Frying Brain Tumors With Marijuana

Cannabinoids are a class of compounds including and related to marijuana’s active ingredient- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which have both psychoactive effects (the high or buzz) and neuroprotective effects such as antitumor function.  The latter effect of cannabinoids has given rise to one of the most interesting areas in cancer treatment. Specifically, naturally occurring cannabinoid anandamide has…
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Cannabinoids, The Fear And Perhaps, The Promise.

The Fear Cannabinoids have been making quite a stir in America long before the the active component, THC, was discovered in the 60’s. Reefer Madness has been the fear of parents and school teachers since the 30’s and hasn’t let up much since. However, it was not till the 90’s that researches discovered the reason…
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Tough Questions With Science: Marijuana’s THC Vs. The Body’s Endocannabinoids

Some day it will happen, I just know it. As a future educator it is my job to get my students out of their seats and diving headfirst into science. WHY? WHY? WHY? This will be the question that I will have plastered all over my classroom, the fundamental question of science. I want to…
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Cannabis: Preventing Brain Damage Instead Of Causing It?

Seizures are the physical changes in behavior that are observed after a period of abnormal electrical activity in the brain.  Seizures can be caused by a variety of things including brain injury, brain tumor, high fever, certain infections, and illegal drug use.  Behaviors exhibited during a seizure include mood changes, vision changes, loss of muscle…
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Possible Role Of Endocannabinoids In Reducing Post-Surgical Chronic Pain?

The article of discussion this week focused on the ability of endocannabinoids to aid in the protection of the brains’ neurons. Much of the evidence that was presented confirmed this neuroprotective role and even highlighted the endocannabinoid’s ability to promote the repair of damaged neurons and synthesize new neurons. Our class briefly discussed the implications…
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