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NFL Owners Agree To Consider Letting Players Use Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 7th 2017 by THCFinder

The National Football League is back in action this weekend—if you count preseason games as "action"—after taking a tiny step toward maybe, possibly, someday letting players use marijuana to treat pain.

NFL owners agreed to work together with the NFL Players Association on a study to determine the effectiveness of marijuana as a medical treatment. Yes, there have already been numerous studies on the medical value of marijuana—29 states have legalized the drug for that reason—but this seemingly small step is a pretty big shift for the league, which has always maintained a strict prohibitionist stanceon pot.

"Certainly the research about marijuana and really more particularly cannabinoid compounds as they may relate to the treatment of both acute and chronic pain, that is an area of research that we need a lot more information on and we need to further develop," Allen Sills, a Vanderbilt University neurosurgeon hired earlier this year to be the NFL's chief medical officer, said in an interview with The Washington Post. Sills said examining the feasibility of players using marijuana to manage the pain that comes from repeated full-speed collisions with other muscle-bound athletes was "really important" to players' long term health.

Read More:http://reason.com/blog/2017/08/06/nfl-owners-agree-to-consider-letting-pla


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Hawaii Veterans Turn to Medical Marijuana for Help

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, August, 2nd 2017 by THCFinder

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii group is helping veterans cope with mental health issues by guiding them through how to use medical marijuana.

Honolulu News Now reported Thursday that Complimentary and Alternative Medicine is teaching vets how medical cannabis can help them with PTSD-induced pain and anxiety.

The push comes as Hawaii ramps up its medical marijuana dispensary program.

Program participants say they stumbled across the group after other options did not work.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/hawaii-veterans-turn-to-medical-marijuana-for-help/


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Senators Renew Protections for Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 30th 2017 by THCFinder

Great news for marijuana patients and entrepreneurs came down from the nation’s capital this week as the Senate Appropriations Committee voted for language in the federal budget to prevent the Department of Justice from meddling in matters of medical marijuana users and providers.

To date, it’s the most telling consensus regarding how the Senators feel about marijuana. Their overwhelming support is also a slap in the face of anti-pot U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has come out repeatedly in opposition to marijuana.

This decision to allow state-legal medical marijuana business go uninterrupted is not new, it just needed it’s annual renewal.

Read More:https://www.theweedblog.com/senators-renew-protections-for-medical-marijuana/


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Stoned Science: Interactions Between THC and CBD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 27th 2017 by THCFinder

Often when people smoke marijuana, all of the credit for the high is given to Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but this isn’t the whole story. Through previous discussions you might recall that cannabidiol (CBD), alone, does not get you high. While this is true, there are some important interactions to consider.

Does CBD affect the high that THC provides and how does it do so?

Our bodies are broken up into many systems (i.e. cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, etc.), but one important system that doesn’t get much attention is the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

As you may have guessed, our ECS interacts with cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. But it is more involved than you might imagine. The ECS is imperative to the body’s normal functioning—assisting in the regulation of pain and hunger to name a few.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/stoned-science-interactions-between-thc-and-cbd/


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New Study: Alcohol, Not Weed, Manipulates Brain Structure

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 24th 2017 by THCFinder

We’ve been saying it for a long time, but now scientists are confirming: alcohol negatively manipulates the structure of the human brain and cannabis does no such thing.

The powers that be, especially within the deteriorating administration in the White House, continue to disseminate blatantly erroneous information about cannabis and ignore authoritative academic work, such as one most recent study.

Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Oregon Health & Science University evaluated neuroimaging data among adults (18 to 55) and adolescents (14 to 18) and identified an association between alcohol use and negative changes in brain structure.

They identified no such association with cannabis.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/new-study-alcohol-not-weed-manipulates-brain-structure/


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The Biology of CBD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 23rd 2017 by THCFinder

Previously in “The Chemistry of CBD,” we looked at the subtle changes in the structure of CBD versus that of THC and the potential differences in the resulting conformation of cannabinoid receptor-1 (CB1).

We discussed how minuscule changes can have large multiplicative effects down the biological stream. As with all things in this world, structure determines function. The structure of the molecule determines how it binds to the protein, the movement of the protein determines the resulting cellular action and the structure of neuronal networks determines our physical behaviors which can be measured through science!

A claim that was made in the preceding article posed that CBD has the opposite effects of THC.

There have been a few studies that look at the differences in behavior, as well as the effect of CBD on the behaviors elicited by THC. One study in particular took advantage of a technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Read More:http://hightimes.com/medicinal/the-biology-of-cbd/


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