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marijuana debate

Since 1996, two dozen states have passed laws permitting marijuana use by a patient with a specialist’s proposal, and another survey seems to indicate overpowering open backing.

The 1,561-respondent review, led in late May and discharged Monday by Quinnipiac University, discovered 89 percent support for “permitting grown-ups to legitimately utilize cannabis for restorative purposes if their specialist endorses it.”

Backing was overpowering crosswise over age, racial, sexual orientation, instructive and fanatic demographics, including among Republicans – at 81 percent – and individuals 65 and more seasoned, at 89 percent. A 87 percent larger part said veterans ought to have admittance to pot “in pill structure” from the Veterans Health Administration – something that might be conceivable not long after late congressional activity.

marijuana-pollTherapeutic marijuana has been the spearheading prong of the cannabis change development, which likewise incorporates a push to authorize non-inebriating mechanical hemp – permitted subsequent to 2014 through state test cases programs – and sanctioning of pot for recreational utilize, a strategy received by four states and the country’s capital.

The survey discovered 54 percent support for legitimate recreational pot, with 41 percent restriction. There was a noteworthy sex crevice on that issue, with 60 percent of men however only 48 percent of ladies supporting legitimization.

Be that as it may, with super-lion’s share backing, is the general population wrangle about restorative marijuana over?

Reformers trust along these lines, as Floridians seem ready to pass a medicinal pot ticket measure in November after a comparable one neglected to win 60 percent for section in 2014.

“The sustained support shows that medical cannabis is a uniting issue among all facets of the American people,” says Mike Liszewski, government affairs director for the pro-medical marijuana group Americans for Safe Access. “It means that politicians from both sides of the aisle should feel both safe and motivated to end the state-federal conflict on medical cannabis laws and allow physicians to have this tool in their toolbox to treat their patients.”

Ownership of cannabis for any reason outside affirmed research remains a government wrongdoing, yet the Bush and Obama organizations have to a great extent endured state-legitimate cannabis markets. In 2014, Congress passed spending plan dialect to square government prosecutors and hostile to medication operators from focusing on state medicinal cannabis programs, which was received again a year ago.

With the approaching changeover in presidential organizations, the mind-boggling open slant may have genuine impacts. Some marijuana-change advocates stress that a President Donald Trump would choose New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his lawyer general – somebody who amid his own particular unsuccessful presidential run said he would close down recreational weed markets for abusing government law. Christie likewise said he was “not against therapeutic pot,” however he has safeguarded a strict methodology.

Surveys for the most part show overpowering backing for legitimate access to medicinal pot. The past high-water mark gives off an impression of being a 88-10 lead for supporters in a 2014 CNN survey.

Be that as it may, Kevin Sabet, a previous presidential medication strategy consultant who now drives the counter legitimization bunch Smart Approaches to Marijuana, says the verbal confrontation is not over as the other portion of states and government officials consider authorizing medicinal use.

Sabet brings up that specialists in states with restorative cannabis laws don’t really “endorse” cannabis, yet rather “suggest” it as a treatment for different conditions. Specialists can’t endorse Schedule I sedates – a government classification that questionably characterizes pot as having no therapeutic worth – so states rather set up a workaround utilizing doctor “suggestions.”

“[T]his is for ‘prescribing medical marijuana … (from) doctor(s).’ That has nothing to do with folks getting pot recommended for their headaches and pain, which is what is happening in the various states,” Sabet says in an email. “I think states like Florida and others are examples of why this debate is not over at all. There is a big difference between marijuana-based medicines prescribed by doctors and dispensed in pharmacies – which we support – and pot brownies for a 23-year-old with a headache.”

Florida’s proposed therapeutic cannabis law would permit specialists to utilize their own judgment to figure out what conditions can be treated with cannabis, a standard likewise set up in the country’s capital. Faultfinders dread careless benchmarks for restorative utilize basically permit true recreational legitimization.

Notwithstanding the two dozen expresses that permit restorative weed, Virginia has a dated and unused law that permits the endorsing of cannabis, and others – incorporating numerous in the Deep South – permit cannabis-inferred cannabidiol to treat epilepsy.

Tim Malloy, right hand chief of the Quinnipiac University Poll, tells U.S. News “we generally utilize the word ‘endorse'” in light of the fact that “it’s more particular than prescribe,” a word he says may confound respondents.

“That was the intent of the question: Do you want doctors to be able to write that script so our people get it in their hands, rather than just say, ‘Hey, you should look into this,'” Malloy says.

Research into the restorative characteristics of weed is progressing, however it’s generally tedious given the extra obstacles that accompany scrutinizing Schedule I substances. One exploration hindrance – compulsory audit by the Public Health Service of pot studies – has fallen as of late, and government controllers might be going to adjust the Schedule I assignment.

“I think one of the reasons why half the states have yet to adopt comprehensive medical cannabis programs is stigma against the plant,” Liszewski says. “There is a bias against [tetrahydrocannabinol] and a notion that people who use cannabis cannot be productive members of society. … That bias is painfully ironic, because for many patients, medical cannabis is the very thing that allows them to be productive members of society.”

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More and more people are using medical marijuana every day across the globe. As the stigma surrounding cannabis use continues to erode, I expect that trend to continue. Why are more and more people turning to medical marijuana? That answer is simple – it works. Consider the results of a survey out of Israel which found that medical marijuana was effective for almost every one that used it. Per The Joint Blog:

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For the survey, researchers at Ben-Gurion University surveyed demographic characteristics of patients enrolled in the nation’s medical cannabis program over a period of two years. Only six percent stated that medical cannabis was ineffective in treating their condition. Patients were most likely to report that cannabis provided relief from pain, nausea, anxiety and loss of appetite.

If someone does not want to try medical cannabis, I can live with that, provided it’s for the right reasons. I know a lot of people that could benefit from using medical cannabis, but they don’t solely because marijuana is illegal. That line of reason is something that I can’t accept. But regardless, if someone feels that medical marijuana works, and their doctor agrees, they should be able to use medical cannabis. That should be the case in America, Israel, and anywhere else where patients are suffering.

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Medicinal cannabis is in no way, shape or form another thing for people. Restorative cannabis was presumably one of the most punctual medicinal advancements for individuals and has a plenty of ancient employments. Actually, the greater part of the utilizations we are finding for medicinal cannabis in present day society have a lot to do with the old uses that our progenitors found a long time ago.

Along these lines, this is about acknowledging weed all through history. Investigating the historical backdrop of medicinal cannabis use gives some point of view on what we are doing with it today, and how we are getting along it. These are just 10 of the numerous antiquated uses for therapeutic cannabis.

Ancient Anaesthetic

Anesthetic

One of the main restorative employments of cannabis was as a soporific. The Chinese, as ahead of schedule as the year 140, were the main individuals to utilize it for its analgesic properties. They pounded it into a powder, blended it with wine, and managed it before surgery.

Suppositories

The Ancient Egyptians utilized cannabis and connected it as suppositories for treatment of hemorrhoids. It was primarily used to treat the torment due to its physical properties.

Childbirth

In India, cannabis was utilized for a plenty of therapeutic and profound purposes, extending anyplace from sickness and the runs to migraines and sleep deprivation. Be that as it may, the Indians were utilizing cannabis as often as possible to calm the agony of labor!

Healing Horses

The Ancient Greeks were utilizing cannabis to treat the bruises and wounds that their stallions came into contact with amid their fights and excursions. They would rub dry cannabis leaves or make an ointment and apply it to the injury for speedier and better mending.

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Worms

The Greeks were likewise utilizing cannabis to treat individuals who were experiencing tapeworms. Eating the seeds of the cannabis plant would remove the tapeworms from the body.

Anti-Epileptic

Utilizing cannabis to treat epilepsy has quite recently turned out to be more well-known as of late. Also, indeed, individuals are battling for the rights to treat their epileptic kids with cannabis. In any case, this is really an antiquated against epilepsy drug that started with the Arabs. It was a mainstream approach to treat epilepsy in the medieval Islamic world.

Inflammation

The Ancient Greeks likewise used to utilize cannabis to treat aggravation, both inside and outer. For irritation on the skin, they would soak the seeds in warm water or wine. Later, they would take the warm, intense concentrate and apply it to aggravated regions, particularly in the ears.

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Hair Loss

Alright, this is likely one of the more startling old employments of restorative cannabis, however, it originated from the Chinese. Cannabis once assumed a gigantic part in Chinese drug, and truth be told, practically all aspects of the plant was utilized for some sort of pharmaceutical. The oil of the cannabis plant was utilized to treat hair that was dropping out.

Poisoning

The Chinese were additionally utilizing cannabis as a part of Chinese solution to treat a wide assortment of poisonings. Medicinal cannabis was utilized to treat vermillion harming, sulfur harming, scorpion stings among a plenty a greater amount of different ways that a man can get harmed.

muscular dystrophy

By definition, muscular dystrophies refer to the nine types that result in the degeneration of muscle mass. Each of these types of muscular dystrophy have their own unique manifestations. In other words, certain patients will not be able to sit or walk while others may just have issues breathing or swallowing.

By nature, muscular dystrophy is actually genetic, and the symptoms may begin to develop somewhere in childhood but will manifest in adulthood. One of the most common types of muscular dystrophy is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) which affects mostly boys in childhood.

There is no cure for this condition. Apart from exercise, respiratory care and physical exercise, cannabis might be able to help with both the complications and symptoms of this condition.

How Cannabis Affects Muscular Dystrophy

Studies that show the benefits of cannabis on muscular dystrophy are still lacking, even though cannabis has been proven to be effective when it comes to stiffness and pain. There is evidence that it helps related conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that also include symptoms such as muscle loss and impaired movement.

muscular dystrophyIn a study conducted in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, in 2010, it was described how cannabis could potentially benefit ALS through the following mechanisms:

1: Reducing glutamate transmission

2: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity

3: Prevention of apoptosis in healthy cells

4: Modulation of microglial cell activity

5: Neuroprotective and neurotrophic effects

6: Improves function of mitochondria

In other words, and given these benefits, cannabis can theoretically benefit muscular dystrophy too.

There is one study that has revealed that cannabinoids have been most effective when it comes to dealing with pain – one of the most devastating effects of muscular dystrophy. Actually, a 2013 study that included a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial revealed that even the lowest doses of vaporized THC reduced neuropathic pain. A previous randomized trial showed that smoking cannabis three times a day not only reduces pain measures but also helped improve sleep.

As for MD, there is one study that exists as an article in Forensic Science that suggests that both THC and CBD could benefit the symptoms of the disease. Yet, due to the age of the article, the full text is not fully available to researchers.

Rather admittedly, it must be pointed out that cannabis extracts, despite the amazing properties that they possess, are not able to eliminate every MD symptom.

As mentioned earlier, muscular dystrophy occurs due to mutations in genes. Since cannabis has shown that it is capable of normalizing the expression of these genes, it might also be able to treat the root causes of the genes too.

What Do Muscular Dystrophy Patients Have to Say?

There is scientific evidence to suggest that cannabinoids could help MD. Yet the best part is the reports about the number of patients that are responding to this treatment – especially over the Internet.

One article from a New Jersey newspaper spoke of a certain Michael Oliveri that suffered from MD-associated pain that a number of MD-related medication failed to help with. As a result, he used medicinal cannabis as a final resort. This medicine improved the quality of his life so much that he moved from New Jersey to California to gain access to cannabis much easier.muscular

Another MD patient, Dan Pope, who lives in Colorado stated that it is cannabis that helps control his muscle spasms apart from making his pain far more tolerable. Another patient by the name Patrick McClellan spoke both of eating and vaporizing cannabis that helped with his muscle spasms and pain.

Medical Jane, a popular medical cannabis blog, spoke with John from Florida who has myotonic dystrophy who also explained that cannabis had the ability to cut down the pain while helping him relax and sleep. He also revealed that he prefers indica-dominant strains as opposed to sativa that can be too stimulating. It also reveals that since these type of strains affect the mind more than the body, it would work best for MD too.

The Future of Cannabis of Muscular Dystrophy Treatment

There is both scientific and anecdotal evidence that demonstrates that cannabis is effective for some symptoms in MD for a certain group of people. Still, research that uses high-quality extracts of MD is needed badly and could definitely reveal a number of other benefits.

 

Sclerosis

Medical cannabis has proven to be highly effective when it comes to treating multiple sclerosis (MS). In particular, there are a number of symptoms that have been known to respond well to cannabis (or cannabis-related) therapies.

Here are 5 of these cannabis-related treatments for multiple sclerosis:

1: Inflammation
One of the major symptoms of MS is the inflammation of neural tissue where the body’s own immune cells attack the central nervous system.

Inflammation
This causes the myelin sheaths to be irreversibly damaged leading to other complications such as unstable mood, fatigue, muscle weakness and spasms as well as a loss of motor control.

With cannabis being well-known to reduce inflammation, the world’s first market-approved pharmaceutical – Sativex – has been produced, after much investigation. What was found was that agonists of the CB1-receptor offer the neuroprotective effect in individuals which, in turn, reduces the immune response and inflammation as a result.

2: Pain
This is one of the most common symptoms of MS that almost 50% to 70% of its patients suffer from. This can be due to neural tissue experiencing inflammation, muscle spasms, or spasticity pressuring the musculoskeletal system.

According to one research, MS has been found to manage pain. In fact, in a study conducted in 2005, cannabis, in the form of sublingual spray, was better than placebo in not only reducing pain but also sleep disturbances. This is because cannabis reduces both immune response and the resultant inflammation.

3: Muscle Spasms
About 80% of patients suffer from muscle spasms which makes this a common symptom of MS.

These spasms can cause a sharp but temporary pain that will disappear after a short time. Stiffness and tightness are also symptoms that are caused due to muscle spasticity.

Cannabis has been found to reduce both muscle spasms as well as muscle spasticity. This was proved in two studies conducted in 2005 and 2007. Since cannabis has a positive effect on both muscle spasms and spasticity, this will not only reduce the inflammation of the neurons, but slow down the progression of the disease as well.

Muscle Spasms

4: Clinical depression
About 50% of MS patients suffer from clinical depression. This can be caused by the nerves being damaged, or as a side-effect from the medication that is used to control the progression of the disease. Apart from severe depression, MS can also cause a number of symptom related to emotional dysfunction.

In a study with 112 MS patients suffering from depression, it was found that using cannabis to deal with symptoms of depression and emotional dysfunction affected 90% of them positively. Of course, this relationship between the two is complex and these improvements in mood may be due to improvements in other areas.

5: Gastrointestinal issues
The gastrointestinal issues that people face due to MS are faecal incontinence, constipation and abdominal pain. Without a doubt, they can be embarrassing, painful as well as distressing.

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About 30-50% of patients have reported struggling with these issues. However, with the use of cannabis treatment, all three of these issues have been reduced or eased.

Of course, cannabis has been associated with gastrointestinal dysfunction for a while and this is due to the positive effect that cannabinoids have on the CB-2 receptors, which helps in controlling gut function.

Cannabis can do much more for multiple sclerosis patients than you can imagine and there are a number of studies that have proved this. It’s time to consider this herb as a serious cure for these debilitating symptoms that most if not all MS patients suffer from.

So, are there any other MS related symptoms that can be treated by cannabis or cannabis-related treatments?

Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

epilepsy

Amylea Nunez, at the age of just 2 months, is the youngest epilepsy patient ever to receive cannabis oil treatment at a hospital in Colorado.

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Ever since her birth in December 2015, she has been suffering from seizures, due to being born with a rare form of epilepsy. After trying conventional treatment in the form of drug therapy for weeks, her parents began to look for alternative treatments.

Her father, Ernie, explains why they looked for alternative treatment, saying, “The medication she’s on is hard for her liver and so we’re trying to do something different that’s not so bad on her body.”

The alternative treatment that they sought was found in the form of cannabis oil – known as Charlotte’s Web. This oil has been known to treat severe seizures effectively, especially in children. For those concerned about whether it gets users high, the THC levels are very low, about 1 percent, actually.

Still, given how young Amylea is, using this cannabis oil as a treatment is controversial. This also explains why the Nunez family had to fight very hard to get the treatment approved by the doctor since she was still an in-patient at the Colorado hospital.

As a result, Amylea will also be a part of a case study that uses cannabis oil to treat seizures in young children.

This isn’t the first time that Charlotte’s Web cannabis oil has received national attention. Not very long ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta covered the profile of a young child named Charlotte Figi who was suffering from a rare epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. According to her doctors, she had been suffering about 300 grand mal seizures a week.

Of course, the doctors did everything in their power to stop the seizures but nothing worked. It was then that her parents decided to try this low-THC cannabis oil. The most amazing thing happened – the oil eliminated Figi’s seizures completely. Her parents now say that she is doing very well after the treatment.

A number of other children with these severe epileptic seizures have also enjoyed similar results with cannabis oil. Yet, with the treatment still considered illegal in certain states, the access to this form of alternative treatment remains out of reach.

A must watch interview with Amanda Reiman from the Drug Policy Alliance. Taken at the Green Flower Media’s Cannabis Health Summit 2016, explaining how cannabis can help people struggling with addiction, what to say to people that are leaning toward cannabis as an addiction treatment, etc. An educational video that could help thousands of people around the world!

 

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Marijuana influences men and women differently?

Recent studies now answer what marijuana users have always been asking. Does marijuana affect men and women differently? The answer is that sex actually affects the body’s response to cannabis!

The journal of “Drug and Alcohol Dependence,” recently published the discovery that males and females have different THC tolerance. Specifically speaking, females build up their THC tolerance faster than males.

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This research was conducted by Rebecca Craft,   psychology professor at Washington State University, who studied the THC effects on male and female rats, and discovered that female rats “are at least 30 percent more sensitive than males to the pain-relieving qualities of THC.”

The discovery, although, can be seen as positive or negative!

The bad news is, as explained by Craft, that female’s intensified susceptibility to the THC’s pain-relieving effects, most certainly means greater risk of the negative qualities of THC, such as “anxiety, paranoia and addiction.” This basically means that women are more likely to abuse marijuana and become addicted to it, than men.

High Times also reported:

Craft said other researchers, like Margaret Haney at the Columbia University Medical Center, have shown that women are more susceptible to cannabis abuse and dependence than men.

Haney has documented a cannabis withdrawal syndrome of irritability, sleep disruption and decreased food intake that Craft said tends to be more severe in women.

In her research, Craft studied the cannabis effects on female rats across their cycles. She found out that the levels of estrogen highly influence the body’s reaction to cannabis compounds. When the estrogen levels were at their minimum, after their piquing in the cycle, the female’s body was most affected by THC.

The last thing she reported to find was that after 10 days of THC treatment, tolerance was considerably higher in females than males as a result to the hormonal differences between the sexes.

marijuana-migraine

A study suggests that medical marijuana can help those suffering from migraine by reducing the number of times these headaches occur.

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Study author and professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Laura Borgelt, explains these findings, saying: “There was a substantial improvement for patients in their ability to function and feel better. Like any drug, marijuana has potential benefits and potential risks. It’s important for people to be aware that using medical marijuana can also have adverse effects. Any treatment decision should involve a conversation with their [healthcare] providers.”

The study collected data from 121 subjects who were suffering from migraine, where 103 of them found a reduction in the number of times these migraines occurred. 15 of these subjects said that the frequency of headaches remained the same, while three of them found it to have increased number of migraines.

Among the 103 people who noticed an improvement to their condition, the number of headaches they suffered from reduced from 10.6 to 4.6 headaches every month.

What the researchers also found was that most people used more than one type of marijuana, whether smoked, inhaled or even the edible type. Of these three types, people were more likely to use the inhaled variety for acute migraines, but chose the edible for prevention of headaches. It must be pointed out that half the subjects were also using prescription drugs for migraines during this study as well.

As for side effects with this form of treatment, 14 people experienced nausea, bad dreams and sleepiness during treatment. Also, there were more side effects with the use of edible marijuana than its other forms.

What the researchers admitted to was not knowing for sure how or why marijuana either worked or prevented the onset of migraines. Even the mechanisms of a migraine as a condition are not completely understood just yet. As for the results of the study, researchers were trying to find out why medical marijuana works as a treatment for migraines but couldn’t understand how it worked fully.
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Despite the limitations in understanding, what they said was that there were several pathways that could help explain why marijuana works for patients with migraines. In other words, the problem of migraine has to do with cannabinoid receptors that influence important neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Certain compounds in marijuana might affect these receptors.

What Borgelt also mentions is that serotonin quite possible plays an important role in migraine headaches. In particular, THC, a compound in marijuana that is responsible for its psychological effects, might serotonin levels too.

Yet despite these positive findings, she also states that people should not attempt to self-medicate using marijuana.

Throughout history, cannabis has been falsely accused to be the cause of many illnesses. Poorly executed, ruthless, senseless and unethical researches were published only to cover the truth about the healing herb.

The most atrocious experiment ever to be conducted was ordered by a former US president, Ronald Reagan. The research was performed on monkeys that consume 30 joints a day, and die 90 days later due to brain cells death. A negative cannabis propaganda has been spread ever since.

Many years after this experiment, we finally know the truth. It was revealed that the monkeys were consuming 63 instead of 30 joints a day, directly inhaling the smoke through gas masks. This vast amount of cannabis smoke would be delivered within 5 minutes. This treatment lasted for three months instead of one year. The end result – the monkeys passed away.

Watch the documentary and draw your own conclusion. The only truth in this research is how brutal and ruthless governments can be in manipulating the truth.

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