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Could Cannabis Treat Degenerative Brain Disorders

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 28th 2014 by THCFinder

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Could Cannabis Treat Sports Injuries?
 
 
Professional athletes suffer from a multitude of injuries in their careers. Everything from broken ankles to fractured skulls to severe concussions, these people get hit hard. Professional football players have been shown to develop certain illnesses later in life that effect their motor skills and memory. 
 
 
The most common diagnosis for sports players is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known at CTE. This degenerative brain ailment is found in professional sports players, as well as Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE). HE is a loss of brain function due to liver disease. This results from the pain pills that are given to athletes in order to help with other ailments. Marvin Washington, a former NFL player and a spokesperson for the company funding athlete research, KannaLife, backs the search for CBD based treatments as an alternative to the “traditional” ones. “The pain pills they’re taking now, I think they’re heavy on your lungs and kidneys. They can eat the lining up out of your stomach,” Washington said. 
 
 
The company KannaLife has signed a license with the National Institutes of Health in order to develop treatments. These new ideas will be up for the Food and Drug Administration approval within three to five years, hopefully in time to save a few brain cells and livers from the damage that sports lead to. KannaLife isn’t going to limit it’s reach though. They’re not looking to help only athletes but all patients with degenerative brain diseases. 
 
 
A study recently published in the journal Biochemical Society Transactions and published at the National Institute Of Heath has found that the brain’s endocannabinoid system has neuroprotective and immunomodulatory capabilities. Not only that but the use of cannabis may lead to the growth of stem cells. This information could really benefit those suffering from all different kinds of degenerative brain disorders. 

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50 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In San Jose File For Permits

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
mj-dispensaries-file-for-permitsSAN JOSE (KCBS) — There was a filing frenzy by owners of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose as they sought to beat a registration deadline on Friday, but strict new requirements may make it nearly impossible for them to get a permit.
 
During the summer, San Jose voted to shut down about 90 medical marijuana businesses by Oct. 17 and allow some to reopen with an operating permit in 2015 but by time the smoke had cleared after 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, 50 of the 78 dispensaries had filed an application.
 
“They have to be in industrial locations. They can’t be near residential homes. They can’t be near schoolsor pre-schools. There is a number of conditions we will look at and then we’ll screen those out right away,” San Jose city spokesman, David Vossbrink said. “What we don’t know for sure yet is: of those 50, how many of them are actually complete and will meet the threshold for either location or for all the material they need for our operating requirements?”
 
Former dispensary owner Dave Hodges, who was forced to close up shop thinks the zoning and operational requirements are so onerous that less than ten will likely survive the screening process.
 
“The locations that are available, I’ve heard of outrageous numbers such as $30,000 to $50,000 a month for rent with large deposits and even obligations to buy the building,” he said.
 

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Marijuana and Ebola: Experts Weigh In

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
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Cannabis Sativa, Inc. CEO Gary Johnson believes marijuana is "potentially an actual cure" for the Ebola virus. And his medical director predicts it "will help the survival of this deadly disease."
 
“We actually believe we have efficacy with regard to treating Ebola," Johnson recently said. “I am not a snake oil salesman. I’m not. You know, I’m the former governor of New Mexico.”
 
David B. Allen of Cannabis Sativa argues that cannabinoids inhibit VEGF and other Cytokines, which is critical to countering the effecs of Ebola. "Cannabinoids are emerging as a new class of drugs that treat infections of bacteria, fungi and virus by different mechanisms of action not found in any other class of drug." he writes. "Cannabinoids inhibit many different virus strains from replicating."
 
Allen calls on the "medical community to start human trials on survivability of Ebola infected patients" using cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol (CBD), because  "cannabis is so very safe especially under doctor supervision."
 

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Woman Used Marijuana To Treat Her Cancer 2,500 Years Ago

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
woman-used-marijuana-to-treat-her-cancer-2500-years-agoI absolutely hate cancer. Right now my dad is fighting prostate cancer, and my cousin’s grandma is fighting cancer in multiple parts of her body. Cancer is a horrible thing. I wish more people considered using medical marijuana to help treat their cancer. Fortunately the two relatives I previously named were open to the idea and are using medical marijuana to compliment their other treatments. Medical marijuana has been used for a long time to help treat cancer. In fact, it was recently discovered that a woman who lived 2,500 years ago was using medical marijuana to treat her breast cancer. Per the Huffington Post:
 
Did a dying Siberian maiden who lived 2,500 years ago self-medicate with marijuana? New research by Russian scientists shows that’s a likely possibility.
 
To cope with the pain she must have been experiencing, the princess could have resorted to cannibis — a container of the stuff having been found alongside the mummy in her burial chamber.
 
As archaeologist Natalya Polosmak wrote in a recent issue of the journal Science First Hand: “It is likely that for this sick woman, the regular inhalation of cannabis smoke was a necessity.”
 
I always get upset when I hear medical marijuana opponents try to use the delay tactic of ‘we need to know more about medical marijuana before we can support it.’ Medical marijuana has been around a lot longer than those idiots, proven by the story above. Marijuana is medicine. If someone can use medical marijuana to help alleviate/treat their conditions, they should be allowed to do so.
 

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Another Poll Shows Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Very Close

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
florida-mmj-polls-closeOnce upon a time Florida’s medical marijuana initiative looked like it would win by a large margin. I saw a poll that put support for the initiative as high as 88%. A lot has changed since then. Conservative funder Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions of dollars into the opposition’s campaign, and the opposition’s campaign has resorted to some very shady tactics. The no on Amendment 2 campaign even went as far as putting out advertising suggesting that medical marijuana cookies would become the new date rape drug of choice. This enormous level of shady propaganda seems to have changed some minds, as the the most recent poll shows the medical marijuana initiative losing by a small margin. Per Fire Dog Lake:
 
Indications are that the fight for medical marijuana in Florida will be extremely tight. A new Gravis Marketing poll finds Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, falls just short of what is needed for approval.
 
The survey of likely voters found 55 percent planning to voter for the medical marijuana amendment and 39 percent planning to vote against. An additional 7 percent are still unsure how they will vote.
 
Normally 55% would be more than enough for an initiative to win. However, in Florida constitutional amendments require at least 60% of the vote to pass. Come on Florida, help rock the vote next month. Tell everyone you know to vote for the initiative. Point to the other almost two dozen states that have legalized medical marijuana and point to the fact that it is helping sick people in those states. The sky is still in tact in those states, just as it will stay in tact if/when Florida legalizes medical marijuana. Suffering patients in Florida desperately need Amendment 2 to pass!
 

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Anaheim pulls plug in effort to eliminate medical marijuana shops that open illegally in city

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
mmj-shops-in-anaheim-being-closed-downANAHEIM, CALIF. –  Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.
 
Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that's home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1v7AWZb).
 
Nine shops closed last month and eight others will likely shut down by the end of the week, Anaheim spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said. Another 11 will soon be ordered to close or lose their water and power.
 
"It's worked so far, but if we find that they are still operating, then we will find a way to shut down these businesses," Ruiz said.
 
State voters legalized medical marijuana 20 years ago, but the California Supreme Court ruled last year that cities can choose to forbid dispensaries. Anaheim banned the shops but that hasn't kept them from doing business.
 
Councilwoman Kris Murray applauded the denial of water and power as a good first step but also wants the city attorney to penalize landlords who look the other way when renting property to pot shop owners.
 
Dispensaries can face criminal charges and fines up to $1,000 a day for operating in the city.
 
One resident said she was surprised by the strong whiff of marijuana when she entered what she thought was a traditional walk-in medical clinic that had opened in her neighborhood.
 
"I'm neutral on the idea of medical marijuana, but I don't like seeing changes like this in my neighborhood," Joelle Kuykendall said. "I'm really disappointed. I hope the city finds a way to fix this."
 

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