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Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:57

Medical Marijuana and Alzheimer's

Several research studies have been performed to gauge the effectiveness of cannabis to treat Alzheimer's patients. Results have been mixed, but seem to lean toward proving that there is a beneficial impact on Alzheimer's from marijuana use. The researchers who did not find sufficient support for marijuana's chemical treatment of the disease itself admitted that the medication does at least provide relaxation and comfort for patients who suffer from Alzheimer's, and may be a beneficial treatment of the symptoms if not the root problem.

The Science Behind the Claims

The THC that comprises the active ingredient of cannabis has been shown to have a direct impact on the formation of protein deposits in the brain, which can cause some Alzheimer's symptoms. The problem with definitively linking marijuana to Alzheimer's treatment is that doctors are still unsure about the initial causes of Alzheimer's in the first place. Extensive studies have proven that cannabis can reduce the brain's protein deposits far more effectively than the Alzheimer's medications that are currently being prescribed. Doctors are excited about the fact that marijuana could treat the cause of Alzheimer's as well as provide relief from its more debilitating symptoms.

Early Marijuana Dosages More Effective

Some doctors have begun to release research that shows that cannabis can protect the brain from forming Alzheimer's if it is used earlier in life. The THC in marijuana can help the brain retain memory function if Alzheimer's is diagnosed early enough. It helps memory receptors in the brain to remain healthy for a longer period of time after the initial onset of Alzheimer's. While this does not indicate that THC is an Alzheimer's cure, it does imply that the more devastating effects of the disease can be delayed in patients who use marijuana.

Marijuana Provides Comfort for Alzheimer's Sufferers

Doctors who do not support the therapeutic effectiveness of cannabis for Alzheimer's patients do support the use of marijuana to ease patient's symptoms. Medical Marijuana can help patients feel more comfortable and sleep better at night. It also reduces the occurrence of depression in Alzheimer's patients, which can help patients maintain a higher level of brain function because they don't lose hope. These doctors don't believe that marijuana treats the illness directly, but they do find that it is a powerful way to keep patients functioning for a longer period of time after the initial onset of Alzheimer's disease.

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New York Medical MarijuanaAfter years of talk and proposals, this might be the year medical marijuana comes to New York.

Since 1997, Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottried has been pushing for medical marijuana. He would get it on a bill, but it would never pass. However, the state’s legislature is more open to the idea due to the poor economy.

New York, like many states, is in a financial crisis. Governor David Patterson is constantly telling New Yorkers that the state may run out of money. He went as far as to hold residents’ tax refunds due to the lack of funds. The current budget proposal includes medical marijuana as a way to bring more income to the state. The state legislature sees dollar signs with not only the licenses for the dispensaries and producers ($15 million), but a tax on the medical marijuana itself. In New York State, prescriptions are not subject to tax, yet medical marijuana would be. Multiple reports state that medical marijuana would bring in $500 million a year. It would not fix the state’s budget problems, but it might be too much for the law makers to reject.

Although the details of the bill can change, it seems that New York will have strict rules when it comes to patients and producers of medical marijuana. Practitioners will only be able to prescribe it to patients with “serious medical conditions.” Patients that get the prescriptions can have no more than 2.5 ounces at any time. They cannot grow it either. Only producers with a licence will be allowed to grow the herb. Despite the restrictions, advocates still believe thousands of New York patients would benefit from medical marijuana. These advocates are not alone. A recent Quinnipiac Poll found 71% of New York State voters think medical marijuana is a “good idea.”

New York has its share of people opposed to making medical marijuana legal. Some Republican State Senators are not going to vote for it. The New York State Conservative Party issued a statement: “Calling marijuana ‘medicine’ in the belief that it will produce revenue is an ill-conceived idea that will ultimately harm all New Yorkers.” Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, also came out against legalizing marijuana. “It may very well lead to greater use of stronger drugs.”

While the state legislature decides whether to make medical marijuana an option for New Yorkers, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie weighs in on the fight. In a recent episode titled Apple Bong, Jackie (played by Edie Falco) is assisting a doctor with a stage three lymphoma patient. The patient is vomiting due to the chemotherapy. Jackie begins to go over all the usual medications (Zofran, Eloxy, etc.) with the patient. However, that patient has either tried all of them and stopped them due to the side effects or cannot take them due to an underlying condition. None of them gave him any relief. The patient even asks Jackie “is it worth it.” Jackie then asks if the patient tried pot to the dismay of the straight-laced doctor. The doctor wants the patient to try another (legal) prescription that may work. He then reprimands Jackie for suggesting an illegal drug when there are “perfectly viable medications.” Jackie tells him that if the patient lived in another state the patient would be able to “get a prescription for medical marijuana, so he could at least try it.” The doctor’s retort: “He does not live in another state. He lives in New York.”

Jackie eventually gets the patient to try marijuana via an apple bong. The weak patient immediately perks up and says “I’m actually hungry.” She later brings the patient home-made cookies with marijuana in them, along with the recipe she used and the dealer’s phone number. This episode is a must watch for anybody still on the fence regarding medical marijuana.

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Monday, 22 March 2010 15:47

Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

Arthritis is a medical condition that affects millions of Americans which causes pain and swelling in the joins and limits movement. There are two main types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. A person’s immune system is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. When the immune system malfunctions, instead of fighting off bacteria or viruses, it actually starts attacking the body and eventually bones start to get eroded. Rheumatoid arthritis is most common among the elderly. The other form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs from use when cartilage wears away and affects hands, hips, knees, neck and lower back. As of now there is no cure, but there treatments, such as medical marijuana, that can help you relieve pain.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010 17:00

Colorado Medical Marijuana Doctors

Colorado medical marijuana doctors intend on defending the rights of marijuana patients by using education and community participation. Many patients seeking alternative forms of medicine are naturally attracted to the special practices of these doctors. All patients that seek medical marijuana are put through a heavily detailed screening process, and unqualified patients are turned away. Medical marijuana is only intended for use in "debilitating medical conditions," such as cancer, HIV, seizures, fibromyalgia, and more. Most patients are registered for medical marijuana usage to assist with chronic pain.

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