Hemp Seeds Promise In Managing Hypertension !

Researchers at the University of Manitoba believe hemp seeds could offer a safer alternative to drugs traditionally prescribed for hypertension. Previous studies, they note, suggest that proteins found in hemp seed possess a variety of cardiovascular benefits.

“Preliminary in vitro studies have shown that industrial hemp seed peptides possess both antioxidant and antihypertensive properties.”

In a new study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the team found that an 8-week diet of hydrolyzed hemp protein could slow the development of hypertension in genetically-prone rats.

What’s more, the diet was also effective at reducing signs of hypertension – plasma ACE and renin levels – in rats with already established conditions.

“The results confirm the potential of HMH (hemp seed meal hydrolysate) as a useful ingredient that can be used to formulate functional foods and nutraceuticals for the prevention and treatment of hypertension.”

While a number of foods have been found to help control blood pressure, the researchers suggest that the protein content of hemp seeds, as well as being easy to digest, make it an ideal choice.

“The presence of superior amino acid profile in hemp seed proteins (principally identified as edestin and albumin) and high digestibility promotes their efficacy as a source of health-enhancing bioactive peptides.”

Despite the positive results, more work still needs to be done. The team says the next step is to identify and purify the protein sequences responsible for its antihypertensive effects.

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After Dems back marijuana rescheduling, GOP votes against endorsing medical pot

 

Just days after the Democratic Party endorsed the rescheduling of cannabis and a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana, delegates with the Republican Party voted against a more conservative platform that would have endorsed medical marijuana.

At a GOP Platform Committee meeting in Cleveland, Republican delegates on Monday just said no to endorsing medical marijuana

The debate was “vigorous,” and the first vote was somewhat close, according to The Huffington Post, which reported:

But a number of delegates rose in opposition to the measure. A member from Utah claimed scientists have a “long way to go with research” on marijuana and argued that studies, which she did not provide, showed a link between it and mental health issues.

Another delegate absurdly claimed that people who commit mass murders are “young boys from divorced families, and they’re all smoking pot.” Yet another delegate claimed marijuana triggered schizophrenia, and is funded nationally by Democrat and New York financier George Soros. “Let’s think a little bit what happens with Percocet, with OxyContin,” claimed a third delegate, who drew a connection between the ongoing heroin epidemic and teenagers smoking marijuana.

Pro-medical cannabis delegates pushed back, complaining their fellow committee members misunderstood the scope of the proposal.

“It’s not like we’re talking about Cheech and Chong here, folks. We’re talking about allowing people with debilitating conditions to ease their suffering,” Maryland delegate Ben Marchi said, referencing the comedy duo who support marijuana.

The medical marijuana proposal was voted down on the second vote.

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Cannabis Compound Removes Alzheimer’s Plaque From Brain Cells, Study Finds

 

Alzheimer’s disease may now be added to a list of diseases with promising treatment from cannabis compounds, a new study from the Salk Institute says

While there has been research and trials to use compounds to treat chronic pain, cancers, epilepsy, and other diseases and illnesses, this laboratory study is the first of its kind to test tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a main component in marijuana, against the plaque buildup of the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers took human neurons that they grew in a lab and altered them so that they created the plaque buildup (comprised of proteins such as beta-amyloid). The researchers then subjected the neurons to amounts of THC and other marijuana compounds.

What they found was that not only did the THC cause a breakdown of the protein buildup, but a reduction in inflammation in the cells. ​Inflammation is bad because it makes it harder for your neurons to communicate with one another correctly.

“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,” says Salk Professor David Schubert, the senior author of the paper said in a statement.

This study is also novel because the research also provides a stronger link between protein buildup and the inflammation of the neurons. Some past hypotheses had thought that other immune-like cells had been inflamed, and not the neurons themselves.

The researchers believe that the THC was able to reduce the protein buildup and inflammation by working in the brain’s endocannabinoid receptors, which are naturally occurring in the body. Scientists had already known that exercise engages these receptors, and physical activity can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Schubert and his fellow researchers had found in a previous study that the endocannabinoid receptors were involved with the removal of protein buildup and inflammation when testing a new drug. The researchers then decided to investigate the relationship with THC and Alzheimer’s plaque.

Much more study must be conducted before a causal link can be suggested between THC and beta amyloid, the researchers say, including human clinical trials. These exploratory laboratory models are just the beginning.

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Red,White And Blue Kush Review

We wish everybody a safe and happy 4th of July weekend…..Have fun and smoke some good weed for us !!!!!

From UncleIkesPotShop

Red, White and Blue Kush!!! A Strain Review

Let me make a humble suggestion for you this Independence Day. You’d be well served to make Blue Kush part of the Blue portion of your red, white and blue celebration. This sativa dominant strain, with generous portions of indica in the mix, is a wonderfully balanced (55 percent to 45 percent) mix of the two. And it would be great to use right before a 4th of July parade… just saying. (The only thing better than a parade is a parade while high!)

Blue Kush is a delicious combination of the well known Blueberry and OG Kush strains, and it lives up to that spectacular lineage, with an intense flavor and aroma including hints of lemon, pine and berries. This hybrid leans to the sativa side of the equation, with cerebral and uplifting effects; the only thing really “blue” about this strain is the name, because it tends to result in happiness.

Mood elevation isn’t the only positive, of course. I’m a medical marijuana patient, and I also experienced relaxation and pain/nausea relief, along with definite appetite stimulation. I found Blue Kush to be quite a “social” strain; you might find it ideal to smoke with a group of friends.

Its light green calyxes hearken back to the Blueberry side of its heritage, while the flower structure is definitely quite Kush (pinecone-shaped buds). The flowers are very frosty; trichomes are so abundant that any handling results in a little trail of crystals (and you’ll definitely want to gather those up and smoke them).

The flowers start with a predominantly piney Kush smell, then grinding or crumbling releases more of a sweet/sour berry smell. The pungency factor is very high, and positively mouth-watering for those of us who appreciate a good strain (OK, that’s almost everybody). Interestingly enough, the berry part of this strain’s taste seems closer to red berries than to blueberries.

Now, while Blue Kush is a sativa dominant, as you smoke more of it, the indica part of its lineage begins to assert itself more authoritatively (this makes sense, with 45 percent indica). The sativa portion of its genetics keeps the indica from being overly sleepy, as many pure indica strains can do, but you will definitely become quite relaxed and less accomplishment-oriented as you smoke into the evening.

While extremely tasty in joints, pipes or bongs, if you want to fully experience all the delicious terpenes of Blue Kush, you could do worse than to rent a Volcano vaporizer at Uncle Ike’s Glass Shop. The sub-combustion temperatures of vaporization preserve more of the delicate flavonoids and terpenes, providing an even more intense taste experience.

Blue Kush, with 18 percent THC and grown by the Virginia Company, is available at Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop in 2-gram, 3.5-gram (one-eighth ounce), 7 gram (quarter ounce), and 14 gram (half ounce) sizes. Check the online menu for pricing.

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Colorado’s Teen Marijuana Usage Has Dropped After Legalization

Marijuana consumption by Colorado high school students has dipped slightly since the state first permitted recreational cannabis use by adults, a new survey showed on Monday, contrary to concerns that legalization would increase pot use by teens.

The biannual poll by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also showed the percentage of high school students indulging in marijuana in Colorado was smaller than the national average among teens.

According to the department, 21.2 percent of Colorado high school students surveyed in 2015 had used marijuana during the preceding 30 days, down from 22 percent in 2011, the year before voters statewide approved recreational cannabis use by adults 21 and older. The first state-licensed retail outlets for legalized pot actually opened in 2014.

Nationwide, the rate of pot use by teens is slightly higher at 21.7 percent, the study found.

“The survey shows marijuana use has not increased since legalization, with four of five high school students continuing to say they don’t use marijuana, even occasionally,” the department said in a statement.

The department conducts the voluntary survey every two years in conjunction with the University of Colorado and a citizens advisory committee.  About 17,000 students responded to the poll.

Voters in Colorado and three other states – Washington, Oregon and Alaska – have approved recreational pot sales to adults in recent years, and Colorado was the first state to open retail marijuana shops in 2014. Six other states are considering similar proposals.

A pro-legalization advocacy group said the findings show fears of widespread pot use by minors in states with legalized cannabis are unfounded.

“These statistics clearly debunk the theory that making marijuana legal for adults will result in more teen use,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project.

But Diane Carlson, of SMART Colorado, an organization that pushes for tighter regulations to keep cannabis away from children, said data from a 2015 survey by the federal Department of Health and Human Services showed that Colorado ranks first in the nation for marijuana use by youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

Carlson said it was “deeply concerning” that the Colorado survey showed that just 48 percent of the students polled viewed regular marijuana use as a risky behavior.

“Youth marijuana use can have lifelong implications. The risks, which include psychosis, suicide, drug addiction and lower IQs, have been reported based on research on much lower THC potencies than are typically sold on Colorado’s commercial market,” she sai

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Illinois Orders PTSD To Marijuana List

The health department is reviewing the judge’s order, department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said.

Illinois law allows people to petition the state to add health conditions to the eligible list, but Rauner’s administration has rejected all new conditions despite the advice of an expert panel that reviewed available medical evidence.

In the case of PTSD, the advisory board voted unanimously to add it, but Shah, a Rauner appointee, conducted his own investigation and rejected PTSD applying a standard of medical evidence that “appears nowhere in the Act or the Department’s rules,” the judge wrote. Shah not only deprived the plaintiff of his right to due process but also “was contrary to the plain language of the Department’s rules,” Cohen wrote.

Veteran Daniel Paul Jabs, who filed the lawsuit, “feels this decision gives him and other military veterans suffering from PTSD the respect they deserve from the state and the governor’s office,” attorney Michael Goldberg said Tuesday.

The ruling may help veterans with PTSD feel more comfortable trying marijuana to ease their symptoms and reduce their reliance on prescription drugs, said Michael Krawitz of Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access, a national nonprofit based in Virginia.

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