Marijuana Associated With Decreased Risk of Common Stomach Infection, Say New Study

According to a new study being published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, and epublished ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, marijuana use is associated with a decreased risk of Helicobacter Pylori infection (HPI), which is a common bacterial stomach infection.

“Cannabis plant extracts suppress gastric acid secretion and inflammation, and promote gastroduodenal ulcer healing, all of which are triggered by Helicobacter Pylori infection (HPI)”, begins the study’s abstract. “Here, we evaluate the association between cannabis use and HPI among a representative community sample.”

Researchers identified respondents who completed cannabis use questions and were tested for HPI from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III dataset. Cannabis usage was categorized as ever-use (ever, never), cumulative lifetime use (>10-times, 1–10-times, never), or recent use (>31-days-ago, within-31-days, never).

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Study: Psychedelic Users Have Better Coped With Pandemic Lockdowns, Finds Study

A new study examining the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns have found that those who use psychedelic drugs experience considerably less stress and negative mental health impacts.

For the study researchers conducted an survey of nearly 3,000 people living primarily in Spain, Brazil and the United States. Of these 2,974 people, 497 said they regularly use psychedelics such as magic mushrooms or LSD. 606 said they were occasional users, with the remaining 1,968 saying they’ve never used them.

During the study period most of the United States and Spain was under pandemic lockdown. For the survey participants were asked about their use of psychedelic drugs (including peyote, LSD, magic mushrooms, San Pedro, ayahuasca, 5-MeO-DMT and MDMA) before and after the outbreak began. Each participant completed a series of questionnaires on psychological and post-traumatic distress, psychological status, perceived social support, post-traumatic stress symptoms and measures of personality.

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Bipartisan Marijuana Expungement Bill Introduced in Congress

Legislation that would push states to expunge (remove from criminal records) marijuana-related convictions has been introduced on the federal level in the United States.

The bipartisan measure was introduced by Congressmembers Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Representative Joyce is co-chair of the House Cannabis Caucus, and Representative Ocasio-Cortez – commonly referred to as AOC – has been a longtime and outspoken proponent of legalizing marijuana and expunging criminal records.

The Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act would create a new federal program (handled by the U.S. attorney general) that would help state and local governments “reduce the financial and administrative burden” of clearing convictions for marijuana-related offenses. It would allocate $20 million to help “pave the way for expanded economic opportunities to thrive alongside effective investments to redress the consequences of the War on Drugs”, according to Rep. Joyce.

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Study: Marijuana Use While Pregnant Not linked to Increased Autism Risk in Children

Children born from moms who used marijuana in the months before and during their pregnancy do not possess an increased likelihood of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and titled Peri-Pregnancy Cannabis Use and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Offspring: Findings from the Study to Explore Early Development.

For the study, “The association of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with self-reported maternal cannabis use from 3 months pre-conception to delivery (“peri-pregnancy”) was assessed in children aged 30-68 months, born 2003 to 2011.” Children with ASD “were compared to children with other developmental delays/disorders and population controls.”

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Marijuana Legalization Associated With Improved Clearance Rates for Violent Crimes, Finds Study

According to newly released research, legalizing marijuana is directly associated with improvements in police clearance rates for multiple types of violent crimes.

The research was published in the most recent issue of The International Journal of Drug Policy, and was conducted by researchers from the University of Utah and the University of China. For the study researchers examined trends in crime clearance rates in Oregon before and after legalization, and compared it with several control states.

Researchers found there to be “significant increases in the clearance rate for overall violent crimes and for aggravated assault in Oregon counties relative to those in non-legalized states following legalization.” These findings “largely aligns with the argument made by the proponents of marijuana legalization that legalization would improve police effectiveness in addressing serious crimes, and as a result would increase clearance rates and generate a crime deterrence effect”, states the study.

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6 Tips for Sexing Marijuana Plants

By Robert Bergman

Growing marijuana is great, but not easy. One of the more annoying things about growing marijuana is that you have to accurately determine the sex of your plant.

Many growers want to keep their female plants from being fertilized because it is the only way to ensure sinsemilla buds, which are buds that don’t have seeds and they will have ample THC by the time the harvest comes around.

Even then, many marijuana growers just like to get the males out of the garden because they don’t produce that much THC.

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Top 10 Marijuana Sativa Strains Right Now

Marijuana not only remains popular throughout the world, it continues to grow in popularity as more countries and more U.S. states legalize the plant. In this article we’ll take a look at the top 10 most popular marijuana sativa strains as of right now, using data compiled by Leafly.

  • Sour Diesel

  • Jack Herer

Study Finds CBD has Vasoprotective Effects

Cannabidiol (CBD) has vasoprotective effects, meaning it may alleviate or prevent conditions or diseases which affect the blood vessels, such as hypertension.

This is according to a new study published in the journal Pharmaceuticals , and epublished by the National Institute of Health. For the study, researchers examined “the endothelium (vascular)-protecting effects of chronic cannabidiol (CBD) administration (10 mg/kg once daily for 2 weeks)” in hypertensive and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR).

“CBD reduced hypertrophy and improved the endothelium-dependent vasodilation in response to acetylcholine in the aortas and G3 of DOCA-salt rats and SHR”, states the study. “The enhancement of vasorelaxation was prevented by the inhibition of nitric oxide (NO) with L-NAME and/or the inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX) with indomethacin in the aortas and G3 of DOCA-salt and SHR, respectively.”

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National Institute of Drug Abuse Director Says No Evidence Occasional Marijuana Use is Harmful

The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is traditionally very anti-marijuana, says there’s no evidence that occasional marijuana use by adults has any harmful effects.

“There’s no evidence to my knowledge that occasional marijuana use has harmful effects”, said Nora Volkow in an interview with the political outlet FiveThirtyEight. “I don’t know of any scientific evidence of that,” Volkow said. “I don’t think it has been evaluated. We need to test it.”

Volkow also stated that he’s surprised that new research has found that those who consume marijuana have, on average, a lower body mass index (BMI).

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Topical Marijuana May Help Patients With Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy

According to a new case series published by the U.S. National Institute of Health, “topical cannabinoids may be helpful for patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.”

The study was also published in the scientific journal Integrative Cancer Therapies, and is titled Topical Cannabinoids for Treating Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy: A Case Series.

“Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common and often severe side effect from many chemotherapeutic agents, with limited treatment options”, begins the study’s abstract. “There is no literature on the use of topical cannabinoids for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.”

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