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Study finds Cannabis is Helpful In Treating Sleep Apnea

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
sleep-apnea-helpResearch released earlier this year, conducted by the University of Illinois Department of Medicine, found cannabis to be a helpful treatment for sleep apnea,  a condition in which an individual’s breathing slows down, or sometimes stops entirely during sleep and immediately after waking from sleep.
 
In summary, the research found that even minimal amounts of THC – one of the prime compounds of cannabis – greatly decreased the negative effects of sleep apnea, without any noticeable adverse effects.
 
Here’s the entire abstract from the study, which has been published by the National Institute of Health:
 
Study Objective: Animal data suggest that Δ(9)-TetraHydroCannabinol (Δ(9)THC) stabilizes autonomic output during sleep, reduces spontaneous sleep-disordered breathing, and blocks serotonin-induced exacerbation of sleep apnea. On this basis, we examined the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of dronabinol (Δ(9)THC), an exogenous Cannabinoid type 1 and type 2 (CB1 and CB2) receptor agonist in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Design and Setting: Proof of concept; single-center dose-escalation study of dronabinol. Participants: Seventeen adults with a baseline Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) ≥15/h. Baseline polysomnography (PSG) was performed after a 7-day washout of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment. Intervention: Dronabinol was administered after baseline PSG, starting at 2.5 mg once daily. The dose was increased weekly, as tolerated, to 5 mg and finally to 10 mg once daily. Measurements and Results: Repeat PSG assessments were performed on nights 7, 14, and 21 of dronabinol treatment. Change in AHI (ΔAHI, mean ± SD) was significant from baseline to night 21 (-14.1 ± 17.5; p = 0.007). No degradation of sleep architecture or serious adverse events was noted. Conclusion: Dronabinol treatment is safe and well-tolerated in OSA patients at doses of 2.5-10 mg daily and significantly reduces AHI in the short-term. These findings should be confirmed in a larger study in order to identify sub-populations with OSA that may benefit from cannabimimetic pharmacologic therapy.
 

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Blue Crack Weed (Blue Dream x Green Crack)

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder

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NJ Senate OKs Easier Child Access to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-for-childrenThe New Jersey Senate approved a bill Thursday that would give children with certain medical conditions easier access to medical marijuana.
 
The Assembly budget committee also advanced the measure to the full chamber.
 
The bill would eliminate the need for written consent from a pediatrician and a psychiatrist for juveniles to be eligible.
 
It would also allow treatment centers to produce an unlimited number of strains, and for marijuana to be produced in an edible form, which is now banned.
 
The bill was drafted in response to the plight of a Scotch Plains girl with severe epilepsy, whose parents had not been able to find a psychiatrist to sign a consent form.
 
The 2-year-old toddler, Vivian Wilson, is forced to stay inside most of the time, and wear an eye patch, glasses and hat when she does go outside. 
 
"She's very pattern sensitive," her mother Meghan Wilson told NBC 4 New York. "Looking at this couch, she'll start staring at it and finding a pattern. She'll become transfixed and her head will start bobbing around." 
 
Wilson and her husband Brian say medical marijuana has worked with other kids with the same condition.
 
"I'm talking about one little girl in Colorado going from having hundreds of seizures a week to now being off all her pharmaceutical medications and having about three seizures a week," said Meghan Wilson. 
 

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Weed Chess

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder

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Medical Marijuana patients in Michigan can't share

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
no-sharing-mmjTwo stories popped up today from the state of Michigan that remind me of the inevitable tragic absurdities we get by trying to separate patients from "criminals." Wrap your mind around these latest examples of legal bureaucracy facing sick people who just want to use marijuana under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).
 
In Nashville, Michigan, there was this patient named Tony Allen Green.  Tony had a valid patient registry card.  Tony had less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana on him, as allowed by law.
 
Tony has a friend named Al Thornton.  Al was a patient who just applied for a valid patient registry card.  However, under Michigan law, after 20 days his application (along with his doctor's recommendation to use cannabis medically) becomes just as valid as a registry card.
 
Tony, a legal patient, gave some of his marijuana (less than 2.5 ounces) to Al, a legal patient.  Somehow, police become involved.  They do not arrest Al, for he is now holding less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana, but they do arrest Tony, for giving Al less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana.
 
Now, isn't that silly?  Tony can sit around puffing joint after joint of his 2.5 ounces.  Al could sit right next to him and do the same.  But if either of them pass a joint to the other, it's a crime?
 
The Barry County Circuit Judge agreed that was silly.  Section 4 of the MMMA clearly allows patients to have 2.5 ounces.  They were both legal patients. The judge dismissed the marijuana delivery charge against Tony.
 
Prosecutors appealed the dismissal.  As they read Section 4, they could only find protection for Tony's and Al's possession of marijuana.  They didn't see anything protecting the delivery of marijuana.  The Court of Appeals, however, upheld the Barry County judge's dismissal, writing, "the MMMA does not place any restrictions on the transfer or delivery of marijuana between adult patients, and we decline to read any such restriction into the act."
 

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Lemon Widow

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, June, 21st 2013 by THCFinder

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