Marijuana Use Causes Man Boobs?
Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Pot-smoking dudes, beware: That joint you're toking may be causing your breasts to blossom.
In a post for CNN on Thursday, Detroit-based plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn warned that marijuana use could be behind the development of man boobs, known in the medical world as "gynecomastia," because of the drug's effects on hormone levels.
"Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen," Youn wrote. "When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man boobs."
Animal studies, the physician explained, have shown that exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component in cannabis, can result in a "decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size and abnormalities in…sperm."
The jury is still out, however, as to how weed effects hormone levels in humans, though there is some evidence to suggest that pot users have lower testosterone levels than non-users and that heavy doses of the drug may delay the onset of puberty in young men.
There may not be any definitive evidence as yet linking marijuana use and man boobs, but Youn is hardly the first person to suggest a connection.
According to a recent Philly.com report on the topic, the medical community has suspected a link between pot and moobs for decades. However, due to the drug's status as an illicit substance, there hasn't been sufficient research to confirm these speculations.
Why People Don't Believe In Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
Aside from the fact that people have been continuously brainwashed, medical marijuana is a very tough medicine to back up. It's getting easier, as more states want to make the plant legal. However, it's extremely difficult to prove the validity of medical marijuana if there aren't enough medical studies presented to make people believe that the plant is an amazing medicine and cure for many of the disease and illnesses that exist in the world today.
The media is a very powerful aspect of our society. Anti-cannabis propaganda has been blasted on TV, radio, and in magazines since the plant became illegal. Some are immune to the message that these ads portray, wile others aren't so lucky. They are totally susceptible to the messages that cannabis is a negative thing. Since they believe everything that they're told, the ability to accept that a negative may be a positive when used in the correct context. Another example of this is the swastika. While most associate that symbol with Nazi Germany, it has been used as a positive symbol for far longer. More specifically used by Hindu and Buddhist religions. The symbol literally translates in to "it is good". But since the symbol was adopted by such a negative party, it is always associated with negativity.
It is unfortunate that marijuana, like the swastika, is grouped in to this dark category. But without the ability to think for themselves, the people really don't know any better. With the plant being illegal, there is very little opportunity for medical studies to be conducted. Since medical institutions can't really research federally illegal substances, it's extremely difficult to get information about the benefits of cannabis. Thankfully, there is more information being gathered, studied, and released.
So between the fact that the majority of people are brainwashed and that marijuana has always been grouped as a negative thing (Besides the good old days where you had to grow hemp or it was punishable by law), people just don't believe. But as stated above, cannabis is beginning to make a serious splash. More studies means an easier time convincing the non-smokers that we're not just super stoned. We have medical studies, scientific studies, and enlightened minds. There should be no reason that people can deny the powers of cannabis.
Cannabis Can Treat Osteoarthritis
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study published in the journal PLOS One, as well as by the National Institute of Health, has found strong evidence that activation of our body’s cannabinoid receptors – something done naturally by cannabis – can treat osteoarthritis (OA), which, according to the study’s researchers, is “a prevalent disease accompanied by chronic, debilitating pain”. It’s the most common joint disorder.
While studying the effects of cannabinoid receptor activation on OA-related pain, researchers found “new clinically relevant evidence that joint damage and spinal CB2 receptor expression are correlated combined with converging pre-clinical evidence that activation of CB2 receptors inhibits central sensitization and its contribution to the manifestation of chronic OA pain.”
They conclude that; “These findings suggest that targeting CB2 receptors may have therapeutic potential for treating OA pain.”
The study was funded by Arthritis Research U.K., as well as the National Institute of Health.
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