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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 Effectiveness of Cannabis as a Potential Sleep Aid

A recent study published in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence suggests a possible association between cannabis use and the improvement of sleep. Background There have been many reports of cannabis influencing sleep regulation. These have largely been from user-submitted data, which indicates that cannabis use could help to improve sleep. However, there has …

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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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Terpene Profiles in Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities

It might seem like the words “cannabis,” “hemp,” and “marijuana” are thrown around interchangeably. In reality, cannabis falls under two functional groups — hemp and marijuana. In the United States, plants with <0.3% of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are considered hemp. Any plant THC concentrations that are higher than 0.3% THC is considered marijuana. Marijuana is divided …

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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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