Delaware medical marijuana patients in limbo
In 2011, Delaware became the latest state to legalize medical marijuana through a prescription. Since then, the program has been halted while state leaders figure out how to cope with restrictions from the federal government.
Delaware's neighbors in New Jersey, and more recently Maryland, have approved medical marijuana. New Jersey opened one compassion center in Montclair, and is on its way to opening a second farther south. According to state law, Delaware was to have three centers opened, one in each county, by 2013.
The delay has frustrated medical marijuana patients like "Bob," who lives in New Castle County. Bob asked WHYY to withhold his real name because he's afraid of being arrested.
Pain all day
Bob suffers debilitating pain every day as the result of an accident a few years ago. "It's a whole lot of constant pain all day, everyday. The pain just doesn't stop."
Two years ago, he thought Delaware would finally make it legal for him to access the drug that he believes best helps him manage that pain. "If I have good medicinal cannabis, I wouldn't have to take any of the opiates, wouldn't have to take any of the Xanax."
Bob says the marijuana eases his pain, while still allowing him to feel like himself. "When I take all these [pills], I can't drive, can't really hold a conversation. I feel like a zombie. When I'm on pot I can actually be active and talk to people."
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College Women Who Smoke Marijuana Are More Likely To Hook Up, Study Finds
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, June, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
First-year female college students who smoke pot are more likely to hook up, especially if they engaged in casual sex before arriving on campus, a study discovered.
"Our findings suggest hooking up during the first year of college is influenced by pre-college hook ups, personality, behavioral intentions, the social and situational context, family background and substance use patterns –- particularly marijuana use," Robyn L. Fielder, the study's lead author, said in a statement Wednesday.
The study, titled "Predictors of Sexual Hookups: A Theory-Based, Prospective Study of First-Year College Women," surveyed 483 incoming first-year female college students several times over eight months. It was published in May in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, an academic journal. Fielder worked on the research as a doctoral student at Syracuse University with Michael Carey, a Syracuse psychology professor during the research now at Brown University.
They defined a hook up as sex between partners who "are not in a committed relationship" and "the interaction is short-term and does not signify that a romantic relationship will begin," reports The Daily Orange, the Syracuse student newspaper. Women who smoked weed and binge-drank alcohol were more likely to engage in oral sex in a hook up situation than women who did not smoke pot or binge-drink. Marijuana consumers had vaginal sex hook ups more often than women who did not smoke pot, according to the study.
About one-quarter of all women surveyed had at least one hook up involving either oral sex or vaginal sex during their first year at college, according to an abstract of the study.
Pre-college hook ups were the strongest indicator that women would engage in casual sex during their first year of college, according to the study. Other factors increasing the likelihood of hooking up included impulsivity, sensation-seeking, alcohol use, "social comparison orientation" and situational triggers. Race, socioeconomic status, academics, cigarette smoking and "parental connectedness" were not predictive indicators of sexual hook ups, the authors concluded.
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Study finds Cannabis is Helpful In Treating Sleep Apnea
Research 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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