Dancing the best exercise for treating depression, study says
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by Liam O'Dowd
7h ago
A meta-analysis of over 200 studies has compared the effects of exercise on depression, and found that dancing produced the best outcomes. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, analysed the results of 218 unique studies to identify which kind of exercise best treats major depressive disorder, either alongside or instead of prescription antidepressants, psychotherapy, and other treatments. The studies included 14,170 total participants, and researchers found that all exercise led to moderate improvements in depression symptoms. Results showed that walking, running, strength train ..read more
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Legalisation is not linked to an increase in cannabis-related psychosis
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by Kevin Dinneen
4d ago
A study of data from pre and post-cannabis legalisation in Canada has found no increase in admissions to hospitals for cannabis-related episodes of psychosis. The relationship between cannabis use and episodes of psychosis is a contentious issue that is often raised by opponents of legalisation. Results from previous studies have been mixed, with some finding evidence to suggest cannabis use, particularly in adolescence, can be a cause of psychotic episodes, and others finding no association between the two.  The present study was published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry in Februar ..read more
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Germany legalises personal possession of cannabis
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by Liam O'Dowd
1w ago
The German parliament has voted in favour of legalising cannabis for personal use following a historic vote in the Bundestag today. Under the new legislation, which will come into force on April 1st 2024, cannabis will be removed from the official list of illegal substances that make up Germany’s narcotics law. Adults will be allowed to possess a maximum of 25g of cannabis in public and 50g at home, and will also be allowed to cultivate 3 plants for personal use. The legalisation of cannabis was an election promise made by the governing coalition of three parties; the Social Democratic Party ..read more
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In the zone — how cannabis helps us unlock flow state
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by Emily Ledger
1w ago
If you’ve ever been so focused on a task – whether it be an important project for work, creating an artistic masterpiece, or even achieving a new personal best in your chosen sport – you have probably experienced what is known as the “flow state”. Many people might refer to this feeling as being “in the zone” or even “in another world”; a world where time seems to slow down and thoughts and actions that may usually distract us seem to disappear. But while these periods of complete focus may seem elusive, we may be able to conjure them more easily than we think. What is flow state? The theory b ..read more
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App launches feature to connect medical cannabis patients directly with doctors
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by Kevin Dinneen
1w ago
A patient-facing app designed to offer an alternative to the cannabis clinic model prevalent in the UK has launched a new feature that can connect patients directly to doctors, according to a press release sent to leafie. Script Assist is a licensed online platform available via Apple and Android apps, as well as its website, which enables private specialist doctors to prescribe medical cannabis directly to patients without the need of a clinic. The company was launched in 2022 by BBC Junior Apprentice winner Arjun Rajyagor, who was inspired to improve patient access to cannabis afte ..read more
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Psilocybe natalensis — A South African psychedelic mushroom making waves
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by Sam Gandy
1w ago
If you’ve taken magic mushrooms, it’s most likely you’ve consumed the UK’s native wild-growing Liberty Caps, aka Psilocybe semilanceata, or one of the commonly cultivated Psilocybe cubensis strains such as Golden Teachers. Amongst mushroom grower and psilonaut circles, another species of psychedelic mushroom is having a moment in the spotlight. Psilocybe natalensis (sometimes known as “NSS” or “Natal Super Strength”) is making waves amongst those in the know… and for good reason. Discovered in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa in 1995 and inhabiting dry grasslands in this region, gene ..read more
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Seeds in medical cannabis — the latest issue facing patients
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by Emily Ledger
2w ago
Despite medical cannabis being legal in the UK for over five years, it is no secret that at times the industry has struggled to meet the expectations of campaigners and advocates, clinicians, and most importantly, patients. Over the last few years, several issues and points of contention have emerged, from mouldy to irradiated cannabis, to raise concerns over the quality of products being prescribed in the UK. Given the high prices associated with legally prescribed medical cannabis products, it is understandable that patients want to be sure they are receiving the very best quality. But recen ..read more
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Cannabis medicines “significantly improve sleep quality” insomnia study finds
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by Kevin Dinneen
2w ago
Data derived from medical cannabis patients being treated for insomnia show that cannabis could be an effective treatment for the disorder that affects the sleep of approximately 10% of people living in the UK. The study, published in the journal Brain and Behavior, assessed clinical outcomes that were self-reported by patients who were being prescribed cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) via a UK-based clinic. Researchers used the data to determine how CBMPs affect insomnia, anxiety, and general health-related quality of life. The data used was drawn from the UK Medical Cannabis Registr ..read more
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The best grinders for medical cannabis patients
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by Liam O'Dowd
2w ago
Ever since medical cannabis was legalised in the UK in 2018, the number of prescribed patients has been steadily increasing. As the general public becomes more aware of the wide range of conditions that can be treated with this versatile plant many people with no prior cannabis knowledge are signing up for a prescription. Obtaining treatment with medical cannabis isn’t as easy as it should be. For some, getting the news from a clinic that a consultation has been successful isn’t the end of the challenge. Once your doctor has approved your treatment there is a good chance you’ll be prescribed d ..read more
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Psychedelic use may improve sexual function, study finds
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by Liam O'Dowd
2w ago
The consumption of psychedelics such as magic mushrooms and LSD may help to improve sexual function months after use according to a study published in the medical journal Nature. To understand the relationship between psychedelic use and sex, researchers from the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London analysed questionnaire responses from almost 300 people before and twice after they underwent a psychedelic experience. The study, believed to be the first of its kind, combined answers from two sets of respondents. People who had consumed psychedelics as part of a recreationa ..read more
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