Cannabis Medical Study Finds – No Brain Damage In Children

Five-year follow-up of rural Jamaican children whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy.

 

“This research provides data on the development of 59 Jamaican children, from birth to age 5 years, whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy.

Approximately one-half of the sample used marijuana during pregnancy and were matched with non-users according to age, parity, and socioeconomic status. Testing of the children was done at 1, 3, and 30 days of age with the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scales and at ages 4 and 5 years with the McCarthy Scales of Children’s Abilities. Data about the child’s home environment and temperament were collected from direct observations as well as from standardized questionnaires.

The results show no significant differences in developmental testing outcomes between children of marijuana-using and non-using mothers except at 30 days of age when the babies of users had more favorable scores on two clusters of the Brazelton Scales: autonomic stability and reflexes. The developmental scores at ages 4 and 5 years were significantly correlated to certain aspects of the home environment and to regularity of basic school (preschool) attendance.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1957518

The Forgotten Allard Injunction

Marijuana in Canada is a hot topic of late. Since the autumn election of a Liberal government guaranteeing legalization, it’s a subject making headlines on a regular basis.

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first acts was to issue a mandate letter instructing the Minister of Justice to work “with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana”. Furthermore he recently appointed Bill Blair, former chief of Toronto Police and current Member of Parliament for the Scarborough Southwest riding, as the person in charge of investigating the legalization process. The Speech from the Throne in December reiterated the government’s intentions to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana.”

Parliament is not yet in session; there is no budget; the Loonie and oil prices have plummeted; and there are other election promises to keep. Given all that, it’s no surprise that beyond the appointment of Bill Blair there has been little heard from the federal government regarding plans or a timeline for marijuana legalization. That’s no surprise as there is a lot of conjecture from experts regarding the length of time legalization could entail.

The Current Situation on the Ground

To fill the void there have been a lot of individuals weighing in with how they’d like to see legalization realized. Provincial politicians and union leaders have been very vocal in their support of recreational marijuana being sold through existing government-run liquor stores. This has caused some debate as to how a retail model for recreational marijuana should be developed in Canada.

There has also been a large increase in the number of dispensaries across Canada. Primarily in Toronto where they’ve been sprouting up like ‘weeds’. Outside of Canada’s largest city, dispensaries have been a mainstay of the urban landscape in Vancouver for a long time now. So much so that the City of Vancouver decided to step in and regulate them with a dispensary licensing process.

Dispensaries are doing great business. Although they ostensibly sell only to medical patients, it is more than clear that many of these storefronts – especially those that have opened up most recently – are aiming to capitalize on the pending legalization by getting in early, accepting patients that don’t always meet patient requirements and generating revenue while there is a lack of regulation from local authorities waiting for word from on high.

This was and is generally the situation on the ground while everyone is waiting for the federal government to make headway. However the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (CMCIA) wouldn’t wait any longer and recently asked the federal government to address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries in Canada, “in order to protect public health and public safety.”

This is unsurprising given that the CMCIA is an association representing the Licensed Producers (LPs) that are approved to produce medical marijuana for Canadians with valid prescriptions under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The MMPR came into effect on April 1st, 2014 and is supposed to be the only manner in which patients can legally access their cannabis medicine.

And no, it’s not a typo, they spelled it with an ‘h’.

The LPs and the MMPR

These LPs are the few companies that have managed to pass the rigorous and ever changing demands of the Health Canada LP application procedure – an expensive and time-consuming process that has benefited 27 companies to this point. These companies have until recently been permitted to provide only dried marijuana to patients.

If the injunction resolves with patients not allowed to grow, then personal recreational growing is certainly unlikely. Conversely if the decision alters the MMPR to allow patients to grow, Canada could take heed and follow regulations that have been developed south of the border. If the injunction goes in favour of the plaintiffs, patients and designated growers will be allowed to produce marijuana – albeit most likely at much lower plant numbers – and dispensaries could continue to have ready and available access to the wide variety of products they currently offer.

However a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in June 2015 (R v Smith) allowed patients to access marijuana extracts and subsequently four companies have been licensed to provide oil products to patients. So far these oils are prohibitively expensive and must meet specific Health Canada guidelines regarding THC concentration and viscosity at room temperature. A far cry from the virtual cornucopia of concentrate types offered at most dispensaries.

Given all the hoops the LPs have had to jump through and the limitations they face (people really like concentrates), it’s no surprise to hear they’re frustrated with dispensaries. Especially given that a recent Georgia Straight story provided a rough estimate indicating that, “Vancouver’s dispensaries likely sell more in one month (1,110 to 3,350 kilograms) than the entire country’s sanctioned LPs sell in three months.”

There are approximately 40,000 MMPR patients being served by the LP companies and it’s no question that LPs would love to see that number jump significantly. But they believe the dispensaries are undercutting them by offering products to the LPs’ customer base that they themselves are legally prohibited from producing and by preempting potential patients from seeking an MMPR prescription. There are simply more options, easier access, and first-hand information at the local dispensary. Dispensaries have a competitive advantage.

But where do these ‘grey market’ dispensaries source their product?

The MMAR and Designated Growers

Before the MMPR there was the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) legislation. Under this program patients were provided with an Authorization To Possess (ATP) license and could source their marijuana from Health Canada, grow their own, or designate someone as their grower.

People that became designated growers for themselves and one other (to a maximum of two people total) were allowed to grow and store a specific number of plants and marijuana respectively. The number of plants was predicated on the patient’s prescription – Health Canada’s guideline indicated that a 5g/day prescription allowed up to 25 plants on site. So depending on the daily prescription and number of patients, one grower could legally possess quite a few plants.

There were thousands of growers registered under the MMAR scheme producing marijuana in 2014. And I think it’s safe to say that any one person with a few hundred plants is likely producing more than enough medicine. Although the growers must provide their growing and storage address plus meet inspection requirements, without a sufficient number of auditors for these designated growers who’s to say they weren’t producing more than their legal limit?

It’s fairly common knowledge that dispensaries source some, most, or all, of their product from MMAR designated growers. There is little Health Canada can do about this since they designated the number of plants and allowed them to grow. There is little law enforcement can do about this since they likely don’t have the manpower to visit every grower and don’t have any evidence growers are exceeding their limit. Further, patients visiting dispensaries are unlikely to face prosecution. The group most at risk for arrest and prosecution is the dispensary operators themselves.

You might ask, why the designated growers are still allowed if the MMPR was designed to replace the MMAR? The LPs under the MMPR are now supposed to be the only legal source of marijuana in Canada.

Enter the Allard Injunction

As part of the transition from the MMAR to the MMPR Health Canada required all patients and growers to destroy their plants and stored marijuana before transitioning to the LPs as their sole source of medicine.

In response Neil Allard and plaintiffs, with John Conroy as their lead counsel, launched an case against the government arguing that forcing them into the MMPR program would be prohibitively expensive and deny them access to their medicine. With prices from LPs ranging on average from $6-12 a gram depending on strain it’s a valid point – especially when you can arguably grow your own for under or around $1 a gram.

The government has argued, amongst other things, that there is compassionate pricing available for low income patients and home growing does not have the quality standards industry is required to meet to ensure people have safe medicine that will not be diverted to an illegal market.

Without giving bias, it’s important to point out that personal growers are just growing a plant, not manufacturing their own chemotherapeutic drugs. Plus many, if not most, future patients will still sign up and purchase marijuana from LPs rather than grown their own. In either case, both sides have made their arguments and we now await the decision from Justice Phelan.

Possible Outcomes of the Allard Injunction

The outcome of the Allard injunction could have long lasting ramifications on how patients are allowed to source their own medicine. If patients have the right to grow amended to the MMPR, it could also impact how legalization unfolds. It could influence whether or not people will be allowed plants for recreational growing.

If the injunction resolves with patients not allowed to grow, then personal recreational growing is certainly unlikely. Conversely if the decision alters the MMPR to allow patients to grow, Canada could take heed and follow regulations that have been developed south of the border.

Of the areas in the United States allowing recreational marijuana, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington, DC, allow six plants per person; in Oregon it’s four; while Washington state doesn’t allow any personal plants. This growing hasn’t seemingly put a dent in sales or tax revenue. It could be that Justice Phelan looks to these examples in determining how patients should be allowed to grow their medicine.

In the meantime the injunction has allowed growers under the MMAR to continue producing marijuana until a decision is reached. Much of which may or may not be finding its way into dispensaries.

If the injunction goes in favour of the plaintiffs, patients and designated growers will be allowed to produce marijuana – albeit most likely at much lower plant numbers – and dispensaries could continue to have ready and available access to the wide variety of products they currently offer.

Of course, they could also experience a dip in supply if Justice Phelan requires significantly reduced grow limits. But it is likely that this will be just a small amount of slack that is quickly taken up by growers ready to flout any cultivation limitations. Or supply to storefronts could originate from future cooperatives that spring up and are designated to grow for a large number of patients, in the event the court makes this possible with an amendment to the MMPR. Examples of this exist in the Unites States and Uruguay.

In either case, it is likely that any amendments to the current legislation to allow medical marijuana patients to grow will result in continued diversion to the ‘grey market’. This will not favour the LPs and the CMCIA will not like it.

If the injunction goes in favour of the defendants then the current source of marijuana for many dispensaries could go away as fast as the designated growers operations are shut down. Some dispensary operators have stated that they will only comply with a direct order to cease and desist operations from the city or police and will otherwise source product elsewhere. People were growing marijuana well before the MMAR existed so that shouldn’t be overly difficult.

How Long Until a Decision on the Allard injunction?

It could be weeks or months. No one can really say with any kind of certainty except Justice Phelan. And then there is the possibility of an appeal process. But it is likely that the decision will come down before any kind of legalization can be enacted. And that’s what people seem to have forgotten.

Dispensaries are popping up all over Toronto and the CMCIA wants the federal government to clarify its position on dispensaries – in other words, shut them down. It’s still too early to expect legalization as a new source of revenue.

If the marijuana supply to dispensaries slows drastically or dries up completely, many will be forced to close. On the other hand a favorable decision for Allard et al. could be seen as a de facto mandate to further expand marijuana storefronts. This could result in further sluggish progress of the LP industry until legalization.

The most immediate factor that could determine how the present state of marijuana distribution in Canada develops could be determined by the Allard injunction.

MEDICAL GROWERS NEEDED

December 21, 2015
By Julia Wright

Canada’s 26 licensed medical marijuana growers are in for a busy 2016 if predictions in a recent report by Investor Intel prove accurate.

Dr. Luc Duchesne – in a column spotlighting Calgary grower Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s approval from Health Canada to sell to licensed medical patients – predicts a “significant market explosion” in the field of legal marijuana.

“The newly elected Liberal government has recently reinforced its commitment to legalize recreational marijuana, and I speculate the government will use Health Canada’s licensed growers as a path to broadening access to marijuana,” writes Duschene.

In the first quarter of 2015, Health Canada reported that more than 2,200 kg of medical marijuana was produced in Canada. Sales were just over 1,300 kg/quarter, with the average person consuming 1.1 gram per day. Assuming 10 percent of Canadians continue to consume that amount of pot, the demand would skyrocket – to 356,400 kg/quarter, or 1,425,600 kg per year.

A legal recreational market is a huge opportunity for new growers

The current production rate can only meet 0.6 percent the potential demand, writes Dr. Duchesne, suggesting room for plenty of additional growers to seek approval to grow for Canada’s medical market.

It’s important to point out, however, that his projected rate of consumption, which is based on data from medical patients, is probably a little high. Most recreational cannabis users wouldn’t be sparking up a 1 gram joint every single day (although if you’re into that, more power to you).

Still, according to Duchesne’s estimates, if cannabis is sold at $5 per gram, the market could be worth more than $7-billion per year with direct tax benefits of $499-million per year to the federal government alone.

And that’s projected impact of sales in Canada. If stronger national systems of cannabis regulation and quality control continue to develop, Dr. Duchesne believes the potential for additional revenue streams exists in an international market for Canadian cannabis.

Medical Marijuana Legal in All Forms, Canadian Supreme Court Rules

Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana — and not just smoke it — as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

The unanimous ruling against the federal government expands the definition of medical marijuana beyond the “dried” form.

The country’s highest court found the current restriction to dried marijuana violates the right to liberty and security “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.”

Restricting medical access to marijuana to a dried form has now been declared “null and void” — Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which prohibits possession and trafficking of non-dried forms of cannabis, will no longer be in effect.

10 Most Important Cannabis Studies Released in 2015 (So Far)

Despite being far from over, 2015 has already been an incredible year for cannabis science, with numerous studies bringing forth further evidence that cannabis is an incredibly diverse, safe and effective medicine

Although it’s extremely hard to narrow it down, below is a list of what we feel are the 10 most important cannabis-related studies released so far this year. We’ll revisit this again once the year is officially over.

 

Activation of the endocannabinoid system – something done naturally by cannabis – can attenuate newborn brain injury caused by germinal matrix hemorrhages, which is one of the most common and devastating cerebrovascular events that affect premature infants. This is according to a May study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

 

Cannabis greatly improves the healing process of broken bones, and makes the bones harder to break in the future, according to a July study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

 

An April study published in the journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors can rescue learning and memory after a traumatic brain injury.

 

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may prevent the rejection of organs during a transplant, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.

 

A study published in the journal Molecular Oncology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, found that the cannabis compound cannabidiol inhibits the growth and metastasis of highly aggressive breast cancer. The study was published in February.

 

An April study published by the journal Psychopharmacology found that the body’s cannabinoid receptors play a vital role in the management of social interactions and aggressive behavior, and that administration of a cannabinoid receptor agonist (meant to mimic the effects of cannabis) significantly reduces aggression.

 

9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis – inhibits melanoma tumor growth, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the journal Life Science, and published online by the National Institute of Health. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, killing over 10,000 people a year.

 

A study funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and released at the beginning of the year, found that driving after smoking cannabis does not make you more likely to get into a car crash.

 

Consuming at least one joint a day for 20 years has no negative effect on a person’s lung health, according to a comprehensive study published in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, and published online by the National Institute of Health.

 

A study published by the Oxford journal Carcinogenesis, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that the cannabis compound cannabigerol can prevent the progression of cancer cells formed in the colon.

 

Honorable mentions:

 

A study published in April by the American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology, and published online by the National Institute of Health, found CB1R (cannabinoid receptor type 1) activiation, which occurs naturally through the consumption of cannabis, can treat pain arising from cystitis (urinary tract infection).

 

Daily cannabis use among U.S. college students now exceeds daily cigarette use, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan. Given that cigarettes are fatal and highly addictive, and cannabis is neither of those things, this is definitely a positive development, and one that signifies the acceptance of cannabis into mainstream culture.

 

A history of cannabis use is associated with a lower likelihood of obesity and diabetes, according to a study published in the journal Obesity.

 

You Can find our list of the top 10 cannabis studies of 2014 by clicking here.

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Trudeau Gives Justice Minister Mandate To Legalize Cannabis

November 13, 2015
By James McClure

Canada is officially on the road to legalization. In a letter outlining her responsibilities, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instructed Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to begin the process of legalizing and regulating cannabis in Canada.

The letter to Wilson-Raybould (pictured above with Trudeau) reads, “I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities.”

The subsequent bulleted list of objectives includes, “Working with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.”

That means Minister Wilson-Raybould will team up with Ralph Goodale (Public Safety) and Jane Philpott (Health) to get the job done.

Wilson-Raybould is a former prosecutor, regional chief

The new Justice Minister’s background includes working as a prosecutor, a British Columbia Treaty commissioner and a regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

During the recent campaign, she was endorsed by Sensible BC, a pro-legalization group that singled out Wilson-Raybould as a candidate who could help defeat Conservative politicians who opposed legalization.

“Our goal is to elect the most cannabis-friendly candidates who have the best chance of beating the Conservatives,” said Sensible BC director Dana Larsen.

We couldn’t find any record of Wilson-Raybould’s views on cannabis reform, so it may have just been a general endorsement of the party’s position. But there’s no doubt Larsen and other activists will be expecting much of the minister tasked with overhauling Canada’s cannabis laws.

Wilson-Raybould is from the B.C. riding, Vancouver-Granville, which may have influenced Trudeau’s selection process because the province is the leader on cannabis reforms nationwide.

Dr. Philpott is a doctor, outspoken advocate for legalization

The new Health Minister is a family doctor in Markham, Ontario, teaches at the University of Toronto, and leads numerous community health initiatives. She also practiced medicine in Niger for a decade, and helped set up training program for village health workers.

During the recent election campaign, she became an outspoken proponent of the Liberal Party’s plan to legalize cannabis. She used her Twitter account to rebut statements by former Toronto police chief and Conservative cabinet minister Julian Fantino: “Fantino completely distorts LPC approach. In fact, regulation will make marijuana less accessible to minors,” she posted in mid-August.

Ralph Goodale is a veteran Liberal cabinet minister

The new Public Safety minister was first elected to Parliament more than 40 years ago. He has served in many different cabinet roles under former Liberal prime ministers, including Natural Resources, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Public Works and Government Services, and Minister of Finance.

In response to a New York Times editorial last year, Goodale praised the paper for making a reasoned case for legalization.

“It’s one more serious comment with a lot of intellectual heft behind it that makes the point that the current regime of absolute prohibition doesn’t work,” said Goodale. “All of the profit is ending up in the hands of gangs and society is no healthier and no safer. So surely there is room for intelligent discussion about how to do it better.”

Medical Benefits of Cannabis Oil

Cannabis oil is gathering an unstoppable momentum as a world class healer, and there is little or nothing Western Governments are going to be able to do stop it. Cases are popping up all over the world showing that cannabis oil has healed some very serious diseases, including anxiety disorders, epilepsy, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), cerebral palsy and cancer. This young man healed his stage IV throat, stomach and pancreatic cancer with cannabis oil. This Australian women healed her terminal stage IV lung cancer with it. Wallace Rose in the video clip above explains how cannabis oil cured his stage IV pancreatic cancer. It is a fundamental human right, no matter where you live on the planet, to be able to access and use whatever medicine you want to heal yourself. And, thankfully, we are beginning to see that Governments worldwide will not have the power to stand in the way of this natural right any longer.

What’s the Difference among Cannabis, Hemp and Marijuana?

First of all, let’s clear up some definitions. Cannabis sativa is the plant and species; hemp and marijuana are both varieties or subspecies of it. Marijuana is actually a Spanish slang term meaning “Mary-Jane”. Marijuana is simply considered to have a higher THC content than hemp. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is one of the unique phytonutrients or plant chemicals of cannabis. However, both hemp and marijuana contain various cannabinoids, a class of chemicals that activate cell membrane receptors.

A Brief History of the Suppression of Cannabis

To those unfamiliar with the beginning of the United States, it may come as a shock to learn that hemp was a big part of the inception. Not only was hemp (in all of its forms) completely legal, but also it was actually required to be planted by the early colonists! The Founding Fathers made references to it in their writings and grew it themselves. It was widely know that hemp was an incredible plant with a wide variety of uses: textiles, rope, clothing, paper, fuel, nutrition, medicine and recreation. So how did hemp fall from such exalted status to become an illegal “controlled substance”, for which you could be imprisoned due to mere possession of it?

The answer, as with many of aspects of the global conspiracy, comes back to the mega rich and powerful ruling elite families, in this case the Rockefellers. I have written other articles exposing how the Rockefellers invented modern (Western) medicine and created the Big Pharma cartel as a way to sell their petroleum-based drugs. John D. Rockefeller had the reputation as a ruthless businessman who once said, “Competition is sin.” The prohibition movement of the 1920s to ban alcohol was not really about making America more pure or morally upright. It was about the bottom line; Rockefeller wanted to eliminate competition to oil for fuel for motor-based vehicles. Similarly, the movement to ban hemp was also an attempt to destroy competition to oil-based products. Hemp is a powerful competitor to crude oil in many ways. Thus, the propaganda campaign was launched to demonized hemp and marijuana by inventing the fake phenomenon of “reefer madness”. The brainwashing worked and Congress outlawed the plant in various stages, eventually declaring it a controlled substance in 1970.

What is Cannabis Oil?

Cannabis oil is not to be confused with hempseed oil, which is the nutritional oil made from pressing hemp seeds, and is used as a food not a medicine. Medicinal cannabis oil is made by gathering large quantities of cannabis leaves from female plants, using a solvent to strip off some or all of the THC, and boiling off the excess water to produce a rich, gold or brown-colored concentrate. Depending on who is making it, the final product may have little or no THC, the chemical responsible for getting people “high”. For more information on one way to prepare cannabis oil, see Rick Simpson’s Run From The Cure.

Science has not yet discovered all of the hundreds or thousands of cannabis phytonutrients which are responsible for the healing effects of cannabis oil, but one of the main ones is CBD (Cannabidiol). Excitingly, CBD is being studied all over the world as people are beginning to realize its phenomenal healing benefits. Many clinical studies have shown that CBD is a very effective painkiller – especially for peripheral neuropathy associated with diabetes, arthritis, MS, cancer and other neurodegenerative conditions. CBD is especially brilliant because itprevents and suppresses inflammation. This means it is both a preventative and curative natural medicine. Chronic low level inflammation, as you may know, is the hidden cause of much pain and many diseases, so the potential for cannabis oil to help a lot of people is huge.

How Does Cannabis Oil Beat Cancer?

All of the cells in our body have cannabinoid receptor sites, including cells which have gone rogue and become cancerous. The brilliant thing about cannabis oil is that its THC and CBD connect to these cannabinoid receptor sites, causing the cell to increase ceramide, which then causes apoptosis or cell death. However, normal cells are unaffected by this, so cannabis oil is a targeted killer of cancer cells, leaving healthy cells intact. It reminds my very much of laetrile (or amygdalin or Vitamin B17) which functions in exactly the same way with cyanide as a targeted killer of cancer. As Dennis Hill writes, “Nature has designed the perfect medicine that fits exactly with our own immune system of receptors and signaling metabolites to provide rapid and complete immune response for systemic integrity and metabolic homeostasis.”

The Unstoppable Momentum of Cannabis Oil in the US

Due to recent changes in State legislation in 2014, marijuana is now legal in 20 of the 50 states in the USA. In 2 of these states (Colorado and Washington), it is fully legalized for recreational use, with Oregon and Alaska to come, while the other states or territories require a medical marijuana license (you can see the state-by-state details here). So it has already come a long way, and will continue to go much further. I predict at one point it will be legal in all 50 states in the US, and eventually throughout the world. There is already legislation pending in other American states, and the US Federal Government just decided in its 2015 spending measure that it would no longer allocate funds to the DOJ (Department of Justice) to enforce marijuana laws. That’s the beginning of the end of Federal cannabis prohibition!

The Unstoppable Momentum of Cannabis Oil Throughout the World

Many countries around the world are leaning towards legalization, including the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Argentina and India, according to this article. Uruguay became the first country in 2013 to fully legalize cannabis. It is also legal in North Korea, believe it or not!

The Case of Cannabis Oil Shows the People Have the Power

Cannabis can have healing effects not just as cannabis oil; check out this video showing the power of raw cannabis leaves too. Truth be told, the healing power of cannabis has just barely been tapped. And, for those who don’t need to use cannabis medicinally, why not add it to your diet? The nutritional profile of hemp is unparalleled. Its protein profile is similar to that of human blood. It contains all 8 essential amino acids, as well as 2 key globulins, albumin and edestin (the latter of which is found only in hemp seeds). Edestin is so similar to protein found in the human body that it can actually repair your DNA! Additionally, hemp seeds contain the essential fatty acids linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linoleic acid (omega-3) – in the ideal ratio for optimal health (3:1). These healthy fats reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and are responsible for strong and shiny skin, hair and nails. Hemp seeds have high quantities of iron, magnesium and zinc, and so combat many ailments resulting from a deficiency in these minerals. Other benefits of hemp seeds include reducing craving for junk foods and boosting memory.

The case of cannabis is a further positive indication to me that the NWO elite, the global conspirators, are not as powerful as they would like to think. We the people ultimately have the power, and the truth will ultimately triumph over lies, just as the powerful medicinal value of cannabis has outrun and outstripped the propaganda of “reefer madness”. Sometimes, though, it does take a long time for truth to prevail …

About the Author:

Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.

Cannabis Use Has Different Sexual Health Effects for Men and Women

The use of medical marijuana has proven to be effective for treating a wide range of both physical ailments and psychiatric conditions. Studies pointing to marijuana as an effective treatment option has motivated lawmakers to pursue the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes in individual states all over the country. One medical issue impacted by cannabis use is sexual health. Studies indicate that marijuana has different effects on men as it does on women when it comes to both sex drive and sex life satisfaction.

Cannabis and Men’s Sexual Health

There are countless studies aimed at measuring the impact of marijuana use on men’s sexual health, particularly when it comes to testosterone production. A study conducted as part of a joint collaboration between the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation and the Missouri Clinical and Biochemical Laboratory found that cannabis does indeed have an impact on testosterone production.

However, it is important to note that this study related to intensive marijuana use that was primarily recreational in nature. When marijuana is used for medical purposes, the effects on those who are utilizing cannabis to ease the symptoms of a medical condition may not experience the ill effects of marijuana when it comes to sexual health. The difference is in part due to the use of modified strains for medical use as compared with recreational marijuana. High levels of THC cause the body to produce lower levels of testosterone. Additionally, men should be aware that any negative impact on testosterone production is temporary in nature. Discontinuing use of marijuana in this specific situation allows the body to regulate hormone levels once again.

Perhaps the most confusing characteristic of studies related to men’s sexual health and cannabis use is the differing results from scientific studies seeking to measure the same variable: testosterone levels. The results of a study conducted through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center at Harvard Medical School-McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, concluded that marijuana use does not have a significant impact on testosterone, although the key word here is “significant.” These studies did indicate an impact on testosterone levels, but researchers in this instance felt that the impact was not a strong one. In many cases, determining whether medical marijuana can be beneficial to sexual health is a matter of discussing personal details with a licensed medical provider.

Cannabis and Women’s Sexual Health

On the other hand, there are claims that topical oils containing medical marijuana are able to enhance the sexual experience for women. The results of a study conducted through the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, support the theory that cannabis is able to improve sexual health for women by increasing arousal and strengthening the physiological responses to sexual stimulation.

After a topical oil containing cannabis was applied to test subjects, one group of subjects was shown erotic films. The other group was not given an outside stimulus. Physiological responses related to blood flow associated with sexual arousal were measured, and test subjects were found to have an increased sexual response following the application of the cannabis oil. In addition, subjective responses to questions concerning perceived sensation were answered positively after application of the oil. The ultimate conclusion of the study was that a topical oil containing medical marijuana is an effective treatment for low sex drive in women.

Medical marijuana containing a lower-than-average THC concentration has also been used to improve sexual health in women. The low-THC cannabis increases sensitivity and delays orgasm to give couples more time to share the intimate experience. Positive effects on women’s sexual health seem to be most associated with cannabis with a THC level around 14 percent, while standard THC concentrations typically fall between 15 and 20 percent.

The need to stay at a THC concentration of 14 percent or lower for women’s sexual health benefits is believed to be linked to the effects that higher concentrations have on estrogen production. Standard THC levels in medical marijuana can decrease sex drive by throwing estrogen levels out of balance.

Some women report that medical marijuana is also able to help with any psychological blocks that may be preventing them from enjoying a healthy sex life. However, it is important to note that medical marijuana used to ease anxiety related to sexual activity should be used at the advice of a licensed medical provider.

Conclusion

In response to the question if medical marijuana should be prescribed to improve sexual health, the answer is that it depends on the specific dysfunction and also the gender to which it’s being prescribed. Some men may find that their hormone levels are negatively affected through cannabis use for medicinal purposes, while some women can enhance the strength of orgasms through the use of medical marijuana infused into a topical oil. The best way to determine whether medical marijuana can help with sexual health is to discuss the unique facts of a particular situation with a HelloMD-participating doctor.

Sources:

http://www.cnbc.com/2014/08/04/women-find-sexual-helpwith-cannabis.html

http://www.menshealth.co.uk/healthy/addictions/effects-of-smoking-weed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21269404

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22462722/

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Canadian Study Supports Safety of Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain

A team of Canadian doctors and researchers led by Dr. Mark Ware from McGill University evaluated long-term safety and efficacy of using cannabis to treat chronic pain.

Recently, a team of Canadian doctors and researchers led by Dr. Mark Ware from McGill University worked with seven clinics across Canada to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of using cannabis to treat chronic pain. Their results, newly published in the Journal of Pain, lend support to the use of cannabis to manage chronic pain within a monitored treatment program.

The study followed 431 adults with chronic non-cancer pain over the course of a year. Half of them were assigned to a cannabis treatment group while the other half were assigned to a control group. In all subjects, the pain had been present for at least six months, was rated moderate to severe, and other attempts at treatment had been ineffective.

The cannabis group was provided with medicinal cannabis from Canadian provider Prairie Plant Systems (the parent company of CanniMed) which contained 12.5% THC. Subjects used a median of 2.5 grams per day and were allowed to use the delivery system of their choosing. 27% chose to only smoke and 8% only consumed cannabis orally, while 61% preferred a combination of smoking, vaporization, and oral ingestion.

Use of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain did not increase the risk of serious adverse events, but it was associated with an increase in the risk of non-serious adverse events, the most common of which were headaches, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness. Experienced cannabis users had a lower incidence of adverse events. The cannabis group also had a higher rate of non-serious respiratory conditions, which is consistent with other research associating long-term cannabis smoking with a higher risk of developing bronchitis.

Concerning the efficacy of cannabis for pain management, the cannabis group showed significant improvements in pain intensity and quality of life, as well as improvements in symptom distress and mood disturbances related to their pain.

In summary, the results point to the safety and efficacy of up to 2.5 grams per day of 12.5% THC cannabis being used by current cannabis users as part of a carefully monitored chronic pain management program when other treatments have not been successful.

This study signifies a major step forward for medicinal cannabis research, as it is the first cohort study of the long-term safety of medical cannabis use ever conducted. In Canada, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) require the signature of a health professional in order for a medical document to be granted, but some physicians have previously hesitated to do so due to a lack of research on long-term effects.

While the results support the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis for managing chronic pain, authors note that the cannabis group was composed of a majority of current cannabis users and that non-serious adverse events would have likely been higher if more inexperienced users were included. In light of this, they suggest that future research focus on characterizing safety issues specific to new users, and that studies with extended observation periods be conducted.

Full study available here: http://www.jpain.org/article/S1526-5900(15)00837-8/pdf

Marijuana Mixed With Coconut Oil Kills Cancer Cells

An amazing article brought to our attention by the great Jason Beck, owner of AHHS, dispensary in West Hollywood California.

Healthylifeland.com really broke things down regarding cannabis and cancer. After seamlessly pointing out the unjustified prohibition and scheduling of marijuana, one of the most important points is made:

“There have been over 20000 studies and papers on the cannabis plant and its use, yet a third of that is published in the last 4 years.”

Which is an understatement to say the least, it seems that each day more uses, discoveries, revelations, news, mergers, and investments.

But some “nuggets” of information are significantly more important than others…like this one:

Healthylifeland.com reports:

Instead of smoking and inhaling marijuana, there are pills infused in coconut oil, allowing them easy entry into the liver. Coconut oil is used because of its fatty acids which bind well with the cannabinoids. It also has health properties. Half of the fat in coconut oil is made from the lauric acid, a fat not found in nature. Lauric acid has been praised for its healing abilities and is present in mother’s milk. It can actually be found in just 3 sources: butterfat, palm kernel and coconut oil.
In the body, this acid is converted into monolaurin, which is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal substance. It’s a monoglyceride, meaning it can destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes or influenza.
Testimony – a success story
While many are still skeptic for marijuana use in medicine purposes, Stan and Barb Rutner are living proof of its properties.
Barb had two fights with breast cancer while Stan was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which disappeared after treatment. However, it reappeared in 2011, when cancerous nodes were found in Stan’s lungs, and later in his brain. A very tough situation. As he went through therapy, Stan and his family found a natural way of improving his quality of life – cannabis. He and Barb too tried it and it worked wonders.
The Rutner’s daughter Corrine and her husband researched a little and found that the cannabis pills infused with coconut oil were the best choice. After just two weeks, Stan stopped using the oxygen tank. Then he gained weight, and become stronger overall. After a few months, his brain cancer was gone!
They are now completely assured that cannabis is an anti-cancer miracle. According to John, the Rutner’s son-in-law, “There is no doubt in my mind that cannabis pulled my father-in-law out of the wasting stages of cancer and enabled him to gain strength and in turn fight this horrible cell malfunction with success. While many would say that the chemo and radiation could have played apart, he would never have lived long enough to find out without cannabis oil.”