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What’s behind the rise in cannabis-infused products?

Alex Hannaford, BBC, November 22, 2018

There’s vape oil, pain-relief cream, patches, sweets (gummy bears, sour snakes, rainbow bites – take your pick), capsules and compounds.

Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s better known – a naturally occurring extract of the cannabis sativa plant – is now so ubiquitous in the US, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are few places it's not available and few ailments it cannot treat.

Users say they take it for everything from muscle aches and anxiety to arthritis, epilepsy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

And let’s not forget Fido. There’s CBD oil for him too – with added bacon flavour.

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Cannabis 101: A Q&A with UC San Diego Health’s cannabis experts

Gabrielle Johnston, MPH, UC San Diego Health, October 30, 2018

It seems like everywhere you turn cannabis or cannabis derivatives can be found. From ingredients in coffee and smoothies to being marketed as medicine, a cannabis craze seems to be sweeping the country. Since 2000, UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research and its affiliated researchers have been studying marijuana and its derivatives, their effects on mind and body and their therapeutic potential.

We asked experts to cut through the hyperbole and haze to answer some burning questions.

Read the Q&A here


San Diego company testing marijuana-derived multiple sclerosis therapy

Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune, October 10, 2018

Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals of San Diego has begun using a marijuana-derived therapy to experimentally treat small numbers of people who suffer from multiple sclerosis and scleroderma, a pair of autoimmune diseases.

The small, phase 1 safety trial involves CBD, a compound found in marijuana. CBD has caught the attention of researchers because it does not get people high, and it has anti-inflammatory properties.

The trial is meant to determine whether the therapy is safe, what dose should be used, and if there are any side effects or related problems.

Emerald Health says it also is developing another non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana — CBG — for possible use in treating patients with Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

UC San Diego is preparing to use CBD in a clinical trial that’s meant to people who suffer from epilepsy.

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DEA slowly takes steps to affirm the medicinal value of marijuana

Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune, October 2, 2018

Scientists and patients who've long held that marijuana can be used to treat illness and disease are finally getting some backing from the federal government.

The Drug Enforcement Agency currently lists marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that it has no known medical use and a high potential for abuse.

But in a very narrow ruling, the DEA recently said that patients who suffer from two specific types of epilepsy could benefit from taking Epidiolex, a new anti-seizure medication derived from marijuana.

Epidiolex largely consists of cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound in cannabis that does not get people high.

The DEA decided to classify Epidiolex as a Schedule 5 drug, which would rank it with cough medicines.

The move has caused some confusion. The Union-Tribune sought clarity from Dr. Igor Grant, a psychiatrist who helps lead UC San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

Read the interview here


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Igor Grant, MD

Introduction/Overview
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


Daniele Piomelli, MD, PhD, PharmD

The health impact of cannabis
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


Ziva Cooper, PhD

Therapeutic potential of cannabis for pain alone and as an adjunct to opioids
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


Iain McGregor, PhD

Medicinal cannabis research down under: Introducing the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


Thomas Marcotte, PhD

Cannabis and public safety: The challenge of cannabis-impaired driving
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


Alan Budney, PhD

Medicinal cannabis / legalization and the development of cannabis use problems
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


Ryan Vandrey, PhD

What's in real-world cannabis?
CMCR Symposium, June 2018


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