CB2 cannabinoid receptor agonist, JWH-015, triggers apoptosis in immune cells: potential role for CB2-selective ligands as immunosuppressive agents.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17185040 Cannabinoids are known to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors expressed in the nervous and immune system, respectively, and mediate a wide range of effects, including anti-inflammatory properties. However, cannabinoids that bind CB1 are also psychoactive thereby limiting their clinical use. In this study, we investigated the immunosuppressive properties of JWH-015, a synthetic CB2-selective…Read More
A Psychiatrist’s Role in Ensuring Safe and Responsible use of Medical Marijuana
“Medical marijuana is here to stay. With medical marijuana being new to many states, there are more questions than answers about how it will affect our communities. Each state with medical marijuana laws may address important issues related to the laws differently. Many of our colleagues see medical marijuana as an unwanted problem in our…Read More
Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice
The view of drug use and drug addiction as a brain disease serves to perpetuate unrealistic, costly, and discriminatory drug policies, argues Carl L. Hart. “More than 25 years ago, I began studying neuroscience because I thought this approach would uniquely fix the ‘drug problem’. At that time, I believed that the poverty and crime…Read More
Veterans need – and – deserve a healing path through Medical Cannabis
PUBLISHED DENVER POST: THE CANNABIST: JUN 13, 2017, 8:11 AM • UPDATED: 2 DAYS AGO COMMENTS (1) By Socrates Rosenfeld, Special To The Cannabist Socrates Rosenfeld is a West Point graduate and a combat veteran who served as an Army Ranger and Apache helicopter pilot. He is also a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of…Read More