As almost anyone who has smoked cannabis can tell you, some of the best and most creative thoughts seem to spark in our brains when we light one up. There's just something about sitting around and smoking — whether it's by yourself as your nurse a bong or with a group of friends while you pass a joint around — that inspires some incredible thought patterns. But why? Let's take a quick dive into the science behind this to find out why THC can be the key to unlocking some of our most amazing thoughts.
Cannabidiol has been shown to help people with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, psychosis, and depression. The mechanisms responsible for these effects, however, are still poorly understood.
In a recent study, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, a group of scientists from the University of São Paulo in Brazil reviewed all the available research in order to learn more about the mechanisms at play when psychiatric disorders are treated with CBD. The study suggests that CBD’s therapeutic effects are caused by a number of acute mechanisms as well as changes in the structure of the brain over time, known as neuroplasticity.
A study suggests that cannabis protects the life of brain cells by encouraging energy consumption, thereby helping manage and treat the cognitive degeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Cannabis may be therapeutically beneficial for treating Alzheimer’s disease because it promotes increased glucose uptake in the brain, according to a recent study published in Neuropharmacology.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and cognitive skills. It’s the most common form of dementia.
When patients have a choice between opioids and medical marijuana for a painful condition, an overwhelming majority say they prefer marijuana, that it works just as well, and has fewer side effects, a new survey finds.
Though the survey, involving 2,897 medical cannabis patients, didn’t track actual drug use or efficacy, the findings fits with previous data. Decades of research suggest marijuana is effective for pain treatment. And recent studies have found that in states with medical marijuana availability, there are fewer opioid overdose deaths and doctors fill fewer opioid prescriptions.
A decree issued by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed that Mexico has legalized cannabis for medicinal use after overwhelming support from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress.
Peña Nieto was once a vehement opponent of cannabis legalization, but has since called for a re-examination of global drug policy after a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. “So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”