Study Finds Cannabis-Infused Microparticles Effectively Inhibit Tumor Growth
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
A study published recently by the journal PLoS One, as well as the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis-infused microparticles can be an effective anticancer agent.
For the study, researchers “analyzed CBD- and THC-loaded poly-ε-caprolactone microparticles as an alternative delivery system for long-term cannabinoid administration in a murine xenograft model of glioma [a type of tumor]”
According to the study; “In vitro characterization of THC- and CBD-loaded microparticles showed that this method of microencapsulation facilitates a sustained release of the two cannabinoids for several days”, it continues; “Local administration of THC-, CBD- or a mixture of THC- and CBD-loaded microparticles every 5 days to mice bearing glioma xenografts reduced tumour growth with the same efficacy than a daily local administration of the equivalent amount of those cannabinoids in solution”, demonstrating that the microparticles may be more effective at combating tumors than standardized forms of administration (such as inhalation or ingestion).
Researchers found conclusive evidence that “cannabinoid-loaded microparticles enhanced apoptosis and decreased cell proliferation and angiogenesis in these tumours.”
They conclude: “Our findings support that THC- and CBD-loaded microparticles could be used as an alternative method of cannabinoid delivery in anticancer therapies.”
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Ice In The Bong; Yes Or No?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Ice In The Bong; Good Or Bad?
Most bongs that are on the market today come equipped with ice catchers. This added tool makes it possible for you to put ice cubes in your bong, which people like because it cools the smoke before you inhale it. However, there are some rumors surrounding ice in bongs. While it may cool the smoke, you're also inhaling a ton of water vapor from the ice cubes. This can lead to severe bronchitis and lung problems, as inhaling too much water vapor isn't good for your lungs.
When the hot smoke from the bowl passes over the cubes in the bong, the ice melts in to the smoke, which goes straight to your lungs. It's extremely difficult for me to find any sort of studies relating to this issue. Mostly, it's all forums of stoners bickering back and forth about their opinions. I turned to the E-cigs that people are smoking these days. While the Cigs aren't the same as ice in a bong, the selling point is that you're inhaling water vapor, rather than smoke. Unfortunately, Dr. Mike Feinstein - a spokesman for the American Lung Association - says that these products are unsafe and are potentially worse than actual cigarettes.
In my personal experience, ice in a bong hurts the hell out of my lungs. As someone who has suffered from severe bronchitis due to over inhalation of second hand smoke, I can definitely feel the difference between a bong with ice and one without. When I smoke a bong with ice in it, it's almost like the smoke freezes in my lungs, making it extremely hard to breathe. When I smoke without ice, this feeling doesn't happen. I'm not sure if my lungs are just damaged because I used to smoke cigarettes and because of the bronchitis but I do not smoke with ice in my bongs... Ever. If I want to cool the smoke down, I fill my bong with water that's been in the refrigerator. That way, I'm inhaling just the smoke, without the vapor from the cubes.
As I stated before, there really is no right answer to this question. My personal belief is that you shouldn't put ice in your bong. But that's just me. Smoking itself can be argued about whether or not it's healthy. There are most certainly healthier ways to get high other than smoking. It all comes down to what you think you should do. Cold water in the bong works perfectly for me although I definitely prefer to eat my weed over anything else. Be healthy and safe, fellow stoners! :)
Some Anti-Marijuana Slogans
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, October, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
We've all seen the hilarious anti-pot ads that groups put out. If you smoke pot, you'll run over a kid on a bike or possibly you'll end up looking like a delated balloon. Highly unlikely. I don't know if they believe that their tactics actually work because I don't ever remember being afraid of pot after seeing anti-smoking ads. The only actual campaign that I ever believed to be effective was the Meth Project, in which they showed the deterioration of the human body while addicted to meth. But weed isn't meth... Not even close.
The following are slogans that have been used in anti-marijuana campaigns. They don't make a lot of sense and they certainly don't assist in helping to keep marijuana illegal. I wonder if the people who created these slogans know that they're not taken seriously by their alleged target audience. Either way, for your enjoyment. Also, they all seem to rhyme. You've been warned.
- "Put that stash in the trash!"
Did you pay for the stash? No? Then why are you telling me to throw it away? There was money involved in the acquisition of the stash and throwing it out is like tossing out the contents of your wallet. Anyone who spends their hard earned money on bud isn't going to readily toss their jar of bud in a trashcan.
- "Pot makes your brain rot... So let's not."
Television and the media make your brain rot. Marijuana enlightens you to see all sides of the argument, rather than stay close minded. In my experience, the people who are the most difficult to convince are the ones who refuse to open their mind to alternate possibilities. I say smoke pot, become a smarter person.
- "An ounce of weed a day takes your life away!"
I could absolutely smoke an ounce in a day! I would have a blunt in hand during every single activity. Unfortunately, weed is expensive and I'm very limited with funds so I'll stick to the small amount of bud that I smoke. Ideally, if my jar just refilled itself every time it ran out would be amazing. An ounce a day sounds perfect.
- "Say not to pot!"
This one doesn't even really make sense. I think it's a little far reaching to try to make these slogans always rhyme. The reasoning behind the rhyming idea must be the fact that the human brain seems to remember simple things. Unfortunately, potheads aren't simple thinkers.
- "Get high on life, not drugs!"
Let us get right on that while our country bombs Syria, Iraq, and whatever other place we feel compelled to involved ourselves in. Getting high on life might've been a somewhat accomplishable feat when there weren't so many rules holding us in place. However, when the American dream consists of working a 9-5 just to pay for your existence doesn't seem like something you can get high off. So do you want to smoke a joint?
- "Are you stoned or just stupid?"
There's no need to turn to insults. Telling stoners they're stupid is only going to make them smoke more. Turing to aggression won't help either cause. Grade school insults aren't going to make people hate marijuana.
The key is to just know your facts. Avoid listening to obnoxious propaganda that isn't backed by any facts. A lot of anti-drug campaigns use scare tactics to keep people away from smoking. Telling potheads that they're going to go crazy, kill themselves, or even others isn't going to work basically because it's not true! Stoners (with the exception of a few) are some of the most calm, logical people that I've encountered. Being educated is the first step to legalization!
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