Talking Point: It’s time to regulate medicinal cannabis and scrap legal penalties

Ethan Russo, MD

CANNABIS has been used therapeutically throughout human history and was itself a mainstream medicine in Western societies until the Prohibition movements of the 20th century relegated it to the sidelines.

In the past 25 years, science has come to understand that this complex botanical medicine works via the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an innate promoter of homeostasis (balance) in our various physiological systems.

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Puff, Puff, Pass: New Vaccine Could Help Herpes-Suffering Stoners

Herpes

Communal joints and blunts have long been a pillar of the weed tradition, and even if you grew away from them toward bongs and pipes, there is always the memories of rolling and passing blunts late at night with friends. You probably also remember the negative side—a wet blunt from someone’s lips, passed around to multiple people,...

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People in This Profession Pop the Most Pills for Sexual Enhancement

cannabis versus viagra

You would be hard pressed to find a long-haul trucker rolling down the streets of South Africa without a pocketful of boner pills, according to a new report. It seems that truck drivers in this part of the world are now more likely to choke down sexual enhancement drugs than anyone else.

A recent study from the National Employment Council for the...

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When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

Ruth Brunn, 98 years old

Ruth Brunn, 98, taking her medicinal marijuana with vitamin water at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York City earlier this month. Yana Paskova for The New York TimesRuth Brunn finally said yes to marijuana. She is 98.

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Cannabinoids May Help Treat Traumatic Brain Injury

cannabis brain injury

Cannabinoids may provide a potential treatment option for traumatic brain injury, according to new research.

The study was published in the latest issue of the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“The endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) system regulates a diverse array of...

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