Cannabis Science, Inc. - The Patient's Voice for Alternative Medicine. The Psychiatrist: Pot luck and the cannabis conundrum. The supposed link between cannabis and schizophrenia seems to be a major plank in the argument against decriminalising drugs Can drugs induce psychosis?
Psychiatrists are divided, although psychotic patients who claim that their drinks have been “spiked” are not uncommon. It’s a way of understanding why you feel strange or have had hallucinations, especially in the UK, where an estimated half a million ecstasy tablets are taken every week. The chief suspect for causing psychosis amid classified drugs, however, is cannabis. The supposed link between cannabis and schizophrenia seems to be a major plank in the argument against decriminalising drugs, although in the rogues’ gallery of health risks cannabis hardly compares to nicotine, alcohol or even refined carbohydrates. The problem with drugs is that they come in all sorts of unregulated, and thus different, forms. Many patients with chronic paranoid schizophrenia live rather limited lives.
Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2014. Cannabinoids and the immune system: pot - PubMed Mobile. Low doses of THC (cannabis) can halt brain damage, study suggests. May 30, 2013 — hough marijuana is a well-known recreational drug, extensive scientific research has been conducted on the therapeutic properties of marijuana in the last decade.
Medical cannabis is often used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms. Now Prof. Yosef Sarne of Tel Aviv University's Adelson Center for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine says that the drug has neuroprotective qualities as well. He has found that extremely low doses of THC -- the psychoactive component of marijuana -- protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs. Brain damage can have consequences ranging from mild cognitive deficits to severe neurological damage. Conditioning the brain While performing experiments on the biology of cannabis, Prof. Preventative and long-term use Prof. Professor David Nutt - The Inconvenient Truth About Drugs. New York: 600 Physicians Call On Legislature To Pass Medical Marijuana Bill.
Doctors Say They Should be Able to Recommend Marijuana as an Effective Medication By Steve Elliott Hemp News More than 600 New York physicians on Thursday will announce their support for a carefully regulated medical marijuana program for seriously ill state residents.
Physicians from all over the state have signed a statement affirming that doctors should not be punished for recommending the use of marijuana for seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be subject to criminal sanctions for using marijuana if the patient's physicians have told them such use may be beneficial, according to NY Physicians for Compassionate Care . The announcement comes as lawmakers in Albany consider the Compassionate Care Act -- A. 6357 (Gottfried)/S. 4406 (Savino) -- which would allow healthcare practitioners to talk to their patients about medical marijuana and authorize those with serious, debilitating illnesses so that they can access medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Cannabinoids Improve Efficiency Of Mitochondria And Remove Damaged Brain Cells. A recent study conducted by Andras Biokei-Gorzo at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany is suggesting that marijuana(or the activation of the brain’s cannabinoid system) triggers the release of antioxidants, which act as a cleansing mechanism.
This process is known to remove damaged cells and improve the efficiency of mitochondria. Mitochondria is the energy source that powers cells. The study was published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, B. You can read the entire study here. These discoveries shed new insight on how natural marijuana cannabinoids hold the capacity to literally kill the brain inflammation responsible for causing cognitive decline, neural failure, and brain degeneration. Cannabinoids refer to any of a group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. Learn more about the hemp plant! Cannabis and the Need for a Paradigm Shift. By Ed Bliss Introduction Cannabis is illegal because it is stuck in an artificially created paradigm designed by many different prohibitionists with equally varied motivations for maintaining this status quo.
So entrenched is the current paradigm in the public consciousness, and so powerful are the forces behind prohibition, that a piecemeal approach, no matter how validated by fact, is insufficient to combat it. In order to properly liberate cannabis, and those who wish to benefit from it, the existing paradigm must be systematically and holistically dismantled and replaced with the truth. The current paradigm places cannabis alongside chemical drugs such as heroin and cocaine and charges it with being addictive, dangerous to health, demotivating, a menace to children and society, and a gateway to other drug habits. This article hopes to provide a discussion point as to how the minority of us, the active anti-prohibitionists, can affect this shift in public consciousness. Time to overturn the 1971 drugs law. The UK government spends around 3 billion a year on its current drugs policy.
We know from research, such as the recent report from the UK Drugs Policy Commission, that the war on drugs isnt working. Imagine if we spent this money on rehabilitation and prevention. As Ive said before, we need to develop a new approach that treats drugs as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one. We commend the government for commissioning a new study, which will send Jeremy Browne MP to Portugal and the US to investigate alternative approaches.
This is an important step in the right direction. If the war on drugs were a business, wed have shut it down immediately. The current approach in the UK is based on the Misuse of Drugs Act from 1971. For more on the progress being made to tackle the failed war on drugs, take a look at the updated version of my book, Screw Business as Usual. Cannabis linked to prevention of diabetes - Health News - Health & Families. If the link is proved, it could lead to the development of treatments based on the active ingredient of cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), without its intoxicating effects.
Researchers have found that regular users of the drug had lower levels of the hormone insulin after fasting – a signal that they are protected against diabetes. They also had reduced insulin resistance. Cannabis is widely smoked in the United States with over 17 million current users of whom more than four million smoke it on a daily basis. In the UK latest figures show 2.3 million people used cannabis in the last year, but the numbers have declined in the last decade. Two US states have recently legalised its recreational use and 19 others have legalised it for medical purposes by patients with one of several conditions including multiple sclerosis and cancer. Two previous surveys had also shown that although cannabis users consume more calories they have a lower body mass index.
Russ Belville: Denver Rehab Businessman Fears Kids Will Inject Marijuana. When you battle drug prohibitionists long enough you're bound to read some crazy things.
The latest comes from a boardmember of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana -- Kevin Sabet's anti-pot propaganda organ) named Dr. Christian Thurstone. In his latest blog screed entitled "Higher and Higher" , he laments that the teenagers sentenced to his business, the largest rehab facility in Colorado, are testing with higher and higher levels of marijuana metabolites in their pee. He worries about the new, super-potent marijuana and concentrates, and then, seriously, writes this: It is reasonable now to question how much longer it will be before we see injection use of THC -- especially as marijuana is legalized. Older readers will remember the parody PSA on Saturday Night Live around 1976 where Chevy Chase rolls up a doobie, takes off his belt, ties off his arm, and repeatedly stabs the joint at his veins, as Dan Aykroyd intones "Why do you think they call it dope? " Hmm. Cannabis Induces a Clinical Respo... [Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013. USA TODAY.
British press misrepresents research on cannabis liberalisation experiments. A few weeks ago, several sections of the British Press (e.g. ) reported results from ‘two major research studies’, which supposedly found that cannabis reclassification (from Class B to C) under Labour had led to an increase in drug use and crime.
It has since emerged that the ‘two major research studies’ are actually unpublished findings, discussed only at an academic conference and yet to undergo peer review. Presenting findings to other academics is a common preliminary stage for research, since it allows authors to gain feedback from experts – but the paper has not been subjected to oustide scrutiny, and findings that may be present at the preliminary stage may well change or not be included in any final report.
But the reporting fails to point out that these are not published academic works, making it almost impossible for the public to judge the reliability of the findings. For people who had never used cannabis before, rates of use increased after the reclassification. Google+ Large Study Finds No Link between Marijuana and Lung Cancer. The smoke from burning marijuana leaves contains several known carcinogens and the tar it creates contains 50 percent more of some of the chemicals linked to lung cancer than tobacco smoke.
A marijuana cigarette also deposits four times as much of that tar as an equivalent tobacco one. Scientists were therefore surprised to learn that a study of more than 2,000 people found no increase in the risk of developing lung cancer for marijuana smokers. "We expected that we would find that a history of heavy marijuana use--more than 500 to 1,000 uses--would increase the risk of cancer from several years to decades after exposure to marijuana," explains physician Donald Tashkin of the University of California, Los Angeles, and lead researcher on the project. But looking at residents of Los Angeles County, the scientists found that even those who smoked more than 20,000 joints in their life did not have an increased risk of lung cancer. UKCSC » United Kingdom Cannabis Social ClubsUKCSC » United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs.
Over 10,000 people at London 420 cannabis smoke out in Hyde Park. By Deej Sulivan APRIL the 20th has for years meant only one thing for the cannabis community – a chance to protest. All over the world tokers of all shapes and sizes come together to protest against the unjust laws which criminalise them for partaking in their favourite herb. In the UK the focal point of our 4/20 protests has for a number of years been Hyde Park in London, and this year was no exception. With the continued rise of the UKCSCs in the last 12 months, coupled with the great weather and the fact that 4/20 fell on a Saturday; expectations were high for this year’s event.
The number of people who had said they would be attending on the Facebook page had reached over 5000 by Saturday morning, but no one really expected that many to turn up. 420 cannabis smoke out at Hyde Park, London, 2013 When I arrived, at around 1pm, there were probably a few hundred people already there. Cannabis campaigner Greg de Hoedt share. Understanding the science of cannabis is integral to appropriate regulation and use. (NaturalNews) Cannabis is a plant with demonstrable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both aspects that point to its potential to be used as an anti-cancer drug. Cannabinoids have been used in tentative studies, demonstrating their ability to greatly reduce tumours, and cure cancer, in mice. A controlled substance The medical establishment continues to reinvent their justification for the demonization of marijuana as more and more of the claims made against cannabis are disproven. The justification currently holding the most ground is that cannabis is a plant, and cannot be carefully regulated because of the great chemical variability that is found between individual plants.
Of course, medications have to be carefully monitored when the substance being used is also a poison at a slightly higher dose, as the overwhelming majority of pharmaceuticals are. A medicine to save us from medicines Inaugural beginnings of real science Sources for this article include: UK Medical Marijuana Community.
Cannabis Seeds 4 Free. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal: Adequate and Well-Controlled Studies Proving Medical Efficacy of Cannabis Exist but Are Ignored by Marijuana Schedulers. After a 40-year battle over the placement of marijuana in Schedule I, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, ruled in January on the most recent petition to reschedule marijuana in the case of AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS (ASA) v.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA). The court ruled that the DEA had not acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it denied ASA's petition filed 9 years earlier to remove marijuana from Schedule I. Schedule I drugs have "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States" and "a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision" -- a classification that holds marijuana more dangerous than cocaine, morphine, or methamphetamine, all listed in Schedule II with accepted medical uses.
The court ruled that the research needed to move marijuana out of Schedule I does not exist. So why do the feds not include marijuana resin extract studies when weighing marijuana's evidence base? Forty years later, the ASA v. Dr. Kristina Marie. Bedfordshire Local News, Local News Headlines in Bedford. A KEEN runner is set to take on a challenging race in order to raise cash for more research to be done into the use of cannabis oil to treat cancer patients. Anna Bragga, 47, of Conduit Road, Bedford, signed up for the Sandy 10 run, a 10 mile run organised by Biggleswade Athletic Club, in February but wasn’t sure which charity she wanted to run for.
After undertaking research of her own she discovered Hertfordshire based Dr Hadwen Trust which has agreed to support her campaign ‘Running for Oil’ so that scientists can learn more about the effect cannabis has on helping cancer patients and people with brain tumours. However as cannabis is an illegal substance in the UK, Anna decided to raise money so that experts can provide enough evidence of its benefits to allow it to be prescribed to sufferers.
Anna, who runs her own public relations firm, said: “I have always been a very physically active person, finding it unnatural to spend hours each day sitting at a desk staring at screen. Brain imaging insight into cannabis as a pain killer. Public release date: 20-Dec-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Press Officepress.firstname.lastname@example.org 44-186-528-0530University of Oxford The pain relief offered by cannabis varies greatly between individuals, a brain imaging study carried out at the University of Oxford suggests. The researchers found that an oral tablet of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, tended to make the experience of pain more bearable, rather than actually reduce the intensity of the pain. MRI brain imaging showed reduced activity in key areas of the brain that substantiated the pain relief the study participants experienced.
'We have revealed new information about the neural basis of cannabis-induced pain relief,' says Dr Michael Lee of Oxford University's Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB). He adds: 'Our small-scale study, in a controlled setting, involved 12 healthy men and only one of many compounds that can be derived from cannabis. About PAIN® Video - Cancer survivor says medical marijuana saved her - Kansas City Political Buzz. Cannabis Can Cure Cancer. The Data is Very Strong: Marijuana Plant Extract Stops Cancers From Spreading. What are the real risks of taking cannabis? Marijuana Found to Kill Cancer Cells – The Marijuana and Cancer Relationship. Medical marijuana goes on sale in Czech pharmacies. Anticancer Activity of Cannabinoids Dr Donald Tashkin MD.
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