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Medical marijuana patients ask review panel to add post-traumatic stress disorder to Michigan law

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
trying-to-get-ptsd-added-to-mi-rulesLANSING, MI -- Lillith Gwener survived sexual and physical abuse as a child, but she couldn't make it through a PG-13 movie this week without shaking and sobbing.
 
Gwener, 46, has lived most of her life with post-traumatic stress disorder, and her symptoms can be triggered by a variety of stimuli. Wednesday night, a violent scene in "The Butler" set her off.
 
"You're always in fight or flight," she said. "You're always afraid. Like me going to see this movie last night. I'm sitting in a movie and all of a sudden I'm shaking, I'm hyperventilating and I'm going through a pure anxiety attack."
 
Gwener was one of roughly 20 patients, activists and entrepreneurs who testified Thursday afternoon at a public meeting of the Michigan Marihuana Review Panel, which is considering a citizen petition to add PTSD to the list of debilitating conditions suitable for treatment under the state's voter-approved law.
 
The Holland resident is certified to use medical marijuana for chronic pain, but she said the medication also has proved effective for her PTSD and insomnia.
 
"It gives me a moment between the event -- the trigger -- and what my brain does. It lets me take that minute and realize, 'Hey, this is just a movie. I'm not under attack.'"
 

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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 5th 2013 by THCFinder

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Washington D.C. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Discounting Meds For Poor People

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, September, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
wa-dc-to-give-discounts-to-poor-peopleA proposed law would make medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington, D.C. give 2% of their profits to a program to provide cannabis to the poor.
 
The Washington Times reports that, in addition to the profit tithe, “Under the regulatory proposal, dispensaries would give at least a 20 percent discount on marijuana to low-income people at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.” Cards issued to D.C.’s registered patients already indicate if their income level qualifies them for the discounted rate.
 
The goal is to make access to cannabis easier for those economically disadvantaged persons. Although safe access centers in other states may have individual policies regarding discounts for the poor, “This rule is totally unprecedented in the medical marijuana community,” said Alan St. Pierre, Executive Director for national NORML.
 
The District’s first dispensary, Capital City Care, charges from $380 – $440 per ounce of marijuana, according to the report. “Marijuana is overpriced because it’s overregulated, so a program for the poor is necessary,” Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project told the Times. “There’s this outdated hysteria surrounding marijuana, but it’s much safer than many other medications.”
 
The discount program is still in development and there are issues regarding reporting and collecting that have not been settled.
 

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Compounds In Cannabis Found To Reduce Nausea In New Study

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-naseuA new study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology and the National Institute of Health has found that THCV, and CBDV - two compounds found naturally in cannabis which aren’t psychoactive like THC – were both successful at reducing nausea in rat subjects.
 
For the study, researchers “evaluated two phytocannabinoids, cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) for their ability to produce these behavioural effects characteristic of CB1 receptor inverse agonism in rats.”
 
In doing so, researchers found that; “THC (2.5 and 10 mg kg-1 ), THCV (10 mg kg-1) and CBDV (200 mg kg-1 ) suppressed LiCl-induced conditioned gaping, suggesting anti-nausea potential.”
 
The study concludes; “The pattern of findings indicates that neither THCV nor CBDV produced a behavioural profile characteristic of CB1 receptor inverse agonists. As well, these compounds may have therapeutic potential in reducing nausea.”
 
This study indicates that it may be possible to use THCV or CBDV to help reduce nausea without bringing forth the psychoactive effects associated which THC, which may be seen as undesirable to some.
 
This research was funded in part by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
 

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Marijuana Helps Reduce Cancer Pain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-reduce-cancer-painThe use of medical marijuana to treat pain and other symptoms associated with cancer and chemotherapy shows promising results, according to Israeli researchers who say many patients found they needed fewer painkillers.
 
In an eight week study of 131 cancer patients who used cannabis, published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers reported significant improvement across a range of symptoms.
 
All cancer or anti-cancer treatment-related symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, fatigue, weight loss, anorexia, constipation, sexual function, sleep disorders, itching, and pain had significant improvement,” wrote lead author Gil Bar-Sela, of the Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care Unit, Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa.
 
“The population of the prolonged users in the current study reported significant improvement in all aspects of supportive and palliative oncology care.”
 
What makes this small study unique is its emphasis on medical marijuana, as opposed to synthetic cannabis, which is what researchers say is usually used during clinical studies.
 
Nearly one in three patients who used medical marijuana reported significant relief from cancer related pain and discomfort.
 
Of the 70 patients who used opioid pain medications at the start of the study, 31 of them reduced the dose they were taking eight weeks later.  One out of three patients taking anti-depressant or anxiety drugs also reported a reduction in dosage at the study’s end.
 

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Mormon mom wants medical marijuana for her sick son

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
mormon-mom-wants-cannbisPleasant Grove • Jennifer May has tried 25 treatments in 10 years, a mix of prescribed diets and drugs, to quiet the lightning in her son's brain.
 
Only two eased Stockton May's seizures. But their toxic side effects ravaged his bones and immune system, and the relief was temporary.
 
His rare and intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, "always found a way around the treatment," said his mom, a self-described conservative and devout Mormon who is now pursuing what for her was once unthinkable: medical marijuana.
 
Use of marijuana is outlawed in Utah. But mounting evidence of its medicinal benefits — from controlling cancer pain and nausea to reducing seizures — has pushed 18 states to legalize it for medical use.
 
Moved by preliminary studies and patient testimonials, May is now fighting for legislation to make it available to Utahns, including children with epilepsy.
 
"It's not just anecdotal. It's huge," she said. "We're talking about a group of kids for whom no other options are left."
 
She has the backing of the Epilepsy Association of Utah and a Facebook group of 25 to 30 like-minded moms.
 
"This is not smoking the drug, or getting high off it," she said, stressing she seeks only to legalize medical-grade products derived from the cannabis plant, and only for certain patients where science warrants it.
 
Utah's Republican legislative leaders have opposed any attempts to decriminalize marijuana, including pro-tem Senate President Curtis Bramble, R-Provo.
 
"If someone comes forward with credible research, I'll listen; I'll listen intently," he said Tuesday. "I'm not persuaded at this point."
 
But former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a cancer survivor, has said he'd testify in favor of the drug's medical use.
 
Under current Utah law, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana can lead to a sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The sale of any amount can result in a five-year sentence and a $5,000 fine.
 

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