Study: Cannabinoids Protect Against Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease

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A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that activation of the CB2 receptor – done naturally through the consumption of cannabis – can protect against liver inflammation and disease caused by alcohol.

For the study, researchers used mice with alcohol-induced live disease, and administered a cannabinoid receptor agonist (meant to mimic the effects of cannabis) to a portion of them.

They found that the agonist “protected from alcohol-induced liver inflammation and steatosis [fatty liver disease] in wild-type mice”.

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Babies Exposed to Cannabis in the Womb Have Better Vision by Age 4, Finds New Study

babyBabies exposed to cannabis in the womb show a significant improvement in their ability to track moving objects at age four, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Scientific Reports.

“We were surprised with this initial finding,” says Ben Thompson, a professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science. “It shows that marijuana and alcohol can have quite an impact on a fundamental aspect of the visual processing happening in our brains.”

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Study: You Can Test Positive for Cannabis on a Hair Test Despite Having Never Used it

hairtestA new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that hair drug tests for cannabis are entirely inaccurate, as it’s possible for someone to test positive for the substance despite having never consumed it.

The study has huge implications, given that; “Hair analysis for cannabinoids is extensively applied in workplace drug testing and in child protection cases”.

When testing for ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC (THC-COOH), or ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (THCA-A), researchers found that “all three cannabinoids can be present in hair of non-consuming individuals because of transfer through cannabis consumers, via their hands, their sebum/sweat, or cannabis smoke.”

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Study: Cannabis is 114 Times Safer than Alcohol

By Bailey Rahn, Leafly.com

New researchmarijuana2008 published in Scientific Reports rated recreational drugs according to their toxicity, and none of us blinked an eye when we saw cannabis sitting at the very bottom of the list. But maybe a few eyebrows were raised when the report awarded alcohol 1st place in the contest of “Who Can Wreak the Most Havoc on the Human Body?”

In fact, researchers rated cannabis 114 times less deadly than alcohol when using the margin of exposure approach, a mode of measurement that looks at a substance’s ratio of toxicological threshold and estimated human intake. Alcohol, along with heroin, tobacco, and cocaine, fell into the “high risk” category,” while ecstasy and meth were rated “medium risk.” These findings reinforce previous data that ranked recreational drugs similarly using different methods of measurement.

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