Smoking

CB2 Protects Against Fibrosis

Illustration of human lungs

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. Activating the CB2 receptor ameliorated nicotine-induced fibrosis, while blocking the receptor exacerbated the problem. Fibrosis involves the accumulation of a protein called collagen between cells.

Bugs, Mold and Excrement

On November 16, 2017, California officials released a new set of regulations for cannabis manufacturing, testing, and growing. In many respects, these updates are a significant improvement to the initial draft regulations, however, some major problems remain. 

Two important issues pertain to regulations on mold and foreign filth, which are absurdly loose. And unlike the initial proposal, no statement as to the rationale behind the new regulations has been released.

CBD Versus Nicotine

CBD decreasing nicotine withdrawal

The role of the endocannabinoid system in nicotine addiction is being increasingly acknowledged. Researchers conducted a pilot, randomised double blind placebo controlled study set out to assess the impact of the ad-hoc use of cannabidiol (CBD) in smokers who wished to stop smoking.