Study: Abruptly Stopping CBD Use Has No Physical Side-Effects

According to a new study published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, abruptly stopping the use of CBD (cannabidiol) is not associated with physical withdrawal symptoms. The study is titled Abrupt withdrawal of cannabidiol (CBD): A randomized trial.

For the study researchers examined the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms induced by the abrupt cessation of CBD, reports NORML. Subjects in the trial were healthy volunteers who ingested 750mg of plant-derived CBD twice daily for a period of four weeks. Study participants either continued to receive CBD or received a placebo during weeks five and six. Researchers reported no serious adverse events resulting from the discontinuation of CBD.

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Los Angeles: Tech Used to Clear 66,000 Marijuana Convictions

Los Angeles County prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 66,000 old marijuana convictions, according to a new report by the Associated Press.

The county is working with the Code for America nonprofit tech organization, which uses computer algorithms to find eligible cases that are otherwise hard to identify in decades-old court documents. The group has offered its Clear My Record technology free to all 58 state district attorneys “The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation’s drug laws,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement. Lacey planned a Thursday news conference to announce the plan.

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Cannabinoids and Terpemes Have Potential Decontaminating Properties

According to a new study published in the journal Molecules and epublished by the National Institute of Health, cannabinoids and terpenes may have significant decontaminating effects.

“Plant phytochemical [such as cannabinoids] have potential decontaminating properties, however, their role in the amelioration of hydrophobic water filtration membranes have not been elucidated yet”, states the study’s abstract. “In this work, phytochemicals (i.e., cannabinoids (C) and terpenes (T) from C. sativa) were revealed for their antibacterial activity against different Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.”

As such, a synergistic relationship was observed between the two against all strains.

“The results of this study established cannabinoids and terpenes as an inexpensive solution for PES [polyethersulfone] membrane surface modification”, states researchers. “These hybrid membranes can be easily deployed at an industrial scale for water filtration purposes.”

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Western Illinois University Offering Minor on Marijuana Cultivation

Western Illinois University school officials announced on Monday that beginning fall 2020, they will be offering a degree minor for marijuana cultivation.

According to the Associated Press, the university’s school of agriculture (Macomb) is “acting on interest officials expressed in such a class before adult-use marijuana became legal in January.” The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by Western Illinois’ department of biological sciences.

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Colorado State University to Begin Offering Marijuana Major in the Fall

Colorado State officials on Friday approved a bachelor’s of science degree program in Cannabis Biology and Chemistry for Colorado State University, according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education which said it was one of the first such programs in the country.

“The new major is a pro-active response to a rapidly changing national scene regarding the cannabis plant,” a proposal for the program by CSU-Pueblo officials says, according to the AP. The program will be part of CSU-Pueblo’s department of chemistry and consist mainly of chemistry and biology coursework with some classes in math and physics, the proposal says.

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Marijuana Reduces Symptoms of Gastroparesis, States Study

Marijuana use significantly reduces symptoms in those with refractory gastroparesis. This is according to a new study published in the journal Cureus and titled “Impact of cannabinoids on symptoms of refractory gastroparesis: A single-center experience”. Gastroparesis is a stomach condition: It’s often associated with abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, heartburn and vomiting.

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