As the lies and fear of cannabis prohibition fall to research, truth and honest inquiry into the plant, knowledge denied is becoming knowledge revealed. Let’s go to the grab-bag:
PAIN SENSITIVITY: Cannabis inhalation influences subjects’ sensitivity to pain, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Investigators at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York assessed the effects of cannabis versus placebo in subjects exposed to a laboratory-induced pain model. Participants in the trial immersed one of their hands in cold water. Researchers assessed subjects’ pain sensitivity and pain tolerance based on he length of time they were willing to keep their hand submerged. Researchers reported that the administration of cannabis decreased pain sensitivity and increased pain tolerance in men, while producing a more modest response in female subjects.
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TOURETTE SYNDROME: The administration of standardized cannabinoid extracts (Sativex) is safe and effective at mitigating symptoms of Tourettes, according to a case report published online ahead of print in the journal Australasian Psychiatry. Investigators at the Tauranga Hospital, Department of Psychiatry in New Zealand evaluated the impact of twice-daily Sativex administration in a patient with treatment-resistant Tourette syndrome (TS). Sativex is a spray containing an equal 1:1 ratio of THC to cannabidiol (CBD). Following treatment, researchers reported an 85 percent reduction in the subject’s motor tics and a 90 percent reduction in vocal tics.
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EPILEPSY: Patients with epilepsy frequently experiment with cannabis and most report experiencing subjective benefits following their use of the substance, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Canadian researchers surveyed the experiences of over 300 adult patients admitted to an epilepsy monitoring unit over a 14-month period. More than half of the respondents acknowledged having tried cannabis and over a third reported having used it in the past year. Cannabis use was associated with perceived reductions in seizure frequency, reduced stress, improved sleep and better memory/concentration. Clinical trial data reports that cannabinoids, in particular cannabidiol (CBD), possess anti-convulsant activity in patients with intractable forms of the disease.
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Cannabis was in humanity’s medicine cabinet for over 5,000 years. It was thrown away in 1937. So, 5,000 years of experience vs. 80 years of lies and fear. The plant will pass this test.
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