Summary and opinion by Wendy Anderson.
A study by researchers from Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities finds that the non-psychotropic component cannabinoid cannabidiol, or CBD, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can help heal bone fractures. When it was administered to rats with mid-femoral fractures, it showed that it “markedly enhanced the healing process of the femora after just eight weeks.” They found that the CBD made improvements alone which gave hope for more research down the line. It also showed that the bones were healing stronger with CBD.
The team had found in earlier research that the natural cannabinoid receptors in our bodies stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
A separate study at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active compound in Cannabis, can delay the rejection of incompatible transplant organs. They say it helps by suppressing immune response in the recipient. Of course this is exciting news and more research is necessary, but make sure to note to let any potential transplant patient not to use Cannabis without the physician’s consent!
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Marijuana is definitely going mainstream, despite the fact that it's still "illegal", the regulatory enforcement forces are getting relaxed by minute everyday. I was crossing the Canadians borders back to the States the other day, and officer chuckled when he knew I have an Online Smoke Shop business and I called it 421Store (as soon as I don't have the herb itself on me), At some point during the interaction, I felt he almost gonna ask me for a joint.
Anyways, back to what we were talking about. Now, you can use marijuana recreationally in eight states. Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington — and the District of Columbia.
Other than recreationally use, there are 21 other states allow the possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Tolerance. When you start smoking marijuana and doze off or get paranoid after a couple of hits, your friends recommend you to "build up some tolerance." And you do. In several months (or years, if you do not dive into regular smoking right away) you feel it. You have to smoke more to get high. And you hardly ever get as high as you used to get. Damn you, tolerance.
It is still unclear how cannabis tolerance works in terms of neurobiology. A recently published study suggests that the symptoms we experience may be determined by change in our brain’s ability to release dopamine. The research only describes the reaction of heavy users, people who were treated as ‘dependent on cannabis’ after using marijuana daily for many years. As you probably know, tolerance can be a problem even for someone who recently started smoking regularly, and there is next to no research on this matter.
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