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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344554/cannabis-in-chinese-medicine-are-some-traditional-indications-referenced-in-ancient-literature-related-to-cannabinoids
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REVIEW
E Joseph Brand, Zhongzhen Zhao
Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae) has a long history of utilization as a fiber and seed crop in China, and its achenes ("seeds") as well as other plant parts have been recorded in Chinese medical texts for nearly 2000 years. While the primary applications of cannabis in Chinese medicine center around the use of the achenes, ancient indications for the female inflorescence, and other plant parts include conditions such as pain and mental illness that are the subject of current research into cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343385/development-of-a-rapid-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantification-of-cannabidiol-cannabidivarin-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin-and-cannabigerol-in-mouse-peripheral-tissues
#2
Fabiana Piscitelli, Ester Pagano, Anna Lauritano, Angelo A Izzo, Vincenzo Di Marzo
Cannabis has been known as a medicine for several thousand years across many cultures and its beneficial effects are due to the presence of cannabinoids, unique natural products, whose pharmacology is going to gain increasing interest in scientific community. The discovery of the main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis sativa L., Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), has led to the identification of at least one hundred additional phytocannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD), cannabidivarin (CBDV), Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (Δ9-THCV) and cannabigerol (CBG)...
March 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333097/effects-of-a-sativex-like-combination-of-phytocannabinoids-on-disease-progression-in-r6-2-mice-an-experimental-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#3
Sara Valdeolivas, Onintza Sagredo, Mercedes Delgado, Miguel A Pozo, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Several cannabinoids afforded neuroprotection in experimental models of Huntington's disease (HD). We investigated whether a 1:1 combination of botanical extracts enriched in either ∆⁸-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆⁸-THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), which are the main constituents of the cannabis-based medicine Sativex(®), is beneficial in R6/2 mice (a transgenic model of HD), as it was previously shown to have positive effects in neurotoxin-based models of HD. We recorded the progression of neurological deficits and the extent of striatal deterioration, using behavioral, in vivo imaging, and biochemical methods in R6/2 mice and their corresponding wild-type mice...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328793/first-episode-psychosis-possibly-due-to-roxithromycin-related-inhibition-of-metabolization-of-tetrahydrocannabinol
#4
Maximilian Gahr, Christoph Hiemke, Bernhard J Connemann, Carlos Schönfeldt-Lecuona
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328019/dopant-assisted-direct-analysis-in-real-time-mass-spectrometry-with-argon-gas
#5
Robert B Cody, A John Dane
RATIONALE: Dopants used with Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization (APPI) were examined with the Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART(®) ) ion source operated with argon gas. Charge-exchange and proton transfer reactions were observed by adding toluene, anisole, chlorobenzene and acetone to the DART gas stream, complementing the information obtained by helium DART. METHODS: Mass spectra were acquired with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer equipped with a DART ion source operated with argon gas...
May 30, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327548/opioid-sparing-effect-of-cannabinoids-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
REVIEW
Suzanne Nielsen, Pamela Sabioni, Jose M Trigo, Mark A Ware, Brigid D Betz-Stablein, Bridin Murnion, Nicholas Lintzeris, Kok Eng Khor, Michael Farrell, Andrew Smith, Bernard Le Foll
Cannabinoids, when co-administered with opioids, may enable reduced opioid doses without loss of analgesic efficacy (ie an opioid-sparing effect). The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review to determine the opioid-sparing potential of cannabinoids. Eligible studies included pre-clinical and clinical studies for which the outcome was either analgesia or opioid dose requirements. Clinical studies included controlled studies and case series. We searched Scopus, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Medline, and Embase...
March 22, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323498/predictors-of-adult-e-cigarette-users-vaporizing-cannabis-using-e-cigarettes-and-vape-pens
#7
Meghan E Morean, Noah Lipshie, Margo Josephson, Dawn Foster
BACKGROUND: Given limited extant research, we assessed the use of portable, battery-powered cannabis vaporizers by adult e-cigarette users. METHODS: 522 adult vapers completed an online survey. Demographics; lifetime and past-month cannabis vaporization via e-cigarettes/vape-pens; preferences for hash oil, D-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) wax, or dried buds; and cannabis vaporization beliefs and motives were examined. Demographics, age of e-cigarette onset, e-cigarette use frequency, state-level legal status of cannabis, cannabis vaping beliefs/motives, and impulsivity were examined as predictors of lifetime cannabis vaporization, past-month cannabis vaporization, and cannabis vaping frequency...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315148/a-case-of-cardiac-tamponade-due-to-an-isolated-abscess-in-the-ascending-aorta-of-a-pregnant-woman-with-a-history-of-intravenous-substance-abuse
#8
Brandy Shattuck, John Livingstone
We describe the case of a 23-year-old white female, 10-12 weeks pregnant, with a history of intravenous drug use and a recently diagnosed pneumonia, who was found deceased in her bed after a night of sleep. Although postmortem serum toxicology tested positive for alprazolam, tetrahydrocannabinol, and morphine, the ultimate cause of death was determined to be cardiac tamponade secondary to an isolated abscess in the ascending aorta. The patient had several risk factors for aortic rupture and cardiac tamponade including intravenous drug use, pneumonia, and pregnancy...
March 17, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293911/delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol-oromucosal-spray-sativex-%C3%A2-a-review-in-multiple-sclerosis-related-spasticity
#9
Gillian M Keating
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)/cannabidiol (CBD) oromucosal spray (THC/CBD, Sativex(®), nabiximols) is available in numerous countries worldwide for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS)-related moderate to severe spasticity in patients who have not responded adequately to other anti-spasticity medication and who demonstrate clinically significant improvement in spasticity-related symptoms during an initial trial of therapy. Twelve weeks' therapy with THC/CBD improved MS-related spasticity in patients with an inadequate response to other anti-spasticity agents who had undergone a successful initial trial of THC/CBD therapy, according to the results of a pivotal phase 3 trial...
March 14, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289139/longitudinal-predictors-of-synthetic-cannabinoid-use-in-adolescents
#10
Andrew L Ninnemann, Hye Jeong Choi, Gregory L Stuart, Jeff R Temple
BACKGROUND: Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are a large, heterogeneous group of chemicals that are structurally similar to δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Many SCs are high-efficacy full agonists of the CB1 and/or CB2 cannabinoid receptors, resulting in a potent group of chemicals with a variety of negative health effects, including death. SCs are available to adolescents at convenience stores and smoke shops and on the Internet. However, little is known about the risk factors that contribute to eventual use of SCs in adolescents, and no research has examined the psychiatric, personality, and substance-use risk factors that prospectively predict SC use...
March 13, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284435/identification-of-cannabis-sativa-l-using-the-1-kbthca-synthase-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-probe
#11
Pattraporn Jeangkhwoa, Achirapa Bandhaya, Puangpaka Umpunjun, Ngarmnij Chuenboonngarm, Nathinee Panvisavas
This study reports a successful application of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique in the identification of Cannabis sativa L. cells recovered from fresh and dried powdered plant materials. Two biotin-16-dUTP-labeled FISH probes were designed from the Cannabis-specific tetrahydrocannabinolic acid synthase (THCAS) gene and the ITS region of the 45S rRNA gene. Specificity of probe-target hybridization was tested against the target and 4 non-target plant species, i.e., Humulus lupulus, Mitragyna speciosa, Papaver sp...
March 2017: Science & Justice: Journal of the Forensic Science Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276820/cannabinoids-for-treating-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-where-are-we-and-where-do-we-go
#12
Carina Hasenoehrl, Martin Storr, Rudolf Schicho
Fifty years after the discovery of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as the psychoactive component of Cannabis, we are assessing the possibility of translating this herb into clinical treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). Here, a discussion on the problems associated with a potential treatment is given. From first surveys and small clinical studies in patients with IBD we have learned that Cannabis is frequently used to alleviate diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Single ingredients from Cannabis, such as THC and cannabidiol, commonly described as cannabinoids, are responsible for these effects...
April 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273545/prevalence-of-drugs-in-oral-fluid-from-truck-drivers-in-brazilian-highways
#13
Henrique Silva Bombana, Hallvard Gjerde, Marcelo Filonzi Dos Santos, Ragnhild Elén Gjulem Jamt, Mauricio Yonamine, Waldo José Caram Rohlfs, Daniel Romero Muñoz, Vilma Leyton
Traffic accidents are responsible for 1.25 million deaths worldwide and are the most common cause of death among those aged 15-29 years. In Brazil, traffic accidents caused more than 44,000 deaths in 2014. The use of psychoactive drugs is an important risk factor for being involved in traffic accidents. Previous studies have found that psychoactive substances are commonly used by truck drivers in Brazil to maintain their extensive work schedule and stay awake while driving during nighttime hours. The state of Sao Paulo is one of the most important states regarding goods transportation...
March 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272498/the-differential-binding-of-antipsychotic-drugs-to-the-abc-transporter-p-glycoprotein-predicts-cannabinoid-antipsychotic-drug-interactions
#14
Natalia I Brzozowska, Erik J de Tonnerre, Kong M Li, Xiao Suo Wang, Aurelie A Boucher, Paul D Callaghan, Michael Kuligowski, Alex Wong, Jonathon C Arnold
Cannabis use increases rates of psychotic relapse and treatment failure in schizophrenia patients. Clinical studies suggest that cannabis use reduces the efficacy of antipsychotic drugs, however there has been no direct demonstration of this in a controlled study. The present study demonstrates that exposure to the principal phytocannabinoid, Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), reverses the neurobehavioural effects of the antipsychotic drug risperidone in mice. THC exposure did not influence D2 and 5-HT2A receptor binding, the major targets of antipsychotic action, however lowered the brain concentrations of risperidone and its active metabolite, 9-hydroxy risperidone...
March 8, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259650/can-we-make-cannabis-safer
#15
REVIEW
Amir Englund, Tom P Freeman, Robin M Murray, Philip McGuire
Cannabis use and related problems are on the rise globally alongside an increase in the potency of cannabis sold on both black and legal markets. Additionally, there has been a shift towards abandoning prohibition for a less punitive and more permissive legal stance on cannabis, such as decriminalisation and legalisation. It is therefore crucial that we explore new and innovative ways to reduce harm. Research has found cannabis with high concentrations of its main active ingredient, δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to be more harmful (in terms of causing the main risks associated with cannabis use, such as addiction, psychosis, and cognitive impairment) than cannabis with lower concentrations of THC...
March 1, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254350/the-current-status-of-artisanal-cannabis-for-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-the-united-states
#16
Dustin Sulak, Russell Saneto, Bonni Goldstein
The widespread patient use of artisanal cannabis preparations has preceded quality validation of cannabis use for epilepsy. Neurologists and cannabinoid specialists are increasingly in a position to monitor and guide the use of herbal cannabis in epilepsy patients. We report the retrospective data on efficacy and adverse effects of artisanal cannabis in Patients with medically refractory epilepsy with mixed etiologies in Washington State, California, and Maine. Clinical considerations, including potential risks and benefits, challenges related to artisanal preparations, and cannabinoid dosing, are discussed...
February 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245177/%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-decreases-willingness-to-exert-cognitive-effort-in-male-rats
#17
Mason M Silveira, Wendy K Adams, Maria Morena, Matthew N Hill, Catharine A Winstanley
BACKGROUND: Acceptance of cannabis use is growing. However, prolonged use is associated with diminished psychosocial outcomes, potentially mediated by drug-induced cognitive impairments. Δ(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, yet other phytocannabinoids in the plant, such as cannabidiol (CBD), have unique properties. Given that CBD can modulate the undesirable effects of THC, therapeutic agents, such as nabiximols, contain higher CBD:THC ratios than illicit marijuana...
March 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240418/analysis-of-drugs-of-abuse-in-cerumen-correlation-of-postmortem-analysis-results-with-those-for-blood-urine-and-hair
#18
Sylvia I Meier, Sarah C Koelzer, Manfred Schubert-Zsilavecz, Stefan W Toennes
The evaluation of drug and alcohol abuse is a major subject of forensic toxicology. Assessment of drug abstinence currently requires the analysis of urine or hair. In the present study cerumen, a mixture of sebum and sweat, was tested as an alternative. Postmortem samples (blood, urine, hair and cerumen from 38 corpses) were analyzed using liquid chromatography and gas chromatography, each coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS, GC-MS). The results were compared. In all cases of recent drug use (i.e. detection of opiates, amphetamine and derivatives, cocaine, methadone and diazepam or their metabolites in blood) the corresponding cerumen was positive...
February 27, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240291/residual-effects-of-thc-via-novel-measures-of-brain-perfusion-and-metabolism-in-a-large-group-of-chronic-cannabis-users
#19
Francesca M Filbey, Sina Aslan, Hanzhang Lu, Shin-Lei Peng
Given the known vascular effects of cannabis, this study examined the neurophysiological factors that may impact studies of brain activity in cannabis users. We conducted a systematic evaluation in 72-hour abstinent, chronic cannabis users (N=74) and non-using controls (N=101) to determine the association between prolonged cannabis use and the following neurophysiological indicators: (1) global and regional resting cerebral blood flow (CBF), (2) oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), and (3) cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2)...
February 27, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240187/the-endocannabinoid-system-modulating-levels-of-consciousness-emotions-and-likely-dream-contents
#20
Eric Murillo-Rodriguez, José Carlos Pastrana-Trejo, Mireille Salas-Crisóstomo, Miriel de-la-Cruz
Cannabinoids are derivatives that are either compounds occurring naturally in the plant, Cannabis sativa or synthetic analogs of these molecules. The first and most widely investigated of the cannabinoids is ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), which is the main psychotropic constituent of cannabis and undergoes significant binding to cannabinoid receptors. These cannabinoid receptors are seven-transmembrane receptors that received their name from the fact that they respond to cannabinoid compounds, including Δ9-THC...
February 23, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
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