Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.
But Florida's Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte's Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.
Paige Figi is a Colorado mom whose young daughter Charlotte suffers from Dravet syndrome. It's a debilitating genetic disease that left the little girl unable to walk, talk or eat. Figi says an oil extracted from a particular strain of marijuana has helped save her daughter's life.
"Charlotte is doing great," says Figi, who was in Tallahassee, Fla., to testify at a legislative hearing. "She's two years in to treatment. I would have brought her here, but she can't leave Colorado."
That's because the marijuana extract her daughter depends on can't legally be transported across state lines.
It's from a variety of marijuana with very little tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary component that produces the high. Instead, the strain has very high amounts of another compound — cannabidiol, or CBD.
A few years ago, Figi told legislators, her daughter was having 300 seizures a week. After trying every drug and therapy she and her husband could think of, they started Charlotte on a marijuana extract that contained high amounts of CBD. She takes just a few milligrams of the oil each day in her food.
The results have been dramatic, Figi says. "She's 99 percent — almost 100 percent — seizure-free," she adds. "She has about one or two seizures a month now, [down] from 1,200."
But the marijuana extract isn't a cure. Charlotte and others with Dravet have a genetic disease they'll have forever. Figi says her daughter will never drive a car, marry or live independently.
But Charlotte used to have to rely on a feeding tube, Figi says, and now can eat and drink on her own. She has friends and a vastly improved quality of life.
Read more: http://www.npr.org
Marijuana May Protect Liver From Alcohol Related Damage
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
A new study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine has found that cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis, can prevent damage to the liver caused by alcohol consumption.
According to the study’s abstract; “Acute alcohol drinking induces steatosis, and effective prevention of steatosis can protect liver from progressive damage caused by alcohol. Increased oxidative stress has been reported as one mechanism underlying alcohol-induced steatosis.”
It continues; “We evaluated whether cannabidiol, which has been reported to function as an antioxidant, can protect the liver from alcohol-generated oxidative stress-induced steatosis. Cannabidiol can prevent acute alcohol-induced liver steatosis in mice, possibly by preventing the increase in oxidative stress and the activation of the JNK MAPK pathway. Cannabidiol per se can increase autophagy both in CYP2E1-expressing HepG2 cells and in mouse liver. Importantly, cannabidiol can prevent the decrease in autophagy induced by alcohol.”
Researchers conclude that these results “show that cannabidiol protects mouse liver from acute alcohol-induced steatosis through multiple mechanisms including attenuation of alcohol-mediated oxidative stress, prevention of JNK MAPK activation, and increasing autophagy.”
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com/
Strain Review; Alien Abduction
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
The Alien Abduction strain is a hard hitting indica dominant hybrid that is grown mostly in the Bay Area of California. While specific to this location, the strain can be found all over the place. It originates from the genetics of Tahoe OG and Alien Kush. This strain is considered to be highly potent and is for patients in serious need of relief or stoners who just want to get really, really high.
When smoking Alien Abduction, expect to be seriously high and definitely sleepy. This strain isn't recommended for people that may have a lot of things to get done during the day and definitely not a good wake and bake strain. For patients, this strain provides an excellent natural sleep assist as well as a very good appetite booster, which benefits chemo patients and others with eating disorders. The smoker will get a very intense head high coupled with an awesome body high that will leave the user feeling great. Definitely great for a patient in need.
With the semi standard fruity smell that seems to accompany the OG strains, the buds of Alien Abduction are a very vibrant green, sticking out from any strains that happen to be around it, with large amounts of trichomes. It's a strain that every stoner can enjoy and every patient will appreciate. Good for almost any sort of bodily ache or stomach problem, Alien Abduction is a strain that you want to keep close at hand, regardless of it's use in your smoking diet.
More strains here: http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/
Strain Review; Love Potion
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
Even the name of this strain of weed is enough to interest people. Love Potion is a sativa strain that carries a sickly sweet pine smell with it, with large dank nugs that are extremely sticky. While the price that it carries may be slightly more than what people want to pay, this strain has an extremely high rating from everyone who dares to smoke it. And dare you shall. This sativa is extremely potent and not for the novice stoner.
Those that smoke Love Potion report a very pleasurable visual experience, as well as the sharpening of certain senses. This is a very good strain for people to listen to music to. Artists will absolutely love this strain, as it drastically increases the creativity needed to make a masterpiece. Along with the intense creativity aspect, LP gives the user a very uplighting feeling, pretty euphoric actually and can provide a great escape for a bad day sufferer. However, those suffering from depression and anxiety should stay away from the Love Potion, as the emotional effect is intense.
With such positive effects, Love Potion would be very good mixed with a heavy indica for those in pain but still need to function throughout the day. As said above, it's also good for those who need that added creative boost, perhaps for a paper or to get a big project done. Whatever the case, this strain will lift your spirits and your mind so that the bummers of every day life won't seem as bad. Highly recommended by THCFinder!
More amazing strains here: http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/
Strain Review; Mango Kush
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
Kush is always a favorite among stoners, especially the fruitiest ones. They're easy to smoke, taste good, and look awesome too. Mango kush absolutely falls in to the category. The buds are lightish green, almost a yellow color and are covered in the sparkling beauty of trichomes. With simply just it's looks, Mango Kush can impress even the snobbiest smoker in to giving it a try... And usually, everyone approves!
If the sight of this dank strain isn't enough to get you to try it out, perhaps the smell will be enough. With an underlying skunk smell, the bud mostly smells like a bottle of mango puree; just like the fruit it's named for. The taste is the same, almost identical to the fruit. Taking a hit of Mango Kush is almost as good as taking a bite out of a fresh squeezed mango. One hit is enough to get you high, as the strain is highly potent. And as a Hybrid (dominant indica), it's sure to leave you stuck to the couch if you're not careful!
The effect of MK is instant, making it perfect for patients trying to sleep or those that need some serious pain relief right away. Perfect for people who get migraines often or those with chronic afflictions, Mango Kush should be kept close at hand instead of that bottle of Ibuprofen. The effects will also last a long time, with some stoners reporting that their high lasted for up to four hours. If you need a long lasting, well working strain to cure that chronic pain, Mango Kush is what you've been looking for!
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Cannabinoids Can Treat Multiple Sclerosis Better Than Pharmaceuticals
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
A study published in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found promising evidence that cannabinoids can provide a natural treatment for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
“In an experimental mouse model of MS-related spasticity, Sativex [a product made entirely from cannabis] dose-dependently improved hind limb flexion/stiffness and a dosage of 10 mg/kg was shown to be as [or more] effective as the most widely established anti-spasticity treatment baclofen (5 mg/kg)”, claims the study.
According to researchers at the Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Italy; “These findings with Sativex are very promising and offer encouragement for MS patients, the majority of whom will develop spasticity-related disabling and recalcitrant symptoms. Furthermore, research into the endocannabinoid system may offer potential in other neurodegenerative, inflammatory and pain disorders.”
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