CRPS is shorthand for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for which the most prescribed medications can be addictive or harmful if they are used for an extended period. Therefore, an increasing number of people are turning to CBD and medical cannabis to try to treat their symptoms of CRPS. CBD is not addictive, and a tolerance doesn’t develop over time. It is important to note at this juncture that CBD does not get you high or have any psychoactive impact on the user.
As a result of demands for reform to the Irish Medical Cannabis Access Programme, the Department of Health has announced that patients with a medical cannabis prescription will now be able to access direct payments to assist in covering the cost of their prescriptions.
When conducting research into cannabis and CBD specifically, the entourage effect will consistently come up. The entourage effect is a phenomenon often associated with cannabis where cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds produce a combined effect that is far more powerful than a single ingredient used in isolation. One way of considering the entourage effect is to imagine the compounds of the hemp plant working as a team instead of each compound effecting the body in its own individual manner.
The first ever study in the world that intends to discover if Sativex in combination with chemotherapy can treat glioblastoma.
Several leading cancer charities and the NHS are going to investigate whether a cannabis-based mouth spray can help to treat brain tumours and enable patients to live a longer life.
ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and is one of the most prominent mental health disorders that affect children and young adults. That said, it is not just limited to young, as many adults are also affected by ADHD.
As CBD has increased in popularity globally, many people are looking to see if it may be able to help with their particular ailment or condition. One of the conditions that CBD may be useful in treating is Parkinson’s disease, although more research still needs to be done.
Millions of people around the world have to live with psoriasis as part of their daily lives. Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease, and it is chronic in its nature. Those who suffer with psoriasis often have an overactive immune system which causes skin cells to grow faster than they should. This results in the skin becoming red, scaly and extremely painful patches of skin begin to build up. The areas of skin that are impacted by psoriasis are itchy, disruptive and quite unseemly.
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Within the burgeoning UK cannabis industry there is a tremendous need to build both clinical and real-world evidence to support the efficacy of cannabinoid treatments. Existing cannabis-based medications offer little intellectual property protection due to the difficulty of patenting a specific indication of cannabis. The device used to administer the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is the only protection cannabis and pharmaceutical companies can have. Therefore, undertaking a clinical trial with a medication that cannot be patented and can be easily copied, does not make for an attractive proposition for companies in the cannabis space.
The US sprinting sensation Sha’Carri Richardson has been growing in stature and was set to become a household name during this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. She recently qualified for the Olympics as the fastest woman in America. However, it now looks like she will be eligible for the games after testing positive for THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid within the cannabis plant.
A study that was conducted by King’s College London in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Karolinska Institute shows that many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are caused by antibodies that increase the activity of pain sensing nerves.
A study that was recently undertaken discovered that cannabis use among adolescents has a negative impact on neurodevelopment.
The study, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry used 1598 magnetic resonance (MR) images from 799 young people participating in the study. The images revealed that cannabis use was associated with accelerated age-related cortical thinning from 14-19 years old in primarily prefrontal regions.
Of the six parties that are running for office in the upcoming German election, four of them are supporting a change in legislation that would end the prohibition if cannabis in Germany.
The legalisation of cannabis and other drugs could be the defining issue on who is victorious in the German election.