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Marijuana Helps Reduce Cancer Pain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-reduce-cancer-painThe use of medical marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms associated with cancer and chemotherapy shows promising results, according to Israeli researchers who say many patients found they needed fewer painkillers.
 
In an eight week study of 131 cancer patients who used cannabis, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers reported significant improvement across a range of symptoms.
 
All cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain had significant improvement,” wrote lead author Gil Bar-Sela, of the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa.
 
“The population of the prolonged users in the current study reported significant improvement in all aspects of supportive and palliative oncology care.”
 
What makes this small study unique is its emphasis on medical marijuana, as opposed to synthetic cannabis, which is what researchers say is usually used during clinical studies.
 
Nearly one in three patients who used medical marijuana reported significant relief from cancer related pain and discomfort.
 
Of the 70 patients who used opioid pain medications at the start of the study, 31 of them reduced the dose they were taking eight weeks later.  One out of three patients taking anti-depressant or anxiety drugs also reported a reduction in dosage at the study’s end.
 

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Compounds In Cannabis Found To Reduce Nausea In New Study

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-naseuA new study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology and the National Institute of Health has found that THCV, and CBDV - two compounds found naturally in cannabis which aren’t psychoactive like THC – were both successful at reducing nausea in rat subjects.
 
For the study, researchers “evaluated two phytocannabinoids, cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) for their ability to produce these behavioural effects characteristic of CB1 receptor inverse agonism in rats.”
 
In doing so, researchers found that; “THC (2.5 and 10 mg kg-1 ), THCV (10 mg kg-1) and CBDV (200 mg kg-1 ) suppressed LiCl-induced conditioned gaping, suggesting anti-nausea potential.”
 
The study concludes; “The pattern of findings indicates that neither THCV nor CBDV produced a behavioural profile characteristic of CB1 receptor inverse agonists. As well, these compounds may have therapeutic potential in reducing nausea.”
 
This study indicates that it may be possible to use THCV or CBDV to help reduce nausea without bringing forth the psychoactive effects associated which THC, which may be seen as undesirable to some.
 
This research was funded in part by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
 

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Mars OG Cannabis

Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder

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"Jenny Kush", medical marijuana activist, killed in tragic DUI in Colorado

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
jenny-kush-killed-by-drunk-driverYesterday, August 31, 2013, brought the entire medical marijuana movement to a stop with the tragic news that one of their own, a well known woman known as “Jenny Kush” was killed in a DUI accident in Colorado.
 
The comments have come pouring in via various social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
 
Some of the most moving comments included:
 
“Today we lost a passionate MMJ/MJ activist, Jenny Kush. R.I.P., Jenny”.
 
"Stunned disbelief! Just heard the news that we have lost a dear member of our community Jenny Kush. She and Rev Jeremy Charles were in a head-on collision with a drunk driver who was going the wrong way in the HOV lane. Jenny did not survive her injuries. Please keep Jenny and Rev Jeremy in your thoughts and prayers. We are all saddened by this tragedy." ~ Activist Rx MaryJane
 
According to the Memorial site on Facebook, “The beautiful and courageous, Jenny Kush, was killed by a drunk driver. Her life was spent promoting awareness and spreading the truth about Marijuana, a safer alternative to the "legal" drug that has stolen her life”.
 
“The woman who was driving made a decision to consume a dangerous drug and then get behind the wheel of an dangerous machine. Jenny lost her life because of that dangerous decision”.
 
“Jenny was a founding member of our group, Moms for Marijuana International, back when we were on MySpace several years ago. She helped start the first Colorado chapter before she moved on to pursue activism through other local opportunities. She was a dedicated Cannabis Warrior, and her light will be missed in this life”.
 
“Jenny leaves behind a grieving family who are stricken with sudden the loss of her in their life. To help aid her husband and children through this difficult time, we are raising funds to send to them directly”.
 

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Large Strawberry Diesel Nug

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder

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Mormon mom wants medical marijuana for her sick son

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
mormon-mom-wants-cannbisPleasant Grove • Jennifer May has tried 25 treatments in 10 years, a mix of prescribed diets and drugs, to quiet the lightning in her son's brain.
 
Only two eased Stockton May's seizures. But their toxic side effects ravaged his bones and immune system, and the relief was temporary.
 
His rare and intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, "always found a way around the treatment," said his mom, a self-described conservative and devout Mormon who is now pursuing what for her was once unthinkable: medical marijuana.
 
Use of marijuana is outlawed in Utah. But mounting evidence of its medicinal benefits — from controlling cancer pain and nausea to reducing seizures — has pushed 18 states to legalize it for medical use.
 
Moved by preliminary studies and patient testimonials, May is now fighting for legislation to make it available to Utahns, including children with epilepsy.
 
"It's not just anecdotal. It's huge," she said. "We're talking about a group of kids for whom no other options are left."
 
She has the backing of the Epilepsy Association of Utah and a Facebook group of 25 to 30 like-minded moms.
 
"This is not smoking the drug, or getting high off it," she said, stressing she seeks only to legalize medical-grade products derived from the cannabis plant, and only for certain patients where science warrants it.
 
Utah's Republican legislative leaders have opposed any attempts to decriminalize marijuana, including pro-tem Senate President Curtis Bramble, R-Provo.
 
"If someone comes forward with credible research, I'll listen; I'll listen intently," he said Tuesday. "I'm not persuaded at this point."
 
But former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a cancer survivor, has said he'd testify in favor of the drug's medical use.
 
Under current Utah law, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana can lead to a sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The sale of any amount can result in a five-year sentence and a $5,000 fine.
 

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