Dr. Ankush Patel, MD

Dr. Ankush Patel, MD. Received certification of the honors degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics (Mb Bch, BAO) from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a recognized college of the National University of Ireland. He has been conferred with Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland (LRCP SI)

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Can CBD Help Treat Substance Abuse, Social Anxiety, and Depression?

A recent case study published in the journal of Neuropsychiatrie found Cannabidiol (CBD) to be beneficial in the treatment of multiple substance use disorder, severe depression, social phobia, and narcissistic personality disorder with the additional benefit of lacking withdrawal symptoms at the end of the treatment. Background CBD has been a topic of interest for …

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One Study Shows Cannabis Use May Lead to Painful, Prolonged Erections

Priapism is defined as an erection that lasts for longer than four hours. Erections are usually painful and unrelated to sexual stimulation or arousal. Although a relatively uncommon condition, priapism tends to present more commonly in particular individuals, such as those who suffer from sickle cell anemia. Approximately 42 percent of adults with sickle cell …

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Cannabis Use May Increase Propensity for Cocaine Abuse in Co-abusers

There is an increasing interest in the use of cocaine alongside other drugs of abuse, particularly marijuana. Some have investigated this within the context of public health by observing the effect that these substances may have in common, yet fatal, conditions such as heart disease. Existing data suggests a detrimental link between marijuana and cocaine …

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Assessing Medical Cannabis as a Treatment for Psychiatric Disorders

A recent study published in BMC Psychiatry reviewed clinical studies relating to the use of medicinal cannabis in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Background Cannabis and its extracts (CBD & THC) have a broad range of medical applications. This has been increasingly explored as a result of the rapidly changing global legislation concerning cannabis legality. …

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The Science Behind Drug Testing and the Products that Claim to Help Beat Them

In considering the significance of drug testing within society, there is a peculiar parallel to those hopelessly introverted students hiding away at the back of the classroom. Though not prominent figures within the schoolhouse milieu, these reticent and timid characters will be forced to speak up when called upon. Similarly, drug testing, though not always …

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Synthetic Cannabis Linked To Increased Seizure Risk

In recent years, news of legal “synthetic” forms of cannabis have saturated the airwaves to the point where even the most passive followers of current-events have heard of synthetic cannabis. These reports often speculate about the dangers of a legal “alternative” to cannabis. Despite the rapid popularity of synthetics throughout the market, the accompanying surge …

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Exploring the Link between Personality and Response to THC

There currently exists a fair amount of data concerning user-reported experiences with cannabis and the effects that its consumption has on mental state. However, seldom has the question of why been addressed to seek hard evidence that could provide a scientific basis as to why some users tend to respond differently to THC than others. …

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The Effects of Cannabis on Fertility and Pregnancy

A California panel known as the “Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee” has recently declared tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a primary psychoactive constituent of marijuana, as well as marijuana smoke itself to be detrimental to the health of pregnant women and their developing fetuses. A vote was cast to require a warning label directed toward this demographic …

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The Effects of Cannabis on Headaches and Migraines

A recent study published in the Journal of Pain (“Short- and Long-Term Effects of Cannabis on Headache and Migraine”) analyzed a large set of data allocated from cannabis users via the StrainprintTM app to determine if there was a correlation between cannabis use and a decrease in headache and migraine-related pain.1 An Overview of Headaches …

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Examining The Link Between Cannabis and Youth-Onset Psychosis

A recent article published in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (“The Changing Legal Landscape of Cannabis Use and Its Role in Youth-onset Psychosis”) sought to examine the relationship between cannabis use and psychosis in adolescents amidst the background of modern-day legislation and culture.1 Purpose The authors of this journal publication strove …

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