New Poll Finds 65% In Florida Support Medical Marijuana Initiative
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
A new poll released Wednesday from Public Policy Polling has found that 65% of voters in Florida would support a ballot measure legalizing medical cannabis; considering they are almost certain to have such a measure on this November’s ballot, these high approval ratings may offer a promising prediction of Florida’s near future.
Participants were asked, “Would you support or oppose a ballot initiative allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes?”, and offered a simple choice: “Support”, “Oppose” or “Not sure”. While 12% responded that they were unsure, a clear majority were in favor: “Though marijuana possession is still criminalized in Florida, voters overwhelmingly support legalizing its use for medical purposes (65/23). Even 50% of Republicans support the medical marijuana initiative, with numbers highest among Independents (77/9)”, according to Public Policy Polling.
Even those who identified as “very conservative”, the group voicing the strongest opposition, polled at just 50% opposed, with 40% in favor and 10% unsure.
United for Care, the organization behind the initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, recently submitted over 1 million signatures to put the measure to a vote this year (with just under 700,000 being required to put the issue to a vote); once validated, the initiative will be secured on this November’s ballot (pending a review by the Supreme Court).
The medical cannabis initiative Floridians may be voting on this year is a constitutional amendment, so it requires a 60% majority – but with months to educate the public and build even more support, 65% in favor this early on bodes well for its chance of passage.
Can Marijuana Help Prevent Suicide?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
One of the arguments against marijuana is that it may contribute to depression and suicide. Anti-pot smokers like to argue that stoners are seriously lazy and depressed but unfortunately for them, a study from Germany has been released saying that places where marijuana laws are lax and the plant is well loved, rates of suicide have actually decreased, rather than increase. Since suicide is most often caused by stress and marijuana takes away stress, it definitely makes sense that cannabis would allow people to release their stress, causing a drop in suicide rates.
California supplies anxiety patients with medical cards and both Delaware and New Mexico have PTSD listed on their lists of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. In these areas, there's been a 5% reduction in suicide rates, especially in males age 20-29, according to this study. The results suggest that since those that use marijuana drink considerably less alcohol, which is a serious depressant. If stoners drink less, that would also mean that the amount of drunk driving accidents may decrease in these areas as well and that the benefits aren't just restricted to those suffering from depression.
Most subjects tested were male, since females are four times less likely to commit suicide and succeed, according to researchers. The bottom line of this study? Legalizing marijuana leads to an improvement in the mental well being of most young adult males, resulting in fewer suicides. So the next time that some tries to tell you that cannabis promotes depression and suicide, just remember that depression and suicide are caused by stress. Marijuana is used as a treatment for both of those illnesses so it only makes sense that places with lax cannabis laws would have lower rates of suicide.
New York Wants Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
As a better known east coast state, New York is working hard to get themselves on the cannabis train before it leaves them coughing and stranded in the Dark Ages. The state is working feverishly to get medical marijuana in to hospitals, allowing patients who really need it to get access to the only medicine that may be able to save them and help them to recover. Andrew Cuomo's medical cannabis plan allows up to 20 hospitals to use medical marijuana to treat illnesses and health problems.
In a poll done of New York residents, 49% thought that Cuomo should pass legal medical marijuana for the whole state, skipping this step all together. Only 28% said that this step was the way to go. Both parties are right, as the pilot step will allow patients who really need cannabis to get their hands on it. A full medical legalization would guarantee that all patients could get their medicine, not just the ones that have access to the specific hospitals that would get the cannabis under the pilot step. All patients that need cannabis should have access to it, but if this is the first step that needs to be taken, so be it.
Allowing medical marijuana in New York would at least add one more state on to the constantly growing list. We all know that the plant shouldn't be illegal anyway, considering that it is nature. But even with the pilot step, people who can benefit from cannabis will at least be able to get their medicine. The state may not be ready to fully legalize, considering that when polled, 54% were opposed to putting forth a model similar to Colorado. Even though they're opposed, that number is considerably small and it's beginning to look like New York could be the next medical state.
New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Panic Disorders
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
A new study published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannbinoids may treat panic disorders.
“The present study investigated the effects of systemic or intra-dorsolateral periaqueductal gray (dlPAG) administration of CB1 agonists [meant to mimic cannabinoids] on behavioural changes induced in rats by predator (a live cat) exposure, a model of panic responses”, claims the study’s abstract.
After conducting the study, researchers concluded that; “These results suggest that modulation of the cannabinoid system could be a target in the treatment of panic disorders.”
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Strain Breakthrough: Pure Sativa
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
The difference between indica strains and sativa effects everyone differently and all stoners have their preferences as to which they prefer. Majority of the time, the two different kinds of cannabis are combined in to hybrids, giving the user a combination of effects that eliminates most common, daily issues that people seem to have. One particular issue that doesn't seem to react well with cannabis is depression. A lot of sufferers seem to say that cannabis can sometimes make them feel even more depressed. But now, thanks to the hard work of a man named Dr. Grinspoon, a pure sativa strain has been introduced in to the cannabis network.
This strain is reportedly very strong and definitely not for smokers who are just being introduced to smoking. The high is very intense, sometimes causing panic attacks and racing heartbeats in those stoners who need more experience. The high is also very long lasting, which is amazing for those with depression as the effects can happen at any time of day and sometimes last for what seems like days. If you're suffering from depression or severe nausea, this would be the strain for you.
Growers are warned of this strain because it takes a very long time to finish growing, as long as 14 weeks. The plants grow very tall and slender, with smaller than normal buds. But trust me, for those who need it, this strain is well worth the wait. With such amazing results, the Dr. Grinspoon sativa strain should be carried by everyone's favorite dispensary for those not-so-good days. It's extremely rare that pure sativa or even pure indica strains pop up so if you enjoy the sativas and you see this strain, it's highly recommended that you try it.
Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.
But Florida's Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte's Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.
Paige Figi is a Colorado mom whose young daughter Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome. It's a debilitating genetic disease that left the little girl unable to walk, talk or eat. Figi says an oil extracted from a particular strain of marijuana has helped save her daughter's life.
"Charlotte is doing great," says Figi, who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to testify at a legislative hearing. "She's two years in to treatment. I would have brought her here, but she can't leave Colorado."
That's because the marijuana extract her daughter depends on can't legally be transported across state lines.
It's from a variety of marijuana with very little tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary component that produces the high. Instead, the strain has very high amounts of another compound — cannabidiol, or CBD.
A few years ago, Figi told legislators, her daughter was having 300 seizures a week. After trying every drug and therapy she and her husband could think of, they started Charlotte on a marijuana extract that contained high amounts of CBD. She takes just a few milligrams of the oil each day in her food.
The results have been dramatic, Figi says. "She's 99 percent — almost 100 percent — seizure-free," she adds. "She has about one or two seizures a month now, [down] from 1,200."
But the marijuana extract isn't a cure. Charlotte and others with Dravet have a genetic disease they'll have forever. Figi says her daughter will never drive a car, marry or live independently.
But Charlotte used to have to rely on a feeding tube, Figi says, and now can eat and drink on her own. She has friends and a vastly improved quality of life.
Read more: http://www.npr.org
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