Utah to Welcome Marijuana for Limited Medical Use
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
Parents of Utah children with severe epilepsy are cheering a new state law that allows them to obtain a marijuana extract they say helps with seizures, but getting it involves navigating a thorny set of state and federal laws.
Utah's Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has already approved the law and held a signing ceremony for about 50 parents and children at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon.
The new law doesn't allow medical marijuana production in Utah but allows families meeting certain restrictions to obtain the extract from other states.
Similar legislation is pending in at least one other state, and Utah advocates hope more will follow.
The marijuana extract, which some believe helps with a severe form of epilepsy, is produced in nearby Colorado and is designed not to produce a high.
But Colorado experts say restrictions passed in that state to appease the federal government make it a murky process for Utah families to actually get marijuana-derived products, particularly as all state medical marijuana laws are illegal under federal law.
Utah Rep. Gage Froerer, a Republican from Huntsville who sponsored the new state law, said families are willing to take that risk to treat their children with the oil.
"They know very well that this may not protect them from the DEA if the federal prosecutors stepped in," Froerer told his colleagues earlier this month.
To gain support in conservative Utah, the push for the legislation focused on helping children suffering from a severe form of epilepsy and the law itself is tempered with restrictions.
The law takes effect on July 1 and expires in 2016. It's restricted to those with severe epilepsy for whom the regular treatments are not effective, and requires a neurologist's consent to obtain and use the extract.
The extract comes from a strain of marijuana called Charlotte's Web, named after the first child treated with it. The plant is low in THC, the hallucinogenic chemical in marijuana, and high in CBD, a chemical that may fight seizures.
Doctors and others have warned that there's no proof yet that the extract is effective at treating epilepsy or even safe, but for parents like Jennifer May of Pleasant Grove, the hope that he oil will give their kids a better quality of life is worth pursuing.
"It helps more than our kids. It will hopefully help other states," said May, whose 12-year-old son can suffer hundreds of seizures a day. "It will hopefully push things a little more on a federal level if they see that even the most conservative states want something done."
Florida Medical Marijuana Bill Passed Unanimously By House Committee
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, March, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
Florida’s House Appropriations Committee has given unanimous approval to House Bill 843, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes.
The measure, which was introduced by Republican Representative Matt Gaetz, now heads to theHouse Judiciary Committee, where its passage will send it to the full House.
If approved, House Bill 843 would provide a legal defense to those in the state who possess and use cannabis extracts for medical purposes, provided they receive a recommendation from a physician.
“We have evidence of benefits,” says Representative Cary Pigman, an emergency room physician. “We have no evidence of harm.”
The committee also voted in favor of a $1 million study to research the benefits of cannabis in treating seizure disorders.
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Georgia Senate Approves Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana Oil
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
Georgia’s Senate has given unanimous approval to House Bill 885, a proposal to legalize cannabis oil for medical purposes. The measure passed the state’s House of Representatives earlier this month with an 171 to 4 vote.
Under the bill, academic medical centers in the state would be permitted to produce low-THC cannabis oil, which they would be authorized to distribute to those with cancer, glaucoma and seizures. The measure would also provide protection from arrest for anyone in possession of cannabis oil that was obtained from another state, as long as they have a recommendation from a physician.
Advocates of the measure acknowledge that it doesn’t go far enough (the whole plant, not just low-THC cannabis oil, should be legal), it’s still a major step in the right direction, and will help thousands of people in the state.
The bill, sponsored by Representative Allen Peake and supported by the Medical Association of Georgia, now heads back to the House for one final vote, before going to the governor.
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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, March, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
When people usually think of CBD, they associate it with THC and automatically think that CBD is illegal, since the two substances come from the same plant. Since CBD is the active ingredient in marijuana that makes the user feel less pain and that also fights disease. It is extremely powerful and a huge asset to human life but like I said before, there are a lot of people who believe this healing substance to be illegal. This isn't the case, however, and CBD is legal in all fifty states, letting patients who can benefit from it get their hands on the medicine without worrying about police tracking them down and arresting them.
Since the CBD that is available in states where cannabis is still illegal is derived from hemp oil, it is not classified as a drug. It contains no psychoactive qualities and give the user no side effects, other then the release from their pain and suffering. CBD is present in hemp plants and the oil can be produced to make medicine that everyone can purchase and use. The law states that CBD that comes from marijuana plants with a 3% or higher THC level is still a schedule one drug, yet CBD that is derived from hemp plants (or plants containing less then 3% THC) is completely legal. Slightly confusing, but the laws are still new and hopefully they'll become less cloudy as time passes.
If you're interested in adding CBD in to your daily routine, that's great! Ingesting this compound not only fights diseases like cancer, arthritis, and epilepsy but it also helps to cure headaches, nausea, and menstrual cramps. There are multiple ways to get a decent dose of CBD a day, for those in medical states and those who aren't;
The oil especially is a great help to those suffering. It can be found through various outlets on the web in a few different forms. First is Real Scientific Hemp Oil, which comes in a small applicator and is ingested orally. The next is the "high-less" vaporizer cartridge, which fits in a vape pen and is great for the person on the go who may suffer from headaches. There's also vaporizer hemp oil available as well. But brace yourself... If you're not local to a medical state, the prices of this oil can get extremely expensive. Hemp oil can be added to food, put in to drinks, or taken in a capsule form.
Making CBD tinctures are another way to get a good dose of this healing substance. They are typically taken under the tongue and are absorbed through the saliva glands, directly in to the user's blood steam, providing very quick relief. These are possible to make at home on your own but the ones that can be ordered usually contain higher, concentrated doses of the desired effect. Plus, a lot of the tinctures that can be bought are flavored, making them much more enjoyable for those that don't like the kinds made with alcohol.
Capsules can actually be filled with two different substances when it comes to CBD. One is the oil and the other is the kind which is filled with powdered formula. These capsules have no negative side effects and are perfect for those who are constantly anxious but need to go about their day. The CBD doesn't hinder the user's ability to function so you'll feel better and be able to go about your day. The capsules come in varying milligram doses of CBD and those in medical states should investigate at their local clinic if they'd like more options.
Suffering from muscle pain? You can purchase hemp infused topical ointments that are great for muscle aches, headaches, rashes, and burns. Some ointments can only be purchased in medical states but others can be bought online, 100% legally. Topical ointments are great for those that don't really care for other methods or perhaps this just works for them. Again, since the CBD comes from hemp oil, these products can be ordered without fear of negative legal repercussions. It's very important to incorporate CBD in to your daily routine, as the substance is not only great for treating already present illnesses, it can prevent new ones from setting in as well.
The Importance Of CBN
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
When cannabis is spoken about, there are two main compounds that are always mentioned. Both CBD and THC are the main substances in cannabis that treat diseases and other afflictions. But there are over 500 of these amazing compounds found in cannabis so why does everyone always just seem to want to talk about these two? This blog will go over the importance of the substance contained in cannabis known as CBN, another amazing part of the cannabis plant that's seriously underrated and should definitely be mentioned more!
So what exactly is CBN? It's cannabinol. Like the THC that marijuana contains, CBN is also psychoactive, contributing about 10% of the psychoactive properties of the plant. When THC and CBN are present in higher levels, the CBN seems to actually reduce the paranoia and anxiety often associated with getting stoned. It also causes the user to feel less "messed up" and provides a clearer high but ingest too much and you may end up feeling groggy. This, however, can be great for those suffering from insomnia and that need help getting a good night's rest.
Getting higher levels of CNB in your plants as a grower isn't that tough and should definitely be considered when planting your babies! When exposed to air or UV light for a long period of time, the THC in the plant turns in to CBN. Waiting a little bit longer to harvest the plants will also yield buds with a higher CBN content, when the trichomes have turned a more amber color rather then the usual white/clear. Buds that are exposed to more air during the drying/curing process are also known to have higher levels of CBN.
CBN has a great many benefits, just like CBD and THC. Getting buds with a higher CBN content is definitely all growers should try at one point in time and users should definitely seek out buds higher in CBN simply to give them a shot. Cannabis can help will all kinds of problems and these compounds are what make it so. Knowing what they do and how they effect people when ingested is important! CBN is just as important as THC and CBD when it comes to marijuana.
Gov't approves study of marijuana smoking to treat PTSD in military veterans
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, March, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Could marijuana help treat post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans? New research aims to find out.
The U.S. government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for military veterans with PTSD, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major shift in U.S. policy.
The study will measure the effects of five different potencies of smoked or vaporized marijuana in treating symptoms of PTSD in 50 veterans.
The Department of Health and Human Services' decision surprised marijuana advocates who have struggled for decades to secure federal approval for research into the drug's medical uses.
The proposal from the University of Arizona was long ago cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, but researchers had been unable to purchase marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The agency's Mississippi research farm is the only federally-sanctioned source of the drug.
In a letter last week, HHS cleared the purchase of medical marijuana by the studies' chief financial backer, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which supports medical research and legalization of marijuana and other drugs.
"MAPS has been working for over 22 years to start marijuana drug development research, and this is the first time we've been granted permission to purchase marijuana from NIDA," the Boston-based group said in a statement. The federal government has never before approved medical research involving smoked or vaporized marijuana, according to MAPS.
A spokesman for the group said organizers have called off a protest over the stalled study that was planned for later this year.
While more than 1 million Americans take medical marijuana -- usually for chronic pain -- rigorous medical research into the drug's effects has been limited, in part due to federal restrictions.
Marijuana remains a Schedule I substance under the federal government's Controlled Substance Act, meaning it has no medical use and has high potential for abuse.
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