Jessica McKeil

Topical Plant-Based Medicines: A Review of The Research

For millennia, humans have added plants into topical preparations designed for medicinal purposes. Alongside popular herbal remedies like aloe vera, arnica, and witch hazel, cannabis is earning renewed pharmacological attention. Consumers and researchers alike are intrigued by the possible medicinal benefits of topically applied cannabinoids, like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). There is so much …

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Cannabis and Cognition: Assessing the Long-Term Effects

As political winds shift and the world enters into an age appreciative of medical cannabis, it\’s critical to understand the effects this plant has on the human brain. Undeniably, cannabis impacts human cognition. Cannabinoids (and more specifically THC) cause changes to perception and affect cognitive performance and behavior. Yet, today, we know surprisingly little about …

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The Growing Role of Cannabis for Treatment Resistant Epilepsy and Related Disorders

A year and a half after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed its opinion on cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, the European Commission has followed suit. In September, 2019 GW Pharmaceuticals announced it had marketing approval for Epidyolex, a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical developed for the treatment of seizure disorders (Lennox‑Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome) for patients two years …

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Perspective of the Female Patient

The cannabis industry seems to hold many assumptions about the female patient. The stereotype of the female patient is clear after a single Google: they stick with CBD-rich and low potency strains, they are more interested in the wellness side of the spectrum than the medicinal side, and they steer clear of smokables. These assumptions …

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