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Lincoln loved hemp

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, October, 11th 2012 by THCFinder


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Wonderful Blunts

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, October, 11th 2012 by THCFinder

What's in your blunt?

 


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Hash Man

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, October, 10th 2012 by THCFinder

 


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Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis Proves Successful

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Medical Marijuana has proven to help people suffering from anorexia and glaucoma but now a new study proves that Cannabis actually eases joint and muscle pain, making it a suitable medication to alleviate stiffness typical of Multiple Sclerosis, as revealed in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
 
According to the study, Up to 90 percent of MS patients endure painful muscle stiffness at some point during the course of their disease, which reduces their mobility and interferes with daily routine activities and sleep quality.
 
While current treatment methods do not completely alleviate the frequency and strength of muscle stiffness, and can at times prove harmful to the patient, Patients who use cannabis were shown to have more positive results then those taking medication or placebo pain relievers.
 
Researchers studied adult MS patients with stable disease, from 22 different specialist centers across the UK, and who were either randomly assigned to cannabis extract (tetrahydrocannabinol) daily or a dummy pill (placebo) for a period of 12 weeks.
 
At the end of the study period, the rate of relief from muscle stiffness was twice as high among those given the cannabis extract as those given the placebo. Muscle stiffness was alleviated in just under 30 per cent of those given cannabis compared with just under 16 per cent of those treated with the placebo.
 
This difference was evident after 4 and 8 weeks, and also extended to pain, muscle spasms and sleep quality, at all time points, the results showed.
 
Quite obviously, since researchers did not use any traditional MS treatment medication in comparison with the cannabis and instead opted to use a pill that is itself completely useless, their findings are subject to criticism.
 
However, researchers do add that 40 percent of the patients who experienced the most improvement in pain relief, a decrease in muscle spasms and an increase in sleep quality, were those who were using antispasmodic treatment medicine on top of the cannabis treatment .
Although, add researchers, the rate of side-effects from the antispasmodic drug were higher among the cannabis users than placebo users.
 
The authors conclude that the results of their trial indicate that cannabis extract could be a useful treatment for the muscle problems typical of MS, and could provide effective pain relief, particularly for those in considerable pain. 
 
 

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Cross Blunt

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, October, 10th 2012 by THCFinder

 


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Medibles Industry Thrives, Regulation Struggles to Keep Up in Washington

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 10th 2012 by THCFinder

Marijuana-infused edibles are a popular alternative for consuming cannabis for those who don’t want to smoke, or even vaporize. They can be transported easier than marijuana itself and the effects tend to last longer than smoked cannabis.

 

For this reason they will always be popular in areas where medical marijuana is legal, like Washington State. The problem is that the regulation of medibles isn’t keeping pace with how fast the industry is growing.

 

One of the things about prohibition is that is gives the illusion of control when in fact the government has little control over illegal markets. Lack of control means lack of regulation, which leaves suppliers and makers of medibles in the dark as to what standard to follow.

 

Medibles come in many forms, from cookies and brownies to candy and sodas. While they all contain marijuana, they also contain other ingredients, and there are really no rules when it comes to those ingredients.

 

"You have people making products that are not regulated in any way, with no instructions for how to be stored, no expiration date," said Jim Chaney, 27, who has produced infused chai-flavored drinks and capsules under the name Dream Cream. "The state is just failing to do any kind of quality health inspection."

 

Is it really that difficult for state officials to regulate food products that contain marijuana? The law in the state concerning medical marijuana is vague in some areas to be sure, but this is a matter of public health. Of course, medical marijuana itself is a public health issue, and officials in many states couldn’t seem to care less about that.

 

Real and sensible regulation will only come with full legalization. Until then, many in the industry just have to play it by ear.

 

Source: http://seattletimes.com


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