Archive for the ‘Cannabis’ Category

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180518102757.htm

The point here is that it is not the cannabis that is causal, but the determinant lies with the teen.  A young teen willing to defy laws and experiment with drugs suggests an unhealthy background– impoverished, ghetto, violence, lack of good parenting, and so on.  The cannabis just happens to be there and was the focus of this study.  Had the study been broader in scope, it would likely reveal experimenting with alcohol and prescription drugs as well.  So, this has much less to do with cannabis than with social norms, defiance, and other sub-ideal environments for the young.

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180516172255.htm

Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a ‘high,’ was shown in a new large-scale, randomized, controlled trial to significantly reduce the number of dangerous seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. This study also is the first to offer information on cannabidiol dosing for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

 

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510145924.htm

 

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510162925.htm

There is a lot of anecodotal evidence as to cannabis action against cancers of various kinds.  And, this is furthere supported by scientific research showing that a type of brain cancer, glioma, is indeed killed by cannabis, in vitro, at least.

Until Big Pharms stops trying to interfere in research, and our politicians remove their heads from the lobbyist’s behinds, there can be no legal research in this country because cannabis is scheduled I, along with heroin, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine.

AuntieBS

Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Risk Of Atrial Fibrillation Among Patients Hospitalized For Heart Failure

Cannabis Use Lower Risk Of Atrial FibrillationEnglewood, NJ: Cannabis exposure is associated with lower instances of atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia) in patients hospitalized for heart failure, according to data published in the American Journal of Cardiology.

A team of investigators from Seton Hall University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and elsewhere assessed the relationship between cannabis exposure and atrial fibrillation in a cohort of nearly four million patients hospitalized in 2014 for heart failure.

Compared to matched controls, “Cannabis users have lower odds of AF [than do] nonusers, which was not explained by co-morbid conditions, age, insurance type, [or] socioeconomic status,” authors concluded.

A prior analysis by the team similarly reported that cannabis exposure lowered the risk of atrial fibrillation and also reduced in-hospital mortality in heart failure patients.

Other studies have similarly reported that marijuana-exposed patients are less likely than non-users to die when hospitalized for burns and other forms of severe trauma, certain types of orthopedic surgeries, and traumatic brain injury.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Relation of cannabis use and atrial fibrillation among patients hospitalized for heart failure,” appears in the American Journal of Cardiology.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180501085137.htm

Study shows up to 65 percent of older adults who use medical marijuana significantly reduced their chronic pain and dependence on opioid painkillers

I am aware of people who ate cannabis (~20-30g THC) in lieu of taking opiates when recovering from joint replacement surgeries.  They all touted longer relief (sleeping the night through instead of waking in pain and needing more opiates), as well as less constipation that opiates cause.  Most only used the cannabis at night, while continuing opiates during the day, but several ate more cannabis in the mornings, essentially getting up to 12 hours relief from a single edible dose.  A serendipitous side effect was that the cannabinoids also sped bone and nerve healing.

Another segment of the elderly population use ointments containing cannabis for relief from arthritis pain in their hands.  One used it on the lower back with success, while others got insufficient relief, possibly due to fatty tissues between the ointment and joints.

We truly need to de-schedule cannabis so that researchers can determine the plethora of health benefits from its use.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180424160233.htm

I have long been an advocate of a direct test for coordination, judgment, and reaction time, instead of the current cannabis metabolite test being used in some areas to determine whether or not a driver is stoned.  The problem with this test is that cannabis metabolites can remain in a person’s blood for a month after usage has stopped, and is a very poor indicator of the driver’s state of mind.

Instead, a field-administered test of reaction time, judgment, and coordination could be a vastly better indicator of driver impairment and driving ability.  It can be administered with a laptop computer, as law-enforcement officers usually have in their cars, or by a custom device.  Not only would it detect impairment, irrespective of what intoxicant was used, but would also get aged or unhealthy drivers off the road.  It makes little difference whether a driver is impaired due to drug use or because of serious illnesses or age-related degeneration.

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