Abuse Liabilities, THC and CBD

As an emergency physician in inner cities such as Detroit and Baltimore for the last 25 years, I am, unfortunately, very familiar with caring for patients with addiction. Over the years, I have seen the nomenclature change from drug abuse to substance abuse, to now substance use disorder. I became interested and started my cannabis…

Synthetic Cannabinoids

THC is one of the main cannabinoids found naturally in the cannabis plant; its chemical structure was discovered in the 1960s in Israel[i]. However, since 1970, cannabis has been listed by the federal government as illegal and a schedule 1 drug, with no medicinal value and high abuse potential[ii].  Contrary to that, we do know…

Challenges Creating Medicines From Cannabis

Drug development today is a long, arduous, and expensive proposition. Since the first half of the 20th century, the standard of care in medicine and the pharmaceutical industry is developing medications using nationally standardized protocols for medication safety and efficacy along with precision dosing for any new drug. Formulation development of drugs is key to…

Can cannabis be used to treat cancer?

At the present cannabis is only used to treat the symptoms from the side effects of cancer therapy. In the U.S. today, in many states, cancer therapy may include cannabis, used as an adjunct therapy to treat the side effects of chemotherapy. Cannabis’ anti-emetic properties treat nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy as well as…

Coffee the New Health Food

Starbucks lovers rejoice! A new study presented this past month at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) found drinking coffee could prevent skin cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) there are 1 million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer each year. Basal cell…