STUDEAZE | August brought a bumper crop of cool cannabis research

Eaze Team
Sep 5, 2019

Enjoy the momentum.

Marijuana dispensaries my help fight local crime. Drug tests at work are dwindling – but it’s probably better to keep it on the DL in Canada. And the rumors about the munchies thing? Probably true.

From wellness to creativity boosting and the holy grail of “targeted medicine,” the matrix of connections between our bodies and cannabis remains mostly uncharted – largely because federal prohibition blocks government resources. But the sweep of legalization is bringing a wave of new cannabis understanding.

[SEE ALSO: STUDY HAUL | All the coolest cannabis research from January]

Here we chronicle all the best, most relevant cannabis research published in the month of August.

Enjoy the studeaze!

Drug test? What drug test?

A tiny percentage of job postings – only about 1.5% – disclose that they require a drug screening, according to a review of postings on Glassdoor by the American Addiction Centers. Even fewer (0.7%) disclose that they require regular screenings after employment. Government, health care, manufacturing, transportation, security, aerospace, and education were among the professions that still had the highest rate of testing. H/T Forbes.

Just keep it on the DL at work, Canada.

Canada has been the worldwide leader in cannabis reform – just don’t tell the boss. Nearly half of Canadian private-sector workplaces still have a blanket ban on cannabis use, according to a survey by the Conference Board of Canada. The survey of 163 employers found 48 per cent have no-use-at-any-time (even outside of work!) rules for employees, despite the drug’s legality at a national level. H/T Calgary Herald.

[SEE ALSO: STUDY HAUL | All the coolest cannabis research from February]

Legal marijuana is associated with lower opioid deaths.

Access to legal cannabis in North America reduces annual opioid mortality from 20% to 35%, depending on the region, according to a study by Economic Inquiry. The study examined data over two decades in the United States. H/T Eureka Alert. That jibes with a Colorado study showing opioid prescriptions falling precipitously after legalization in that state.

Parents: not so great at locking away the goods.

Colorado households where parents or caregivers of children store cannabis have sharply risen (from 7% to 11%) since legalization, but only 67% said they stored it in a locked or secure location, according to the journal Injury Prevention. H/T Reuters.

Teen cannabis smoking is down in Colorado, but edibles ticked up.

The percentage of Colorado teens who say they consume cannabis regularly by way of smoking it has fallen from 87% in 2015 to 78%, but edibles jumped during that same period, from 2% to 10%. Dabbing was also up, from 7.5% to 4%. H/T The Associated Press.

[SEE ALSO: STUDY HAUL | All the coolest cannabis research from March]

Cannabis, crime-fighter?

The Annals of Regional Science found that “the opening of dispensaries [in the Denver area] actually decreases violent crime rates in above median income neighborhoods.” The review also found “robust evidence” that non-marijuana drug-related crimes decrease within a half-mile of new dispensaries.

Cannabis, oxidant-fighter?

The journal Analyst reported “remarkable antioxidant properties in all the methods employed” in their review of antioxidant activity of CBD and THC in mixed solutions at different ratios, which compared favorably with “well-defined antioxidants such as ascorbic acid and resveratrol.

Smoked cannabis, pain-fighter?

Whole flower and products high in THC appear to be the best at mitigating pain, according to researchers from the University of New Mexico. “Whole cannabis flower was associated with greater pain relief than were other types of products, and higher tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels were the strongest predictors of analgesia and side effects prevalence across the five pain categories,” according to the study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. H/T Marijuana Moment.

Cannabis, wound-fighter?

Activating cannabinoid receptors around damaged tissues may promote faster healing, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. “THC promoted periodontal cell wound healing … These results suggested that cannabinoids may contribute to developing new therapeutics for periodontal regeneration and wound healing,” the authors wrote.

Cannabis, diet-fighter? [Legal cannabis linked to higher junk-food sales.]

Cough, cough. H/T THe Economist.

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