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Marijuana tied to better blood sugar control

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who had used marijuana in the past month had smaller waists and lower levels of insulin resistance - a diabetes precursor - than those who never tried the drug, in a new study.
 
The findings, based on surveys and blood tests of about 4,700 U.S. adults, aren't enough to prove marijuana keeps users thin or wards off disease. And among current pot smokers, higher amounts of marijuana use weren't linked to any added health benefits, researchers reported in The American Journal of Medicine.
 
"These are preliminary findings," said Dr. Murray Mittleman, who worked on the study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
 
"It looks like there may be some favorable effects on blood sugar control, however a lot more needs to be done to have definitive answers on the risks and potential benefits of marijuana usage."
 
Although pot smoking is a well-known cause of "the munchies," some previous studies have found marijuana users tend to weigh less than other people, and one suggested they have a lower rate of diabetes. Trials in mice and rats hint that cannabis and cannabinoid receptors may influence metabolism.
 
The new study used data from a national health survey conducted in 2005-2010. Researchers asked people about drug and alcohol use, as well as other aspects of their health and lifestyle, and measured their insulin and blood sugar levels.
 
Just under 2,000 participants said they had used marijuana at some point, but not recently. Another 600 or so were current users - meaning they had smoked or otherwise consumed the drug in the past month.
 

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The Extra Long Super Joint

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

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Bill would help Scotch Plains toddler, other sick kids, get medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
TRENTON — Moved by the plight of a toddler with a seizure disorder, two Union County lawmakers announced today they have drafted legislation that would revise the state's medical marijuana law to make it easier for children who qualify for the program to benefit.
 
State Assemblywoman Linda Stender and state Sen. Nicholas Scutari, both Democrats from Union County, said they planned to introduce the bill next week in response to the situation involving Vivian Wilson, 2, of Scotch Plains, who the state Health Department approved for the medical marijuana program.
 
Vivian has Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that conventional medicine cannot control. But before her parents, Meghan and Brian Wilson, may buy marijuana for her, state law says they need the approval of a psychiatrist, a pediatrician, and the doctor treating the child's illness if the pediatrician is not in charge.
 
The difficulty in finding a psychiatrist is one of several barriers preventing their daughter's access to the program, The Star-Ledger reported on Sunday.
 
One doctor, Anthony Anzalone of Rutherford, said state Health Department officials recently asked him to stop enrolling children until enough willing physicians were participating.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Cannabis versus Alcohol: Health Effects

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

Alcohol use is Legal, yet Cannabis use is Illegal

Many cannabis users all over the world question why alcohol is legal when it is still illegal to use cannabis. The negative effects on a person’s health are much great when consuming alcohol than they are when consuming cannabis; there are many, many deaths each year attributed to alcohol consumption and very little attributed to cannabis consumption. The financial and social impact of alcohol and the crimes associated with alcohol use is immense every year, where the same impact due to cannabis use is minimal.

So is it not fair then that many people worldwide ask why cannabis use is criminalised yet alcohol use isn’t?

The Health Effects of Alcohol

  • Alcohol is a depressant and as such causes unnatural brain processes that can cause anxiety and depression.
  • Alcohol causes damage to your heart, which one of the damaging effects that you don’t see.
  • Alcohol consumption can lead to cancer: the consumption of alcohol can help cause stomach cancer, bowel cancer and liver cancer.
  • One of the main issues caused by alcohol consumption is liver damage. The liver is a very important organ of the body which helps cleanse the body of toxins and without a healthy liver you won’t be a healthy person.
  • Alcohol consumption and deteriorated liver health means that more toxins flow through your blood and take longer to be expelled from the body. This leads to 2 very undesirable consequences: the first is that your brain function is compromised and (not to even mention hangovers) can leave you with a ‘foggy’ brain and no clarity of thought; but even more alarming for some is the fact that this flow of toxins affects your skin by making it blotchy and unhealthy looking and leads to premature signs of aging.
  • Alcohol can damage the pancreas and lead to Diabetes.
  • Alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
  • Alcohol can affect your sexual health: in women it can reduce your fertility and chances of conceiving; for men it can reduce your libido and virility.

The Health Effects of Cannabis

  • Cannabis use can cause anxiety and paranoia.
  • Cannabis use can cause depression.
  • The use of some strains of cannabis such as White Widow and Pineapple Chunk can cause hallucinations which some people do not like.
  • Smoking cannabis can worsen asthma and even lead to lung cancer.

Summary Question: Should Cannabis Use be Illegal While Drinking Alcohol is Still Legal?

From looking at the health effects alone the case is pretty clearly in favour of cannabis use; but when you also take into account the socioeconomic problems caused by alcohol and the fact that these problems could be easily negated if cannabis was consumed instead of alcohol you will see that the scales are very much weighted one side.

On the question of whether cannabis should be legalised or not I would have to agree with the cannabis users out there and the many thousands of people that gather for the 420 rallies every year and say that there is a strong case for the legalisation of cannabis.


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Julius Caesar buds

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

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America Could Legalize Hemp This Year, Action Needed

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Hemp legalization in America has rapidly become a legitimate political possibility,this year.
 
The stars are lining up.
 
House Majority Leader John Boehner – the most powerful Republican in the U.S. in terms of legislation - has indicated that he’ll work towards hemp legalization, something that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has already been working towards. McConnell, to the surprise of many, is the prime sponsor of legislation filed in the Senate to end hemp prohibition.
 
In addition, Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a committee hemp legalization would be required to go through, has signaled that he’ll support a proposal to legalize hemp. This is huge.
 
A national farm bill is going through the legislature which overhauls (mostly technical stuff) the nation’s farm industry. An amendment to end hemp prohibition – introduced by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and cosponsored by McConnell and others - has been introduced into the bill. This may very well be the path of legal hemp, and could make it a reality by the end of the year, maybe by the end of the summer.
 

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