Aug 032014
 August 3, 2014
Study: Marijuana Does Not Worsen Schizophrenia

Something that I hear Kevin Sabet allude to over and over is that marijuana use can cause schizophrenia, and that marijuana can worsen schizophrenia. Kevin Sabet is relying upon a study that has been debunked so many times it defies logic than he still clings to it like a life preserver vest. Yet another study is out that debunks this marijuana myth. Per Leaf Science: The study, published July 9 in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin, followed 110 individuals with a schizophrenia diagnosis over an 18 month period to determine whether cannabis [...]

Jul 312014
 July 31, 2014
University Of Arizona Won't Give Marijuana Researcher Her Job Back

Dr. Sue Sisley was supposed to lead a research project at the University of Arizona that explored how medical marijuana affects PTSD. Unfortunately for Dr. Sisley, and those who would have benefitted from her research, the University of Arizona terminated her employment prior to the start of the research project. Dr. Sisley appealed her termination, and this week the University of Arizona denied her appeal. The private funders of the research project have stated that if she didn’t get her job back, that they would pull funding for the project [...]

Does Marijuana Help You Exercise?

 Posted by at 7:02 AM on July 23, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jul 232014
 July 23, 2014
Does Marijuana Help You Exercise?

I like to exercise, especially playing basketball. Physical fitness is something that I have always tried to take seriously, although admittedly, I take it more serious at certain times compared to others. Currently, my physical fitness is not where it needs to be, but I’ll try to get that figured out sooner than later. A question I have received at TWB from time to time is ‘does marijuana help you exercise?’ I have lifted weights and played basketball after getting high, and it seems to put me in a zone [...]

Marijuana May Delay Vision Loss

 Posted by at 6:03 AM on July 2, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jul 022014
 July 2, 2014
Marijuana May Delay Vision Loss

One of the most inspiring people I have ever met is a guy named Nelacey Porter. Nelacey is funny, talented, can roll a blunt better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and is an amazing athlete. Nelacey is also blind. Nelacey wasn’t born blind. His vision started deteriorating when he was 11 years old. I met him in college and he would always explain to me that he wished he could go back in time and use cannabis at an earlier age because he thought it would have slowed down the [...]

Jun 272014
 June 27, 2014
Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of contracting lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data published online ahead of print in the International Journal of Cancer. An international team of investigators from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyzed data from six case-control studies involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world. Authors concluded, “Results from our pooled analyses provide little evidence for an increased [...]

How Safe Is Marijuana?

 Posted by at 6:47 AM on June 23, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jun 232014
 June 23, 2014
How Safe Is Marijuana?

By Robert Bergman Contrary to some popular belief, marijuana is actually a remarkably safe drug. Despite the fact that THC and other cannabinoids are the primary, active ingredients, there’s no study that suggests that its lethal. Other psychoactive drugs (like alcohol, aspirin, opiates, nicotine, and caffeine) have been known to cause fatal overdoses, but marijuana has never had that kind of effect. In 1988, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s own administrative judge, Francis Young, wrote, “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to mankind.” [...]

Jun 232014
 June 23, 2014
Oral THC Safely And Effectively Addresses Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The administration of oral THC mitigates symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the journal Clinical Drug Investigation. Investigators at the Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem assessed the safety and efficacy of oral THC as an adjunct treatment in ten subjects with chronic PTSD. Researchers reported, “The intervention caused a statistically significant improvement in global symptom severity, sleep quality, frequency of nightmares, and PTSD hyperarousal symptoms.” They concluded, “Orally absorbable delta-9-THC was safe and well tolerated [...]

Jun 172014
 June 17, 2014
Medical Marijuana Could Help Treat Sickle Cell Disease

People who suffer from sickle cell disease have to deal with a lot of pain. Patients with sickle cell disease have crescent shaped blood cells, compared to disc shaped blood cells in people who don’t suffer from sickle cell disease. These cells block blood flow, which causes pain, fatigue, and organ damage. I’ve heard people that suffer from sickle cell disease describe the pain as being like nails poking their entire body. Doctors usually prescribe opiate based pain killers like morphine for sickle cell disease. Opiate prescriptions have a lot [...]

Jun 162014
 June 16, 2014
Colorado To Grant Nine Million Dollars For Medical Marijuana Research

Colorado is about to start the largest state-funded effort to research medical marijuana. A bill was signed earlier this year that approved millions of dollars for marijuana research in Colorado. The bill should result in roughly 9 million dollars in research grants being handed out over the next five years. Marijuana research has always been hindered by the federal government, who does it’s own research in secret and tries to fight attempts by others. There have been privately funded research projects, but those projects are always limited by funding. California [...]

Study Shows Marijuana Can Treat PTSD

 Posted by at 6:24 AM on June 10, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jun 102014
 June 10, 2014
Study Shows Marijuana Can Treat PTSD

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study e-published ahead of print by Neuropsychopharmacology, the official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, has determined that cannabinoids can help treat, or even prevent, the effects of PTSD. Scientists from the Department of Psychology of the University of Haifa in Israel examined rat models suffering from shock-induced PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). The rats were each given an injection of either a cannabinoid receptor agonist (a substance that mimics the effects of cannabis) or a control placebo 2 hours after the shock. After a week the scientists examined the rats [...]