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Cannabis: The Future of Preventing Insulin Resistance

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

In a recent clinical study doctors have found that patients of theirs co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C (HCV) were less likely to develop diabetes and insulin resistance if they smoked pot. 

You can get certain forms of hepatitis in the same way as HIV, and about 80% of intravenous drug users with HIV also have HCV. Both diseases put the person at risk for further complications in the liver, as well as diabetes.

In this large-scale study done by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 200 collaborators looked at 703 patients, collecting data over 60 months for each patient. Doctors assessed their level of insulin resistance and took behavioral data, including cannabis use.

Adjusting for all the variables they could, they found that cannabis users with HIV-HCV were around 2.77 times less likely to develop insulin resistance. While the study focused on people co-infected with those two illnesses, the study concluded saying “benefits of cannabis-based pharmacotherapies for patients concerned with increased risk of IR and diabetes need to be evaluated.”

A future for medical marijuana as a preventative medicine lies ahead to help those at risk ofdeveloping diabetes and insulin resistance. 

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/cannabis-future-preventing-insulin-resistance


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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, April, 10th 2015 by THCFinder


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Colorado may allow medical marijuana use during probation, parole

Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

A Colorado proposal to allow people on probation or parole to use medical marijuana won unanimous approval Thursday in its first test in the state legislature.

The state has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years — but not for people on probation or parole.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to change that policy by saying that pot use doesn’t amount to a probation violation for people with medical clearance to use the drug.

“If it’s in the constitution, you should have the right to use it on probation,” said Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton and sponsor of the bill.

The change wouldn’t apply to probationers whose crime was related to marijuana.

Colorado’s hearing comes two days after Arizona’s highest court ruled that marijuana patients in that state should be allowed to use the drug while on probation or parole.

Rhode Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands also allow probationers to use medical marijuana, according to the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. California law specifies that anyone on parole can ask the courts to be allowed to smoke medical marijuana after being released from jail or prison.

Other states have seen a mish-mash of responses in the courts on whether people can smoke pot while on probation and parole.

Colorado’s Court of Appeals ruled in 2012 that people on probation should not be allowed to use medical marijuana. State analysts who reviewed the bill weren’t sure how many people currently wind up back in jail because they fail a marijuana-related drug test while serving probation or parole.

Lawmakers worked late into the night Thursday hearing from marijuana patients who support the bill. They included Christyne Smiley of Boulder, who is on probation and not allowed to use marijuana to treat an eye condition called a “macular pucker.” Instead she has to use prescription drugs she considers less effective.

“Honestly, marijuana works better,” said Smiley, who said the bill would allow people on probation “to get the relief to which they have a right.”

Source:http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/04/09/colorado-bill-medical-marijuana-use-probation-parole/32825/


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Top 420 Events For 2015

Category: Events | Posted on Fri, April, 10th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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via sensiseeds.com

4/20 is just ten days away. I have been compiling a list of events (which is a daunting task, because there are so many out there), which can be found below. I’ll be updating this list as my day job and life allow over the next ten days, so don’t consider it a polished finished post just yet. If I didn’t post an event, it’s because I haven’t had time to add it yet, not because I’m not recognizing it as a fun thing to do, so please keep that in mind.

Please help me out by e-mailing me at johnnygreen@theweedblog.com with any leads on events in your area, or post them in the comments so that others can benefit from your knowledge. I will be posting this list on 4/20 as well to remind people of what’s out there. April 20th is on a Monday this year, so many events will occur over the previous weekend. With no further delay, below is the messy list of 4/20 events that I have compiled so far:

Colorado

High Times Cannabis Cup

April 18-20th

Denver Mart 451 East 58th Avenue in Denver

More details about the event at the event homepage

Oregon

Cannabis Awareness Walk at the state Capitol in Salem

Event Details on Facebook

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/top-420-events-for-2015/


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