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Marijuana Smokers Have Better Blood Sugar Control, Lower Diabetes Risk

May 16th

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Regular marijuana use is associated with favorable indices related to diabetic control, say investigators who  have found that current marijuana users had significantly lower fasting insulin and were less likely to be insulin resistant, even after excluding patients with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.

Their findings are reported in the current issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Cannabis, has been used for centuries to relieve pain, improve mood, and increase appetite. Outlawed in the United States in 1937, its social use continues to increase and public opinion is swinging in favor of the medicinal use of marijuana. There are an estimated 17.4 million current users of marijuana in the United States. Approximately 4.6 million of these users smoke marijuana daily or almost daily.

A synthetic form of its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, has already been approved to treat side-effects of chemotherapy, AIDS-induced anorexia, nausea, and other medical conditions. With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in two states and the legalization of medical marijuana in 19 states and the District of Columbia, physicians will increasingly encounter marijuana use among their patient population. . . . . READ MORE

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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Reduces Crohn’s Disease Symptoms

May 15th

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Inhaling cannabis reduces symptoms of Crohn’s disease compared to placebo in patients non-responsive to traditional therapies, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Researchers at the Meir Medical Center, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Israel assessed the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis versus placebo in 21 subjects with Crohn’s disease who were nonresponsive to conventional treatments.

Eleven participants smoked standardized cannabis cigarettes containing 23 percent THC and 0.5 percent CBD (cannabidiol) twice daily over a period of eight weeks. The other ten subjects smoked placebo cigarettes containing no active cannabinoids.

Investigators reported, “Our data show that 8-weeks treatment with THC-rich cannabis, but not placebo, was associated with a significant decrease of 100 points in CDAI (Crohn’s Disease and activity index) scores.” (The CDIA is a research tool used to quantify the symptoms of Crohn’s disease patients.) Five of the eleven patients in the study group also reported achieving disease remission (defined as a reduction in pat. . . . . READ MORE

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Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Marijuana Case

October 4th

A judge Tuesday Sep 27 2009 denied the motion that would dismiss a criminal case against defendants in Nevada who say they were only distributing state-sanctioned medical marijuana. Nevada District Judge Smith ruled the state law "is written with sufficient definiteness so as not to be void for vagueness." District Judge acknowledged the Legislature of the USA might not have appropriately addressed "methods of supply of medicinal marijuana to patients authorized to use it." Nevada law  will allows medical marijuana cardholders to possess, deliver or produce certain amounts of marijuana for pain relief. However, other state and federal laws make it illegal to buy or sell marijuana. More than a dozen defendants facing criminal charges for distributing medical marijuana have argued the Nevada law is self-contradictory. It is becoming clear that with medicinal marijuana becoming legal we are faced with older laws that will contradict what is now legal. What should states do about this kind of thing and how do you think there can be better protection for those that want to supply the people that are in need?. . . . . READ MORE

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