Cannabis Education: The Weekly News Round-Up
Every week we share our favorite cannabis news and research. We’d love to see your favorites as well — please share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.
This article does a great job of explaining how and why people use cannabis therapeutically. If you’ve been hearing about the benefits of cannabis but you’re not sure how to get started, this article is a great introduction.
Much like wine, where cannabis is grown makes a huge difference in the final product. California’s Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) allows growers to add appellations to their labeling and prohibits anyone from making false claims about where their cannabis was grown.
As more states legalize, we’re going to see a surge in dispensary first-timers. Here’s a thorough guide for what to expect when you buy cannabis legally.
Dr. Bao Le originally turned to cannabis as a potential treatment for his son’s autism. He started off experimenting in his garage, but his success turned into California’s first licensed extraction facility.
The laws governing cannabis are rapidly changing, but employment law has been slow to catch up. That leaves cannabis users in a weird limbo where they can be fired for using a legal substance outside of work. NORML hopes to change that; their new coalition will focus on four goals:
- Reform workplace drug testing policies
- Expand employment opportunities for marijuana consumers
- Clarify the difference between detection technology and performance testing
- Highlight off-duty state law legal protections for employees
Indica and sativa have long been thought of as important distinctions in cannabis strains. However, Doctor Ethan Russo, noted cannabis research scientist, claims that terpenes play a far more important role in determining how cannabis affect someone.
We’ve all heard the stereotype of underintelligent cannabis users, but is that stereotype based on facts? It turns out there isn’t much evidence to support that claim. Multiple studies have found no link between cannabis use and adult IQ, so it’s likely that using cannabis does not change adult IQ. Check out the article for a nuanced take on the issue, including studies about how cannabis use impacts adolescent IQ.
A new study confirms the anecdotal evidence that cannabis can help fight addiction. A full 63% of the 271 people studied are using cannabis as an alternative to other drugs, such as alcohol and opiates.
Eight years ago Dr. Sanjay Gupta was opposed to cannabis. Now he’s a cannabis advocate who wants to see more research into the plant and its healing potential. Click the link to learn more about why he changed his stance and why he hopes others will follow him.
A recent study followed over 5,000 adults for 25, from ages 18-30 through ages 43-55. The study found that cannabis use is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke in middle age. This is excellent news for anyone who uses cannabis.
We’ve all heard about how cannabis helps people with epilepsy and can even save children’s lives. Jenn Keeler put together a great summary of what we know about cannabis and seizures.
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