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Uwe Blesching, PhD, Adds 130 Studies and 30 Conditions to the Medical Database in Just Two Months

Uwe Blesching, PhD, is a former paramedic, a medical journalist, and author of the Cannabis Health Index. Since early March of 2016, Uwe has been fervently adding clinical cannabis studies and applicable medical conditions to the Cannabis Reports database.


In just two months, Blesching has increased the number of individual studies from 376 to 516. The medical database on Cannabis Reports is now half way on the road to one thousand, and there are already 123 specific conditions listed as well.

“The tools that David [Drake, founder and CEO of Cannabis Reports] has created make it possible for me to efficiently review far more studies than ever before.

With this medical platform, I think we will be past 1000 studies in a few short months.

Now I can keep up with all of the new cannabis research, and share it immediately without patients needing to wait for a new version of the Cannabis Health Index.”

-Uwe Blesching, PhD, Author of the Cannabis Health Index

All of the conditions have been assigned a value based on the current medical evidence available for cannabis and that condition. In the video below, Blesching gives a brief explanation of how the values for conditions and studies are determined.

The Cannabis Health Index is 600 pages of fantastic information that should not be missed. Future versions of the Cannabis Health Index will contain all of the additional studies that Blesching is managing on the Cannabis Reports studies section.

The Second Edition of the Cannabis Health Index

The Second Edition of the Cannabis Health Index

The cannabis community has pounced on the availability of Blesching’s work, and online traffic for the medical studies section is rapidly increasing. Blesching has also been writing additional resources on conditions in which he notices trends or breakthroughs that often do not receive sufficient attention from Western media outlets.

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You can find these articles on Blesching’s website ( and in the Cannabis Reports news section.

List of Articles Published by Uwe Blesching on Cannabis Reports

It is also very interesting to see general trends surrounding which conditions people want to explore. While Cannabis Reports does not (and will never) track individual users, we do count the number of views for each study. Below are the top ten most viewed studies in the database (so far).

List of Top Ten Studies on Cannabis Reports

  1. Depression: Cannabidiol induces rapid-acting antidepressant-like effects and enhances cortical 5-HT/glutamate neurotransmission: role of 5-HT1A receptors.
  2. Anxiety: A role for cannabinoid CB1 receptors in mood and anxiety disorders.
  3. ALS: Cannabinol delays symptom onset in SOD1 (G93A) transgenic mice without affecting survival.
  4. ALS: Marijuana in the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  5. Epilepsy: CBD-enriched medical cannabis for intractable pediatric epilepsy: The current Israeli experience.
  6. Pain: The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality of Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain: A Prospective Open-label Study.
  7. Insomnia: Effect Of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol And Cannabidiol On Nocturnal Sleep And Early-morning Behavior In Young Adults
  8. Bone Cancer: Role Of Cannabinoid Receptors In Bone Disorders: Alternatives For Treatment
  9. Anxiety: Cannabinoids Promote Embryonic And Adult Hippocampus Neurogenesis And Produce Anxiolytic- And Antidepressant-like Effects
  10. Chemotherapy for Cancer: Inhalation marijuana as an antiemetic for cancer chemotherapy.

Please check our medical cannabis database for new studies and conditions as Uwe Blesching will be continually adding new clinical reviews. For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

Cannabis Genetics Like You Have Never Seen Them Before: Visualizing the Cannabis Reports Strain Database

Data is incredibly powerful. It can help researchers unravel scientific mysteries, it can drive major business decisions, and it can be art.

“Facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.” Sure, that definition does not scream the words “beautiful” or “stimulating” to the majority of people, but you might change your mind when you see what happens when you can mix cannabis genetics with a data visualization tool (D3.js).

Check out the video and take a moment to appreciate the exploratorium that is the Cannabis Reports database. What you are about to see is the visual navigation of over 80,000 genetic cross-references between the strains in our database. In this short clip, we navigate through the hundreds of modern strains that have been created using the breeder DJ Short’s popular strain Blueberry.

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As you can see, DJ Short’s Blueberry is extensively embedded in the genetics of an incredible number of other strains. This type of data visualization reveals that entire seed companies have been built on particular strains. At the time this was written, Cannabis Reports just added the 8,618th strain to the database. All of those strains are linked back through the genetic family tree, all the way back to the original landraces.


The Tree Layout Displays Node-Link Diagrams using the Reinhold-Tilford “Tidy” Algorithm. Tree Models are Often Used to Show Parent and Children Relationships.

So what you are seeing is actually a family tree linking over five different eras of modern cannabis genetics! By the way, all of this data (actually much more cannabis data) is freely available for developers and researchers through our open cannabis API.

The Parents of DJ Short's Blueberry Strain

The Parents of DJ Short’s Blueberry Strain

The majority of the models displayed in this post are known as “adjacency diagrams.” This data model (GitHub: Partition Layout) produces adjacent nodes and identifies the proximity requirements between major groups. Essentially, these models display the size of each node by determining the dimensional requirements necessary to fill space within the model.

Below, we have shown the genetic origins of the strain Jack Herer (created by Sensi Seeds), as well as a geographical map indicating these origins.

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Cannabis Data Can Help the Industry Grow

Falling in love with data is not everyone’s destiny, but if it were to happen, it generally requires your exposure to a dataset that reveals meaningful trends in your personal life. In 2008, David Drake began building a database specifically for people who love cannabis and love to discuss cannabis genetics.

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Eight years later, Cannabis Reports now hosts specific information on over 30,000 combined strains, edibles, extracts, other infused products, and all of the businesses that create them.

Personal Genetic Profile Visualized Using D3.js

Personal Genetic Profile Visualized Using D3.js

The data is all normalized, exposing all of the interwoven connections between genetic breeding, the cultivators and infused product makers, and at the very end, patient consumption.

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Cannabis Reports can show you awesome data visualization because our database is built on cannabis landrace genetics rather than retail language like “indica, sativa, and hybrid.”

Visualization of the Children from Girl Scout Cookies

Above: Visualization of the Children from Girl Scout Cookies. Below: Visualization of the parents of Girl Scout Cookies.

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The Genetic Origins of Blue Dream, Still One of the Most Popular and Widely Available Strains Today

The Genetic Origins of Blue Dream, Still One of the Most Popular and Widely Available Strains Today


Gelato #45: A Strain with a More Complex Parental Lineage


Feel free to reach out to the Cannabis Reports team with any questions you may have about our database, the thousands of genetic-cross references we have documented, or just cannabis technology in general. We would love to hear from you!

For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

Cannabis Reports: The World’s Largest Cannabis Database Celebrates A Full Year Since Launch

On March 13th, 2015, Cannabis Reports (formerly known as Smoke Reports) released itself to the world by hosting a free and public Launch Event. Since that night, the past twelve months have been an incredible journey.

Interviewing Chris Van Hook from Clean Green Certified

Interviewing Chris Van Hook from Clean Green Certified

Today, we want to take a moment to look back on what a wonderful year it has been for the Cannabis Reports team and our awesome community.

Launching a Cannabis Brand with a Community Party

It feels so good to look back on all of the progress we have made as a team and a company since our Launch Party last March. Our goal for the Launch Party was to gain exposure for our organization, while creating a public space for cannabis education.

Launch Party at Minna Gallery in SF

The Launch Event was majorly successful in terms of both user sign-ups and new business relationships. Our team strongly encourages new businesses to consider introducing themselves to the community through similar public interaction.


Welcoming New Folks to the Cannabis Reports Team

As our platform expands to different regions, so must our team. Besides our headquarters in Berkeley, Cannabis Reports employs team members in Southern California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona.

Team Lunch

Team Lunch

Everyone makes a special effort to stay engaged so that even out-of-state Cannabis Reporters feel like they are right there in the office.

The Cannabis Reports Team (missing: Kevin)

The Cannabis Reports Team (missing: Kevin)

Check out our About Us page to meet the different people that make up the Cannabis Reports crew.

Building Cannabis Technology with Fantastic Friends and Customers

This year would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of our customers. The Cannabis Reports tools are built specifically for this industry, and our technology continues to evolve in a large part due to the input, suggestions, and needs of cannabis businesses.

Exchanging Ideas in the Office, Feedback is Always Important

We are honored to have so many diverse relationships with the folks working to provide quality cannabis to the community.

Watching the Website Grow

Over the last twelve months, we have seen every part of our database expand. Since the launch, our data team has input over 5,000 strains and connected information on over 15,000 cannabis-infused products and their manufacturers.

We also saw thousands of user sign-ups and an ever-increasing number of customers using our data to achieve their goals within the cannabis industry.

Every month, more and more people are finding our website through simple Google searches. There is a major lack of consistency when it comes to cannabis information, and search engines are recognizing the value of a normalized database like Cannabis Reports offers.

Over 80% of our unique daily visits originate from search engines, giving the five to seven thousand visitors each day a real platform for discovery.  When folks visit Cannabis Reports, they explore for an average of two minutes at a time, resulting in over 6 million hits every month.

Moving the Team to Berkeley

Cannabis Reports began in an apartment. Then we moved to a slightly bigger apartment. After we launched, we moved into a shared space in the Financial District of San Francisco. The energy of the hustle and bustle was great, but ultimately the Cannabis Reports team found home across the Bay in Berkeley.

Our office at the WeWork building is an amazing place to grow a cannabis company. It is refreshing to see so many people interested in cannabis information and willing to interact with our team. Cannabis Reports hosts daily visitors with questions about our website, our open API, and our overall mission to give cannabis the means for a better conversation.

Name Change: Introducing Cannabis Reports (Formerly Smoke Reports)

Smoke Reports was a great name for the strain database that our platform once was, but the evolution of our software needed a more inclusive name to reflect the true nature of our database. The switch to Cannabis Reports came in early, and has resulted in even more online traffic and recognition from our thousands of social media followers.

Chasing the Name Just in Time for the Holidays

Event Sponsorships and Keynote Speeches

One of the most rewarding things about working hard in the cannabis industry is bonding with all of the other folks fighting to make the cannabis space safer and more transparent for the next generation.


Founder David Drake Before the New West Summit Technology Panel

At both the New West Summit last November, and the Direct Cannabis Network Seed Series event earlier this month, our founder and CEO David Drake provided his insight into how we can influence the cannabis industry in a positive way.


David Drake: Keynote at the DCN Seed Series Event

You can check out these videos and see why so many different people are aligning themselves with the Cannabis Reports platform. Our data can be invaluable for any business, but the fact that it is also available for developers, educators, and policymakers really provides the connectivity that cannabis so readily deserves.

Here’s to Another Great Year with Cannabis Reports

There are some exciting moments in store for Cannabis Reports over the next twelve months. We will be expanding the features included for businesses and making even more free tools available to patients and educators.

The open cannabis API that Cannabis Reports offers has more data than any other source currently online, so if you want an API key, just shoot us a message and we will happily generate one!

Get ready to see a lot more our data being used by the hundreds of retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and beyond that are already listed within our database. For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

If you would like to learn more about cannabis, please join the discussion in the comment section below, or through our social media links.

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