Cognition

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

Benjamin Caplan, MDHow to prevent inappropriate teen use?
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Evidence for Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabidiol, Including Treatment of Ischemic Strokes

Therapeutic Potential of Non-Psychotropic Cannabidiol in Ischemic Stroke

Cannabidiol (CBD) has a unique therapeutic profile as it has a cannabinoid receptor-independent mechanism, limited side-effects, and patients do not seem to develop an insurmountable tolerance. Research currently focussed on the therapeutic benefits of CBD has demonstrated long-lasting neuroprotective properties against global and focal ischemic injury, such as ischemic stroke. This piece points to CBD as a major component of cannabis-based medicine as a non-psychoactive component. Further research is needed to evaluate the full clinical capabilities of CBD, including its neuroprotective effect.

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The US patent on Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants, from 1999: https://patents.google.com/patent/US6630507B1/en

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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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Cognitive Function in Aging Cocaine Smokers is Marginally Lower than Controls

Cognitive function in aging cocaine smokers

A recently published study looking to expose the functional status of older drug users has found that most of their cognitive abilities are equal to their peers who have never smoked cocaine, except for a marginally lower verbal comprehension. Similar studies should continue in order to determine how chronic drug users will affect or challenge public health systems in the future.

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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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Benjamin Caplan, MDHigh-potency cannabis and incident psychosis: correcting the causal assumption
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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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The Endocannabinoid System: A New Treatment Target for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Animal models show that cannabis has anti-compulsive effects, and OCD patients say that cannabis improves their symptoms. Now scientists are asking for more research.

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Benjamin Caplan, MDThe Endocannabinoid System: A New Treatment Target for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
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Alcohol Hangover Has Detrimental Impact Upon Both Executive Function and Prospective Memory

In a study that excluded cannabis users, researchers found that alcohol hangovers significantly impair both executive function (paying attention, regulating emotions, etc.) and prospective memory (remembering future plans).

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