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.
Most Popular Articles

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

THC Tolerance: Here’s Why T-Breaks Work So Quickly

Learn about how THC tolerance develops and why your tolerance to cannabis recovers quickly once you take a break.

What Is Linalool & What Are the Effects of This Cannabis Terpene?

Linalool is an aromatic terpene with the potential of enhancing the medicinal effects of cannabis. Learn all about linalool and its therapeutic benefits.

What Is the GPR55 Receptor and Why Is It Important in CBD’s Benefits?

G-protein coupled receptor 55, or GPR55, is a receptor that may extend CBD’s health benefits, including preventing seizures and fighting cancer. Learn more about it here.

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