STUDY HAUL | The most compelling cannabis research from March

Eaze Team
Apr 1, 2019

We’re rolling now.

THC is even more important that we thought when it comes to cannabis therapies. Weed jobs are growing like, well, weeds. And even the feds are finally looking at marijuana for managing chronic pain.

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

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

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

With new studies, surveys, and trend reports popping up daily – and even bigger ones on the way – Eaze is tracking the most essential developments throughout 2019. March definitely had some doozies. Enjoy the momentum!

CBD is cool, but THC still rules.

THC is still the primary common thread among everyday people who use cannabis for therapeutic relief of a wide variety of marijuana therapies, according to researchers at the University of New Mexico, who used mobile software technology to measure real-time effects of cannabis products. Though CBD is growing fast in popularity, there’s “far less evidence” for the benefits of relying on the non-pschoactive cannabinoid. Science Daily.

Blondes have more … negative drug tests.

Bleaching your hair with hydrogen peroxide seriously degrades cannabis compounds trapped in follicles, and can alter drug-test results, according to new research from Forensic Science International. Not that hair-based drug tests are common anymore, but you never know when it’ll come in handy. H/T Cannabis Now.

Hey, we’re workin’ here …

The U.S. cannabis industry has already created 200,000+ jobs, with 68,000 of those in 2018 alone, according to Leafly and Whitney Analytics. H/T Leafly.

…. and we’ll probably outlast you all.

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Older adults in states with medical marijuana tend to work later in life, and put in more hours along the way, according to a study in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. That’s correlated with a drop in pain levels and “better self-assessed health” among seniors in access states. H/T Market Watch.

News flash: Marijuana helps cancer patients.

Cancer patients enrolled in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program showed significant reduction across eight symptoms over a four-month period, according to the Journal of Oncology Practice, affirming what medical-marijuana users have essentially known for generations.

Should you freeze your weed?

THC holds up better when refrigerated or frozen, according to Italian researchers who focused their efforts on how the cold affects concentrates. Stored at room temp, all the THC eventually degraded; refrigeration preserved some THC; and frozen concentrates showed no degradation at all. Still no word on whether this works for flower or edibles, but it probably can’t hurt!

Saw this coming: cannabis = better orgasms.

Women who are frequent cannabis users report more and better orgasms, according to a small study St. Louis University School of Medicine researchers published in the open access journal Sexual Medicine. There’s definitely a pattern forming hereH/T Inverse.

Medical cannabis sales spike in Canada after legalization.

Here’s one we didn’t predict: Sales of medical-use cannabis oil actually went up after the end of prohibition in Canada, which maintains a separate medical program post-legalization. H/T Marijuana Business Daily.

Teen cannabis consumption drops in Washington state.

Teens almost across the board are consuming cannabis less frequently in post-legalization Washington state, according to research by a WSU College of Nursing professor published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The only exception: high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week (see above re: working).

Denver’s teens seem to be doing it right, too.

The Mile-high city’s marijuana-focused educational campaign for teens seems to be working, as a new survey shows a majority shows a majority choosing to wait until they’re of-age to consume. The research set out to measure the effectiveness of Denver’s cannabis-tax-funded High Costs campaign, which educates teens about risk factors. H/T Marijuana Moment.

Even the feds admit they’re holding things up …

A federal health agency blames the painfully slow progress of cannabis research on the government’s stubborn I status for marijuana. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) acknowledges the “growing body of literature” suggesting cannabis’ pain-relieving properties, but adds that “as a Schedule I substance with known psychoactive effects, research … has been slow.” H/T Marijuana Moment.

… but they still want in on that pain-management thing.

A federal health agency wants the public’s help in finding studies looking into the effects of cannabis therapies as opioid alternatives for chronic pain. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced it’s reviewing chronic pain research that’s already out there, and is soliciting “supplemental evidence and data submissions” from the public. H/T Marijuana Moment.

Take it easy with the edibles, folks.

People who went to the hospital after consuming cannabis were more likely to experience psychiatric and cardiovascular symptoms than those who smoked it, the University of Colorado School of Medicine concluded. People. Go low and slow, and don’t stack your doses – the idea is to enjoy the moment. H/T Denver Post.

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