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 risk of lung cancer among habitual or long-term cannabis smokers.”

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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.” Various experiments on animals have shown that a lethal dose

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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 by patients with chronic PTSD.” Separate clinical trial data has

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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 of side effects including respiratory issues, damage to organs, and

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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 has spent 8.7 million dollars on research over the last

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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 and found that the initial shock coupled with situational reminders

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Jun 092014
 June 9, 2014
Cannabis Lab Testing In Washington Shows Inconsistencies

Lab testing in the cannabis industry has been an evolving thing. The first time I heard of lab testing was when my uncle went to Amsterdam, and he purchased cannabis. The retailer claimed he had multiple strains testing at 35% THC or higher. It wasn’t until I talked to a testing lab in Colorado years later that I was able to confirm that those levels in Amsterdam were false. The testing lab in Colorado explained that testing technology previously used was very inaccurate, and that current technology is getting results closer to the correct amounts. They were quick to say

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Jun 072014
 June 7, 2014
Marijuana May Provide Resillience Against Stress-Related Patholigies

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Maintaining “robust” encendocannabinoid signaling – which can be done through through the intake of cannabinoids – may provideprotection against stress and stress-related disorders, according to a new study published in the journal Seminars in Immunology, and published online by the National Institute of Health. According to the study, “CB1 receptor-endocannabinoid signaling is activated by stress and functions to buffer or dampen the behavioral and endocrine effects of acute stress.” It continues; “Its role in regulation of neuronal responses is more complex. Chronic variable stress exposure reduces endocannabinoid-CB1 receptor signaling and it is hypothesized that the resultant deficiency in endocannabinoid

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Jun 052014
 June 5, 2014
New Study: Marijuana Doesn't Increase Risk Of Psychosis, Alcohol Does

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A study published in last month’s issue of the journal Schizophrenia Research has found that cannabis use, regardless of how much and how often, does not increase an individual’s risk of psychosis. For the study, “170 people at CHR of psychosis were assessed at baseline on severity of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis using the Alcohol and Drug Use Scale. Participants were recruited across three sites over a four year period as part of the Enhancing the Prospective Prediction of Psychosis (PREDICT) study. Predictors of conversion to psychosis were examined using Cox proportional hazards models.” After conducting the study,

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Jun 042014
 June 4, 2014
New Study: Despite Perceived Risks, Dabbing Is Safe

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the most recent issue of the journal Addictive Behavior has found that dabbing – the process of consuming cannabis extracts such as butane hash oil – is safe and causes no more accidents than cannabis in any other form, despite consumers perceiving there being a greater risk. According to the study; “A new method for administering cannabinoids, called butane hash oil (“dabs”), is gaining popularity among marijuana users. Despite press reports that suggest that “dabbing” is riskier than smoking flower cannabis, no data address whether dabs users experience more problems from use than those who

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