MMJ: What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?


For daily marijuana users seeking relief from nausea, doctors now say that using too much for too long can have the opposite effect in rare cases — triggering abdominal cramping, vicious vomiting and an overwhelming urge for a hot shower.

In cases of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, doctors theorize that the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, overwhelms the body's autonomic nervous system, which normally controls breathing and digestion and other automatic functions, said Dr. Cassius Drake, medical director of the emergency department at Henry Ford Health Center-Brownstown.

That leads to a condition that has been likened to the morning sickness associated with pregnancy, said Susan Smolinske, managing director at the Children's Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center.

"Marijuana typically causes the munchies, right? This is the anti-munchies," she said. And a sufferer's scramble for the tub? "The thinking is that a hot shower gives some feedback that resets temporarily the autonomic system," Drake said.

Identified only in recent years, the condition seems to be rare, affecting only long-term daily users, according to medical literature.

At the Kalamazoo-based Michigan Holistic Health, clinicians have seen no cases among about 13,000 clients, said registered nurse Annette Crocker who, with her husband, Dr. David Crocker, runs the clinic.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the Washington-based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said reported cases most likely have to do with a malfunction of the patient's internal system, not because of the marijuana, which has been used for years to settle queasy stomachs.

Read More: USA Today



STUDY: Cannabis Mitigates Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms


Most everyone understands that smoking weed feels great – yet, some will deny themselves that state of bliss. Fearful of repercussions from the many different law enforcement entities that hate pot out of ignorance, many suffer in silence. However, with a new study out indicating marijuana’s ability to mitigate the symptoms of opiate withdrawals in subjects undergoing methadone maintenance treatment, many may soon find themselves reevaluating marijuana as a new Anti-Gateway drug?

Just published in The American Journal on Addictions, a new study conducted by researchers at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University, located in Philadelphia have determined through the close observation of 90+ opiate dependent individuals, that marijuana greatly reduces withdrawal symptoms in addicts undergoing methadone treatment. Concluding that

“the present findings may point to a novel intervention to be employed during treatment for opiate dependencies that specifically targets cannabinoid – opiate system interactions.”

When asked to rate their withdraw discomfort level on the clinical opiate withdrawal scale, most recovering addicts found increased marijuana consumption reduced the level of discomfort associated with a painful process of opiate withdrawal. Leading scientists involved in this research to surmise

“these results suggested a potential role for cannabis and reduction of withdrawal severity during methadone induction.”

While medical marijuana research has been coming out hard and fast in the last past six months, and most understand its ability to alleviate chronic pain, nausea, muscular spasms, insomnia and a host of other debilitating health issues. The idea that marijuana can help heroin addicts back down from their addiction enters a whole new realm of miracle applications for cannabis.

STUDY Alcohol worse for the Teenage Brain than Marijuana


Alcohol kills, cannabis chills. Marijuana is medicine, alcohol is asinine. Yes, it’s a repetitive comparison, but it’s the truth. And truth will kill prohibition. While there’s an array of reasons that weed should be legalized, it’s logical and straightforward to boil it down to the simple fact: it’s much safer than its deadly, legal counterparts of alcohol and cigarettes.

So while it’s not the first study to laud marijuana as safer than alcohol, it’s another notch under Mary Jane’s belt that proves its superiority to the booze. And it’s worth repeating and sharing:
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California found that cannabis use among those ages 16-20 over an 18 month period had a less negative effect on a teenager’s brain tissue than drinking alcohol.
For the study, researchers scanned the brains of 92 individuals ages 16-20, before and after an 18 month period. During the eighteen months, half of the teens used cannabis and alcohol in varying amounts, while the other half abstained or kept consumption minimal. Among those who consumed five or more drinks at least twice a week, researchers discovered reduced brain tissue health.
Specifically, those consumption patterns compromised the integrity of white brain tissue in specific tracts, which could lead to declines in memory as well as decision-making ability. However, among those who used marijuana, there were no findings of ill effects on white tissue during the period of scanning.

In layman terms: liquor makes brain tissue sicker while cannabis makes it, well, it doesn’t hurt it. And we already know its array of curing powers. If you ask parents what they’d prefer: a child who burns one or a child who goes vertical with the bottle, it seems obvious that they’d choose the “stoner.” Unfortunately, marijuana’s status as a “threat” to society’s morals and the lack of education in non-MMJ, behind the curve states gets in the way of logic.

Efforts to remove marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug have picked up recently–and for due cause. The more studies like this, the harder it gets for the government to ignore the cold hard truth…While the Marijuana Majority gets stronger and stronger.

MMJ STUDY: THC Kills Stomach Cancer Cells

 
A new study conducted by the the Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, and published in the journal Anticancer Research, has found promising evidence that THC may be the best medicine available to treat stomach cancer, especially when traditional medicine has been ineffective.

During the study researchers used cancer cells that were resistant to chemotherapy, and dosed the cells with a synthetic form of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary compounds found in cannabis. 

Researchers noted a drastic reduction in the survival rate of the cells that were exposed to the synthetic THC.
When conducting the study researchers found that larger doses of THC led to higher rates of cancer cell death, validating the initial finding that it can be an effective treatment (natural THC is likely even more effective).

Although more research is needed, hopefully this study – in addition to numerous others that have been released recently – will pave the way for cannabis being used as a standard – and not alternative – medicine in treating various forms of cancer.

Courtesy: The Joint Blog


STUDY Inhalation Of CBDs Lessens Desire For Cigarettes


Researchers at the University College London directed a double blind pilot study in order to measure the effect of the particular consumption of CBDs contrasted with a placebo in 24 tobacco-smoking subjects that were interested in quitting cigarettes.

According to clinical trial data published online in the journal Addictive Behaviors, the consumption via inhalation of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (Cannabidiol) considerably alleviates tobacco smokers’ craving to puff the cancer-causing stuff.

“Over the treatment week, placebo treated smokers showed no differences in number of cigarettes smoked. In contrast, those treated with CBD significantly reduced the number of cigarettes smoked by [the equivalent of] 40 percent during treatment,” researchers reported. Additionally, participants of the study who used CBD didn’t report undergoing amplified yearnings for tobacco throughout the study’s duration.

“This is the first study, as far as we are aware, to demonstrate the impact of CBD on cigarette smoking…. These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration,” researchers concluded.

Clinical trials that were previously published regarding CBDs have discovered that Cannabidiol is “safe and well tolerated” in healthy volunteers, while other studies of CBDs have documented the miraculous cannabinoid to retain a multiplicity of beneficial assets, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-cancer, and bone-stimulating properties.

If you’re looking to quit smoking cigarettes, it looks as if a strain of jane with high CBD levels just might help you tackle the preservative-packed tobacco addiction beast. Break your dependence and set yourself free, put down those nasty cigarettes and pick up some high CBD weed!

Thank You: the 420 Times

Curing Cancer with Rick Simpson’s Hemp Oil


Rick Simpson is a medical marijuana activist who has been providing people with information about the healing powers of Hemp Oil medications for nearly a decade now. Rick cured himself of a metastatic skin cancer back in 2003, and has since then devoted his life to spreading the truth of hemp oil. He has met an absurd amount of opposition and lack of support from Canadian authorities, as well as pharmaceutical companies, government agencies for health, and UN offices. Despite that fact, Rick Simpson has successfully treated over 5,000 patients (free of charge), and believes that all forms of disease and conditions are treatable. He states that it is common to have all types of cancer and diseases cured with the use of high quality hemp oil as a treatment.

Rick has treated patients will all types of conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, AIDS, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, leukemia, Crohn’s disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, insomnia, glaucoma, asthma, burns, migraines, regulation of body weight, chronic pain, and mutated cells (polyps, warts, tumors).

Read More and Get the Recipe: Medical Jane.com


Grow Marijuana for Profit, it's Easy. Maybe Not.


Many believe… “Growing weed is super easy… And it will make you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, fast money with a minimal downside! Shoot, you should just quit your job, move to the Emerald triangle or Denver and turn your house into a chronic marijuana grow op! Full proof plan right? I mean, what can go wrong?”

Does this sound a little naïve to you? It should, however that’s been the mentality for so many pot entrepreneurs… Even after the Ogden memo threatened to crush “legalized” medical marijuana four years ago. The problem is that in order to live off of growing or selling pot you absolutely have to treat growing and selling your stash, well, like a real profession.
While there are many variables within each individual cultivators set up – here are the top five things that go wrong for most, as they cultivate their get rich quick schemes.

While just about anybody can put a cannabis seed in the ground … Growing great weed is far from easy! Growing good pot requires scientific research, time and attention… Study up!  

Pests have a nasty little habit of loving marijuana plants…and have no qualms about destroying your crop. Bugs and disease are a daily adversary that can make a mockery of your cultivation efforts, creating a product that has little to no monetary value – let alone something you want to smoke.

As more people grow pot and fewer distribution points are available – the price for good pot has been plummeting. So many people of been growing weed that the supply has gone up exponentially faster than demand, lowering prices. During the height of prohibition crappie dirt weed could sell for up to $3000 a pound. Today, in California and Colorado you’d be hard-pressed to give away low-quality herb. Only the best of the best will fetch that kind of money in this market, unless of course you take it across state lines for sale… Which leads to the next issue.

Marijuana cultivation is still a federal offense! Although you may be making money now, you could potentially go bankrupt fighting federal marijuana cultivation charges, or worse, find yourself in jail. The prices dropped so low in some states that many pot farmers have resorted to sending their product across state lines to increase their profit. Doing so will put you in direct violation of the controlled substance act of 1970, and could land you in jail for many years (keep in mind that federal judges are required to issue mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes).

Finally, because it is still federally illegal, there is no accountability in the business. Your partner can screw you over, your crop you get stolen and there is little to no legal recourse for you – such as their might be in other business venture.

Still interested in being a marijuana kingpin? Remember that you need two things: knowledge of cannabis and knowledge of business. Good luck!

Thank You: Marijuana.com

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MMJ Medicinal Marijuana and Pain Management



The US government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance—a dangerous drug with no medical value. Yet the Institute of Medicine, an elite group of scientists and physicians, has concluded that the chemical compounds in marijuana do have therapeutic properties.

The wrangling between scientists and policy makers won’t stop anytime soon. Neither will the wrangling between the federal government and the states, 19 of which, along with the District of Columbia, allow the use of medical marijuana and two of which (Colorado and Washington) recently legalized marijuana for recreational use for people over age 21. But marijuana can be an effective medicine for some patients and can be very helpful in reducing pain. Caution: Always use medical marijuana under a doctor’s supervision.

Neuropathic pain. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, reported in The Journal of Pain that patients with neuropathy (nerve pain) who used cannabis (the word scientists prefer to the slang “marijuana”) were more likely to have significant relief than those taking a placebo. The chemical compounds in cannabis affect cell receptors in the brain, reducing pain and making it an alternative for patients who are unresponsive to standard drug therapies.

Neuropathy is common in diabetics, HIV patients and those with neuropathic disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome (in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves) and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy). The prescription medications that currently are used aren’t very effective. In my practice, about 90% of neuropathy patients who use cannabis have good results—often with fewer side effects than those who take drugs such as gabapentin (Neurontin).

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