Archive for August, 2017

Mainstream medical establishment research shows marijuana effective at treating nerve pain.

Source: BREAKING: Study says cannabis effective at treating nerve pain – David Heitz

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A new, widely reported study claims that marijuana poses significantly greater risks to cardiovascular health, particularly with regard to hypertension, than does cigarette smoking.Don’t believe the hype. A careful review of the study’s methods gives reason to pause.

Source: It Took Just One Distorted Study for the Media to Freak Out Over Health Risks and Marijuana | Alternet

NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

Source: Survey: Patients With Parkinson’s Disease, MS Report Efficacy From Medical Cannabis – NORML.org – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

While marijuana use amongst youth remains stable, youth admission to substance abuse treatment facilities has increased.

Source: Marijuana use amongst youth stable, but substance abuse admissions up — ScienceDaily

Unscrupulous (and possibly some misguided but well-intended) substance abuse clinics may be responsible.  Said clinics approach school boards and offer very low-cost “help” for “marijuana-addicted” students.  Students apprehended with marijuana are given a choice:  Jail or re-hab, with the latter not being on their permanent records.  Guess what 99% of the students would choose?

So, from a few to many go through the “addiction program”.  The clinics then cite, MARIJUANA ADDICTED YOUTHS UP 800% SINCE LEGALIZATION.  Naive people think, “Oh my God, we have a crisis”, and put more resources into the program, more restrictions, etc, etc, and all the while there is– and never was– any “addiction” problem.  I suspect the same thing with this headline.  The devil is in the details.

AuntieBS

In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter — a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite.

Source: Brain scan study adds to evidence that lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia: Results suggest serotonin loss may be a key player in cognitive decline, not just a side-effect of Alzheimer’s disease — ScienceDaily

 

A lay person, or a person intending to mislead, would jump to the conclusion that low serotonin levels cause dementia.  We constantly see that when article such as “Cannabis users have lower IQs” and “Teens who use cannabis less likely to succeed in life”, and other such nonsense.

I am happy to present this good quality example from Johns Hopkins by the simple phrase: “Previous studies from Johns Hopkins and other centers have shown that people with Alzheimer’s disease and severe cognitive decline have severe loss of serotonin neurons, but the studies did not show whether those reductions were a cause or effect of the disease. Results of the new study of people with very early signs of memory decline, the researchers say, suggest that lower serotonin transporters may be drivers of the disease rather than a byproduct.”

True, they may believe that the reductions are causal, based on other studies, but they do NOT jump to conclusions like so many biased cannabis reports that strike sour notes with me.   I wish more researchers were wiser and more forthcoming when finding correlations, when causality has not been established, instead of foisting propaganda and lies.

AuntieBS

Marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from hypertension, according to new research.

Source: Marijuana associated with three-fold risk of death from hypertension — ScienceDaily

No BS that I can detect!  This looks like a reasonable study that sought to exclude confounders, unlike so many poor-quality studies.  Apparently, the longer you use cannabis, the greater the chance for hypertension.

If anyone sees something I might have missed, please add a comment about it.

AuntieBS

A new study reveals a dampened physiological response to stress in chronic cannabis users. This is the first study to examine the effects of acute stress on salivary cortisol levels in chronic cannabis users compared to non-users.

Source: Muted stress response linked to long-term cannabis use — ScienceDaily

 

The methodology seems reasonable and the conclusions justified.  Good study.  Cannabis may help users to cope with stress, which is documented to affect a modern society.

AuntieBS