4 Ways Marijuana is Good for your Brain

Research is showing that cannabis extracts protect and benefit the human brain. Here’s four amazing ways scientists are showing that cannabis actually helps to keep your brain safe from disease, dementia and even death!

#4 – Cannabis promotes new brain cell growth

Government scare campaigns often claim that cannabis kills brain cells, but now we are learning the truth. Those discredited studies were done in the ’70s, by strapping a gas mask onto a monkey and pumping in hundreds of joints worth of smoke. The monkeys suffered from lack of oxygen, and that’s why their brain cells died.

Modern research is now proving the opposite. The active ingredients in cannabis spur the growth of new brain cells!

Back in 2005, Dr. Xia Zhang at the University of Saskatchewan showed that cannabinoids cause “neurogenesis” – which means that they help make new brain cells grow!

#3 – Cannabis prevents Alzheimer’s

About 5 millions Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s. but there’s hope in sight.  Modern research shows that using cannabis helps prevent the incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia by cleaning away beta-amyloid “brain plaque.”

A 2014 study into cannabis and Alzheimer’s was lead by Dr. Chuanhai Cao, PhD, a neuroscientist at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.

“THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties,” said Cao, explaining that THC “directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation, and enhancing mitochondrial function.”

This confirmed earlier studies, such as one from 2008 which found that THC “simultaneously treated both the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.” This study concluded that, “compared to currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, THC is considerably superior.”

#2 – Cannabis prevents brain damage after strokes and trauma

Several recent studies have found that cannabinoids protect the brain from permanent damage after trauma or stroke.

Studies done in 2012 and 2013 found that a low dose of THC protected mice’s brains from damage by carbon monoxide and head trauma.

Researchers found that THC “protected brain cells and preserved cognitive function over time” and suggested that it could be used preventively, for ongoing protection.

#1 – Cannabis extracts treat brain cancer

One exciting use of cannabinoids is in the treatment of cancer. Repeated laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids kill cancer cells and shrink tumours, while helping to protect normal cells.

Recent research includes a 2012 study showing that CBD stopped metastasis in aggressive forms of cancer,  a 2013 study showing that a blend of six cannabinoids killed leukemia cell, and a 2014 study showing that THC and CBD could be combined with traditional chemotherapy to produce “dramatic reductions” in brain tumour size.

Using cannabis extracts for brain cancer is nothing new. A 1998 study found that THC “induces apoptosis [cell death] in C6 glioma cells” – an aggressive form of brain cancer. A 2009 study showed that THC acted “to kill cancer cells, while it does not affect normal cells” in the brain.

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MMJ Strain Review UK CHEESE

The name ‘UK Cheese’ is an ode to the strain’s birthplace. It is rumored to be a phenotype of Cheese that showed unusual, yet favorable uniqueness out of a pack of Sensi Seeds Skunk #1 that was grown in the hills of southern England (hence the UK in the name).

The phenotype had larger buds and a splendidly pungent cheese smell among other characteristics that set it apart. This plant of the Skunk #1 was cloned and renamed Cheese after its distinct smell.

Considering the Skunk #1 heritage of Afghanistan (Indica), Mexico (Sativa), Colombia (Sativa), we believe the original strain of Cheese (which is just a phenotype of Skunk #1 remember) can be regarded as a 50/50 Hybrid. This is because it has a near perfect blend of genetics to affect the body and mind equally.

The legend of UK Cheese starts around the year of 1995, when a Cheese clone was passed on to an alternative community (group) by the name of, “Exodus,” who lived just north of London. This DIY culture group has been around in the UK since the 90’s, and is famous for their free community dance events, city farm, and social housing projects. Their free parties on weekends were known to attract thousands of people from all over.

However, their stance on marijuana is one of the things that caused them to have many problems with the law. The members of the collective protested UK law by outwardly growing and smoking marijuana in public.
With heavy traffic through the community, many clones of the original UK Cheese were given out to travelers as gifts.

Its budding notoriety in the UK caused Cheese clones to be passed around an extensive network of growers all throughout the 90’s. Cheese was a clone-only strain for some time, but many phenotypes of Cheese have surfaced since. It is believed by some that the original UK/Exodus phenotype is still floating around in the hands of the most senior of growers. It would be something special to get our hands on a bag of that medicine.

The particular batch of UK Cheese that we had was very sticky, to the point where it was a chore to break it up with our fingers. After resorting to a grinder, we took off the top to reveal a pungent smell that smacked us in the face. This was a one of a kind smell that could only be described as a mix of fresh berries and cheddar cheese.

The taste is akin to the smell; it’s fruity with hints of berries, cheese, and undertones of skunk. Upon exhale, the flavors of skunk and cheese coat your mouth, and lingers between hits. This is when the cheese flavor is most noticeable. The smoke is potent, with a ‘stoned’ effect immediately settling in behind the eyes all the way down to our legs.

It’s 50% Indica and 50% Sativa lineage make the UK Cheese strain a perfect blend of body and mind. After two small bowls we experienced a severe case of ‘couch-lock’ accompanied by an uplifting, euphoric effect. We found it easy to focus and get work done after smoking UK Cheese. Nonetheless, you have no desire to move once you get settled in your chair.

UK Cheese is an ideal strain for patients seeking daytime pain, stress, and anxiety relief without the fear of crashing. It could also serve as an anti-depressant, as it puts you in high spirits after just one draw from the bong (no pun intended). UK Cheese remains one of our favorite Hybrid strains to medicate with during the day.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends Reclassification of Marijuana

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which has the largest pediatric publishing program in the world, recommends decriminalizing marijuana and says it could be good for some kids in a new policy statement.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes 'medical marijuana' outside the regulatory process of the US Food and Drug Administration," says the new statement. However, it recognizes certain situations could be benefitted by marijuana.

"Notwithstanding this opposition to use, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that marijuana may currently be an option for cannabinoid administration for children with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions and for whom current therapies are inadequate," the statement goes on to say.

Marijuana is currently a schedule I drug, which means it is considered to have "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." Heroin and LSD are also schedule I drugs. The AAP recommends marijuana be reclassified as a schedule II drug, which would make it so there could be federal research of possible benefits of using marijuana. They recommend marijuana be limited to people over 21 years of age if it is legalized, unless a younger patient has very specific circumstances.

The statement also touches on how the young people who are caught with marijuana can be affected for the rest of their lives. "The illegality of marijuana has resulted in the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of adolescents, with over representation of minority youth," the statement says. "A criminal record can have lifelong negative effects on an adolescent who otherwise has had no criminal justice history. These effects can include ineligibility for college loans, housing, financial aid, and certain kinds of jobs."

Via: UPI

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Smoking Medicinal Marijuana better than Marinol and Cesamet Pills

Pills have become the standard in regards to how the majority of medicine is administered. But in the case of medical marijuana, most research finds it to be the least effective method.

While lawmakers battle it out on the subject of marijuana for medicinal use, patients across Canada and the United States are already being prescribed the psychoactive compound of drug -- THC -- in pills like Marinol and Cesamet, which are commonly used to treat symptoms of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.

However, researchers say consuming marijuana in pill form is not nearly as effective for managing pain as smoking it. In fact, a study conducted last year by the New York State Psychiatric Institute found that Marinol acts considerably slower, taking an average of an hour to an hour-and-a-half to reach its peak. Meanwhile, the full effects of smoking a joint were experienced within fifteen minutes.

The study found that while smoking marijuana allowed patients almost immediate pain relief, the effects of Marinol lasted longer and got patients just as stoned as the smokers. Yet, researchers were quick to point out that smoking marijuana has its obvious advantages, specifically, the ability for patients to self-adjust their dosage by smoking more as needed for pain management -- a concept that is not as easy to do when using pills.

Medical experts agree that self-adjusting dosage with THC pills can be dangerous and problematic. They say that while rolling joints every few hours may be somewhat of an inconvenience for many patients, smoking is still the easiest and fastest way to reap the benefits of the reefer.

via High Times

Legal Marijuana Putting Drug Cartels Out of Business

As legalized marijuana continues to pick up steam in the United States, Mexico and it’s drug cartels are beginning to feel the effects. Larger quantities of marijuana are now being produced domestically, which is dropping the demand for Mexican weed.

Nabor is a 24-year-old pot grower in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. In a recent interview with NPR, he told them, “Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90.” Now Nabor is only bringing in $30 to $40 per kilo, half or even a third of what he could have raked in before. Nabor says that if the United States continues the trend of legalization, it will put him out of business.

Nabor has been growing weed since the ripe age of 14. He talked with NPR about the dangers of growing the still-illegal plant, saying “If the army comes, you have to run or they’ll grab you.” And the risk is just barely outweighing the rewards already. Nabor says that when the $40 per kilo price drops to $20 per kilo, they will no longer be able to make money. 

In a November 2012 study, the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness predicted up to a 30 percent decline in Mexican weed prices due to US decriminalization. 

High times editor Daniel Vinkovetsky told NPR, “American pot smokers prefer American domestically grown marijuana to Mexican grown marijuana.” The higher quality, soaring potency, and legal access all factor in to why we’re buying American grown. The cheap Mexican weed is not cured or trimmed like American weed, is of much lower quality, and is usually compressed in order to smuggle it across the boarder.

Lawrence Payne, spokesman for the DEA says that it doesn’t stop there. Payne is reporting that now the demand has shifted, and some Mexican residents are purchasing legal weed from Colorado and smuggling it back south. The hope for Mexicans and Americans alike is to put an end to cartel violence. Whether US decriminalization can do that or not is still an open question.

via: Whaxy

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