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Marijuana Research Still Stymied by Federal Laws
Bob Grant | Jan 23, 2017
US scientists continue to have a hard time getting funding to study the health impacts of the drug. But cannabis research in Canada—where medical marijuana is legal nationwide—is different story.
National Academies Detail the State of Weed Science
Bob Grant | Jan 12, 2017
A new report summarizes what we know about the impacts of marijuana use, as more states have legalized the drug for both medical and recreational purposes.
US Government Will Allow More Universities to Grow Pot
Kerry Grens | Aug 11, 2016
The US Drug Enforcement Agency continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, however, perpetuating challenges for researchers.
Cannabis-Based Drug for Epilepsy
Jef Akst | Mar 14, 2016
A marijuana-derived compound shows continued success in treating children with a rare form of the seizure disorder.
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Oct 26, 2015
Oxytocin and social contact together modulate endocannabinoid activity in the mouse brain, which could help explain the prosocial effects of marijuana use.
Cannabidiol Quells Seizures
Jef Akst | Apr 14, 2015
The marijuana-derived compound shows promise in treating rare forms of epilepsy that cause children to have seizures multiple times a day.
Can Pot Be Lethal?
Bob Grant | Feb 24, 2014
New post-mortem examinations suggest that marijuana can kill.
Week in Review, July 15–19
Jef Akst | Jul 19, 2013
Bias in preclinical research; medical marijuana for kids; a swath of microbial genomes; plastic ocean habitats; rethinking scientific evaluation
Medical Marijuana for Kids?
Aimee Swartz | Jul 17, 2013
The drug has brought relief to children suffering from cancer and other serious ailments, but getting access is often limited by considerable regulatory hurdles.
A Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids
Kate Yandell | Apr 11, 2013
Mutations tied to autism in mice lead to deficits in the signaling pathway activated by marijuana.