New Study: Marijuana May Treat Schizophrenia
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis may treat schizophrenia.
“Clinical and neurobiological findings suggest that the cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system may be implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia”, begins the study’s abstract. “We described that the spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) strain presents a schizophrenia behavioral phenotype that is specifically attenuated by antipsychotic drugs, and potentiated by proschizophrenia manipulations. Based on these findings, we have suggested this strain as an animal model of schizophrenia.
“The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of cannabinoid drugs on the deficit of prepulse inhibition (PPI) of startle, the main paradigm used to study sensorimotor gating impairment related to schizophrenia, presented by the SHR strain. ”
For the study, researchers used synthetic cannabinoids, as well as plant-derived cannabidiol.
They conclude that; “Our results reinforce the role of the endocannabinoid system in the sensorimotor gating impairment related to schizophrenia, and point to cannabinoid drugs as potential therapeutic strategies“.
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Julius Caesar Strain Review
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
A mix between the high quality strains of bother SoCal Master Kush as well as SFV OG Kush, Julius Caesar is an amazing strain that has high standards to live up to. The plants have an about average grow, flower, and yield, with flowering being at about 8-10 weeks as with most strains. Even though the strain may seem average, it's high THC content makes it the perfect patient strain, even though the high may not last as long as the user would like it to.
The strain has a very tropical taste and smell, with small undertones of earthy scents as well. While it does smell good, the scent isn't overpowering and you'll be able to carry the strain with you without worrying that you smell like an entire farm. With a spattering of orange hairs throughout a dense green bud sprinkled with trichomes, Julius Caesar is sure to catch your eye as well as your nose. The bud absolutely glistens in the sunlight and will definitely look even better once it's packed in to your favorite piece.
Patients that suffer from migraines, anorexia, arthritis, anxiety, and ADD/ADHD can benefit from the effects of Julius Caesar. As said above, the THC content of the strain is high, providing great pain relieving benefits as well as help with sleeping and eating. The strain is great for combating the stress of every day life, plus it helps with nausea as well. If you're looking for bud with multiple health benefits, you should definitely be smoking on Julius Caesar
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New York Infant To Be Treated With Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
Joey Wertman is a 9-month-old boy who has been diagnosed with a form of epilepsy that can cause the young child to have hundreds of spasms a day. These spasms will harm the development and growth of Joey and his parents have decided that medical marijuana is the best treatment for their boy. The family currently resides near Buffalo, New York and are planning to make the move to Arizona, where marijuana is legal for children under 18 providing they have certain conditions that merit the use of the plant.
Brittany and Joe Wertman, Joey's parents, have tried countless medications prescribed by doctors to try to help their little boy. Unfortunately, there has been no medicine yet that could stop or slow the boy's seizures. Medical marijuana is the family's final attempt at something that will help their son to grow up normal and healthy. Although there aren't many studies on the effects of CBD on children with epilepsy, parents who have given their children the plant swear by it's healing properties. Dr. Steven Wolf, the director of Pediatric Epilepsy at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York stated in an ABC News article, "I can say if this was my child and if there was a possibility it would work, I would certainly want to know. This is interesting but needs investigating".
Many children's families have reported a drastic improvement in the wellbeing of the child after starting treatments with CBD oil. Even after all other medicines have failed, CBD treatment seems to be an effective way of calming the seizures that children have and allowing them to live a more normal life. Hopefully, more studies will be done about the healing effects of CBD on children as compared to the potentially harmful effects that the medicines of Big Pharma may have. The Wertman's have a long journey ahead of them, just like many other families and we should send our positive thoughts their way and hope that cannabis can help their children.
National Epilepsy Foundation Calls For Increased Access To Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
The 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.”
Animal Cookie Strain Review
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, February, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
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.
Cannabis Helps Stop HIV
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, February, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Yes 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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