Monday, December 16, 2019

Medical Cannabis Goes Mainstream as the FDA Approves the First Marijuana-Based Prescription Drug

Parents with children suffering from treatment-resistant epilepsy got a major reason for hope this week as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the way for a cannabis-based medication from a major pharmaceutical company to be made available by prescription across the country.Epidiolex, a product of U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals,...

FDA Approves Drug Derived From Cannabis Oil: Here Comes Big Pharma

The FDA has announced it has approved a brand new drug derived from marijuana. Epi-Diolex is used to treat severe seizures and epilepsy. The drug contains CBD or cannabinoid which is derived from cannabis. CBD has the same benefits as THC, the main active chemical in marijuana, but does...

Could a New Marijuana Derivative Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

Scientific research into the effects of marijuana on Alzheimer's disease has been going on for several years. One of the first studies was published in 2006. Scientists at the Scripps Institute discovered that THC had an inhibitory effect on the formation of beta-amyloid plaques, proteins that build up between...

Seven Years After “Charlotte’s Web,” A CBD Treatment for Epilepsy Moves One Step Closer to FDA Approval

A few years ago, people who used the cannabis-derived substance cannabidiol (CBD) risked arrest – or were forced to move to states such as Colorado, where marijuana products are legal. That has changed as more states have legalized cannabis and marijuana laws have been relaxed. This month, the FDA...

The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabis, aka “K2” and “Spice”

Throughout the 2500-year long history of naturally-grown cannabis, there have no recorded cases of a person actually dying or suffering serious side effects from a marijuana overdose. The same, however, cannot be said for its artificially-created counterpart. Between 2010 and 2015, physicians across the country reported treating a total...

Cannabis Does Not Appear to be a “Gateway Drug”, and Appears Safer than Alcohol

The idea that the use of cannabis leads to the use of hard narcotics and addiction has been around practically since the release of the propaganda film, Reefer Madness in 1936. That concept has been questionable, to say the least – and for the past several months, scientific research...

CBD is Not Psychoactive and Has Many Therapeutic Benefits – So Why is Indiana Determined to Keep it Illegal?

Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the compounds found in the marijuana plant, does not make users “high.” It has, however, been shown to have many medical benefits. A number of laboratory studies and human clinical trials have demonstrated its effectiveness as a replacement for dangerous neuroleptic (antipsychotic) drugs.It provides effective...