A collection of the most recent news, press mentions, and media assets.
Legal Reader – September 30, 2021
Realm of Caring (RoC), a nonprofit dedicated to cannabinoid research, has published a paper in Frontiers in Psychiatry that examines the benefits of medicinal cannabis products for individuals with anxiety and depression, two of the most common mental health conditions. Both conditions can be debilitating if not well-managed and medical marijuana can be an effective treatment option.
The Cannabis Scientist – September 07, 2021
Pharmaceutical CBD is currently a restricted prescription medication in the US, and insurance coverage is often limited to those with specific approved indications.
Unsurprisingly, a large number of patients with epilepsy seek an alternative: either in the form of dietary CBD supplements sold by commercial vendors or less refined cannabinoid products, often containing THC. Despite the widespread availability of these cannabinoid products, controlled studies evaluating their safety or efficacy are rare. But now a study has made a compelling case for these alternative therapies as a means of improving quality of life.
Runner’s World – August 20, 2021
When sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100 meters on June 19 at the 2021 Olympic Track and Field Trials, the world was abuzz about her chances of bringing home the gold medal in Tokyo.
But less than two weeks later, news broke that Richardson had failed an in-competition drug test on the day of her victory. She tested positive for Carboxy-THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, and was suspended from the sport for one month, starting on June 28, making her ineligible to race at the Olympics.
News Medical – August 11, 2021
Artisanal (non-pharmaceutical) cannabidiol (CBD) products have become popular in recent years for their apparent therapeutic effects. CBD — a naturally occurring compound of the cannabis plant legally derived from hemp — is used widely as a naturopathic remedy for a number of health conditions, including epilepsy and seizure disorders. Now, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, in collaboration with the Realm of Caring Foundation and other institutions, have conducted an observational study with participant-reported data to better understand the impact these products may have on people with epilepsy.
Analytical Cannabis – August 9, 2021
People with epilepsy who use non-prescription CBD products have a higher quality of life and benefit from improved sleep and less anxiety compared to their peers who do not use CBD, according to new research.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Epilepsy & Behavior, did not see any significant changes in seizure frequency between these two groups. However, the researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Realm of Caring Foundation believe that future studies with more narrow inclusion criteria may see a different outcome.
The Fresh Toast – August 3, 2021
Despite years in the medical marijuana market, many still doubt the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) in treating symptoms for physical and mental health conditions such as anxiety or epilepsy. But a new study published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior indicates that epilepsy patients who used a form of artisanal CBD-based product showed “higher quality of life, lower psychiatric symptom severity, and improved sleep” than those who did not.
Yahoo! Finance – July 27, 2021
Realm of Caring (RoC), a nonprofit dedicated to cannabinoid research, has appointed Nicolas Schlienz, Ph.D., as its Research Director, a new role in the organization’s leadership. His first initiative is co-authoring an original study on epilepsy using survey data gathered from RoC’s innovative Observational Research Registry (ORR).
Marijuana Moment – July 27, 2021
Epilepsy patients who used nonprescription CBD products reported a higher quality of life and better sleep than patients who did not take the cannabinoid, according to the results of a newly published study in the peer-reviewed journal Epilepsy & Behavior.
Patients who used CBD products also better tolerated epilepsy medications, used fewer prescription medications overall and experienced reduced psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, the study found.
Cannabis & Tech Today – April 23, 2021
Charlotte Figi’s passing on April 7, 2020, rocked the cannabis community. Figi suffered from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, which she treated with CBD.
Her story hasn’t ended and will continue to grow with each patient who has found healing in the cannabis plant.
Heather Jackson knew Figi firsthand; she bonded with the family due to her own son’s battle with epilepsy and found solace in cannabis. Jackson founded the nonprofit Realm Of Caring (RoC) alongside Figi’s mother Paige, to help other patients experience the benefits of cannabis.
Benzinga – April 5, 2021
The event is named Rock the RoC, as a reference to the Realm of Caring, a non-profit organization that supports cannabinoid research and patients who need life saving medicine.
Heather Jackson, the president of Realm of Caring and host for the event explained the influence Charlotte had on the popularity of CBD: “She was the catalyst. She was the sort of patient zero, if you will. So we need to continue to serve the community that was started by her bravery.”
The Associated Press – March 30, 2021
Rock the RoC, the upcoming virtual tribute concert hosted by cannabinoid research, education, and advocacy nonprofit Realm of Caring (RoC), will unite a global community that is dedicated to improving quality of life.
High Times – April 2, 2021
The legacy of Charlotte Figi, the young Colorado girl whose struggle with epilepsy made CBD known worldwide, will be remembered next week with a benefit concert taking place in her honor.
The April 7 live streamed concert, featuring performances by acts including The Avett Brothers and Jason Mraz and appearances by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has been dubbed Rock the RoC. The name of the event is a reference to the Realm of Caring (RoC), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting research into cannabinoids and helping patients who need them gain access to lifesaving medications.
High Times – December 28, 2020
If you want to see change in the world, tell a mother she can’t help her child. That’s how Heather Jackson came into the cannabis space, for the love of her child, Zaki.
“I am a byproduct of the 1980s, ‘this is your brain on drugs, egg in the frying pan,’ ‘Just Say No’ campaigns,” she explained. “So, I always believed that marijuana was probably bad for you. Although I have never been one to believe anything anyone in authority told me, blanketly.”
Cannabis Health, UK – March 3, 2021
RoC co-founder and president Heather Jackson, says Charlotte’s story had a direct impact on saving her son Zaki, who suffers from a rare genetic, catastrophic epilepsy.
Heather and Paige met when their children shared a hospice counsellor while both were receiving palliative care. Despite strict rules around patient confidentiality, the counsellor risked her job to put them in touch, when she saw the benefits cannabis was having on Charlotte.
Benzinga – November 13, 2020
Johns Hopkins University is collaborating with Realm of Caring and Bloom Medicinals on a research initiative focused on cannabinoid therapies.
The research will center on the collection of “substantive, educational data” currently available in legal medical cannabis markets.
Realm of Caring is a Colorado-based nonprofit seeking to facilitate and encourage the mainstream acceptance of plant-powered therapies by supporting cannabinoid research and education. The one-year partnership will allow multi-state operator Bloom Medicinals to provide its patients with the option to participate in a questionnaire survey.
Sweet Jane Magazine – December 19, 2020
Parents: How are you doing? If you’re like me, you’ve been taking it day by day, adjusting to new routines and doing your best to keep old habits from creeping in.
It’s not easy right now, to say the least. Since this pandemic started, countless parents have been working 9 to 5 jobs from home while holding down a second full-time job as school teacher or educational administrator for their children’s virtual learning. Many other parents have lost their livelihoods altogether or had to make the difficult decision to leave hard-earned jobs and careers just to keep up with the demands of having their children home from school every day.
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