Health & Medicine

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bay Area Baby Boomer Weed Use: A Report

by David Downs
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Baby Boomers are returning to marijuana now that their kids are older and out of the house, and the tide of prohibition is receding. On February 4 at Humboldt State University, Sheigla Murphy, Ph.D, presents the results of interviews with fifty such boomers in a talk titled: "The Times are Changing: Preliminary Findings from a San Francisco Study of Baby Boomers and Marijuana Use."

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Tipping Point: Almost Every State Addressing Medical Marijuana

by David Downs
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Forty-two states have passed or are in the middle of legislatively addressing laws regarding medical marijuana, an analysis by WestlawNext found.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New York Times Breaks Down Medical Marijuana Science

by David Downs
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Remember when people used to deride the pairing of the word "medical" with "marijuana?" Perhaps those days are finally over. The New York Times' Well Blog provides a rundown on the current science of the health benefits related to cannabis:

The strongest evidence for the health benefits of medical marijuana or its derivatives involves the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain and the spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis. Medical marijuana is widely recognized as effective against nausea and appetite loss caused by chemotherapy, although better treatments are now available. But preliminary research and anecdotal reports have suggested that marijuana might be useful in treating a number of other conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, migraine, cancer growth, abnormal heart rhythms, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, incontinence, bacterial infections, osteoporosis, intense itching, Tourette’s syndrome and sleep apnea.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Research Shows that Marijuana Kills Cancer Cells

by David Downs
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

New research published this month in the journal Anticancer Research concludes that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids "resulted in dramatic reductions in [leukemia] cell viability" and "caused a simultaneous arrest at all phases of the [leukemia] cell cycle," according to an abstract posted online.

Study author Wai Liu, a University of London - St. George's medical school oncologist, tested six cannabinoids, together and independently, on leukemia cells.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Got Real Drugs? Bring Them To The Saturday Prescription Drug Take-Back

by David Downs
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Focusing on cannabis — which has no lethal dose — has clued us into the insane number of unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in America, which total about 18,000 per year. Statistically, two Americans will die from an unintentional overdose of drugs like Vicodin or Oxycontin before the end of your lunch hour.

Amplifying this insanity is the fact that there's no easy way to even dispose of the drugs. Throwing them in the garbage poisons the land, and flushing them down the toilet fouls our waters. In response, the DEA has been holding wildly successful prescription drug take-back days, which return to Alameda County Saturday date.

The Alameda County DA's office will participate in the nationwide event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the:

Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

And the Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544

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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Best Temperature For A Vaporizer Is ...

by David Downs
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

180-200 degrees Celsius, or 356-392 degrees Fahrenheit. So there. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

This information comes courtesy of TheAnswerPage.com, a medical education resource for physicians sponsored by The Massachusetts Medical Society. On Saturday, September 14, the site's "Question of the Day" involved "vaporization — a smokeless delivery system used for cannabis inhalation. Vaporization uses warm air or heat of 180°C to 200°C, rather than a flame, to convert cannabinoids and other compounds found in herbal cannabis into a fine mist that can be inhaled. Since temperatures are far lower, no combustion by-products such as soot or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are produced. Due to their volatility, cannabinoids will vaporize at temperatures of 180°C to 200°C, but will not combust at these temperatures."

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Salon: Here's How Pot Works

by David Downs
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Science is an unstoppable force behind changes in marijuana policy worldwide, yet cannabis science is not well understood by laypeople. But Salon's K.M. Cholewa does a bang-up job walking readers through the basics, and it's heartening to see phrases like the "endocannabinoid system" wend their way into the mainstream.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fact: Smoking Marijuana Reduces Pain

by David Downs
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Weed reduced pain in five out of five randomized controlled trials of smoked marijuana, TheAnswerPage.com reports today, as part of a controversial, ongoing physician education program sponsored by The Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Neuropathic pain results from a wound or disease of the nerves, TheAnswerpage notes. In five out of five highly controlled trials, cannabis therapy significantly reduced neuropathic pain.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fact: Cannabis Kills MRSA, Disrupts Prion Diseases

by David Downs
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Marijuana is a potent antibiotic that can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and disrupt the progression of prion diseases such as Mad Cow disease and Creutzfeld-Jakob disease — just don't expect the federal government to tell you any of this.

The factoids come from TheAnswerPage.com - a medical information resource for doctors sponsored by The Massachusetts Medical Society, publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Should “Kush Docs” Make You Sick to Your Stomach?

by David Downs
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

"Kush docs" make UCLA professor Mark Kleiman, the State of Washington's cannabis consultant, a little nauseous.

On Monday, Kleiman posted “Why I always put 'medical marijuana' in scare quotes” to his blog on SameFacts.com, arguing that some Colorado physicians who specialize in cannabis are “just dope dealing.”

According to Colorado records, one doctor wrote 8,400 recommendations, or about one every 15 minutes. One physician recommended 501 plants for a patient, while another doctor recommended 75 ounces of pot for a patient.

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