Despite almost no research, the pet CBD industry will grow to $1 billion

Veterinarians are concerned. Consumers appear not to be.

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  • The pet CBD industry, valued at $8 million in 2017, is expected to grow to $1.16 billion by 2022.
  • Despite the hype, there have been few clinical studies conducted on pets.
  • While there is evidence of its potential therapeutic value, all evidence points to much higher dosages than offered on the consumer market.
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Excessive drinking costs $249 billion. Can one dose of ketamine curb alcoholism?

An experimental study involving 90 heavy drinkers found promising results.

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  • A single dose of ketamine has been shown reduce cravings for alcohol in heavy drinkers.
  • Ninety drinkers took part in the experimental study; the ketamine groups fared best.
  • This research on addiction follows in the wake of a ketamine derivative being used for treatment-resistant depression.
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Are over-the-counter psychedelics in our future?

Mycologist Paul Stamets believes they should be.

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  • Mycologist Paul Stamets believes psilocybin should be offered over the counter.
  • Numerous studies on psychedelics over the past few years are helping to build the case for therapeutic usage.
  • Potential benefits include positive mental outlook and reduced depression and anxiety.
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Anatomical quirks: 10 things you didn't know about your body

Bill Bryson's new book, "The Body: A Guide For Occupants," provides important (and funny) lessons in anatomy, neuroscience, physiology, biology, and more.

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  • American-British scholar, Bill Bryson, has written a fascinating user's guide to the human body.
  • The Body: A Guide For Occupants provides important lessons in anatomy, neuroscience, physiology, biology, and more.
  • Though we've learn a lot about ourselves in the last two centuries, it's still clear there's much we don't know.
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