Thiago Silva Addresses Marijuana Use: 'It Doesn't Change Your Performance'
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
The role of marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug (PED) has garnered much attention since Pat Healy lost a fortune (and a win) for testing positive after his victory over Jim Miller at UFC 159.
Thiago Silva, a UFC fighter who knows a little something about being disciplined for marijuana consumption, recently spoke to bjpenn.com to add his two cents to the discussion.
The light heavyweight combatant, who is scheduled to welcome Rafael Cavalcante to the Octagon on June 8, provided the following perspective:
You know, it’s very complicated what to say about that. A lot of guys, they like to drink, you know; I don’t drink, I like to smoke. I don’t smoke any more, because I really can’t, but I used to like a lot because it helps me to relax. It’s not like a drug like everybody say[s]. So actually, it’s legal in California, you know. To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair, you know, because it doesn't change your performance.
Silva's sentiments echo those of handfuls of fans and fellow fighters who recently came to Healy's defense. While the legality of marijuana varies from location to location, many feel that its impact on athletic performance is negligible and that testing for it in MMA is arbitrary and pointless.
Counter arguments focus on the safety of the user, citing slowed reflexes and general lethargy as effects of consumption. Other arguments claim that marijuana use dulls pain, granting the user an unfair advantage in a sport where pain is so prevalent.
Raed more: http://bleacherreport.com
Study Finds Marijuana Helps Control Blood Sugar, Waistlines
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, May, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
(VOA) – Marijuana has been used for centuries to relieve pain, improve mood and increase appetite. A new study finds that the herb also has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, suggesting it could be helpful in diabetes control.
Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 4,600 patients who completed a drug-use questionnaire and provided blood samples. Nearly half had never used marijuana, about 2,000 others had used it in the past and the rest were current users.
Participants who reported using marijuana in the previous month had the lowest levels of fasting insulin and the highest levels of the so-called ‘good’ cholesterol – indicators of a lower risk for both diabetes and heart disease.
The study also found the marijuana users tended to have smaller waistlines. Large waist circumference, typically associated with obesity, is linked to diabetes risk.
Read more: http://insidecostarica.com
Study finds marijuana buffers against negative psychological effects of social exclusion
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Research published online May 14 in Social Psychological and Personality Science has uncovered that marijuana buffers people from experiencing social pain.
“Prior work has shown that the analgesic acetaminophen, which acts indirectly through CB1 receptors, reduces the pain of social exclusion. The current research provides the first evidence that marijuana also dampens the negative emotional consequences of social exclusion on negative emotional outcomes,” Timothy Deckman of the University of Kentucky and his colleagues wrote in the study.
The four-part study, which included a total of 7040 participants and three methodologies, was based on previous research that found an overlap between physical and social pain. Acetaminophen, which is used in over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, has been found to reduce physical and social pain.
Aceteminophen and marijuana both affect cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain and both drugs are used to treat physical pain.
Read more: http://www.rawstory.com
New Research Finds Habitual Marijuana Consumption Not Linked To Lung Cancer
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, May, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study reported on this week at the annual meeting for the American Association of Cancer Research has found that habitual marijuana consumers have no more increased risk of lung cancer than casual consumers, or those who don’t consume at all. This was found to be true regardless of how many times a day a person consumes cannabis, and regardless of how long they’ve been a consumer.
The study included data from six case-control studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. It included a subject pool of 2,159 lung cancer cases and 2,985 controls – the studies were part of the International Lung Cancer Consortium (ILCCO), an international group of lung cancer researchers.
Dr. Zhang of the University of California performed two analyses, one which compared all lung cancer cases and all controls, regardless of current or past tobacco use. Then, the analysis was restricted to those who had never smoked tobacco, which consisted of 370 cancer cases and 1,358 controls. Dr. Zhang also adjusted the models to account for age, sex, etc.. Habitual use was defined as one joint per day, per year.
When compared with cannabis smokers who also used tobacco, habitual pot smokers had no significant increase in cancer risk.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Should marijuana be marketed as a tourist attraction?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, May, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- There has been a lot of talk since Amendment 64 passed in the November election.
Everything from how to tax marijuana, to how its legalization will impact how others view our state.
As lawmakers work to hash out the details, some local businesses our already eyeing the drug's potential to bring in dollars.
Marijuana-based businesses are nothing new to our area, as we saw hundreds of medical marijuana shops pop up several years ago around town.
The difference now is, local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to possibly expand their businesses to incorporate tourism through responsible, recreational use.
"It is an amazing moment, investors from across the state and across the country are flocking here," KC Stark said.
Stark is the founder and owner of Studio A64, an "upscale, private cannabis club" in downtown Colorado Springs.
"This is the birth of an industry, it is the end of prohibition," Stark said. "Colorado Springs is, and could be even more the silicon valley for cannabis development."
Along with his business, Stark is also the founder of the local marijuana business academy. A place in which investors can learn best practices.
"In six months we have had I think over 100 investors meet with us, and talk with us," he said.
People, according to Stark, who are interested in investing in cannabis energy drinks, spas, dating websites and retail grow operations.
Read more: http://www.fox21news.com
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