Dr. Jake Felice

Irv Rosenfeld testifies how medical cannabis keeps him alive

Irv Rosenfeld testifies how medical cannabis keeps him alive

Irv Rosenfeld is the longest surviving medical marijuana patient alive today. He is a hero and pioneer for many in the medical cannabis world.  Although this video is a little dated, it is an excellent framing of the issue of medical cannabis. Mr. Rosenfeld testified before the State of Michigan Committee on Government Operations on Tuesday November 28th, 2006

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Cannabis laws have no measurable impact on teen usage rates

Cannabis laws have no measurable impact on teen usage rates

This study’s findings rebut the repeated claims from prohibition supporters that the passage of medical cannabis laws increase teen use.

Scientists “found no evidence of intermediate-term effects of passage of state MMLs (medical marijuana laws) on the prevalence or frequency of adolescent nonmedical marijuana use in the states evaluated.”  Again from the study:  Difference-in-differences estimates suggested that passing MMLs (medical marijuana laws) decreased past-month use among adolescents … and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use. … [These] estimates suggest that reported adolescent marijuana use may actually decrease following the passing of medical marijuana laws.”

For those readers who are research nerds, supporting data from peer reviewed medical literature can be viewed here, and here.

Medical marijuana laws do not increase teen use, rather it is the social use of cannabis in a black market setting that contributes to teen drug use.  Legal cannabis is the best way to protect our children from the black market.

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Why vaporization is one of the healthiest ways to use cannabis

Why vaporization is one of the healthiest ways to use cannabis

There has been a lot of concern about the health hazards of smoking cannabis as medicine. Luckily, you don’t have to smoke cannabis to get medical relief. Cannabis vaporizers give the same biological effect as smoking, but without harmful toxins.

Cannabis vaporizers allow patients to inhale steam, and not the smoke of active cannabinoids including CBD, while avoiding harmful smoke toxins. To do this, vaporizers heat cannabis to well below the temperature where fire and smoke are produced. And even though there is no smoke, the benefits of CBD, THC and other medically active cannabinoids are inhaled by the patient, with none of the carcinogenic tars and noxious gases that are found in smoking.

Many medical marijuana patients who find smoking cannabis irritating report effective relief inhaling through vaporizers. Patients who are concerned about the respiratory hazards of smoking are strongly advised to avoid smoking and use vaporizers.

As a note on cannabis smoke and cancer, there exists no epidemiological evidence that marijuana smokers face a higher risk of smoking-related cancers. For further information on this interesting topic, see these links here, and here.

Click these links for more information on the safety of vaporizing medicinal cannabis: Citation 1, Citation 2, Citation 3, Citation 4, Citation 5, Citation 6

 

©2011 J. F. Felice, ND

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Pennsylvania: Medical cannabis legislation introduced

Pennsylvania: Medical cannabis legislation introduced

From NORML

Folks you can make history by voting on this measure by entering your zip code and filling out the form here.  So express yourself and go fill out this form.

Cannabis patient1Legislation to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis is pending before state lawmakers. Representative Mark Cohen has filed legislation, House Bill 1181, to enact statewide legal protections for qualified patients who are authorized by their physician to engage in cannabis therapy. The proposal seeks to establish a network of state-regulated compassion centers to provide cannabis to patients. Qualified patients would also be able to grow specified quantities of cannabis in private. This measure has been referred to the House Committee on Health, but has yet to be scheduled for a hearing. You can view the full text of this proposal here.

According to a May 2013 Franklin and Marshall statewide poll, 82 percent of Pennsylvanians favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses. Despite this, Governor Corbett recently went on record stating his opposition to medical marijuana. He said, “This is a gateway to many other drugs. I believe we have a drug problem in this country. We have a drug problem in the state of Pennsylvania.”

We encourage you to contact the Governor directly and urge him to support this sensible legislation by calling 717-787-2500 or emailing Governor@pa.gov.

You can also enter your zip code here to quickly and easily contact your Representative and urge him or her to support this measure.

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Mexico’s President Fox considers growing legal cannabis

Mexico’s President Fox considers growing legal cannabis

From the LA TIMES

MEXICO CITY — Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, was one of the earliest and most prominent voices in favor of legalizing marijuana here. Now he says he would also become a grower.

CannabisMatrix blogger Dr. Jake Felice with Mexico's President Vincente Fox

CannabisMatrix blogger Dr. Jake Felice with Mexico’s President Vincente Fox

Fox, who is known for provocative statements, argues that legalizing and regulating marijuana production would deprive violent drug traffickers of their profits. And then legitimate growers would naturally take over production, he says.

“I am a farmer,” Fox told reporters this week at his Fox Center in central Mexico’s Guanajuato state. “Once marijuana is legitimate and legal, I can do it.”

The millions of dollars that marijuana production generates should be going to business entrepreneurs and the Mexican tax base, the former president added, and not to the likes of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel and one of the world’s top fugitive drug lords.

“Marijuana with adequate controls and with legalization can perfectly well be an operating, legal industry [in Mexico] that would take millions of dollars away from the criminals,” said Fox, who was president from 2000 to 2006 for the conservative National Action Party.

At least three years ago, Fox became one of a number of former Latin American leaders to advocate some form of decriminalization of marijuana and possibly other drugs — a position adamantly opposed by the U.S. government.

His latest statements, which were carried in the Mexican media Thursday, came as the Organization of American States debated at its annual general assembly alternative approaches to a drug war that many member nations feel has become too violent with little progress.

Several countries were advocating a shift in emphasis to public health measures rather than jailing and police action. The meeting in Antigua, Guatemala, winds up Thursday, but it was not clear there would be consensus on final recommendations regarding drug policies.

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Hemp oil improves MS parameters

Hemp oil improves MS parameters

From NORML:

Tabriz, Iran: The consumption of hemp seed nutritional oil, in conjunction with the intake of evening primrose oils and a restricted diet high in hot-natured foods (such as pepper) and low in saturated fats and sugars, is associated with “significant improvement” in symptom management and immunological characteristics in subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to clinical trial data published in the current issue of the scientific journal BioImpacts.

Researchers at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran assessed the impact of hemp seed oil, evening primrose oils, and a restricted diet in 23 patients diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS. They reported that participants at the study’s completion “were healthier in comparison to baseline” and that “clinical and immunological parameters showed improvement in the patients after the intervention.” Authors acknowledged that hemp seed oil possesses potent antioxidative properties and also likely acts on specific signaling pathways that regulate inflammatory responses – two characteristics that would presumably make it beneficial in the treatment of MS.

Authors concluded: “After six months, significant improvements in extended disability status score were found. … Our data demonstrated that co-supplemented hemp seed and evening primrose oils with hot-natured diet intervention may decrease the risk of developing MS.”

Previously published clinical trials assessing the impact of inhaled cannabis and extracted organic cannabinoids in patients with MS have demonstrated that plant cannabinoids can alleviate disease symptoms – such as involuntary spasticity, neuropathy, and bladder dysfunction – and, in some subjects, may actually moderate disease progression. Nonetheless, the National MS Society shares little enthusiasm for the therapeutic use of either cannabis or cannabis-derived products as a treatment option for MS patients, stating on its website: “[B]ased on the studies to date – and the fact that long-term use of marijuana may be associated with significant, serious side effects – it is the opinion of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Medical Advisory Board that there are currently insufficient data to recommend marijuana or its derivatives as a treatment for MS symptoms.”

 

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