Cannabis, with its rich spectrum of phytocannabinoids such as THC and CBD, has long been used in traditional medicine relating to fertility and reproduction. Now, scientists are beginning to discover just how important the endocannabinoid system is to the biological mechanisms controlling these fundamental processes.
“Irrational Drug Laws are hindering medical research” - that is Prof. David Nutt’s statement. How exactly laws are doing that, he explains in a presentation at the Breaking Convention 2015, a biennial interdisciplinary British conference on psychedelic consciousness.
The National Cancer Institute, an agency sponsored by the U.S. government, has recently updated their information about cannabis, admitting that cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells.
In 2016 a new tourist attraction will open its doors in the US state of Colorado, that is fully dedicated to cannabis! After reading this, you might want to book a trip to the Colorado Cannabis Ranch & Amphitheater. A description and pictures of this amazing place can be found here!
Following the ever-increasing public pressure on the German Federal Government, the German Drugs Commissioner Marlene Mortler has announced what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable: Germany, just like the Netherlands and Canada, will establish a Cannabis Agency in order to care for its patients itself in future. Up until now, the German Government has insisted that there is no need for such an institution.
The German Hemp Association welcomes the announcement by the federal government in Germany to set up a cannabis agency. This paves the way for the first cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Germany, helping not only the patients, but allowing also new economic prospects for Germany.
On October 16th, the 4th edition of the conference on pharmacological advances and therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in medicine took place at the medical faculty of Strasbourg. Organised by the UFCM iCare organisation (French Union for the use of Cannabinoids in Medicine) the conference was presided over by French patient and activist Bertrand Rambaud.
Cystic fibrosis is a severe and debilitating genetic disorder that significantly reduces life expectancy and quality of life in sufferers. Now, evidence is emerging of the endocannabinoid system's fundamental role in the disorder.
The Czech Republic is a landlocked Central European nation with a population of around 10.5 million. The Czech Republic has a long history of utilising cannabis, and in modern times boasts some of the world’s most progressive cannabis laws—although these laws have been sorely tested on more than one occasion.
Bertrand Rambaud is a French activist and patient. Fellow French cannabis patients may also know him as the co-founder and President of UFCM iCare, an association focused on medicinal cannabis, and more precisely, on medical research aiming at the use of cannabinoids in medicine.
On the basis of a research report, the parliament of the Australian state of Victoria is determined to legalise a number of medicinal cannabis products. This is a serious step forward for a country that has struggled for a long time with the issue of legalisation of medicinal cannabis and recreational cannabis consumption. Read more about this significant decision here.
This Saturday, the association “Union Francophone pour les Cannabinoïdes en Médecine” (“French-speaking Union for the use of Cannabinoids in Medicine”) also known as UFCM iCare, is holding its yearly symposium. The event will welcome hundreds of healthcare professionals from all over the world, gathered in order to discuss research focused on the use of cannabinoids in medicine.
Berlin was asked and has answered. 39% of interviewees are for the legalisation of cannabis, as the German Hemp Association (DHV) reported on October 2nd, 2015. Further details about the poll can be found in the following article.
Cannabis is known to be an efficient solution to serious dermatological conditions. Indeed, scientific studies have proven that cannabinoids as well as hemp seed oil have a positive impact on many issues, and can also improve overall skin quality.
On Friday the 2nd of October 2015 the house of South African medicinal cannabis oil producer and cannabis activist Sheldon Cramer - also known as Bobby Greenhash and 'the Robin Hood of cannabis oil' - was raided. Cramer, who was not home at the time, went into hiding with his family in the ZwaZulu Natal bush.
The history of medical cannabis is long and turbulent, encompassing almost every corner of the globe and spanning over 6,000 years. Here, we set out what we believe are the most significant milestones on the long march to gain recognition of cannabis as a powerful, effective, and safe medicine.
Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurological disorder characterized by impulsiveness, inattention and hyperactivity. ADD/ADHD is one of a group of neuropsychiatric conditions (that also includes schizophrenia and autism) now linked to a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by difficulty with social interaction, repetitive behaviour and limited empathy with peers. Some forms of autism also lead to cognitive and linguistic impairment, although Asperger’s syndrome is an exception to this. So what role does the endocannabinoid system have to play?
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the endocannaboid system has a fundamental role to play in various aspects of the aging process, both mental and somatic. Furthermore, regular use of cannabis itself may assist in slowing down this process, although the precise mechanism of action has not been ascertained.