Bill To Expand New Jersey Medical Marijuana Law Advances Despite Veto Threat
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana legislation has advanced in New Jersey that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program, despite a vow from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he would veto the bill. The New Jersey Assembly passed the bill 50-23. According to the bill, the legislation “Permits qualifying patients to possess and use medical marijuana legally obtained from another jurisdiction; extends State medical marijuana laws to qualifying out-of-State patients; expands ability of parents to serve as primary caregiver to minor children.”
The medical marijuana bill still has to be sent to the New Jersey Senate, and if passed, would be sent to Governor Chris Christie’s desk. He may veto it, but he is going to look like a heartless, un-compassionate A hole if he does. Governor Christie can throw around all the rhetoric he wants, but at the end of the day, he will be slapping suffering patients in the face. No child should have to suffer so that a politician can cling to failed policies.
The New Jersey medical marijuana program is the worst operating in the nation. There are only three dispensaries for the entire state, very few people qualify for the program, and there is not enough medicine to go around to the patients that do qualify. There are no home gardens allowed. I get so many e-mails from patients in New Jersey complaining about medicine access problems. It breaks my heart that I can’t help them.
“We don’t want to watch our child die because the department of health and Christie are blocking the program,” a parent who helped draft the bill said. “If they want to play politics with people’s health, let them as it will come back to haunt them. But in the meantime, don’t block our ability to get the life saving medicine my child needs from another source.”
Cannabinoids May Help Revive Individuals After Cardiac Arrest
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
An intriguing new study being published in next month’s issue of the journal Critical Care Medicine, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid-based medicine administered through IV may provide a method of helping an individual resuscitate from cardiac arrest.
According to researchers, who examined rate models of cardiac arrest, “Blood temperatures decreased from 37°C to 33°C in 4 hours in animals in WIN55, 212-2 [cannabinoid receptor agonist] hypothermia group.. There was a significant improvement in myocardial function in the animals treated with WIN55, 212-2 hypothermia beginning at 1 hour after start of infusion.”
They continue; “WIN55, 212-2 hypothermia group was associated with significantly improved neurologic deficit scores and survival time when compared with placebo control group and WIN55, 212-2 with normal body temperature group.”
They conclude that; “In a rat model of cardiac arrest, better postresuscitation myocardial function, neurological deficit scores, and longer duration of survival were observed by the pharmacologically induced hypothermia with WIN55, 212-2. The improved outcomes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation following administration of WIN55, 212-2 appeared to be the results from its temperature reduction effects.”
Marijuana May Provide Treatment For Hodgkin Lymphoma
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, December, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
A new study published in the journal PLoS One as well as the National Institute of Health has found that cannabis may serve as a treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a cancer of lymph tissue (found in the spleen, liver, bone marrow and other areas).
For the study, researchers at Goethe-University, Leipzig University and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg ”examined the distribution of CB1 [cannabinoid receptor 1] protein in primary cases of HL (Hodgkin lymphoma). Using lymphoma derived cell lines, the role of CB1 signaling on cell survival was investigated.”
After conducting the study, researchers concluded that; “The present study identifies CB1 as a feature of HL, which might serve as a potential selective target in the treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma.”
Given that cannabis serves as a direct and natural agonist to our body’s cannabinoid receptors, cannabis may provide an ideal treatment for the cancer, which is responsible for hundreds of deaths each year according to the American Cancer Society.
Cannabis Can Successfully Treat Epilepsy In Children, Says New Study
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Epilepsy Behavior has found that many parents with epileptic children are turning to cannabis-based medicines to treat their seizures, and in a large majority of instances, it’s successful in doing so.
“Severe childhood epilepsies are characterized by frequent seizures, neurodevelopmental delays, and impaired quality of life. In these treatment-resistant epilepsies, families often seek alternative treatments”, begins the study’s abstract. “This survey explored the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy.”
For the study, researchers at the Department of Neurology at Stanford University examined 19 parents who have epileptic children, and who use cannabis-based medicines (such as tinctures and oils) to treat their child’s seizures. The average number of antiepileptic drugs tried before using cannabis was 12.
Researchers found that; “Sixteen (84%) of the 19 parents reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking cannabidiol-enriched cannabis. Of these, two (11%) reported complete seizure freedom, eight (42%) reported a greater than 80% reduction in seizure frequency, and six (32%) reported a 25-60% seizure reduction.”
In addition, they found that; “Other beneficial effects included increased alertness, better mood, and improved sleep.” The only reported side effects were “drowsiness and fatigue”.
With this data, researchers conclude that “parents are using cannabidiol-enriched cannabis as a treatment for their children with treatment-resistant epilepsy”.
Recently the U.S. Federal Drug Administration gave approval to several studies intending to test the effectiveness of cannabis-based medicines on the treat of epilepsy in children.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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.
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