Apr 022014
 April 2, 2014
Higher Potency Marijuana Doesn't Predict Dependence

Researchers in the Netherlands have concluded that the THC potency of marijuana used by consumers does not reliably predict their risk for marijuana dependence.  The amount of THC consumed, whether from low-potency or high-potency sources, also did not tend to indicate a person’s chance of marijuana dependence. Peggy van der Pol, a doctoral candidate at the Trimbos Institute of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction and her team decided to investigate the commonly held belief that marijuana smokers who use higher potency varieties will adjust their smoking pattern to use less marijuana. The researchers looked at 98 young

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Can You Overdose On Marijuana?

 Posted by at 6:49 AM on March 24, 2014  Marijuana Science
Mar 242014
 March 24, 2014
Can You Overdose On Marijuana?

By Robert Bergman Fatal cannabis overdose in humans is a thing that simply doesn’t exist. The scarcity of cannabinoid receptors in the medullary nuclei (the part of the brain that controls respiratory and cardiovascular functions) is largely the reason why there have been no reports of fatal cannabis overdose in humans, Nevertheless, heavy doses can produce certain unpleasant reactions. In some rare cases, moderate doses could result in acute panic reactions characterized by anxiety, paranoia, self-consciousness, loss of self-control, wild racing thoughts, and disorientation. Fortunately, these reactions tend to subside with a few hours with no medical treatment required. Sufferers

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Mar 182014
 March 18, 2014
Inhaled Marijuana Mitigates Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Inhaling whole-plant cannabis provides symptomatic relief in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to observational trial data published in the March/April edition of the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that results in tremor, slowed movement, and muscle rigidity. Investigators at Tel Aviv University, Department of Neurology evaluated Parkinson’s disease symptoms in 22 patients at baseline and 30-minutes after inhaling cannabis. Researchers reported that inhaled cannabis was associated with “significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinsea (slowness of movement). There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain

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Mar 162014
 March 16, 2014
Pediatric Epilepsy And CBD Seminar With Dr. Bonni Goldstein

There has been a significant increase in CBD legislation recently across the country. While I don’t like the idea of CBD only legislation, I recognize that CBD is needed by many people, and the quicker we can get it in patient’s hands the better. I get questions all the time from patients in non-medical marijuana states asking if CBD would help them or someone that they care for, especially for those suffering from epilepsy. CBD has proven to be a very effective medicine for those suffering from epilepsy, and if you suffer from epilepsy or know someone that does, I

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Can Dabs Be Safe?

 Posted by at 6:47 AM on March 3, 2014  Marijuana Science
Mar 032014
 March 3, 2014
Can Dabs Be Safe?

In this interview with Steep Hill Halent Labs Founder & COO, Addison Demoura, will answer some of the Cannabis testing industry’s most timely and concerning questions, like: What is the problem with only testing for THC? Are concentrates safer than simply smoking with a lighter? Where are we going in terms of state regulation as legalization spreads? What are the main things you deserve to be aware and mindful of, as you choose how & where to get your personal, or collectives cannabis products tested? If you want to get the biggest, smoothest hits from a vape pen, and look

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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 you already had a weak heart and a coffee and

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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 strain as an animal model of schizophrenia. “The aim of

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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 in contrast to formal clinical trials of effectiveness.” Researchers used

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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 comparatively little about the plant,” says Nolan Kane of CU‘s Department of

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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 also ate substantially more than the control group. Upon examining

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