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The Healing Power of Cannabis

http://www.roninpub.com/heamag.html

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PETITION March 01, 2010 10:20 AM

Please sign this petition if you support Medicinal Cannabis

Break the Stereotypes, Legalize Medical Cannabis

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/527173481

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 August 21, 2009 12:47 PM

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The American Medical
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http://americanmarijuana.org/

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 May 09, 2009 12:26 PM

Medicinal marijuana for Chronic Pain

http://backandneck.about.com/od/chronicpainconditions/i/medmar.htm

and some other links

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anonymous If I may be so bold... November 24, 2007 7:50 AM

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anonymous If I may be so bold... November 24, 2007 7:50 AM

I have a store at CAFEPRESS (and a few others onlinne) at which I sell MEDICAL MARIJUANA gifts and apparel. CC -- if you want to delete this post, I understand, as it is promoting 'sales', I do profit from my store. I have not yet got it set up to donate, but plan to donate 10% of my profits to NORML to assist in our efforts for make CANNABIS available medically. Here's a links, if it's alright with the group.

http://www.cafepress.com/a1gex/3544819

Thanks, Sweet Sue

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anonymous  November 24, 2007 7:45 AM

I've lots of info on this subject, which I will try to post as soon as I can. Until then, also know that if you have BiPolar Disorder also (as I do) that marijuana disrupts the one neurotransmitter that effects/defects Bipolar so beware using marijuana (as I have done) for pain, if you are not on medication for your BiPolar. I was just diagnosed within the past month for the BiPolar and have tried marijuana for my pain off and on since 2001. Several months ago I decided to stop using it due to the illegality issues and subsequent paranoia and concerns of sending mixed messages to my (adult) children regarding following the law of the land. However, I am a strong advocate for MEDICAL CANNABIS and hope to share more info with all soon.

Good luck with this, in the meantime consider living in one of the few states where it is now 'legal' to use medicinally (I'm planning to move to Colorado, myself). But remember, the DEA and federal govt still says it's illegal in those states, too. They're burning down all the cannabis farms they can find, even arresting patients still. Fighting for STATES' RIGHTS would help in our endeavors to make cannabis medically available, and I urge you all to pursue that political stand as well.

L&Hugs, Sweet Sue

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anonymous  November 23, 2007 12:47 PM


Orlin L.
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Group History Debbie Monday, 7:07 PM

Im not exactly sure about the approval for clinical studies, or marketing in the US.  But from the info as I gather it three large pharmaceuticals, Bayer being one of them has their hands on the rights to market in Canada, UK, and the US.

To see how you best interpret the situation click on the link being the word (Sativex) which is close to the bottom of the page. They explain it somewhat there but not enough to where Im still in need of answers.

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anonymous  November 23, 2007 12:42 PM

Previously reported data on the long-term efficacy of Sativex has shown the drug to decrease spasticity and bladder dysfunction in patients with MS.
NORML
Senior Policy Analyst Paul Armentano called the extension trial results
significant. "Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, degenerative disease;
its symptoms become more severe over time," he said. "Therefore, one
would assume that patients would be increasing their daily drug
administration in order to maintain their initial levels of pain relief.
That they are not doing so indicates that patients are not becoming
tolerant to the drug’s therapeutic effects. More importantly, this
result may also be evidence that cannabinoids are, in fact, moderating
the progression of this debilitating disease.
"In August, Canadian health officials granted regulatory approval to Sativex as an adjunctive treatment in adult patients with cancer pain. Canadian officials had previously approved the drug’s prescription use to treat MS-associated neuropathy.
Makers of the drug are seeking regulatory approval for Sativex in the United Kingdom, the European Uni
on
, and in the United States.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at: paul@norml.org.
Full text of the study, "Oralmucosal
delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol/cannabidiol for neuropathic pain
associated with multiple sclerosis: an uncontrolled, open-label,
two-year extension trial," appears in the September issue of Clinical
Therapeutics
Long-term administration of Sativex,
an oral spray consis  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
 
anonymous  November 23, 2007 12:41 PM


Monalisa S.
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Group History ~NEWS~Cannabis Based Medicines(A Must See) Sunday, 10:56 PM

Sativex - Investigational Cannabis-Based Treatment Sativex - Investigational Cannabis-Based Treatment for Pain and Multiple Sclerosis

Developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, Sativex is a whole plant medicinal cannabis extract indicated for relief of symptoms of multiple sclerosis  and for treatment of severe neuropathic-related cancer pain.

Bayer has secured exclusive rights to market Sativex in the UK with the option to extend this to other countries in Europe and countries such as Canada, where Sativex received regulatory approval in 2005 for treatment of neuropathic pain associated with MS.

In August 2007, Canadian regulators approved Sativex as adjunctive analgesic treatment in adult patients with advanced cancer pain. Sativex and a related tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) medicine have been investigated in phase III trials for the relief of cancer pain, an indication for which Bayer also has the option to market the drugs.

"In Europe alone there are some 500,000 MS patients on top of the 4 million experiencing neuropathic pain."

GW Pharmaceuticals has also entered into a long-term research and development alliance on medicinal cannabinoids with Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which gives Otsuka exclusive rights to develop and market Sativex in the US. The companies will jointly oversee clinical development and regulatory activities in the US.

Having secured FDA approval to conduct trials of Sativex in patients with advanced cancer, whose pain is unrelieved by opioids, the companies are on schedule to conduct the first US efficacy trial of Sativex in neuropathic-related cancer pain in 2007.

CANNABIS-BASED MEDICINES

Estimates suggest that between 10% and 30% of MS patients in Europe smoke cannabis to ease the pain and disabling symptoms of the disease. This activity is illegal and patients run the risk of prosecution. In the UK, cannabis-based medicines were in fact outlawed in 1968 after legislation banned doctors from prescribing tincture of cannabis. This preparation contained high concentrations of the active THC psychotropic ingredient and was popular among recreational cannabis users.

The UK Government gave GW Pharmaceuticals special permission to investigate medicines derived from cannabis and has indicated that the law will be changed to allow doctors to prescribe them if approved by the MHRA. This would represent a major step forward for MS patients as for the first time they would have access to safe and effective cannabis-derived drugs on prescription.

Sativex is a cannabis extract containing tetranabinex (THC) and nabidiolex (cannabidiol – CBD) as its principal component. It does not contain the active substance found in recreational cannabis and so patients taking Sativex will not become intoxicated. Sativex is administered by means of a spray into the mouth rather than smoked.

To meet demands for this innovative drug, GW Pharmaceuticals has increased production of cannabis at its fortified greenhouses to 60t/y.

CLINICAL TRIALS ON SATIVEX POINT TO GOOD EFFICACY AND SAFETY

Phase III placebo-controlled trials in about 350 patients with MS have shown that administration of Sativex as a sublingual spray is a safe and effective treatment for symptom relief. Compared with placebo, significantly more patients in the Sativex treatment arm experienced reduced neuropathic pain, spasticity, and sleep disturbances.

Further phase III data on 189 MS patients supports the earlier registration trial data. Again, treatment with Sativex produced a statistically significant improvement over placebo in spasticity, the primary endpoint, (p <0.05). Other secondary endpoints, such as the Ashworth scale, also favoured Sativex over placebo. Overall, these data have shown that Sativex produces treatment effects over and above those achieved with existing medications, which patients were allowed to continue while taking part in the Sativex trial.

Additional trials are also under way to assess the effectiveness of Sativex in treating neuropathic pain and spinal cord injury. Results from three phase III trials in patients with neuropathic pain showed that the addition of Sativex to standard therapy produced improvements over a  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]

 
Medicinal Marijuana November 19, 2007 7:50 PM

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 November 14, 2007 6:35 PM


About the U.S. Government-Funded Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study

    This long-awaited study was commissioned by the White House and Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey. In short, the report verifies that marijuana does have medical benefit, and argues that it should be made available to patients who could benefit from its use now. This link will take you to their website, where you can read a full copy of the report.

    Download PDF of the Executive Summary of the Report


About This Site...

    Political opponents of allowing the use of marijuana as a medicine routinely say that there is no scientific basis for claims that the drug is useful. For instance, U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey has said, "There is not a shred of scientific evidence that smoked marijuana is useful or needed." Read more...

MAJOR REPORTS/FINDINGS

    Large, historic reports on marijuana as medicine - governmental and quasi-governmental; readable/accessible by section. Some documents are available for download.

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

Clinical studies of medical marijuana: results, full studies, legislative history, news on current trials, etc.

HISTORY & OVERVIEWS

'Big picture' discussions by advocates from medical, legal, political perspectives; plus Consumer Reports and The New England Journal of Medicine

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About the U.S. Government-Funded Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study

    This long-awaited study was commissioned by the White House and Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey. In short, the report verifies that marijuana does have medical benefit, and argues that it should be made available to patients who could benefit from its use now. This link will take you to their website, where you can read a full copy of the report.

    Download PDF of the Executive Summary of the Report


About This Site...

    Political opponents of allowing the use of marijuana as a medicine routinely say that there is no scientific basis for claims that the drug is useful. For instance, U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey has said, "There is not a shred of scientific evidence that smoked marijuana is useful or needed." Read more...

MAJOR REPORTS/FINDINGS

    Large, historic reports on marijuana as medicine - governmental and quasi-governmental; readable/accessible by section. Some documents are available for download.

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

Clinical studies of medical marijuana: results, full studies, legislative history, news on current trials, etc.

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Jill, I've got more....... November 14, 2007 3:53 PM

....than I could possibly put here in one post.

I'm sorry I've kept everyone waiting since Halloween.  It took C.C. to tell me this thread was here!

I'm afraid I'm going to have to do this in stages.  I really do have much to contribute here, but I'll need a little time to gather my thoughts and on this.

In the meantime, I would urge everyone in the strongest possible terms to visit:

http://www.rxmarijuana.com

This is a website co-founded and co-operted by Dr. Lester Grinspoon.   Dr.Grinspoon is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard.  He is the world's leading authourity on Medial Marijuana, and has been a researcher for  over 40 years.  His website has hundreds, if not thousands, of testimonials from people who have had amazing results, and recieved miraculous relief from Marijuana.  The site also includes book excerpts from Dr.Grinspoon and his colleague, a  physician.

Check this website out, and I'll come back when I  have my own thoughts better organised.



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 October 31, 2007 8:02 AM

i was wondering when this thread would start... 

alright tim, whatchya got? 

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anonymous  October 30, 2007 6:25 AM

Medical cannabis refers to the use of the drug cannabis as a physician-recommended herbal therapy, most notably as an antiemetic. The term medical marijuana post-dates the U.S. Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, the effect of which made cannabis prescriptions illegal in the United States.

Due to widespread illegal use of cannabis as a recreational drug and several other reasons, its legal or licensed use in medicine is a controversial issue.

There are many studies regarding the use of cannabis in a medicinal context.[1][2][3][4] Cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia from 1850 until 1942.[citation needed] The United States federal government does not currently recognize any legitimate medical use, although there are currently five patients receiving cannabis for their various illnesses through the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program that was closed to new patients by President George H. W. Bush. Francis L. Young, an administrative law judge with the US Drug Enforcement Agency, in 1988, declared that "in its natural form, (cannabis) is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known."[5] However, smoked cannabis is today not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [6] or comparable public authorities in any Western European country as a licensed medicine for any disease; a common view is that if there is any future of marijuana as a medicine, it lies in its isolated components, the cannabinoids and their synthetic derivatives.

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anonymous Medicinal Marijuana October 30, 2007 6:20 AM

This thread is for information & discussion on Medicinal Marijuana

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