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How Reliable Are Marijuana Strain Names?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, November, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
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I remember when I started smoking marijuana in the mid 90′s marijuana strain names weren’t that important. Finding marijuana was not as easy as it is now, and there certainly weren’t any dispensaries, so you were just glad to get anything.
 
Back then, at least in my area, marijuana was lumped into one of three categories – bammer, beasters, and kill bud. There was rarely a strain name attached to the marijuana I bought back then, and even if it had a name, there was no telling that the strain name was accurate.
 
The first marijuana strains were ‘landrace strains’ or wild strains. Did cavemen or indigenous people name their strains? Who knows. Seed historians seem to agree that the first modern day marijuana seed breeding started in the 1960′s. The Brotherhood of Eternal Love brought seeds to America from Afghanistan, Nepal, and other regions, and people starting breeding them.
 
In the early 1970′s the first official seed company started in Holland – Sam Skunkman’s Sacred Seeds. The art of seed breeding spread from there. There are now numerous marijuana seed companies around the world, and many, many breeders operating in the United States (some better than others!).
 
If you get seeds directly from a reputable seed bank, the strain names are reliable. Obviously if you get seeds straight from the breeder, the strain names are reliable. But if you score a sack from someone that is not a breeder, or not the grower, who knows if the strain name is accurate.
 
There is an increasing importance to market strain names to marijuana consumers these days, which is leading to a lot of inaccurate strain names out there, especially at dispensaries. If a customer walks into a dispensary and is given the choice between a well known strain name and a jar full of un-named bud, the customer is much more likely to choose the one with the popular name.
 
Dispensary owners know this, especially shady ones. So they will slap a name on a jar and not care less if it’s accurate. All they want is to sell more bud. I had a friend work at a dispensary where the owner had a bunch of old outdoor from several harvests over the course of multiple years. The owner had no idea what strain it was, but put it on his shelves in a jar stating it was OG Kush. The nugs didn’t sell at all before they were marketed as OG Kush, because after all it was old outdoor. But within a week of putting a fake name on it, all the outdoor was gone. I guarantee this is a common thing at dispensaries across the country.
 

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Parents demand medical marijuana for kids with relentless seizures

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
parents-fight-for-medical-cannabis-for-kidsKathy Taylor never expected at age 66 to be fighting for her grandson’s right to marijuana.
 
But that was before her grandson was stricken with relentless seizures which began around his first birthday. The spasms and convulsions cause his head to jerk violently and make his eyelids flutter and his eyes roll. They last up to 45 minutes.
 
Now nearly three, he takes powerful drugs that nauseate him and have caused severe weight loss. But his seizures continue.
 
Especially distressing to Taylor is how her grandson stopped singing nursery rhymes and has regressed intellectually.
 
“They can’t develop because their brain is dealing with non-stop seizures,” the Derry Twp. resident said. “You end up with a kid that’s disappearing right before your eyes.”
 
Taylor, a retired lawyer, is among a contingent of Harrisburg-area parents pushing for Pennsylvania to legalize marijuana for medical use. Many have children with severe seizure disorders
 

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Would You Purchase Medical Marijuana From A Pharmacy?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, November, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-from-pharmaciesThe medical marijuana community traditionally has been skeptical of the pharmaceutical industry. After all, many patients are quick to point out the benefits of using medical marijuana versus pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs are often highly addictive, expensive, don’t always work, and can wreak havoc on a patient’s body. Compare that to marijuana, which has virtually no side effects, and is a much safer alternative.
 
Under Michigan Senate Bill 660, Michigan medical marijuana patients would eventually be able to purchase medical marijuana products from pharmacies. Michigan’s Senate approved the bill Wednesday. The bill would not replace the current system in Michigan – it would operate alongside the current system.
 
If the Senate bill is eventually passed in the Michigan House and signed by the Governor, it still wouldn’t be implemented until the federal government reclassifies marijuana. Below is more about the Senate Bill via MLive.Com:
 
Under the proposal, the Michigan Department of Community Health would be tasked with licensing, registering and inspecting specialized marijuana manufacturing facilities. Those wishing to distribute would have to obtain a license from the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, as already required for other controlled substances.
 
Former state House Speaker Chuck Perricone, now working for Prairie Plant Systems Inc. of Canada, testified in support of the bill during a committee hearing last week. The bio-pharmaceutical company has been Canada’s primary medical marijuana provider for more than a decade and already owns an underground facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
 
Would you purchase marijuana from a pharmacy? I personally would prefer homegrown flower over any pharmaceutical product, marijuana or otherwise.
 

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Topical Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
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For those patients that work 8 hour days or just don't have time to sit around and smoke, it can be difficult to mediate properly. Sometimes, people just can't get enough weed in to their system to feel better, such as some people that are afflicted by PTSD. Some are beginning to discover a better way for extreme sufferers to mediate. A patch, put on one's skin, that puts THC and CBD in to the bloodstream via transdermal delivery.
 
As with smoking or eating cannabis, the amount of patch used depends on the patient using it. Everyone has a different tolerance to THC and CBD so the size of the patch depends on the user. The cannabinoids in the patch are directly delivered to the bloodstream, creating extreme relief. The patch releases the stored cannabinoids over the course of 8 hours. Even after the 8 hours are up and the patch is removed, the effects are still felt. This benefits people who work long hours yet still need to medicate or patients that deal with extremely high tolerances and apparent resistance to smoking THC.
 
Not only is cannabis effective in the patch form, but other methods are equally effective in treating symptoms by transdermal delivery. Soaps and lotions are very effective for people with joint pain and arthritis. The lotions especially are good for specific areas of pain, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis. The patch is recommended for patients that need higher doses of medicine continuously. This method is extremely fast acting and effective, allowing the patient to go about their day normally.
 
Basic medicine, such as using cannabis as a topical treatment, would be so beneficial to people. Not everyone can afford health insurance or to even go to the doctor in the first place. Having a plant like cannabis that can grow virtually anywhere would save thousands, if not millions, of dollars that people are forced to spend on costly medical care. Cannabis medicine can be virtually free to people who need it. Products like topical cannabis can help immensely and it's so sad that it's not being utilized to it's full potential.

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Government Funded Study Using Human Subjects Finds THC May Treat PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
study-shows-cannabis-helps-treat-ptsdA new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School and the University of Illinois, have found promising evidence to suggest that cannabis can treat the primary symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
“This study provides the first evidence that pre-extinction administration of THC modulates prefrontal-limbic circuits during fear extinction in humans and prompts future investigation to test if cannabinoid agonists can rescue or correct the impaired behavioral and neural function during extinction recall in patients with PTSD”, says Dr. Christine A. Rabinak, an author of the study who works at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry.
 
She continues; “Ultimately, the cannabinoid system may serve as a promising target for innovative intervention strategies (e.g. pharmacological enhancement of exposure-based therapy) in PTSD and other fear learning-related disorders.”
 

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Four Medical Studies That Say Marijuana Prevents Breast Cancer

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
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Most people know that cannabis is a huge benefit to people suffering with cancer. But as always, there are still some disbelievers. More studies are done on cannabis every day, proving again and again that the plant helps more than hurts. As the doctors and scientists continue to release information, it gets harder for people to deny. The following four studies are medical and show proof the cannabis prevents breast cancer.
 
1. The US National Library of Medicine found that CBD inhibits human breast cancer cell formation. This study also showed that CBD reduces tumor size.
 
2. Published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, this study determined that THC and CBD drastically reduce breast cancer cell growth.
 
3. The medical Journal Molecular Cancer stated that cannabinoid treatments have a great impact in managing breast cancer. It went on to say that THC reduced tumor size and number.
 
4. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States said that cannabinoids inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation, or the production of the cancer cells themselves.
 
If this doesn't convince people, then I'm unsure of what it would take to actually convince people that cannabis is not only a cure but a preventative matter. These studies are held in high regard and have been tested multiple times. Those that are still convinced that "marijuana is a gateway drug" and that stoners are "lazy and unproductive" will eventually realize that their opinion isn't valid anymore. Either way, more than half of American citizens back marijuana legalization, for all purposes medical and recreational. All we can do is keep moving towards that goal by education.

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