History of Donor Marijuana Use Doesn’t Harm Lung Transplants, May Improve Them

History of Donor Marijuana Use Doesn’t Harm Lung Transplants, May Improve Them

A lung being donated from someone with a history of marijuana use does not negatively effect the outcome of the lung transplant, and may in fact improve it.

Lung TransplantsThis is according to a new study published by the European Journal Cardio-Thoracic Surgery; it was published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers “retrospectively analysed lung ‘organ offers’ and LTx [lung transplantation]” over a six year period. The outcomes of lung transplants “utilizing lungs from donors with a history of cannabis smoking were compared with the outcomes of those with no such history”; this was done using unadjusted model as well as propensity score matching. A total of 302 transplants were examined over the six year period.

The study found that; “The history of donor cannabis smoking does not appear to affect early and mid-term outcomes after LTx and potentially improve the donor pool”.

Researchers conclude by stating; “As it does not seem to negatively affect the outcomes after LTx, it should not be per se considered a contraindication for lung donation.”

Click here for the full text of this study.

 

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:48:47 +0000

Jesus OG Marijuana Strain Overview

Jesus OG Marijuana Strain Overview

Jesus OG is an energetic marijuana strain that stands as one of the best reviewed sativas on the market.

(Photo: MedicalJane.com)

Jesus OG is an ironic mix of Hell’s Angel OG and Jack the Ripper; it was bred by TGA Subcool Seeds.

With a pungent lemony smell, and a taste to match, this sativa is as much fun to smoke as it is to get high from. Perfect for daytime use and wake-and-bake sessions, Jesus OG delivers a strong head high without the drowsiness or grogginess sometimes associated with certain strains. The high is often described as energetic and uplifting.

The top effects of the Jesus OG marijuana strain are:

  • Energy
  • An uplifting head high
  • Focus and also
  • Relaxation without drowsiness

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pain relief
  • Fatigue and also
  • Anxiety

Growing information:

Jesus OG flowers in around 60 days and typically has a large yield compared to most sativas. The breeders of the strain recommend topping early and encouraging round, bushy growth for best results.

For a short but useful begginer’s guide on growing marijuana, click here.

Reviews:

At the time of publication Jesus OG has 196 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.6 out of 5 (9.2 out of 10). This places it as one of the top 20 sativa strains with at least 100 reviews.

Where to find it

If you are lucky enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder.

This feature can use your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the Jesus OG marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for the strain finder.

 

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:32:02 +0000

Method Man & Redman to light up Canadian Fire Bowl

Method Man & Redman to light up Canadian Fire Bowl

Apart from Snoop Dogg, there are perhaps no other rappers as closely associated with the herb as Method Man and Redman.

The two Def Jam hip hop artists, who’ve recorded together for more than 20 years and starred in the cannabis cult classic comedy How High in 2001, will hit the stage at the Canadian Fire Bowl competition this Sunday (Jan. 29) at Fortune Sound Club in downtown Vancouver.

The event, originally scheduled for last November, is put on by Miss Envy Botanicals and Mota Green Meds. Judges will choose winner from more than 20 different flowers, 10+ concentrates entries, and 5+ edible entries.

Advance $65 tickets are sold out online but general admission tickets may still be available at Zulu Records, Beat Street Records or at the door.

Although the duo haven’t put out new material together since Blackout! 2 in 2009, Meth’s new track Bulletproof Love recently appeared in the hit Netflix/Marvel team-up Luke Cage.

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Published at Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:39:21 +0000

Marijuana Use: Workplace Rules vs. Drug Laws

Marijuana Use: Workplace Rules vs. Drug Laws

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Marijuana Use – Different factors in decision-making

Even in states where marijuana use is legal, about a quarter of people will never use it. There are also about a fifth of people will use the drug regardless of its legal status.

However, for all the people in the middle of those two extremes, many things factor into their decision of whether to use marijuana. The price, potential governmental records and the rules in their workplace are all important considerations, according to Mike McLaughlin, a Yale School of Public Health graduate student. He noted that workplace bans are a particularly key issue.

McLaughlin presented his research at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting. He tried to determine what matters most to people in the states that are voting on marijuana legalization, and what states can do to influence people’s decision.

For his study, he surveyed over 500 adult residents of Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

Workplace rules have the greatest impact

About five percent of survey respondents said that they would be less likely to use the drug if the state government tracked purchases. A similar number said that if it were illegal to smoke in public, that would be a deterrent. If the price rose by about $20/gram (through taxes and fees), another five percent would be less likely to use.

However, if a state made it difficult for a company to fire an employee for using marijuana outside of the workplace, nine percent of people were more likely to smoke. A complete lack of workplace repercussions meant that 20 percent more people would use the drug.

Certainly, as McLaughlin said, an individual’s commitment to their job makes a difference. If someone is in a low-paying job with high turnover, they may care less about their employer’s rules. However, someone with a highly paid job that they enjoy might decide that avoiding any possible repercussions is most important to them.

Might not be a problem much longer

Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, companies are allowed to test for marijuana use and prohibit employees from using even when they are off the clock. But, if it stops being regulated at the federal level, that could change.

It’s difficult for a test to tell how recently a person used cannabis. In Colorado, employers have started turning to drug tests that ignore marijuana use altogether, since the drug has been legal for recreational use since 2012.

Many industries have relaxed their views on recreational marijuana use outside of work hours, but industries with a high level of safety concern have been more likely to maintain a no-tolerance policy.

For most people in McLaughlin’s study, the goal was clear – they want marijuana to be treated like alcohol. Depending on how votes go in the next few years that may happen sooner than you think.

Written by Robert Bergman, founder of ilovegrowingmarijuana.com. Robert has been passionately exploring and experimenting with cannabis seeds for over 20 years and shares these insights to help prospective growers get the most out of their plants. On top of that, Robert engages to fully liberate marijuana by offering his views in the political, social, market and industry area of our beloved plant.

ABOUT Erica Silva

Erica Silva is a blogger by choice.  She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs.Erica Silva talks about Marijuana Use

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Published at Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:42:45 +0000

Lawmakers to consider allowing medical marijuana at schools

Lawmakers to consider allowing medical marijuana at schools

The Columbian / Associated Press

SEATTLE — Washington lawmakers this week will consider a bill that would allow parents to administer medical marijuana to their children on school grounds.

KING-TV reports that the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness is scheduled to consider the bill Tuesday during a public hearing. The bill has bi-partisan support and would ensure children could stay in school.

John Barclay currently has to pull his daughter out of school to administer CBD oil to control her severe epilepsy. He says the bill would help keep his daughter in class.

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Published at Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:25:33 +0000

Vapir Prima

Vapir Prima

Prime Vaping with Prima

The Prima is Vapirs first portable vape; its unique design, great looks and decent functionality drop it right into Pax 2 territory – with superior vapor quality. In short, its a real beauty that packs a fair punch.

The Prima arrives well packaged and with bright, easy to read instructions, which is always a good start. The device itself does not disappoint, its vibrant metallic blue and unique shape making an immediate impact.

Built from metallic-looking high temperature polymer, like the casing on the Volcano, the Herbalizer and a dozen others vaporizers. The stealth factor is not great; this is quite a large portable that can just about be palmed but I wouldn’t carry it in a back pocket.

Great Battery

The battery charging dock plugs into a wall socket or operates via USB. The battery itself is large for a portable, but powerful – 3200mAh. It slides off the Prima’s base easily and was ready to use with just 30 minutes of juice time.

A green light on the dock lights up to show it’s on, and loaded with the battery it turns red until fully charged, when it turns green again. Once charged, the battery slides back on the device with a slight click. Release is easy – there’s no locking device or anything like that.

Simple interface

On the Prima’s upper surface is the main on-off button. Holding it down for a couple of seconds switches it on and displays what temperature it’s set on (1-4 green lights). Press the On button repeatedly to cycle through the temperature settings:

1 light = 176-182 C.
2 lights = 185-190
3 lights = 193-198
4 lights = 199-204

Then hold the On button down to begin heat up; the selected number of lights blink until the temperature is reached.

Vapir recommend you set the heat to max and run the heat-up to auto-shutoff cycle 3 times to burn off any residues remaining from the manufacturing process. Actually, this is a good tip for any new vape.

Heat Up

I chose level 3 and began the heat up; 3 lights flash. As the lowest temp is hit, 1 stays lit while the other 2 keep flashing, then 2 stay lit and finally when level 3 was reached, all 3 lights are on and we’re good to vape. With a fully charged battery this took around 30 seconds (to Level 3), dropping to around 50 seconds on a lower charge.

Auto-Shutoff

All four lights flash green when auto-shut off is initiated (after around 5 minutes without use), then red and the Prima powers down. Press the On button twice to cancel shut off and extend your session. The same 4 lights indicate battery remaining; press the On button briefly and 1-4 lights glow green (when the device is switched off).

Cool Oven Design

Its magnetized oven lid pulls off easily, to reveal a mid-sized bowl of ROH certified brass, and snaps back snugly. There are vented airways to allow air into the oven and through the herb.

A rubber cap sleeve can be slipped over the oven, primarily for insulation from the oven’s heat though to be honest, overheating was not an issue. The Prima delivers a cool and flavorsome vapor and draws as easily as any premium handheld. I kept the guard on to reduce the chances of my Prima from scratching.

Medium Ground

I found dry (pref. medium ground) herb worked best at 2-3 lights, but even at 4 the herb was efficiently heated without burning. I didn’t try concentrates, though Vapir recommends small dabs done at the highest temperature (to prevent saturation of the wire pad and dripping into the oven).

Convection + Conduction

The Prima uses a combination of true convection and conduction for even heat exposure, and has room built in for heated air to pass through the herb.

I did find that with a deep inhalation, the temperature of the oven dropped off before I’d finished the draw, and then took a few seconds to return to its level. While not serious, I’d say this was the only real flaw in this otherwise outstanding vape.

Swappable Batteries

Battery life was good for a vape this size, and a cool feature is the ability to pre-charge and swap a fresh battery in about 2 seconds; slide out the used, slide in the fresh; easy (being well-made though, a spare battery is quite expensive).

Accessories

The Prima comes with two extra wire pads and two extra screens, a large dry herb-loading scoop that works well. A cleaning tool, pointy at one end for removing the pad and screen from the oven, and with a small scoop on the other is perfect for loading powdery kif.

The included cleaning brush has a rubber wedge at the end, so it slides into the mouthpiece for storing when not in use and effectively cleans your vapor path every time you store it.

Super Cleaning

Basic cleaning with the brush is easy, and the Prima comes apart for an occasional full Iso clean. The mouthpiece and oven screen pop off and the steel tube slides out, leaving all parts of the vapor pathway accessible for a thorough swab down. This fully cleanable pathway is one of the great aspects of the Prima.

With the oven at the opposite end of the vape to the mouthpiece and a stainless steel tube connecting the two, the Prima’s vapor is relatively cool and nicely flavorsome. When clean, the vapor taste is good and fresh with very little leakage when the device is idling. The heating is efficient and even, leaving no dark scorched-herb spots.

A water pipe attachment is available; we’ve ordered one and will update the review or do something on water attachments for vapes in general, but even without trying it’s nice to know there’s a smart portable out there with such expansion.

The Verdict

At the premium end of the portable spectrum, the Prima is up there with the Crafty or the Pax2, and is priced accordingly. It’s a great looking, unique design, but despite the attractive exterior, it feels pretty rugged and sits well in the hand.

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Published at Mon, 23 May 2016 11:04:58 +0000

White Widow Marijuana Strain Overview

White Widow Marijuana Strain Overview

White Widow, a hybrid originating in the Netherlands, is one of the most popular strains across the globe.

white widowWhite Widow is a hugely popular strain (and for good reason). This is especially true in the U.S., where it’s sold in cannabis outlets and dispensaries throughout the country. It’s also true in the Netherlands, where it’s sold in many cannabis coffee shops (some of which have been selling it since the 90s).

The cross between South Indian (an indica) and Brazilian (a sativa) has a strong, earthy (sometime wood-like) smell and taste. Many find it best used at night when attempting to relax or get to sleep.

The top effects of the White Widow marijuana strain are:

  • Relaxation
  • Hunger
  • A very strong but pleasant head high
  • Happiness and also
  • Calmness

Medical properties:

Some of the top medical ailments it helps with are:

  • Insomnia
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression and also
  • Anxiety

Growing information:

White Widow is a relatively easy strain to grow with a typically medium yield and plant height It’s also best grown indoors.

Below are a few growing tips specific to this strain courtesy of Leafly:

  • Suitable for sea of green (SOG) and screen of green (SCROG) setups.
  • Fertilize and water in moderation to avoid mildew and to preserve flavor profiles.
  • Changing light cycle to 8 hours during the final 2 weeks of flowering prevents regrowth of buds; stress will induce better resin coverage.
  • Needs a lot of sun outdoors, but is suitable for colder climates.

Reviews:

At the time of publication White Widow has 2,067 reviews on Leafly with an average score of 4.3 out of 5 (8.8 out of 10).

Where to find it

If you are lucky enough to live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational purposes, we suggest you check out Leafly’s strain finder.

This feature uses your exact location to find the closet cannabis store or dispensary to you that is currently carrying the White Widow marijuana strain; you can also look for a variety of other strains.

Click here for the strain finder.

 

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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Published at Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:04:31 +0000

First Medical Cannabis Research Center To Open In The USA

First Medical Cannabis Research Center To Open In The USA

Cannabis Education and Research gets Healthy Injection

The “miraculous lifesaving benefits of medicinal cannabis derived from hemp, in the words of Barry Lambert, is what coaxed this Australian philanthropist to donate $ 3 Million dollar to the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. A new medical center, officially named The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp will be the first medical center in the USA for research on medical cannabis.

It will enable the centre to further the therapeutic potential of a wide range of cannabinoids, like Cannabidiol as well as chemical variants that are still lesser known.

The Lamberts have firsthand experience of the healing power of hemp when, as an infant, their granddaughter was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome. Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic abnormality that has an effect on the brain’s electric signaling system and as a result causes severe and repetitive seizures. Cannabis from hemp brought great relief to their granddaughter.

The money will be used for research into the therapeutic potential of medicinal cannabis and also the potential health benefits of hemp, the non- psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. For centuries, hemp was known to be used in textiles, paper, ropes and cords, but now it will be studied for the medicinal cannabinoids in its composure and the benefits derived from it.

The Jefferson University from the start had it on their agenda to study the science around the therapeutic use of cannabinoids and its variants.

Why research is needed

In order to understand what the total effect of all the cannabinoids and other chemical compositions are, research centers are of utmost importance.  With cannabis still being seen as a Schedule 1 drug under Federal Law, universities and medical institutes are in desperate need of funding to do research and money is not easily available.

In this case a donation was given due to a positive personal experience in seeing firsthand how effective treatment with cannabis oil was. Treatment with hemp oil brought relief to something as severe as Dravet Syndrome.

What is Dravet Syndrome and how can it be treated by Cannabis?

Dravet Syndrome is a rare and incurable form of epilepsy in infants. It often starts at the age of 6 months. Apart from brain seizures, infants often develop other kinds of seizures too. It could be non-conclusive myoclonic eye-lid seizures.

The initial development of the child looks as if it on track, but around the second year a drastic decline is noticed. In addition, the child can have seizures without the normal triggers like high fever or illnesses. It is also hard to treat the seizures as they resist treatments and happen frequently. To maintain a level of quality of life, multiple drugs are needed with other side effects.

Treatment also has to be tailored to each child as it is a spectrum disorder and the course of Dravet syndrome varies. It also bring with a number of other conditions namely chronic infection, delayed growth, delayed language and speech acquisition, difficulty sleeping, behavioral and emotional delay in development, dysfunctional autonomic nervous system, impaired balance and mobility, problems with nutritional uptake and issues with bone formation and growth.

Treatment with cannabis and its effect- A family in Colorado was also desperate to find treatment for their child and worked together with a medical dispensary to grow a specific strain of cannabis with higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC. The successful treatment on the symptoms of Dravet Syndrome became a gateway for other children to gain access. They called the strain Charlotte’s web, after their daughter.

Studies are still relatively young in the medical world with regards to cannabis treatment and it is still controversial whether children should receive cannabis at all for treatment. But in a study done at Stanford in 2013, parents indicated in a survey that on average 12 common prescribed medications failed to control the symptoms their children experienced. 84% said the cannabis-enriched treatments reduced the symptoms significantly. In 11 % of the children the seizures stopped completely. In 42 percent of the children the seizures were 80% less frequent. 32 percent of the children experienced 25 – 60 percent less frequent seizures. The only side effect noticed in some kids was drowsiness and fatigue.

Landmark moves make wonders happen. In the world of medical cannabis, more research is always necessary and more visionaries like the Lamberts are needed. Dravet Syndrome is but one condition that benefit from cannabis. The world is more than ready for the healing powers of cannabis.

What would happen if we unleashed the floodgates of cannabis research? Odds are we’d find a less toxic replacement for a wide slew of drugs currently being slung for the sake of corporate profits. It’s time we allow real competition within the medical field…cannabis is the number one contender.

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Published at Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:00:00 +0000

Gold Drop explain secrets behind their award-winning oils

Gold Drop explain secrets behind their award-winning oils

Gold Drop Co. picked up gold at last month’s Emerald Cup in the CO2 oil category for their Cookies and Cream, adding to an already stacked trophy case that includes recent wins at Chalice, Hempcon and the High Times Cup for the Bay Area medical cannabis company.

CLN correspondent Craig Ex, also known as the Expert of Expert Joints, had a chance to talk to Joe about his team’s extraction secrets in creating their award-winning pens, as well as to take a hit of their popular Lemon Tree and provide his expert opinion.

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Published at Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:13:16 +0000

California’s new attorney general gearing up to defend legal weed, other policies

California’s new attorney general gearing up to defend legal weed, other policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday nominated Xavier Becerra to be California’s next attorney general, beginning what is likely to be a smooth confirmation for the longtime Democratic congressman who has taken a combative stance against President-elect Donald Trump.

The state Legislature will have 90 days to confirm Becerra, who was nominated the same day Kamala Harris resigned from the post to take her seat in the U.S. Senate. She was elected in November.

Becerra, the highest-ranking Latino in Congress and a prominent surrogate for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has represented parts of Los Angeles for 24 years but faced a less appealing future in Washington following Trump’s election.

As Brown’s pick for attorney general, he has promised to defend California’s liberal policies on recreational marijuana, climate change, health care, immigration and criminal justice.

The state Assembly will begin Becerra’s confirmation process with a committee hearing Jan. 10, said Kevin Liao, a spokesman for Democratic Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Last week, the Assembly Committee on the Office of the Attorney General asked Becerra to detail his plans to tackle issues including immigration, civil rights, the environment, policing and consumer protection.

Plans for Senate committee hearings are still in the works, said Anthony Reyes, a spokesman for Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon.

Rendon and de Leon have both spoken highly of Becerra as an experienced and tenacious public servant.

Becerra lives in Los Angeles but recalled last month growing up in Sacramento as a son of poor, hard-working immigrants. He noted that he was the first in his family to graduate from college, obtaining both bachelor’s and law degrees from Stanford University. He said his goal is to offer the same opportunities to others.

Becerra worked as a deputy attorney general for three years before beginning his political career as a state assemblyman in 1990. He was elected to Congress in 1982.

Before resigning, Harris named Kathleen “Kate” Alice Kenealy as acting attorney general until the position is formally filled.

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Published at Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:50:14 +0000