People who use marijuana are less aggressive
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
A new study on marijuana seems to prove, once and for all, that people who use the drug are less aggressive, even helping users to get along with people better.
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While those are desirable outcomes Dr. Peter Winsauer, Professor of Pharmacology at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine says as in all things in science, "It's not that simple. Marijuana and the cannabinoids compounds that have been used, and discovered in recent years, have both positive and negative effects."
But these finding, published by the journal Neuropharmacology, he says can potentially help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and there have been other discoveries at LSU Health Sciences Center leading to possible marijuana treatments for MS and HIV, where the benefits outweigh the many negative effects of the drug..
But smoking it he says is not the best delivery method. "Ideally we would administer it in another form, other than smoking." He says smoke in the lungs can cause a whole host of other issues.
Ky. senator pushing state to legalize medical marijuana
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Kentucky House Committee on Health and Welfare is hearing from a senator, who's pushing the state to legalize medical marijuana.
They will hear from Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark along with a patient who says he's been helped by marijuana.
Currently the patient receives medical marijuana from the federal government, but plans to testify in an effort to put Kentucky on the map of states with legal medical access to the drug.
Medical marijuana could help son with rare disease
WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) - "Everybody loves Charlie," boasted father, Eric Byrd,"he's just always smiling, it's his personality, he just glows."
Charlie Byrd looks like every little five-year-old boy and has a smile that will melt your heart. But Charlie is in a dangerous battle for his life against a rare, and even deadly, form of epilepsy called "Dravet Syndrome."
"He keeps smiling and he doesn't even know that he's sick," said Crystal Byrd, Charlie's mother, through tears.
The Byrds say the first seizure happened when Charlie was just a few months old, the second came just a few months later when he was six months old. From there the hospital trips added up, as did the pain and the seizures.
"We quit counting, it had become a little hard to deal with," stated Charlie's mom.
The Byrds have given their only son everything they can find.
"We've tried numerous therapies, medicines, and nothing's ever worked," said Eric Byrd, "Today, he's on four different types of anti-epileptic drugs. This morning he had two seizures in his sleep."
The West Liberty family even started the young boy on medicine from other countries after doing research. Along the way they connected with other families with children battling "Dravet Syndrome."
One case stands above the rest. Crystal Byrd pointed to a girl in Colorado who seems to have found a strong remedy, "The child went from 300 seizures to one a week, and sometimes the one-a-week doesn't even come."
The medicine, though, is only legal in 19 states and Kentucky isn't one of them.
"It was the medical marijuana, the CBDs," answered Crystal.
CBD, or cannabidiol, isn't like other forms of marijuana, as Crystal explained, she's not giving her son a cigarette. Instead, she said it can come in the form of an oil or even pill.
"He won't be high from it, it doesn't have the taboo marijuana association with it," she said.
Read more: http://www.wkyt.com
New Government Funded Study Finds THC Improves Sleep
One of my favorite qualities about marijuana is it’s ability to help me sleep. I don’t know how many times I have been on a trip without marijuana and it is extremely difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. Compare that to nights that I consume marijuana, and I sleep like a baby. It’s something that I try to point out to some of my senior friends who constantly complain about the poor quality of their sleep patterns. Maybe now that there is a study out, more people will consider using marijuana to help. See below:
Courtesy of The Joint Blog
A new study published by the American Journal of Addiction, and funded in part by the National Institute of Health has found that THC - one of the primary components of cannabis – is “significantly associated with shorter sleep latency”, as well as “less difficulty falling asleep”.
For the study, “Thirteen male chronic daily cannabis smokers were administered oral THC doses (20 mg) around-the-clock for 7 days (40-120 mg daily) starting the afternoon after admission.”
Every morning, a questionnaire was completed by the participants, and “Plasma THC and 11-OH-THC (active metabolite) concentrations were measured in venous blood samples collected every evening. Changes in sleep characteristics over time and associations between sleep characteristics and plasma cannabinoid concentrations were evaluated with repeated measures mixed linear regression.”
Using this method, researches conclude; “Higher evening THC and 11-OH-THC concentrations were significantly associated with shorter sleep latency, less difficulty falling asleep, and more daytime sleep the following day.”
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?
It's no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people's faces, but research suggests that the drug's positive effects go beyond just getting high. A 2012 study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal European Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that the brain's endocannabinoid system – which is activated by THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – may play an important role in emotional processing, "an essential aspect of appropriate social interactions and interpersonal relationships."
Specifically, the study's authors found that participants given THC in a controlled experiment showed lower brain activity in response negative stimuli than did those given placebo. A bias toward negative stimuli has been linked to mental illnesses like depression, and evidence that THC reduces this effect suggests that the endocannabinoid system could play an important, beneficial role in how humans experience emotions and mood.
Researchers measured test-specific effects of THC administration on about a dozen men who had used marijuana at least four times in the past year, but no more than once a week. Half of them were given THC, the other half placebo; the researchers then showed all the men images of faces with expressions that appeared either "fearful" or "happy." They found that participants given THC showed significantly decreased accuracy in matching facial expressions with negative emotion, but showed about the same accuracy for positive associations. Using brain imaging technology called fMRI, they were also able to watch the effects of THC on the parts of the participants' brains that process emotion – identifying a "network-wide shift from a bias for negative emotional content towards a bias for positive emotional content."
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com
Why Can't Sick , Elderly Patients Have Marijuana Brownies Too?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, one of the prime sponsors of the state's three-year-old medicial marijuana law, is puzzled by Gov. Christie's veto of a bill that would remove hurdles that keep seriously ill children from using cannabis. The veto was conditional, meaning Christie is demanding changes before he will sign the bill.
The bill was passed after Brian and Meghan Wilson told lawmakers their two-year-old girl needs cannabis because it has the potential to stop her frequent, life-threatening seizures. The Scotch Plains couple urged amendments to the law, which they said was flawed. A big problem was the ban against edible marijuana.
Their daughter, Vivian, cannot smoke and requires a solution that may be added to butter, they said.
The bill would have lifted the restriction for all registered marijuana patients but Christie wants edible marijuana to be available only to minors.
"What about a 70-year-old woman who has emphysema?" Gusciora (D-Mercer) said in an interview.
"What is the harm if elderly patients take it in a brownie? Christie says he wants to make sure marijuana is restricted to only severely ill patients and wants to take safeguards so it is not abused by people "with a migraine." He favors strict regulations, he says, so that "potheads" don't get their hands on the drug.
Read more: http://www.philly.com
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