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Neurodegenerative diseases effect more than five million people in the United States. Moreover, at least 1 billion people across the globe are battling with one or more neurodegenerative disorders. It is worse than it sounds because many of these diseases can leave patients disabled, unable to think clearly or walk independently. In some instances, these diseases can be fatal. Over the years, scientists have been studying and researching neurodegenerative diseases. Research areas include potential causes, prevention, and possible treatments.

THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, has a pretty bad reputation and it’s the reason why cannabis continues to be illegal in most of the world to this day. Contrary to popular belief, however, THC does a lot more for the body and mind than just getting us stoned (although that’s certainly another plus side). It actually has numerous therapeutic uses – including benefits for the brain, digestive system, and more. Benefits that are often hard to come by with other natural remedies.

For more than two months now, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted economic activity to a degree we've never previously witnessed. All told, the U.S. unemployment rate is nearing 15%, which is a level unseen since the Great Depression. With the understanding that things may not be "normal" for a while, Congress passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27. Among other things, the $2.2 trillion CARES Act provides $100 billion to hospitals, $500 billion for distressed industries, almost $350 billion for small business loans, and $260 billion for a four-month expansion of the unemployment benefits program.

Cannabis farmers often have to face the mercy of a number of exterior factors damaging their crops – so, how can they protect their plants from pests? Problems that can impact cannabis plants include issues such as the ambient climate and acute weather events, soil quality, insects and other pests, which can consume and contaminate the crop, including mites, aphids, flies, worms, fungi, mould and pathogens – and even some opportunistic mammals, such as rodents and deer. So, how can cannabis farmers protect their crops from pests?

Some may think legal cannabis and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are less at odds than the DEA was with the illicit market, but that may not be so. A national, cannabis trade group is publicly asking the DEA to keep out of medical cannabis research. They think doctors and other health experts should head up this research, not anyone involved with enforcing the law.

Potential sources of contamination: cultivation and growing The first installment of this series gave an overview of why testing cannabis and hemp for heavy metal contaminants is so important and how the pharmaceutical industry can play a critical role in preparing the cannabis industry for federal oversight. Parts two and three will focus on how growers, cultivator, processers, and manufacturers need to be actively investigating all the potential sources of elemental contamination before they can even hope to minimize them – a process the pharmaceutical industry took over 20 years to fully understand. The series has been summarized from two chapters in Robert Thomas’ upcoming book, Measuring Heavy Metal Contaminants in Cannabis and Hemp: A Practical Guide, which will be published by CRC Press this September. The book, including its table of contents, is now available for pre-ordering from the publisher.

Cannabis plants have been a central part of human culture for thousands of years. In fact, cannabis was one of the earliest domesticated plant species. While research into the evolution and genetics of cannabis was stifled for nearly a century, increasing legality is sparking new research into the history of this beneficial and versatile plant.In this article, we’re going to explore the cannabis family tree, including its evolution and taxonomic classification, for those curious about the history of this medicinal plant.

In this article, we discuss the differences between full-spectrum CBD and isolates, how they affect the body differently, and how to choose one over the other.

THC and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids, and they share a nuanced and special relationship. Read on to discover if CBD helps to minimise the negative effects of THC, and find out which CBD:THC ratio is best for you.

Most Canadian pediatricians are shying away from medical cannabis for patients, knowing that it can hurt the developing brain and that there isn’t much research to guide them. But physicians say they are getting increasing requests for cannabis from parents, for a growing list of conditions.

Today marks the launch of PLEA: Patient Led Engagement for Access – a new medical cannabis patient advocacy service in the UK. Despite a 2018 schedule change allowing prescribing of medical cannabis, patients are still faced with multiple barriers, including misinformation, stigma, and financial constraints, preventing access to potentially life-changing medicine. With a focus on harm reduction, PLEA will be engaging patients, doctors and researchers to remove these barriers and increase access for patients, as well as accelerating the integration of medical cannabis within mainstream UK healthcare.

Over the past few years, the popularity of the cannabidiol (CBD) oil is on the rise due to its numerous health benefits. It’s not surprising that CBD Oil UK has become legal in most of the states for medical purposes. Celebrities are moving their focus towards this trendy element and helping to spread the awareness about the product and its medical benefits around the globe.

Michigan medical marijuana patients can finally have their medicine delivered directly to their doors.Medical marijuana patients in Michigan are about to see improved access. Thanks to new rules approved and put into place by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, medical marijuana providers can now legally deliver to patients. The change is the latest development in several key changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana program.

Last year, my father was diagnosed with cancer that caused severe visceral pain. We knew weed could help. What we didn’t know was how much to give him. The months that followed were shaped by trial and error—sometimes we nailed it, and he experienced a few lucid, pain-free hours of relief, and other times, we got it horribly wrong, leaving him lethargic or anxious and confused. The experience crystallized the need for a safe baseline from which we could determine the correct dose for him.

Not even a pandemic can stop Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program from humming right along. The state’s tax commission said that sales for medical cannabis last month hit another new record, according to the Oklahoman, which said that “dispensaries remitted almost $9.8 million in state taxes during April.” According to The Oklahoman, that total “smashes the previous record of $7.8 million set in March, and is the highest month-to-month increase since last summer.”

Legal cannabis sales have spiked during the coronavirus pandemic. Since COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that affects the lungs, experts are concerned that people who inhale cannabis through a vape, joint, pipe, or bong could be at a heightened risk for severe symptoms like pneumonia, as Insider previously reported. But for those who can't part with their cannabis habit because of its ability to relieve anxiety, insomnia, or chronic pain, consuming edible products rather inhaling the substance is the safest way to use cannabis right now, Dr. Rachna Patel, a medical marijuana physician, told Insider.

CBD gets all the hype, but tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is another cannabinoid that has yet to get the attention it truly deserves. THC-A presents an option that is similar to CBD but better!

A unique formulation of cannabis terpenes is being tested for its efficacy in treating viral infections, including COVID-19. The cannabis terpene formulation is uniquely dedicated for the treatment and prevention of viral infections and is specifically designed for high-risk populations and treatment of infections such as the COVID-19 novel strain of coronavirus.

Medical tourism isn’t a new concept. For quite some time people have been making journeys to other places to receive medical benefits unavailable to them in their home countries. It follows suit that cannabis, the new darling – and devil – of the medical world, would be the new fuel for the industry.

Patients have begun receiving medical cannabis through the post, as the coronavirus pandemic has left them unable to access the drug any other way. Many medical cannabis users suffer from chronic pain and some have had other types of care, including non-emergency surgeries, postponed because of the outbreak.