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Marijuana Compound Helps Stop Epileptic Seizures. Harvard Study: Smoking Weed Improves Brain Functions. People are forever wandering onto KINDLAND territory and wondering out loud: What makes you people so goddamn smart?

Harvard Study: Smoking Weed Improves Brain Functions

Well, scientific findings recently published in Frontiers in Pharmacology may have cleared up that mystery once and for all. Preliminary investigations by medical researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University indicate that pot use improves cognitive performance. » Wyden And Blumenauer Introduce "Path to Marijuana Reform" Bills. Program Note: If truth be told, I was planning on taking today off from writing. » Wyden And Blumenauer Introduce "Path to Marijuana Reform" Bills

I had a pretty full day lined up, with errands and car repairs and other real-world chores that needed doing. So I was just going to run a repeat column today, with my apologies. Instead, I'm presenting the full text of a press release by Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who both hail from Oregon. Harvard Study: Smoking Weed Improves Brain Functions. Medical Marijuana Facility Approved in Bridgeport: Report - Norristown, PA Patch. Jeff Sessions Offers No Straight Answers On How He'll Handle Legal Marijuana. Medscape Access. Philadelphia to start with 3 medical marijuana dispensary permits. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is aiming to initially give out three medical marijuana dispensary permits in Philadelphia as part of the state's new law that legalizes the drug for patients suffering from select conditions.

Philadelphia to start with 3 medical marijuana dispensary permits

In addition to the locations of the permits, on Wednesday morning the department announced new regulations and guidelines as part of the rollout of the law. The next step will be to accept applications for marijuana growers and processors, as well as distributors. Applications will be posted on the department's website Jan. 17 and must be submitted between Feb. 20 and March 20.

To start, there will be 12 applications for growers and processors and 27 applications for distributors, which will be split up geographically based on the expected needs of patients. In deciding where to give out the dispensary permits, the department divided Pennsylvania into six regions. The Southeast Region will get 10 dispensary permits. The new medical marijuana law, signed by Gov. Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy. TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A purified oral version of a marijuana compound may help with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, two new clinical trials show.

Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

The researchers found that the compound, cannabidiol (CBD), helped reduce seizure frequency in children and adults with two hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. The drug is still experimental, and doctors stressed that it did not help everyone and is not a "cure. " On the other hand, they called the results "very encouraging," given how difficult it is to manage the seizure disorders. "It's always a good day when we have a potential new option to offer these patients," said Dr. Marijuana may help combat substance abuse, mental health disorders. The new review suggests marijuana may help treat substance use disorders and some mental health conditions.

Marijuana may help combat substance abuse, mental health disorders

In the journal Clinical Psychology Review, researchers suggest marijuana use has the potential to help treat some individuals with substance use disorders, such as opioid addiction. What is more, the review - led by Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada - suggests using marijuana could help alleviate symptoms of some mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While marijuana, or cannabis, remains the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, with around 22.2 million users in the past month, it is becoming increasingly legalized for medical and/or recreational purposes. Key elements of Pa.'s new medical marijuana law. HARRISBURG, Pa.

Key elements of Pa.'s new medical marijuana law

—Pennsylvania has become the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program. - Download the WGAL app Democratic Gov. Key elements of Pa.'s new medical marijuana law. Impact of adolescent marijuana use on intelligence: Results from two longitudinal twin studies. Author Affiliations Edited by Valerie F.

Impact of adolescent marijuana use on intelligence: Results from two longitudinal twin studies

Reyna, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and accepted by the Editorial Board December 14, 2015 (received for review August 20, 2015) Significance Marijuana is the most commonly used recreational drug in the United States. New & Newsworthy. Article Highlights Also of Interest Article Highlights.

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A New Study Questions The Link Between Teen Pot Smoking And IQ Decline. Cannabis effects on PTSD: Can smoking medical marijuana reduce symptoms? Clinical research from New Mexico supports a conclusion that smoking cannabis [marijuana] is associated with PTSD symptom reduction in some patients.

Cannabis effects on PTSD: Can smoking medical marijuana reduce symptoms?

Cannabis effects on PTSD: Can smoking medical marijuana reduce symptoms? Marijuana May Hold Promise As Treatment For PTSD. More than 5 million people suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) annually, and new research suggests that cannabis may help them find relief and may even offer better care than the current class of drugs commonly used to treat the disorder.

Marijuana May Hold Promise As Treatment For PTSD

According to research published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the administering of synthetic cannabinoids to rats after a traumatic event can prevent behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD by triggering changes in brain centers associated with the formation and holding of traumatic memories. The study adds to a growing body of research that "contributes to the understanding of the brain basis of the positive effect cannabis has on PTSD," the researchers note. While cannabinoids occur naturally in the cannabis plant, this research was done with WIN 55,212-2, a synthetic cannabinoid that produces a similar, effect to that of THC, marijuana's main psychoactive compound. One of the study's lead authors, Dr. Neuropsychopharmacology - Cannabinoids Prevent the Effects of a Footshock Followed by Situational Reminders on Emotional Processing. RIA neuroscience study points to possible use of medical marijuana for depression.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Scientists at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) are studying chronic stress and depression, with a focus on endocannabinoids, which are brain chemicals similar to substances in marijuana. The findings raise the possibility that components of marijuana may be useful in reducing depression that results from chronic stress. “In the animal models we studied, we saw that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior,” says RIA senior research scientist Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD. Endocannabinoids are naturally produced chemical compounds in the brain that affect motor control, cognition, emotions and behavior. Medical Marijuana States See Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%

Throughout the United States, prescription drug overdoses have been a major problem. But now, with the rise of medical marijuana in many states the number of deaths from pharmaceutical painkillers has been plummeting. In states where medical marijuana is legal, deaths have been dropping 25%. This rate is consistent with the growing rate of medical marijuana use. This seems to indicate, to most, that the reason for the decline is due to more and more people abandoning the harsher painkillers, and opting for the plant form of relief. Congress quietly ends federal government's ban on medical marijuana.

Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill's passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed by legalization advocates. It brings almost to a close two decades of tension between the states and Washington over medical use of marijuana. Under the provision, states where medical pot is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so. Marijuana extract halves seizures in children with epilepsy.

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two studies presented at an epilepsy conference this week show cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive derivative of marijuana, can help children with severe and rare forms of the condition. Four studies are expected to be presented at the American Epilepsy Society's annual meeting in Philadelphia showing CBD can effectively be used to reduce seizures in patients for whom other treatments have not worked. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders support marijuana reform, citing faulty data. The “war on drugs” has become a chief target for Democratic presidential hopefuls who use outsized rhetoric to say drug laws, particularly those regarding marijuana, are filling the nation’s prisons and jails with nonviolent offenders who shouldn’t be behind bars. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton blamed “low-level offenses that are primarily due to marijuana,” while Sen.

Smoking extra potent 'skunk' pot causes brain damage, scientists say. LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- In scanning the brains of drug users, researchers at Kings College London found smokers of high-potency pot had smaller amounts of white brain matter inside their corpus callosum, a neural pathway connecting the left and right halves of the brain. While pot smokers generally showed more damage to the corpus callosum than non-smokers, those who smoked super strong weed known as 'skunk' showed more significant white matter loss. Scientists performed MRI scans on the brains of 56 patients who had visited a London hospital reporting a first episode of psychosis. Britain’s patient outlaws. On a cold spring evening I catch a fast train from London to Maidstone in Kent, to meet Clark French, a young man with multiple sclerosis. I’m joining him and his companions from the United Patients Alliance (UPA) on a road tour of the UK.

Study Says Long Term Teen Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Problems Later In Life. A new study found that marijuana use during adolescence up until adulthood does not cause significant physical and mental health problems later in life. Pain Medicine News Mobile. Driving Under the Influence, of Marijuana. New study casts doubts on effectiveness of drug testing students. A Gift from the Gods: The History of Cannabis and Religion. Cannabis-Related Working Memory Deficits and Associated Subcortical Morphological Differences in Healthy Individuals and Schizophrenia Subjects.

+ Author Affiliations. Courts, US public at odds over worker firings for 'legal' marijuana use. By Daniel B.