Marijuana may help heal broken bones

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

Israeli researchers have discovered that cannabis can be effectively used in healing broken bones and maybe other skeletal illnesses.

Scientists from the Tel Aviv University revealed that cannabis has a component which enhances the healing process of fractured bones. The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

A curative component, called cannabidiol (CBD), sped up healing processes in the broken leg bones of trial rats with mid-femoral fractures. CBD is non-psychotropic and is also effective when isolated from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis.


“While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinical therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis. CBD, the principal agent in our study, is primarily anti-inflammatory and has no psychoactivity,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory, as cited by the Tel Aviv university website.
To illustrate these findings, scientists tested two different groups of rats - one was treated with both CBD and THC while the other one only with CBD.

“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet explained.

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Senators Press Feds For Answers Regarding Medical Marijuana Research

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

congress medical marijuanaBy Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, along with seven other Senators, has directed a letter to the Obama administration demanding regulators answer questions specific to the facilitation of research into the medical benefits of marijuana.

Senators acknowledged the need for unbiased research. They wrote, ”While the federal government has emphasized research on the potential harms associated with the use of marijuana, there is still very limited research on the potential health benefits of marijuana — despite the fact that millions of Americans are now eligible
by state law to use the drug for medical purposes.”

The Senators applauded a recent decision by the Department of Health and Human Services toeliminate the HHS Public Health Service review process. But they also acknowledged the drawbacks of NIDA’s monopoly on supply of marijuana for research purposes and the need for alternative providers.

Senators also questioned marijuana’s current classification as a Schedule 1 drug under federal law and its classification under international treaties and if the FDA is prepared to call for the reclassification of cannabidiol.

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$60 million of marijuana seized in Erath County

Category: News | Posted on Sat, July, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

ERATH COUNTY — Roughly 10,000 marijuana plants were seized in southern Erath County Friday in what state troopers are calling one of the largest drug busts in recent memory.

Police said the estimated value of the marijuana is in excess of $60 million.

The entire grow operation took place outdoors over several pieces of land south of Stephenville, police said. A photo from the Erath County Sheriff's Office shows some of the plants indoors at an undisclosed evidence storage unit.

At least seven law enforcement agencies assisted in the seizure, which was part of the Domestic Marijuana Eradication program, according to a release from the Erath County Sheriff's Office.

Dub Gillum, a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Friday's bust is one of the biggest he's seen in his 25 years of work with the DPS.

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Washington Compliance Checks: 19 Of 157 Recreational Marijuana Stores Sell To Minors

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

selling marijuana to minorsIn May I wrote an article talking about how recreational marijuana stores that sell to minors hurt the entire industry, and the movement as a whole. The article came after four stores in Washington sold recreational marijuana to minors during compliance checks. Sadly, the last round of compliance checks in Washington resulted in significantly more failures. Every instance is a black eye on the industry and the movement. Below is more information, via a Washington State Liquor Control Board e-mail:

In the first complete round of compliance checks of retail marijuana retail stores, 19 Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses sold marijuana to an underage investigative aide. Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) enforcement officers working with underage investigative aides, checked each retail marijuana business for sales of marijuana to minors. The checks essentially represent an 88 percent no-sales-to-minors compliance rate.

“Our goal is 100 percent compliance,” said WSLB Board Chair Jane Rushford. “While perfect compliance is always a challenging goal, it is clearly in everyone’s interest that our licensees be vigilant about preventing underage sales.”

The 19 businesses will be cited for selling marijuana to minors. The individuals who sold the marijuana will be referred to their respective prosecuting attorney’s office for potential criminal prosecution.

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Scientists Figured Out How to Block Pot’s Effect on Memory

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Recent work published by researchers in Barcelona has just uncovered more details about the neurochemical pathway that leads to marijuana’s psychoactive effects, specifically its effects on memory. Not only did they make a breakthrough in the neurochemistry of cannabis, they also designed a compound that was able to block THC’s effects on memory in mice.

Since the discovery of the cannabinoid receptor by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues, medical scientists have continued to investigate this newly found receptor and have found that it has a presence all over the body, not just in the brain. In fact, two cannabinoid receptors exist: CB1 and CB2. While the CB2 receptor stills retains some of its mystery, scientists have know for a while that the CB1 receptor is the one responsible for the “high” in cannabis.

More recently however, neuroscientists have found links between the certain serotonin receptors and the cannabinoid system. Not only do these receptors share a region in the brain, but also activation of the 5HT2A receptor causes a release of endocannabinoids, the body’s natural “darts” for the cannabinoid receptor’s “dartboard” (in a similar way that your body produces serotonin to act as a signal carrier in your serotonin system). 

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President Obama Calls For Greater Criminal Justice Reforms

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

colorado jail marijuana

In a 45-minute speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia Tuesday, President Obama laid out a far-reaching roadmap for criminal justice reform, including calls for reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reviewing the use of solitary confinement, and eliminating barriers to reentry for former prisoners.

The president has touched on many of the themes before, but the Philadelphia speech was the first time he tied them all together into a plan for action. The speech likely signals upcoming executive actions on criminal justice reform.

Obama recited the by now well-known statistics demonstrating American’s over-reliance on incarceration: America is home to 5% of world’s population but 25% of world’s prisons; that African Americans and Latinos make up 30% of the U.S. population, but 60% of American inmates; that one out of three black men are now likely to serve time in prison, among others.

While the United States has 2 ½ million people behind bars, only about 200,000 of them are in the federal prison system that Obama has the ability to impact. Of those, 98,000 are doing time for drug offenses.

He used those stats to bolster his case for broad criminal justice reform, calling the criminal justice system an “injustice system.”

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