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Relief elusive for N.J.'s youngest medical marijuana patient

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, May, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
SCOTCH PLAINS — Two-year-old Vivian Wilson sleeps with a heart and oxygen monitor attached to her toe. When she wakes up, the toddler must wear an eye patch and be kept from direct sunlight. An overnight bag, oxygen tanks and other medical equipment are stacked behind the sofa.
 
Vivian is diagnosed with a rare and severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.
 
These are a few of the ways her parents relentlessly manage everything that comes into contact with their youngest daughter, who suffered her first seizure when she was 2 months old.
 
None of it is enough. Medications help, as does a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet — every meal weighed to a 10th of a gram. But only so much.
 
Vivian’s parents, Brian and Meghan Wilson, enrolled her in New Jersey’s medicinal marijuana program in desperation, hoping that a strain of pot that has stopped most seizures in a small but growing number of children in Colorado and California could help her.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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NSW Okays Use of Medical Marijuana for Cancer, AIDS Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
The New South Wales Parliamentary Committee recommended the approval of medical marijuana for state residents suffering from cancer, AIDS or other end-stage ailments. The proposed law would allow patients to possess and use up to 15 grammes of cannabis.
 
However, people with these ailments and their carers must produce a certificate from a specialist and register with the state Department of Health to be issued an identification card with photo.
 
Despite the committee's recommendation, NSW Acting Health Minister Kevin Humphries said the state would proceed with caution due to failure of previous similar proposals due to difficulty in sourcing marijuana since its importation is still illegal under commonwealth law while NSW has no plans to cultivate the weed.
 
The recommendation is supported by several parties, including the Liberal, National, Labor, Greens and Shooters.
 
Committee member Adam Searle said that while issues often divide Australian politicians, in the case of medical marijuana, they set their differences aside to help alleviate human suffering.
 

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Illinois Senate approves bill to legalize medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, May, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Illinois has come within a signature of becoming the 19th state to allow marijuana use for medical purposes.
 
On Friday, the state Senate voted 35-21 to approve a medical marijuana measure, which now will head for Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. The governor has not said whether he will sign it.
 
Democratic Sen. Bill Haine, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the Los Angeles Times that House Bill 1 has a very narrow scope and was crafted with law enforcement officials at the table to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls of medical marijuana programs in other states.
 
Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., have decriminalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes. California did so in 1996, when the state’s voters approved Proposition 215.
 
If it becomes law, the Illinois bill will prohibit patients from growing their own pot; instead, plants will be raised at “grow centers” overseen by authorities and the state Department of Agriculture.
 
Only doctors that have established relationships with patients will be able to dispense the drug to help with pain or side effects associated with treating serious illnesses, such as AIDS or cancer.
 
“It can’t be consumed in public. It can’t be displayed in public,” Haine said.
 
The bill would allow medical marijuana use for just four years, essentially creating a pilot program on the drug's use. If it’s not renewed by the state’s General Assembly, the medical pot effort will die.
 

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Poll: 78% Of Kentuckians Support Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, May, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
According the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, 78% of Kentuckians support the legalization of medical marijuana, and 25% say they would be okay with regulating recreational use as well. Only 38% oppose any form of legalization.
 
Proponents were split when it came to legislative action. Almost half thought the decision should be left up to voters, 23% thought state legislators should change the law, and another 23% believed ending prohibition was the job of the federal government.
 
Citizens of Kentucky will be happy to know that State Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville) has been tireless in his push to introduce medical marijuana legislation; unfortunately, his bill has yet to receive a hearing.
 

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Could marijuana reduce diabetes risk?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
There's an unexpected link between marijuana use and factors related to Type 2 diabetes that has medical researchers intrigued.
 
Several studies have found that marijuana users take in more food calories than nonusers, but they still have lower rates of obesity and diabetes, and lower average body mass index (BMI) levels.
 
In a new study, researchers investigated what effects marijuana and its active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) might have on people's metabolism, especially insulin levels. [5 Diets That Fight Diseases]
 
Insulin resistance an important risk factor for diabetes is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body's cells cannot properly intake insulin. The American Heart Association estimates 35 percent of U.S. adults have metabolic disorders that include insulin resistance.
 
To examine the link between THC and metabolism, researchers gathered the results of 4,657 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a cross-sectional study administered annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Of the study's participants, 579 were current marijuana users, 1,975 had used the drug in the past but not recently, and 2,103 had never tried marijuana. Researchers analyzed the participants' fasting insulin levels, cholesterol levels, insulin resistance and waist sizes.
 
Multiple benefits seen
 
The results showed that the current marijuana users had 16 percent lower fasting insulin levels than nonusers, and 17 percent lower insulin-resistance levels.
 
Additionally, the regular users of marijuana had smaller average waist sizes, and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, aka "good cholesterol."
 

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Brain scans reveal marijuana-like medicine could effectively treat PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana-like medicines that lack the plant’s psychoactive properties can be used to effectively treat some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center explain in a study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry.
 
Using brain imaging technology, researchers studied the CB1 receptors in the brains of people suffering from PTSD and found that they had more of these receptors in gray matter associated with fear and anxiety than people who’d experienced trauma but did not have PTSD.
 
They looked into whether the receptors would be more available after noticing that many PTSD sufferers, a vast majority of them former members of the military, tend to self-medicate with marijuana abuse. Marijuana is known to contain varying concentrations of endocannabinoids, which are already present in the human brain, designed to act like a switch to turn on the body’s endocannabinoid system.
 
 
Research suggests the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating chemicals associated with elevated stress levels, leading NYU scientists to portend that marijuana-like drugs that increase the level of endocannabinoids in the brain could lead to an effective treatment for PTSD-sufferers.
 

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