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Thu
23
Apr

Northern Ireland: Synthetic cannabinoids users hospitalised

The Public Health Agency has moved to warn users of the risks after receiving reports of cases where people have suffered symptoms including anxiety, breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness.

Some people have reported experiencing hallucinations which have prompted them to try to harm themselves or others.

Synthetic cannabinoids use a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC to mimic the effects of cannabis, but some can produce effects more like those of psychedelic or dissociative drugs.

“People may experience acute mental and physical health problems when using synthetic cannabinoids as they have assumed that the dose to be taken is similar to that of cannabis,” Owen O’Neill, from the PHA, said.

Thu
23
Apr

Medicinal cannabis caution urged

Using medicinal cannabis to relieve chronic pain in people who don't have cancer is likely to be far more risky than beneficial, say specialists.

The evidence supporting its use by those sufferers is weak and based more on anecdote than sound clinical science and practice, they say.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists on Wednesday urged caution in the face of ongoing calls for cannabinoids to be used to treat chronic non-cancer pain.

Faculty director of professional affairs, Professor Milton Cohen, referred to a lack of any sound evidence showing the treatments were effective saying its efficacy needed to be rigorously demonstrated.

Thu
23
Apr

Take Your Cannabis Daily for Good Health

I have used cannabis medically and recreationally and, to be honest, the two uses have merged a bit. I started to smoke cannabis to help with symptoms associated with crippling insomnia and the results were simply amazing. It changed my entire perspective on life.

I was a big drinker before I started to use medical cannabis. Nowadays, I just don’t even feel like drinking much at all. At parties, I always opt for getting nice and stoned, and then just nurse a beer or two throughout the night. I still have a great time and I don’t really deal with hangovers anymore.

Thu
23
Apr

Are marijuana regulations weeding out family farmers?

Perry asked me not to use his last name. It wasn’t because of the plants in his basement — they’re perfectly legal now — but more out of garden-variety stoner’s paranoia. He worried some enemy might see his name in the news and come looking for him.

Whatever — his identity isn’t important. It’s not like he was leaking potentially false information about weapons of mass destruction. I was just there to talk to him about his experience and his opinions. He has red hair, thinning on top, but growing vigorously in a bushy beard beneath. He’s wearing rectangular framed glasses, a Grant Farm concert T-shirt, and shorts.

Thu
23
Apr

Ganja, Gate Way To Employment Woes?

According to what we are hearing, it seems that the decriminalisation of marijuana will do a great deal of good to Jamaica; but the primary purpose we are being told, if it comes in effect, will be for medicinal use.

We are also being informed that, marijuana is a very vital ingredient, pertaining to health, in which people can be cured of certain ailments, which seems to be true and has already been proved.

But, more important, one of the major concerns about this herbal stuff, is that it will open widely a door for vast employment, which will be very beneficial to the economy.

Wed
22
Apr

Marijuana Activists Cheer Michele Leonhart's Exit from the DEA

Drug Enforcement Agency chair Michele Leonhart was done in by her agents’ unsanctioned, cartel-funded sex parties in Colombia, but it’s marijuana legalization advocates who are excited to see her go. 

“Hopefully this is a sign that the Reefer Madness era is coming to an end at the DEA,” said Mason Tvert, the director on communications at the Marijuana Policy Project. “Michelle Leonhart has maintained an opinion about marijuana akin to the opinion people had back in the 30s.” 

Wed
22
Apr

Vancouver's proposed $30000 fee for marijuana-related businesses deemed 'unfair'

VANCOUVER -- Travis Williams works in the Cannabis Culture lounge on Davie Street, which does not sell weed but charges a $5 fee for people to bring in and smoke their own. A separate marijuana dispensary, run by Eden Medicinal Society, is located in the same building with a door that opens into the hazy lounge.

The businesses appear to violate two of the city’s proposed new regulations: that two marijuana-related business cannot operate within 300 metres of each other and that they cannot be located within 300 metres of a school.

Lord Roberts Elementary in the West End is just 180 metres from the two outfits on Davie.

Wed
22
Apr

Michigan Landlords allowed to ban use of marijuana on property according to new ammendment

The Michigan House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approved on Tuesday an amendment to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act that will protect landlords on prohibiting the use of marijuana on their property, including medicinal marijuana.

The amendment, introduced as Senate Bill 72 by state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, states that a landlord is not required to lease residential property to any person who smokes or cultivates marijuana on the premises if the lease stipulated a prohibition on the drug.

Attorney and Michigan Cannabis Development Association spokeswoman Denise Pollicella testified in favor of the amendment, and said it will prevent “unnecessary litigations.”

Wed
22
Apr

GW Pharmaceuticals Initiates Second Phase 3 Trial for Epidiolex

GW Pharmaceuticals plc, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform, announced  that it has initiated the second Phase 3 clinical trial of Epidiolex (cannabidiol or CBD) for the treatment of Dravet syndrome, a rare and catastrophic treatment-resistant form of childhood epilepsy. This follows GW’s recent announcement of the commencement of the first Phase 3 clinical trial of Epidiolex in Dravet syndrome. GW expects to complete patient recruitment into this second trial in 2015 and to report top-line results in early 2016.

Wed
22
Apr

Marijuana Effects On The Brain: Study Finds Smoking Weed Can 'Distort' Memories, Create False ...

When it comes to telling stories, heavy marijuana users might be all fiction. Researchers have found that regular pot consumers have a harder time remembering details from the past and were more likely than non-marijuana users to report things as they imagined them, not as they actually were. The effects of heavy marijuana use on memory were similar to the memory issues that arise as humans age, according to a new study published this week in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.

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