Anxiety

Adolescent Executive Dysfunction in Daily Life: Relationships to Risks, Brain Structure and Substance Use

Researchers assessed 817 youth (aged 12 to 21) who previously participated in the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence study. They found that 123 subjects (15.2%) had used cannabis in the past year, and that cannabis use impaired inhibitory control, emotional control, and task planning.

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Benjamin Caplan, MDAdolescent Executive Dysfunction in Daily Life: Relationships to Risks, Brain Structure and Substance Use
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Video: Cannabis, Cannabinoids, and Sleep: a Review of the Literature

Researchers published a literature review that investigates the relationship between cannabis and sleep. They examined six major sleeping disorders: insomnia, sleep apnea, REM behavior disorder, nightmares, sleep with chronic pain, and daytime sleepiness.

They found that THC might worsen daytime sleepiness and delayed onset of sleep; however, THC might help patients who suffer from sleep apnea and nightmares. Meanwhile, CBD might reduce daytime sleepiness and insomnia while increasing the total amount of sleep.

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How to prevent inappropriate teen use?

Especially in Colorado and Washington, people are taking note of teens’ use and access to potent marijuana, and many are concerned that there are not enough measures in place to prevent this. Newly legalized states should look into this before it becomes a national issue. https://wapo.st/2Fgmto9

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The Education of Dispensary Staff is Varied and Lacks Regulation

Training and Practices of Cannabis Dispensary Staff

How much medical training does your local budtender possess? An online survey sent to medical marijuana dispensary staff reported only 55% of staffers had any formal training for their position, with 20% reporting some background in medical/scientific training. The analysis reported that many among the dispensary staff are recommending cannabis choices that are consistent with current evidence, but some are recommending strains that are either ineffective or exacerbate a patient’s condition. The findings of this study stress the importance of consistent and well-regulated training of dispensary staff.

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A Call for Physicians to Embrace Medicinal Cannabis as a Virtuoso of Prudence

The Prescription of Medicinal Cannabis and the Virtue of Prudence: Without Phobia(S) Nor Philia(S)

A passionate physician shared his opinion on prescribing patients medicinal cannabis, promoting its use in accordance with the virtue of prudence. The piece implores physicians to identify the medicinal benefits of cannabis and embrace its side effects without fear. Medicinal cannabis has its place among prescriptions with “respect for leges artis” as long as the decision to recommend cannabis is the result of an ethical-clinically based decision.  

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High-potency cannabis and incident psychosis: correcting the causal assumption

Scientists offer a strong counter-position to the belief that cannabis causes psychosis, pointing out the difference between correlation and causation. They argue that smoke exposure from any source (including cigarettes) could explain the reported link between cannabis and psychosis. 

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Cannabidiol (CBD) as an Adjunctive Therapy in Schizophrenia: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial

A 2018 study showed that, for patients with schizophrenia, adding CBD to ongoing antipsychotic treatment reduced psychotic activity, as compared to placebo add-on

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Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series

In a study of 72 psychiatric patients given CBD in capsule form, researchers found that cannabidiol successfully decreased anxiety and improved sleep over the course of three months. 

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A 2018 study finds that cannabis can alleviate symptoms of medications used for chronic pain as well as serve as an alternative treatment for seizures, pain, and inflammation.

Benjamin Caplan, MDA 2018 study finds that cannabis can alleviate symptoms of medications used for chronic pain as well as serve as an alternative treatment for seizures, pain, and inflammation.
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Medical Marijuana Confers Benefits Comparable to Prescription Medication, Without the Side Effects

Preferences for Medical Marijuana over Prescription Medications Among Persons Living with Chronic Conditions: Alternative, Complementary, and Tapering Uses

In a survey of 30 patients using medical cannabis for a range of illnesses, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, cancer, Hepatitis C, PTSD, and more, patients reported an array of benefits from their cannabis use. Patients successfully used cannabis as an alternative to prescription medication, as a complementary agent with traditional prescription medicines, and to gradually help halt the use of some prescription medications. Benefits described by participants included the effects of cannabis lasting longer than that of opioids, lower risk of addiction, fewer side-effects. Patients also saw their sleep, anxiety, appetite, and adverse reactions improve with the use of medical cannabis. Larger, more controlled studies may suggest cannabis more affirmatively as an alternative or complementary therapy with prescription medications.

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