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Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-and-emotionsIt's no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people's faces, but research suggests that the drug's positive effects go beyond just getting high. A 2012 study published in the peer-reviewed academic journal European Neuropsychopharmacology suggests that the brain's endocannabinoid system – which is activated by THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – may play an important role in emotional processing, "an essential aspect of appropriate social interactions and interpersonal relationships."
 
Specifically, the study's authors found that participants given THC in a controlled experiment showed lower brain activity in response negative stimuli than did those given placebo.  A bias toward negative stimuli has been linked to mental illnesses like depression, and evidence that THC reduces this effect suggests that the endocannabinoid system could play an important, beneficial role in how humans experience emotions and mood.
 
Researchers measured test-specific effects of THC administration on about a dozen men who had used marijuana at least four times in the past year, but no more than once a week. Half of them were given THC, the other half placebo; the researchers then showed all the men images of faces with expressions that appeared either "fearful" or "happy." They found that participants given THC showed significantly decreased accuracy in matching facial expressions with negative emotion, but showed about the same accuracy for positive associations. Using brain imaging technology called fMRI, they were also able to watch the effects of THC on the parts of the participants' brains that process emotion – identifying a "network-wide shift from a bias for negative emotional content towards a bias for positive emotional content."
 

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Why Can't Sick , Elderly Patients Have Marijuana Brownies Too?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-brownies-elderlyNJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, one of the prime sponsors of the state's three-year-old medicial marijuana law, is puzzled by Gov. Christie's veto of a bill that would remove hurdles that keep seriously ill children from using cannabis.  The veto was conditional, meaning Christie is demanding changes before he will sign the bill.  
 
The bill was passed after Brian and Meghan Wilson told lawmakers their two-year-old girl needs cannabis because it has the potential to stop her frequent, life-threatening seizures.  The Scotch Plains couple urged amendments to the law, which they said was flawed.     A big problem was the ban against edible marijuana.  
 
Their daughter, Vivian, cannot smoke and requires a solution that may be added to butter, they said.      
 
The bill would have lifted the restriction for all registered marijuana patients but Christie wants edible marijuana to be available only to minors.
 
"What about a 70-year-old woman who has emphysema?" Gusciora (D-Mercer) said in an interview.  
 
"What is the harm if elderly patients take it in a brownie?  Christie says he wants to make sure marijuana is restricted to only severely ill patients and wants to take safeguards so it is not abused by people "with a migraine."  He favors strict regulations, he says, so that "potheads" don't get their hands on the drug.
 

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Does Marijuana Help Grow Brain Cells?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
mj-grow-brain-cellsA new study published recently in the journal Neurochemistry International has found that a compound in cannabis can help grow brain cells.
 
“We tested three compounds: cannabidiol, cannabigerol, and cannabichromene (CBC), and found that CBC has positive effect on the cell viability of mouse NSPCs [adult neural stem progenitor cells] during differentiation in vitro“, states the study’s researchers.
 
The study, which was conducted by the Institute ofBiomolecular Chemistry and funded by a GW Pharmaceuticals grant, is one of several studies which has found that cannabis can stimulate brain growth.
 
Researchers conclude that; “Taken together, our results suggest that CBC raises the viability of NSPCs while inhibiting their differentiation into astroglia, possibly through up-regulation of ATP and adenosine signalling.”
 

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White House Won't Say If Obama's Medical Marijuana Stance May Be Swayed By Sanjay Gupta

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
obamas-mmj-stanceWASHINGTON -- The White House declined to weigh in Tuesday on whether President Barack Obama has changed his position on medical marijuana use after the president's onetime choice for surgeon general, Sanjay Gupta, reversed his stance and apologized for misleading the public on the drug's effects.
 
During the daily press briefing, CQ-Roll Call reporter Steve Dennis asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest if the administration had any reaction to Gupta's Aug. 9 column, "Why I changed my mind on weed," in which Gupta explores the discrepancy between the Drug Enforcement Administration's classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug and scientific research demonstrating its benefits. Gupta, who serves as CNN's chief medical expert, not only apologized for dismissing the evidence from medical marijuana patients, but said he had concluded that marijuana has a low potential for abuse and "very legitimate medical applications."
 
Dennis also asked if Obama had personally been looking at the issue, given that national polls show rising support for marijuana legalization since he took office.
 
Earnest ducked the question, responding, "I have to confess I did not see the Sanjay Gupta column you're referring to, so it's hard for me to comment at this point."
 
The Obama administration has cracked down hard on medical marijuana, even in states that have legalized its use. A recent report found that this administration spent nearly $300 million on medical marijuana intervention through lawsuits, indictments and asset forfeiture attempts by the Justice Department. Over the past few years, the Internal Revenue Service has also targeted medical marijuana dispensaries, forcing many of them to the brink of closure, and largely ignoring the fact that many such businesses were in compliance with state laws.
 
But as the White House continues to wage war on pot, public opinion has shifted in the opposite direction. A HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in April found that 51 percent of Americans said marijuana should be "legalized, taxed and regulated like alcohol." An earlier Pew Research Center survey also found majority support among Americans for marijuana legalization.
 

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Cannabis Can Prevent Cancer Caused By Cigarette Use, According To New Study

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, August, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-fights-cancerA new study published by the journal J-Stage, and funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, has found that cannabinoids - whether THC, CBD or CBDV – were effective at blocking a certain enzyme which is known to cause cancer, and is produced in large amount when cigarettes are consumed.
 
“These results suggest that the pentylresorcinol structure in CBD may have structurally important roles in direct CYP1A1 inhibition, although the whole structure of CBD is required for overall inhibition”, according to researchers.
 
CYP1A1 is an enzyme which isn’t dangerous at low-levels, but is produced in large quantities when someone smokes cigarettes; at large doses, the enzyme has been linked to cancer.
 
Researchers state that; “Accordingly, CBD and its related compounds, which are potent inhibitors of CYP1A1 activity, would be useful as a lead compound in anticancer chemotherapy.”
 

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Would You Support A Plan to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Georgia?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
gorgia-mmj-planAccording to a press release from James Bell, the director for Georgia Campaign for Access, Reform and Education (Georgia C.A.R.E.), Georgia activists believe the state of Georgia is ready to consider legislation allowing for medical marijuana.
 
“We believe the people of Georgia will support our efforts to allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana under doctor’s supervision. We’re ready to take our plan to state lawmakers”, Bell said.  “In 1980 Georgia was one of the first states in the nation to pass a compassionate medical marijuana law. We believe Georgia lawmakers are no less compassionate today. We should not treat patients like criminals.”
 
In a seven page report, Georgia C.A.R.E. gave the following outline on how to remove criminal penalties and allow doctors to provide for a safe, legal source of medical marijuana.
 

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