Archive for June, 2016

One afternoon earlier this month, Masamitsu Yamamoto showed up at the Tokyo District Court to attend a session of his criminal trial for an alleged violati

Source: Man in race against cancer leads Japanese fight for medical use of marijuana | The Japan Times

Scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Source: Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain cells — ScienceDaily

A new study finds THC reduces amyloid beta proteins in human neurons.

Source: Cannabinoids May Reduce Alzheimer’s Proteins From Brain Cells – Neuroscience News

The mainstream press is turning to embrace medical marijuana, which is now acknowledging that it is more effective and certainly safer than many pharmaceutical drugs.

Source: Pharmaceutical Strength Marijuana: The Future of Cancer Treatment?

David Hibbitt, from Stoke-on-Trent, was diagnosed with the disease in July 2012 and underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The cannabis oil cost him £50 a gram.

Source: David Hibbitt who claimed cannabis oil cured his cancer dies a year later | Daily Mail Online

What did he do when it returned?  Did he resume taking the cannabis oil?  Many unknowns.


Marijuana often is used to self treat chronic pain and, with 24 states legalizing medical use of the herb, experts have published guidance for physicians caring for patients who use cannabis. The paper also identified opportunities for future research required to better understand the health effects of cannabinoids.

Source: Experts off guidance on medical marijuana for pain — ScienceDaily

Source: Canada: Rising Popularity Of Medical Cannabis Among Veterans Associated With Declining Opioid Use | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Source: CDC: Changes In State Marijuana Laws Associated With Declining Teen Use | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with abnormal brain structure in children, according to a new study. Compared with unexposed children, those who were prenatally exposed to cannabis had a thicker prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain involved in complex cognition, decision-making, and working memory.

Source: Cannabis use during pregnancy may affect brain development in offspring: Thicker prefrontal cortex — ScienceDaily

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has publicly supported ending prohibition in that country, is becoming something of a trailblazer when it comes to world leaders’ positions on marijuana policy. Washington Post reports: Speaking Wednesday at an economic conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made one of the more buttoned-down, straight-edged arguments for marijuana legalization I’ve … Continue reading Canadian PM Promotes Legalization at Economic Conference

Source: Canadian PM Promotes Legalization at Economic Conference – MPP Blog