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Medical marijuana bill advances in Maryland

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
mmj-advances-in-marylandThe Maryland House of Delegates approved legislation Monday intended to make it possible for patients to use medical marijuana, which was legalized last year but remains unavailable in the state.
 
Delegates voted 127 to 9 to allow “certified physicians” to discuss the option of medical marijuana with patients and then recommend its use. Those patients or their caregivers could obtain a 30-day supply from a licensed grower. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where approval is expected.
 
The bill was one of dozens approved by the House on Monday during a marathon meeting ahead of a “crossover” deadline, after which legislation that has not been approved by either the House or the Senate has longer odds of being passed before the legislative session ends in early April.
 
Delegates also voted in favor of expanding pre-kindergarten classes to include more children, providing more oversight of the implementation of new education standards and “shielding” certain criminal records from the public record with the aim of making it easier for former convicts to get jobs.
 
The Senate convened Monday evening with its own full agenda that included bills that would boost annual tax credits given to movie and television companies that film in the state and require restaurants to urge patrons to alert their servers about any known food allergies the customers have before their orders are taken.
 

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Bluntastic Fun

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, March, 18th 2014 by THCFinder

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Inhaled Marijuana Mitigates Parkinsons Disease Symptoms

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
fighting-parkinsons-disease-with-marijuanaBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
 
Inhaling whole-plant cannabis provides symptomatic relief in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to observational trial data published in the March/April edition of the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that results in tremor, slowed movement, and muscle rigidity.
 
Investigators at Tel Aviv University, Department of Neurology evaluated Parkinson’s disease symptoms in 22 patients at baseline and 30-minutes after inhaling cannabis.
 
Researchers reported that inhaled cannabis was associated with “significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinsea (slowness of movement). There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores. No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed.”
 
They concluded: “[T]his observational study is the first to report an amelioration of both motor and non-motor symptoms in patients with PD treated with cannabis. The study opens new venues for treatment strategies in PD especially in patients refractory to current medications.”
 
Israel has formally allowed for the licensed production and distribution of the substance for therapeutic purposes since 2011.
 

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Tokyo OG

Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, March, 18th 2014 by THCFinder

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Medical marijuana research for PTSD clears major hurdle

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
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A researcher at the University of Arizona is a step closer to studying how medical marijuana affects veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
Although there is a "mountain of anecdotal evidence" that marijuana helps with PTSD, there has been no controlled trial to test how marijuana suppresses the symptoms, including flashbacks, insomnia and anxiety, said Suzanne Sisley, the study's lead researcher.
 
Sisley's study proposal has wound its way through the federal government for three years. In 2011, she received approval by the Food and Drug Administration. On Friday, the study cleared a major hurdle when the Public Health Service, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, gave its approval.
 
Now Sisley is waiting on approval from a third and final agency — the Drug Enforcement Administration — before she can start her research. It's unclear how long the DEA will take. The DEA has not immediately responded to USA TODAY Network for comment.
 
Sisley's 10-week study will examine 50 veterans with moderate to severe symptoms of PTSD, using marijuana from the federal government's only marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi.
 
The study participants will receive marijuana with five varying amounts of the active ingredient, THC — anywhere from the placebo of no THC to 12% THC. The study will also examine the differences between smoking the drug versus vaporizing it.
 
"It's hopefully a great starting point to begin to uncover some innovative ways of treating PTSD," Sisley told USA TODAY Network.
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 11-20% of troops​ who served in Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD. About 7.7 million Americans are estimated to have the disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health.
 
Sisley's study could open the way to the development of a prescription drug based on the whole marijuana plant, said Brad Burge, spokesman for Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which is funding the study.
 

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Mango Weed

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, March, 17th 2014 by THCFinder

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Mango - Indica

Mangos parentage is part KC 33 and part Mango from a hippie fellow who grew it for 30 years, then let KC use it as a cross in 1991. It is a 100 percent indica strain that grows large and produces prodigiously. Dont let Mangos slow start fool you - this variety will eventually rival the impressive size of many KC varieties, which are especially intended for outdoor grows. If you want Mango to stay at an average size in an outdoor garden, allow only 3 weeks of vegetative time and transplant outdoors as late as July in Northern latitudes. Mango can also be grown in an indoor garden, but needs a lot of space.


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