New Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) Exhibits Strong Anti-Seizure Properties

A new study published by the journal Neurochemical Research, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has confirmed past research that shows cannabidiol to be an anti-seizure agent.

For the study; “The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) funded Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP) investigated CBD in a battery of seizure models using a refocused screening protocol aimed at identifying pharmacotherapies to address the unmet need in pharmacoresistant epilepsy”.

Applying this new screening workflow, CBD was investigated in multiple mouse and rat models of acute seizures. Following intraperitoneal (i.p.) pretreatment, “CBD produced dose-dependent protection in the acute seizure models.” In chronic models, “CBD produced dose-dependent protection in the corneal kindled mouse”.

Motor impairment assessed in conjunction with the acute seizure models “showed that CBD exerted seizure protection at non-impairing doses.”

Researchers conclude that; “The ETSP investigation demonstrates that CBD exhibits anti-seizure properties in acute seizure models and the corneal kindled mouse.”

However, the study notes that “further preclinical and clinical studies are needed to determine the potential for CBD to address the unmet needs in pharmacoresistant epilepsy.”

The full study – conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Health, the University of Utah and the University of California San Fransisco – can be found by clicking here.

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Washington State University Seeking People to Smoke Marijuana for $30 an Hour for New Study

Researchers at Washington State University are seeking people willing to smoke marijuana for money for a new study.

The study’s goal, according to Kiro 7, is to help develop a new breathalyzer that detects marijuana use. The study’s participants – which must be at least 21 years old – will be paid $30 an hour for the first hour, and $10 for every additional hour they take part in the study.

Participants will begin with a blood test and a mouth swab as part of preliminary testing. They will then purchase marijuana from a licensed marijuana retail outlet (they are allowed to choose their own brand and strains), and then smoke it privately at their own home. Taxi cabs will then pick up the volunteers and bring them to a hospital to complete secondary testing. The study will also encourage participants to participate in a standard sobriety test conducted by local law enforcement.

To join the study, contact Nathan Weller at (509)-432-1943 or by email at nathan_weller@hotmail.com.

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Arizona Legislature Approves Measure to Legalize Hemp, Already Passed Senate

Legislation that would legalize hemp has been given approval by the Arizona’s Legislature.

Senate Bill 1337 has been passed by Arizona’s full legislature, sending it to Governor Doug Ducey for consideration. Ducey now has the option of signing the measure into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it. It his was to veto it, the legislature could overturn it with a 2/3rds majority, which the bill seems to have (it passed the Senate 26 to 4 and the House 53 to 2).

If the measure does become law, it would be legal to produce, process, manufacture and distribute hemp; it would designate industrial hemp “as an agricultural product that is subject to regulation by the Department [of Agriculture]”. It would prohibit the state from “restricting a person from growing industrial hemp based on the legal status of industrial hemp under federal law.”

You can click here for the full text of Senate Bill 1337.

According to congressional research, the United States imports over half a billion dollars in hemp from other countries – primarily China and Canada – while retaining the illegality of its cultivation among its own farmers. According to the same report, the hemp market to consist of over roughly 25,000 various products.

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