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Government may move to allow prescribed cannabis into Ireland

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
THE DEPARTMENT OF Health has indicated it is to consider adopting certain portions of European agreements that would see Ireland allow people to bring medicinal marijuana into the country if they were prescribed it.
 
Briefing notes for new ministers James Reilly and Frances Fitzgerald, released by the Department of Health last week and documented in today’s Irish Times, have indicated that Ireland could adopt certain parts of the Schengen Agreement, the accord that removes internal borders within most EU states.
 
Ireland and the UK are not parties to the agreement, but the briefing notes says the Department of Health had been told by the Department of Justice and Law Reform that it should take whatever measures were necessary to give effects to a certain article of the agreement.
 
That provision, Article 75, allows persons “travelling within the EU to carry their legally prescribed narcotic or psychotropic drugs for medical use” – a move that would see persons given prescribed medicinal marijuana elsewhere in the EU being allowed to bring it into Ireland.
 
The document notes, however, that implementing the Article would require Ireland to put in place some kind of legal mechanism which still retained the current prohibition on importing cannabis, while permitting EU travellers to bring their own prescribed drugs with them.
 
The Department says it would examine making such arrangements later in the year.
 

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Experts say Cannabis Leaves may Reduce Seizures in Epilepsy

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
It has been reported that the British government is growing cannabis plants in huge industrial-sized greenhouses with the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy, owing to the discovery of certain compounds in the plant by scientists which can reduce and control seizures related to epilepsy. Using tests in animals, they have been able to detect how effective the compounds preventing the seizure are and when compared to other epilepsy drugs, it's said to have fewer side effects.
 
However, the cannabis plant, owing to its recreational use in the 60s and 70s, it has not been view as a healing plant by people according to reports.
 
Epilepsy is caused by a sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain, that disrupts the normal way in which messages are being transmitted, which can lead to debilitating seizures and fits where sufferers injure themselves during the seizure, in Britain alone, it has been reported to be suffered by 500,000 people.
 
Although, the cannabis plant is used to treat multiple sclerosis and for pain relief in cancer patients, two compounds from the plant called cannabidiol and GWP42006, have been used to control seizures in animals effectively and the researchers intend to start testing these compounds in humans in the next 3-years. In addition the characteristics “high” related to the cannabis plant is not produced by either of the compounds.
 

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Fresno PD turns down large donation for kids from a medical marijuana dispensary

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A $5,000.00 donation to the Fresno Police Activities League has been returned. The donors say it's because the money is from a Medical Marijuana collective.
 
The donation was presented to the police department Wednesday morning by the owners of Buds 4 Life, but by Thursday the collective says the check was sent back.
 
Chief Jerry Dyer Tells Action News, while the donation was made with good intentions & He, nor the city supports Medical Marijuana, and he says it would send the wrong message to the city's youth.
 
Buds 4 Life Owner, Brian Cooper said, "That's all we were hoping to do was to just help some of these kids. Get them off the streets where the real problems lay, the gangs, the hardcore drugs."
 
Chief Jerry Dyer said, "We do not believe it sends a good message to our youth to accept monies to support their activities from an organization that is using marijuana and distributing marijuana."
 
Sadly I would be willing to be money the police departments would happily accept donations from alcohol and tobacco companies in a second.....
 

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Cannabis Science Provides Physicians Documentation That Confirms Successful Treatment of Skin Cancer

Category: News | Posted on Wed, April, 6th 2011 by THCFinder
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTCBB: CBIS), US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products. On March 9, 2011 Cannabis Science announced that we would follow up our press release with medical documentation regarding the effectiveness of our cannabis extracts for treating skin cancer as was documented photographically in our earlier press release of February 22, 2011. We are pleased to announce that we have physician’s documentation that confirms the successful treatment of basal cell carcinoma that resulted from the application of a topical cannabis extract.
 
Please visit www.cannabisscience.com to view the “Breaking News” of the successful results and images of the self-administered cancer treatments along with the physician's documentation after 4pm EST., today.
 
Currently, there is a tremendous amount of controversy with respect to the effects that cannabinoids have on cancers. Endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids have demonstrated cancer killing and anti-metastatic properties in tissue culture and in animal models. While formal, proper, FDA approved clinical trials that would prove or disprove the therapeutic potential of cannabis extracts for treating cancers; trials have not been carried out. Nevertheless, a significant number of anecdotal observations have accumulated that suggest people suffering from a variety of cancers appear to have been cured by ingesting what is known as “Rick Simpson's hemp oil”.
 
There is widespread ignorance regarding the endocannabinoid system by medical professionals and laymen alike. The first hint that an endocannabinoid system existed resulted from an experiment published in 1988. Because of the endemic political and social bias against medical cannabis, nurtured by decades of misinformation, Cannabis Science has chosen a path that we feel will have the greatest probability of successfully traversing the FDA approval process. Our initial test product will only be topical, and will be formulated to reduce any internal consumption and thus reduce any abuse potential. With these considerations in mind, we will initially seek FDA approval for topically applied cannabis extracts for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.
 

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Pot brownies shut down prom in Boston suburb

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Marijuana brownies put a premature end to the junior prom at one Massachusetts high school.
The dance for students of North Andover High School was shut down early Friday night after four students were hospitalized because they ate the pot-laced brownies before attending the prom, according to CBS station WBZ.
 
As many as eleven students consumed the baked goods at the school before going to the prom itself. The brownies were handed out by another student, reports the North Andover Patch newspaper.
 
"In the course of the investigation, it was determined that 19 brownies had apparently been distributed by a student earlier in the day before arriving for the evening at the high school," North Andover Superintendent Chris Hottel said.
 
The prom was held at the Atkinson Country Club in southern New Hampshire.
 
All four of the students that went to the hospital were sent home. While they're doing fine, the school said they will face disciplinary action, WBZ reported.
 
North Andover police are investigating, too. 
 

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Cannabis that kills pain with no high is possible

Category: News | Posted on Mon, April, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
A new U.S. study has paved the way for cannabis that relieves pain but doesn't get you high.
 
"The psychoactive effects of marijuana is the major issue that limits, across the country, the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of different diseases," said Li Zhang, who headed up the research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
The study, published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, claims to debunk the long-held belief that the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of pot are mutually exclusive.
 
Tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) is the key ingredient in marijuana that makes people high, said Zhang. It works by binding to molecular anchors on cells called cannaboid type-1 receptors.
 
It was thought that this process also relieved pain, but Zhang says marijuana has over 400 chemical compounds that provide therapeutic relief for a number of disorders, such as chronic pain, seizures, depression and muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis.
 
These compounds, he says, could target different receptors in the brain. Figuring out what compounds target which receptors is the key to crafting cannabis-based medicine for different disorders, but without the usual side-effects associated with recreational pot smoking.
 
The study found the glycine receptor might be the primary target for pot's painkilling effects. When Zhang's team blocked glycine receptors on mice dosed with cannabis, the animals still felt pain.
 
The next step is to test his theories on different animals using different strains of marijuana. The goal is to find the strain that has the strongest pain-relieving component.
 

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