Investigators at Tel Aviv University, Department of Neurology evaluated Parkinson’s disease symptoms in 22 patients at baseline and 30-minutes after inhaling cannabis.
Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that results in tremor, slowed movement, and muscle rigidity.
Researchers reported that inhaled cannabis was associated with “significant improvement after treatment in tremor, rigidity, and bradykinsea (slowness of movement). There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores. No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed.”
They concluded: “[T]his observational study is the first to report an amelioration of both motor and non–motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease treated with cannabis. The study opens new venues for treatment strategies in Parkinson’s disease especially in patients refractory to current medications.”
Israel allows licensed production and distribution of the substance for therapeutic purposes since 2011.
An abstract of the study, “Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) Treatment for Motor and Non–Motor Symptoms of Parkinson Disease: An Open-Label Observational Study,” can be found by clicking through the source below.
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For everyone that’s having a blue Monday (and everyone else that can use some positive vibes), enjoy this wonderful, short typography video based on recordings of Terence Mckenna.
If anything, you won’t be wasting your time doing so.
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In the mornings of Thursday March 13 and Friday March 14, a group of Encod members from 11 different countries organized a piece of performance art at the entrance of the UN building. In full 18th Century regalia, they presented the arriving UN delegates with street theatre, living cannabis plants and information on the reasons to end the war on drugs.
The end of the worldwide drug war means a safer, healthier world
The theatre invoked the episode of the Coffee Sniffer Brigade, a group of disabled soldiers who had to enforce the ban on coffee roasting and brewing that was imposed by the Prussian King Frederick The Great in the second half of the 18th Century. Delegates reacted first with reservation, then with support: many of them took the flyers and put thumbs up when they went in. This, of course, is a gesture that symbolizes the fact that the arguments for ending the drug war are gaining traction across the world.
The other part of Encod’s action program in Vienna, an independent media centre covering the UN meeting, unfolded successfully as well. Over a dozen news reports, interviews and talk shows were produced with activists and experts from Europe, South- and North America to analyze the proceedings in the CND and the effects on the drug policy debate in the member states. All reports are available on the Encod website.
The Encod delegation inside the UN meeting, which included US author Doug Fine, Bolivian coca leaf producer (and ex-vice minister for coca affairs) Dionisio Nuñez and Encod president Janko Belin, witnessed the usual diversity of opinions coming from member states and UN officials. Delegates from several Latin American countries stressed the need to reconsider the traditional interpretation of the three UN drug conventions. This seemed to foreshadow that the major breakthrough that many were expecting after the legalization of cannabis in Uruguay and some US states is in fact underway.
However, other countries (like Sweden, Japan and Russia) left no doubt that the ideal of zero tolerance is still firmly embedded within the debate, and it will take time to reach consensus on a significant reform of the UN conventions. Hopefully, for the good of public safety and clean banking, not too much time. Significantly, though, UNODC’s director Yury Fedotov highlighted the role that is played in the drug debate by civil society, who he described as ‘heroes’. He also said that should the number of nations favoring a Drug Peace reach a “tipping point,” the international conventions will follow.
We hope for and expect major change at the 2016 UNODC meetings in New York. Prohibitionary drug laws are the problem. Removing them is the solution.
We at Encod therefore derive hope from the fact that, contrary to earlier CND meetings, there are now countries openly condemning prohibition as the basic answer to drug problems. More than ever, not just governmental but UNODC officials see the writing on the wall. Instead of insisting on the need to create “a drug free world”, they refer to the need to protect people and societies from the damages of drugs and drug trafficking. We continue to urge governments to put these words into action and steadily direct their policy towards legal regulation as the only way to reduce harms and increase public safety. We hope for and expect major change at the 2016 UNODC meetings in New York. Prohibitionary drug laws are the problem. Removing them is the solution.
Whether the UNODC’s director is able to turn words into action remains to be seen. Encod’s presence at the CND was tainted by the revocation of the accreditation to the meeting of Encod’s coordinator Joep Oomen. On Thursday, Oomen, a decades-long and very respected activist and father, had been picked out and forced to undergo a humiliating body search when he entered the building, for the curious reason that he had organized the aformentioned performance piece outside.
When he requested to be informed of the protocol according to which this body search was based, UN security personnel acted aggressively, throwing Mr. Oomen’s belongings into the street and pushing him towards the exit. Some fifteen security officers, among them four supervisors, then arrived. After a lengthy discussion, Oomen was told, “go enjoy the Vienna sun today, come back tomorrow.” However, the next morning a security guard told him his accreditation had been revoked by the UNODC secretariat, without any further explanation. With Mr. Oomen banned, Mr. Fine delivered the Encod speech at the Round Table meeting on Friday (full text in attachment).
Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948, states:
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of international law against such interference or attacks.”
If the UN is not able to protect this article, then who will?
In the end, though, the undeniable take-away from the 57th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs is that irrevocable progress toward the international drug peace is as inevitable as it is within the member states leading the charge.
And for this, we are grateful, because the end of the worldwide drug war means a safer, healthier world.
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In June 2002, tucked away in the depths of the University of Madrid’s biochemistry building an inconspicuous event took place that would shape the future of cancer treatment over the coming decades. It wasn’t planned; in fact it was down to the pure chance that 2 separate research teams, focusing their lives on separate challenges were joined by the curiosity of a young professor. He was Manuel Guzman, whose lab researching the medicinal values of cannabis was the taboo neighbour of the much larger cancer research department. As he explains looking back upon that day, what he did was down to nothing more than base curiosity. He took pure THC, one of the active principles within cannabis, and added it to a petri dish containing aggressive cancer cells simply because “I wanted to see what would happen”…
Ten years later, as countries across the world change their laws on cannabis the laws in the United Kingdom remain unchanged. However, in those 10 years Professor Manuel Guzman and his team’s ideas have evolved from his finding on that day and have proved that in animal models cannabis has potent anti cancer properties that result in the death of highly aggressive tumour cells of many cancers.
With cancer on the increase globally we have begun to form a queue where we are told by medical science to wait our turn, and at the end of the line 1 in 3 take the cancer ride. Many people accept this fate and console themselves to live out their days in peace with family; others fight to their last breath arming themselves with everything conventional medicine has to offer. However, some take things into their own hands and start searching for something more, something that can offer a shred of hope when facing such a certain end, something buried beneath nearly a century of mis-education and prohibition. This is the story of six of these people, and what they found.
While the team in Madrid passed the years in the labs an underground movement began to gather both pace and credibility. Films like ‘run from the cure’ inspired hundreds and then thousands of people to do more than just nod curiously as paper after paper were released in scientific journals highlighting the anti-cancer action of cannabinoids. As The Internet enabled the sharing of knowledge, social media created hubs of information and shared stories, and cannabis breeders began to shift their efforts to develop new strains grounded in science. The organisation Bud Buddies, after 15 years of providing cannabis to sick people, switched their attention to cancer. Four years of underground research has passed, they have worked with countless people, endured several court cases, and numerous convictions for supplying cannabis to those who need it.
This film ‘Project Storm’ documents the culmination of this work and reflects the Bud Buddies attitude that ‘actions speak far louder than words’.
Via Project Storm
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The bill was approved by the Washington Senate yesterday with a 42 to 7 vote, after the House already approved the bill 91 to 7.
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House Bill 2304 would:
The proposal now goes to Governor Jay Inslee for consideration
The bill has been embedded below.
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