Cannabis is one of the most studied plants on earth (despite what cannabis opponents may say). As of this article post, a search for 'marijuana' on PubMed.gov returns over 30,000 results.

In addition to that large body of research, a lot of things about the cannabis plant are still unknown and waiting to be discovered.

Cannabis research was all over the news this week, which we recap below along with other developments.

Study finds that CBD may be effective in treating heroin addiction

What happened: A team of researchers looked at the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety in drug-abstinent individuals with heroin use disorder.

The researchers concluded that 'CBD administration, in contrast to placebo, significantly reduced both craving and anxiety induced by the presentation of salient drug cues compared with neutral cues.'

Why it matters: Since 2010 heroin deaths rates have increased dramatically in the United States.

Anything that can help combat the issue should be embraced by society. Especially something as safe as CBD.

CBD may reduce alcohol consumption rates and mitigate alcohol's damaging effects

What happened: Researchers in France and Belgium looked at available CBD and alcohol study data to search for trends.

What they found is that the data suggests that CBD use may reduce alcohol consumption, as well as help mitigate the damaging effects of alcohol consumption.

Why it matters: 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year in the United States. If CBD consumption can help lower that figure, it would be an outstanding thing.

CBD is non-toxic and so hopefully as access to CBD increases in the U.S. more and more consumers will decide to make the safer choice.

The NFL agrees to take a look at cannabis for pain management

What happened: The National Football League (NFL) announced this week that it has entered into an agreement with the Player's Union to look at cannabis as a pain management tool.

Currently, the NFL prohibits all forms of cannabis consumption, even when a player is in a legal state and even when the player has been approved for medical cannabis use by a doctor.

Why it matters: It is no secret that NFL players experience injuries and pain on a level that most people could never fathom. Players typically use pain killers to alleviate their pain.

Players should be able to choose a safer alternative in the form of cannabis. The NFL has a long ways to go on reforming its harmful policy, and this is a great step in the right direction.

Square announces that it will allow some CBD transactions

What happened: Payment processing service Square announced this week that it will be launching a pilot program which will allow an invite-only group of CBD businesses to perform transactions.

“Square is currently conducting an invite-only beta for some CBD products,” a spokesperson for the company said in an email, according to Forbes.

Why it matters: Square is one of the most popular ways for consumers to pay for products, and allowing transactions for CBD products would be a huge deal.

Hemp industry members can legally cultivate hemp and consumer demand is at a fevered pitch, but without payment processors, it's hard to bring the two together. Square could usher in a revolution.

Martha Stewart continues to make headlines with her support for cannabis

What happened: In an interview this week Martha Stewart pointed out that cannabis is an alternative to opioids and suggested that cannabis could help combat the current opioid crisis.

Stewart was particularly keen on the potential wellness benefits of cannabis for pets.

Why it matters: Martha Stewart is one of the most recognizable figures on the planet, and is particularly popular with demographics that may not be the most supportive9 of cannabis reform.

Whenever she talks about the benefits of cannabis and portrays the plant in a positive way it is good for the movement and industry.


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