Category Archive: Studies

Study: Medical Marijuana Patients Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Chronic pain patients enrolled in a statewide medical marijuana program are more likely to reduce their use of prescription drugs than are those patients who don’t use cannabis, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Investigators from the University …

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Immunity In HIV Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML Patients with HIV who test positive for past cannabis exposure possess significantly higher CD4+ and CD8+ counts than do those patients who test negative for the substance, according to data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. CD4+ and CD8+ cells are a subtype of white blood cells that assist …

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Single Dose of CBD Reduces Blood Pressure, Finds Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Crossover Study

Just a single dose of cannabidiol (CBD) reduces blood pressure, indicating it may play a role in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, according to a new study published by the journal JCI Insight. According to researchers, the aim of this study “was to investigate if CBD reduces BP [blood pressure] in humans.” To determine this, …

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Can Marijuana Use Lead to Spontaneous Orgasms? A Case Study

Marijuana use combined with previous sexual activity resulted in spontaneous orgasms for a 40-year-old woman, according to a new case study published by the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, and published online by the National Institute of Health, “A case is described of a 40 year old woman with persistent spontaneous orgasms after use of …

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Study: THCA has “Potent Neuroprotective Activity”

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According to a new study, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA) has potent neuroprotective activity which may help treat Huntington´s Disease and other neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases. “Phytocannabinoids are produced in Cannabis sativa L. in acidic form and are decarboxylated upon heating, processing, and storage”, states the abstract of the study, published by the British Journal of Pharmacology …

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Study: No Link Between Cumulative Cannabis Use And Kidney Disease

By NORML Neither current nor the long-term cumulative use of cannabis is associated with negative effects on the kidneys, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Investigators at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco assessed …

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Study: If Legal Nationwide, Medical Marijuana Would Prevent 23,500 to 47,500 Premature Deaths Each Year

According to new research, cannabis use is associated with decreased rates of mortality from obesity, diabetes mellitus, taumatic brain injury, use of alcohol and prescription drugs, driving fatalities, and opioid overdose deaths. According to the study, published by Indiana University South Bend, there would be “an estimated 23,500 to 47,500 deaths prevented annually if medical …

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Cannabis Consumers Walk Differently than Non-Consumers, Finds Study

Those who consume marijuana walk differently than those who don’t, according to a new study published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health. According to its abstract, the aim of the current study was to “investigate balance and walking gait in adults with a history of cannabis use”. To determine this researchers had cannabis …

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Study: THCA May Treat Neurodegenerative and Neuroinflammatory Diseases

According to a new study, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), a compound found in cannabis, may be useful in treating neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases. “While the biological effects of decarboxylated cannabinoids such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) have been extensively investigated, the bioactivity of Δ9-THCA is largely unknown, despite its occurrence in different Cannabis preparations”, states the study, published …

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Study: Cannabis Appear Effective in Treating Vocal Tics in those with Tourette Syndrome

Regular administration of cannabis-based medicines is directly associated with improved  speech in patients with Tourette Syndrome, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. For the study, researchers from Hannover Medical School (Germany) “report the cases of two young German male patients with treatment-resistant Tourette syndrome (TS), who suffer from …

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