Liquor Board reverses on medical marijuana, recommends patient home grows
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
The state Liquor Control Board has changed its tune on allowing medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis. It does now recommend patients be allowed to grow up to 6 plants for personal use.
“Allow home grows and the ability for a qualified patient or designated provider to possess marijuana plants. A qualified patient or designated provider may possess 6 plants, 3 flowering and 3 nonflowering,” the board writes in its new list of recommendations for creating a new state-guided medical marijuana system. (You can read the entire document below.)
However, the recommendations also call for the elimination of collective gardens, the backbone of the current medical marijuana market.
Collective gardens allow several patients to grow plants that can be harvested for themselves and others who are members of the collective but not themselves growers. The growers then can be reimbursed for their expenses, thus creating the current controversial “store fronts” that sell marijuana to patients with medical cards for “contributions.”
The Washington Legislature – which ordered the Washington State Liquor Control Board and other agencies to come up with the recommendations – will make the actual laws creating this new system, using these recommendations or coming up with new ones.
Outcry followed initial recommendations
In the first draft of recommendations, the board’s staff had recommended that home-growing be disallowed and all legal marijuana in the state come from the I-502 system. The old recommendation had also wanted to end the ability of qualified patients or designated providers to possess marijuana plants in any stage of growth.
Read more: http://blog.seattlepi.com
Marijuana Used To Treat Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, December, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
When someone first reads the title of this article, I'm sure that the first thought they have is "you can't treat an addiction to drugs with other drugs". But then what do you call methadone and suboxone? Those are two drugs that are used to treat patients with an opiate addiction. These two drugs by themselves have more negative side effects than the drugs they're supposed to be preventing. Not only that but the risk of dependency on these "helpful" treatments.
Cannabis has been found to dull the symptoms of withdrawal that people feel when quitting opiates. There was a study done at the Laboratory for Physiopathology of Diseases of the Central Nervous System that injected morphine addicted rodents with THC, showing suppressed behavioral, molecular, and biochemical dependance. The researchers said that cannabis should be looked at as a treatment for the symptoms of heroin/morphine withdrawal symptoms. The following is a quote from a heroin addict that used marijuana to treat their addiction;
“The marijuana helped me to sleep and eat and provided strength to continue detoxification. With the help of marijuana, I weaned myself off methadone in about four months. To this day I have continued to smoke marijuana, about three cigarettes per day and have never felt the desire to return to either heroin or methadone. My conclusion, based on this experience, is that marijuana is a potent medicine in the treatment of withdrawal from both heroin and methadone."
In addition, patients who are given cannabis to treat their withdrawal are more apt and compliant with the treatment that they go through. The cannabis using patients had an easier time getting themselves in order after fighting addiction, instead of remaining dependent on the drug and the drug that was supposed to treat it. If cannabis can be used to get people away from heroin and opiates, then we should really be using it for that particular purpose. Slowly, doctors are realizing the endless benefits of this plant and hopefully, the dangerous drugs used to treat addiction can be replaced with cannabis.
How To Cure Herb
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
Curing cannabis is a key part of the growing process. Without a proper cure, mold and bugs can overtake the flowers, or worse, yield a harsh tasting bud that no one wants to smoke. If you don't cure the harvest, you run the risk of ruining the whole thing. The following steps are a good way to cure your bud and give you a good quality end product that everyone will enjoy.
A good cure is started at the point in which 50 to 80% of the pistels have turned colors. This is when you need to clean the plant out of the nutes and other products that you have used to nurture your plants in order for them to get to this point. If you don't do this, the end buds will be hard to light and harsh to smoke, both of which are things that you don't want happening to your harvest. Once you realize that the plants are close to their harvest point, begin to give them only regular water. Since the plants store a lot of the nutes from products, they will continue to grow at the same rate on the plain water diet. Hydro growers should change their solutions to plain water a week before they harvest and soil growers should start two weeks before.
Now that your buds are clean of nutes and ready to be harvested, the next step is to properly dry them. This is where keeping an eye on your harvest becomes incredibly important. Mold can ruin virtually all of your cannabis that you've worked so hard to grow. In order to prevent the mold, the buds should be dried slowly. Don't use a hairdryer or a microwave, as you're just going to ruin the weed. You must keep control of the humidity in the curing area, much like a humidor for cigars. Too much humidity breeds mold, while too little will take a far longer time to cure. The normal time for buds to cure is up to 8 weeks but can last longer.
If you don't cure the buds, you run the risk of ruining the whole crop. The best idea is to just cure the bud. Rushing never got anyone anywhere and in this case can cost you a lot of money. If you want a good crop of bud, curing is a key step. Don't make the mistake of trying to half ass this step either. A herb connoisseur will always be able to tell.
New York Has Had Medical Marijuana For How Long??
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
We're constantly fighting for marijuana to be even medically allowed, as long as people can get the right medicine for their illness. New York is one of the tougher states in regards to marijuana crimes but yet has had a medical marijuana law in place for cancer patients for the past thirty three years! The law was approved by the state Legislature as well as then-Governor Hugh Carey in the year 1980, after a brain cancer patient by the name of Antonio Olivieri, a former state Assembly member as well as a city council member, made an emotional request from his hospital bed.
The law, which was named after Olivieri, gives hospitals the right to prescribe medical marijuana to cancer and glaucoma patients, after their condition has been evaluated. State Police would be responsible for distributing the cannabis to patients. Can you imagine having a cop drop off a bag of bud to your door? Talk about a serious curveball. But this would allow patients like Olivieri to get the medicine that they need, as the chemo doesn't always work and can sometimes make the health of the sick person worse by pumping their bodies full of radiation.
Olivieri died shortly after the law passed but not before getting a key quote in, as the patients themselves are the ones we should be listening to. "In my personal experience, marijuana was really the only thing during one course of chemo that allowed me to combat the nausea and keep eating", he said. Even people who don't believe that cannabis is a 100% cure for cancer, they cannot deny the fact that it makes chemo slightly more bearable. Not only that but glaucoma patients benefit from cannabis use too, as the plant lessens pressure in the eyes, leaving the afflicted a little more comfortable.
The Olivieri Law has recently been rediscovered and activists are using it to show that even in the 80s, people recognized the benefit of medical cannabis for patients. People are saying that the bill should be expanded and put to more use in order to reach more patients with multiple different illnesses. The more people that have access to cannabis, the less pain for the patients. If cannabis can help a chemo patient to eat a meal like normal, who is the government to say that that's wrong? I'm sure that if any member of an elected officials' family fell ill with cancer, they would do anything they could to make that person feel better. Am I right?
Cannabis May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction Caused By High Cholesterol
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
An interesting new study published by the journal Clinicaland Developmental Immunology and the National Institute of Health has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors - something done naturally by cannabis – can actually reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction in those with hypercholesterolemia. According to the study’s researchers, hypercholesterolemia (which is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood) is “one of the most important risk factors for erectile dysfunction, mostly due to the impairment of oxidative stress and endothelial function in the penis”.
After studying the effects of cannabinoid receptor activation on mice with high cholesterol, researchers found that; “CB2 activation decreased histological features, which were associated with erectile dysfunction in hypercholesterolemic mice.”
According to the study’s lead researcher, these results have important implications that could lead to cannabinoids and cannabis being used to treat erectile dysfunction, which effects over 30 million Americans.
FDA-approved medical marijuana clinical trial gets underway next month for kids with epilepsy
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
A nationally renowned pediatric neurologist at Saint Barnabas has gotten FDA approval to study whether a cannabis-based drug could prevent seizures in children diagnosed with severe forms of epilepsy.
The development is sure to be watched closely in New Jersey, where a number of families whose children have Dravet syndrome, a potentially deadly form of epilepsy, say they cannot obtain yet a useful form of medicinal marijuana through the state Department of Health.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Orrin Devinsky, director of the New York University and Saint Barnabas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Roberta Cilio of the University of California - San Francisco's Neurology Department, and GW Pharmaceuticals of the United Kingdom permission to use the experimental drug, Epidiolex, to treat 125 children with seizure disorders for whom traditional medicines have failed.
Enrollment in the trial will begin next month, Devinsky said.
"I think this is a big step forward in the science of Cannabidiods," said Devinsky, referring to the spectrum of active ingredients in marijuana. "We will finally get some some data on epilepsy, and this should provide the basis to plan a randomized double-blind study."
The drug is a liquid form of pure cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that according to anecdotal reports has shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures in children. The FDA's Nov. 15th approval also gives Epidiolex "orphan drug" status, providing GW full marketing rights to be the lone producer of the product for seven years, the company said in a statement.
Orphan diseases are rare, occurring in less than 200,000 of people in the nation. There are 5,440 documented cases of Dravet syndrome in the United States and 6,710 in Europe, although the actual number may be higher because the condition is under-diagnosed, according to a statement from the pharmaceutical company. The seizures can damage the brain, delay development and cause lifelong intellectual disabilities.
Read more: http://www.nj.com
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