Posts tagged ‘medical marijuana’

July 24, 2011

Medical Marijuana Protestors at Huntington Beach Pier


Out in force yesterday at Huntington Beach were the “weed warriors” protesting the proposed changes to medical marijuana laws. I don’t smoke weed but I am an advocate of legalizing pot and making medical marijuana available for those who want and need it. There are more issues that should demand the government’s attention than marijuana usage. I find more problems with alcohol abuse and prescription drugs.
The conclusion is let those who want to use cannabis for medicinal reasons do it and let the growers and suppliers grow, cultivate and harvest. Regulate them and make sure they are operating in a formal business structure. Perhaps the decriminalization of pot will help the economy and cut down the cost of pursuing, investigating and prosecuting those who deal in the Marijuana trade.

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April 8, 2011

The Best Medical Marijuana


Let me first say this, I am not a marijuana user. But I do think it is essential for some people to use it. I also think it is an individual’s choice as to what to ingest as long as they are following the law and not hurting anyone. I do know people who use medical marijuana and simply put their quality of life is better because of their usage. So why does Treehouser write about this subject matter? Simple it is a natural medication. Here a snippet of marijuana history.

a diagram of marijuana and its parts

Marijuana Plants

Cannabis sativa has been used therapeutically from the earliest records, nearly 5,000 years ago, to the present day (Mikuriya, 1969: 34) and its products have been widely noted for their effects, both physiological and psychological, throughout the world. Although the Chinese and Indian cultures knew about the properties of this drug from very early times, this information did not become general in the Near and Middle East until after the fifth century A.D., when travelers, traders and adventurers began to carry knowledge of the drug westward to Persia and Arabia. Historians claim that cannabis was first employed in these countries as an antiseptic and analgesic.

Other medical uses were later developed and spread throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Several years after the return of Napoleon’s army from Egypt, cannabis became widely accepted by Western medical practitioners. Previously, it had had limited use for such purposes as the treatment of burns. The scientific members of Napoleon’s forces were interested in the drug’s pain relieving and sedative effects. It was used during, and to a greater extent, following his rule in France, especially after 1840 when the work of such physicians as O’Shaughnessy, Aubert-Roche, and Moreau de Tours drew wide attention to this drug.

With the rise of the literary movement of the 1840-1860 period in France (Gautier, Baudelaire, Dumas, etc.), cannabis became somewhat popular as an intoxicant of the intellectual classes. For more go to http://www.skunked.co.uk/articles/marijuana-history.htm

Chronic Pain Relief
With 15 U.S. states and Washington DC already allowing medicinal marijuana users a legal alternative to managing their own pain, advocates fighting to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis claim their time is near.

In November, California voted against ending cannabis prohibition all together, but the measure was defeated by just over 700,000 votes with Proposition 19 forcing the global spotlight on the issue of pot law reform for recreational use.

Medicinal use of the plant, however, continues to forge on as a trojan horse of sorts. As more chronic pain sufferers praise marijuana’s healing power and debate over lost tax revenue and expensive jailing for offenders grows louder might warrant a closer look into the financial viability of legal sales.

In an attempt to take a closer look into marijuana’s alleged medicinal values, we consulted Danny Danko, High Times magazine’s senior cultivation editor, to help us identify the most popular strains for medicinal use. Highlighting excerpts from Danko’s new book, High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains , we compiled a list of marijuana strains that he claims to have medicinal value.

What are the top medical marijuana strains today? Read on…

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Whiteberry

White Berry
According to Danko, White Berry can make a great nighttime smoke, claiming its soothing qualities can induce a peaceful, easy feeling just perfect for sitting on the couch. He also recommends White Berry for relieving muscle spasms and restless-leg syndrome.

A-Train
The hybrid genetics of this strain is a mix between Humboldt County “Trainwreck” and “Afghani Mazar,” giving the user a favorable taste and the grower an easier plant to grow. Danko claims this strain enhances appetite and lowers ocular pressure, which is particularly important for glaucoma sufferers.

“Trainwreck” is a staple of Northern California, says Danko, and the A-Train strain has “a kick all its own.” It was named the High Times top 10 strain in 2009 and is known for its spicy flavor and citrus after-taste.

Dr. Grinspoon
Named in honor of noted cannabis researcher and author Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard Medical School professor and advocate of marijuana for over 40 years. “Long-lasting and very cerebral, this is a true connoisseur’s strain,” says Danko. Danko says this strain can be used for the treatment of depression and nausea.

Blue Dreams
“Over the past few years, the sativa-dominant Blue Dream has become a real dispensary favorite on the West Coast, especially in the Bay Area,” says Danko, noting that it’s become a staple at many medical-cannabis collectives. He describes it as “as full-bodied in odor, flavor and high, the colorful strain provides a richness of experience lacking in many other “meds.”

Danko also notes that Blue Dream allows the user to be fully functional and lacks sedative qualities present in many other strains, although the euphoria experienced is relatively strong. He offers this strain may be a remedy for chronic stomach or back pain.

To read more go to http://www.cnbc.com/id/40554297/The_16_Top_Medical_Marijuana_Strains?slide=1

This is a repost from an article By Oliver Quillia & Paul Toscano
Posted 8 Dec 2010