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My Role with the USP Cannabis Expert Panel to Establish Cannabis Quality and Safety Attributes (for Medical Patients)

USP Cannabis Expert Panel | Cannabis Inflorescence for Medical Purposes: USP Considerations for Quality Attributes

The USP Cannabis Expert Panel is working to develop quality and safety standards for the cannabis industry. These guidelines are essential for public health protection and will help facilitate scientific research on cannabis safety and therapeutic potential. For three years, I’ve served as an independent volunteer on the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Cannabis Expert Panel, offering my […]

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Happy Anniversary to Emerald Cup and SC Labs, the Official Lab Partner since 2010.

Emerald Cup and SC Labs

SC Labs is eagerly anticipating the 2019 Emerald Cup, the largest organic, outdoor cannabis competition in the world. This respected annual event brings together cannabis experts and educators along with farmers, patients, and patrons to honor the finest, organic, sun-grown cannabis harvest in California.

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Cannabis and Memory

We’ve all heard of the “forgetful stoner”, and while some of us have better recall after excessive indulgence, others may have more difficulties. This is due to the modulation of certain signaling events within the neurons of cannabis users and over time differences in the structures of the brain responsible for memory formation. This article […]

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Cannabis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What is COPD?  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an illness characterized by increased production of mucus and chronic inflammation of the airways resulting in reduced respiratory capacity. The two primary forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis, which produces a long-term cough with mucus, and emphysema, which leads to the progressive deterioration of the alveoli, […]

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Leaky Gut Syndrome: Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) as a therapeutic target

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome and how is it diagnosed? Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is an ailment characterized by a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain, fatigue, inflammation, gas, bloating, and intolerance to certain foods. It is thought to be caused by increased permeability of the intestinal lining, which is made up of structures called […]

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Cannabinoids in the Management and Treatment of Migraines

What are migraines? Throbbing, pulsating, and excruciatingly painful, migraine headaches can be debilitating and affect over 23 million people in the US alone. Migraine headaches are recurrent headaches that typically affect one side of the head and are often accompanied by nausea. Migraines induce a state of hyperalgesia in a patient causing sensitivity to stimuli […]

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Endocannabinoid System

What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can arise when a person experiences a traumatic or life-threatening event. In these situations our body activates its fight or flight response to respond quickly and accordingly by either fending off the threat or fleeing the dangerous situation. However depending on genetic predisposition […]

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How High Can You Get Off That Pot Brownie? Regulating Marijuana Edibles Keeps Them From Being an Iffy Proposition

By April M. Short   From cookies, chocolate and ice cream to gummy bears, soda and trail mix, many U.S. marijuana dispensaries can resemble a THC-filled sweet shop. Marijuana edibles are a popular, sometimes necessary, alternative for patients with serious illnesses or those who simply don’t want to breath smoke. And they generally taste delicious. But because […]

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Alzheimer’s and Cannabis

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Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a neurological disorder that is characterized by a loss of memory and learned behavior. Alzheimer’s normally occurs in adults 65 and older and has no cure. The pathology of the disease includes aggregates of the Aβ protein along with the hyperphosphorylation of tau protein, which ultimately leads to the formation of […]

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