Cannabis Education: The Weekly News Round-Up

by | Apr 2, 2017

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.

1. Federally Supplied Ditch Weed Caused Johns Hopkins University to Drop Out of PTSD Study

This was an important study, but Johns Hopkins couldn’t get the cannabis they needed from the federal government. While the it’s always been difficult to study cannabis in this country, we now have researchers saying they simply can’t work with the poor quality cannabis that the federal government supplies.

This is a huge problem. We need to learn more about how to use cannabis to help people, but we can only do that by studying the cannabis that people actually use. No one who has a choice uses ditch weed, so why is that the only option researchers have? This is worth a phone call to your elected officials.

2. Opioid Abuse Is Plummeting In States With Legal Marijuana

The opioid epidemic is a huge, complicated issue. Families and policy makers are desperately trying to solve this problem, but there are no easy answers or simple solutions. Cannabis isn’t a magical cure, but the evidence says that cannabis helps.

People who have the option often choose cannabis over opioids. States with legal cannabis has a hospitalization rate for opioid abuse and addiction that is 23% lower than states with prohibition. That’s a huge number of people and their loved ones spared the pain of addiction.

3. 5 Ways To Make Sure You’re Smoking Safe Cannabis

Look for lab testing every time you buy cannabis. If you are in a legal state, that is the single most important thing you can do to make cannabis a safe, healthy option.

If you’re still dealing with prohibition, fighting for legal cannabis is the best step you can take to preserve your safety. Under prohibition, one of the biggest risks to cannabis is getting caught with it.

4. 8 Amazing Benefits of THC

These are just the benefits we know about. As the article above shows, cannabis research is still an uphill battle.

5. 5 Ways CBD Affects Your Brain

CBD is impressive on its own, but it can also work synergistically with THC and other cannabinoids. It won’t leave you feeling high, but it might ease your anxiety and depression.

6. The Genes of Terpenes

This is exciting. We think terpenes are important, but we still have a lot to learn about how they work and how they interact with cannabinoids. It’s wonderful that this area of cannabis is getting more and more attention.

7. Going Coconut for Cannabis

We use coconut oil in all our products at Medicine Box. It’s a great bioavailable fat that diffuses our CO2 cannabis oil and allows to get consistent dosages. Click the link to learn how to make your own infused coconut oil.

8. What’s The Difference Between Low, Mid And High-Quality Weed?

Or, how to tell the difference between government ditchweed, dispensary specials, and craft cannabis.

9. Pot & Vets: America’s Shame

This is a great write-up of the relationship between cannabis and our military. Despite its proven benefits, the VA cannot discuss cannabis with patients. We need to end federal prohibition; veterans deserve every treatment option we can offer.

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