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Sativa versus Indica: Moving From Cultivar to Chemovar

In the RYAH Data ecosystem, approximately 42 percent of patients prefer sativa and sativa-dominant cultivars, while 44.2 percent prefer indica and indica-dominant strains. Under a scientific lens, do these two foundational cannabis categories still make sense?   The cannabis industry may be built around the idea of two phytochemically and genetically distinct varieties, but these …

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Past and Present: Cannabis for the Treatment of Menopause

Women\’s health, a topic traditionally excluded from scientific research, is slowly getting more recognition. Menopause is one such condition getting renewed attention, including through the lens of medical cannabis.   Menopause, characterized by the end of menstruation, with symptoms ranging from hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, mood changes, and slowed metabolism, is a …

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Medical Cannabis for OCD? Hints from Case Studies, Comorbities and the ECS

Between January 1, 2018, and November 1, 2020, there have been more than 9,000 sessions of patients consuming medical cannabis for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) within the RYAH Data ecosystem. This evidence adds to the chorus of anecdotal reports, case studies, and several hypothetical scientific reviews on the subject. Could medical cannabis improve functional impairment caused …

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Greater Risk or Therapeutic Benefit? The Ongoing Debate Around Cannabis and Schizophrenia

For decades, the misunderstood relationship between cannabis and schizophrenia has sowed fear among regulators, healthcare providers, and law enforcement. Opposition to legalization has often come wrapped in alarm that rising cannabis consumption will trigger rising rates of psychosis and schizophrenia. [/caption] Yet, more than 80 years after the film “Reefer Madness” incited this panic about cannabis, …

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UK Public Awareness of Medical Cannabis is Positive, But the System is Broken

The UK may have legalized medical cannabis in 2018, but that doesn\’t mean patients can access it. According to a recent report in The Guardian, just two patients are receiving medical cannabis through the National Healthcare Service (NHS). Both received special emergency interim licenses from the Home Office. Outside the public system, there are perhaps …

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The Endocannabinoid Theory: Applications for Cannabinoid Therapy

The endocannabinoid theory of disease began with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system. Unlike the central nervous system, the respiratory system, and other essential systems which have been investigated for centuries, researchers only stumbled onto the existence of the endocannabinoid system less than 30 years ago.   As one of the newest physiological revelations, it\’s …

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An Update on the German Model: A Study Case for the Rest of the EU

The European cannabis market is a much different beast than what has evolved across the pond in North America. If North America is about wild market predictions, high-risk investments, and murky regulation, Europe is the exact opposite.   The European markets are slow to launch, measured in their approach, and highly regulated. Germany, which RYAH …

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