Trauma patients find relief from a treatment with cannabis according to a survey

Patients with musculoskeletal trauma profit from a treatment with cannabis according to survey data. Harvard Medical School investigators asked 500 patients at two trauma centres. The majority of patients felt that cannabis could be used to treat pain (78%) and anxiety (62%). Most patients (60%) had used cannabis at least once previously, while only 14% […]

Cannabis may be effective in the treatment of chronic pain according to a large case series from Italy

A group of researchers from the University of Parma, University of Naples “Federico II”, and other Italian institutions presented a retrospective case series analysis of all chronic pain patients treated with oral or vaporized cannabis in six centers during the initial year following the approval of the new Italian law (December 2015 to November 2016). […]

Cannabis is used as a substitute for prescription drugs according to a large survey

According to an online survey with 2774 participants, who reported having used cannabis at least once in the previous 90 days about a half said that they used cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs. This is the result of research by scientists of the Center for Medical Cannabis Education in Del Mar, Bastyr University […]

Depression is higher in pain patients receiving opioids compared to those receiving cannabis

In a study with 880 chronic pain patients treated at several centres in Israel those, who received prescription opioids had higher rates of depression and anxiety than those treated with cannabis. Of all participants 474 received opioids, 329 cannabis and 77 both opioids and cannabis. Depression and anxiety were assessed using the depression module of […]

Mexico: Parliament approved the medical use of cannabis

Mexico’s Congress passed a bill on 28 April to legalize the use of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. The bill had already passed the Senate in December 2016 and will now be sent to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who is expected to sign it. “The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related […]

Patients who use cannabis reduce their use in medications for pain, anxiety, migraine and sleep disorders

In an online survey of 1,513 patients, who receive cannabis from dispensaries, researchers from different scientific institutions across the USA revealed that a large number significantly reduced their use of several other medications. Among respondents that regularly used opioids, over three-quarters (76.7%) indicated that they reduced their use since they started the medical use of […]

Argentina: Parliament approves cannabis for medicinal use

On 29 March the Argentina Senate approved a bill, which allows the medical use of cannabis oil for certain diseases. The House of Representatives already approved it in November 2016. The law allows importation of cannabis products until the country is able to produce it itself. It was approved unanimously. The initiative authorizes the conduction […]

Israel: The government wants to decriminalize small-scale recreational cannabis use

Israel plans to decriminalize cannabis use, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said on 26 January. He said that if the government approves his new policy, those caught smoking cannabis would be punished by a fine rather than arrested and prosecuted. Criminal procedures would be launched only against those caught repeatedly. “Police will be able to […]

Germany: Cannabis flowers will be available on prescription for medicinal purposes from March 2017 on according to a law passed by the Bundestag

The German Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, on 19 January passed a law that legalizes the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The law was adopted unanimously by the members of the Bundestag without abstention. Those suffering from serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain could be prescribed cannabis flowers, cannabis extracts […]


An increased intake of olive oil in mice increased the number of CB2 receptors

A diet enriched with olive oil significantly increased the number of CB2 receptors in fat tissue of mice and reduced inflammation and proliferation of mice adipose tissue. This is the result of research at the National Institute for Digestive Diseases “S. de Bellis” in Bari, Italy, published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. […]