Archive for the ‘health’ Category

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.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180423155046.htm

Research into which cannabinoids are effective will go a long way in treating cancer.  Maybe it’s time to rattle our representatives’ cages and insist that research into cannabis be allowed unimpeded.  The current scheduling is ridiculous, and the entire country knows that.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180423125052.htm

We take risks during our lives, but medicating our babies may not be the wisest thing to do.  Let them grow up normally, so they can decide for themselves when they are of age.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180419100110.htm

Another useful data point.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180416085927.htm

Puh-leeze.  “However, the AASM has concluded that sleep apnea should be excluded from the list of chronic medical conditions for state medical cannabis programs due to unreliable delivery methods and insufficient evidence of treatment effectiveness, tolerability and safety.”  What a crock-o-shit.  Unreliable delivery methods?  What is unreliable about eating a given amount of THC?  I know of many who have self-medicated for pain, sleep, etc, very reliably by ingesting cannabis chocolate containing 10-30 mg THC, about two hours before expecting the desired effect.  True, tolerance quickly builds and within a month or two of daily ingestion like that, the dosage can be quadruple the virgin dose, but a month of abstinence restores the initial sensitivity just fine.  How can researchers not know this?

Evidence of treatment can be determined almost immediately, through a respiration monitor, even if subjective.  Safety is well known and tolerability can also be subjectively determined, but starting with low doses until the patient is acclimated and not fearful.

The tone of this paper smacks of Big Pharma, trying to cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt about a plant product which doesn’t generate obscene revenue for the pharmaceutical corporation.  They would much rather sell you a much more dangerous, less-effective pill, than to admit that a plant is not only safe but can be even more effective.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180212125804.htm

The same tired argument that cannabis today is much stronger.  BFD.  Vodka is stronger than beer, so what?  You don’t chug vodka in the same quantities as beer, and you don’t smoke joints of 25% THC cannabis like you did the stuff back in 1975.  People who smoke cannabis– the new, improved, extra-strength, as-seen-on-TV stuff– usually take one or two tokes and enjoy the same mild high that required smoking an entire joint of harsh, throat-burning, cough-inducing, foul-smelling weed fifty years ago.

Also, the article states that “Schizophrenia and other psychiatric issues may be triggered by marijuana use”.  Well, milk can cause weight gain in sedentary individuals.  So what?  Those same psychiatric issues might be triggered by violence on television, alcohol, or even cold medicine.  That’s like saying “car accidents can be caused by drunk driving”.  Anyone with half a brain (the good half, of course) should avoid street drugs if they might have an adverse effect.  Tell us something we DON’T know.

This is just a typical scare-tactics foist on us by Big Pharma, in the same vein as “Exercise can cause asthma attacks in susceptible individuals”, or “Consuming dairy products by lactose-intolerant individuals can cause cramping and flatulence.”  Yes, this JAOA article is mostly flatulence; lots of noise with little matter.

 

AuntieBS

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207090111.htm

Just guessing, I would assume that heroin addicts would augment their highs with strong cannabis doses, thereby using less opiate (stretching it for lower cost, longer availability) and thereby having fewer overdoses.  Medical cannabis is more often sold in stronger concentrates and infused candy for a more time-released effect, than is typically available in legal recreational cannabis markets.

Cannabis users that concurrently use alcohol, generally smoke less cannabis and drink less alcohol, than either alone.  Why would not the same relationship occur between those using cannabis and heroin, concurrently?

AuntieBS