Veterans May Be Getting Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
The debate to allow veteran hospitals to prescribe cannabis as a treatment has been going on a long time. While these people fight for freedom, they come home to be stuffed full of dangerous pills that sometimes don’t even work. Suffering from nightmares, absent appetites, and a multitude of other issues, the veterans who do support medical marijuana and who use it see a big difference in their quality of life. It helps them to eat, sleep, and function a bit normally after experiencing the horrors of war and the things that they’ve seen. With the introduction of the Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced Thursday by Reps Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Dana Rohrabacher (California) and 10 bipartisan cosponsors, the ban over veteran doctors prescribing cannabis to vets would be lifted. This would allow those vets who live in medical marijuana states would be able to go through their veteran hospitals in order to obtain medical cannabis.
“Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside,” Blumenauer said. “Somethings even more so because of the devastating effect they can have on a veteran’s family. We should be allowing these wounded warriors access to the medicine that will help them survive and thrive, including medical marijuana, not treating them like criminals and forcing them in the shadows. It’s shameful.”
There are currently 23 states that allow the use of medical marijuana. Only 10 of those states allow doctors to recommend the use of medical cannabis in order to treat PTSD related symptoms. With nearly 30% of all vets from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD and depression, there needs to be more done to help these people. A study done recently showed that an average of 75% reduction was shown in PTSD symptoms. “A clinical trial needs to be done to see what proportion and what kind of PTSD patients benefit, with either cannabis or the main active ingredients of cannabis,” said Dr. George Greer, who was involved in the study.
Federal health officials heard the clamor about vets deserving cannabis and signed off on a study that would examine the effects of five different strains of cannabis, either smoked or vaporized, on 50 veterans who are suffering from PTSD. Although the study was passed, the future of it is unclear as the only providers of marijuana to the federal government didn’t have the strains required to complete the study. Additionally, the study’s lead scientist was fired from the University of Arizona where the research was scheduled to take place. Seeing as how these people fought for our freedom, we can at least give them the respect of having a medicine that works.
Georgia Bill Would Effectively Nullify Federal Medical Marijuana Ban
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
A bill has been pre-filed for 2015 that would legalize medical marijuana in certain circumstances for the state of Georgia, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.
House Bill 1 (HB1) is scheduled for consideration next year and was introduced by Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon). Called the Haleigh’s Hope Act, the bill would “permit the therapeutic and treatment application of cannabis and its derivatives.”
The federal government currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic and attempts to prohibit it for any purpose. Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey says this clearly violates the Constitution.
“The Constitution delegates no power to the federal government to prohibit marijuana in the states. This power remains with the state governments and the people. Doubt me? Then ask yourself why it required a constitutional amendment to prohibit alcohol. There is no fundamental difference,” Maharrey said.
As more states take marijuana policy into their own hands, defying the federal prohibition, the federal government has become increasingly incapable of enforcing its unconstitutional prohibition. They simply lack the resources to stop the tidal wave. For those concerned about the health care and personal choices of people living in Georgia, this cannot come too soon.
“The last time half the states took action to nullify the federal government was in response to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850,” said Maharrey. “This is historic, and it can continue with the passage of HB1 in Georgia during next year’s legislative session.”
Medical marijuana is an incredibly important issue pertaining to nullification and states rights. Because it is so overwhelmingly popular, medical marijuana can act as a metaphorical ‘gateway drug’ to the idea of state and local resistance to onerous federal laws. With this issue, it is possible to show the residents of your state that local control better serves the needs of the people than the top-down federal approach that has failed for so many decades.
HB1 marks an enormous step in the right direction for medical marijuana supporters and advocates of decentralized government in the state of Georgia. It signals that the public is ready to throw off the shackles of ‘federal supremacy’ and take lawmaking into their own hands.
Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer, New Study Finds
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Over the past few years, research has revealed that marijuana can both destroy certain cancer cells and reduce the growth of others. Now, a new study in mice has found that when combined with radiation treatment, cannabis can effectively shrink one of the most aggressive types of brain tumors.
In a paper published Friday in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, a team of researchers from St. George's University of London outlined the "dramatic reductions" they observed in high-grade glioma masses, a deadly form of brain cancer, when treated with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds, also known as cannabinoids. In many cases, those tumors shrunk to as low as one-tenth the sizes of those in the control group.
"We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," Dr. Wai Liu, one of the study's lead authors, wrote in an op-ed earlier this week. "The results are promising...it could provide a way of breaking through glioma and saving more lives."
In an email to The Huffington Post, Liu pointed out that while research surrounding marijuana's cancer-fighting properties is nothing new, his team is the first to document its effect on the disease when used alongside radiation. "The results showed that the final effect was superior to the sum of the parts," he said. "Hopefully, these results will support calls for formal trials in humans to test these combinations."
Liu and his colleagues examined mice that had been infected with glioma and subsequently treated with radiation alone or in combination with varying levels of two cannabis compounds: THC, the psychoactive compound associated with the "high" sensation, and CBD, which doesn't produce psychoactive side effects.
They found that the tumors were best treated by low doses of both THC and CBD that, when used in concert, made the tumors more receptive to radiation treatment. "Our data suggests a 'triple threat' approach using all three may be of value," Liu told HuffPost.
The researchers also found that together, the low doses of THC and CBD produced a similar effect to a large dose of either compound, which is noteworthy because it indicates that patients may ultimately experience fewer side effects.
THC and CBD are just two of the dozens of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While research surrounding the therapeutic effects of these compounds has been limited, a team of scientists from the U.K. last year found that a combination of six different purified cannabinoids can kill the cancerous cells found in individuals with leukemia.
Meanwhile, when used alone as a form of treatment, THC has been shown to reduce the size of other cancerous tumors and stop the spread of HIV, and CBD strains of marijuana have had a profound effect on children and adults who suffer from debilitating seizure disorders.
Despite these findings, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States, meaning the federal government believes it has no medicinal value. The federally-funded National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grows a limited supply of marijuana in Mississippi, which is used for government sanctioned research. While critics have long accused NIDA of only funding experiments that examine the substance's negative effects, the agency has conducted a handful of studies that look at its potential benefits.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Ban of medical marijuana in hospitals threatens sick children
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
DIXFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Twelve-year-old Cyndiamae Meehan loves painting and drawing to express herself. Watching her, it's hard to believe that she couldn't paint with a steady hand several months ago.
"We noticed the cognitive brightening, we notice her talking more with us when she's coloring, she is looking at the shape she is coloring instead of randomly coloring a page," said Cyndiamae's mother, Susan Meehan.
Things that never happened before, like running, playing, feeding herself, are now a reality because of medical marijuana, according to her parents. Cyndiamae has Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy, that left her with constant seizures. The seizures turned off her brain and kept her from developing at a normal pace. After trying 23 different epileptic drugs with little success, her neurologist suggested that Cyndimae and her family move from their Connecticut home to Maine, where she could be legally treated with medical marijuana or cannabis.
Once in Maine, Meehan began using a rescue medication consisting of specific marijuana strains whenever her daughter had a grand mal seizure. This type of seizure causes a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Family members started taking video of the seizures to show Cyndimae's doctors. The video shows that once given the rescue medication, the seizure slowly stops. In the past ten months, Meehan said she has weaned Cyndimae off all of her medications.
"Without the cannabis, we would still be in that situation where she would be so drugged she couldn't eat. She is up to 85 pounds now which is just amazing. Her muscle tone is good," said Meehan.
Meehan said that medical marijuana saved her daughter's life. It is a controversial treatment, but more parents are turning to it for seizure treatment. Four-year old Kaylee Brown suffered her first seizure at 9-months-old.
"It ended turning into a full blow very severe seizure. She was turning blue, salivating profusely and when we go to the hospital she finally responded to medications," Kalyee's mother, Samantha Brown.
Doctors prescribed Kaylee medications that caused horrible side effects and more seizures. Kaylee was eventually diagnosed with a mild form of Dravet syndrome. After hearing other success stories, Brown began Kaylee on cannabis and tried weaning her daughter off other medications. The combination was too much for the small child, and doctors put Kaylee in a medically iunduced coma this past summer. Kaylee was transferred to Maine Medical Center and while at the hospital, the neurologist on duty discovered that Kaylee was using medical marijuana and asked Brown if she had the drug with her.
Read more: http://www.wcsh6.com
Happy Mondays Star Treats Son's Cancer With Cannabis
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, November, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
Paul Ryder, the Happy Mondays star and a former drug addicted has recently revealed that he treated his son’s cancer with cannabis. The eleven year old child was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer in 2012. Doctors told Chico Ryder’s parents that surgery was too risky and that the young child would need chemotherapy as well as radiation treatment if they wanted to see their child get healthy again. But the doctors also prescribed the boy with a synthetic form of cannabis in order to give him some relief from the grueling terror of “traditional” treatments.
But with such positive results from the synthetic cannabis, Chico’s parents took it a step further and consulted with the doctors on whether or not they would be able to inject their son with the lifesaving cannabis oil that people have been using in order to treat cancer, epilepsy, and Alzheimer's. Doctors supported the parents idea and they began to administer the cannabis oil in to Chico’s stomach tube. After a long while of treatment, the Ryder family got a great bit of news; Chico was in remission and the cancer had receded.
Angie Smith, Chico’s mother, says that it’s time people pay attention to the evidence that states how positive cannabis can be on a person’s life. An eleven year old boy should not be spending his time in a hospital bed, but instead be riding his bike, goofing off with friends, and being somewhat of a bother (we were all a pain in the ass as kids, you know it). To see a young boy in a bed with tubes sticking out of him like some awful version of Wolverine is not how childhood should go. With the help of cannabis, Chico is now in remission and seems to be doing well.
Not only that but the Cancer Research UK support clinical trials proving that the plant has a positive effect on cancer. With more research, they hope to prove the effectiveness of marijuana on those with cancer, especially for children who suffer greatly when undergoing the chemotherapy treatments. To growing bones and organs, radiation can be deadly and chemo doesn’t have a 100% success rate. With a more natural way to treat the diagnosis, children (as well as all others with cancer) would be able to live more normally while combatting their illness.
Could Cannabis Treat Degenerative Brain Disorders
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
Could Cannabis Treat Sports Injuries?
Professional athletes suffer from a multitude of injuries in their careers. Everything from broken ankles to fractured skulls to severe concussions, these people get hit hard. Professional football players have been shown to develop certain illnesses later in life that effect their motor skills and memory.
The most common diagnosis for sports players is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known at CTE. This degenerative brain ailment is found in professional sports players, as well as Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE). HE is a loss of brain function due to liver disease. This results from the pain pills that are given to athletes in order to help with other ailments. Marvin Washington, a former NFL player and a spokesperson for the company funding athlete research, KannaLife, backs the search for CBD based treatments as an alternative to the “traditional” ones. “The pain pills they’re taking now, I think they’re heavy on your lungs and kidneys. They can eat the lining up out of your stomach,” Washington said.
The company KannaLife has signed a license with the National Institutes of Health in order to develop treatments. These new ideas will be up for the Food and Drug Administration approval within three to five years, hopefully in time to save a few brain cells and livers from the damage that sports lead to. KannaLife isn’t going to limit it’s reach though. They’re not looking to help only athletes but all patients with degenerative brain diseases.
A study recently published in the journal Biochemical Society Transactions and published at the National Institute Of Heath has found that the brain’s endocannabinoid system has neuroprotective and immunomodulatory capabilities. Not only that but the use of cannabis may lead to the growth of stem cells. This information could really benefit those suffering from all different kinds of degenerative brain disorders.
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