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National Epilepsy Foundation Calls For Increased Access To Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
epilepsy-foundationThe National Epilepsy Foundation issued a release calling for federal and state-level policy changes to increase access to medical marijuana. Citing the injustice that patients in some states are being denied treatment that is available to patients in other states, the foundation called for changes to state and federal laws to increase access to medical marijuana. In New York, the legislature is considering the Compassionate Care Act, which would alleviate the suffering of seriously ill New Yorkers by allowing them access to a small amount of medical marijuana under the supervision of a healthcare provider. The bill has passed the Assembly four times but is stalled in the Senate, where Senate Co-presidents Skelos and Klein have thus far refused to allow the bill to the floor for a vote.
 
The announcement by the Epilepsy Foundation adds to the growing momentum in New York for passage of the Compassionate Care Act. This week, two cancer support groups – 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition and the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York –  endorsed the Compassionate Care Act, joining national organizations and more than 60 organizations across New York that support the bill, including the New York State Nurses Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, the New York State Breast Cancer Network, the Latino AIDS Commission, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, the, Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central NY, Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer, Physicians for Compassionate Care, and many more.
 
Earlier this week, a Quinnipiac poll found that 88% of New York voters support medical marijuana, including super-majorities of Democrats and Republicans. And two Republican Senators, Maziarz and Grisanti, this week declared their support for the Compassionate Care Act and called for a vote in the Senate.
 
Geri Barish, President of 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalitionsaid: “Like dozens of other organizations across the state, we are supporting the Compassionate Care Act because it will help to alleviate the pain and suffering of, not only the cancer patients we see on a daily basis, but other seriously ill New Yorkers. It will provide proper access to medication to give some relief to those we love, and those who suffer from pain have waited too long. We ask the Senate to vote yes on this bill.”
 
Even as momentum is building, patients with serious and debilitating conditions continue to suffer. Some patients and their families are even forced to leave New York and relocate to one of the twenty states where medical marijuana is legal. “I am extremely moved and thankful that organizations like the Epilepsy Foundation are supporting the implementation of comprehensive medical marijuana laws that can help our children,” said Kate Hintz of North Salem whose daughter Morgan has a severe seizure disorder. “I strongly agree with the Epilepsy Foundation that having access to relief for seizures should not be determined by one’s zip code. I am currently left with no other option than to give my child prescription medications that I know are not effective and that grossly impair her ability to function. There is overwhelming evidence that certain preparations of medical marijuana are not only effective anti-convulsants, but have far less negative side effects.  Unfortunately, we are not able to try medical marijuana, even with our doctor’s support, because it is not yet legal to do so in New York. I refuse to uproot my family and move thousands of miles away when I know that this treatment is overwhelmingly supported by the majority of New Yorkers.  It is imperative that the NY Senate follow the example and recommendations of the Epilepsy Foundation by creating safe access to medical marijuana for patients with severe epilepsy, like my daughter Morgan.”

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Animal Cookie Strain Review

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
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This extremely powerful and loved strain is a hybrid cross between the incredibly beloved Girl Scout Cookie strain and the Fire OG strain. The strain is a fast flowering plant, making it extremely popular among growers. It flower in about 9-10 weeks and grows as a dense plant. The strain is incredibly strong, not for the weak lunged smoker, and is highly recommended for patients that are suffering with pain or insomnia. Needless to say, Animal Cookies is a heavy indica strain that you're sure to love.
 
The aroma of the flowers is sweet, with a tart sour bite. It smells earthy and strong, a strain that you don't want to be carrying if you're not going to be keeping it in a sealed container. The buds are a gorgeous hue of green, covered in frost, tipped in a dark purple that resembles the ripest of grapes. Trust me, you'll be in love with this strain just from smell along but once you smoke the smooth, gorgeous flowers, you'll be keeping Animal Cookies in your bong for a long time.
 
For patients looking for a good medicine, Animal Cookies assists patients dealing with ADD and ADHD, as well as severe anxiety, asthma, gastrointestinal disorder, and the dreaded cancer. With so many positive benefits of the strain, it's a wonder that more people aren't talking about it. In addition the the illnesses listed above, this bud will also make the user feel euphoric and happy. This characteristic is especially important for people dealing with anxiety and depression. Many patients (as well as recreational smokers) should definitely be smoking on these buds.

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Cannabis Helps Stop HIV

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-fight-aidsYes you did read the title right. A recent study has found that our beloved cannabis plant has a positive effect on yet another negative affliction. A study done at Louisiana State University had it's results published last week. Published in the AIDS Research and Human Retrovirus journal, the study was conducted over the course of 17 months. Monkeys that were infected with the animal form of HIV were given a daily dose of THC. Over the time period, scientists discovered that the damage to the immune tissue in the stomachs of the primates decreased. Since the stomach is one of the most common areas of the virus to spread in, this discovery is big news. Also found in the study was a higher maintained level of healthy cells in their bodies, as compared to the monkeys that didn't receive the THC treatment.
 
In another study done in 2011 by Molina, infected monkeys were treated with THC and ended up having a higher survival rate than those monkeys that didn't receive the doses. More information regarding studies such as this include a report written in 2012 provided evidence that marijuana-like compounds can fight HIV in late-stage AIDs patients. Add on the fact that an oncologist in the UK found that marijuana can kill cancer cells and the California Pacific Medical Center has conducted research showing that those same compounds can fight other forms of aggressive cancer and you can't deny the fact that it's a miracle plant.
 
THC targets the CB2 receptors in our brains. These receptors manifest in the cells that are connected to our immune systems, which includes both the gastrointestinal tract as well as the spleen. The CB2 receptors are responsible for the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities of cannabis. When cannabis is ingested, something called a "microbial translocation" takes place. When HIV infects a person, it spreads rapidly through the body and kills a good amount of cells in the intestines and stomach. It's this initial attack of the virus that breaks though the cell walls of the intestines and allows the virus to spread in to the bloodstream.
 
If THC is introduced in to the HIV environment, the CB2 receptors in the intestines begin to build new, healthier bacterial cells that begin to prevent the leaking of the cellular wall. Basically building a barrier against the virus' attempt to infiltrate the blood stream, the receptors keep HIV inside of the intestines and out of the bloodstream of the patient. Keeping the virus contained in the intestines would be a huge step in keeping uninfected people from getting infected, putting a stop to the spread of the virus.

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New Study Finds Cannabinoids An Effective Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
ms-treatmentA new study published in this month’s issue of the journal European Neurology, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that muscle stiffness multiple sclerosis marijuanaSativex - a medicinal spray made from the cannabis plant – is an effective and safe treatment option for “moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS)”.
 
According to researchers: “Nabiximols (Sativex®), a cannabinoid-based oromucosal spray, is an add-on therapy for patients with moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS) resistant to other medications. The primary objective was to provide real-life observational data of clinical experience of nabiximols in contrast to formal clinical trials of effectiveness.”
 
Researchers used an “observational, prospective, multicenter, non-interventional” research method with “a follow-up period of 3-4 months”; in total, 335 patients were assessed.
 
After conducting the study, it was concluded that; “Real-life data confirm nabiximols as an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for resistant MSS in clinical practice.”
 
The study was conducted by researchers at the Neurological Rehabilitation Center Quellenhof in Germany.
 

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Poll Shows Majority Support For Medical Marijuana In Kentucky

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
kentucky-weed-gets-supportAccording to a Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll which asked voters whether they favored or opposed medical marijuana in Kentucky 52 percent were in favor and 37 percent were opposed. Support was highest in the 18-34 age group, which isn’t shocking considering that tends to be the case in just about every poll in most states. Support was the lowest among older voters (65 and older), which also is not a shock, especially in Kentucky.
 
“That is a trend that is developing nationwide. It’s actually on the ballot to be voted on in Florida,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said last week. “There does seem to be in the public a growing awareness that the medical marijuana issue is different from the drug issue, legalizing the drug for recreational purposes.”
 
I dream of a day when states like Kentucky get a real medical marijuana bill passed. By real, I mean one that allows home cultivation, allows safe access points where patients who can’t grow can buy their meds, and that there are no ‘CBD only’ restrictions. I also hope that anyone who is suffering can get approved for medical marijuana, not just those on a very small list.
 
I like that there are so many states that have medical marijuana programs now, but so many of them ban home grows, don’t allow enough safe access points (if any at all), and have such strict qualifying condition lists. More states need to adopt a model like Oregon’s, rather than adopt a model like New Jersey. I understand that some concessions have to be made in order to get the bill/initiative passed, but keep in mind that there are people suffering, and they should be able to use a form of medicine that is safe and effective.
 

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Afgoo Strain Review

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
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This strain is not one for the weak lunged stoner. With heavy indica dominant genetics, Afgoo has a great pine like scent that's incredibly sweet. Based on smell alone, you won't be able to turn down a bowl full of this amazing stain. While being very powerful, the strain manages to keep the user on their feet. If you need a strong indica but have things to do during the day, the Afgoo strain is for you.
 
Aside from the incredible pine scent, Afgoo has amazing benefits for patients suffering from anxiety, ADD/ADHD, arthritis, PTSD, and hypertension. It's effects are very long lasting and the body buzz that it gives the user are perfect for those in chronic pain. For those with anxiety, they experience an immense calm feeling, leaving them to rationally deal with decisions instead of letting their stress get the best of them.
 
With the worst effects being a dry mouth and a possibly sleepy outlook on the world, Afgoo is a great strain to keep in your medicine cabinet. Whether you're a patient or a recreational smoker, you can be sure that you'll enjoy this strain. Everyone loves a great indica and this one is , as most strains are, definitely worth a shot. Happy toking!  
 

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