Memo to Congress: Fix the Farm Bill

Earlier this year, the Food & Drug Administration disclosed that it would not regulate non-pharmaceutical CBD products, thereby putting the onus on Congress to devise an appropriate regulatory framework for cannabidiol and other hemp-derived cannabinoids. Solicited by a formal Congressional Request for Information (RFI) on ideas for how to regulate hemp-derived CBD, public feedback included … Read more

ICRS 2023: Report from Toronto

I counted over 175 talks and posters at the 33rd annual gathering of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), which convened in Toronto at the end of June. In accordance with longstanding ICRS policy, all speakers presented new findings and data that had not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. But this year’s 4-day … Read more

PubMed: Toxicity of Synthetic Cannabinoids in K2/Spice: A Systematic Review

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PubMed: Toxicity of Synthetic Cannabinoids in K2/Spice: A Systematic Review The proliferation of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2 or Spice, has created a public health crisis. A systematic review of the literature on the toxicity of synthetic cannabinoids in K2/Spice was conducted using PubMed. The review was conducted to assess the toxicity of synthetic … Read more

PubMed: Effects of Oral Cannabinoids on Systemic Inflammation and Viral Reservoir Markers in People with HIV on Antiretroviral Therapy: Results of the CTN PT028 Pilot Clinical Trial

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The recent CTN PT028 Pilot Clinical Trial has revealed the potential effects of oral cannabinoids on systemic inflammation and viral reservoir markers in people with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART). The trial was conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The … Read more

Expert Gives Delta-8 THC Thumbs Down

Dr. Mark A. Scialdone, a recognized expert in the field of organic chemistry who specializes in natural product chemistry, is an inventor of 37 issued US patents and the author of 17 peer-reviewed articles in science publications. From 1994 to 2013, he was employed as a principal investigator at DuPont Central Research and Development. Dr. … Read more

Cannabinoids Reduce Tic Frequency for Tourette Syndrome Patients

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Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics. It affects around 1 in every 160 children in the United States. While there is no cure for TS, there are treatments available to help manage symptoms. One such treatment is the use of cannabinoids, which have been found to reduce … Read more

Dumpster Fire: What Went Wrong with California Cannabis?

Cannabis is supposed to be relaxing and fun. What’s not to like about giggles, munchies, and a brief break from the mundane? Unfortunately, news from California’s Emerald Triangle is anything but upbeat these days. Report after report portends doom with headlines like “the world’s largest legal weed market is going up in smoke” (The Economist), “California … Read more

The Science Of Cannabinoids: Exploring THC, CBD, and Their Effects on the Body

The world of cannabis has become increasingly complex in recent years with the emergence of a variety of new cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. These cannabinoids have been found to have a range of effects on the body, and as a result, they are gaining attention from the scientific and medical communities. In this … Read more

Which Terpenes Enhance the Cannabis High?

Ten years ago, most cannabis consumers couldn’t tell a terpene from a cannabinoid. But today things are different. Cannabis flower is categorized according to terpene profile. Product manufacturers add terp blends back into edibles and concentrates. Limonene is practically a household name. And for good reason. Terpenes impart desirable flavors and aromas. And they appear … Read more

Finding Rare Cannabinoids in Non-Cannabis Plants

Special glands protruding from cannabis flowers express a series of unique molecules. Cannabinoids, as they are known, exist in cannabis.  But it turns out that identical molecules are present in non-cannabis plants, as well.  Researchers from Israel’s Weizmann Institute recently reported that they found cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and other rare cannabinoids in Helichrysum umbraculigerum, a … Read more