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New Government Funded Study: Cannabis May Improve Attention and Memory

A new study published and funded by the National Institute of Health has found that poor working memory and attention control is associated with a lower efficiency of the endocannabinoid system, indicating that cannabis could improve these functions as it activates and positively regulates this system.

“Our results suggest that.. a lower efficiency of the endocannabinoid system, probably due to a lowered expression of CB1R, produced a reduction in the performance of these subjects when attentional control and working memory processing is challenged.”

Cannabis Can Treat Osteoarthritis, According to New Study

A new study published in the journal PLOS One, as well as by the National Institute of Health, has found strong evidence that activation of our body’s cannabinoid receptors – something done naturally by cannabis – can treat osteoarthritis (OA), which, according to the study’s researchers, is “a prevalent disease accompanied by chronic, debilitating pain”. It’s the most common joint disorder.

While studying the effects of cannabinoid receptor activation on OA-related pain, researchers found “new clinically relevant evidence that joint damage and spinal CB2 receptor expression are correlated combined with converging pre-clinical evidence that activation of CB2 receptors inhibits central sensitization and its contribution to the manifestation of chronic OA pain.”

New Study Finds Cannabinoids Are Involved In Regulating Bladder Function

A new study published in the journal Neurourology and Urodynamics, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that our body’s endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating bladder function, and cannabinoids may provide treatment for urinary tract dysfunction.

According to researchers; “Evidence suggests components of the endocannabinoid system are involved in regulation of bladder function, possibly at several levels of the micturition pathway.” They continue; “Amplification of endocannabinoid activity.. may be an attractive drug target in specific pathways involved in LUTS [lower urinary tract symptoms]“.

CBDV Suppresses Seizures, Says New Study

A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabidivarin (CBDV) – a non-psychoactive compound found naturally in cannabis can effectively decrease the severity of seizures, and in many instances suppress them entirely.

According to the study’s abstract; “Consistent with previous findings, CBDV significantly decreased PTZ-induced seizure severity (median: 3.25) and increased latency to the first sign of seizure.”

Colorado Governor Calls for Over $7 Million to Fund Cannabis-Related Research

In his 2014 budget proposal Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is calling for over $7 million in funding for “legitimate” studies examining the medical benefits of cannabis. Under the proposal, grants sized between $500,000 and $1 million would be distributed to universities, research hospitals, foundations and so forth, in order to study cannabis’ effect on conditions such as epilepsy, and post-traumatic stress disorder..

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