Cannabis Use Associated With Better Memory And Cognitive Function On Those With Schizophrenia
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
A new government funded study published in the journal Psychiatry Research has found that heavy cannabis use leads to better emotional memory and brain function in those who are schizophrenic.
For the study – which was conducted at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal - researchers “performed a functional magnetic resonance imaging study of emotional memory in schizophrenia patients with cannabis abuse”.
They conclude; “Our results suggest that emotional memory and prefrontal lobe functioning are preserved in dual-diagnosis patients [those who consume cannabis, and also have schizophrenia].. These results are consistent with previous findings showing that cannabis abuse is associated with fewer negative symptoms and better cognitive functioning in schizophrenia.”
This study – which can be found here - was funded in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
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Marijuana-Infused Nugtella Exists
I bet whoever came up with the idea of Nugtella is pretty damn pleased with themselves right about now. As well they should. This actual pot-friendly item can be purchased at select dispensaries in California and are not available online.
The Sugarleaf-branded product comes from Organicares, makers of “medical edibles” and apparently all things brilliant. The hazlenut spread infuses 320 mg of hash oil, making for a particularly enjoyable treat. This discovery follows the recent announcement that an Official Nutella Cookbook will roll out come August 20th, making for a perfect opportunity to create incredible and no doubt mind-blowing chocolate desserts. Think “Nugtella” macaroons, chewy brownies and cheesecakes. Yes, MJ in your cheesecake.
Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Has Collected Over 100,000 Signatures
Advocates, in roughly a months time, have collected over 100,000 signatures for a Florida initiative aimed at legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Proponents of the proposal had to collect approximately 70,000 signatures to have the initiative reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court, a number they reached quickly, and easily.
Once the review process is over, roughly 685,000 signatures will need to be gathered by February 1st to put the initiative to a vote in the November, 2014 general election.
The group behind the initiative - United for Care - is being headed by Orlando attorney John Morgan, who’s a former fundraiser of President Obama. Morgan has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to get the initiative on the ballot and approved, and plans to spend over $20 million on the campaign.
Polling released in February found that only 24% of Florida residents oppose medical cannabis legalization, with 70% being in support.
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New Jersey Gov. Christie Will Allow Medical Marijuana For Sick Kids
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie agreed Friday to ease access to medical marijuana for chronically ill children. The governor offered provisions to a bill allowing marijuana cultivators to produce more than three strains of the drug and for state-approved dispensaries to sell ingestible forms of pot for children to consume.
According to Christie’s tweaks in the bill:
“Qualified minors should be allowed access to products in appropriate edible forms to ensure that children can receive treatments consistent with their age and medical needs, as well as the individual preferences of their guardians.
As I have repeatedly noted, I believe that parents, and not government regulators, are best suited to decide how to care for their children.”
He conditionally vetoed an existing bill, leaving one provision which requires referrals from a pediatrician as well as from a psychiatrist. A third doctor’s approval is required if the pediatrician is unregistered with the medical marijuana program.
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Delaware governor renews medical marijuana effort
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Gov. Jack Markell said Thursday that he is moving forward with a medical marijuana program in Delaware after halting plans last year over fears that state officials could be subject to federal prosecution.
Markell signed a medical marijuana bill in 2011 but halted implementation after federal officials indicated that people involved in cultivating and distributing marijuana could face civil fines or prosecution.
In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, Markell proposed a scaled-down pilot program involving a single, state-licensed ‘‘compassion center’’ that would grow and distribute marijuana to eligible medical patients. The bill he signed in 2011 called for three such centers, one in each county.
Seeking to allay federal concerns about multiple large-scale privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation centers, Markell proposed that the Delaware compassion center be limited to growing no more 150 plants and an on-site inventory of no more than 1,500 ounces of marijuana.
He also said regulations that the state Department of Health and Social Services will propose would require around-the-clock security monitoring at the center and measures to ensure that it dispenses marijuana only to eligible patients and caregivers.
The proposed regulations also will require the center to report missing marijuana within 24 hours and to disclose the source of any funds over $5,000.
In a letter to state Rep. Helene Keeley and state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, Wilmington Democrats who were the chief sponsors of the billl, Markell said his office has spent the past few months reviewing policies adopted by other states in response to conflicting signals from the federal government.
‘‘The sensible and humane aim of state policy in Delaware remains to ensure that medical marijuana is accessible via a safe, well-regulated channel of distribution to patients with demonstrated medical need,’’ he wrote.
Asked about Markell’s proposal, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly III reiterated that federal law ‘‘unambiguously’’ prohibits the growing, distributing, or possession of marijuana outside a federally authorized research program.
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Cannabis May Reverse Symptoms Of Parkinsons And Alzheimers
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study funded by the National Institute for Translational Medicine, and published in last month’s issue of the journal Molecular Neurobuology, has found that cannabis may treat, as well as reverse the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parknson’s and Alzheimer’s.
According to researchers; “Our findings support the potential of cannabidiol in reversing cognitive decline and its clinical use in treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.”
For the study, researchers dosed rats with cannabidiol – a compound found in cannabis – and concluded that:
CBD rescued iron-induced effects, bringing hippocampal DNM1L, caspase 3, and synaptophysin levels back to values comparable to the control group. Our results suggest that iron affects mitochondrial dynamics, possibly trigging synaptic loss and apoptotic cell death and indicate that CBD should be considered as a potential molecule with memory-rescuing and neuroprotective properties to be used in the treatment of cognitive deficits observed in neurodegenerative disorders.
The study was conducted by researchers at Pontifical Catholic University.
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