Marijuana Chemicals Help Protect Body's Nervous System From MS
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
According to a study reported in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, chemical compounds which are found in marijuana could help treat multiple sclerosis.
Already being tested on mice, the study shows that marijuana helps prevent inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. "Inflammation is part of the body's natural immune response, but in cases like MS, it gets out of hand," says Dr. Ewa Kozela of Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Kozela continued by saying: "Our study looks at how compounds isolated from marijuana can be used to regulate inflammation to protect the nervous system and its functions."
Kozela also said that when marijuana is used wisely, it has a lot of potential, and that "We're just beginning to understand how it works."
Weed Prices Affect Amount Of Medicine For Patients Everywhere
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Since every state is in a different place in the process of growing the best bud, those who smoke suffer at the mercy of the place where they get their weed. With prices all over varying from the rock bottom price of $25 an eighth to $90 for the same amount. The average cost of 3.5 grams seems to be somewhere around $55. Paying for weed is kind of a bummer at all, considering it's a plant and anyone should be allowed to grow it.
A lot of stoners say that the price of their bud is a huge impact on the amount they're smoke. Let's face it, before we're smokers, we have to be responsible adults. Bills and food come before weed (hopefully) so there are a lot of people who don't get enough of the medicine they need. They can't afford it. It's also a matter of who you know in your state. A friend that sells bud is sure to hook up his closest buddies before those that he doesn't really hang out with.
Of course, for those in illegal states, it's much worse. Since the risk of growing is so much higher, the weed must be transported in. This effects cost greatly because transporting marijuana across state lines is a serious offense. States such as certain areas of New Jersey, where the price of 3.5 grams is $90, the marijuana market is cripplingly expensive. The weed is barely affordable and stoners must cut back drastically. With high prices like this, it's sad to say that smoking would have to take a backseat for most people, especially in this economy.
In the legal states, the prices are as low as $25 for an eighth. Not only that but patients are allowed to grow their. A lot of smokers out there don't even need to pay for weed, just pay attention to their plants. While growing is difficult, it begins to save you large amounts of money, especially if you're buying a $50 eighth every few days and your weed smoking costs you $400 a month. When you think about it that way, it makes more sense to grow your own. Then, you know where the bud is coming from and you can grow whatever strain you want. In some places, $400 a month is rent or at least most of the other bills that stoners pay.
We can only hope that someday, all of our bud prices will be somewhere around the same. Preferably the $25 amount that some people enjoy. Unfortunately for now, a lot of us will have to continue to pay somewhere around $50 for an eighth of bud. Being able to afford bud is definitely a problem for a lot of patients that are still living in illegal states. The push for legalization will hopefully reach the states with the most expensive bud soon, so that patients will be able to get what they need.
Five Steps To Increase Your Marijuana Garden Yields
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, October, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Many of you marijuana growers have probably heard the term “ScrOG” before. Much like many growing techniques, scrogging marijuana strives to make the process a little bit easier and a lot more beneficial. The term “ScrOG” is an abbreviation of “Screen of Green.” The idea behind the scrog method is to optimize your lights and to bring lower buds up to the top of the canopy where they could produce higher yields. It’s a method that has been around for a while (prior to high-intensity discharge—HID—lamps) and has been used effectively, even with basic fluorescent lights. Here’s how to do it;
1. Place a screen at 20 to 25 inches from the pots
2. Cut off the top cola of each plant
3. Prune bottom branches when top hits the screen
4. Force into flowering 2 days after pruning bottom
5. Attach all branches horizontally to the screen
Perhaps the most important thing to have with a scrog setup is a screen (generally some kind of wire or even a tight rope). A sturdy screen that can hold back the top canopy and has 2-inch by 2-inch squares built in will certainly be adequate. Screens are also the most important aspects of scrogging. You are effectively “training” the marijuana plants to grow in your desired direction without having to do anything harsh that could affect growth adversely. The distance between pots and the screen should be 20 to 25 inches
This is particularly useful for individuals who either have limited vertical space or limited light emission. Having a screen over the top of the plants, keeps them lower, but it also allows the light to concentrate more evenly on each of the plants. In addition, horizontal growth will still produce useful plants in the long run.
A Method to the Madness
But, the scrogging method isn’t all about setting up a screen and watching your marijuana grow. Although very little work is involved in general, you will still need to take great care if you want to scrog correctly.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Should Any "Medibles" Be Off-Limits to Medical-Marijuana Users?
In this week's cover story, Ray Stern reports on certain preparations of marijuana that some prosecutors think is still illegal for dispensaries and medical-marijuana users.
It seems strange, since the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act allows patients to possess marijuana buds and "any mixture or preparation thereof."
Some Debbie Downers, however, are pointing to an archaic law they say makes some preparations of marijuana illegal.
From Stern's story:
In 2011, though, cops and prosecutors took another look at the Arizona criminal code and found a loophole for themselves: Another statute, this one decades old, defines a "narcotic" called "cannabis" as the "resin extracted" from any part of the plant and "every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such resin of tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]."
It's an inaccurate definition, experts agree. For one thing, where it says "cannabis," it probably meant "hashish." Regardless, the new law seems to allow extracts with its "any mixture or preparation thereof" clause and arguably should trump the old law.
With direction from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix police confirmed yesterday that they're prepared to use a crime lab to test "medibles" to see if they have any of this allegedly illegal resin in there, Stern reported yesterday.
It seems pretty clear from the Medical Marijuana Act that "any mixture or preparation thereof" means, you know, any mixture or preparation thereof.
What do you think? Should any type of "medible" product be off-limits to patients or producers?
Strain Review; Querkle
Querkle is one of those strains that you want before bed... Or if you plan on spending all day on the couch, watching cartoons in your pajamas. This strain is 80% Indica so don't be planning anything big after you smoke a big joint of this. It's a super euphoric high that is incredibly good at relieving stress for patients. Querkle is also good for patients in pain.
With it's fruity grape and berry taste and very smooth inhale, this strain is sure to impress anyone who tries it. Don't be fooled by the spoiled cheese smell that comes from the bud after curing. I warn you, this stuff really stinks, or at least the Querkle I had did. Although the bad smell may be deterring, I promise that you'll enjoy how smooth this weed is. No matter what piece you're smoking this out of, this strain goes down smoother than honey.
I highly recommend the Querkle strain to patients. I promise that you'll enjoy it. The orange hairs are a sight for sore eyes and are abundant on these fluffy buds. As for what this strain is best for, pain and stress. Highly recommended after a long day of hard work or after that first snowboarding session of the year. As I said before, it's not a highly recommended wake and bake strain. Enjoy your couch lock after you take a few hits of some of the worst smelling, best tasting weed ever.
New Study Finds THC Can Treat Parkinson's Disease
According to a study being published in next month’s issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, and published online early by the National Institute of health, has found that THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) can treat Parkinson’s disease.
According to the study’s introduction; “Cannabinoids such as Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) are neuroprotective in animal and cell culture models of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In a PD cell culture model we recently demonstrated that Δ9-THC is neuroprotective through activation of the nuclear receptor peroxisomal proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ)”.
Researchers, while studying the effects of THC on these cell-culture models of Parkinson’s disease, found that; “Δ9-THC resulted in significant inhibition of MPP+ induced oxidative stress”. They conclude that; “Δ9-THC induces PPARγ dependent mitochondrial biogenesis, a mechanism that may be beneficial for the treatment of PD.”
The study was conducted by researchers at the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
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