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Utah Working Towards Getting Epileptic Children Cannabis

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
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It's a mostly well known fact that children with epilepsy seem to respond really well to treatments involving CBD, even when the prescribed medicine doesn't seem to do the trick. Children who have hundreds of seizures a week take a few drops of CBD oil a day and immediately show improvement. Although the plant seems to be doing wonders for these children, not everyone has access to it, as the plant remains illegal. But for those patients in Utah, Primary Children's Hospital are working on getting the right medicine to their little patients.
 
The patients must apply to be part of the study and unfortunately, there are only 25 spots open for participants. Only those with severe epilepsy will be eligible, from ages 2 to 17 will be able to be a part of the study, in the hopes that the drug Epidiolex will have a positive effect on their symptoms. The neurologists at Primary Children's car will draw the patients names from a pool in order to see who will recieve the treatment.
 
However, those in Utah have another option starting on July 8th, where those with severe epilepsy will be able to apply for something called a "hemp supplement" card, which will allow them to import whole-plant cannabidiol extracts from states like Colorado. But by getting the hemp supplement card, patients would risk exclusion from the patient pool that will contain those eligible for the study. Patients must obtain a letter from their primary doctor, saying that they have tried the medicines and what the diagnosis is to make sure that they really need the medicine.
 
The study is federally approved and the only thing standing between the patients and this medicine is bureaucracy, says Ed Clark, chief medical officer at the hospital. Since cannabis is still considered a schedule 1 substance, the hospital also needs a special license in order to handle and provide the medicine. The study has been in the planning process since back in 2013 and the doctors believe that they will get approved to continue this study.
 
In addition, the Epidiolex that is being given in the study, is still in the planing stages with no published formal results, contains no remnants of THC, unlike the medicine made by the Realm of Caring, the group of growers that makes the CBD oil that seems to have such an amazing effect on those who use it. This oil (known as "artisanal") still have trace amounts of THC in them but do not effect the children who ingest it. This treatment seems to work wonders for those who literally have no other option and have exhausted all of the medicines on the market. In a study that looked at 19 epileptic patients with seizures, nearly half had an 80% reduction in seizures and others saw a considerable drop in seizure frequency. Epidiolex, on the other hand, was studied and showed a high portion of those studied showed a reduction in seizure frequency of greater than 50% and a portion of the patients were reportedly seizure free at the end of the 12 week treatment study.
 
While Epidiolex will technically be legal for everyone to use, it will be extremely expensive. And by that, the cost of the medicine will be upwards of $10,000 a year, which some people may not be able to afford. Oils from the Realm Of Caring run the patients about $200 and aren't covered by insurance. However, the difference between $2,400 a year and $10,000 a year, plus the appeal of the natural cure may be enough to keep people waiting around for the artisanal oils to become legal... Or they may just move to Colorado.

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Marijuana May Delay Vision Loss

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
mj-and-vision-lossOne of the most inspiring people I have ever met is a guy named Nelacey Porter. Nelacey is funny, talented, can roll a blunt better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and is an amazing athlete. Nelacey is also blind. Nelacey wasn’t born blind. His vision started deteriorating when he was 11 years old. I met him in college and he would always explain to me that he wished he could go back in time and use cannabis at an earlier age because he thought it would have slowed down the progress of his vision loss.
 
It appears that Nelacey might be right. Per Medical Jane:
 
For years medical marijuana has been used to help treat certain conditions that can cause vision loss. The most common example of this is glaucoma, but it is not the only condition for which cannabis may be beneficial.
 
In fact, a group of researchers from Spain’s University of Alicante published a study earlier this month in the journal Experimental Eye Research that supports this claim. It suggests that cannabinoids may help slow vision loss in the case of retinitis pigmentosa.
 
The marijuana plant never ceases to amaze me. Marijuana is medicine. If you know someone that is suffering from vision loss, you should recommend that they try cannabis. I look forward to more research involving vision loss and marijuana, and hope more states adopt vision loss as an approvable condition for medical marijuana.
 

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Medicated Patches

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
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If you're trying to quit smoking butts, you're probably familiar with the patches that are sold in order to ween the body off of nicotine. These patches are discreet and are the choice way to quit smoking... But if you're not looking to quit cigarettes but are instead, trying to find a sneaky way to medicate throughout the day, then these new patches are definitely something you want to check out. If you have a prescription for medical marijuana, chances are you can find these patches at your local dispensary.
 
The patches are made by a few different companies. Each one contains a 10mg transdermal patch that the user can put on their skin. There are instructions included but they are very simple. Gently clean the area that you want to place the patch on with isopropyl alcohol and then simply stick the patch on. The makers do recommend that the patch be applied to a venous part of your body, such as the ankles and wrists, so that there is optimum medication happening. With a lifespan of 12 hours, these patches are great for patients who have a long day of work/chemo/or are just feeling not so great.
 
Since a lot of patients can't smoke marijuana due to their illness, products like these THC patches are extremely beneficial. Without the questionable act of smoking involved, patients are able to medicate safely and in secret. They don't have to worry about smoke, smelling like the plant, or randomly setting off smoke alarms. Plus the long lasting effects are great for chronic ailments. And while the patches do contain THC, they don't make the users f

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Marijuana And Schizophrenia

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
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Remember how in Reefer Madness, they tried to convince us that cannabis would make us crazy? That, if you chose to indulge in the Devil's Lettuce, you would cackle like a madman and either kill your friends or go off on some sort of sex rampage. Anti-cannabis crusaders have also used the argument that cannabis makes you crazy, with some studies "proving" that cannabis would actually make you crazy. Not until now did anyone think that maybe, possibly, the theory could be reversed.
 
The connection between cannabis and possibly one of the most frightening of all mind effecting afflictions, schizophrenia, has been disputed for years. While those against weed claim that it's clear that pot makes people crazy, a new study released by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College in London severely deflates the idea that cannabis causes psychosis. In the study, it was shown that a gene related to schizophrenia actually may lead to marijuana use and not the other way around. Robert Power, the man in charge of the study told Reuters in an interview, "We know that cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia. Our Study certainly does not rule this out, but it suggests that there is likely to be an association in the other direction as well - that a pre-disposition to schizophrenia also increases your likelihood of cannabis use."
 
The official conclusions went as follows; "Although considerable evidence implicates cannabis use as a component cause of schizophrenia, it remains unclear whether this is entirely due to cannabis directly raising risk of psychosis, or whether the same genes that increases psychosis risk may also increase risk of cannabis use. Although directly predicting only a small amount of the variance in cannabis use, these findings suggest that part of the association between schizophrenia and cannabis is due to a shared genetic aetiology."
 
So basically what this says is that they're not sure what came first, the chicken or the egg? Whether or not marijuana causes psychosis is still unclear. Or perhaps there is something else causing both of the problems. Bottom line is that no one is sure if weed will cause a development of schizophrenia. So the next time that someone tries to use that argument that it does, you can tell them that they shouldn't be so sure.

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Free Medical Marijuana For Patients?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
free-mmj-for-patientsThe most important people fighting in the war for marijuana acceptance are the patients. They suffer daily at the hands of modern medicine, trying simply to make it through their day, accomplishing the bare minimum, if that. Patients need cannabis. With amazing qualities like pain management, appetite stimulant, and just plain relief, this plant is incredibly important in the medical aspect. And if you're a patient in San Jose, pay attention to the news because there may be free medical marijuana in your future... If you decide to vote that is!
 
San Jose recently chose a new mayor and are now planning to reelect five out of ten of the seats in the City Council. And unfortunately for marijuana patients, there is a proposal in the works that would straight up ban medical marijuana in the city, essentially putting hundreds of patients at risk by putting them back on prescription meds. If you are a resident in San Jose with a medical marijuana card, and you vote on Tuesday, you could wind up getting free (or at least discounted) bud from dispensaries all over the city. This effort is an attempt to get people up off their asses and vote! If the measure passes, dispensaries will no longer be allowed to operate in San Jose.
 
Even though this free giveaway is a violation of the federal voting code, people don't seem to really give a care. The plant is still considered illegal by the Feds, as getting free or discounted weed in exchange for registering and voting (when a federal race or issue is on the ballot) there really isn't too much difference. When voters arrive to cast their ballot, they will see that there are no marijuana specific measures to vote on but rather who the new governor will be. Marijuana should absolutely still be allowed to be sold at the dispensaries that are operating according to state code, giving patients the access to medicine that actually works.

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The Disaster Of CBD-Only Medical Marijuana Legislation

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
cbd-only-extract-oilSince the premiere of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “Weed” back in August, the general public has quickly come to understand the miraculous healing power of cannabidiol, or CBD.  The political perception of medical marijuana changed forever when parents saw little Charlotte Figi, the girl with intractable epilepsy, go from hundreds of seizures a week to just one or two, thanks to CBD treatments.
 
But that change in perception isn’t a good one.  For now there are two types of medical marijuana – CBD-Only and “euphoric marijuana”, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie calls medical marijuana that contains THC.  Just as “We’re Patients, Not Criminals” cast non-patients as criminals, the lobbying for these new CBD-Only laws relies heavily on pointing out that CBD is a “medicine that doesn’t get you high”, which casts THC at best as a medicine with an undesirable side effect and at worst as not a medicine but a drug of abuse.
 
This is a disaster both politically and medically; let’s begin with the former.  Politically, whole plant medical marijuana (the kind with THC in it) began in 1996 in California and from that point, it took eleven years before there were a dozen whole plant medical marijuana states in America.  CBD-Only medical marijuana began in March in Utah and from that point, it’s taken only four months to put us on the brink of a dozen CBD-Only medical marijuana states.
 
Also consider that of those first dozen whole plant states, eight of them were passed by citizen ballot initiative.  All twelve of the CBD-Only laws were passed by state legislatures, often by unanimous or near-unanimous votes.  Every legislature that has taken up the issue of CBD-Only medical marijuana has seen the legislation fly through the committees and both chambers (except Georgia, and that state was only derailed by some parliamentary shenanigans by one legislator).  Take North Carolina this week as an example.
 
On Tuesday, a committee of the North Carolina House of Representatives cancelled a meeting to discuss a CBD-Only bill.  No rescheduled date for the meeting was announced.  Local newspapers on Wednesday posted headlines that the bill’s passage was unlikely.  The Senate wasn’t likely to pass the bill in this short session that ends next week.  There would be no good reason for the House to move forward with the bill.
 
But on Wednesday afternoon, the meeting was suddenly rescheduled and the CBD-Only bill passed unanimously.  This morning (Thursday) the bill was heard by a second committee and passed immediately.  This afternoon it was heard and amended on the House floor where it passed 111-2.  It now awaits passage by the state Senate.
 
By the end of this week, it seems North Carolina could become the 12th CBD-Only state, joining Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri (awaiting governor’s signature), New York (governor’s executive order), South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.  Why are legislators so fast to pass these CBD-Only bills?  It’s fair to assume politicians are moved by the plight of epileptic children.  With CBD-Only, there’s no downside of being the guy or gal who voted for legalizing something that “gets you high”.  But even so, how do these bills move so fast and garner little to no opposition?
 
Because CBD-Only bills are political cover.  Voting for the CBD-Only bill allows the politicians to say they’re sympathetic to the plight of sick people and want to help patients get any medicine that will ease their suffering.  But they can also still play the “tough on drugs” game and maintain their support from law enforcement and prison lobbies.  Their vote garners headlines that a politician formerly considered “anti-medical marijuana” has “changed his mind” or “altered her stance” on medical marijuana.  Best of all, it gets the sick kids and their parents out of the legislative galleries and off the evening news.  For the politicians in these conservative states, it makes the medical marijuana issue go away, or at least puts the remaining advocates in the “we want the marijuana that gets you high” frame where they are more easily dismissed.
 
Medically, the CBD-Only laws are also a disaster.  Cannabidiol is just one constituent of cannabis and by itself, it doesn’t work as well as it does with the rest of the plant.  Dr. Raphael Machoulem, the Israeli researcher who discovered THC (the cannabinoid that “gets you high”), called it “the entourage effect”, the concept of many cannabinoids and other constituents working in concert, synergistically.  To make an overly-simple analogy, it’s as if we discovered oranges have vitamin C in them, but banned oranges completely and only allowed people with scurvy to eat vitamin C pills.  Yes, those pills can help you if you’re vitamin deficient, but any nutritionist will tell you eating the whole orange will not only allow your body to absorb the vitamin C better, the fiber from the orange is also good for your body, and oranges taste delicious, which makes you a little happier.  Plus, if oranges are in your diet, you’re not going to get scurvy in the first place.
 
The authors of these CBD-Only bills aren’t writing them for optimal medical efficacy, however, they’re writing them for political cover.  The parents treating their children in Colorado with CBD oil will tell you that it takes quite a bit of tinkering with the ratio of CBD to THC in the oil to find what works best for their child’s type of seizures.  Some of these kids need a higher dose of THC.  But the legislators write the laws mostly to ensure that the THC “that gets you high” is nearly non-existent.
 
The North Carolina law, for instance, mandates that the oil contains at least 10 percent CBD and less than 0.3 percent THC.  That’s a CBD:THC ratio of at least 34:1.  For comparison, an article by Pure Analytics, a California cannabis testing lab, discusses the high-CBD varietals most in demand by patients are “strains with CBD:THC ratios of 1:1, 2:1, and 20:1.”  The article explains how a breeding experiment with males and females with 2:1 ratios produced 20:1 ratio plants about one-fourth of the time.  It also describes a strain called “ACDC” that “consistently exhibited 16-20% CBD and 0.5-1% THC by weight.”  That’s one variety with a range of 16:1 to 40:1.  But you must only use the ones that are 34:1 or higher.
 

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