Marijuana helps mitigate Chron's disease
Over the past several years, I have had my share of stomach cramps, lack of appetite and sleepless nights due to Crohn’s disease. I am thrilled the Illinois legislature passed a bill that can bring me relief in the form of medical marijuana. My doctor and I are now both waiting for Gov. Quinn to sign the bill and make it into law.
I have tried steroids and other drugs, and none of these drugs helped my condition. Battling Crohn’s is a daily challenge. Medical marijuana helps reduce the incredibly painful swelling in my intestines, keeps my appetite up and helps me sleep at night. Medical marijuana addresses all these things.
A very recent study by Israel’s Meir Medical Center found that use of medical marijuana can even result in complete remission of my disease. It’s hard to put into words how good that news is.
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I would like to thank the legislature for seeing the wisdom in a well-run medical marijuana program and how it can make all the difference to people like me. I hope the governor signs the bill soon. It is time to let doctors and patients, not police and prosecutors, make medical decisions.
— Andrew Stepniak, Streamwood
Indica vs Sativa
Back in the day, there was chronic and there was schwag.
With the boom of the medical marijuana industry in the United States courtesy of Proposition 215, stoners have been able to refine their palates and make informed decisions about what they smoke. At medical marijuana dispensaries, the flowers will be divided into three categories: indica, sativa and hybrid. All three of these offer different effects and treat various ailments. To many, the terms indica and sativa are household names while to others, these words are still foreign. Neither sativa nor indica are better than the other, it is simply a matter of personal preference. Even if you think you know all there is to know about these terms, read on, because you can never know too much about marijuana!
For decades, cannabis sativa was the most available marijuana strain in the United States before the distinction between the two was made. It is indigenous to tropical and sub-tropical climates such as the equatorial regions of Mexico, Panama and Southeast Asia (just to name a few). The physical characteristics of the sativa plant is that they are tall and lanky with long, slender leaves.
When grown in the ground, sativa plants can grow up to 20 feet in a single season.
It is because of these tall sturdy stalks that cannabis sativa is most frequently used for harvesting hemp. Cannabis sativa that is harvested for hemp is generally low in THC and is not meant for consumption. Though the flowers and leaves do contain trace amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC, it is not recommended.
Sativas that are grown for consumption are often higher in THC than indicas but lower in CBD (cannabidiol) though with modern growing techniques, it seems as if both indicas and sativas come in all potencies these days. The effects of sativa are extremely cerebral and are usually concentrated in the head and upper body. Sativa offers an uplifting more energetic high versus indica which make them perfect for daytime use. Sativas allow stoners to go about their daily routines without the heavy couch-lock effect that indicas often produce. Adversely, when smoked at night, they may keep you awake. They are also best for creative exploration as they awaken the mind instead of calm it. Sativas stimulate the mind and depending on the strain and the user, can sometimes cause anxiety. If you have experienced this mind-racing feeling when smoking sativas, then you are most likely an indica smoker. Sativas are excellent for social situations as they can make the user quite loquacious and giggly.
Medicinally, sativas are best at relieving depression, headache or migraine, toothache, social anxiety, glaucoma or other eye related ailments and general pain relief. If you are ever at a dispensary and you do not know whether sativas are right for you, ask your budtender as he or she can assist you in choosing a strain that suits your needs, preferences and ailments. Some examples of popular pure sativa strains are: Green Crack, Silver Haze, Blue Dream, Trainwreck and Jack Herer.
Cannabis indica is cannabis sativa’s counterpart. While both are in the same order, family, genus and species, they are very different in effects as well as appearance.
Indicas tend to grow shorter and stalkier with thick, squat leaves. While sativas resemble a tree, indicas look more similar to a bush or shrub. They are indigenous to colder climates and are generally found in mountainous regions. The Hindu Kush Mountain range which spans between Afghanistan and Pakistan is the origin of our beloved Kush plant. Because of their short stature and harsh environments, they are stronger against disease and the elements than sativas are. Indica landraces have a higher CBD percentage than sativas and because of this, it is often known as the truly medical strain. CBD offer a wealth of health benefits. Recent research has proven that CBD inhibits, and often completely eliminates, the reproduction of cancerous cells while also returning the effected cells to normal. CBD also has many anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic properties amongst many other benefits.
Contrary to sativas, indicas quiet the mind and are best for nighttime use.
Some experienced stoners can smoke indicas all day, every day and are still able to lead very productive lives. Many indica strains will create a pensive and contemplative high, sometimes making verbal communication difficult. Indicas are wonderful for meditation and rumination. For most stoners, they will cause drowsiness and extreme relaxation. Smoking a good indica is best for unwinding at the end of a hard or busy day. The majority of medical marijuana users smoke indica because of its powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety and pain relief. Indicas are recommended for the relief of insomnia, anxiety, depression, cancer treatment, cell regeneration, nerve damage, migraine, appetite loss, and hundreds of other ailments. One will usually experience a couch-lock effect, which for some is desired and for others is not. Indicas will definitely cure what ails you. Some examples of popular pure indica strains are: Kush phenotypes, Northern Lights, Hash Plant and God’s Gift.
Most Docs OK With Medical Marijuana
WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of doctors who responded to a survey about medical marijuana said they would approve the use of the drug to help ease pain in an older woman with advanced breast cancer.
In a February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors were presented with a case vignette, as well as arguments both for and against the use of medical marijuana. Doctors were then asked to decide whether or not they would approve such a prescription for this patient.
The results now appear in the May 30 edition of the journal.
Seventy-six percent of the 1,446 doctors who responded said they would give the woman a prescription for medical marijuana. Many cited the possibility of alleviating the woman's symptoms as a reason for approving the prescription.
"The point of the vignette was to illustrate the kinds of patients that show up on our doorstep who need help. This issue is not one you can ignore, and some states have already taken matters into their own hands," said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Bostwick wrote the "pro" side for the survey, but said he could've written the "con" side as well, because there are valid arguments on both sides of the issue.
"There are no 100 percents in medicine. There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that this is something we should study more. Forgive the pun, but there's probably some fire where there's smoke, and we should investigate the medicinal use of marijuana or its components," Bostwick said.
Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It's a dry, shredded mix of the plant's leaves, flowers, stems and seeds. It can be smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe, or it can be added to certain foods, such as brownies.
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Several Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients Surrender to Federal Authorities to Serve Lengthy Prison Sentences
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Detroit, MI—(ENEWSPF)—May 27, 2013. Several Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers are being forced to surrender to federal authorities over the next few days to serve out lengthy prison terms, after being convicted in federal court without any opportunity to defend themselves on medical necessity or state law grounds. Some defendants went to trial while others pleaded guilty when they saw no opportunity to defend their actions under state law. Advocates are staging a press conference at the federal courthouse in Detroit on Tuesday at Noon at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., to draw attention to the Obama Administration's ongoing imprisonment of state lawful medical marijuana patients and providers.
53-year-old Michigan medical marijuana patient Jerry Duval, a kidney-pancreas transplant patient with coronary artery disease and a strict medication regimen, was sentenced earlier this year to 10 years in prison and will be surrendering to FMC Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts on June 11th. Duval will be filing a Compassionate Release Request this week, urging the the Bureau of Prisons to consider his extraordinary and compelling circumstances. Three other Michigan cultivators, Dennis Forsberg, 59, his son Lance Forsberg, 32, and Ryan Basore, 36, who were sentenced to 3-4 years in prison will be self-surrendering to FCI Morgantown in West Virginia on May 30th.
"Jerry Duval and his 10-year sentence is emblematic of how the Obama Administration has been undermining state medical marijuana laws, while persecuting patients who are in no way violating state law," said Steph Sherer, Executive Director with Americans for Safe Access, which is hosting Tuesday's press conference. "President Obama and Attorney General Holder must start owning up to the unnecessary torment they're forcing not only cultivators, but thousands of patients, to endure."
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New Study Seeks 10,000 Veterans For Marijuana Treatment Monitoring
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, May, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
Study will base operations in Denver; $240,000 in funding already secured
DENVER- Medical professionals and interested parties have announced the start of Stage 1 of a new and highly ambitious study involving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and cannabis use designed to answer a singe question: “Do Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress benefit from the Use of Medical Marijuana ?”
The principals involved in the project include Mary Lynn (ML) Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, listed as the President and Co-Founder of Patients Out Of Time; Clifton Croan, MA; and attorney William Graf, of Colorado. Mathre is also the founder of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and is on the advisory board of Veterans for Medical Cannabis.
Funding for the project includes a pledged donation of $240,000 from Croan’s company Enigami Systems. The group is still looking for money to pay for a June 7th-10th research planning meeting in Denver, establishment of an Internet website with resources and to offset the costs of establishing the 501(c)(3) federal non-profit organization.
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N.H. Senate to vote on amended medical pot bill
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire could be on its way to joining 18 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the medical use of marijuana by people with serious illness.
The Senate will vote this week on a heavily amended version of the House passed medical marijuana bill, which among other changes strikes a home grow provision advocates said was crucial to providing timely access for patients who have waited years to use marijuana legally.
The Senate version also removes PTSD from the list of approved conditions, decreases the number of dispensaries from five to four, and requires patients to have a state-issued ID card.
The changes were requested by Gov. Maggie Hassan, who supports medical use but wanted tighter regulations.
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