2019 saw a lot of forward progress for cannabis and its abilities
This new year and decade come with great expectations of bringing more advancements for the cannabis industry, especially since 2019 was such a good year for the plant. Thanks to more acceptance, due to gaining territory in the legal space, more things about the plant are known and still yet to be discovered. Scientists worked toward discovering the full plant’s potential throughout 2019 and here are five interesting discoveries about cannabis made during the year.
A study published recently in Environmental Entomology shows that bees have a strong attraction to the male hemp flowers for a reason that is not yet understood. This is rather interesting, since hemp doesn’t really have nectar and the colors are not that appealing. It is also intriguing because it might change the future for pollination.
The second discovery was that, other than cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are the mainstream compounds found in the plant, some discoveries were made specifically on the flavonoids and their potential painkiller effects. Cannflavins A and B are expected to be 30 times stronger than aspirin and might widen the scope for research on cannabis.
In another study, a popular question was addressed. The fact that people experience different kinds of highs has always intrigued scientists, and a new possible culprit might simply be on the genes. Some CB receptors influence the interaction with THC and CBD and some people are born with these receptors and some aren’t.
One of the most outstanding discoveries was for a condition that seems to be more common among children. According to a study published in January 2019, cannabis relieved hyperactivity symptoms, rage attacks and anxiety and self-harm behaviors among patients who were taking CBD.
And finally, one of the cannabis stigmas about shrinking brains and making people stupider lost credibility as a study published in February showed a 700-sample size of users and non-users of cannabis with no relevant differences in the brains. As one of the oldest myths surrounding cannabis, this one can be completely put to rest.