Arizona parents sue state to treat son, 5, with marijuana extracts
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
TUCSON -- The parents of a 5-year-old Arizona boy are suing the state, seeking to treat their son’s seizure disorder with marijuana extracts under the state’s medical marijuana law.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit on behalf of Jennifer and Jacob Welton, parents of young Zander. The Weltons, of Mesa, want to force the state to include marijuana extracts, such as oil resins, as legal substances under a law approved three years ago by voters.
The boy’s severe epilepsy is one symptom of a rare, congenital condition. This year, Arizona Department of Health Services officials approved a medical marijuana application for Zander, issuing the child a medical marijuana patient identification card.
However, some state officials have suggested that only the marijuana plant — not its extract — is legal for medicinal purposes, ACLU officials said.
Fearing criminal prosecution, the couple stopped giving Zander the extract even though it had successfully treated his disorder, the complaint stated.
State officials targeted in the lawsuit, including Gov. Jan Brewer and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, declined to comment.
“When Arizona’s voters said 'yes' to legalizing medical marijuana for seriously ill patients in 2010, they certainly meant the plant as well as extracts from the plant,” ACLU attorney Emma Andersson said in a statement. “Casting a cloud of criminality over medical marijuana extracts is wrong and cruel.”
Arizona PTSD patients to be considered for medical marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, October, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Health Services is considering making medical marijuana available to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients.
The decision comes after the ADHS accepted a petition to list PTSD as a debilitating condition under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act on Oct. 6, according to a report from the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association (AZCNA).
During a public hearing Tuesday at the ADHS, the majority in attendance were in favor of the petition's goal including Vietnam veteran Gerold Deyoung who uses medical marijuana for other conditions but feels in the process, it has helped take away the pain of his PTSD.
However, one speaker, Dr. Leland Fairbanks, did not think it would cure veterans of PTSD completely and suggested that "they should join their veteran support groups" or "go to their veterans' hospital" instead.
According to the 2012 Department of Veterans Affair Report, 239,174 veterans were reported to have PTSD on Veterans Health Administration rosters.
New Legal, Over The Counter Cannabis Medicine Released For Pets
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Two veterinarians and an entrepreneur from MIT have leveraged the high CBD content of industrial hemp and determined the proper dosages for pets, releasing supplements specifically for the health and well-being of cats and dogs, under the name Canna-Pets, according to a press release sent out yesterday.
After seventeen years of research and development, and five years of clinical trials, these supplements are now available directly to the public, over-the-counter and without a prescription.
According to the organization’s press release; “Canna-Pet supplements are all natural, completely safe, and grant health benefits without any “high.” Sprinkling a tiny measured dose into a pet’s food daily will bring observable results in less than a week.”
They continue; “Canna-Pet supplements are legal and non-psychoactive, because they are refined entirely from industrial hemp, which has nearly zero THC. There are zero negative side-effects and no medical conflicts.”
“While medical testing continues to confirm the benefits of CBD in humans, we already know it has amazing benefits in small animals, so the time had come to release a supplement specifically for our favorite small animals – our cats and dogs”, says Dan Goldfarb, one of the founders of CannaSalus LLC.
He continues; “Over the past five years in our clinical testing we have observed remarkable benefits for pets with cancer, arthritis, diabetes, digestive issues, chronic pain, nausea, and those receiving palliative care. These benefits are apparent within just a few days… Over the long-term animals receiving Canna-Pet demonstrated.”
“We also find that Canna-Pet can be used as a supplemental therapy to reduce the side effects and cost of pharmaceuticals being administered to many pets.”
Toddler With Seizures Planning On Using Marijuana To Help
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana s commonly associated with cancer but greatly effects other afflictions as well. It has shown to drastically decrease seizures in patients suffering from that specific kind of disorder. Cannabis is more commonly being used to treat seizures, especially in young children, who's small bodies react badly to the medicine that pharmacies give for seizures.
A young girl by the name of Maggie Selmeski starting having seizures when she was just 6 weeks old. She's now 17 months old and still having the attacks daily. After trying four anti-seizing medicines, Maggie's mother Rachael is at a loss. With options running low, Maggie's parents didn't know what to do.
When the CNN documentary "Weed" came out, the parents of this little girl saw a glimmer of hope. There were children in the video that had seizure disorders as well and the cannabis they received seemed to help the children drastically. Maggie's mother said that when they saw that, there was no other choice. They were going to accept the helping powers of cannabis in order to help their little girl get better.
Not only has this family accepted marijuana as the thing that may cure their child, they're actually picking up and moving to Colorado so that they can constantly care for Maggie with the help of marijuana. They will be able to access oil that has high CBD content, which is the chemical that is showing signs of fighting all sorts of disease. Maggie is on a waiting list for the cannabis treatment of his seizure disorder. She's expected to start treatment in November. Her parents are looking forward to seeing the little girl they haven't really met yet. While Maggie is 17 months, she has trouble holding up her head and her brain development is that of a 3-month-old.
There are other families packing up their lives and moving to Colorado to get treatment for children that are sick. They've adopted the name "marijuana refugees". It's amazing to see what parents are willing to do for their children. The CNN documentary especially showed people what cannabis is really capable of when it comes to helping. Not only did the documentary show the power of CBD on children, it was made by CNN. That's a huge media outlet that people pay attention to. And guess what? They're starting to actually hear the positive message of cannabis.
Cannabis Can Treat Prostate Cancer
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, October, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study using a compound meant to mimic the medicinal effects of cannabinoids has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors – something which cannabis does naturally - can prevent, and treat hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. The study was published this month by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
According to researchers of the study; “In the in vivo treatment, compound 4 [a synthetic cannabinoid] at 2 mg/kg, blocks the growth of LNCaP tumors and reduces the growth of PC-3 tumors generated in mice.”
They continue, stating that cannabinoids are a “good potential anticancer agent against hormone-sensitive prostate cancer.”
The study was conducted at the Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC, Calle Juan de la Cierva in Madrid, Spain. It will appear in print in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
Marijuana Compounds Can Kill Some Cancer Cells
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, October, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
A scientist in the United Kingdom has found that compounds derived from marijuana can kill cancerous cells found in people with leukemia, a form of cancer that is expected to cause an estimated 24,000 deaths in the United States this year.
"Cannabinoids have a complex action; it hits a number of important processes that cancers need to survive," study author Dr. Wai Liu, an oncologist at the University of London's St. George medical school, told The Huffington Post. "For that reason, it has really good potential over other drugs that only have one function. I am impressed by its activity profile, and feel it has a great future, especially if used with standard chemotherapies."
Liu's study was recently published in the journal Anticancer Research. It was supported by funding from GW Pharmaceuticals, which already makes a cannabis-derived drug used to treat spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis.
The study looked at the effects of six different non-psychoactive cannabinoids -- compounds derived from marijuana that do not cause the "high" associated with its THC ingredient -- when applied alone, and in combination, to leukemia cells. Cannabinoids displayed a "diverse range of therapeutic qualities" that "target and switch off" pathways that allow cancers to grow, Liu told U.S. News & World Report.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Liu stressed that that his research was built around the testing of the six purified cannabinoid forms -- not traditional cannabis oil, which Liu described as "crude" in comparison and generally containing 80-100 different cannabinoids. "We do not really know which are the ones that will be anticancer and those that may be harmful," Liu said.
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