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Medical marijuana helps senior sleep, contend with other problems of aging

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
Before Cherie Scott goes to sleep every night, the 86-year-old has a sweet bedtime snack: a marijuana cookie.
 
With her chic bob hairstyle and tweed blazer, Scott — who prefers to be addressed as “Mrs. Scott” — doesn’t exactly fit the stoner stereotype. Admittedly, before she tried it, she was totally against the drug.
 
“I thought the whole system, it was evil and addictive and you were a little cuckoo with it,” the Burnaby senior told The Province.
 
But when she found herself in a dire situation, unable to sleep after her husband died of lung cancer in 1980, Scott said she was desperate for relief. Fearing she would become addicted to sleeping pills, Scott’s son suggested she try marijuana.
 
Mitch D’Kugener, who has a doctor’s prescription, smoked pot to alleviate symptoms of his attention deficit disorder and arthritis pain, and he thought it might also help his mom.
 
“Now she’s having the best sleep that she’s had in the last 30 years,” he said. “Her quality of life has improved.”
 

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Substance In Marijuana Could Keep HIV From Entering Brain

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local HIV researcher has found that a substance in marijuana could keep the virus from entering the brain.
 
THC, the main active substance in marijuana, can block inflammation and slow down HIV”s ability to reproduce itself when it attaches to a specific protein, according to Dr. Servio Ramirez, assistant professor of pathology at the Temple University School of Medicine.
 
“The idea is to prevent a lot of these cells from moving into the brain during the course of infection and if you are able to suppress or somehow control hive replication in this particular immune cell, the whole hope is that less of these cells would be entering the brain through the course of infection,” says Ramirez.
 
He says keeping the virus out of the brain is important, because many of the drugs currently used to control HIV can’t get into the brain or are not effective once there.
 

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Study: Hemp Seed Oil May Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
 
The consumption of legal hemp seed nutritional oil, in conjunction with the intake of evening primrose oils and a restricted diet high in Hot-natured foods (such as pepper) and low in saturated fats and sugars, is associated with “significant improvement” in symptom management and immunological characteristics in subjects with multiple sclerosis, according to clinical trial data published this month in the scientific journal BioImpacts.
 
Researchers at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran assessed the impact of hemp seed oil, evening primrose oils, and a restricted diet for a period of six months in 23 patients diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS. Researchers reported that participants at the study’s completion “were healthier in comparison to baseline,” concluding that “clinical and immunological parameters showed improvement in the patients after the intervention.” They noted that hemp seed oil possesses potent antioxidative properties and also likely acts on specific signaling pathways that regulate inflammatory responses — two characteristics that would presumably make it beneficial in the treatment of MS.
 

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Patients approved to use medical marijuana in Mass would pay annual $50 fee

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
Dispensaries granted a license to sell marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts will be required to pay an $50,000 annual fee under proposed regulations unveiled Friday by the state Department of Public Health.
 
The regulations, which also include a $50 annual registration fee for patients to use marijuana, is intended to create a “fee structure for a self-financed medical marijuana industry that supports patient access without relying on taxpayer resources,” according to the state.
 
Patients with a “verified financial hardship” would be allowed to request a waiver of the registration fee, subject to review and approval by the state health department.
 
Massachusetts voters approved a referendum last fall legalizing marijuana for medical use, and state regulators finalized rules earlier this month to implement the law. Those rules went into effect Friday.
 
“The proposed patient registration fees are in line with other states and will be affordable,” acting state health commissioner Cheryl Bartlett said in a statement. “At the same time, dispensaries will be required to pay their fair share.”
 
The department said it will use the fees to hire staff and train inspectors to monitor the industry.
 

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Medical Cannabis Passes NH Senate

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
The Concord Patch has the story about the weak medical cannabis bill that has passed the NH Senate. The bill is very restrictive and in no way, “live free or die”. But, I guess it’s a baby step in the right direction. Ugh, politics sucks.
 
Medical marijuana is a step closer to reality for people suffering from serious diseases and health problems in New Hampshire. The state Senate voted 18-6 on Thursday to pass a medical marijuana bill.
 
The bill is an amended version of the House-passed bill. If the House doesn’t concur with the changes, leadership in each chamber will pick members to sit on a committee of conference to iron out differences in the legislation.
 
Sen. John Reagan (R-Deerfield), a sponsor of the bill, said the bill would bring New Hampshire in level with 17 other states, including neighboring Vermont and Maine, with similar laws.
 
The Senate version does not feature an allowance for a qualified patient to grow up to three mature marijuana plants – the removal of that language was, in part, to win over Gov. Maggie Hassan’s support for the legislation, senators said.
 

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Medical marijuana users can drive drugged, rule Michigan courts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
In Michigan, you can smoke marijuana and still drive a car. That's what the Michigan Supreme Court ruled this Tuesday, albeit on a technicality. Though Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy for driving "under the influence" of marijuana, it also has a law on the books that exempts medical marijuana users from any sort of persecution for its use, and so the court had to decide which of the two laws it wanted to uphold.
 
Since Michigan doesn't actually specify an amount of marijuana in a user's system that impairs driving judgement enough to be considered "under the influence," simply outlawing drugged driving altogether went too far, argued the court. If the state could prove that a driver was under the influence, the court decided, then they could be legally convicted for driving after using the drug.
 
The easy way to do that, though, might simply be to revise the law. Washington, Nevada, Ohio, and Colorado have indeed set specific legal driving limits of a certain number of nanograms of THC in a driver's blood, and the court recommended that Michigan do the same before long.
 

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