Epilepsy Group Announces Support For Marijuana
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Epilepsy Group Announces Support For Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on February 21, 2014 at 10:24:04 PT
By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- The Epilepsy Foundation has recognized medical marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy, calling for better access to the drug and more research into its possibilities."The Epilepsy Foundation supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana," said Philip Gattone, CEO and president of the Epilepsy Foundation, and foundation chairman Warren Lammert in a joint statement on Thursday.
The foundation also urged the Drug Enforcement Administration to end restrictions that limit clinical trials and research into medical marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy.Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is currently classified as Schedule I, along with heroin and LSD. Schedule I drugs, according to the government system, have high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. The classification also stands in the way of federal funding for research into possible benefits of the drug.Recently, 18 members of Congress wrote a letter to President Barack Obama demanding that he remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous controlled substances.Epilepsy patients around the nation, including some children, are ignoring the federal government's stance and using medical marijuana to help treat their symptoms.More than 100 families recently uprooted and relocated to Colorado to take advantage of the state's robust medical marijuana laws, and to find Charlotte's Web, one of the most coveted types of medical marijuana available.Charlotte's Web is high in CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in pot, and low in THC, the component that causes users to feel high. Developed by Colorado's Realm of Caring non-profit group, it has effectively treated children who have debilitating illnesses and conditions.Charlotte's Web and similar strains are administered in liquid or capsule form and, according to doctors, produce few or no side effects. Because of the low THC count, users don't experience the high associated with traditional marijuana.Although medical marijuana appears to help many patients, some doctors are skeptical about its efficacy and safety."We don't have any peer-reviewed, published literature to support it," said Dr. Larry Wolk, the chief medical officer of Colorado's health department, to the Associated Press. Despite the lack of hard scientific data, Paige Figi, who works for Realm of Caring, told The Huffington Post that more than 300 patients currently use the Charlotte's Web strain. Her 7-year-old daughter, Charlotte, who inspired the name of the strain, used to suffer from hundreds of seizures each week. She was the first child in Colorado to be treated with cannabis and her recovery has been miraculous, her mother said. "She is getting a redo of all the years she was robbed by epilepsy."The Epilepsy Foundation plans to take the following steps:• Calling on the DEA to reschedule marijuana so it can be more easily accessible for medical research• Supporting appropriate changes to state laws to increase access to medical marijuana as a treatment option for epilepsy, including pediatric use through a treating physician• Supporting the inclusion of epilepsy as a condition that uses medical marijuana as a treatment option where it is currently available• Supporting research on multiple forms of cannabis and seizures"These organizations and the vast majority of Americans are sending a message to lawmakers that could not be any clearer -- it is time to recognize the proven medical benefits of marijuana and make it legal for those who need it," said Karen O'Keefe, state policies director for Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement. "Patients and their families should not have to move to other states or continue to suffer because their elected officials are still clinging to antiquated prohibition laws."Twenty states and the District of Columbia currently have legalized marijuana in some form and about a dozen more are expected to in the coming years.According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 2.3 million Americans live with epilepsy, a neurological condition that includes recurring seizures; more than 1 million of those people live with seizures that don't respond to traditional medication.Source: Huffington Post (NY)	Author: Matt Ferner, The Huffington PostPublished: February 20, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on February 23, 2014 at 08:30:55 PT
Not Aids, but HIV. Is that right? It doesn't necessarily turn into full blown Aids.... but a person's blood is positive for the virus?
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on February 23, 2014 at 08:27:21 PT
That's so good to hear! Thank you for reminding me. I haven't even had enough sense to ask how she was doing. Dang. I'm ashamed of myself. It's like the news of her illness subsided and crept off to someplace extra dark in my poor old brain after Dave passed on.After reading Afterburner's information, I thought, "I know someone with Aids." But I just couldn't think who it was until I read comment 11. I am so glad I had chemotherapy and I'm so glad I'm alive... but chemo brain and neuropathy are still with me. And no, Calvina, it's not that I'm burnt from cannabis use, I'm burnt from a drug more commonly known as Red Death. But I'm alive, maybe limping on my left lobe, a bit, but alive, and rejoicing for many people because cannabis is a wonder herb.Oh yes... and technically, I've been using this brain for a long time. So....I lost another friend this week, from cancer. I sometimes wonder, if they really set this herb free and let it grow and fed it to livestock, as well, that this plague of cancer might back off a little.
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Comment #14 posted by The GCW on February 23, 2014 at 07:55:57 PT
The influence of Satan at work
US CO: PUB LTE: Separation From Spirit of the TruthWebpage: soon to MAP)There is some backward thinking when people believe making cannabis (marijuana) available for sick citizens is "Satan's work" (Faith at heart of work by brothers who developed medical, Feb. 9). In fact, cannabis prohibition and extermination is the devil's law.One of the reasons God chose the very first page of the Bible to exclaim He created all the seed bearing plants saying they're all good, is to sort that out from the beginning. Christ Jesus risked jail to heal the sick.Supporting cannabis prohibition separates people from the spirit of truth. Satan and those influenced by the spirit of error support caging sick humans for using what God says is good on the very first page of the Bible.Referred: "spirit of truth" is spoken about only in John 14-16 & 1 John, in red. I encourage everyone to understand the wealth of info available in those passages. Perhaps one of the most important parts of Our Owners Manual. So much there.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on February 23, 2014 at 05:02:03 PT
Storm Crow
Thank you. I will send your information to her too!
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Comment #12 posted by Storm Crow on February 23, 2014 at 00:00:32 PT
About HIV and cannabinoid receptors
These are a couple of articles on HIV and cannabinoids that are interesting. Study: cannabis compound might have use as an HIV drug   (news – 2013) Compounds That Stimulate The Cannabinoid Type 2 Receptor In White Blood Cells Can Weaken HIV-1 Infection (news – 2013) THC activates both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but I have found studies on another natural CB2 receptor activator- magnolia bark, of all things! There are no studies on the magnolia compounds, magnolol and honokiol, and HIV, but there are ones like the one below, showing that they do activate the CB2 receptors. Magnolia extract, magnolol and metabolites: activation of cannabinoid CB2 receptors and blockade of the related GPR55 (abst – 2013) has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries and is being sold not only by herb shops now, but also by vitamin companies. It might prove to be a good addition to cannabis for treating HIV. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on February 22, 2014 at 20:03:59 PT
I sent the article to my friend that is HIV positive. She uses marijuana and her T-Cell count has gone up to over 800 and that is very good. Her viral load is now untraceable.
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on February 22, 2014 at 13:27:32 PT
Do not discount THC!
It does much more than just make you high.
Can marijuana protect the immune system against HIV & slow disease progression?
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on February 22, 2014 at 10:42:17 PT
In the news today.
Looks like one of the big cartels didn't have enough protection cash anymore. Colorado and Washington might have had some effect on that situation. Interesting possibility.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on February 22, 2014 at 10:39:08 PT
Oleg the Tumor
Too true. People who had seizures were part of the purge in the Holocaust. Yeah. The good old days. Can you imagine the government coming to your home and taking, by force afflicted family members off to prisons and death camps? It was for your own good and the good of the nation. The good of the Master race. Arrgh. Or as recent as the sixties when people with epilepsy, though not gassed, were often institutionalized. It was tragic. It is tragic.What kind of people are the prohibs? The prohibs are dangerous and nuts. We've always known that. And of course, "there is none so blind as he who will not see". They are lying to themselves and others and absolutely refusing to see the truth. The real truth. The prohibs do and have done so much more harm to mankind and this nation than any amount of drug, herb, or tea use ever could. They refuse to see that. They are armed and dangerous.They see the news of cannabis being helpful to people as another plot and plan of their enemy... us... in the "War" they are waging against the rest of mankind... and their sinful ways.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on February 22, 2014 at 10:07:01 PT
Comment 3 Grand Mal
I shudder to think of it. I know of episodes of grand mal seizures that literally seemed paranormal in their intensity and power.I'm sure people have allowed films of seizures to be online. I don't think I want to watch one. I thought to myself during that time with Christie ignoring that father's plea for Charlotte's Web, "He's never seen a child have a seizure. He doesn't care".Over the years, I've had two close friends that were stalked by epilepsy. I had a seizure prone dog. There can be many reasons for seizures to happen. My oldest child had febrile convulsions. Throughout his early life, he had several petite mal and two or three grand mal seizures. It was awful. He didn't have many, but it was truly awful. Those epileptic babies, and their families, that go through that every day, sometimes all day long? How awful must that be for them?What kind of human being denies these children and their families the chance to see if this green herb can help them out of some of the terror, grief, and misery they are living through? What kind of person?
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Comment #6 posted by Oleg the Tumor on February 22, 2014 at 09:42:39 PT:
Thank You, Hope! We're Getting There, Folks!
I am forever in the debt of people like yourself who care. I started having Gran Mals in 1979, shortly after relocating 500 miles to a new job. 
Not to speak for others, I am fully aware of my surroundings during seizures. "Epileptic" means "Of unknown origin". An "epileptic" seizure is a seizure of unknown origin, by definition. 
Figuring out what just hit you so you can avoid it next time is called "survival". 
Cannabis is a blessing for those with diseased neurological systems. Been that way for thousands of years.Her mother said. "She is getting a redo of all the years she was robbed by epilepsy." This future represents a positive integer, cool.Through the crack in this door, I see daylight!We epileptics are among the defectives, who would have been culled from the population for "special treatment" (sterilization, lobotomy or the oven) during "World Dance II" by the masters of eugenics, the "saviors of the future", the Nazis. But inspiring the Nazi eugenic project were Americans.  It was at the behest of those monied and political interests that Cannabis be removed from American agriculture in 1937. 
Their children will not "interbreed" with the defectives "because there won't be any defectives." And so the Captains of Industry held forth
and were even proud of themselves for it! But no one could have known back then that inbreeding causes serious health problems (hemophilia and sickle-cell anemia, to name two) By the time Irenee DuPont gave the order for cousins to quit marrying each other to stop producing imbeciles, it was too late, the DEA was fully staffed.I would be happy to pronounce the recent foolish age "over and done with", should any ask for a pronouncement, but I'm not holding my breath, well, yes I am.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on February 22, 2014 at 09:06:22 PT
underwear must surely be in a wad over this one.Girl Scout sells cookies outside pot dispensary: 117 boxes in 2 hours,0,174680.story#ixzz2u4Uh8peW
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on February 21, 2014 at 20:32:30 PT
Eighteen members of Congress?
That's not trivial."Recently, 18 members of Congress wrote a letter to President Barack Obama demanding that he remove marijuana from a list of the most dangerous controlled substances.
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Comment #3 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 21, 2014 at 16:54:57 PT
I have seen several epileptic seizures, and I firmly support any research to prevent them. Imagine one region of the brain firing all at once, that's a seizure. Grand mal is the worse, followed by petite mal.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on February 21, 2014 at 13:01:39 PT
"It's no fun."
I guess that's why they don't approve of cannabis as medicine... what with the off chance it might be fun.
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on February 21, 2014 at 12:50:27 PT
My heart goes out to people with epilepsies
or any seizure disorder. I know the difference between Petit Mal and Gran Mal. I know how shocks feel. I see what happens in seizures. For me, seeing it is feeling it. My heart nearly stops beating to think of it. My heart goes out to them. In my state the prohibs in power will let you try wires into your brain attached to electric defibrillators... but they won't let you try to see if some strain of a certain plant will help.It's no fun having instruments and such installed in your body. It is so hard to sleep, for just one thing.How can they be so unkind? I've wondered that so often.
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