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Marijuana Extracts Fight Muscle Stiffness in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 25th 2012 by THCFinder
The oral administration of cannabis extracts significantly reduces muscle stiffness in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to just published clinical trial data published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
 
Investigators at the University of Plymouth, Clinical Neurology Research Group, in the United Kingdom assessed the use of cannabinoids versus placebo in 279 subjects with MS over a twelve-week period. Cannabis extracts in the study contained standardized doses of THC and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive constituent in cannabis, contained in a soft, gelatin capsule.
 
Investigators reported that oral cannabis extracts were “superior” over placebo in the treatment of MS-associated muscle stiffness and pain.
 
Authors concluded: “Treatment with standardized oral extract of cannabis sativa relieved muscle stiffness. The proportion of participants experiencing relief was almost twice as large in the cannabis extract group as in the placebo group. … Effective pain relief is also achieved by cannabis extracts, especially in patients with a high baseline pain score. Our findings suggest that standardized cannabis extracts can be clinically useful in treating the highly complex phenomenon of spasticity in MS.”
 
In May, clinical trial data published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association reported that cannabis inhalation significantly mitigates spasticity and pain in patients with treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis.
 
Separate clinical trials assessing the administration of oral cannabis extracts on patients with MS have indicated that cannabinoids can alleviate symptoms of the disease long-term and may also act in ways to mitigate MS progression. Sativex, an oral spray containing plant cannabis extracts, is presently legal by prescription to treat MS-related symptoms in over a dozen countries, including Canada, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Spain. Nonetheless, the National MS Society of the United States shares little enthusiasm for cannabis as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, stating, “Studies completed thus far have not provided convincing evidence that marijuana or its derivatives provide substantiated benefits for symptoms of MS.”
 

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Michigan Legislator says Medical Marijuana should be left to Communities

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 25th 2012 by THCFinder

A state legislator in Michigan is sponsoring a bill that he says would make it easier for patients to get their medication.

 

State Rep. Mike Callton’s bill would allow towns and cities to decide whether or not to have medical marijuana “provisioning centers.”  State Attorney General Bill Schutte recently declared dispensaries illegal, and Callton hopes his bill will allow for more access for patients.

 

Rep. Callton talked about his bill at a meeting Tuesday night at Birmingham's Baldwin Public Library in Oakland County, Michigan, where many run-ins with law enforcement have patients skittish.

 

"How many of you have been arrested?" Callton asked the crowd. Ten people raised hands.

 

"How many have had your property seized?" he asked next. Six hands went up.

 

"And how many of you live in fear of being arrested?" Just about every hand went up.

 

While in states like California allowing cities and towns to decide on dispensaries can lead to discrimination and a step back for patients, in a state like Michigan it is better than state authorities saying there can be no dispensaries at all.

 

Callton’s bill - House Bill 5580 - would guide municipalities on how to regulate marijuana distribution centers, he says.

 

Callton is one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who think patients in Michigan should have fewer obstacles to obtaining medical marijuana. That’s a big change of heart for the chiropractor, who said he voted against allowing medical marijuana in Michigan when the statewide vote was held in 2008, but then began seeing patients who benefited from medical marijuana.

 

He says one was "a sweet 75-year-old lady, definitely not a hippie," who was able with medical-marijuana candies to control her tremors from Parkinson's disease "enough to get a good night's sleep again.”

 

Once you see how medical marijuana helps people, it’s impossible for most to see it the same way ever again.

 

Source: http://www.freep.com


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Medical Marijuana Activists Welcome President Obama to Oakland, CA

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 24th 2012 by THCFinder

Sunday night medical marijuana advocates in gathered in front of President Obama’s Oakland, California campaign headquarters to film the video below and welcome the President to town.

 

This was the night before the Obama fundraiser and the medical marijuana rally in Oakland that happened Monday. Activists used a projector to project the famous medical marijuana quote from then-Presidential candidate Obama about using Justice Department resources to circumvent state laws. The quote then burns away, leaving the word “liar” and the website campwakeupobama.com.

 

Many are wondering what has changed for Obama. Why did he sound so progressive as a candidate and has become so tyrannical as President? Did he have a change of heart on now sees medical marijuana as a dangerous thing? Does he agree with federal policy that says cannabis has no medical value at all?

 

Or is it a matter of money? Does he need millions of dollars from Big Pharma in order to fight the cash machine of Mitt Romney? Can he get that money from nowhere else?

 

In other words, will medical marijuana patients have to pay for Obama to get reelected? Will he reward them in his second term for their suffering now?

 

 


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Medical Marijuana Patients are Voters Too

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 24th 2012 by THCFinder

Steph Shearer is the Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access and she recently wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post about her disappointment with President Obama and his medical marijuana policy. She describes the high hopes she, and many others, started with when it came to Barack Obama.

 

“As Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA),” she writes, “I was ecstatic to be shedding the dark days of the Bush Administration's war on medical cannabis patients. As a patient myself, I felt counted and part of the Change that would be coming to Washington, and I was proud to support and volunteer for Barack Obama's victorious campaign.

 

“For his 2008 campaign, I donated money, I went to rallies to show support, I knocked on doors in VA, and on election night I joined thousands in D.C. who descended on the White House to celebrate and sing ‘Na, Na, Na, Na, Good bye’ to President Bush. I went to sleep that night excited about a new direction for this country that would include me as a recognized medical cannabis patient.”

 

Things even looked promising as Obama’s Administration began. Then things turned in a bad direction.

 

“In fewer than four years of President Obama,” she says, “we have seen more raids on dispensaries than during the Bush Administration's entire eight-year tenure. The Obama Administration has taken property from landlords, threatened local officials, forced the release of patient records, used the Internal Revenue Service to bankrupt legitimate dispensaries, told banks to purge medical cannabis clients, evicted patients from low-income housing and denied a petition to recognize the well-established medical value of cannabis.”

 

So where does that leave medical marijuana patients? Does a second Obama term hold any hope for them? Will Obama come back to the progressive stance he started with?

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com


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Marijuana helps seniors in South Florida see pain go up in smoke

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 24th 2012 by THCFinder
That kindly gent with the rose garden, the cute little old lady in the deli line, the mahjong master at the community center — any one could be among a growing portion of our aging population: the senior stoner.
 
In retiree-rich South Florida, some golden-agers are — gasp! — sporting illegal smiles as they discreetly puff on joints to ease the aches and pains of advancing years.
 
"It's like taking a magic pill," said a 70-year-old Boca Raton woman who smokes pot almost daily to counteract cancer chemotherapy pain. "I can have a crappy, crappy day and I take one toke and in less than three minutes I'm leveled out and feel wonderful."
 
Such scofflaws opt to flout convention rather than suffer. And their numbers are hardly insubstantial: 30 percent of Americans 50 and older have tried pot, according to a 2009 survey by the government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive.
 
Last year, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that drug use among seniors has increased more than 3 percent over the past eight years. The number is expected to triple by 2020.
 
One recent convert was a 70-year-old Delray Beach woman who calls herself Mary. "I'm a good, Catholic churchgoing person," she said. "I've never taken a drug in my life."
 
But when a friend with an out-of-state prescription for medical marijuana offered a joint to alleviate the "excruciating" pain of a shoulder injury, Mary took a chance.
 
"I had one hit and I went, 'Oh, dear God, this is awesome,'" she said. "It made me feel that much better. It absolutely should be legalized."
 
For years, a 65-year-old Pompano Beach retiree tried every manner of drug from Dilaudid to morphine to battle pain from damaged bones, arthritis and fibromyalgia. "I've been on all the hard drugs and nothing happens," he said. Then he sampled a little reefer.
 
"I'll tell you, the first hit there was Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah day," he said. "The only thing that helps is happy grass."
 
Obtaining the illicit weed can be problematic for seniors. The Boca Raton cancer victim relies on her husband — while retaining plausible deniability. "He might get it on the golf course," she said. "I don't know where, I don't ask."
 
The Pompano Beach man grows pot in his backyard, cures it and smokes by the thimble-full in a hookah-like machine. "It's very therapeutic," he said. "I'm thinking of putting signs out in my yard — they could say 'Legalize Pot.'" One of his "happy grass" pals is 80.
 
Celeste Wheeler, 89, also of Pompano Beach, has never tried it, but is curious about joining the reefer club. "I'm very interested," she said. "Maybe something could help my back pain."
 
 
 

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Treating Emphysema/COPD with Medical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder

Everyday millions of people in the U.S. alone make the choice to avoid dangerous and addictive prescription drugs as much as possible and instead treat their ailments with a non-toxic herb; the cannabis plant.

 

Whether legal or not in the state they are in, they choose medical marijuana over what the pharmaceutical companies and most doctors will try to force on them. One such patient is interviewed in-depth in the video below. Vey Linville, a medical marijuana patient and double lung transplant candidate, discusses using marijuana to treat his severe emphysema and tells the truth about dispensaries in San Diego, the recent federal crackdown in California, and his efforts in Imperial Beach.

 

He talks about the myriad of medications doctors had him on, at one point totaling 16 different prescriptions.

 

Why can’t people be allowed the choice of cannabis? Are the people running the pharmaceutical companies that heartless and greedy for money? Or do they actually believe the deadly garbage they churn out is better and healthier than marijuana?

 

When medical marijuana is available to everyone, we will look back on these days and marvel at the ignorance of marijuana prohibition and the damage it did to so many.

 


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