Pot goes to the dogs as pet owners turn to medical marijuana for ailing animals
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Before his owners started dosing him with a daily drop of marijuana, Garfield the cat’s nine lives were rapidly running out.
The 18-year-old feline — whose name has been changed to protect patient confidentiality — suffered from a host of painful conditions.
These included thyroid and heart disease, severe arthritis, renal failure and chronic pancreatitis, a condition that caused him to lose his appetite and experience pain in his abdomen, said veterinarian Dr. Kathy Kramer of the Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital.
But when his owners started giving Garfield a daily drop of medical marijuana in the form of a tincture, the cat seemed to take a near-miraculous turn for the better.
Now the ailing feline, who had previously lost the desire to eat, demands his food and seems to have less pain, said Kramer.
“He’s still got a lot of health issues, but for now he is stable and he eats like a champ,” she said.
Garfield’s owners are part of a growing movement of animal lovers looking at pot to treat pain in their sick and aging pets.
Some are medical marijuana users themselves, and think that if the drug helped them, then maybe it could free Fido from his health problems, too.
But while many think the drug is a safe and natural alternative to other painkillers, some veterinarians caution that more research is needed before they can start recommending it to pet owners.
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/
Company Get OK to Grow Medical Marijuana in CT
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Greenbelt Management of Fairfield hopes to build its production facility in a 15,000-square-foot area of Middletown's Remington Rand building. In Connecticut, only West Haven has rubber stamped such plans.
After passionate arguments on both sides, the Middletown Common Council became the second municipality in Connecticut to green-light a lease for a medical marijuana production facility to be built in a city-owned building on Monday 6-3.
The lease with Fairfield-based Greenbelt Management at 180 Johnson Street — the former Remington Rand warehouse — is contingent on the firm being awarded one of the three to 10 licenses that would be issued by the state Department of Consumer Protection. They'll have to pay $25,000 to the city of Middletown as a non-refundable lease fee.
Principal partner of Greenbelt Jason Nickerson was "thrilled" with the passage and admitted to being unsure of how councilors would vote on the matter. "I was on the edge of my seat a little bit. We had other backup plans in mind, but I'd really like it to be in Middletown," he said.
He pointed to a meeting Aug. 27 in which he was optimistic about moving toward getting a production license from the state. Last month, West Haven's planning and zoning board approved a request from Advanced Grow Labs. Watertown and Bridgeport have firms moving forward with the state license process.
Republican councilors Linda Salafia, Phil Pessina and Joseph Bibisi voted against the resolution. Pessina, referring to his 40 years in law enforcement, said he was "standing on principle."
"I'm not truly convinced ... that medical marijuana does what it does," Pessina said. Referring to a police officer he knew who was dying of cancer, he said, "he stood on his deathbed and he fought against this drug and he did not take marijuana to ease his pain and suffering because he stood on principle."
Read more: http://naugatuck.patch.com
Modesto Father Claims Medical Marijuana Improved 5-Year-Olds Severe Epilepsy
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
MODESTO (CBS13) – A Modesto 5-year-old suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, which his father says has improved with the help of medicinal marijuana.
When Jayden was just 4 years old, he was taking up to 22 pharmaceutical pills a day and still having more than 50 seizures every day. But thanks to medical marijuana, Jason David says his can finally enjoy being a kid.
“Jayden was having 300 to 500 myoclonic twitches and seizures a day,” said David. “Grand mal seizures were lasting an hour and a half. After five minutes we were seeing brain damage.”
Jayden has a rare form of epilepsy. Since he was a baby, he’s had to take several medications a day to control his seizures. But David says it made Jayden comatose.
“My son started dying from them,” said David. “The last two months before I used medical marijuana, Jayden was yelling and screaming, crying out in pain. He wasn’t eating; he wasn’t sleeping.”
David says he was faced with a life or death decision. So he started doing research and he prayed.
“I asked God for a sign and he showed me medical marijuana,” said David.
The marijuana medicine is a compound called cannabidiol (CBD). Jayden takes a drop of the sweet tasting oil on his tongue.
“One day after I came home from church, I gave it to Jayden and that was the first day Jayden ever went seizure free in his life,” said David.
David says Jayden no longer twitches for hours in a wheelchair. He walks, sings and even loves on his dad — all things he never could do before.
Read more: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com
Marijuana May Help Treat Digestive Disorders
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study published by the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, and conducted by researchers at McMaster University, has concluded that THC – a prime compound in cannabis - may protect the body against digestive disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
Researchers for the study used THC on rats, andfound that the substance “could protect the lining of the stomach and intestine from injury and accelerate healing from inflammation.”
During the study, researchers found the THC to be useful even when given in small enough doses to not produce the “high” that typically comes with it: “We were getting effects locally in the lining of the intestine and the stomach without producing high enough blood levels of THC to cause behavioral changes”.
Those interested in reading the full study – which was funded by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada - can do so by clicking here.
Sanjay Gupta backs medical marijuana, apologizes for previous views
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
One of America's most prominent doctors says he has shifted his stance in support of medical marijuana.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent at CNN and a CBS News contributing medical correspondent, wrote a post today on CNN.com called, "Why I changed my mind on weed," in which he describes his change of heart that occurred while filming a documentary, aptly titled, "Weed."
"Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive," wrote Gupta. "Well, I am here to apologize."
Gupta says he was too dismissive of the "loud chorus" of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved with help from medical marijuana. He now says, "I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance [a category of dangerous drugs] because of sound scientific proof."
"They didn't have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true," wrote Gupta, citing patient cases including a 3-year-old whose seizures were dramatically reduced from 300 a week to three a month with medical marijuana's help.
He adds that marijuana does not have a high potential for addiction compared to cocaine, or even cigarettes.
Gupta is a faculty member in the department of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and in 2009, reports suggested he was offered the post of Surgeon General by President Barack Obama.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com
Legal fight brews on impairment in medical-marijuana DUIs
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical-marijuana cardholders in Arizona who drive after using the drug may face a difficult legal choice: their driver’s license or their marijuana card. If they use both, they could be charged with DUI.
Valley prosecutors say that any trace of marijuana in a driver’s blood is enough to charge a motorist with driving under the influence of drugs and that a card authorizing use of medical pot is no defense.
But advocates of medical marijuana, which voters approved in November 2010, argue that the presence of marijuana in a person’s bloodstream is not grounds for charging drivers who are allowed to use the drug.
The legal battle over the rights of medical-marijuana cardholders to drive while medicating is being fought in the state’s court system. Motorists convicted in municipal courts, which typically rule it unlawful for a driver to have any trace of marijuana in his or her blood, are appealing cases to Superior Court, where judges’ decisions could set precedents for how the medical-marijuana law applies to Arizona drivers.
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, making marijuana-related DUIs an issue for police, prosecutors and politicians nationwide.
The biggest issue is deciding what blood level of marijuana makes a driver impaired, similar to the way blood-alcohol levels determine when a person is legally drunk.
In Arizona, the confusion over interpretation of the Medical Marijuana Act stems from its inception because prosecutors and police didn’t have the chance to weigh in before it went to voters in 2010
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com
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