Study Finds Increased White Matter Coherence Following Several Months of Medical Cannabis Treatment

Medical cannabis treatment was associated with increased white matter coherence in a new peer-reviewed study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

As noted by the study’s abstract, which was published online ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, previous studies have demonstrated abnormal white matter (WM) microstructure in recreational cannabis consumers. However, “the long-term impact of medical cannabis (MC) use on WM coherence is unknown.”

Accordingly, “this study assessed the longitudinal impact of MC treatment on WM coherence.”

As part of a larger, longitudinal investigation, patients interested in treating at least one medical condition with commercially available cannabis products of their choosing were assessed before initiating medical cannabis use and following three and six months of treatment.
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Marijuana Decriminalized in 5 Texas Cities With Support Between 60% and 82%

During Tuesday’s general election five cities in Texas overwhelmingly passed initiatives to decriminalize the personal possession of marijuana.

Voters in five Texas cities on Tuesday not only approved initiatives to decriminalize marijuana, but they did so with overwhelming support.

For example, the city of San Marcos passed their initiative with 82% voting  in favor, coming close to the 85%  support for Austin’s marijuana decrim bill that passed earlier this year.

In Denton, the home of several university campuses, passed with 71% support, which is roughly the same as the support for a similar initiative in Fort Hood.
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Harvard Study: CBD May Significantly Reduce Anxiety With Minimal Side Effects

A new study provides evidence “supporting efficacy and tolerability of a full-spectrum, high-CBD product for anxiety.”

Published in the journal Communications Medicine and conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, the study is titled Clinical and cognitive improvement following full-spectrum, high-cannabidiol treatment for anxiety: open-label data from a two-stage, phase 2 clinical trial.

The study notes that although “evidence suggests cannabidiol (CBD) has anxiolytic properties, indicating potential for novel treatment strategies… few clinical trials of CBD-based products have been conducted, and none thus far have examined the impact of these products on cognition.”
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The Environmental Impact of Cannabis Cultivation

By Dr. Hypno (Sponsored Article)

There is no denying that cannabis cultivation takes a toll on the environment. From the massive amount of water needed to grow a single plant to the pesticides and other chemicals used in large-scale operations, it’s easy to see how cannabis cultivation can have a negative impact on the environment.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. While there are certainly some environmental concerns when it comes to cannabis cultivation, there are also some positive impacts. For example, cannabis can be a renewable fuel source, and hemp fibers can create biodegradable plastic.

This blog post will look at both the positive and negative environmental impacts of cannabis cultivation.
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21 States With a Combined Population of 130 Million Have Now Legalized Marijuana

With Maryland and Missouri legalizing marijuana this election, there are now 21 states in the U.S. with legal marijuana.

Despite marijuana remaining illegal federally, 21 states with a combined 130 million residents have now legalized marijuana. 11 years ago, this number was zero.

The rapid pace of marijuana reform across the United States, and the now bipartisan nature of its support, puts pressure on the federal government to legalize or at least decriminalize the plant on the national level.  Although legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to do both, they have failed to garner enough among lawmakers to be passed into law.
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25 Rhode Island Cities Vote to Allow Marijuana Businesses

33 Rhode Island cities voted yesterday on initiatives to allow marijuana businesses and sales within their jurisdictions, and a large majority were approved.

(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

In total 25 of the 33 cities voted in favor of allowing marijuana businesses to operate within the limits of the city.

Specifically, voters were asked “Shall new cannabis-related licenses for businesses involved in the cultivation, manufacture, laboratory testing and for the retail sale of adult recreational use cannabis be issued in the city (or town)?”
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Report: Cannabis Extract Market Valued at $2.74 Billion, to Grow to $15.5 billion by 2030

According to a new report conducted by Grand View Research, the global cannabis extract market is expect to grow substantially over the next eight years.

The global cannabis extract market size was valued at $2.74 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.6% from 2022 to 2030, increasing the market value to $15.5 billion.

Growing demand for cannabis extracts, including oils and tinctures, and the increased legalization of marijuana for the treatment of different chronic ailments like arthritis, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, and cancer are driving the expansion of the industry, states the report. “The marijuana industry is flourishing due to a greater understanding of its various medical benefits.”
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Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative Approved by Voters

An initiative to legalize marijuana in Missouri by establishing it as a constitutional right has been passed tonight by the state’s voters.

Amendment 3 legalizes the purchase, possession, consumption, use, delivery, manufacturing, and sale of marijuana for all uses for adults who are at least 21 years old. In addition, the initiative allows individuals previously convicted of non-violent marijuana-related offenses to petition to be released from incarceration and/or have their records expunged.

The proposal allows licensed marijuana retail outlets to sale marijuana, marijuana concentrates and other marijuana products such as edibles and topicals. A 6% excise tax will be placed on sales.
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Colorado Voters Legalize Magic Mushrooms and Other Hallucinogenics

Voters in Colorado have passed an initiative to legalize hallucinogenics including magic mushrooms, DMT and ibogaine.

Proposition 122 legalizes the personal use and possession of several hallucinogenic/entheogenic plants and fungi for those 21 and older. Those include:

  • dimethyltryptamine (DMT);
  • ibogaine;
  • mescaline (excluding peyote);
  • psilocybin; and
  • psilocyn.

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Maryland Legalizes Marijuana

Maryland voters have given approval to an initiative to legalize marijuana for everyone 21 and older, making their state the 20th to do so.

Question 4 amends the Maryland Constitution to add a new article, Article XX, which authorizes individuals 21 years of age or older to use and possess marijuana for all uses. The initiative also directs the Maryland General Assembly to “provide for the use, distribution, possession, regulation, and taxation of cannabis within the state”, which they have already done.

During the 2022 legislative session the state legislature passed legislation to implement legalization if the initiative were to pass, including a system to regulate licensed retail outlets. The proposal sets the legal possession limit at 1.5 ounces and two plants.
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