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June 9, 2020
How Your DNA Affects Your Response to Cannabis - The CYP2C9 Gene

Updated June 9th 2020 Quick Summary: A gene called CYP2C9 makes an enzyme that breaks down THC (the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis). Variations in this gene can cause a 3-fold difference in your ability to metabolize THC. Studies have shown that this can cause differences in how long-lasting and intense the effects of pot […]

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August 18, 2020
Is there a genetic link between cannabis and psychosis?

This is not a popular topic amongst pro-cannabis circles... But, I'm going to make the argument that it should be. If you're committed to education about the positive non-harmful sides of cannabis, you should also be equally educated about the potential risks. Due to the politicization of cannabis, it's tempting to "take a side" and […]

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August 13, 2020
Genetic influences on THC Craving and Withdrawal

THC, while not physically addictive in the way of alcohol or opiates, can be habit-forming for some people. As someone who's pro-legalization and pro-cognitive liberty, I think it's just as important to talk about the risks of cannabis use just as much the benefits. While addiction is a complex, multi-factor issue, some people may be […]

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August 4, 2020
Cannabinoid Receptor Genetics and Stress Response

Cannabinoids can be profoundly helpful for some people to help them relax or deal with stress. The endocannabinoid system is an important part of the stress response. Cannabinoids and receptors inhibit neurons in the Hypothalamic-Pituitary- Adrenal (HPA) axis. This influences the release of stress hormones like cortisol and ACTH. And it turns out that variants […]

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July 20, 2020
Do You Have High or Low Endocannabinoid Levels? The FAAH Gene

Fed up with hearing how CBD is the cure for... EVERYTHING? How it can help you win the lottery, have your house clean itself, and make your crush fall wildly, deeply in love with you? (These claims are not FDA approved.)  Well, although it's NOT a miracle elixir for everyone, there's a good reason why […]

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July 16, 2020
AKT1 and Cannabis Induced Anxiety

Quick Summary: Some people with certain variants in the AKT1 gene may be more prone to more paranoia, anxiety, and disorienting effects of THC. This may supercede the differences between containing strains to a degree. So consider this before you tell someone "you haven't found the right strain." Do you, a client, or someone you […]

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February 1, 2020
The COMT Gene and High vs Low Functioning Stoners: THC and Short Term Memory

How genetic differences can radically change your cognitive response to THC. While it's generally agreed that THC-rich cannabis causes some degree of short term memory impairment while you're stoned, the degree to which memory loss occurs, and persists after use, has been debated extensively. You might know someone who's a daily stoner and functions pretty […]

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October 14, 2019
Worried about mercury in Fish? Read this.

Updated October 14th, 2019 We've all heard the warnings about fish being high in mercury -- it's one of the most common questions I get when I tell clients their genetics would be suited to a diet higher in fish. With nutrigenomic testing, we can understand your body's need for and ability to process and utilize […]

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July 1, 2019
Is Blue Light Bad for You?

Updated July 1st 2019: The short answer is yes. Timing and intensity especially matter. Blue light exposure at night, when we normally would not be exposed to sunlight, causes circadian disruption though the suppression of melatonin. Circadian disruption has been linked to a variety of conditions including cancer, obesity, type-II diabetes, macular degeneration, depression, and […]

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May 6, 2019
When Carrots Don't Cut It: Your Genes and Vitamin A

Updated May 6th 2019 Quick Summary: Beta-Carotene is the most abundant type of Vitamin A in the plant kingdom. But, in order to use Beta-Carotene, our bodies have to convert it to retinol, the active form of vitamin A. Common variations in the BCO1 gene can create much lower conversion rates and thus lower levels […]

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