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Monday, May 18, 2009
Via Normal
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Monday, May 18, 2009

Via Normal

It is well established that alcohol increases accident risk.  Evidence of marijuana’s culpability in on-road driving accidents is much less convincing.

Monday, May 18, 2009

OLE MISS

The marijuana farm managed by the University of Mississippi
The marijuana farm managed by the University of Mississippi.

William J. Renton, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New Orleans Field Division recently visited a unique marijuana growing operation in Oxford, Mississippi.

The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
ASA RESEARCH UPDATE

Discovery Brings Total to Nearly 80

Researchers at the University of Mississippi detected nine new cannabinoids in a cannabis variety with a high dronabinol content. Two of the new cannabinoids display significant antibacterial properties. The new cannabinoids bring to nearly 80 the number of active constituent components in the cannabis plant with potential to bind to the two types of cannabinoid receptors found in humans.
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Update Understanding of Multiple Sclerosis

Atlanta:11/03/2008

Abstract (Summary) Cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey provided during routine medical visits to consecutive patients in two university-based neurology clinics. The questionnaire was returned by 175 MS patients (94.1% response rate). The prevalence of ever-use and medicinal cannabis use were 43% and 17.1%, respectively. At the time of the survey, cannabis was being used by 12.5% (5/45) of recreational and 56.7% (17/30) of medical users (p <0.001). First cannabis consumption was after MS onset in 15 (50%) medicinal users. Clinical improvement was reported by 14 (46.7%) medicinal users.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

ASA Legal Update

Sixteen Members of House, Two Senators Urge New Policy


More medical cannabis may be available for research soon, despite a last-minute decision by the Bush Administration to ignore a judge's recommendation, pressure from Congress, and the pleas of patients and advocates. Under the new administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration is reconsidering the request by a University of Massachusetts professor, Lyle Craker, to produce cannabis for federally approved research studies.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Journal Of Natural Products


Image: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The list of medical uses for marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) continues to grow. The Journal of Natural Products recently published a paper outlining the newly isolated antibiotic effects of the class of molecules known as cannabanoids. This group includes the non-psychoactive cannabichromene, cannabigerol, and cannabidiol but also includes the well-known and definitely psychotropic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

ASA Legal Update

U.S. District Judge Wants to Avoid Mandatory Five-Year Term


A federal judge has again postponed sentencing of a California man convicted of operating a city-licensed medical cannabis dispensary. The case of Charles Lynch has become a focal point for the national debate over medical marijuana, with local officials, patients, and advocates pleading for leniency, while federal prosecutors demand a five-year prison sentence.
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