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Thursday, February 25, 2010

140 Characters of Wisdom...


It is perhaps in the Himalayas of India and the Tibetan plateau that Cannabis preparations assumed their greatest hallucinogenic importance in religious contexts. Bhang is a mild preparation: dried leaves or flowering shoots are pounded with spices into a paste and consumed as candy – known as maajun – or in tea form. Ganja is made from the resin-rich dried pistillate flowering tops of cultivated plants which are pressed into a compacted mass and kept under pressure for several days to induce chemical changes; most Ganja is smoked, often with Tobacco. Charas consists of the resin itself, a brownish mass which is employed generally in smoking mixtures.

        The Tibetans consider Cannabis sacred.

A Mahayana Buddhist tradition maintains that during the six steps of asceticism leading to his enlightenment, Buddha lived on one Hemp seed a day. He is often depicted with “Soma leaves” in his begging bowl and the mysterious god-narcotic Soma has occasionally been identified with Hemp. In Tantric Buddhism of the Himalayas of Tibet, Cannabis plays a very significant role in the meditative ritual used to facilitate deep meditation and heighten awareness. Both medicinal and recreational secular use of Hemp is likewise so common now in this region that the plant is taken for granted as an everyday necessity.



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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Medical Marijuana Stops Spread of Breast Cancer - NBC NEWS



San Francisco
Marianne Favro/KNTV
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EXCERPTED FROM PUBMED:
Cannabidiol enhances the inhibitory effects of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol on human glioblastoma cell proliferation and survival:
The cannabinoid 1 (CB(1)) and cannabinoid 2 (CB(2)) receptor agonist Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been shown to be a broad-range inhibitor of cancer in culture and in vivo, and is currently being used in a clinical trial for the treatment of glioblastoma. It has been suggested that other plant-derived cannabinoids, which do not interact efficiently with CB(1) and CB(2) receptors, can modulate the actions of Delta(9)-THC. There are conflicting reports, however, as to what extent other cannabinoids can modulate Delta(9)-THC activity, and most importantly, it is not clear whether other cannabinoid compounds can either potentiate or inhibit the actions of Delta(9)-THC. We therefore tested cannabidiol, the second most abundant plant-derived cannabinoid, in combination with Delta(9)-THC. In the U251 and SF126 glioblastoma cell lines, Delta(9)-THC and cannabidiol acted synergistically to inhibit cell proliferation. The treatment of glioblastoma cells with both compounds led to significant modulations of the cell cycle and induction of reactive oxygen species and apoptosis as well as specific modulations of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and caspase activities. These specific changes were not observed with either compound individually, indicating that the signal transduction pathways affected by the combination treatment were unique. Our results suggest that the addition of cannabidiol to Delta(9)-THC may improve the overall effectiveness of Delta(9)-THC in the treatment of glioblastoma in cancer patients.
PMID: 20053780

BIGGEST WIN for Med. Marijuana in 20 Years !!!




SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The first U.S. clinical trials in more than two decades on the medical benefits of marijuana confirm pot is effective in reducing muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and pain caused by certain neurological injuries or illnesses, according to a report issued Wednesday.


Igor Grant, a psychiatrist who directs the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego, said five studies funded by the state involved volunteers who were randomly given real marijuana or placebos to determine if the herb provided relief not seen from traditional medicines.
“There is good evidence now that cannabinoids may be either an adjunct or a first-line treatment,” Grant said at a news conference where he presented the findings.
The California Legislature established the research center in 2000 to examine whether the therapeutic claims of medical marijuana advocates could withstand scientific scrutiny. In 1996, state voters became the first in the nation to pass a law approving pot use for medical purposes.
Thirteen other states have followed suit, but California is the only one so far to sponsor medical marijuana research. After 10 years and nearly $9 million, the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is preparing to wrap up its work next year.
Along with the studies on muscle spasms and pain associated with spinal cord injuries and AIDS, the center also has funded research on how marijuana affects sleep and driving, limb pain due to diabetes, and whether inhaling vaporized cannabis is as effective as smoking it.
A laboratory study supported by the center examined if pot could be helpful in treating migraine headaches and facial pain. In that study, rats given a cannabis-like drug exhibited reduced activity of nerve cells that transmit pain.
State Sen. Mark Leno, a San Francisco Democrat who chairs a budget subcommittee on health and human services and supports medical marijuana, said he doubted there would be more financial support for the center, given California’s ongoing budget crisis.
The federal government classifies marijuana as an illicit drug with no medical use but produces the only pot legally available for scientific research under a contract with the University of Mississippi.
Grant said obtaining some of the Mississippi crop and meeting the complex security regulations required by the Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies was time-consuming and cumbersome.
Grant, however, had no problem with the quality of the government’s supply. Its consistency was helpful in determining that patients who smoked less-potent marijuana enjoyed the same amount of pain relief but less mental confusion than those who inhaled a more powerful strain, he said.
Such quality control is notably absent from the marijuana that patients with a doctor’s recommendation can legally obtain in California through hundreds of cooperatives and storefront dispensaries, Grant said.
He said more research was needed on how pot works and its side effects.
“Because we don’t know the composition of the strains that are on the street, we don’t know what patients really are getting,” he said. “As a doctor I feel some discomfort when someone says take X or Y pill or herb because we think that might be helpful.”
Since its founding, the center has approved 15 research studies, but five had to be discontinued because there were not enough volunteers willing or able to meet the criteria for participating.
One proposed study on the effectiveness of marijuana in reducing chemotherapy-related nausea was canceled because researchers could not recruit enough cancer patients who weren’t already treating their symptoms effectively with anti-nausea medications.
In the 24-page report submitted Wednesday to the Legislature, Grant said research protocols had been rigorous, with six studies published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed science journals.
In four studies, participants suffering from multiple sclerosis, AIDS or diabetes, along with healthy volunteers injected with a chili pepper substance to induce pain, were randomly assigned to receive cigarettes filled with marijuana. Half had the active ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, removed.
Not every patient who smoked the real marijuana reported improvement. But the percentage who did was comparable to those who said they experienced relief from antidepressants and other medications commonly prescribed for neuropathic pain, the study said.


Related News & Bloglinks:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/health/Study-Proves-Medical-Marijuanas-Benefits-84614232.html
http://cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2010/02/18/Cannabinoid-Studies-Released
http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=75579&catid=2
http://www.ktvu.com/news/22597636/detail.html
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2010/02/18/marijuana-really-medicine-0
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/02/18/1st-medical-trial-of-pot-in-20-years-finds-it-does-relieve-pain/
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/18/EDU91C3NNU.DTL
http://www.starbulletin.com/editorials/20100220_proven_medical_remedy_must_be_more_accessible.html
http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/news/20100218/medical-marijuana-has-merit-research-shows
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-medical-marijuana18-2010feb18,0,1023346.story?track=rss
http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/82/35764/marijuana-pain-treatment-found-first-clinical-trials-two-decades.html
http://www.empowher.com/news/2010/02/20/medical-marijuana-benefits-ms-spinal-cord-patients-report
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life/health-fitness/health/Marijuana-has-therapeutic-effects/articleshow/5587132.cms
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14418871?nclick_check=1
http://topnews.us/content/211363-marijuana-recommended-specific-pain-related-conditions-us-researchers

http://www.mercurynews.com/tv/ci_14429162
http://rawstory.com/2010/02/medical-studies-show-cannabis-compound-effective-treating-pain-spasms/

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Friday, February 19, 2010

An Important message to U.S. Pres. Barak Obama

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How do they do it - Silky Smooth Hemp Fibre

Processing hempfibers for later use within textiles. Depending on the fibers quality you have to use different techniques. Here we see the many steps it has to take to make it "silky smooth". The infrastructure used here is based on the same for flax making linen. Its an intricate process from implementing, growing to handling the yield.


HempOil Canada - Hemp Processing procedure and more...

A representative of HempOil Canada discusses the processing of hemp and materials made of hemp the potential and growth of the market countries they export it to and much more.

The message is: 'Everybody benefits from hemp farming !'






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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

After the War on Drugs...


We have to end the war on drugs - that's right, but what comes after? Do we have real alternatives of prohibition? We asked leading drug policy reformers about their concepts and ideas about legal regulation at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Watch the video and learn more!



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Monday, February 15, 2010

1970's Marijuana Propaganda

Medi-Wiet zelf-teler ontzien bij controle hennepkweek.

VELSEN Vrijdag 12 februari

Bij een Politiecontrole in de regio Velsen is een kleine professionele medisch marijuana plantage aangetroffen.
Na controle van de woning door Politie en Energiemaatschappij zijn enkele afspraken gemaakt met de bewoner en is de politie heengegaan.
De kweekkast met inhoud en persoonlijke voorraad van de bewoner zijn ongemoeid gelaten.
De bewoner bleek een pijnpatient te zijn die aantoonbaar voor eigen gebruik medicinale Marijuana verbouwd. Hij kweekt op een zeer verantwoordde en brandveilige mannier wiet van een kwaliteit die voor hem het beste werkt als pijn medicijn. De wiet die deze menneer verbouwd kan hij vertrouwen in kwaliteit, dat is vaak niet zo met wiet uit de koffieshop en de soorten mediwiet die via de reguliere weg verkrijgbaar zijn. (slechte kwaliteit en de verkeerde soorten om als pijnmedicijn te worden gebruikt)

Kijk dat is pas GOED NIEUWS !!!

Bron: Xead.nl

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