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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190211083204.htm

A seventy year old man, without cannabis experience, ate 90mg THC, or about 3-10 times the normal dosage, depending upon his body weight.  So, he got seriously buzzed and freaked out.  Panic attack!  It was THAT that caused tachycardia and likely constrictions in blood flow due to adrenaline and panic.  That’s all.  It’s disingenuous to declare the cannabis as causal, even though it indirectly may be.  The point is that cannabis does not cause cardiovascular problems, but panic attacks apparently do.  What if the guy saw something on television that freaked him out and caused a panic attack?  Would these “researchers” declare television to be dangerous to patients with cardiovascular disease?  Only if they had a hidden agenda.

Cannabis is generally relaxing, but blood pressure can be slightly raised while under its effects.  Research shows that cannabis is a vasodilator, if anything, so it should be beneficial to cardiovascular patients.  This paper implies otherwise, but did correctly state: “The patient’s cardiac event was likely triggered by unexpected strain on his body from anxiety and fearful hallucinations caused by the unusually large amount of THC he ingested. His sympathetic nervous system was stimulated, causing increased cardiac output with tachycardia, hypertension, and catecholamine (stress hormone) release. After the psychotropic effects of the drug wore off, and his hallucinations ended, his chest pain stopped.”  [emphasis mine]

So, this really has nothing to do with cannabis, but is about fear/panic, which could be caused by many different subjective experiences.  What if the man had eaten peanuts with dinner– would the researcher’s declare that he had a peanut allergy?  Remember– “correlation is not causality”.  Further, the paper talked about “…since the THC content of the substance had increased significantly from three percent to 12 percent.”  This meme is common to BULLSHIT papers which tout the “danger from increased potency cannabis”.  Increased potency simply means that less is needed.  Just as you don’t drink vodka by the pint, like you do beer, you don’t smoke an entire joint like people did 50 years ago.  One or two hits usually suffices, just like a shot of vodka, not a liter.  So, anytime the “increased potency” meme is used, it discredits the paper’s authors because it indicates either extreme naivete’ or an anti-cannabis agenda.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181024163625.htm

This is good news for pain sufferers who need pain relief but do not want to be high.

 

AuntieBS

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180911132101.htm

The research seems legitimate and competent.  In fairness, the research was done on rats, but could very well translate to humans.

The bottom line is that it is unwise to expose a developing fetus to drugs of ANY kind.  Ladies, you can refrain from alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, drugs, etc for at least 9 months to help ensure a healthy baby.

 

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AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180910173731.htm

Very effective medication for many conditions.

AuntieBS

“No stems, no seeds that you don’t need, Acapulco Gold is bad-ass weed”, to plagiarize a jingle from Cheech and Chong, almost 50 years ago.  Never mind stems and seeds, or even bad-ass weed, but learn about cannabidiol– CBD.  It is one of the main cannabinoids that is not psychoactive but has powerful medical properties.  It is a very good anti-inflammatory agent.  Many seniors use it in ointment for arthritic hands, elbows, shoulders, even backs.  CBD also has anti-cancer properties and while rumors and anecdotes abound, scientific research has shown it to be effective for gliomas– a specific type of brain cancer.  Now, it may be useful for eye and vision issues:

https://www.getholistichealth.com/77732/how-cbd-oil-can-improve-your-eyesight/

AuntieBS

Oh Well…..

Posted: July 29, 2018 in Cannabis, COPD, health, Marijuana
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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180728084133.htm

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180723132251.htm

AuntieBS is not a neuroscientist, so to flat-out declare this to be bullshit is out of her league.  But, such “studies” should be viewed with a jaundiced eye, because there is so much negative pressure against cannabis from Big Pharma, so see its use as reducing their profits.

When you read reports of modern cannabis strains being more potent, be wary.  Instead of smoking entire joints, the modern cannabis user enjoys just a toke or two, akin to a shot or two of vodka vs a six pack of beer.  The cannabis ingestion level may be the same, but the tars and combustion byproducts is much less with stronger strains.  Having said that, there are no details as to the amount of cannabis given to the test mice, and how that would extrapolate to human use.  If a human got as wasted as they could possibly be and remain awake, there may not be much remembered.  But, the amount of intoxication under “normal” use, is much less and long-term memory is not affected.

So, I question the veracity of this assertion and remain unconvinced, though I cannot discount it 100%.  As with most things, moderation is a good concept.

AuntieBS