Medical Marijuana

San Diego May Allow Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Sell to Everyone 21+

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

San Diego has become the first city in California where legislation has been introduced to allow currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries the ability to sell to everyone 21 and older until the industry’s statewide recreational use regulations have been finalized.

The proposed ordinance also establishes rules and guidelines for recreational cannabis outlets, which are expected to open sometime in the first half of 2018. These rules are practically identical to the rules in place for medical cannabis dispensaries; this includes a requirement of being 1,000 feet from public parks, schools, daycare centers, churches, playgrounds, libraries and – ridiculously enough – residential neighborhoods. The rules also limit the company’s marketing and branding potential by prohibiting the use of symbols or graphics such as the cannabis leaf.

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A Marijuana Pill, For Concussions?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, December, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

The headaches and body pain that accompany a concussion—the all-too-common result of the routine shots to the head taken by football players—are the result of inflammation, as brain cells swell following trauma.

As it happens, CBD—cannabidiol, one of the many active compounds in the cannabis plant—is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. There are numerous former football players who swear by CBD as a tonic for football-related injuries, including head trauma.

It follows, then, that a drug containing CBD ought to do something for concussions, maybe even something as simple as a marijuana-derived pill.

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Researchers Concerned About Lack of Info on Pot Use by Older Adults

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 8th 2016 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) — Surveys show a small but growing number of older adults are using marijuana – a trend that worries researchers who say not enough information exists about how pot affects older users.

Abundant research has been done on how the drug impacts developing brains, but little is known about the potential consequences on older users – even as recreation pot has been legalized in a number of states.

Researchers at New York University say pot could pose health challenges to older users ranging from memory loss to risk of falling.

The researchers reviewed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and found a big increase in adults over 50 reporting they had used pot in the past year.

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Minnesota Approves Medical Cannabis for PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 7th 2016 by THCFinder

Minnesota’s Department of Health has announced that it’s expanding the state’s list of qualifying medical cannabis conditions to include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Minnesota now joins New Jersey, Michigan, California, Illinois, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Rhode Island and Oregon as states that allow those with PTSD to legally use medical cannabis. Among those New Jersey is the most recent to add PTSD as a qualifying condition, with Governor Chris Christie signing legislation in September following a petition garnering nearly 20,000 signatures in a few weeks.

The move to allow medical cannabis for PTSD is supported by a large amount of research, including, a government-funded study released in 2014 using human trials found that “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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Puff Puff Pass: The Tale of THC

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

Why do people smoke pot recreationally? The most obvious answer is to get high.

But what does it mean to be high? Being high on marijuana has been described as feeling “…euphoria, relaxation and changes in perception,” often accompanied by an inexplicable fascination for colorful images and psychedelic fractals.

We do it because it’s fun, but  have you ever considered what “being high” means on a physical/chemical scale? What is happening to our brains when we smoke the devil’s lettuce? Let’s take a journey into the body—and follow the ever famous THC molecule.

We start our journey on the fruit of the cannabis plant, the part that we smoke. Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid  (THCA) exists both inside the plant, as well as on the surface in crystal structures known as trichomes. You may think this is the molecule that gets us high; you would be mistaken. THCA is an inactive form of the molecule, it does nothing for us psychotropically speaking.

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Ireland Takes First Steps to Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

In America, next-to-nothing happens on marijuana without voters taking the initiative and making the moves a prohibitionist government never would.

Compare that to Ireland, where the Irish Parliament’s lower house just approved a bill to allow medical cannabis without so much as a donnybrook.

According to the BBC, a clear majority of elected representatives are behind the plan.

The brainchild of democratic socialists with strong anti-capitalism bents—yet another thing you’re less likely to see in the U.S. than a skateboarding leprechaun—the bill would allow people with chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer, MS, and fibrmyalgia to access medical cannabis products with a doctor’s recommendation.

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