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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171212091039.htm

Absence of standards is the greatest concern.  Rick Simpson, who seems to have first announced the cannabis-cancer connection, advocated acclimating to massive doses of cannabis concentrates, but no one knows the appropriate amounts to prescribe.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171207160713.htm

This is such an egregious example of poor quality “research”, clearly intended for political purposes.  I will give some examples:

The consensus of recent research shows that right-to-carry laws are linked with higher violent crime rates, according to a new Science paper co-authored by a Stanford professor.

Where is the causality?  Do right to carry laws cause violence, or do violent neighborhoods increase the need for carry laws?  What about police presence?  If police are spread thin due to budgetary issues or extremely violent jurisdictions, could this be the cause of more shootings?

…lifting restrictions on concealed carry guns increases violent crime and that laws restricting gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence reduced killings of female domestic partners.

Where is the causality?  Do violent crime-ridden neighborhoods invite more concealed carry permits?  What about Females protecting themselves against violent males?  Guns don’t CAUSE violence; they are a symptom of violence.  A runny nose does not CAUSE a cold; it is the result of one.

The authors hope their work can help guide policy-makers who are debating measures to reduce gun violence.

Surprise?  THIS is the purpose of this “study”, hacked out by someone with an agenda in a few hours.

The level of gun violence in the United States places it as an outlier among developed countries. In 2015, over 36,000 people died from gunfire, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with roughly two-thirds of those deaths being classified as suicide. America’s gun-murder rate is 25 times that of the other high-income nations, and the gun-suicide rate is eight times as high.

BULLSHIT!  This is political BULLSHIT!  MOST of the gun crimes in the U.S. are by, and among drug gangs.  If you remove this sad fact, then the U.S. falls into a distant “me too”, far down the statistics ladder.  Moreover, these shootings are MOSTLY in Democrat-controlled cities.  Should one assume that being a Democrat is more likely to get shot?  This is a prime example of misuse of correlation to obscure causality.

As for suicides, a person deciding to end their life will rarely choose the most painful and slow method, like climbing into a tree grinder, feet first.  They will naturally choose the quickest, least painful method available– often a gun.  Many people jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge– do we assume that the bridge CAUSES suicide?  And so on.

“If a gun regulation is most likely to be enacted in jurisdictions that have recently experienced a surge in gun violence and if that surge is temporary, the result will be that implementation of the new measure is followed by a drop in crime, giving the false appearance that it was effective,” the researchers wrote.

If this were true, all we would need to do is to put up NO CRIME signs and be done with it.  This ridiculous assertion suggests that criminals heed laws, when by definition, they do not.  Such laws only disarm the law-abiding, making them even more vulnerable to criminals’ whims.

AuntieBS hopes that her readers engage in critical thinking and do not fall victim to the BULLSHIT that permeates our society for nefarious purposes.  I will not comment on the rest of this garbage paper.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171204091144.htm

Some people quit smoking cigarettes with alternatives like patches, lozenges, gum, while others are more successful cold-turkey.  So, whether or not cannabis helps may be highly subjective.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130214932.htm

While the authors were careful not to say that cannabis is causal to bipolar issues, they implied it.  It could very well be that people who suffer from manic/depressive symptoms are more likely to reach for cannabis (and other drugs) to help ease their misery.

AuntieBS

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/136/Suppl_1/A14752

Conclusions: Our study showed that cannabis use lowered the odds of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure. There was also reduced in-hospital mortality among patients admitted for the primary diagnosis of heart failure in DU and NDU which was not explained by comorbid conditions and demographic data. This study provides important opportunity to explore the preventive mechanism of cannabis on atrial fibrillation and its therapeutic potential in heart failure patients.

Marijuana Use for HeartBergenfield, NJ: Heart failure patients with a history of cannabis use possess reduced odds of in-hospital mortality compared to similarly matched controls, according to data published online in the journal Circulation.

Investigators assessed data from over six million heart failure patients over a seven-year period. Patients with a history of cannabis use were less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), experienced shorter hospital stays, and were less likely to die during hospitalization as compared to non-users.

“Our study showed that cannabis use lowered the odds of atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure,” authors concluded. “There was also reduced in-hospital mortality among patients admitted for the primary diagnosis of heart failure in DU (cannabis dependent users) and NDU (non-dependent cannabis users) which was not explained by comorbid conditions and demographic data. This study provides important opportunity to explore the preventive mechanism of cannabis on atrial fibrillation and its therapeutic potential in heart failure patients.”

Prior studies have similarly reported increased survival rates among marijuana-positive patients hospitalized for traumaTBI (traumatic brain injury), and heart attacks.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Among patients with heart failure, cannabis is associated with reduced occurrence of atrial fibrillation and in-hospital mortality: Evidence from the Nationwide Survey 2007-2014.”

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.