Cannabis & Sleep Disturbances

Quality sleep is critical to human emotional, mental and physical health, yet it eludes between 50-70 million Americans. In this report, we will explore why sleep matters, the role of the endocannabinoid system in sleep, and how cannabis and its components—in particular, CBD and THC—may benefit those with sleep issues. BY NISHI WHITELY ON OCTOBER 29, 2017…

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Cannabis, Mood, and Depression

Linda A. Parker explains the mood enhancing and anti-depressant qualities of CBD and THC. BY LINDA A. PARKER ON APRIL 19, 2017 Photo credit: Potent An excerpt from Cannabinoids and the Brain by Linda A. Parker (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017) Cannabis use has commonly been reported not only to reduce anxiety but also to enhance mood and cause euphoria. Indeed, pre-clinical…

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How CBD Works

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, has generated significant interest among scientists and physicians in recent years—but how CBDexerts its therapeutic impact on a molecular level is still being sorted out by scientists. Cannabidiol is a pleiotropic drug in that it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways. Although CBD has little binding affinity for either…

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CBD Users Manual

A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabidiol & Cannabis Therapeutics Photo by Project CBD Reprinted with permission from Project CBD. In 2009, a handful of CBD-rich cannabis strains were discovered serendipitously in Northern California, America’s cannabis breadbasket, where certified patients could access medical marijuana legally. Thus began a great laboratory experiment in democracy involving CBD-rich cannabis therapeutics. The advent of…

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Earning CE Credits for Online Cannabis Education Just Got Easier

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Keeping up with continuing education (CE) credits is a priority for health practitioners to maintain professional accreditation. Well, the Holistic Cannabis Academy (HCA) just made it a whole lot easier for nutrition professionals and health coaches to meet their CE requirements with approval now granted from: National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Nutritional Therapy Association…

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Holistic Cannabis Academy co-founder Laura Lagano interviewed the grandfather of modern cannabis research Raphael Mechoulam on his experience with the ancient plant and what’s next.

Holistic Cannabis Academy co-founder Laura Lagano interviewed the grandfather of modern cannabis research Raphael Mechoulam on his experience with the ancient plant and what’s next. Raphael Mechoulam shares his insights about how medical cannabis works. He’s adamant that there need to be more studies and trials to get more questions  answers about the probably benefits…

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Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm: Medical Cannabis Leads the Way

Thrilled to announce that the Holistic Cannabis Academy will be sharing the same stage as Dr. Raphael Mechoulam at the inaugural conference for the  Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State in Pueblo. On April 29, HCA’s Donna Shields will present Shifting the Healthcare Paradigm: Medical Cannabis Leads the Way along with HCA faculty Dr.…

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Nutrition Professionals Listen Up!

California has approved adult use medical cannabis and health professionals in the Golden State are clamoring for information. HCA is filling that need with our own Laura Lagano presenting RDNs Get Up to Speed on Cannabis at the annual conference for the California Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, April 29, in Sacramento. Reaching this important…

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Integration of cannabis into wellness

As anyone with a chronic health condition will tell you, there are no easy answers. Successfully preventing and treating health issues requires integrating various healing modalities such as nutrition, herbalism + aromatherapy. Where can cannabis fit in? In a lot of places.  Not a panacea, cannabis offers holistic therapeutic application in numerous symptoms and full-blown…

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Study Finds Dispensary Workers Are Not Properly Trained

Before you head to your friendly, neighborhood budtender for medical marijuana advice, take note: According to a small but telling new study conducted by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, “only 55% of the 55 dispensary workers they surveyed received any kind of formal training for their jobs, and only 20% had been trained on the health…

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