09/24/2019 | Cannabis Studies
2019 Cannabis Studies… So Far!
As cannabis becomes legal in more states, whether medicinal or recreational, more scientists and researchers are able to conduct studies about cannabis. In 2019 alone, there have been published studies that have debunked cannabis myths, further proven its effectiveness on certain diseases, and more. The discoveries that have been made in the last couple of years alone are extremely promising and showcase the valuable properties that cannabis offers.
Fighting Public Perception
Aside from studying the properties of cannabis, scientists now have access to more data regarding who is using medical or recreational cannabis. They also are able to look at cannabis policies versus cannabis use.
For those that oppose cannabis legalization, a common argument is that increasing access will increase overuse of cannabis. Recently, public health scientists looked at the prevalence of cannabis use disorders in relation to the legality of medical and/or recreational cannabis. Turns out, the highest rates of cannabis use disorders were in states with the most restrictive cannabis laws.
Another argument that opponents of legalization content is that we do not know the long-lasting effects of cannabis use. While we cannot say we know the full long-lasting effects, scientists have begun to look at brain scans, particularly of adolescents. This particular study looked at the brains of 781 adolescents, split into groups based on cannabis use. The MRI’s showed that on both a brain-wide and region-specific level, there were no group differences (including the group with zero cannabis use) in number of brain cells, number of connections, or thickness of cortex.
Autism & Cannabis
While anecdotal support for medical cannabis as a treatment for symptoms of autism have existed for quite some time, there hasn’t been much clinical support until now. Medical cannabis is not meant to treat Autism Spectrum Disorder, but it can help with some symptoms, which can significantly improve quality of life for those with autism and their parents.
This specific study targeted comorbid symptoms, such as self-injurious behavior, hyperactivity, anxiety, and sleep problems. Instead of the multiple medications that children with autism are often on, parents were directed to administer cannabinoid oil to their children. Results showed improvement in at least one comorbid symptom in 75% of participants. While the improvements in symptoms were not markedly better than the improvements the regular medications give, it was proof that just one medication can do the work of numerous drugs the children were on originally.
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Courtesy of: Leafly