SYMPOSIUM 9 – Novel therapeutic uses of cannabinoids

On Wednesday morning I attended the session “Novel therapeutic uses of cannabinoids” chaired by Prof Jan Ramaekers (Maastrict). Over recent years the therapeutic use of cannabis have gained increasing interest but there is a lack of clinical data to support whether cannabis/cannabinoids are effect for many disorders, and yet increasingly, cannabis based medicines can be […]

SYMPOSIUM 4: Adverse and beneficial effects of cannabinoids – new insights from genetics and clinical trials

On Tuesday morning, I attended Symposium 4: Adverse and beneficial effects of cannabinoids – new insights from genetics and clinical trials chaired by Prof. Marcus Munafo and Anthony Vernon. It gave an overview of the interactions between genetic factors and cannabis use and how this mediates the risk for psychosis and early brain maturation. The […]

Is Cannabidiol a useful drug for treating addictions?

Molecular structure of CBD cannabidiol

Anecdotal evidence suggests that people are using Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis, to help them quit smoking cigarettes as well as other drugs. At the same time, emerging research suggests that CBD indeed might be a novel treatment to treat addictions. However, the research itself is sparse and we do not have […]