Cannabis and PTSD — Taming Nightmares

via Cannabis and PTSD — Taming Nightmares – Ryan D Miller – Medium

Nightmares are one of the most common manifestations of previous traumatic stress. A study by the National Center for PTSD showed that 52% of Vietnam combat veterans with PTSD regularly experience nightmares as a primary symptom of their post-traumatic stress. New research, which includes veterans of our most recent (and longest) wars, indicates a much higher rate, with anywhere from 71% to 96% of PTSD sufferers experiencing nightmares, compared to only around 5% for the general population.

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What Happens If You Smoke Cannabis For A Year to Relieve Chronic Pain Hint: It’s safe and effective

via What Happens If You Smoke Cannabis For A Year to Relieve Chronic Pain

Researchers in Canada say that smoking cannabis to relieve chronic pain is not only safe, but effective as well. We knew that, but in case you needed scientific evidence, here it is.

The study followed 215 adults (141 of these adults were current users and 58 of them ex-users) who used medical cannabis for an entire year and a control group of 216 chronic pain patients who didn’t use medical cannabis at all. These participants were patients from seven different clinics in Canada, all suffering from some form of chronic non-cancer pain.

The Voices of Legalization in the UK Are Getting Louder

via The Voices of Legalization in the UK Are Getting Louder | Marijuana

At the beginning of May, a UK doctor approved the nation’s first medical cannabis prescription, despite the fact that it is still illegal. The medicine was for young Billy Caldwell, an 11-year-old boy who suffers from intractable epilepsy.

Less than two weeks later, the Liberal Democrats announced the total legalization of adult-use cannabis as a campaign promise. This move was the first time a major political party in Britain had made marijuana reform a key initiative. At the same time, Prime Minister Theresa May suffered significant condemnation for what was perceived as ignorant “reefer-madness-esque” comments toward pot reform of any kind when she relied on the false “gateway drug” theory that cannabis use leads to harder drugs.

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Revealed: The Latest UK Drug Use Figures And What They Tell Us About Changing Habits

via Revealed: The Latest Drug Use Figures And What They Tell Us About Changing Habits – Volteface

Every year, the UK Home Office invites a sample of 50,000 people to tell them whether they have used any illicit drugs. Although you might wonder why anyone would willingly share this type of information, most people agree to take part. The survey helps us to understand the trends in UK drug use and informs policy and service planning.

So what does this year’s survey reveal about Britons’ use of drugs?

Home growing medical vs. recreational marijuana: What’s the difference?

via Home growing medical vs. recreational marijuana: What’s the difference? – Good Medical

When it comes to home cultivation, the line of separation between medical and recreational marijuana becomes blurred, according to industry officials.

Cannabis expert witness and Oaksterdam University instructor Chris Conrad of El Sobrante, California said that in terms of physiology and the compounds in the plants, the two types of cannabis are pretty much indistinguishable.

“The question is do you have symptoms of some health conditions and does cannabis help you with those?” Conrad said. “That’s where the ‘all use is medical’ has a little bit of allure for some people. A lot of people that use it for medical purposes started off using for personal use and then they eventually come to realize they can get a medical benefit from it. Once they made that determination, then at that point then it is medical.