Woman who feels no pain has genetic mutation that triggers cannabis-like effects

A woman who experiences little to no pain or anxiety has a mutation in a previously unknown gene that results in a build up of anandamide, an enzyme that “works in a similar way to the active ingredients of cannabis”, as The Guardian reports. Doctors identified the mutation in Jo Cameron, 71, after a surgeon […]

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This Week In Weed – 24 March 2019

Not enough cannabis prescriptions for NHS England to publish Figures on NHS England prescriptions for medical cannabis are unlikely to be published by the end of March 2019, despite ministerial assurances that they would, The Pharmaceutical Journal has been told. On 10 January 2019, pharmacy minister Steve Brine said in a parliamentary written question that […]

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Study linking psychosis to high-potency cannabis based on guesswork

A study claiming to link high-potency cannabis to psychosis was based on guessing the strength of the THC based on the name of the strain they had used. (Don’t laugh!) Qualifying the findings, the authors of the study admitted that it was limited by small numbers of participants at each site; that THC and CBD […]

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Nathaniel Leahy: ‘Epidiolex has helped but he needs full extract cannabis oil’

The mother of 10-month-old Nathaniel Leahy has said that Epidiolex has had “some positive effects” on epilepsy but that full extract cannabis oil – which he is being denied – “could be the lifeline we need”. Whereas Epidiolex is CBD-based, full extract includes highly concentrated THC. As we reported recently, scientists in the US have […]

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Study: mixing cannabis flowering top with tobacco is most common method of consuming cannabis

A small study of seized joints showed that mixing cannabis flowering top with tobacco is the most common method of consuming cannabis, with just nine of 202 joints inspected containing only cannabis flowering top and no tobacco. The study by researcher Peter Collins was based on an analysis of 202 unsmoked randomly selected cannabis joints […]

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