medicinal cannabis

CBD to fight malaria?

Malaria is an infectious disease that is caused by Anopheles mosquitos. The insect bite introduce the parasite (Plasmodium) into a person´s blood. There are five species of Plasmodium that can cause this disease, but Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum are the most dangerous. This disease is mainly present in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America or Southeast [...]

Cannabinoids and Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder syndrome in which involuntary repetitive muscle contractions and spasms result in abnormal fixed postures or twisting. It can affect only one muscle, a group of muscles or even the entire body. It is believed to affect 1 % of the world’s population and it has been found to be [...]

The DEA includes a cannabidiol-based medicine in the Controlled Substances Act

On Thursday 27th of September, Epidiolex became the first cannabidiol-based substance placed under Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) by the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This was the consequence of a large, controlled and successful clinical trial that led the DEA to accept the medical application of this CBD-based [...]

New findings on the effect of cannabis on HIV

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affects about 36 million people worldwide. The disease, which is transferred by contact with body fluids (e.g. blood, sperm and vaginal secretion), shows the destruction of the cells of the immune system. Since the discovery in the 1980s, there have been about 35 million people that died. The fact that [...]

Ulcerative colitis: Medical cannabis as a complementary form of therapy?

The intestine is a fascinating organ. It's approximately seven meters long in adult humans and fulfils not only digestive but also a number of other important functions. For example, it plays an essential role for the immune defense, since 70 % of all immune cells are located in the small and large intestine and 80 [...]

CBD and Sciatica

Sciatica is the name given to a set of symptoms that arise from nerve pain, localised to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the whole body, running from the end of the spinal cord in the lower back, splitting down both legs and ending at the feet. When something causes [...]

The effects of CBD and THC on weight loss

Why is it that people who consume marijuana regularly, "stoners", are always portrayed as skinny even though smoking marijuana is known to increase ones appetite, normally known as "the munchies"?[1] It is a stereotype however there are some truths behind it. On average, people who consume marijuana regularly have a lower BMI and a smaller [...]

Further training in medical education on medical cannabis is neglected

Medical cannabis is currently gaining importance in more and more countries. It feels as though there is not a single month that goes by in which no new country decides to legalize medical cannabis. However, the problem is that many patients are not getting medical cannabis prescribed, despite its legalization. Often doctors are not well [...]

The use of cannabis in addition to opioids can reduce opiate uptake and improve quality of life

"Opioids" are painkillers, which have a pain-suppressing effect on the opioid receptors. These receptors are mostly located in the central nervous system, which is anchored in the brain and in the spinal cord. In these areas, the opioids suppress the transmission and processing of painful stimuli. On the one hand, opioids are often used for [...]

Cannabinoids: A solution to improve mobility and motor skills?

Many illnesses cause mobility and motor skill disorders. Muscle contraction, movements, and displacement may be altered and can cause reduced mobility in the patient. On most occasions, people with mobility problems cannot move independently and require material assistance (wheelchair, crutches) or help from other people in their day-to-day life. The loss of motor skills can [...]

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