Cannabis News: Publius’ Top Ten 2012 Cannabinoid Stories

It’s been another landmark year for cannabinoids and the cannabinoid system, with new breakthrough research and additional confirmations of their importance to a healthy human race.

Publius – the penname used by the authors of The Cannabis Papers: A Citizen’s Guide to Cannabinoids (2011) – has been watching news about cannabinoids throughout 2012; here’s our list of the most important cannabinoid news from the year:

1. Exocannabinoid use legalized in 2 U.S. States – Voters in Colorado and Washington approved measures to allow the personal use of cannabis, giving average citizens the opportunity to supplement their cannabinoid systems. (Source: Multiple)

2. Cannabinoids Cure Pediatric Brain Cancer – A doctor tells the Huffington Post of miraculous cancer recoveries using cannabinoids. (Source: Huffington Post Live)

3. Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging – More research shows that maintaining a healthy cannabinoid system can help to maintain a healthy brain as humans age. (Source: Time Magazine)

4. Cannabinoids Can Help Migraine Headaches – Cannabis was once a common prescription for sufferers of migraines and a recent review of the literature shows it still has potential. (Source: Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain)

5. National Cancer Institute Recognizes Value of Cannabinoids – After avoiding many aspects of the subject for some time, the NCI at the National Institute of Health finally published some information about the cancer-fighting value of cannabinoids. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

6. Cannabinoids Show Potential for Bone Disorders – The human cannabinoid system impacts bone development and can be used to treat bone disorders. (Source: Bonekey Reports)

7. Cannabinoid Science Could Trigger Cannabis Rescheduling – Cannabis is considered a Schedule I drug with no medical value by the federal government. As more research shows the medical value of cannabis, that scheduling classification becomes harder to defend. Some scientists are specifically pointing out the contradiction. (Source: NORML Scientific Review)

8. Cannabinoids for Stress and PTSD – More animal studies show that cannabinoids can help disorders related to stress as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (Source: PubMed: Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology)

9. D.A.R.E Drops Marijuana – D.A.R.E., the national nonprofit that has promoted “Drug Abuse Resistance Education” to elementary, middle, and high school students since the early 1980s, will all but drop anti-drug material from its curriculum for fifth and sixth grade students, according to a state chapter leader and a letter released by D.A.R.E. (Source: Reason)

10. Potential role for GPR55 – CB3 Receptor – in Gut Functions – The G protein-coupled receptor 55 (GPR55) is a novel class of cannabinoid receptor (CB3) that influences one’s nervous system, vasculature, kidneys and bones; because of its presence in the GI tract, several studies are now focusing on its involvement in the physiology and pathophysiology of the gut. (Source: PubMed: Current Opinion in Pharmacology)

“We believe 2013 will feature even more remarkable developments and discoveries,” noted Bryan W. Brickner, publisher of The Cannabis Papers; “Cannabinoids keep surprising you.”