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Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Used to Treat Multiple Sclerosis Proves Successful

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 10th 2012 by THCFinder
Medical Marijuana has proven to help people suffering from anorexia and glaucoma but now a new study proves that Cannabis actually eases joint and muscle pain, making it a suitable medication to alleviate stiffness typical of Multiple Sclerosis, as revealed in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
 
According to the study, Up to 90 percent of MS patients endure painful muscle stiffness at some point during the course of their disease, which reduces their mobility and interferes with daily routine activities and sleep quality.
 
While current treatment methods do not completely alleviate the frequency and strength of muscle stiffness, and can at times prove harmful to the patient, Patients who use cannabis were shown to have more positive results then those taking medication or placebo pain relievers.
 
Researchers studied adult MS patients with stable disease, from 22 different specialist centers across the UK, and who were either randomly assigned to cannabis extract (tetrahydrocannabinol) daily or a dummy pill (placebo) for a period of 12 weeks.
 
At the end of the study period, the rate of relief from muscle stiffness was twice as high among those given the cannabis extract as those given the placebo. Muscle stiffness was alleviated in just under 30 per cent of those given cannabis compared with just under 16 per cent of those treated with the placebo.
 
This difference was evident after 4 and 8 weeks, and also extended to pain, muscle spasms and sleep quality, at all time points, the results showed.
 
Quite obviously, since researchers did not use any traditional MS treatment medication in comparison with the cannabis and instead opted to use a pill that is itself completely useless, their findings are subject to criticism.
 
However, researchers do add that 40 percent of the patients who experienced the most improvement in pain relief, a decrease in muscle spasms and an increase in sleep quality, were those who were using antispasmodic treatment medicine on top of the cannabis treatment .
Although, add researchers, the rate of side-effects from the antispasmodic drug were higher among the cannabis users than placebo users.
 
The authors conclude that the results of their trial indicate that cannabis extract could be a useful treatment for the muscle problems typical of MS, and could provide effective pain relief, particularly for those in considerable pain. 
 
 

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Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Florida

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

There have been several attempts over the past few years to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Florida, all falling far short of their goal. Now, if one state representative gets his way, the Florida constitution may be amended to legalize medical marijuana. Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth, FL has submitted a bill the last couple of legislative sessions that would allow voters to decide the issue of medical marijuana, and he says he will do so again if he is elected to the State Senate, a post he is currently battling for. He is facing only a write-in candidate, so he is likely to win.

 

Florida is a heavily populated state with a large senior segment of the population. Since seniors suffer from more ailments than their younger counterparts on average, they can benefit greatly from legal medical marijuana. Many say that Mr. Clemens has little chance of success with his medical cannabis crusade, but every law has to start somewhere. Freedom, once taken, is not easily restored.

 

If you live in Florida and care about medical marijuana, you must make your voice heard to your local representative or state senator.

 


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Vote Yes on Question 3 in Massachusetts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 8th 2012 by THCFinder

In November voters in Massachusetts will get a chance to vote on the legalization of medical marijuana, Question 3. A group called the “Committee for Compassionate Medicine” (http://www.compassionforpatients.com/)has released a few videos supporting the measure, testimonials from patients themselves – the ones who will be affected the most by the measure.

 

“On November 6,” their website reads, “Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to say YES to offering patients suffering from debilitating diseases the same treatment available in seventeen others states by regulating access to medical marijuana by voting YES on Question 3.

 

“For many patients suffering from debilitating illness, medical marijuana has proven highly effective as a pain management tool, an appetite stimulant, a way to decrease nausea and vomiting, a muscle relaxant and an alternative to heavy prescription painkillers.”

 

It’s hard to imagine medical marijuana losing in a “liberal state” like Massachusetts, but politics is a tricky game, and many things factor into how a vote goes. It’s up to activists in the state to give it everything they have in the next month.

 

Patients are depending on them.

 

 


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MA Senate Candidates on Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 5th 2012 by THCFinder

This November Democrat Jamie Eldrige is running against Republican Dean Cavaretta for a seat in the Massachusetts State Senate and they were both recently asked about Question 3, a ballot measure that would legalize medical cannabis in the state.

 

“I support Question 3,” Eldrige said, “which would allow doctors to consider the full range of medical treatments, including medical marijuana, for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses. I've spoken with constituents who have watched loved ones struggle with pain while fighting diseases like cancer. Passing this referendum is the compassionate thing to do.”

 

While not as supportive, even the GOP candidate agreed medical marijuana had a purpose.

 

“This is an issue where I would abide by the will of the Massachusetts voters,” he said. “I personally believe, with proper controls, there is probably a place for the medical use of marijuana.”

 

Medical marijuana is a very popular issue with voters these days, routinely polling 70%+ across the country, even in some conservative states. It’s hard to look voters in the face and tell them that sick people cannot have the option of medical marijuana to treat their illness.

 

Granted, some politicians have that gift, like Mitt Romney. He is seen in a popular video on the internet telling a man in a wheelchair that he does not support medical marijuana.

 

But politicians like Mitt Romney are a dying breed. Medical marijuana will be nationwide someday, helping tens of millions of patients.

 

 

Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com


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How to Make Bubble Hash

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, October, 5th 2012 by THCFinder

There are many different ways to make hash; instead of overwhelming you with every way, we’ll take them one by one. This week we tell you how to make bubble hash.

 

In order to make bubble hash you'll need a kit with filtering bags, two impeccably clean five gallon pails and a hand mixer. The exact method can vary depending on which system you're using, but the essentials are the same.

 

To start with a bubblebag kit, place your trimmings into one of your five gallon buckets. Use up to 100 grams of dry trimmings, or double that weight if it's fresh or wet.

 

Because ice makes the trichomes brittle, add a lot - at least six ice cube trays. Then fill up the bucket with cold water. Leave a few inches at the top so you don't splash too much when mixing.

 

Use the hand mixer to blend continuously for 15 minutes to one hour or more. Mixing longer will produce a higher yield that will be slightly less potent. The mixture will become green and frothy. You should take breaks every so often to let the mixture settle.

 

When you are done mixing, allow the mixture to settle for at least 30 minutes. If the ice has melted, add more. You want the water to stay cold.

 

Now put your "work bag" into your second bucket. This bag should have a screen size between 200 and 250 microns. Pour your frothy green mix into the work bag in the second bucket. Slowly lift out the bag and squeeze out the water. Set aside the work bag with the green matter for a second rinse.

 

Arrange the other bags inside of the now empty bucket. Put the bag with the finest mesh in the bucket first, then place the bags with larger screen sizes inside the first one.

 

Now you carefully pour the green water into the bucket with the bags. Then you slowly lift out each bag in succession, being sure to give them time to drain. If you're using a 25 micron bag it will drain very slowly you must be patient. Squeeze out the excess water from each bag after it is drained.

 

You will now have a brownish sludge at the bottom of the bags. Remove it with a credit card or spoon to a plastic bag. Blot the sludge with a towel to remove excess moisture, and let it dry out for at least 12 hours. You might want to wait up to a week for it to fully dry and cure, if you are that patient! Be sure that your product is entirely dried so as to avoid mold problems later on.

 

Now go back and give the green matter in the work bag a second rinse, to be sure that you get out every last trichome.

 


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Governor Chris Christie on New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 4th 2012 by THCFinder

Calling the medical marijuana bill originally passed by the New Jersey Legislature almost 2 years ago “poorly written,” Governor Chris Christie also admits in the video below that officials had to “remake” the bill using regulations.

 

Christie says the original bill was passed in a rush, and that’s why there has been a delay in its implementation. And there is no doubt that the program was not well thought-out, especially considering the fact that restrictions have kept less than 300 people from qualifying in a state of almost 9 million.

 

He then goes on the denigrate Colorado and California for allowing pot for a “migraine headache” and says firmly he will not let that happen. In the video he is talking to someone who is in desperate need of medical marijuana, and he is basically telling him that if someone is allowed to get pot for a headache, it’s better that we don’t have medical marijuana at all.

 

What a ludicrous position, yet one taken by many politicians. This stupid idea that we must deny suffering people the option of cannabis until we are certain the program can never be abused is illogical and is causing harm across this country.

 


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