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Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 5th 2013 by THCFinder

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D.C. Medical Marijuana Legalized, But Doctors Not Yet Authorized To Recommend Pot

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON -- The owner of the Takoma Wellness Center, former Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn, told The Huffington Post in May that he hoped his D.C. medical marijuana dispensary would open to customers after Memorial Day weekend.
 
This after telling NBC4 Washington in April that he hoped to open late that month or in early May.
 
Nearby Capital City Care, meanwhile, once estimated an April debut.
 
These two medical marijuana dispensaries have been approved by the city and are ready to open. Three cultivation centers are also raring to go. But the opening for each has continually been pushed back.
 
The hitch? The D.C. Department of Health has yet to give D.C. doctors the authority to recommend medical marijuana to patients, according to the Washington Examiner.
 
District residents approved medical marijuana by referendum in 1998. Twelve years later, the D.C. Council approved medical marijuana, finally moving forward with regulations that would guide the city. But estimates for the opening of dispensaries has continually been pushed back.
 
Dan Riffle, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, told The Huffington Post in May 2012 that dispensaries would likely be open and patients able to purchase marijuana by the end of 2012.
 
So far, not a single door has been opened to patients.
 

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Marijuana has newly discovered benefits with profound possibilities

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 — According to new scientific evidence, breaking out the bong for some Mother Nature has multiple health benefits. According the American Journal of Medicine (AJA), the benefits are remarkable and some fly in the face of what should be expected from a drug that produces the ‘munchies’, a rabid appetite. The AJA reports no weight gain from marijuana users and reports marijuana may help prevent diabetes type 2 and obesity.
 
These benefits apply specifically to perennial pot smokers and not to former smokers. Socio/political cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s character “Mr. J” would be proud; obesity and diabetes type 2 benefitting from his product.
 
Diabetes 2 occurs when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin and cannot process insulin correctly, resulting in a potentially life-threatening metabolic disorder. The American heart Association estimates at least 35 percent of the American population has Type 2 diabetes, and diabetes type 2 is a leading cause of illness and related disabilities. Diseases such as kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure, nerve damage, arterial obstruction/restriction and a host of related diseases may be positively affected by research in this area.
 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an estimated 285 million people in the world with diabetes and 90 percent are diabetes.
 

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Medical Uses of Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder

Medical marijuana has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years: let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about this alternative treatment

Mother Nature has many effective treatments in her medicine cabinet, but few herbal remedies have generated as much buzz in the media as medical marijuana;

Whilst apothecaries, physicians and medicine men across the ancient world regularly prescribed marijuana to treat their patients’ ailments, the modern medical community is still divided over the medicinal uses of cannabis;

Proponents of cannabis in modern medicine argue that this naturally-occurring substance (or elements derived from it, such as THC) should be openly accepted as a safer alternative to some pharmaceutical drugs.

Indeed, today many professionals practicing in territories where cannabis remains a controlled substance are calling for the legalisation of this herb and its derivatives for medical applications.

Those who oppose the use of medical marijuana often raise the spectre of some potentially harmful side-effects that have been linked to cannabis use.

With both of these viewpoints in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this controversial crop:

What conditions is medical marijuana used to treat?

The herb cannabis has many wide-ranging effects which have been documented in antiquity, as well as extensively studied by the modern medical community: among other things, medical marijuana can be used to treat:

·         Chronic Pain: Various studies have shown that cannabis can make for a potent treatment which can help patients suffering from chronic pain to effectively manage their symptoms.

·         Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Trials into MS treatment using cannabinoids have focussed upon the relaxing, anti-spasmodic properties locked within marijuana, as well as its analgesic effects.

·         Glaucoma: Cannabis has been used in the treatment of patients with glaucoma, with some studies showing that even a small percentage of THC can reduce intra-ocular pressure by a significant amount (in some cases, by as much as ¼).

·         Alzheimer’s disease: Modern studies have shown that cannabinoids may be helpful in slowing down, or even preventing the onset of many symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, with some of the properties inherent in THC helping the brain in a number of effective ways – in some cases, outperforming mainstream drug treatments.

·         Cancer: Modern research in the fight against cancer has shown that cannabis can be a useful tool in combatting breast and brain cancers, in some cases helping to prevent metastasis or even bringing about the death of cancer cells by making them essentially ‘cannibalise’ each other.

·         HIV: The pain-relieving and appetite-stimulating properties of cannabis have been shown to help HIV and AIDS patients to manage their symptoms, especially when the herb is combined with other treatments.

What are the beneficial properties of using marijuana as a treatment?

Aside from the wide range of conditions which cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating, the herb also provides a number of interesting health benefits:

·         Cannabis possesses effective analgesic properties, which can make it a potentially safer alternative to some opiate-based painkillers.

·         The relaxing effects of the herb can help to improve a person’s sleep.

·         It has been shown to slow down some of the effects of aging on the brain.

·         As an effective expectorant, cannabis can useful for treating certain respiratory conditions.

·         It can stimulate the appetite and reduce nausea.

Are there side effects of using marijuana to treat medical conditions?

When compared with commercially available pharmaceutical drugs, cannabis has been shown to be a relatively safe treatment: there are no published cases of any human fatalities as a result of cannabis poisoning, which, sadly, cannot be said about many legal drugs on the market;

Despite the positive effects of cannabis in treating medical conditions, the herb can lead to some potentially harmful side effects:

·         It can lead to increased heart rate, which can pose a risk to older patients, or those with heart conditions.

·         Much like alcohol, cannabis can impair a person’s ability to drive, meaning that users of medical marijuana shouldn’t get behind the wheel when under the influence of the herb.

·         A person’s mood can be affected: cannabis can produce anything from a pleasant calming sensation, to tense anxiety.

·         Respiratory conditions can be exasperated, especially when medical marijuana is consumed by smoking: such a delivery method can also pose similar risks to inhaling tobacco-smoke, including an increased risk of developing certain kinds of cancer. 

·         Whilst studies show that it not as addictive as tobacco or alcohol, long-term use of marijuana can lead to addiction.


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Mom's Cancer Struggle Prompts Medicinal Marijuana Advocacy

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Recently, the powerhouse former broadcaster and advertising saleswoman found another mission: sharing the message that medical marijuana can be life-changing for people with serious illnesses.
 
“It [medicinal marijuana] gave me back my life,” said Tracey, who suffered from severe headaches and lived on strong medications which left her bedridden until she took marijuana.
 
Since last May, medical marijuana has been legalized in Connecticut, although not to grow or sell. Tracey has joined the board of Vintage Foods, Ltd, which is bidding to be a distributor of marijuana to eligible patients when a legal path is approved.
 
By speaking out, Tracey hopes that she will be the public face of a medical marijuana patient. She is adamant about removing the fear and stigma from this medical treatment.
 
“I’m very proud to step into the spotlight to help patients, the public and politicians become educated on how medicinal marijuana can change the quality of life for those of us with devastating diseases,” she says.
 

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Medical marijuana ingredient prevents brain damage in mice

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
LOS ANGELES — The words “marijuana” and “brain damage” usually go in that order in medical literature. An Israeli researcher has flipped them around, finding that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may arrest some forms of brain damage in mice.
 
Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University found that a minuscule amount of tetrahydrocannabinol may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, toxic drug exposure or a lack of oxygen....
 

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