New Study Counters Cannabis “Gateway” Theory

By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay

Marijuana may not be the “gateway drug” some womn-smoking-marijuana-jointbelieve it to be, a new study contends.

Instead, teens smoke pot for very specific reasons, and it is those reasons that appear to prompt their decision to try other drugs, researchers report.

For example, kids who use marijuana because they are bored are more likely to also use cocaine, while kids using pot to achieve insight or understanding are more likely to try magic mushrooms, according to findings published recently in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

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New Study: Cannabis May Treat Autoimmune Diseases, Prevent Graft Rejection

A newflower study being published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis may have immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help treat a variety of conditions such as autoimmune diseases and graft rejection.

According to researchers; “This review examines the effects of cannabinoids on immune function, with a focus on effects on T-cells, as well as on resistance to infection. The paper considers the immune modulating capacity of marijuana, of ∆9-THC extracted from the marijuana plant, and synthetic cannabinoids.”

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Study Finds Cannabinoids Show ‘Great Promise’ as Treatment for Nausea

Cannabinoids showcannabis “great promise” as a treatment option for nausea, according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and published online by the National Institute of Health.

“The sensation of nausea is one of the most debilitating human experiences”, according to the study’s researchers. “Current anti-emetic therapies are effective in reducing vomiting, but are less effective in reducing acute and delayed nausea and are completely ineffective in reducing anticipatory nausea.”

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New Study Finds Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Body Mass Index, Lower Insulin Resistance

A new study publishedbmi in the journal Obesity, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis use is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI), which results in lower insulin resistance.

For the study, researchers set out to “ascertain the relationship between cannabis use, obesity, and insulin resistance” by analyzing “786 Inuit adults from the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey”. Information on cannabis use was obtained “from a self-completed, confidential questionnaire”, and “fasting blood glucose and insulin and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) served as surrogate markers of insulin resistance.” In addition, analysis of “covariance and multivariate logistic regression ascertained relationships between cannabis use and outcomes.”

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Study: No Longitudinal Association Between Cannabis Use and Depression

By Paul Armentano, NORML

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Cannabis use is not associated joint with increased incidences of major depression, according to longitudinal data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

An international team of investigators from Israel and Canada assessed the association between cannabis use, major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BP) in a three-year prospective study.

Authors determined that future incidence of MDD was not higher among cannabis users compared to nonusers. They reported: “Our results show no significant association between cannabis use and the incidence of major depression.

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Report: Legalizing Cannabis Would Create A $35 Billion Industry In The U.S.

A new report released by GreenWave Advisers has detailed a calculated prediction about the future of the legal cannabis marijuana-money-live-trading-newsindustry – and the numbers are huge.

According to the report, if cannabis was legalized on a federal level in the United States by the year 2020, the recreational and medical market combined in all 50 states would be valued at around $35 billion annually.

The analysis concludes that change in federal law is expected, due to the continued efforts of lawmakers pushing various pieces of legislation to ease current laws, the benefits of medical cannabis becoming better understood, the positive economic impact becoming more recognized and according to the report, the most important factor: public support in favor of legalization is growing.

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Study: THC Increases Survival Rates in People that Experience Traumatic Brain Injury

The presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the system is associated with increased survival rates in those who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new study published intbi the American Journal of Surgery.

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality”, says Dr. Binh Minh Nguyen, the study’s lead author. “Several studies have demonstrated neuroprotective effects of cannabinoids. The objective of this study was to establish a relationship between the presence of a positive toxicology screen for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and mortality after TBI.”

After examining 446 individuals – 18.4% of which had THC in their system – it was found that the mortality rate for the THC positive group was just 2.4% (two deaths total), compared with 11.5% (forty two deaths total) in the THC negative group; a 479% decrease.

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Study: CBD Administration Associated with Improved Quality of Life in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

By Paul Armentano, NORML

The administration of cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid, is associated with improved quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s diseasecbd, according clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Investigators at the University of São Paulo in Brazil assessed the efficacy of CBD versus placebo in 21 subjects with Parkinson’s. Authors reported that the administration of 300 mg doses of CBD per day was associated with “significantly different mean total scores” in subjects’ well-being and quality of life compared to placebo.

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New Study Details What Each State Gains to Make if U.S. Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

A new study released by the financial group Nerd Wallet has detailed what each of the 50 U.S. states gain tomarijuanamoney make if the nation legalizes the sales of recreational cannabis.

According to the study; “The U.S. stands to gain, according to our calculations, $3,098,866,907 in state and local taxes per year — that’s more than twice the entire budget of the Small Business Administration in 2013. California could gain the most from taxes on sales of marijuana. The state stands to take in $519,287,052, which almost covers the 2013 budget for the California Department of Parks and Recreation.”

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New Study: CBD May Treat Symptoms Responsible For Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction Relapse

A new study published in the September issue of the journal Alcoholimage and Alcoholism has found strong evidence that cannabidiol, or CBD, may offer highly effective treatment for symptoms known to trigger addiction relapse.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Department of the Scripps Research Institute, and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacology, examines the effect of CBD on animal models of alcohol and cocaine addiction.

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