Researchers hope to test cancer fighting pot compound
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, April, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Medical marijuana and its psychoactive ingredient THC already provide relief, and often an accompanying buzz, for thousands of patients fighting cancer.
But more than five years ago, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco began focusing their attention on a far tamer compound in the marijuana plant, an ingredient called cannabidiol.
"Cannabidiol is a non-toxic agent from cannabis that is not psychoactive," says Sean McAllister, Ph.D., a lead researcher in the group's recent study.
McAllister and colleague Pierre Desprez, Ph.D., now believe they are ready for human trials, using the compound to treat metastatic cancer. The pair has produced a synthetic version of cannabidiol, also known as CBD, which they say targets a specific gene in the body related to the spread of cancer.
"We found this one compound, CBD, had a specific effect on metastatic cancer cells, very aggressive tumor cells. The bad cancer cells, the ones that spread throughout the body," said Desprez.
In their recently published study the team documented that effect on brain cancer in a large scale animal trial. They say brain scans revealed the disruption of the tumor cells after the cannabidiol was used to switch off a specific gene regulator.
Read more: http://abclocal.go.com
Maryland Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Senate
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, April, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
The Maryland Senate has approved a medical marijuana bill on Monday by a vote of 42 to 4.
The bill passed on the last day of the legislative session.
The bill now heads to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk. According to the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to sign the bill, having called the bill a "yellow light" approach toward medical marijuana. The AP reports the bill would create a state commission to oversee medical marijuana programs at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
California Vet Doug Kramer Wants Medical Marijuana For Dogs
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, April, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
California veterinarian Doug Kramer has launched a campaign to legalize medical marijuana for dogs. Kramer believes THC in marijuana could help canines with conditions that are not responding to other treatments.
Kramer has a website focused on alternative medicine called “Vet Guru: Enlightened Therapeutics.” The About Us page reads:
Rather than relying solely on pharmaceutical medications alone, Dr. Kramer believes strongly in a more holistic and comprehensive approach.
Kramer told Harry Cheadle at VICE he got the idea for medical marijuana from a client. “A client first brought it to my attention.”
“She had a pet that was not responding well to any of the pain medications or the steroids that we were giving it, and she wanted to talk about getting medical marijuana,” Kramer said.
When asked how he would administer THC to dogs, Kramer suggested a glycerin cannabis tincture, which requires the patient take a drop of, usually tasty, THC on the tongue, rather than smoking or eating it.
Read more: http://www.opposingviews.com
Family uses medical marijuana to treat severely autistic son
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, April, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana is a controversial treatment option for adults – let alone children.
But Jeremy Echols, of Oregon, says that that the drug is helping his autistic – and severely self-destructive – 11-year-old son, Alex.
By the time Alex was 5, he demonstrated severe self-destructive rage – such as head-butting walls until his face was black and blue. But after enrolling Alex in the state’s medical marijuana program, the family saw a dramatic improvements in Alex’s behavior.
“He went from hitting himself, bloodying his face, to within an hour or hour-and-a-half, he would be playing with toys, which at that time was almost unheard of,” Echols said.
Alex’s parents give him a liquid form of the drug three times a week.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is against the use of medical marijuana in children, and a doctor told My Fox New York that the drug can be toxic to children’s developing brains. Also, there isn’t enough known about marijuana’s long-term side effects.
But for the Echols family, the benefits significantly outweigh the risks.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com
Fighting Drug Addiction With Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
For decades, Colombia has been searching for ways to treat people who are addicted to basuco, the nation's version of crack cocaine.
Now, the country's capital, Bogota, is considering a new approach: transition users to marijuana.
BBC Mundo reports that the city is interested in trying a pilot program to see if pot helps mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal that basuco users experience. The goal is to minimize the social and health risks that accompany the drug.
Basuco isn't the same as crack, but it's an apt comparison. Like crack, it's smokable and more common among a poorer segment of society.
When it comes to quality, basuco is some of the least pure cocaine out there. The base of the drug is an intermediary product that you get if you're turning coca leaves into cocaine, and it can contain residue from the solvents used in that process, including kerosene. Dealers add things like ash and crushed bricks to give it bulk. For less than a dollar, you can get a short but powerful high.
One expert in Bogota estimates that the city has at least 7,000 "problem users," which means they might take up to 15-20 hits a day, according to BBC Mundo.
To confront the issue, the city is planning to test out "controlled consumption centers," where addicts of hard drugs will be able to consume in a safer environment, with the goal of kicking the habit.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com
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