Medical Cannabis Research

Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide

Marijuana and Suicide Rates | Medical Marijuana Laws & Suicide
Mental health and suicide rates – this discussion paper published in 2012, states, “Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males.”

 

Human Cannabinoid Receptor Gene Associated With Happiness

Human Cannabinoid Receptor Gene Associated With Happiness | Cannabis and Mood
This 2014 study out of Japan indicated that genetic traits, specifically the CB1 receptor gene genotypes, are closely related to happiness. C allele carriers of the SNP of CNR1 who are sensitive to positive emotional stimuli may experience a higher magnitude pleasure response when they experience positive events and may have a higher subjective happiness level.

 

The Effect Of Medical Marijuana Laws On Crime

The Effect Of Medical Marijuana Laws On Crime | Medical Marijuana and Crime
Relying on U.S. state panel data, researchers in Texas analyzed the association between state medical marijuana legalization (MML) and state crime rates for all Part I offenses collected by the FBI. The results did not indicate a crime exacerbating effect of MML on any of the Part I offenses. Alternatively, state medical marijuana legalization may be correlated with a reduction in homicide and assault rates, net of other covariates.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease & Cannabinoids

Medical Cannabis for Alzheimer Disease | Marijuana Alzheimer's
Results from a 2005 study out of Spain, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, indicate that cannabinoid receptors are important in the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease and that cannabinoids succeed in preventing the neurodegenerative process occurring in the disease.

 

Schizophrenia & Cannabis

Schizophrenia and Cannabis Use | Schizophrenia Cannabis
The results of this 2013 study out of Harvard suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.

 

Crohn’s Disease & THC

Crohn's Disease & THC | Cannabis Research | THC Research
A 2013 study Published in the journal Pharmacology involved 21 patients with Crohn’s disease unresponsive to standard IBD treatment. The study was able to demonstrate that an 8-week treatment with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich cannabis caused a decrease in the Crohn’s disease activity index in 90% of patients without producing significant side effects.

 

THC & Exercise Performance

THC And Exercise Performance | THC Research
In a 2013 issue of the journal Nutrition & Metabolism, four drugs (ethanol, caffeine, nicotine & THC) were evaluated for their effect on exercise metabolism. Overall, it appears that cannabis does not have ergogenic potential in sports activities and thus, its inclusion on the banned list is likely a function of its illicitness.