Feb 082014
 February 8, 2014
Marijuana May Delay Retinal Degeneration, Says New Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in this month’s issue of the journal Experimental Eye Research, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoids – compounds found naturally in cannabis – may delay retinal degeneration in those with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that often causes blindness. “Cannabinoids have been demonstrated to exert neuroprotective effects on different types of neuronal insults”, begins the study’s abstract. According to researchers, the goal of the study is to address the theraputic potential of cannabinoids “on photoreceptor degeneration, synaptic connectivity and functional activity [...]

Jan 312014
 January 31, 2014
Marijuana Can Treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia According To Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the journal Case Reports in Oncology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis can treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the white blood cells. According to researchers; “Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells and is typically well treated with combination chemotherapy, with a remission state after 5 years of 94% in children and 30-40% in adults. This case study is on a 14-year-old patient diagnosed with a very aggressive form [...]

The Paradoxical Effects Of Marijuana

 Posted by at 6:28 AM on January 30, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jan 302014
 January 30, 2014
The Paradoxical Effects Of Marijuana

By Robert Bergman Marijuana has the “paradoxical” ability to produce reactions that are often diametrically opposed. For instance, it can typically be used to ease nausea, spasticity, pain, and insomnia, but it can also magnify those problems for certain individuals. Marijuana is also known for its ability to produce euphoria, pleasure, or relaxation at one time and depression or anxiety at another. In large part, marijuana’s paradoxical nature stems from the fact that its effects are filtered through the highest centers of human consciousness. That’s why the French poet Baudelaire [...]

Jan 272014
 January 27, 2014
Could Cannabis Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis? New Study Says It May

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis – may provide a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues. “Recent studies have suggested immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) activation”, states the study’s abstract. Despite these recent studies, researchers say that the connection between these cannabinoid receptors and rheumatoid arthritis has been much less observed, leading them to conduct this study. According to [...]

Jan 222014
 January 22, 2014
New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Panic Disorders

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannbinoids may treat panic disorders. “The present study investigated the effects of systemic or intra-dorsolateral periaqueductal gray (dlPAG) administration of CB1 agonists [meant to mimic cannabinoids] on behavioural changes induced in rats by predator (a live cat) exposure, a model of panic responses”, claims the study’s abstract. After conducting the study, researchers concluded that; “These results suggest that modulation of the cannabinoid system could be a target in the [...]

Jan 162014
 January 16, 2014
Marijuana An Effective Treatment For Neuropathic Pain, Says New Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel group study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Pain, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis can significantly reduce pain and improve sleep in those with neuropathic pain. For the study; “303 patients with PNP (peripheral neuropathic pain) associated with allodynia were screened; 128 were randomized to THC/CBD spray and 118 to placebo, in addition to their current analgesic therapy.” After conducting the study, which used a spray made from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), [...]

Jan 132014
 January 13, 2014
New Study: Marijuana May Protect Liver From Alcohol Related Damage

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine has found that cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis, can prevent damage to the liver caused by alcohol consumption. According to the study’s abstract; “Acute alcohol drinking induces steatosis, and effective prevention of steatosis can protect liver from progressive damage caused by alcohol. Increased oxidative stress has been reported as one mechanism underlying alcohol-induced steatosis.” It continues; “We evaluated whether cannabidiol, which has been reported to function as an antioxidant, can protect the liver from alcohol-generated oxidative [...]

Can Using Marijuana Lower Your IQ?

 Posted by at 12:49 PM on January 12, 2014  Marijuana Science
Jan 122014
 January 12, 2014
Can Using Marijuana Lower Your IQ?

For many decades marijuana opponents would cling to the argument that smoking marijuana makes you stupid. These opponents would claim that marijuana use, by itself, would make an otherwise smart person an idiot. Marijuana opponents would completely disregard examples of very successful people that consumed marijuana, and try instead to use boogeyman tactics in order to scare people into thinking that marijuana significantly lowers the IQ of anyone that uses it. Fortunately for intelligent marijuana consumers, science is on our side. In August of 2012 a study was released which [...]

Jan 072014
 January 7, 2014
Cannabinoids Can Treat Multiple Sclerosis Better Than Pharmaceuticals

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in the journal Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found promising evidence that cannabinoids can provide a natural treatment for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. “In an experimental mouse model of MS-related spasticity, Sativex [a product made entirely from cannabis] dose-dependently improved hind limb flexion/stiffness and a dosage of 10 mg/kg was shown to be as [or more] effective as the most widely established anti-spasticity treatment baclofen (5 mg/kg)”, claims the study. According to researchers at the Institute of [...]

Jan 052014
 January 5, 2014
Does Marijuana Have Any Affect On Hormone Based Birth Control?

An eye opening article came out in Jezebel discussing the piece ran by Vanity Fair about the potentially lethal birth control Nuva Ring. According to the FDA, there is a fifty-six percent increase risk of blood clots, and that percent can climb even higher if you are a female cigarette smoker. After Ericka Lang suffered a massive heart attack -which was the direct result of using the Nuva Ring- her mother has made it her mission to inform women that labeling an “increased risk” of embolisms was a shady practice because many women might change their mind [...]