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Cannabis part of the future says tobacco giant

7/30/21--British American Tobacco (BAT), the UK's largest tobacco firm, says it sees cannabis as part of its future as it tries to move away from selling traditional cigarettes and "accelerate" its transformation by reducing the health impact of its products. In March, BAT took a stake in Canadian medical cannabis maker Organigram, and it also signed a deal to research a new range of adult cannabis products, initially focused on cannabidiol (CBD). Read

The science of addiction: Do you always like the things you want?

12/12/20--It has been said and noted in a BBC article that Kent Berridge, professor of biopsychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan, has transformed scientific understanding of human desire and motivation. He argues that wanting is more fundamental than liking. According to Berridge, the single most important implication of the wanting-liking distinction is the insight it offers us into addiction - be it to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and perhaps even to food. Read

Cannabis-based medicines: Two drugs approved for NHS

11/11/19--Two cannabis-based medicines, used to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, have been approved for use by the NHS in England. Doctors will be able to prescribe Epidyolex, for children with two types of severe epilepsy - Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome - which can cause multiple seizures a day. The other treatment, Sativex, is a mouth spray that contains a mix of THC and CBD. It has been approved for treating muscle stiffness and spasms, known as spasticity, in multiple sclerosis. But doctors will not be allowed to prescribe it to treat pain. Read