Could Cannabis Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, January, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
A study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis – may provide a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues.
“Recent studies have suggested immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) activation”, states the study’s abstract.
Despite these recent studies, researchers say that the connection between these cannabinoid receptors and rheumatoid arthritis has been much less observed, leading them to conduct this study.
According to their researchers, data suggests that “CB2R may be a potential therapeutic target of RA [rheumatoid arthritis].”
The study will appear in this month’s issue of the Oxford journal Rheumatology. and was conducted by researchers at Changhai Hospital, the Second Military Medical University and Shanghai Guanghua Hospital, all in China.
New Poll Finds 65% In Florida Support Medical Marijuana Initiative
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, January, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
A new poll released Wednesday from Public Policy Polling has found that 65% of voters in Florida would support a ballot measure legalizing medical cannabis; considering they are almost certain to have such a measure on this November’s ballot, these high approval ratings may offer a promising prediction of Florida’s near future.
Participants were asked, “Would you support or oppose a ballot initiative allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes?”, and offered a simple choice: “Support”, “Oppose” or “Not sure”. While 12% responded that they were unsure, a clear majority were in favor: “Though marijuana possession is still criminalized in Florida, voters overwhelmingly support legalizing its use for medical purposes (65/23). Even 50% of Republicans support the medical marijuana initiative, with numbers highest among Independents (77/9)”, according to Public Policy Polling.
Even those who identified as “very conservative”, the group voicing the strongest opposition, polled at just 50% opposed, with 40% in favor and 10% unsure.
United for Care, the organization behind the initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, recently submitted over 1 million signatures to put the measure to a vote this year (with just under 700,000 being required to put the issue to a vote); once validated, the initiative will be secured on this November’s ballot (pending a review by the Supreme Court).
The medical cannabis initiative Floridians may be voting on this year is a constitutional amendment, so it requires a 60% majority – but with months to educate the public and build even more support, 65% in favor this early on bodes well for its chance of passage.
New York Wants Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
As a better known east coast state, New York is working hard to get themselves on the cannabis train before it leaves them coughing and stranded in the Dark Ages. The state is working feverishly to get medical marijuana in to hospitals, allowing patients who really need it to get access to the only medicine that may be able to save them and help them to recover. Andrew Cuomo's medical cannabis plan allows up to 20 hospitals to use medical marijuana to treat illnesses and health problems.
In a poll done of New York residents, 49% thought that Cuomo should pass legal medical marijuana for the whole state, skipping this step all together. Only 28% said that this step was the way to go. Both parties are right, as the pilot step will allow patients who really need cannabis to get their hands on it. A full medical legalization would guarantee that all patients could get their medicine, not just the ones that have access to the specific hospitals that would get the cannabis under the pilot step. All patients that need cannabis should have access to it, but if this is the first step that needs to be taken, so be it.
Allowing medical marijuana in New York would at least add one more state on to the constantly growing list. We all know that the plant shouldn't be illegal anyway, considering that it is nature. But even with the pilot step, people who can benefit from cannabis will at least be able to get their medicine. The state may not be ready to fully legalize, considering that when polled, 54% were opposed to putting forth a model similar to Colorado. Even though they're opposed, that number is considerably small and it's beginning to look like New York could be the next medical state.
Can Marijuana Help Prevent Suicide?
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, January, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
One of the arguments against marijuana is that it may contribute to depression and suicide. Anti-pot smokers like to argue that stoners are seriously lazy and depressed but unfortunately for them, a study from Germany has been released saying that places where marijuana laws are lax and the plant is well loved, rates of suicide have actually decreased, rather than increase. Since suicide is most often caused by stress and marijuana takes away stress, it definitely makes sense that cannabis would allow people to release their stress, causing a drop in suicide rates.
California supplies anxiety patients with medical cards and both Delaware and New Mexico have PTSD listed on their lists of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. In these areas, there's been a 5% reduction in suicide rates, especially in males age 20-29, according to this study. The results suggest that since those that use marijuana drink considerably less alcohol, which is a serious depressant. If stoners drink less, that would also mean that the amount of drunk driving accidents may decrease in these areas as well and that the benefits aren't just restricted to those suffering from depression.
Most subjects tested were male, since females are four times less likely to commit suicide and succeed, according to researchers. The bottom line of this study? Legalizing marijuana leads to an improvement in the mental well being of most young adult males, resulting in fewer suicides. So the next time that some tries to tell you that cannabis promotes depression and suicide, just remember that depression and suicide are caused by stress. Marijuana is used as a treatment for both of those illnesses so it only makes sense that places with lax cannabis laws would have lower rates of suicide.
New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Panic Disorders
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
A new study published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannbinoids may treat panic disorders.
“The present study investigated the effects of systemic or intra-dorsolateral periaqueductal gray (dlPAG) administration of CB1 agonists [meant to mimic cannabinoids] on behavioural changes induced in rats by predator (a live cat) exposure, a model of panic responses”, claims the study’s abstract.
After conducting the study, researchers concluded that; “These results suggest that modulation of the cannabinoid system could be a target in the treatment of panic disorders.”
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Strain Breakthrough: Pure Sativa
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, January, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
The difference between indica strains and sativa effects everyone differently and all stoners have their preferences as to which they prefer. Majority of the time, the two different kinds of cannabis are combined in to hybrids, giving the user a combination of effects that eliminates most common, daily issues that people seem to have. One particular issue that doesn't seem to react well with cannabis is depression. A lot of sufferers seem to say that cannabis can sometimes make them feel even more depressed. But now, thanks to the hard work of a man named Dr. Grinspoon, a pure sativa strain has been introduced in to the cannabis network.
This strain is reportedly very strong and definitely not for smokers who are just being introduced to smoking. The high is very intense, sometimes causing panic attacks and racing heartbeats in those stoners who need more experience. The high is also very long lasting, which is amazing for those with depression as the effects can happen at any time of day and sometimes last for what seems like days. If you're suffering from depression or severe nausea, this would be the strain for you.
Growers are warned of this strain because it takes a very long time to finish growing, as long as 14 weeks. The plants grow very tall and slender, with smaller than normal buds. But trust me, for those who need it, this strain is well worth the wait. With such amazing results, the Dr. Grinspoon sativa strain should be carried by everyone's favorite dispensary for those not-so-good days. It's extremely rare that pure sativa or even pure indica strains pop up so if you enjoy the sativas and you see this strain, it's highly recommended that you try it.
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