POT Highlights New Developments in Cannabinoid Science

Researchers, physicians and educators explore the healing potential of cannabis at the annual Patients Out of Time conference.

Imagine sitting in the audience at a speaker panel that includes some of the brightest minds in cannabinoid science and having answers shouted from the crowd. “Clobozam!” an audience member exclaims when the panel is asked about what drugs might have a negative interaction when combined with cannabis. At first you may think it’s rude heckling, then you notice the response came from esteemed neurologist and medical scientist Dr. Ethan Russo. This is only one example of the marijuana mind melding at the 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabinoid Therapeutics hosted by Patients Out of Time last week.

Founded in 1995, Patients Out of Time, is an educational non-profit dedicated to exploring the therapeutic applications of cannabis. The organization brings together a pool of “patients, policy makers, advocates and activists” to share cutting-edge research at its annual conference. This year’s event was hosted from May 18-20 in Berkeley, California.

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Jeff Sessions Could Use Chemical Analysis to Crackdown on Legal Weed

With recent advances in science and technology, it is now possible for the U.S. Department of Justice to use chemical analysis to determine which legal marijuana states are supplying the black market.

In a study published in a November 2009 issue of the Journal of Forensic Science, researchers from Texas A&M found that the geographic origins of cannabis could be determined through an examination of the strontium isotopes absorbed by the plant.

Strontium is a stable isotope that is formed by the radioactive decay of rubidium, a soft metal that is sometimes used in fireworks to give off a purple color. Strontium itself is known as an “Alkaline Earth Metal,” estimated to be absorbed by the human body on an average of 2 mg per day. It has similar properties to calcium and exists naturally in human blood and bone.

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Feds Admit Marijuana May Treat Opiate Crisis

For now, the United States is still (mostly) a free country, and people are (within limits) allowed to speak their minds.

For example: Vice President Mike Pence is free to believe that evolution may not be a real thing and the world was in fact created by God in a shade under seven days—as appears to be the case, based on his own statements—just as graduates of the University of Notre Dame are free to take a long walk rather than listen to the prattle of a creationist who is responsible for Indiana schools using textbooks that declare humans and dinosaurs walked the earth together.

In a somewhat similar way, mainstream Republicans like Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie—the latter of whom is the president’s point man on solving the county’s opiate crisis—are “free” to say, publicly, that marijuana won’t do anything to help stop the flood of overdoses, a line also uttered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February.

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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Tics In Patients With Tourette’s Syndrome

Inhaled cannabis is effective and well-tolerated in patients with Tourette’s Syndrome, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto retrospectively assessed the safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis in 19 TS patients.

Researchers reported, “All study participants experienced clinically significant symptom relief,” including including reductions in obsessive-compulsive symptoms, impulsivity, anxiety, irritability, and rage outbursts. Eighteen of 19 patients experienced decreased tic severity. Cannabis was “generally well tolerated” by study subjects.

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Foundation to Help Fund PTSD Research and Get Veterans Jobs in the Pot Industry

Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist and former clinical assistant professor at Arizona University (AU), is one of the nation’s foremost scientific experts on medical marijuana.

Although she’s never served in the military Sisley, wears or carries a dog tag stamped with the number “22,” as a constant reminder of how many American vets commit suicide each day—most suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Even though we all realize that is a falsely low number… it is a horrific number,” Sisley told NewsMax Health, noting that veteran suicides far outnumber the national civilian average.

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Of Mice & Marijuana: Lab Rats Have Greater Access to MMJ

Legal restrictions on cannabis research mean that the biggest beneficiaries of groundbreaking research into the plants medicinal properties are lab rodents.

The marijuana news last week was dominated by results of a study, and with good reason: Cannabis might reverse the brain’s aging process — for some among us, anyway.

Research from a team of German and Israeli researchers found that marijuana seems to allow aged brains to recover some of their cognitive function: When exposed to low doses of THC, elderly minds didn’t suffer the same decline as other similarly-aged brains — meaning, maybe, marijuana could treat Alzheimer’s or dementia or the other ravages of time on the brain.

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LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against Artificial Intelligence

Microdosing psychedelics has become quite popular these days. People who take small doses of LSD have said that it helps elevate their mood, increase focus, productivity—and some are even microdosing LSD to treat bipolar disorder.

Up to now, there has been precious little research done on the practice, but that’s about to change.

Researchers in the United Kingdom are undertaking the first-ever rigorous scientific study on the effectiveness of microdosing.

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Pot vs. Pills: Will Cannabis Help End the Opioid-Abuse Epidemic?

With the election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in Congress, the GOP has vowed to move forward with its longtime pledge to undo the Affordable Care Act. While it remains to be seen what approach the Republicans will take to replace the ACA, overhauling the country’s health-care system presents a timely opportunity to address an epidemic gripping the nation: the explosive growth in opioid addiction and abuse.

The numbers are staggering. The total number of opioid pain relievers prescribed in the United States jumped from 76 million in 1991 to 207 million in 2013. In that time, Americans accounted for nearly 100 percent of the hydrocodone sales in the world and 81 percent of oxycodone sales. This explosive growth in opioid use has resulted in a surge of opioid-related deaths. In 2015, opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths, a fourfold increase since 1999 that accounted for 63 percent of all drug-related deaths. As a result of this increase, drug-related deaths for the first time exceeded the number of deaths from car crashes in the United States.

With over two million Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and an additional 600,000 addicted to heroin, there’s a growing urgency to find alternative therapies that can slow or reverse this epidemic.

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Will the U.S. Legalize Marijuana Nationwide Before the Time Stephen Hawking Says We’re Doomed?

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There are some lawmakers out there who believe the United States will legalize marijuana all across the nation within the next five-to-10 years. The only problem with this prediction is they have been spewing the same unsubstantiated blah-blah-blahs for the past two decades.

It seems that handicapping the death of prohibition in our fair land is not exactly easy to do, especially considering that the country is still mostly governed by stiff-collar conservative forces that subscribe to the opinion that marijuana legalization will bring about the demise of civil society. What’s worse is these shrews are convinced that this supposed disembowelment of the American soul will happen one child at a time… starting with yours!

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