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Josh Kaplan

Josh Kaplan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Western Washington University. He is a passionate science writer, educator, and runs a laboratory that researches cannabis' developmental and therapeutic effects.

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Is More CBD Better? The Science Behind CBD Dosing for Anxiety and Other Conditions

If a little CBD is good, shouldn’t a lot be better? It turns out the answer is no; CBD’s medicinal efficacy might require a particular dose range.

Josh Kaplan - December 14, 2017

Cannabis and Schizophrenia: Do THC and CBD Affect It Differently?

Cannabis and schizophrenia have a complex relationship with the potential for both risks and benefits. Read about the effects of cannabis, specifically THC and CBD, on schizophrenia.

Josh Kaplan - March 5, 2018

The Latest in Cannabis Research: Spring 2018

Trying to keep track of all the advances in medical cannabis research? Here are some brief summaries of some of the biggest headlines over the last few months.

Josh Kaplan - March 22, 2018

How Cannabis Enhances the Effects of Opioids

Research shows that cannabis may enhance the effects of opioids to relieve pain. Read more about how cannabinoid receptors, like CB1, are important to the effects of opioids.

Josh Kaplan - March 29, 2018

How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Heart Rate?

Can consuming cannabis increase your risk of heart attack? Read all about the research on the effects of cannabis on your heart and cardiovascular system.

Josh Kaplan - February 23, 2018

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The Latest in Cannabis Research: Winter/Spring 2019

From finding the brain region that gets you high to more benefits of CBD, we round up the most intriguing studies in cannabis science from the first half of 2019.

Josh Kaplan - August 8, 2019

The Latest in Medical Cannabis Research: Winter 2018

Explore the latest insights and discoveries in cannabis science. In this part, we'll dive into the top research headlines from winter 2018.

Josh Kaplan - January 9, 2019

The Latest in Medical Cannabis Research: Fall 2018

Trying to keep track of all the advances in cannabis research? Here are some brief summaries from some of the biggest headlines of the fall.

Josh Kaplan - October 24, 2018

How Estrogen Heightens Cannabis Sensitivity

Estrogen may cause sensitivity to effects of cannabis like anxiety and pain relief. Learn how this hormone reacts to cannabis use.

Josh Kaplan - October 8, 2018

Hate the Way Cannabis Feels? You May Be Wired to Dislike It

Cannabis can make a lot of people feel anxious. Learn about some factors that might contribute to an unpleasant experience after consuming.

Josh Kaplan - August 22, 2018

Why Don’t More Doctors Prescribe Cannabis to Their Patients?

The medicinal cannabis movement is gaining momentum, but why are doctors so hesitant to prescribe medical cannabis to their patients?

Josh Kaplan - August 2, 2018

Does CBD Only Come From Cannabis and Hemp?

Cannabis may not be the only plant with the potential of producing cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Here's what else might and why.

Josh Kaplan - July 12, 2018

A Look Into the Benefits of Cannabis for Alzheimer’s Disease

Learn about how THC and CBD have the potential to help treat and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Josh Kaplan - June 25, 2018

The Latest in Medical Cannabis Research: Summer 2018

Trying to keep track of all the advances in cannabis research? Here are some brief summaries from some of the biggest headlines of the summer.

Josh Kaplan - June 19, 2018

Cannabis May Protect the Brain Against Stress and Injury, and Here’s Why

Learn about the potential of cannabis to help limit further damage to individuals who have experienced trauma or injury to the brain.

Josh Kaplan - May 24, 2018