MMJ RECIPE Marijuana Infused Tea

Necessary Ingredients For Marijuana Infused Tea

 

Making marijuana-infused tea is a relatively simple process that requires only the most basic ingredients. Along with the substances and implements needed to brew a regular cup of tea, such as a tea bag, a mug, and a cup of boiling water, this recipe requires a small quantity of cannabis infused butter (sometimes referred to as cannabutter).

Patients who have never made cannabis infused butter before may need more detailed instructions, but the following refresher should serve for people with experience preparing this substance. Making cannabutter takes several hours, but the steps are relatively simple:

  • Gather the ingredients, which are two sticks of butter, .5 ounces of cannabis, and two cups of water. The cannabis can be raw or ground, but it should be fresh off the plant.
  • Mix the three ingredients together in a pot, heat as usual, and simmer for two to three hours. Some stirring may be necessary to prevent the cannabutter from burning.
  • Allow the mixture to cool, strain it into a container, and refrigerate it overnight. This allows the butter to separate from the water.
Eventually, the cannabis-infused butter will float to the top of the container and solidify. The next day, it should be easy to remove the butter and store it on its own.

Preparing Cannabis Infused Tea Is Easy

 

Once the cannabutter is ready, marijuana-infused tea can be prepared in as little as 10 minutes. The tea is brewed just like regular tea. A tea bag and one teaspoon of cannabutter should be added to a mug, and then one cup of boiling water should be poured in. The tea should not be consumed until the cannabutter has fully dissolved. If desired, marijuana-infused tea can be prepared with milk or sugar.

Although this recipe is simple, medical marijuana patients should still be careful to pay attention to dosage and appreciate the delayed onset. Cannabis may have adverse effects when it is consumed in excess, and cannabis ingested in the form of marijuana-infused tea is no exception. Patients who follow this recipe closely, however, should find that it provides a simple and effective alternative to smoking.

Benefits and Therapeutic Effects of Infused Tea at: Medical Jane

Medical Marijuana may offer treatment for Alzheimer's disease


Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows.

Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduce the production of amyloid beta, found in a soluble form in most aging brains, and prevent abnormal accumulation of this protein — a process considered one of the pathological hallmarks evident early in the memory-robbing disease. These low concentrations of THC also selectively enhanced mitochondrial function, which is needed to help supply energy, transmit signals, and maintain a healthy brain.

“THC is known to be a potent antioxidant with neuroprotective properties, but this is the first report that the compound directly affects Alzheimer’s pathology by decreasing amyloid beta levels, inhibiting its aggregation, and enhancing mitochondrial function,” said study lead author Chuanhai Cao, PhD and a neuroscientist at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and the USF College of Pharmacy.

“Decreased levels of amyloid beta means less aggregation, which may protect against the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Since THC is a natural and relatively safe amyloid inhibitor, THC or its analogs may help us develop an effective treatment in the future.”

The researchers point out that at the low doses studied, the therapeutic benefits of THC appear to prevail over the associated risks of THC toxicity and memory impairment.

Neel Nabar, a study co-author and MD/PhD candidate, recognized the rapidly changing political climate surrounding the debate over medical marijuana.

“While we are still far from a consensus, this study indicates that THC and THC-related compounds may be of therapeutic value in Alzheimer’s disease,” Nabar said. “Are we advocating that people use illicit drugs to prevent the disease? No. It’s important to keep in mind that just because a drug may be effective doesn’t mean it can be safely used by anyone. However, these findings may lead to the development of related compounds that are safe, legal, and useful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.”

The body’s own system of cannabinoid receptors interacts with naturally-occurring cannabinoid molecules, and these molecules function similarly to the THC isolated from the cannabis (marijuana) plant.

Dr. Cao’s laboratory at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is currently investigating the effects of a drug cocktail that includes THC, caffeine as well as other natural compounds in a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, and will advance to a genetically-engineered mouse model of Alzheimer’s shortly.

“The dose and target population are critically important for any drug, so careful monitoring and control of drug levels in the blood and system are very important for therapeutic use, especially for a compound such as THC,” Dr. Cao said.

More from: The Univ. of South Florida

MMJ Medicinal Marijuana vs Organ Transplant Rejection

 

 According to results of an animal study published in Journal of Leukocyte Biology in June 2015, the cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be a safe and effective alternative or add-on therapy in the prevention of organ and tissue transplant rejection.

By injecting donor spleen and skin cells into recipient mice (thereby using them as models for humans undergoing organ transplantation), the researchers found that recipient mice treated with THC were less likely to reject the new tissue than those who were left untreated. According to the study, mainly through activation of CB1 receptors, THC helped to prevent rejection through several mechanisms:
  • prevention of increases in the number of recipient T-cells in the recipient’s lymph nodes (i.e. lower chance of rejection of donor tissue)
  • decrease in inflammatory response signals
  • stimulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (which act to decrease the recipient T-cell response and prevent rejection)
  • increased length of survival of donor skin cells
This study adds to a growing body of evidence that cannabinoids are useful in modulating/reducing inflammatory processes, which are implicated not only in transplant rejection, but also in autoimmune disorders, cancer, and other debilitating diseases.
 
“Together, our research shows, for the first time to our knowledge, that targeting cannabinoid receptors may provide a novel treatment modality to attenuate host-versus-graft disease and prevent [transplant] rejection” says the team of researchers who lead the study.

Given the serious side effects associated with the current treatments used to prevent transplant rejection, along with the highly favorable safety profile of THC, further exploration of THC’s utility in prevention of this process has the potential to lengthen millions of lives and protect the unique, altruistic, and essential gift that organ donors leave to new recipients every day.

Much More at: Medical Jane

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