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IACM-Bulletin of 10 January 2016

Germany: The government presents a draft for a law, which would make cannabis flowers available on prescription by every doctor and force health insurances to reimburse cannabis-based medicines in certain cases

Science/Human: Cannabidiol reduces seizure frequency in epilepsy of children and young adults according to open clinical study

Science/Human: Pre-treatment with CBD did not influence effects of smoked cannabis

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New function of the CB2 receptor in the brain

~In the brain, there is a delicate interplay of signalling substances and cellular activity. Scientists of the Neuroscience Research Centre and Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Berlin, IACM, have now identified another key player within this ensemble. In a laboratory study they found that the cannabinoid 2 receptor influences information processing inside the hippocampus....
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Euphoria caused by endurance exercise, the runner’s high, is significantly caused by endocannabinoids

The high reported by runners, generally ascribed to endorphins, was found by researchers in IACM to be caused by endocannabinoids, suggesting it is similar to the high people experience after consuming cannabis. Endorphins, natural chemicals produced by the body, have pain relief properties similar to morphine. During intense exercise, the stretching and tearing of muscles...
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Cannabidiol improves bone fracture healing in rats

Scientists of the Bone Laboratory of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, reported that the major non-psychoactive cannabis constituent, cannabidiol (CBD), enhances the biomechanical properties of healing bone fractures in rats. The maximal load capacity, but not the stiffness, of thigh bones from rats given a mixture of CBD and THC for 8 weeks was markedly...
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THC and CBD in combination with radiotherapy may be very effective in aggressive brain tumours

When the natural cannabinoids THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are used to treat cancer alongside radiotherapy treatment the growths can virtually disappear. The new research by specialists at St George's, University of London, studied the treatment of brain cancer tumours in cancer cells and mice and discovered that the most effective treatment was to combine...
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How THC could slow tumour growth

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, UK, have shown how THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, could reduce tumour growth in cancer patients. Research reveals the existence of previously unknown signalling platforms which - in addition to already know mechanisms - are responsible for the drug's success in shrinking tumours. The...
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