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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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Republicans Want To Sue Obama For Not Arresting People For Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
republicans-want-to-sue-obamaUnited States President Barack Obama has been a mixed bag at best when it comes to his marijuana policies. I remember when he was elected in 2008. There was so much excitement because there was the possibility that Obama would be the first President to take a rational approach to marijuana policy. Unfortunately there have been some big mistakes by the Obama Administration since 2008 in the area of marijuana policy. However, his respect for the roll-out in Colorado is worth commending.
 
Some people are not so happy with the Obama Administration’s handling of the situation in Colorado (and soon to be Washington). United States House Republicans passed a bill demanding that President Obama crackdown on recreational and medical marijuana sales in states that allow it. The Enforce the Law Act was passed by a vote of 233-181 last week. The bill was originally introduced by Representatives Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA), and it would allow Congress to sue the President for failing to faithfully execute laws.
 
“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the Executive to enforce them,” Gowdy said Wednesday in a statement according to Raw Story. “We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws. Regardless of our politics, I hope my colleagues have enough regard for our work to expect those laws would be faithfully executed.”
 
Oregon’s legendary Representative Earl Blumenauer gave his opinion, which is an opinion that is supported by a majority of Americans:
 

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What's packed in your Joint?

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

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