Articles by Dr. Amanda McKinney, M.D. & Dr. Andrea Holmes, Ph.D.

  • CBD and Women's Health

    CBD is all the hype! Cannabidiol (CBD)​, the major non-​psychoactive constituent of Cannabis sativa L. has gained a lot of attention as a treatment for chronic pain, emotional health, sleep and improves quality of life. It is widely available in CBD dispensaries, grocery stores and online. Consumer demand for CBD is high and growing. But how does CBD affect women in particular?

  • What does the Gut Microbiome have to do with Cannabinoids?

    All humans and plants have evolved with a symbiotic relationship with microorganisms. Humans are no exception and the role our microbiome, principally our intestinal microbiota and its metabolic output, appears to significantly impact human biology. The human gut microbiome (GM) is composed of between 10 trillion and 100 trillion microorganisms, which is 10 times the number of our own cells and is made up of more than 1000 bacterial species. It is therefore understandable that the medical and research communities are paying a lot of attention to the GM as it relates to overall health.

  • Harnessing the Power of Plants: SARS-CoV 2 (COVID-19)

    SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) is a global health concern with worldwide mortality increasing daily. There is a race by researchers and medical practitioners to find new therapeutic agents but success has so far been elusive. Given the extended timeline to a vaccine or new therapeutics, it’s time to re-acquaint ourselves with the plants that have been used as medicine for centuries.