Medical Cannabis Presentation to UCU’s Disabled Members Standing Committee

We made a presentation to University and College Unions’ Disabled Members Standing Committee on Friday 15/09/17.

This was well received by this group, and it opened up discussions on how prohibition is affecting this unions members. It was decided to submit a motion on Medical Cannabis to the unions’ Equality Conference which takes place in Birmingham in November 2017.

Powerpoint slides are available here -> medical cannabis

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My Experience: Cannatonic for chronic pain relief

This is the first of an occasional series of posts documenting a beginners experience of using medical cannabis (cannatonic strain).

History

Male with diagnosis of fibromyalgia (4 years), symptoms include chronic pain, depression and fatigue. First time using medial cannabis.

Medical Cannabis

Received 1g of herbal cannatonic cannabis, cannabis was consumed by smoking with a short pipe.

Experience Day 1

Started off with a very small amount in the pipe at 13:00, slight effects we’re felt at 13:20 – a general feeling of warmth, did not experience any pain relief but it did seem to lift my mood and resolve some of the fatigue feels. Repeated at 19:00 with similar effects – no pain relief but some boost to mood.

Experience Day 2

This day tried to have a smoke at 20:00 to see if it would help me sleep. This time I had 3 times as much herb as day 1’s single dose. At 20:15 felt very stoned, had to lay down because the effects we’re a little over welling. at times didi not feel comfortable with the psychotropic effects that I was experiencing – felt very floating and I could tell that my attention was being affected by the drug. Felt that I had taken too much and would not be able to function properly with similar effects if trying to work.

At 22:00 felt a lot of peace, and enjoyed reading a puzzle magazine, felt pulses of pleasure   going through my legs and more importantly my back ground pain level had ceased – this was the first time with out pain for several years, and i began to enjoy the experience. My partner said that I look very relaxed, the most relaxed I had looked for a long time. Slept at about 1:00 AM.

Experience Day 3

Woke up at 10:00 and was still feeling the effects of the previous night – I felt more in control mentally – but my pain levels we’re still reduced. This effect lasted until around about 15:00.

Conclusions

There seems to have been a problem with dosing on the second day and I was really taken aback as to how stoned I got straight away – as I can’t guarantee my herb was actually cannatonic due to source it make me wonder if this really is cannatonic. Pain reduction was excellent, would like to achieve the same degree of pain relief with out psychotropic effects in the future.

How Does Medical Cannabis Interact With The Immune System?

Medical cannabis has proven helpful in assisting patients with various diseases, disorders, and maladies since its first uses in ancient times.

With increasing acceptance and legality throughout the United States, México, Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Asia, medical cannabis and cannabis extracts are being recommended by medical professionals along with more traditional treatments. At the root of medical cannabis’ ability to help with difficult, painful symptoms and side effects is the endocannabinoid system and its interaction with the human immune system. An understanding of this interaction is a critical part of understanding how medical cannabis can decrease these symptoms and promote healthy change or homeostasis within the human body and mind.

via How Does Medical Cannabis Interact With The Immune System? – CannaTech News

What Is Decarboxylation of Cannabinoids?

via What Is Decarboxylation of Cannabinoids? | International Highlife

You may be surprised to learn that a living cannabis plant contains almost no cannabinoids. But it’s absolutely true – the cannabis plant actually produces a set of chemical “precursors” to cannabinoids, which are classified as “cannabinoid acids”.

These cannabinoid acids gradually break down to become cannabinoids over time, and with exposure to warmth and light. This process – which is known as decarboxylation – takes a long time to complete, and even after your cannabis is harvested, dried and cured, the level of cannabinoid acids may exceed the level of cannabinoids. It may take months for the process of decarboxylation to fully complete in a sample of cannabis in “normal” storage conditions!

Rescheduling of cannabis – Baroness Meacher

Thursday 7 September 2017 at 11.00am

 

 

Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to invite the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to review the evidence supporting the rescheduling of cannabis to Schedule 2 or 4. (1 hour)

 

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Treating Brain Cancer with Cannabis

Scientist at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York have published a new study on the potential use of cannabinoids in the treatment of brain cancer. Doctors Ivanov, Wu and Hei at the Center for Radiological Research, have published a study in the oncology journal Oncotarget (2017 May: Abstract) – on the efficacy of using cannabinoids to facilitate the treatment of brain cancer.

via Treating Brain Cancer with Cannabis | CBD Medical Journal

List of Major Cannabinoids in Cannabis and Their Effects

Cannabis produces a variety compounds known as cannabinoids, many of which have not been detected in any other plant. How many, exactly? It’s hard to say. You’ll often see people report that there are dozens, or even 100+ plant cannabinoids produced by cannabis. But it’s difficult to know the precise number. Most of them are present at very low levels, especially in commercial cannabis products, making it difficult for scientists to accurately detect them. The important point is that there are many. Let’s take a closer look at some of the major cannabinoids that can be found in cannabis products.

via List of Major Cannabinoids in Cannabis and Their Effects | Leafly

Can Cannabis Treat Glaucoma?

via Can Cannabis Treat Glaucoma? | MassRoots

One of the most prominent cultural stereotypes regarding cannabis is that of a senior citizen using it for the psychoactive effect (to get “high”), but then humorously excusing their digression by claiming to be medicating to treat glaucoma. Despite the popular Hollywood meme, this ocular condition — which affected 60 million patients globally in 2010 and is projected to afflict 80 million by 2020 — gains true efficacy and relief from the introduction of cannabinoids and terpenes to one’s endocannabinoid system.