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Marijuana-updated August 2013

This is not to be a finished piece but rather what i learn from time to time that might be helpful. 

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "We have been 'systematically misled' on marijuana"
America's doctor, Sanjay Gupta MD, has admitted he was wrong about cannabis. After conducting in-depth research and viewing the numerous scientific studies that demonstrate the many efficacies of cannabis for medical applications, Dr. Gupta reversed his anti medical marijuana stance. More info.

"Marijuana stops child's severe seizures Full Text
CNN Health, 08/09/2013

There are eight medical conditions for which patients can use cannabis – cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, muscle spasms, seizures, severe pain, severe nausea and cachexia or dramatic weight loss and muscle atrophy. She was 5 when the Figis learned there was nothing more the hospital could do. That's when Paige decided to try medical marijuana. But finding two doctors to sign off on a medical marijuana card for Charlotte was no easy feat. She was the youngest patient in the state ever to apply. Scientists don't fully understand the long–term effects early marijuana use may have on children. Studies that show negative effects, such as diminished lung function or increased risk of a heart attack, are primarily done on adult marijuana smokers. But Charlotte wouldn't be smoking the stuff. Childhood is also a delicate time in brain development. Preliminary research shows that early onset marijuana smokers are slower at tasks, have lower IQs later in life, have a higher risk of stroke and increased incidence of psychotic disorders, leaving some scientists concerned. "We were pioneering the whole thing; we were guinea pigging Charlotte," Paige said. "This is a federally illegal substance. I was terrified to be honest with you." But the results were stunning."

From the total body of clinical and experimental evidence accumulated to date, it appears likely that daily smoking of marijuana leads to lung damage in a similar but less intensity to that resulting from heavy cigarette smoking.  Since marijuana users often smoke both tobacco and marijuana, the effects of the combination require more study.

Lately we learn there are ways of ingesting it that do not require as much of any lung involvement. How does this color the experience as traditionally the use of breathing it in and its relationship to spirituality as in the breathing in of spirit seems to make any other form of ingestion subject to extra non spiritual scrutiny and more about recreational altered states of consciousness not related to spirit but more about possible avoidance of reality. Time will tell on this one. There seems to be a what I call a "hangover" where the effects may last much longer than the user realizes: days to weeks to months perhaps.

At least in California's population of 30 million+, and lately several more states including Colorado  and Washington, the traditional medical community is supporting its usage for chemotherapy related anti-nausea. Chemo? Nausea? Talk about a hangover.

As chiropractor Dr. David Miller, lately of Ghana reminds me "Marijuana has been used to some good effect by certain elements of the medical community to stimulate the appetite and reduce nausea in patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer.  Often the stomach upset and the natural progression of the disease can leave a person mal-nourished, leading to the cachexia and emaciation common in cancer patients.  Unfortunately, the urine PH of cancer victims has been shown to be consistently low.  Low PH means an acid condition of the body. An acid condition of the body is accompanied by a lower than optimal Pulse Ox level.  Raising the O2 levels of the body tends to increase the urine PH. Smoking marijuana, by virtue of the CO2 and other acid gasses displacing O2 in the alveoli contributes to a lower Pulse Ox level, and thus a lower urine PH which as I stated is one of the conditions consistently found with cancer in the body.  It would not be a stretch to say that smoking marijuana contributes to conditions in the body which are conducive to cancer.  There are other ways to achieve the therapeutic benefits of Cannabis, but smoking it is not one of them."

A wide spread opinion is that compared to alcohol, MJ is far, far less harmful to the body.  The compelling issues around tax income,  legalization and unnecessary prison costs are just too strong to discount its eventual Government controlled nationwide acceptance.

Companies like Medical Marijuana  MJNA, Transbyte  ERBB, Hemp  HEMP, Alternative Energy Partners  AEGY, Growlife PHOT, Green Grow Technology GRNH, Medical Greens SKTO, (beware of all public stock market investment issues) may be becoming lead players in this soon to be massive movement toward legalizing cannabis and freeing hemp to its greater potential. 

From Mike:
I used to smoke a lot of it. 40 years ago. Unfiltered Camel cigarettes as well. The Voldynne 5000 now shows my lungs at age 72 to be the volume of a 6'6" tall 20 year old male.  Back then (35 years ago) my Reichian therapist cautioned me against using it because he said it gave one a great feeling that one did not have to work for and eventually one can run the risk of losing interest in trying or sustaining effort.

I have learned that it greatly depends on the individual. I met a 4pt University of Chicago law student who shared that he takes one hit and stares at the walls. His room mate gets stoned and aces all his tests.  For some it would depend on how often you used it. That makes pre teens and teens more clearly at risk and should be kept away from it until they are fully grown.  UNLESS of course you have a clear and present medical need. See the article below

I tried some recently and it gave me that "hangover" I mentioned. No more for me. I have to wonder how many people lose themselves to the subtle confusions of the effects of cannabis. The contemporary variety is so much stronger than even Acapulco gold or Maui Wowie in the 70s.  I hear it takes more and more to get the same effects. That tells me it builds up in the body.  Ever try to meditate while stoned?  Not possible says I.  That should tell you something right there. It seems to me that there are plenty of communication, stress and emotional factors that separate us from our true selves without adding what I call "the cloud of cannabis". Bt the medical usage is to me potentially very warranted.

People can get addicted to almost anything so :
Caron Treatment Centers
offers evidence-based drug and alcohol rehab programs in Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Bermuda, with additional regional offices located in New York City and Philadelphia.

A good yoga choice for getting and staying in touch with one's essence

Debunking the Myths  A June 20,2013 article from Rolling Stone. Several other articles in this issue.

If you are going to smoke/use it anyway then be careful which USA State you do it in as some have very strict laws against that. Here is the another Rolling Stone , as of June 2013 map of legal and otherwise.

Marijuana Doctors Locator Web Site

CBD Approved for Childhood Epilepsy Study
Orrin Devinsky MD, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University, was recently awarded FDA approval to conduct a clinical trial that will study the safety and tolerability of cannabidiol (CBD) in children with epilepsy. More info.

New Hampshire 19th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
New Hampshire becomes a New England state to legalize medical cannabis, and joins eighteen other states in the union who have medical marijuana laws on the books. More info.

Illinois Becomes 20th State to Legalize Medical Cannabis
History was again made as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state's medical marijuana bill into law. In the coming months, Illinois will put regulations in place to ensure that patients in need are able to obtain their medical cannabis according to state law. More info.

Washington D.C.'s First Medical Cannabis Clinic Opens
After nearly fifteen years, Washington D.C. residents are finally getting their first licensed medical marijuana clinic in the district. More info.

Uruguay Votes to Fully Legalize Cannabis
Uruguay is expected to become the first country to completely legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. Last week, Uruguay's lower house voted to approve a bill that will allow all citizens to use cannabis for any purpose -- recreational or medical. More info.

NY Times: Groundwork Laid, Growers Turn to Hemp in Colorado
The New York Times is reporting that the first commercial hemp crops are being planted in Colorado. An estimated two dozen farmers in the state are taking advantage of the new laws that Colorado voters enacted and are beginning to plant this heritage crop. More info.

US Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Major Drug Sentencing Reform
"I think there are too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons," said US Attorney General Eric Holder in a recent interview featured on NPR. Over the past few weeks, lawmakers have introduced bipartisan measures that would give judges more power to shorten prison sentences for nonviolent criminals and even get rid of some mandatory minimum terms altogether. More info.

Bottom line is whether or not you smoke tobacco or MJ, or used to smoke or somehow otherwise ingest cannabis you would be well advised to develop your breathing.

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