Study Reveals Surprising Link Between Cannabis Use and Lower Body Weight in Hepatitis C Patients

A study has found that patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) who use cannabis have a lower risk of obesity and central obesity. The study, which analyzed data from the French ANRS CO22 Hepather cohort, used logistic regression models to examine the inverse relationship between cannabis use and body weight in HCV patients. The results showed that current cannabis use was associated with a lower risk of central obesity, BMI-based obesity, and overweight. This relationship was also observed in former cannabis use but to a lesser extent. The study suggests that cannabis use may be a factor in reducing obesity in HCV patients, but further research is needed to confirm these findings.

Stigma & Discrimination related to Substance Abuse: Deconstructing sophism’s towards Humanitarian Public Policies

Over the past few decades, international research has documented that stigma and discrimination are one of the major barriers to care in the field of drug abuse worldwide. Objective: To show the findings of the international literature about specific populations that experience stigma or discrimination as one of the main barriers to care for substance abuse as well as to account for the development of public policies against stigma in mental health and addictions in consonance with goals 3, 10 and 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Historical Reclassification of Cannabis at the United Nations

The Historical Reclassification of Cannabis at the United Nations This day, December 2, 2020, will be remembered as the historic day when the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) showed that it still retains credibility and relevance. During the reconvened 63rd session it voted on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (Committee of…

Joint statement on access and safe use of medicines

Joint Statement of Knowmad Institut & Nierika AC for public consultation: WHO Guideline on ensuring balanced national policies for access and safe use of medicines [aux_button label=”DOWNLOAD PDF” size=”medium” icon_align=”?Over” color_name=”dark-gray” border=”” style=”” icon=”pen” link=”https://knowmadinstitut.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Joint-Statement-of-Knowmad-Institut-Nierika-AC-for-public-consultation_-WHO-Guideline-on-ensuring-balanced-national-policies-for-access-and-safe-use-of-medicines.pdf” target=”_blank”] The European Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies on Human Rights and Science – Knowmad Institut – and the Multidisciplinary Association…

Medicinal Plants: From Sanitary Fallacy to Medicine of the Future

This contribution is a brief review of the prohibition of psychoactive substances, mainly of medicinal plants at an international level, finding that the westernization of knowledge presents one of the obstacles when applying ancestral knowledge about herbal medicines.
In addition, it looks at the intersections between the fourth industrial revolution, the use of psychedelics and mental health.

Keywords: Psychedelics, Mental Health, Human Rights

Debate on Cannabis Regulation in El Salvador. A few observations.

By Ricardo Langlois, Special Advisor of the Knowmad Institut On Thursday, April 11, two thousand nineteen, a proposal was presented for the reform of the control policy of Cannabis L., popularly known as marijuana, which seeks to reform Art. 3 literal E of the Regulatory Law on Drugs (LERARD, for its Spanish acronym), and seeks…

Launch of the #RethinkProcess

The largest International Process of Reflection and Action for Knowledge Nomads was launched in Vienna. On December 15, 2019, with an exclusive presentation in Vienna, the European Institute for Multidisciplinary Studies on Human Rights and Sciences – Knowmad Institut, started the international process, #RethinkProcess, which has in its first stage 10 institutions from 8 countries…

Anthropological Reflections on Medicalization

Its possible to study pain, chronic illness and death from different angles, apart from the biomedical approach, or the perspectives and models of psychology, the palliative and terminal care view, and even more so, to the branch of medicine that scientifically studies pain and its treatment, algology.

Getting Factual: Pros and Cons of Cannabis Consumption

By Laurice Wardini, Author of Loud Cloud Health The general population appears to be changing the attitude toward consuming cannabis. Over the last century or so, there was the constant prejudice that its main use was to get “high.” The main propeller for this change was decades of experiments and high-end research, which eventually led…

Know the Novel Foods

I. What are Novel Foods?1 The term Novel Foods was born in Europe and their regulation was established for the first time in the Regulation 258/97 of the European Parliament and the European Council on January 27th 1997. This regulation defines Novel Foods as those foods and ingredients which have not been commercialized at a…