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Researchers Concerned About Lack of Info on Pot Use by Older Adults

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) — Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana – a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.

Abundant research has been done on how the drug impacts developing brains, but little is known about the potential consequences on older users – even as recreation pot has been legalized in a number of states.

Researchers at New York University say pot could pose health challenges to older users ranging from memory loss to risk of falling.

The researchers reviewed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found a big increase in adults over 50 reporting they had used pot in the past year.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/researchers-concerned-about-lack-of-info-on-pot-use-by-older-adults/


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Minnesota Approves Medical Cannabis for PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Minnesota’s Department of Health has announced that it’s expanding the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions to include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Minnesota now joins New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD to legally use medical cannabis. Among those New Jersey is the most recent to add PTSD as a qualifying condition, with Governor Chris Christie signing legislation in September following a petition garnering nearly 20,000 signatures in a few weeks.

The move to allow medical cannabis for PTSD is supported by a large amount of research, including, a government-funded study released in 2014 using human trials found that “the cannabinoid system may serve as a promising target for innovative intervention strategies (e.g. pharmacological enhancement of exposure-based therapy) in PTSD and other fear learning-related disorders.”

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/minnesota-approves-medical-cannabis-ptsd/


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Puff Puff Pass: The Tale of THC

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Why do people smoke pot recreationally? The most obvious answer is to get high.

But what does it mean to be high? Being high on marijuana has been described as feeling “…euphoria, relaxation and changes in perception,” often accompanied by an inexplicable fascination for colorful images and psychedelic fractals.

We do it because it’s fun, but  have you ever considered what “being high” means on a physical/chemical scale? What is happening to our brains when we smoke the devil’s lettuce? Let’s take a journey into the body—and follow the ever famous THC molecule.

We start our journey on the fruit of the cannabis plant, the part that we smoke. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid  (THCA) exists both inside the plant, as well as on the surface in crystal structures known as trichomes. You may think this is the molecule that gets us high; you would be mistaken. THCA is an inactive form of the molecule, it does nothing for us psychotropically speaking.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/puff-puff-pass-the-tale-of-thc/


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Ireland Takes First Steps to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

In America, next-to-nothing happens on marijuana without voters taking the initiative and making the moves a prohibitionist government never would.

Compare that to Ireland, where the Irish Parliament’s lower house just approved a bill to allow medical cannabis without so much as a donnybrook.

According to the BBC, a clear majority of elected representatives are behind the plan.

The brainchild of democratic socialists with strong anti-capitalism bents—yet another thing you’re less likely to see in the U.S. than a skateboarding leprechaun—the bill would allow people with chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer, MS, and fibrmyalgia to access medical cannabis products with a doctor’s recommendation.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/ireland-takes-first-steps-to-medical-marijuana/


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Medical vs. Recreational Cannabis Sales: Transition in Oregon

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 1st 2016 by THCFinder

Many cannabis industry professionals are a little frazzled by the transition and recent rules rolling out as part of Measure 91. In fact, my friend and colleague Joshua Jardine just explained one of the biggest hurdles the industry is facing in an article he posted last week.

Randa Shahin, owner/operator at Homegrown Apothecary in Portland, cited some positives such as lower taxes for customers and the ease of using the new state regulated seed-to-sale tracking system, Metrc.  Also, she mentioned, “Customers love being able to buy more than one edible at a time and appreciate the higher potency levels.  This has definitely helped our business grow.” However, she is conflicted over the difficulty she has in being able to find licensed edible and concentrate producers, much for the reasons that Jardine pointed out in his article.  

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/medical-vs-recreational-cannabis-sales-transition-oregon/#prettyPhoto


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Montel Williams Announces Partnership with California Medicinal Marijuana Research & Manufacturing Company

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 29th 2016 by THCFinder

A partnership between Montel Wiliams and BAS Research, first licensed medicinal marijuana manufacturing and research lap partnership was announced earlier this month. The partnership hopes to pave the way for medical-grade cannabis products.

The partnership aims to create new products providing doctors with a wider range of high-quality medicinal cannabis options for patients that could benefit from cannabis treatments. The products will be distributed through California collectives.

LenitivLabs is TV personalist Montel Williams’ most recent endeavor as a medical cannabis advocate. Williams, who suffers from MS, has used cannabis to manage his symptoms for 17 years. He also worked to pass legislation in states like New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/montel-williams-bas-research-partner-medicinal-cannabis-industry/


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