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Marijuana from a Vending Machine? Believe it, Dude

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, July, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
marijuana-vending-machinesYou can buy a lot from a vending machine. Umbrellas, eggs, pizzas and more can be found inside the convenience of a cash-swallowing machine.
 
But schedule I drugs?
 
It's not as crazy as it sounds, says Joe DeRobbio, founder of Aliso Viejo-based Dispense Labs. His company has taken a design meant for industrial tools and applied it to the needs of marijuana dispensaries, he told the Orange County Register.
 
And now an outside investor has taken an interest. DeRobbio told the Register he expects his company's pending acquisition by Endexx Corp. to be completed Friday. Endexx is a publicly traded company from Cave Creek, Ariz. that bought another marijuana vending machine firm, CannCan, in April.
 
The machines identify patients by scanning their thumbs and medical marijuana cards. Once identified, a customer uses a touch-screen monitor to select a purchase from nearly 800 individual marijuana compartments.
 
Then the machine's custom software tracks what's purchased, who purchased it, when and how often. That creates a paper trail that could help dispensaries stay on the right side of the law, DeRobbio said.
 
To further protect dispensaries, the machines are encased in steel, he told the Register.
 

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Anaheim bans medical-marijuana delivery services

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-delivery-banned-anaheimANAHEIM – Courier services were immediately banned from delivering medical-marijuana to prescription holders living in Anaheim, under a so-called urgency ordinance unanimously adopted Tuesday night without discussion by the City Council.
 
Medical-marijuana dispensaries moved their businesses to the streets after the state Supreme Court ruled in May that cities and counties can ban storefront operations, despite a statewide ballot measure that legalized the practice 17 years ago.
 
Article Tab: All 11 of Anaheim's brick-and-mortar pot shops have shut down.
 
Anaheim's City Council prohibited dispensaries from operating in 2007, but waited for the court ruling .
 

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Stanford University Study Finds That Marijuana Could Help With Autism

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
studies-mj-helpA 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.”
 

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Marijuana May Be Legitimate Treatment for Alzheimers Disease

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
mmj-treating-alzheimers-diseaseResearchers 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

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Research Suggests Marijuana Could Treat Crohn's Disease

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-could-treat-chronsUsing 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.
 

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Medical marijuana: Local cancer patient's card is his saving grace

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-helps-cancer-patients-1In 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.
 

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