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Cannabis drug trial for brain tumours, backed by Olympian Tom Daley, secures research funding

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The phase II trials of cannabis-based drug Sativex in treating the most aggressive form of form of brain cancer will begin in early 2022.

Following a phase I trial that demonstrated promising results in treating the most aggressive form of brain cancer with a cannabis-based drug, phase II trials are set to begin in March 2022.

The trial will build on previous research in treating recurrent glioblastoma with chemotherapy and Sativex, an oral spray containing 1:1 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).


Chronic cannabis smoking associated with central nervous system abnormalities

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Findings from the study conducted on mice “may help develop novel treatments for prevention of some neurological abnormalities.”

New research out of the U.S. suggests the saliva microbiome of chronic weed smokers with cannabis use disorder could be associated with central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities that can affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves found throughout the body.

A microbiome relates to the microorganisms in a particular environment. In the case of saliva, it comprises bacteria shed from oral surfaces.


How Crohn's Disease Opened My Eyes To The Healing Properties Of Cannabis

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Many founders of cannabis companies have origin stories about how the powerful plant changed their lives – from enhanced intimacy and increased focus to better performance in sports and better sleep. I, however, do not have the same story. In fact, I was never really interested in cannabis and was somewhat of a reluctant participant.


Program giving out free cannabis to help opioid users in London, Ont., met with skepticism

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Cannabis Substitution Program in London since April, similar initiatives in Halifax and Vancouver

Every Tuesday, Mary McCarty and a group of volunteers sets up a small table outside a London, Ont., church to hand out free cannabis and cannabis edibles to a line of people that often runs well down the block. 

She's part of a group called the Cannabis Substitution Program, a volunteer-run organization that hands out free cannabis and cannabis edibles to people who use drugs.

The group claims "high-dose" edibles — as much as 100 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) served in baked goods — can serve as a treatment and replacement for opioids and other drugs. 

The cannabis is donated and paid for by private citizens, it says.


The Cannabis-COVID Connection: What We Know And What We Don’t Know

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Though little to no medical research links cannabis use with COVID-19 relief, that is definitely not the case in business where the pandemic proved to be a boon for the industry.

As the world continues to contend with COVID-19, much about the virus remains uncertain, including its interactions with cannabis. (original article appeared on Benzinga)

In the early months of the pandemic, various studies linked pot to both adverse and beneficial results. The trend continues today, with little conclusively known about the cannabis-COVID medical connection if indeed there is one.


Aqualitas partners with Veterans for Healing to deliver medical cannabis program to Canadian veterans

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"They have served their country, and we are proud to serve them."

Aqualitas Inc., a Nova Scotia-based licensed producer, is launching a new service aimed at educating, assisting, and onboarding veterans from across Canada into the company’s online medical cannabis platform.

In partnership with Veterans For Healing, a Cape Breton-based organization founded and run by veterans, the program will offer personalized services and a curated line of medical cannabis products that may be beneficial in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain and other conditions that disproportionately impact veterans.


These May be Some of the Top CBD Skincare Stocks to Consider for 2022

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The global CBD skincare market is booming. According to Grand View Research, the market was valued at $234.1 million in 2018, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 32.9% from 2019 to 2025. That’s a strong catalyst for companies such as Ayurcann Holdings Corp. (CSE: AYUR)(FSE:3ZQ0), The Valens Company (TSX:VLNS)(OTC:VLNCF), Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (OTC:CBWTF)(TSX:XLY), Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY), Medipharm Labs Corporation (OTC:MEDIF) (TSX:LABS). In addition, Grand View Research notes, “CBD is considered safe and effective for all skin types but is particularly useful for people who struggle with sensitivity, inflammatory conditions, acne, and dryness related to skin.


Canada House: Where Veterans Are Helping Veterans Gain Access To Medical Cannabis

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In North America, it is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in any given year, a mental health condition for which there are very few treatment options.


Woman's tumour shrank after taking CBD oil daily for more than two years: case study

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A case study of a U.K. woman whose lung tumour shrunk without the aid of conventional treatments while she was taking a daily dose of cannabidiol (CBD) oil has scientists suggesting it may be worth studying the use of CBD oil further.

The report, published in BMJ Case Reports in October, describes how the woman’s tumour shrunk from 41 mm to 10 mm in roughly two and a half years.

Cannabinoids are similar to endocannabinoids, which are manufactured by the human body to help in various processes, such as nerve function, energy metabolism, pain and inflammation and immune function, among others.


4 Things Older Adults Should Know About Using Marijuana

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With each passing year, older adults have been getting more and more into marijuana. With that said, there are some potential issues to be aware of.

Thanks for marijuana legalization, the herb has been going through a phase of reevaluation. People of all ages are more open to trying it, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes, especially when faced with the side effects of prescription medications. One of the fastest growing demographics are Baby Boomers.


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