CBD Reduced the Severity of Gastrointestinal Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal in a New Animal Study

Cannabidiol reduced the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms of opioid withdrawal in male and female mice in a new study that researchers believe has strong implications for helping humans withdrawing from opioids.

As noted by the study’s researchers, although the negative symptoms of opioid withdrawal impacts potentially millions of people, there are “currently limited treatment options available for opioid withdrawal and cannabidiol (CBD) has been identified as a potential novel therapeutic.”

With that in mind, this study “explored the efficacy and dose dependency of CBD for reducing the severity of naloxone-precipitated and spontaneous oxycodone withdrawal (PW and SW, respectively) in male and female mice.” The study was published in the December, 2022 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research, and was epublished ahead of print on the website for the National Library of Medicine.
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Legal Marijuana Sales Now Underway in New York

For the first time in state history legal recreational marijuana sales are underway in New York.

“Today’s the day: Legal, adult-use cannabis is now for sale in New York State!”, said Governor Kathy Hochul in a statement. “This is a historic milestone for New York’s budding cannabis industry, and I look forward to solidifying our state as a national model for building an industry that’s equitable and inclusive.”

The first legal sale of cannabis occurred at Housing Works Cannabis Co, a dispensary in Manhattan, one of 36 licensed dispensaries that opened recently – there are 139 licenses yet to be issued by the state (as well as over 900 applicants).
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Certain Psychedelics Including Magic Mushrooms Now Legal in Colorado

The possession of several types of psychedelic drugs is now legal in Colorado.

Last month Colorado voters approved Proposition 122 to legalize the possession and use of certain psychedelic drugs. Yesterday Governor Jared Polis issued a proclamation officially allowing the law to take effect a week prior to when the constitution requires him to do so. Governor Polis, who has long supported the reformation of drug laws, expressed excitement following the initiative’s passage.

Under Proposition 122 the personal use and possession of several hallucinogenic/entheogenic plants and fungi is now legal for those 21 and older, including: Continue reading

There Were More Cannabis Studies Published in 2022 Than Any Year Prior

2022 was a record-breaking year for cannabis-related research.

Researchers across the globe published a record-breaking 4,300 scientific papers on the subject of cannabis, according to an analysis of studies published by the National Library of Medicine/PubMed.gov website.

This exceeds the previous record of around 4,200, set just last year. There’s strong potential for this to increase even further given President Biden signed legislation earlier this year to greatly expand marijuana research in the United States.
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The Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2022

The number of legitimate, peer-reviewed cannabis-related studies released each year has grown at a rapid pace in recent years, and 2022 was no different.

Although there were hundreds of studies released in 2022 related to cannabis and/or its many chemical compounds, there are some that rise above the rest in terms of their importance and impact. With that in mind, those of us at The Marijuana Herald have compiled a list of what we believe to be the top 10 cannabis studies of 2022, in addition to a few honorable mentions.

Below is our list of the Top 10 Cannabis Studies of 2022, in no particular order (click on the titles for more information on each study):

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CBD-Antibiotic Inhibits Salmonella Growth, According to New Study

An interesting new study  published in the peer-reviewed journal Microorganisms has found that low-doses of CBD inhibits the growth of Salmonella typhimurium.

Salmonella typhimurium illustration.

Salmonella Typhimurium is one of the most common and prevalent foodborne pathogens worldwide leading to diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps. Effecting up to 1.3 million people each year with over 400 annual deaths in the U.S., the infection often results in hospitalization (an average of 26,500 a year).

For this new study researchers “utilized fluorescence microscopy, biological assays, and bacterial growth kinetics to determine the effectiveness of CBD-broad-spectrum antibiotic co-therapy against S. typhimurium.”
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Report: CBD Skin Care Market Worth $964 Million, to Grow to $8.62 Billion By 2030

A new report has found that the market for CBD skin care products is currently valued at $964 million, which is expected to grow at a rapid pace to reach $8.62 billion by 2030.

The global CBD skin care market size was valued at $964.1 million in 2022 and is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.5% from 2023 to 2030, according to the report by Grand View Research.

“The growing awareness concerning the benefits of CBD-infused personal care products is expected to create demand for the market during the forecast period”, notes the report. “Furthermore, the growing adoption of CBD skin care products in North America, supported by the legalization of cannabis cultivation, is expected to further augment the industry growth during the forecast period.”

The report found that North America held the largest revenue share in 2022 “owing to the easy production and trade of cannabis in the region”. The masks & serums segment is projected to register the fastest growth rate during the forecast period owing to their easy application and fast results.
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Arkansas: $251 Million in Medical Marijuana (45,677 Pounds) Sold This Year, $29.4 Million in Taxes Garnered

According to new data released by state officials, there was over a quarter of a billion dollars worth of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products sold in the state so far in 2022.

According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, medical marijuana patients spent $23.2 million on medical marijuana in November. In total patients purchased 4,489 pounds of medical marijuana from 38 dispensaries. This brings the total between January, 2022 and November to $251 million spent on 45,677 pounds of medical marijuana

“Medical marijuana card holders have spent $251.7 million in 2022 to obtain 45,677 pounds,” says Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration “This will certainly be the largest year for sales since the industry launched in 2019.”
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Study Finds Cannabidiol May Be a Valuable Tool in Treating Pain From Digital Ulcers

A study published in the most recent issue of the journal Advances in Skin & Wound Care has found that topical CBD “may be a valuable tool to treat pain related to digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis.”

A digital ulcer is a break in the skin of a finger or toe, which can be extremely painful and can become infected. The objective of this new study was to “explore the effect of topical cannabidiol (CBD) in treating digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).”

 In total, 45 patients with SSc who had digital ulcers were consecutively enrolled between January 2019 and December 2019. Of the participants, 25 were treated with CBD during surgical debridement and 20 were treated with standard local therapy. A numeric rating scale for pain and Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index were administered at the baseline and at the end of treatment.
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Automatic Marijuana Expungements Passed Unanimously By D.C. Council

A criminal justice reform bill that includes a provision for the automatic expungement of marijuana charges has been passed in a unanimous vote by the Washington D.C. Council.

The Second Chance Amendment Act was passed by the council by a vote of 13 to 0. This sends the proposal to Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is expected to quickly sign the measure into law.

The act initially stated that a criminal charge for the simple possession of up to two ounces of marijuana would be automatically expunged by the court from people’s records. However, the council approved an amendment by Councilmember Christina Henderson to change the two ounce limit to include “any quantity of marijuana”.
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