Stanford University Study Finds That Marijuana Could Help With Autism
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
A study conducted by Stanford University has found that there might be compounds in marijuana which have some very specific health benefits.
The study’s results reveal that cannabinoids – which are found in cannabis – might help to treat autism.
“A new study shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on,” according to the Autism Daily Newscast. “Thomas Sudhof, a cellular physiologist at Stanford University, tested mutations associated with autism in mice. Two mutations associated with autism in a synapse-adhesion protein led to deficits in prolonged endocannabinoid signaling in mice. This suggests that autism could caused by a disruption of the brain’s ability to send clear signals.”
ADN references another study that supports the theory that cannabinoids could be used as a treatment to autism.
“Danielle Piomelli of UC Irvine and Olivier Manzoni of INSERM, the French national research agency, treated mice exhibiting symptoms of Fragile-X Syndrome, a disorder that causes autistic symptoms, with novel compounds that correct the signaling of endocannibinoid transmitters in the brain [which cannabinoids can do]. The mice showed dramatic behavioral improvements in maze tests measuring anxiety and open-space acceptance.”
ADN clearly believes that the study’s findings should be viewed as a reason for hope.
“Families who are already using the drug to treat their children’s symptoms believe it has made all the difference in the world. Many children with autism are already given cocktails of drugs that may be even stronger than marijuana, with serious side effects and limited results.”
Marijuana May Be Legitimate Treatment for Alzheimers Disease
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Researchers at the Roskamp Institute in Florida recently published a study in the journal Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience revealing that cannabinoids could delay the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, and could quite plausibly terminate the disease entirely.
Corbin Bachmeier, Ph.D, lead researcher of the study, declared that Alzheimer’s disease is “the result of impaired Aβ [Amyloid-β protein] clearance from the brain”. According to this particular study, cannabinoids can resolve this problem, which makes it a prospective treatment.
Bachmeier’s examination determined that “modulation of the cannabinoid system was shown to reduce Aβ [Amyloid-β protein] brain levels and improve cognitive behavior in Alzheimer’s disease animal models.”
The study’s abstract states that the objective of the study was to “investigate the role of the cannabinoid system in the clearance of Aβ across the blood–brain barrier (BBB).”
For the first time in recorded history, the study in question establishes that the cannabinoid system does indeed play a role in the transit of Amyloid-β protein across the blood-brain barrier.
Bachmeier concluded that his discoveries “provide insight into the mechanism by which cannabinoid treatment reduces Aβ [Amyloid-β protein] burden in the AD [Alzheimer’s disease] brain and offer additional evidence on the utility of this pathway as a treatment for AD.”
This is good news for individuals suffering with this specific ailment and for their loved ones. Cannabinoids seem to be boundless in respect to the medicinal benefits they have to offer.
Read more: http://ivn.us
Research Suggests Marijuana Could Treat Crohn's Disease
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Using marijuana could treat Crohn’s disease, according to research published in the medical journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
The study suggested marijuana use could lead to a “complete remission” of the disease, according to The Weed Blog.
Scientists at the Meir Medical Center in Israel conducted the study by analyzing the effects of smoking pot versus smoking placebo cigarettes on 21 people with Crohn’s disease, according to the Huffington Post.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that results in the inflammation of the digestive track. It’s symptoms include rectal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea, according to Crohn’sAndColitisInfo.com
About half of the patients who smoked pot every day as part of the study experienced complete remission of the disease. Others said that their symptoms decreased after they smoked marijuana.
None of the participants in the study experienced unusual or dangerous side effects.
Medical marijuana: Local cancer patient's card is his saving grace
In March, area resident Jules Demetrius went to the doctor with severe stomach pain and was immediately sent to the emergency room.
“I went in for a stomach ache and two days later they told me I had three different types of malignant cancer,” he said. “That definitely was not the Monday I was expecting.”
Demetrius spent 43 days in the hospital, receiving thousands of dollars worth of pain medication every hour. Every 45 minutes the pain returned.
Eventually, he got a visit from a friend who gave him some marijuana. He slipped outside for a walk and gave it a try and the result was remarkable.
“Within two minutes I was pain free,” he said. “Then I was pain free for the next four hours. It was maybe $5 worth of weed and it regulated the pain. At that point I was absolutely convinced.”
Demetrius, an artist and graphic designer, admits to having tried marijuana in the past, but says he was in no way a regular user. Today, he has his medical marijuana card and purchases what he needs once a week from Harvest of Tempe, then smokes every few hours as needed. Each “hit” takes away his pain for up to five hours.
He gets several different strains. Most are to help with the pain, but others help with nausea or to get to sleep. The strains are carefully engineered so there are even some available that will control pain without causing a high. That’s a huge benefit for Demetrius, who has kids and has been able to spend some time with them on his good days.
New Hampshire Legalizes Medical Marijuana
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Tuesday legalizing marijuana for approved medical use. New Hampshire became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana, and the final New England state to do so.
The new law, HB 573, provides for as many as four nonprofit dispensaries and allows qualified patients to possess up to two ounces of marijuana. To qualify, patients must have at least one of a limited range of conditions like cancer, Crohn’s disease or multiple sclerosis. Doctors must treat patients for at least 90 days and try other remedies before making medical marijuana recommendations.
Unlike in several other states, New Hampshire patients must purchase their medical marijuana from state-sanctioned dispensaries. They’re forbidden from growing their own or buying from other sources, leaving currently sick patients to wait as long as two years for the first dispensary to open.
New Hampshire’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow home cultivation of marijuana for approved patients, but that provision was stripped from the legislation by the state Senate at Hassan’s request. The Senate also struck post-traumatic stress disorder from the list of approved medical conditions and included a provision requiring patients to obtain written permission before using medical marijuana on anyone else’s private property.
“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse,” said Gov. Hassan in a statement.
Read more: http://blogs.lawyers.com
Medical marijuana dispensaries might offer Nevada job opportunities
Medical marijuana dispensaries could provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs as well as patients in Nevada, according to the CEO of a business training center who recently held a seminar in Reno.
“Who would have thought you could have a retirement plan or future or pay for your kids’ college with marijuana?” asked Robert Calkin, president and CEO of Cannajobs and a professor at Oaksterdam University in Oakland. “Now, you can.”
Calkin began the Cannabis Career Institute when he learned that many of his students at Oaksterdam weren’t going to class to become activists or learn more about marijuana — but rather to get into the business of the drug.
According to Calkin, people were leaving classes still disappointed because, while they were learning how to grow and work with plants, they weren’t learning the business aspect.
The Cannabis Career Institute has given Calkin the opportunity to create a support group and give detailed instructions on how to operate in the business — legally.
“I’ve been used to doing this illegally all my life, and I’m happy to be able to do it legally now,” Calkin said.
About 20 people attended an institute seminar at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Reno on Saturday. The event came a little more than a month after Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 374 to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.
“When you leave here today, no one is going to be able to tell you you’re running a criminal operation,” Calkin said.
Read more: http://www.rgj.com
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