Study Finds MJ To Be Effective Against Depression
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Study Finds MJ To Be Effective Against Depression
Posted by CN Staff on February 06, 2015 at 16:13:06 PT
By Carolyn Gregoire, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
New York -- Research has suggested that cannabis may be a promising treatment option for a number of different physical and mental health conditions, from post-traumatic stress disorder to chronic pain. A study released this week suggests that depression can be added to that list.Neuroscientists from the University of Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions found that endocannabinoids -- chemical compounds in the brain that activate the same receptors as THC, an active compound in marijuana -- may be helpful in treating depression that results from chronic stress.
In studies on rats, the researchers found that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, which affect our cognition, emotion and behavior, and have been linked to reduced feelings of pain and anxiety, increases in appetite and overall feelings of well-being. The body naturally produces these compounds, which are similar to the chemicals in cannabis. Reduction of endocannabinoid production may be one reason that chronic stress is a major risk factor in the development of depression.Then, the research team administered marijuana cannabinoids to the rats, finding it to be an effective way to restore endocannabinoid levels in their brains -- possibly, thereby, alleviating some symptoms of depression."Using compounds derived from cannabis -- marijuana -- to restore normal endocannabinoid function could potentially help stabilize moods and ease depression," lead researcher Dr. Samir Haj-Dahmane said in a university press release.Recent research around marijuana's effect on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder further bolsters the Buffalo neuroscientists' findings, since both disorders involve the way the brain responds to stress. A study published last year in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, for instance, found synthetic cannabinoids triggered changes in brain centers associated with traumatic memories in rats, preventing some of the behavioral and physiological symptoms of PTSD. Another study published last year found that patients who smoked cannabis experienced a 75 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms.However, it's important to note that the relationship between marijuana and depression is complex. Some research has suggested that regular and heavy marijuana smokers are at a higher risk for depression, although a causal link between cannabis use and depression has not been established. More studies are needed in order to determine whether, and how, marijuana might be used in a clinical context for patients with depression.Read the full study here: HopeSource: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Carolyn Gregoire, The Huffington PostPublished: February 6, 2015Copyright: 2015, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on February 06, 2015 at 20:22:10 PT
Illinois Marijuana Bill Could Dramatically Decrease Arrests Of Young Black Men"""Adults in Illinois would be able to use small amounts recreational marijuana without fear of jail time under two bills introduced by the General Assembly. The bills are the first-ever legislation in the state aimed at rolling back marijuana-related penalties...
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on February 06, 2015 at 20:14:39 PT
More key figures speaking out.
Drug Czar Michael Botticelli Supports DC's Ability to Legalize MarijuanaU.S. drug czar Michael Botticelli, though banned from supporting marijuana legalization due to federal law, says that the nation's capital should be able to implement its own laws using its own funds, even if that does indeed mean legalizing marijuana.“As a resident of the District, I might not agree about legalization, but I do agree with our own ability to spend our own money the way that we want to do that," said Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Friday. Botticelli was speaking in response to a question from Dan Riffle, federal policies director at the Marijuana Policy Project.Botticelli, who did not endorse the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana at the event, added that President Barack Obama also supports D.C.'s ability to govern itself.“The president, as it relates to the District, was very clear that the District should stick to its home rule,” Botticelli said Friday. Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post - Friday, February 6 2015
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on February 06, 2015 at 19:45:51 PT
& now THIS is a break in the wall
Feds appear to stand by surgeon general's comments that "marijuana can be helpful""""The federal government considers marijuana to have no medical value. But US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Wednesday said "marijuana can be helpful" for some medical conditions and symptoms. And it seems like this wasn't a slip-up: the US Department of Health and Human Services appears to be promoting the comments on Twitter."This is a big deal."-0-We all know at any given moment the wall could crumble. Could this be the moment. Reducing cannabis from Schedule I to anything else will crumble the wall.Government has been shameful. The BUMS are caging sick people and messing up families for using a beneficial and relatively safe God-given plant, for God's sake!It's going to stop. The people want it to stop. CITIZENS WANT CITIZENS TO BE ALLOWED TO USE CANNABIS FOR MEDICAL USE.Stop CANNABIS PROHIBITION now.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on February 06, 2015 at 17:24:50 PT
CANNABIS PROHIBITIONISTS ARE PERVERTS PREYING ON SOCIETY.They are preying on Our friends, neighbors and family members.Citizens who use cannabis are largely good people.Cannabis prohibitionists are not good people.Perverts.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 06, 2015 at 17:19:36 PT
There is a huge list of studies which indicate cannabis is helpful for a huge list of medical conditions and now there is another bunch of studies to coincide with them...However, for example, if You are a patient who smoked cannabis and experienced a 75 percent reduction in PTSD symptoms, society is still going to fire You from Your job and discriminate against You in ways profitable to certain professions and their unions. -to make You feel better, however.Because the BAD PEOPLE will never have enough studies to stop screwing citizens as long as they profit and citizens allow them to do the screwing. The same way society stops rapists, society should stop cannabis prohibitionists.However, they must be about out of, "however's"In the mean time, voters have been helpful to remove their howevers.However, if You live in one of those states where citizens are not allowed TO VOTE to control the rabid dogs, You may get bit by one of them and they will hurt You more than the medical condition which You are trying to get relief from, SO THEY CAN AFFORD THEIR ROCK N ROLL LIFE STYLE. The object is to stop the RABID DOG.The RABID DOG IS BAD. He doesn't know what He's doing because He is sick in the head.However,WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE RABID DOG TO BITE ANOTHER U.S. CITIZEN.
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