The latest developments in Cannabis Research

Even in countries where cannabis remains illegal for both medical and recreational use, its consumption is still widespread.

Even in countries where cannabis remains illegal for both medical and recreational use, its consumption is still widespread.

Know your cannabis

The past decade has seen some major shits in the global view on cannabis use. Once vilified as a dangerous substance, many nations have legalized its possession and found ways to legalize its distribution.

The major driving force behind this sudden awakening has been medicinal - there has been increasing evidence that cannabis can serve as a treatment for a number of ailments. This has brought the medical community on board to an extent, and as more studies get published, legalization support grows. Even Australia has legalized cannabis for medical use.

But there are many who still doubt the efficacy of cannabis as a medicinal substance, taking the long lasting view that it is a dangerous drug. Both sides have their positions grounded in studies, and this makes it all the more difficult to decide who is right.

Regardless of which side you’re on, it’s best to keep up with the latest, credible cannabis news so you can make your own well-informed decisions. But that requires tons of research and time, so we’ve done that for you. In this article, we summarize the latest developments in cannabis research. 

  

What’s new in cannabis research?

While the past decade has given us a lot of insight into the pros and cons of cannabis use, the past few years have taken a deep dive into the efficacy of the crop with scientific studies and research.

Here’s a look at the benefits of cannabis based on some of the most recent developments in cannabis research:

  • Cannabis replacement therapy can counter cannabis addiction 
    Cannabis is the most widely used drug in the world, and it can be addictive. A recent University of Sydney and NSW Health clinical trial of 128 participants concluded that Nabiximols, a medication containing cannabis concentrates of CBD and THC, curbed cannabis dependency and reduced likelihood of relapse.
  • Cannabis flower alleviates pain
    We’ve heard this for years, but it’s always great to have more scientific support backing the claim. The most recent is from the United States, where the University of New Mexico researched the largest database of cannabis effects and concluded that common cannabis products relieve pain.
  • Cannabis hemp oil treats chronic pain 
    Keeping with the pain research, another study is backing up the claim. This time, hemp oil has proven effective in battling chronic neuropathic pain. The same University of New Mexico mentioned above, conducted a study on mice, and found that cannabis hemp oil relieved chronic neuropathic pain up to 10 folds.

Here’s a look at some of the drawbacks of cannabis, based on the most recent developments in cannabis research:

  • Marijuana use might hinder pregnancy 
    recent study found that cow oocytes (female eggs) that had concentrations of THC that are equivalent to recreational use, showed developmental difficulties when compared to others with less or no THC doses. Apparently, the embryos would fail to get past the first week of development, which means a lack of infertility.
  • A particular gene has been linked to cannabis addiction 
    A recent study by iPSYCH, a Danish psychiatric project, concluded that a particular gene might make one more susceptible to cannabis abuse. They also found that people who have variant genes linked to impaired cognition skills are more susceptible to cannabis abuse.
  • Medical cannabis might not ease sleep in the long term 
    A preliminary research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care suggests that people who use cannabis to relieve chronic pain might build tolerance. That increase in tolerance might reduce the cannabis product’s effect at easing sleep in the long run, causing increased use of cannabis.

  

Final words

With cannabis growing more and more mainstream, knowing more about the drug can help you make informed decisions. It is widespread knowledge that cannabis has medicinal effects, and that has opened the door to more research into just how effective it is.

These recent developments reinforce that belief, but come also raise questions as to the dangers of cannabis use for certain groups of people. Staying informed of the pros and cons will keep you enlightened on just how useful (or dangerous) cannabis can be to you or others.