Medical Marijuana: Research updates

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Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 8:21 PM
Subject: [mmjlist] mmj research updates> RESEARCH UPDATE
> Osteoporosis May Be Treatable with Cannabinoids
> New research out of Israel shows that osteoporosis, a degenerative bone
> condition afflicting 10 million Americans over age 50, may be treatable
> with cannabinoids.
> Researchers found that the body’s natural endocannabinoid system helps
> control how the body replaces old bone with new growth. In the study,
> activating CB2 cannabinoid receptors reduced bone loss and stimulated bone
> formation.
> This would seem to confirm early studies that showed faster bone loss in
> mice that had fewer CB2 receptors.
> Study Confirms Cannabis Helps People with HIV/AIDS
> Cannabis has been commonly recommended to help people with HIV/AIDS combat
> nausea and appetite loss, and numerous studies have shown it to be an
> effective treatment.
> A new Columbia University study, the first in nearly 20 years to examine
> cannabis’ efficacy, has shown that not only is smoked cannabis effective,
> it’s substantially more so than Marinol, the synthetic oral drug, in a
> double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients in the trial gained
> almost 2.5 lbs over four days.
> To produce similar weight gain, Marinol had to be given in doses eight
> times higher than current recommendations.
> State Medical Marijuana Laws Do Not Increase Drug Use
> A statistical study has found that passing state laws legalizing the
> medical use of cannabis does not increase the drug’s recreational use.
> Researchers looked at two “high-risk” groups (ER patients and arrestees)
> in four states, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. Researchers
> reported that “the introduction of medical cannabis laws was not
> associated with an increase in cannabis use.”
> This finding confirms a study of states with medical marijuana laws
> conducted by the US General Accounting Office (GAO), which found that
> legalizing medical cannabis has not led to increased recreational use.


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