Archive for the ‘Cannabis’ Category

Survey: Many Medical Cannabis Patients Cease Using Opioids

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Medical Marijuana Less OpioidsChicago, IL: More than two out of three medical marijuana patients substitute cannabis in place of opioids, according to survey data compiled by Aclara Research, a Chicago-based consulting firm.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported that they ceased their opioid use after initiating cannabis therapy. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said that cannabis allowed them to decrease their use of opioids.

The findings are similar to those of prior surveys concluding that patients who use cannabis therapeutically typically reduce or cease their use of opioids and other prescription pharmaceuticals.

According to an October 21 academic paper published on SSRN.com, the enactment of medical marijuana access laws is associated with a $2.47 decrease in per person prescribed opioid spending among those between the ages of 18 and 39. Previous studies – such as those herehere, and here – have drawn similar conclusions.

On November 1, members of President Trump’s opioid commission rejected the notion that cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid abuse and mortality. By contrast, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse acknowledges that available studies “cumulatively suggest that medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

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Study: Oral THC Mitigates Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea

Thursday, 16 November 2017

THC and Sleep ApneaChicago, IL: The use of oral THC mitigates sleep apnea symptoms compared to placebo, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the journal Sleep.

Investigators at the University of Illinois at Chicago assessed the efficacy of dronabinol treatment in 73 adults diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They reported that oral THC administration prior to bedtime reduced symptom severity and improved subjective sleepiness.

The results of a prior clinical trial in 2013 similarly reported, “Dronabinol treatment may be a viable alternative or adjunctive therapy in selected patients with OSA.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.orgFull text of the study, “Pharmacotherapy of apnea by cannabimimetric enhancement, the PACE clinical trial: effects of dronabinol on obstructive sleep apnea,” appears in Sleep.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171113123639.htm

Reading this would lead a naive reader to be horrified at the implications.  But, consider:  If the sky didn’t fall with 16% daily cannabis use, why would it at 19%?  What percentage use alcohol daily?  Caffeine?  It’s all in the BFD category– useless studies, useless results, useless consequences.

And what about people using it to medicate– perhaps in lieu of opiates.  Is that a bad thing?  Is it worse than a couple of beers or glasses of wine?

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171106121300.htm

When cannabinoids activate signaling pathways in cancer cells they can stimulate a cell death mechanism called apoptosis, unleashing a potent anti-tumor effect.

And the parent article cited:

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/acm.2017.0016

Rick Simpson was one of the first to identify cannabis’ anti-cancer properties anecdotally.  The regimen he touted was to ingest as much cannabis as possible, ramping up as tolerance increases.  He used concentrated cannabis oil to treat himself and others.

It is important to note that smoking it does not get enough of the cannabinoids into the body; it must be orally ingested.  Searching for Rick Simpson will find his regimen and commentary.

AuntieBS

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: NORML.org – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws – NORML.org – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

 

Lots of current information about marijuana here and a good site to follow.

AuntieBS

Ending federal pot prohibition could mean big changes and big bucks for states.

Source: Majority Want Legal Marijuana To Be the Norm | HowStuffWorks

Despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite appears more likely to be the case, new research indicates.

Source: Regular marijuana use linked to more sex, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

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