March 2012

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Effective treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) remains elusive. Motor neuron degeneration is the primary pathology in ALS; however non-neuronal cells contribute to the disease process. In particular, inflammatory processes have been shown to play an important role. AM1241 is a cannabinoid CB2 receptor selective agonist that has been shown to be effective in models […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Health for the District of Columbia announced the names of the applicants that have been approved for licenses to cultivate medical marijuana in the nation’s capitol this morning, bringing qualifying patients one step closer to being able to use marijuana to treat their conditions. After a series of delays, […]

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We produce two things. First, we offer a weekly half-hour interview show called “Progressive Radio,” hosted by Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive. And second, Rothschild does a short commentary every weekday, called “Progressive Point of View,” which runs approximately 90 seconds. Both are free to radio stations and listeners. …read more at http://www.progressive.org/legalize_marijuana_audio.html

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By “Radical” Russ Belville on March 30, 2012 Click for full-size printable chart Once again, a major polling organization, this time Rasmussen, has asked Americans: To help solve America’s fiscal problems, should the country legalize and tax marijuana? And once again, like the Gallup Poll from last year, more Americans think we should legalize than do […]

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        Hemp, Hemp Hooray Posted: 29 Mar 2012 01:08 PM PDT Industrial hemp has backers in state legislator By Stephen Lega Wednesday, March 28, 2012 http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/hemp-hemp-hooray Terry Mills Senator Joey Pendleton Terry Mills normally asks questions during meetings of the Kentucky House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, but recently, he found himself on […]

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The omega-3 fatty acid ethanolamides, docosahexaenoyl ethanolamide (DHEA) and eicosapentaenoyl ethanolamide (EPEA), displayed greater anti-proliferative potency than their parent omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), in LNCaP and PC3 prostate cancer cells. DHEA and EPEA activated cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors in vitro with significant potency, suggesting that they are endocannabinoids. […]

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Endocannabinoids are arachidonic acid derivatives and part of a novel bioactive lipid signaling system, along with their G-coupled cannabinoid receptors (CB₁ and CB₂) and the enzymes involved in their biosynthesis and degradation. However, their roles in hematopoiesis and hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) functions are not well characterized. Here, we show that bone marrow […]

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The aim of this study was to determine if the neutral cannabinoid CB₁ receptor antagonist, AM4113, regulates body weight in the rat via changes in food intake. We confirmed that the AM4113-induced reduction in food intake is mediated by CB₁ receptors using CB₁ receptor knockout mice. In rats, intraperitoneally administered AM4113 (2, 10 mg kg⁻¹) […]

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[JURIST] The New Hampshire Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 409 text, PDF] to legalize medical marijuana [JURIST news archive]. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a card would be required to […]

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I think it’s largely a matter of ignorance. But maybe we should break it down to everyone that demonizes drugs in a very simple, mathematical, way: A lot of tax payer money is going to catch criminals, whose only crime is equivalent to smoking a cigarette. A lot of taxable income is being lost to […]

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Cannabinoid System in Neuroprotection, Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D. One of the Best Cannabis scientists in the whole world, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam speaks in this video about his work with the THC molecule and the anti-inflammatory properties of THCA and other acids that are carboxylated when cannabis is heated or smoked. Perhaps if the active compound THCA […]

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