Oxford University to launch medical marijuana research programme

Patrick Stewart

Oxford University is to launch a £10m research programme into the effects of medical marijuana, following calls for its legalisation.

The programme will examine the role of cannabis medicines in treating pain, cancer and inflammatory diseases.

It follows calls from some MPs for legalisation of cannabis on medical grounds, with 58 per cent backing such calls last year.

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Are Smartphones Keeping Kids Away From Drugs?

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Ever since a federal study was published last year showing that teenage drug use is on the decline across the country, researchers have been on a mission to find out exactly what has caused America’s youth to lose interest in the feel good effects of illicit substances.

According to a recent report from the New York Times, some of those...

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Talking Point: It’s time to regulate medicinal cannabis and scrap legal penalties

Ethan Russo, MD

CANNABIS has been used therapeutically throughout human history and was itself a mainstream medicine in Western societies until the Prohibition movements of the 20th century relegated it to the sidelines.

In the past 25 years, science has come to understand that this complex botanical medicine works via the endocannabinoid system (ECS), an innate promoter of homeostasis (balance) in our various physiological systems.

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Puff, Puff, Pass: New Vaccine Could Help Herpes-Suffering Stoners

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Communal joints and blunts have long been a pillar of the weed tradition, and even if you grew away from them toward bongs and pipes, there is always the memories of rolling and passing blunts late at night with friends. You probably also remember the negative side—a wet blunt from someone’s lips, passed around to multiple people,...

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