Utah Working Towards Getting Epileptic Children Cannabis
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
It's a mostly well known fact that children with epilepsy seem to respond really well to treatments involving CBD, even when the prescribed medicine doesn't seem to do the trick. Children who have hundreds of seizures a week take a few drops of CBD oil a day and immediately show improvement. Although the plant seems to be doing wonders for these children, not everyone has access to it, as the plant remains illegal. But for those patients in Utah, Primary Children's Hospital are working on getting the right medicine to their little patients.
The patients must apply to be part of the study and unfortunately, there are only 25 spots open for participants. Only those with severe epilepsy will be eligible, from ages 2 to 17 will be able to be a part of the study, in the hopes that the drug Epidiolex will have a positive effect on their symptoms. The neurologists at Primary Children's car will draw the patients names from a pool in order to see who will recieve the treatment.
However, those in Utah have another option starting on July 8th, where those with severe epilepsy will be able to apply for something called a "hemp supplement" card, which will allow them to import whole-plant cannabidiol extracts from states like Colorado. But by getting the hemp supplement card, patients would risk exclusion from the patient pool that will contain those eligible for the study. Patients must obtain a letter from their primary doctor, saying that they have tried the medicines and what the diagnosis is to make sure that they really need the medicine.
The study is federally approved and the only thing standing between the patients and this medicine is bureaucracy, says Ed Clark, chief medical officer at the hospital. Since cannabis is still considered a schedule 1 substance, the hospital also needs a special license in order to handle and provide the medicine. The study has been in the planning process since back in 2013 and the doctors believe that they will get approved to continue this study.
In addition, the Epidiolex that is being given in the study, is still in the planing stages with no published formal results, contains no remnants of THC, unlike the medicine made by the Realm of Caring, the group of growers that makes the CBD oil that seems to have such an amazing effect on those who use it. This oil (known as "artisanal") still have trace amounts of THC in them but do not effect the children who ingest it. This treatment seems to work wonders for those who literally have no other option and have exhausted all of the medicines on the market. In a study that looked at 19 epileptic patients with seizures, nearly half had an 80% reduction in seizures and others saw a considerable drop in seizure frequency. Epidiolex, on the other hand, was studied and showed a high portion of those studied showed a reduction in seizure frequency of greater than 50% and a portion of the patients were reportedly seizure free at the end of the 12 week treatment study.
While Epidiolex will technically be legal for everyone to use, it will be extremely expensive. And by that, the cost of the medicine will be upwards of $10,000 a year, which some people may not be able to afford. Oils from the Realm Of Caring run the patients about $200 and aren't covered by insurance. However, the difference between $2,400 a year and $10,000 a year, plus the appeal of the natural cure may be enough to keep people waiting around for the artisanal oils to become legal... Or they may just move to Colorado.
Sour Diesel Weed
Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, July, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
A sativa-dominant hybrid, Sour Diesel has a Diesel / candy-like smell and a very distinct taste. Great for energy and focus, and works well in the daytime when you have to get things done.
Ten Facts About Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
People tend to know a lot less about cannabis than they would like to think. There are hundreds of thousands of misinformed people that have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to weed... And that includes some stoners! It's important to know the facts when you advocate for something so here is a list of ten facts about cannabis that you may or may not know.
1. Marijuana can be good for mental health, helping those with anxiety, depression, and other issues to relax and calm down, letting a little more positivity in to their lives.
2. Increased rates of treatment admissions in addiction clinics isn't because marijuana is addicting... It's because the justice system forces those who get caught to attend substance classes and rehab, instead of just letting them light a plant on fire and inhaling the smoke.
3. The majority of people who smoke weed don't use other drugs, including alcohol. While some people still try to toss out the gateway theory, most people by now are aware that a lot of stoners are actually extremely health and environmentally conscious.
4. Every year, there around around 750,000 people that get arrested for marijuana related "crimes", most of which are because the person was in possession of the plant. Most of these arrests are minorities and are thought to be racial discrimination.
5. Cancer cells are inhibited by CBD, one of the substances found in cannabis. CBD works on preventing cancer cells from reproducing, causing the current cancerous cells to eventually die. Marijuana is also thought to protect the body against the formation of cancer.
6. Not only does cannabis combat cancer but it also helps with numerous other diseases include epilepsy, ADHD, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis. Since our bodies naturally come equipped with a system designed specifically to handle cannabinoids, one could argue that this plant is a cure-all for almost every affliction known to effect humans.
7. There are no negative effects of marijuana... Unless you're a pizza that is. The plant doesn't "make you stupid", cause you to run over children while driving, or make you crazy enough to speak to the devil. Marijuana has virtually no side effects and when compared to other substances that are still legal (alcohol and tobacco), is probably far safer.
8. When Colorado and Washington began to process their recreational cannabis laws, the use of the plant among young people actually decreased. Just goes to show that the spreading of knowledge is incredibly important and when distributed correctly, can be a huge help. Those under 18 should avoid smoking marijuana unless prescribed by a doctor, seeing as how the effects of THC on the developing brain can cause gaps in myelin, the coating which protects this important organ from damage.
9. Even stoners who have smoked for decades (much like the much loved duo Cheech and Chong) show almost no long term cognitive side effects. They don't drool or stumble around trying to function... In fact, Chong actually beat prostate cancer using a healthy diet, Rick Simpson Oil, and a world renowned healer.
10. While people assume that driving while stoned is really dangerous and you'll probably kill yourself or someone, there is no compelling argument that cannabis causes traffic accidents or fatalities. In fact, most stoners would tell you that driving stoned actually makes them drive better then if they weren't.
Heres What Colorado Looks Like 6 Months into Marijuana Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, July, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
July 1st 2014 marked the 6 month anniversary of the launch of Colorado’s great social experiment – the legalization and regulation of marijuana for all adults age 21 and over. News coverage of the state’s highly scrutinized, yet burgeoning retail cannabis industry has been lukewarm, but a review of the last six months shows that (although inconclusive in its early stages) this policy has not only failed to cause the reefer madness social breakdown predicted by prohibitionists, it appears that this new industry is starting to positively impact the state and its communities.
Colorado is projected to save tens of millions of dollars in law enforcement expenses this year. Job opportunities continue to open up and revenue is expected grow at an unprecedented rate – a significant portion of which has already been allocated to public schools and education programs.
Below are five positive social and economic developments that can be attributed to Colorado’s 6-month old retail cannabis market:
- $69,527,760 in retail marijuana pot sales.
-10,000 people working in the marijuana industry(1,000-2,000 gaining employment in last few months)
- 5.2% decrease in violent crime in the city of Denver.
- No Colorado stores found selling to minors.
- $10.8 million in tax revenue (not including licensing fees)
All in all, these first few months have shown in practice that the benefits of legalization significantly outweigh those of prohibition, both morally and economically. One can’t deny that there will be bumps in the road. As this new market continues to evolve we should be prepared for the emergence of new, unanticipated issues. However, one can be comforted in the fact that any rising concerns are being addressed and rectified in a responsible and expeditious manner – both on the part of lawmakers and industry leaders. As Colorado moves forward, and more states begin to implement similar policies, the politicians and the population will see that this is the right policy for our children, our economy and our society.
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