Smoking Marijuana Helps Chronic Pain Suffers
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Smoking Marijuana Helps Chronic Pain Suffers
Posted by CN Staff on August 30, 2010 at 19:51:58 PT
 By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Source: Los Angeles Times
USA -- Stick to the pipe, medical marijuana users: that’s the message from Canadian researchers who found that smoking even relatively low doses of cannabis can help reduce chronic pain, ease sleep and reduce anxiety. The findings were published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.For the study, 21 participants experiencing chronic neuropathic pain for at least three months smoked different preparations of marijuana three times a day for five days each, and stayed smoke-free for nine days as a buffer in between treatments. 
The most potent concentration was 9.4% tetrahydrocannabinol (the active ingredient in cannabis), followed by one of 6%, one of 2.5% and one with no THC at all.Patients who inhaled the highest THC concentration felt pain less intensely and slept better than patients who did not inhale THC-laced smoke. Those taking the highest doze reported a pain level of 5.4 on a scale of 1 to 11 –lower than the 6.1 reported by those taking the THC-free dose.The study’s authors concede that a 0.7-point reduction in pain is pretty modest compared with the improvements seen from other drugs – but they also point out that the patients they were testing had suffered from pain that had resisted other forms of treatment. Smoking up, then, could provide at least some relief to those who can find none.As University of Oxford professor Henry McQuay wrote in a commentary accompanying the study, “Existing treatments are far from perfect. In the meantime, the current trial adds to the trickle of evidence that cannabis may help some of the patients who are struggling at present.”Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: Amina Khan, Los Angeles TimesPublished: August 30, 2010Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on September 04, 2010 at 13:42:55 PT
Chemotherapy and neuropathic pain
Neuropathic pain is a side effect of chemotherapy, too.I'd never actually looked up the meaning of neuropathy before this article.I knew it could happen with chemotherapy...but I didn't really want to know that much about it. I knew it involved nerves of course. Doesn't all pain?Finally reading about it I realized during this chemotherapy, already, I'd had some powerful experiences in the area of neuropathic pain. Whew! There were moments of electric pain. I had not fully realized that a person could feel that sort of pain unless connected some how, actually, to an electrical shock of some sort. OWWWW. I knew about funny bones and reflex points. I knew about the stinging, burning, feeling of a foot or limb, that because of some awkwardness, had "fallen asleep". I knew about the nerve pain from a deeply sliced little finger in a sensitive nerve area. It was numb and tingly... and it hurt quite a bit. It was hard not to notice. It's better now, twenty years later. I knew about high powered, brush burner, electric farm fences. OWWWWWW. I'd been shocked by crazy lamps and appliances. Never actually burned or seriously harmed.With these medicines, sometimes it's like your feet are being deep fried... or that the bare soles of your feet are on ice... like your skating barefoot on the frozen ice of a pond. Burning, cold wet ice.They say I'm doing "quite well", though.I really am.My oncologist has told me more than once that it can be permanent... this neuropathic, this tingling, numb, pain in the hands and feet... it's nerve endings... damaged nerve endings... but it's not always permanent, of course. I'm hoping for the not always.:0) 
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Comment #8 posted by ekim on September 03, 2010 at 19:54:00 PT
Lester said more CBD breeding is being done now
Guests Dr. Lester Grinspoon associate professor of psychiatry (emeritus) at Harvard Medical School. 
Allen St. Pierre executive director, NORML and The NORML Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established to better educate the public about marijuana and marijuana policy options. Stephen DeAngelo executive director of the Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, California. Dr. Donald Vereen physician and director of community-based public health at the School of Public Health, the University of Michigan; former deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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Comment #7 posted by keninsj on September 03, 2010 at 19:19:13 PT:
Neuropathic pain
I find for my neuropathic pain a higher CBD to THC works better. I feel there should be more research in the other ingredients in cannabis besides just THC. For awhile there seemed to be some progress in this area, but I haven't seen a lot lately.  
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on August 31, 2010 at 10:53:43 PT
Wealthy Cannabis Backer Returns To Oregon Politics
Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010Peter Lewis, the billionaire chairman of Progressive Auto Insurance, is back dabbling in Oregon politics. He recently gave $12,800 for the November ballot measure allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon.Given his past enthusiasm for pro-marijuana causes, it wouldn't be surprising if this isn't a down-payment for the Measure 74 campaign.  Lewis and two of his fellow billionaires - currency trader George Soros and Phoenix University founder John Sterling - bankrolled the 1998 ballot measure allowing medicinal marijuana use.In fact, that was just one of four medical marijuana measures passed that year thanks to the financial backing from the trio through their group, Americans for Medical Rights.Lewis was also a big supporter of the Marijuana Policy Project, which sought to legalize the drug. If you can believe (I confess a lack of familiarity with this segment of the news media), Lewis contributed some $40 million to the group over the course of a decade before having a falling-out with the organization earlier this year.Complete Article:
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on August 31, 2010 at 09:13:44 PT
outstanding piece by Paul A
"Cannabis prevents/cures cancer" and "Cannabis is modern-day Jim Crow" are two stories the corporate media just won't run!!!The media is a CRUCIAL element of maintaining the "Great Prohibition". The politicians need the constant drumbeat of propaganda to hide their blatant pandering to the medical industry, the criminal justice industry, etc. 5 Things the Corporate Media and Government Don't Want You to Know About Marijuana
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Comment #4 posted by RevRayGreen on August 31, 2010 at 08:02:00 PT
Show #2 Green Central Station saturdays LIVE 6-7pm
opening video only provided audio, on camera starts approx. 2:35 in.......Fantastic interview with our first caller to Green Central Station, from New York City, Dana Beal.Also my error in phone number it is 515-327-1007
(new fyers to run for Monday night at least will
be correct)next week maybe we will introduce the 'Unknown Patient' video on page link
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 31, 2010 at 07:49:51 PT
Going Green: An Electric Vehicle Made of Hemp
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on August 30, 2010 at 20:44:23 PT
That's such good news!That's some news to smile about. Thank you. For sure!
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Comment #1 posted by herbdoc215 on August 30, 2010 at 20:08:51 PT
Just wait until they test our >87.5% THC Hash
on chronic neuropathic pain patients...they are going to be in for a shock and they will see why a couple of hits and I can be a normal person vs being on the nod all day and still in pain with their opiates alone! When are they going to quit playing around with the rawest-crudest lowest cannabinoid products they can find and do some research on some of the stuff out here that patients are actually using and swearing by??? THC isn't the only thing in cannabis that helps us as well and with the gov't harvesting/storing methods being crap they ruin just about anything else but THC, and then try and spray that back on...all the flavonoids, terpinoids, etc. are all left out? aside(I've also found THC-v to be very important when it comes to this type of pain as well which is usually native to the african cultivars) 
The future is coming fast and the lid is about to explode off of their pot of lies! peace, steve
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