Deny Organ Transplants to Marijuana Users?
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
We don't personally think anyone using Cannabis should ever be denied a life saving treatment like an Organ transplant but unfortunately it looks like many others do!
Hi. I'm Art Caplan at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, and I head the Division of Medical Ethics. Should somebody who smokes marijuana be eligible to get an organ transplant? You might think that this is a silly question, but it isn't. In fact, nearly every transplant center in the United States says that if you are abusing a drug -- alcohol, cocaine, or heroin -- you will not be considered for a transplant. For a long time, marijuana has been listed right beside the rest of those drugs as something that is both addictive and criminal to use. Clearly, we have been shifting our policy in the United States, with many states permitting the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Some states allow recreational use without penalty. However, a number of transplant centers around the United States continue to exclude people who have shown 2 positive tests in a row over a period of months for the use of marijuana.
What is the medical reason? It is partly physiological and partly psychological. Marijuana has been shown to damage the liver. It causes problems for people who already have fatty livers. If you need a liver transplant, it may accelerate your need if your liver is already starting to go, and it can damage the new liver. If the livers come from older donors, which they often do, there is some evidence that marijuana use can weaken the ability of the liver to function well. In terms of psychology, there is a fear that if you smoke a lot of marijuana you won't be able to be compliant with the post-transplant regimen. You won't take your drugs properly, you won't be able to follow instructions well, and your memory itself may be impaired. I am not going to say that there is a huge amount of evidence for that particular worry, but it is a worry that transplant teams talk about, that a heavy marijuana user may be someone who isn't likely to be able to comply well post-transplant.
I said that the test for marijuana exclusion for transplant is 2 positive tests in a row over a couple of months. That doesn't mean that you are a heavy user. You might just be a recreational user. And even if you are a heavy user, what if you are using it with approval in a state that allows the use of medical marijuana? Should that exclude you as well?
Read more: http://www.medscape.com
High IQ Linked To Increased Drug Use, According To Study
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, September, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that those with a high IQ as a child are more likely to use illegal drugs as young adults.
For the study, researchers used data from roughly 8,000 people from the British Cohort Study, a large ongoing population study which examines lifetime drug use, socioeconomic factors, and education levels. IQ scores were measured at the ages of 5 and 10; years later, data was gathered on drug use at the age of 16, and again at the age of 30.
After analyzing the data, researchers found that men with high IQ scores at the age of 5 were around 50% more likely to have used illegal drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis compared to those with considerably lower scores when they were adults.
For women, the link was even stronger. Those with high IQs were nearly twice as likely to use illegal drugs compared to those with lower IQs.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at Cardiff University, concludes that; “High childhood IQ may increase the risk of illegal drug use in adolescence and adulthood.”
A person’s rate of depression during adolescence, their parental social class, and their lifetime household income had no effect on these findings.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
One Toke, Many Hits: Exercise Could Trigger Additional High for Marijuana Users
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Working out could give pot users an extra high — but that may not be as much a boon as users might think.
The study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found that levels of THC—marijuana’s active ingredient— were higher by an average of 15% immediately after users exercised. And that could be enough to trigger a positive blood test and suggest that users got high more recently than they actually did.
Although it’s been known for years that THC is stored in fat and can sometimes cause positive tests weeks after a person has last smoked it, the study is the first to document that exercise can lead to a rise in its levels in the blood. The data may explain cases like that of a jockey who had to lose weight for a race and tested positive for cannabis long after he’d said he had last smoked it— and instances of users testing positive in rehab when they exercise and lose weight despite being abstinent.
The study involved 15 regular marijuana users who smoked an average of a joint a day and submitted to a blood test both before and after a 35 minute bout of moderate exercise on a stationary bike. They had been abstinent for at least 24 hours when they were tested.
The researchers also measured their body fat, by recording their body mass index (BMI) and found that changes in THC levels after exercise, which ranged from zero percent to 34%, increased with body fat. “People with larger BMI showed a bigger increase [and] very thin people [had] no effect,” says the study’s lead author Iain McGregor, professor of psychopharmacology at the University of Sydney in Australia. The rise was short-lived, lasting for less than two hours.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com
How Much Marijuana Do You Get In Your Area For $20?
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
My friends and I consider how much marijuana you get for $20 in a given area to be the true test of the marijuana market for that given area. For instance, when I was in Las Vegas last time, it was almost impossible to find marijuana (of any quality) for $20. After four days of shoulder tapping I was finally able to find what I would estimate to be .8 grams of marijuana for $20. It was very good, and I was extremely thankful to have obtained it, but it definitely left me feeling homesick.
In my home state of Oregon, I can get 3.5 grams of top shelf marijuana for $20 any time and any day of the week. Based on my experience during all my travels to marijuana events over the years, I have found that this is an amazing deal. It always blows my friend’s minds that are from Oregon, because they are so far inside of the fish bowl.
But things weren’t always that way in Oregon. Up until a few years ago, the market standard in Oregon was 1.5 grams for $20. If you were buying it from a good friend who was an established seller, you might be able to bump that up to 1.7-2.0 grams for $20, but that usually meant that you were buying ‘mids’ or ‘beasters’ as we called it in Oregon.
One of the first things that I do when I meet new marijuana consuming friends from different areas is to ask them how much marijuana they can get for $20 in their area, and what kind of quality it is. How much marijuana can you get for $20 in your area? And how good is it? Also, what do you call it in your area? In Oregon we usually call it a ‘dub’. I look forward to reading the comments, and satisfying my weed nerd curiosity!
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