Elana Frankel

Elana Frankel is a Cannabis Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in New York, she is the cofounder of Indigo and Haze and the Editor in Chief of Women and Weed magazine.

CBD still has a role to play in breaking addiction

A 2019 study in the journal Frontiers in Psychology suggests that the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) could help break the cycle of addiction thanks to its effects on the brain’s pleasure, reward and learning pathways. Substance use disorder is characterized by repeated use of a substance, leading to clinically significant distress, making it a serious public health concern. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays an important role in common neurobiological processes underlying substance...

Worried about the bee population? A study says hemp can help.

Bee pollinators continue to face challenges. Populations are in decline and the worst honeybee hive loss on record happened last winter. Beekeepers reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture a 40% loss of their colonies over the past year. The cause: debilitating challenges, due to a number of different stressors, but chief among them is the overall health of respective habitats. That’s why beekeepers from all over the country recently attended the Heartland Apiculture Society conference...

Consumers are hitting up recreational cannabis stores for medical purposes — not just for fun

For years, the distinction between medical marijuana and adult use was clear: Going through chemotherapy? Secure a prescription for nausea and anxiety relief. Feel tense after a long work week and want to let go? Hang with friends and roll a joint. The ends of the spectrum were established. Today, the grey area in between — commonly referred to as wellness — includes conditions like insomnia, pain and tension. These health issues are often remedied with over the counter medications...

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