Iowa Lawmakers Pass Restrictive CBD-Only Medical Marijuana Bill

From The Daily Chronic – May 2, 2014

DES MOINES, IA — Iowa lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize possession of a liquid, non-intoxicating form of marijuana as a treatment for severe epilepsy, sending it to Governor Terry Branstad.

Iowa would join five other states with similar measures including Wisconsin and Mississippi if the Republican governor signs the bill into law, the Washington, DC based National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said.

The bill is “largely symbolic” because it provides no legal, in-state source for Iowa residents to obtain the substance known as cannabidiol, NORML deputy director Paul Armentano said.

Branstad has said he would consider signing the bill approved with bipartisan support by state representatives early Thursday.

The Senate, which had passed a previous version, approved the House changes.

A group of parents who have epileptic children lobbied Iowa lawmakers on the issue and about 100 patients with intractable epilepsy will be able to get a neurologist’s recommendation for cannabidiol if the bill becomes law, lawmakers said.

“What we’re offering today is hope for these families,” said state Representative Bob Kressig, a Democrat.

Armentano said residents of Iowa would have to obtain the oil from a state where marijuana is legal, and break federal law to carry it across state lines.

“The law unfortunately will fail to provide either adequate access or adequate relief to the very patient population it is intended to serve,” Armentano said.

A recent poll found that 59% of Iowa voters would support a comprehensive medical marijuana law in the state.

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A Closer Look At CBDA

From Project CBD

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NBC News: Marijuana Compound CBD Fights Cancer; Human Trials Next

“If this plant were discovered in the Amazon today, scientists would be falling all over each other to be the first to bring it to market” ~ Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of oncology at the University of California San Francisco

English: 2D structure of cannabidiol (CBD)

English: 2D structure of cannabidiol (CBD) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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from NBC Bay Area (Sept 19, 2012)

The “medical” bit of medical marijuana may be legitimate after all: Turns out a component of cannabis fights cancer, according to research.

Scientists at California Pacific Medical Center found that cannabidiol, or CBD, has the ability to “turn off” the DNA that causes “breast and other types of cancers” to metastasize, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“If this plant were discovered in the Amazon today, scientists would be falling all over each other to be the first to bring it to market,” said Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of oncology at the University of California San Francisco, which has also found science behind marijuana’s efficacy. Continue reading

The Healing Power of Marijuana Has Barely Been Tapped

From Alternet

There are now legal medical cannabis programs in 18 states plus Washington, DC, with pot fully legal for adults in two other states. Ironically, however, the actual healing power of the plant has barely been tapped. Smoking marijuana with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), or better, vaporizing it (using a device to bake the plant material and inhale the active ingredients), has an indisputably palliative effect and can be medically useful for pain relief, calming and appetite stimulation. It already has confirmed benefits against glaucoma, epilepsy and other specific diseases and disorders. It also gets people high. THC triggers cannabinoid receptors in the brain and this produces the sensation of being stoned. These receptors are found in the parts of the brain linked to pleasure, memory, concentration, and time perception.
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Several cannabinoids present in marijuana are proven to be POTENT anti-carcinogens

(Editor’s note: The following was left on the Wikipedia “Medical Cannabis” discussion page. We’ve reprinted it here. Enjoy!)

ANTI-CANCEROUS, ANTI-PROLIFERATIVE, ANTI-NEOPLASTIC, ANTI-INVASIVE TARGETING EFFECTS OF CANNABINOIDS USED IN A NON-SMOKED FORM TO FIGHT CANCER NEEDS TO BE ELABORATED

So, please, stop with the tip-toe bullshit of the subject. Stop acting like its only for “pain relief” for people undergoing chemotherapy. Hexahydrocannabinol, HU-331, Quinone, and several other chemicals present in cannabis are PROVEN to be POTENT ANTI-CARCINOGENS. IT GOES BEYOND PAIN RELIEF, and is PROVEN BY SCIENCE TO SHRINK TUMORS and trigger APOPTOSIS IN CANCER CELLS.

There is a REASON why cannabis is ILLEGAL, and THIS IS WHY. The only slant in my argument is a hunger for TRUTH and anger against people who hide this truth for the purpose of PROFIT.

From PUBMED, RUN BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. A simple search of “Cannabinoids Anticancer” turns up THESE RESULTS:

1. Novel hexahydrocannabinol analogs as potential anti-cancer agents inhibit cell proliferation and tumor angiogenesis.

Thapa D, Lee JS, Heo SW, Lee YR, Kang KW, Kwak MK, Choi HG, Kim JA.
Eur J Pharmacol. 2010 Oct 13. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 20950604 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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2. Cannabinoids inhibit cellular respiration of human oral cancer cells. Continue reading

Cannabis cancer fighter

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Cannabis and Alzheimer’s disease

See also:

Marijuana for Alzheimers

Active ingredient in marijuana may help preserve brain function

A puff a day might keep Alzheimer’s away

The following is written by Dr. Robert Melamede and comes from here.

Alzheimer’s disease is a neuro-degenerative condition for which cannabis and cannabinoid therapies show promise, both for treating the symptoms and the underlying disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is widely held to be associated with oxidative stress due, in part, to the membrane action of beta-amyloid peptide aggregates.  A laboratory study published in 2004 indicates that one of the cannabis plant’s primary components, cannabidiol (CBD), exerts a combination of neuroprotective, anti-oxidative and antiapoptotic effects by inhibiting the release of the toxic beta-amyloid peptide.

Another cannabinoid, THC, has also has been shown to reduce the agitation common to Alzheimer’s sufferers, according to findings presented in 2003 at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists’ 34th annual meeting.  Agitation is the most common behavioral management problem in patients with Alzheimer’s and affects an estimated 75 percent of people with the disease.  It may lead to a variety of symptoms ranging from physical and/or verbal abusive postures, physically non-aggressive conduct including pacing and restlessness, as well as verbally disturbed behaviors such as screaming and repetitive requests for attention.

This study and the Institutes of Medicine report also show THC to be effective in combating the anorexia or wasting syndrome common to Alzheimer’s sufferers, since food refusal is a common problem in patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s type dementia. The appetite-stimulation properties of cannabis are some of the most well-established in clinical research.

This new research on cannabis and Alzheimer’s disease, coupled with the extensive work done on other neuroprotective qualities of cannabis and its components, indicates that cannabis may become the source of the most effective treatments for battling the Central Nervous System diseases that afflict millions of elderly Americans.