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NY Docs Discredit Bloomberg’s Claim that Medical Marijuana is a “Hoax”

June 3rd

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

NEW YORK, NY — Mayor Bloomberg ran afoul of medical science and the opinions of more than 600 New York physicians when he called medical marijuana “one the great hoaxes of all time” Friday.

The New York medical community has been pushing for the passage of the Compassionate Care Act – AB 6357 / SB 4406 – a bill that would allow healthcare practitioners to talk to their patients about medical marijuana and certify those with serious, debilitating illnesses so that they may have access to a small amount of medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms.

The statement comes just one day after NY Physicians for Compassionate Care held a press conference announcing the support of more than 600 physicians from across New York for medical marijuana legislation pending in Albany.

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Marijuana May Help Protect Brain From Injury

June 3rd

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — A tiny amount of tetrahydrocannabinol — the active ingredient in marijuana — may protect against some brain damage in mice, an Israeli researcher says.

Researchers injected mice with a low dose of THC either before or after exposing them to brain trauma. Similar rodents in a control group were also injured but received no THC, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The study, published in Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, found about a month or two later, the mice that got the THC did better in behavioral tests measuring learning and memory and showed they had greater amounts of neuroprotective chemicals than the control-group mice.

The low dose of the THC and long period for administering it would have obvious benefits after an injury, but it also could mean that THC could be given prior to a procedure that might carry risk of brain injury, such as an interruption of blood flow to the brain during surgery or for regular use among epileptics, Sarne said.

NY Docs Discredit Bloomberg’s Claim that Medical Marijuana is a “Hoax”

June 3rd

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

NEW YORK, NY — Mayor Bloomberg ran afoul of medical science and the opinions of more than 600 New York physicians when he called medical marijuana “one the great hoaxes of all time” Friday.

The New York medical community has been pushing for the passage of the Compassionate Care Act – AB 6357 / SB 4406 – a bill that would allow healthcare practitioners to talk to their patients about medical marijuana and certify those with serious, debilitating illnesses so that they may have access to a small amount of medical marijuana to relieve their symptoms.

The statement comes just one day after NY Physicians for Compassionate Care held a press conference announcing the support of more than 600 physicians from across New York for medical marijuana legislation pending in Albany.

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Marijuana May Help Protect Brain From Injury

June 3rd

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — A tiny amount of tetrahydrocannabinol — the active ingredient in marijuana — may protect against some brain damage in mice, an Israeli researcher says.

Researchers injected mice with a low dose of THC either before or after exposing them to brain trauma. Similar rodents in a control group were also injured but received no THC, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The study, published in Behavioural Brain Research and Experimental Brain Research, found about a month or two later, the mice that got the THC did better in behavioral tests measuring learning and memory and showed they had greater amounts of neuroprotective chemicals than the control-group mice.

The low dose of the THC and long period for administering it would have obvious benefits after an injury, but it also could mean that THC could be given prior to a procedure that might carry risk of brain injury, such as an interruption of blood flow to the brain during surgery or for regular use among epileptics, Sarne said.

Hemp Seed Oil Associated With Improved Clinical and Immunological Parameters In Multiple Sclerosis Patients

May 25th

The consumption of legal hemp seed nutritional oil, in conjunction with the intake of evening primrose oils and a restricted diet high in Hot-natured foods (such as pepper) and low in saturated fats and sugars, is associated with “significant improvement” in symptom management and immunological characteristics in subjects with multiple sclerosis, according to clinical trial data published this month in the scientific journal BioImpacts.

hemp oilResearchers at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran assessed the impact of hemp seed oil, evening primrose oils, and a restricted diet for a period of six months in 23 patients diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS. Researchers reported that participants at the study’s completion “were healthier in comparison to baseline,” concluding that “clinical and immunological parameters showed improvement in the patients after the intervention.” They noted that hemp seed oil possesses potent antioxidative properties and also likely acts on specific signaling pathways that regulate inflammatory responses — two characteristics that would presumably make it beneficial in the treatment of MS.

Authors concluded: “After 6 months, significant improvements in extended disabili. . . . . READ MORE

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Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk Factors For Type 2 Diabetes

May 24th

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BOSTON, MA — Subjects who regularly consume cannabis possess favorable indices related to diabetic control as compared to occasional consumers or non-users of the substance, according to trial data published in The American Journal of Medicine.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston assessed the relationship between marijuana use and fasting insulin, glucose, and insulin resistance in a sample of 4,657 male subjects.

Investigators reported: “[S]ubjects who reported using marijuana in the past month had lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR [insulin resistance], as well as smaller waist circumference and higher levels of HDL-C [high-density lipoprotein or 'good' cholesterol]. These associations were attenuated among those who reported using marijuana at least once, but not in the past 30 days, suggesting that the impact of marijuana use on insulin and insulin resistance exists during periods of recent use.”

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Study Substantiates Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Post Traumatic Stress

May 22nd

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

Medical marijuana could help veterans, and others who suffer from PTSD.

NEW YORK, NY — Brain imaging research published this month in the journal Molecular Psychiatry provides physiological evidence as to why cannabis may mitigate certain symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to impact some eight million Americans annually. Yet, to date, there are no pharmaceutical treatments specifically designed or approved to target symptoms of PTSD.

Investigators at the New York University School of Medicine and the New York University Langone Medical Center, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center for the Study of Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury reported that subjects diagnosed with PTSD . . . . . READ MORE

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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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Brain Imaging Study Links Cannabinoid Receptors to PTSD Treatment

May 15th

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NEW YORK, NY — In a first-of-its-kind effort to illuminate the biochemical impact of trauma, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered a connection between the quantity of cannabinoid receptors in the human brain, known as CB1 receptors, and post-traumatic stress disorder, the chronic, disabling condition that can plague trauma victims with flashbacks, nightmares and emotional instability. Their findings, which appear online today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, will also be presented this week at the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry in San Francisco.

CB1 receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, a diffuse network of chemicals and signaling pathways in the body that plays a role in memory formation, appetite, pain tolerance and mood. Animal studies have shown that psychoactive chemicals such as cannabis, along with certain neurotransmitters produced naturally in the body, can impair memory and reduce anxiety when they activate CB1 receptors in the brain.

Lead author Alexander Neumeister, MD, director of the molecular imaging program in the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology at NYU School of Medicine, and colleagues are the first to demonstrate through brain imaging that people with PTSD have. . . . . 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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