Can Marijuana Kill You?

 Posted by at 9:20 AM on March 1, 2014  Marijuana Science
Mar 012014
 March 1, 2014
Can Marijuana Kill You?

By Mitch Earleywine A recent headline reads: “Can Marijuana Kill You? German Scientists Say Yes.” The article focuses on a study of two (count ‘em, two!) young men who died while they had detectable levels of THC in their blood. I take a lot of pleasure in this kind of melodrama. If prohibitionists are stooping this low, we must really be frightening them. (It’s not completely pharmacologically ridiculous. Marijuana does increase heart rate. In fact, it can jack up heart rate almost as much as an espresso or energy drink. Maybe if [...]

Feb 282014
 February 28, 2014
New Study: Marijuana May Treat Schizophrenia

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis may treat schizophrenia. “Clinical and neurobiological findings suggest that the cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system may be implicated in the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia”, begins the study’s abstract. “We described that the spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) strain presents a schizophrenia behavioral phenotype that is specifically attenuated by antipsychotic drugs, and potentiated by proschizophrenia manipulations. Based on these findings, we have suggested this [...]

Feb 172014
 February 17, 2014
New Study Finds Cannabinoids An Effective Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal European Neurology, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that Sativex - a medicinal spray made from the cannabis plant – is an effective and safe treatment option for “moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS)”. According to researchers: “Nabiximols (Sativex®), a cannabinoid-based oromucosal spray, is an add-on therapy for patients with moderate to severe multiple sclerosis spasticity (MSS) resistant to other medications. The primary objective was to provide real-life observational data of clinical experience of nabiximols [...]

Feb 152014
 February 15, 2014
University Of Colorado Begins Mapping Cannabis Genome

Courtesy of The Joint Blog With cannabis recently legalized in parts of the country, scientists who have been sitting on their hands for years can now study the plant in its natural form – scientists like those at the University of Colorado Boulder, who have announced the launch of the Cannabis Genome Research Initiative. The goal of the eighteen-month endeavor is to map the DNA makeup of cannabis, and to provide more knowledge about the plant’s history. “Despite the fact that cannabis is one of the most valuable and historically important crop species, we know [...]

Feb 122014
 February 12, 2014
Study Concludes Marijuana Increases Appetite By Enhancing Sense Of Smell

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience has revealed why cannabis can act as an appetite stimulant. A group of European scientists examined the standard smelling and eating patterns of mice, and compared them to patterns exhibited by mice given THC. Both groups of mice were offered almond and banana oils; while the mice in the control group sniffed the oils and eventually lost interest, the group of mice who were administered THC just kept sniffing. When offered food, the mice who were given THC [...]

Feb 102014
 February 10, 2014
Marijuana May Offer Alternative To Electromagnetic Therapy For Chronic Stress

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study examining the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or electromagnetic therapy, has revealed that cannabis may provide an alternative treatment option for those suffering chronic unpredictable mild stress. Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry,Department of Anesthesiology and Institute of Neuroscience of Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, in Xi’an, China, first examined the specific symptoms of chronic unpredictable mild stress in rats through a series of tests; a sucrose preference test, a forced swimming test, and an open-field test. Researchers also measured hippocampal CB1 receptor expression and cell proliferation. The [...]

Feb 092014
 February 9, 2014
New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Osteoarthritis

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Neurosciencehas found that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis. According to the study; “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease associated with articular cartilage degradation. The major clinical outcome of osteoarthritis is a complex pain state that includes both nociceptive and neuropathic mechanisms.” It continues; “Currently, the therapeutic approaches for osteoarthritis are limited as no drugs are available to control the disease progression and the analgesic treatment has restricted efficacy. Increasing evidence from preclinical [...]

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 [...]