article for downloads.

Project CBD, a California-based educational non-profit, has published an in-depth primer on Cannabinoid-Drug Interactions for health professionals, patients, and public policy-makers. The 33-page report, summarized below, is available for free download at the bottom of the page.

CBD & the Psychedelic Receptor

A cannvis leaf sits next to a small pile of pills on a pink background.

In a shorthand that drives scientists mad, serotonin is often called ‘the neurotransmitter of happiness.’ This tag is especially troublesome as more and more flaws become apparent in the ‘serotonin hypothesis’ of depression – the idea that depression is caused by a serotonin deficit, which a pill (a serotonin reuptake inhibitor) could correct.1  Serotonin is a complex molecule in the brain and the periphery with a vast and intricate receptor system classified into seven ma

Cannabinoid-Pharmaceutical Interactions: What You Need to Know

marijuana and colorful prescription pills

Interactions between medications are very common, especially in elderly populations that medicate for pain, diabetes and high cholesterol. The geriatric population is also the fastest-growing group of medical cannabis users. Cannabis has demonstrated efficacy in treating pain, and some phytocannabinoids have been suggested for various metabolic conditions.

Is CBD Really Non-Psychoactive?

New scientific data shows that CBD interacts directly with the CB1 cannabinoid receptor in ways that are therapeutically relevant while modulating the psychoactive effects of THC. CBD lowers the ceiling on the ability of THC and endogenous cannabinoids to stimulate CB1. Cannabidiol is a profound mood-altering substance, even if it may not have a “high”.