Cannabis Studies : Cannabis & HIV

TITLE: Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy

A randomized placebo-controlled trial

AUTHORS: D. I. Abrams, MD, C. A. Jay, MD, S. B. Shade, MPH, H. Vizoso, RN, H. Reda, BA, S. Press, BS, M. E. Kelly, MPH, M. C. Rowbotham, MD and K. L. Petersen, MD

ABSTRACT: Prospective randomized placebo-controlled trial conducted in the inpatient General Clinical Research Center between May 2003 and May 2005 involving adults with painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy. Patients were randomly assigned to smoke either cannabis (3.56% tetrahydrocannabinol) or identical placebo cigarettes with the cannabinoids extracted three times daily for 5 days. Primary outcome measures included ratings of chronic pain and the percentage achieving >30% reduction in pain intensity. Acute analgesic and anti-hyperalgesic effects of smoked cannabis were assessed using a cutaneous heat stimulation procedure and the heat/capsaicin sensitization model. (full paper $39)

Cannabis Studies: Cannabis & Fibromyalgia

TITLE: Medical Cannabis for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

AUTHORS: G. HABIB & S. ARTFUL

ABSTRACT – BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome, characterized by chronic musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and mood disturbances. There are nearly no data on the effect of medical cannabis (MC) treatment on patients with fibromyalgia.

METHODS:  Data were obtained from the registries of 2 hospitals in Israel (Laniado Hospital and Nazareth Hospital) on patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia who were treated with MC. After obtaining patient consent, demographic, clinical, and laboratory parameters were documented. All the patients also completed the Revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire regarding the period before and after MC treatment.

RESULTS: Thirty patients were identified, and 26 patients were included in the study. There were 19 female patients (73%), and the mean age of the study group was 37.8 ± 7.6 years. The mean dosage of MC was 26 ± 8.3 g per month, and the mean duration of MC use was 10.4 ± 11.3 months. After commencing MC treatment, all the patients reported a significant improvement in every parameter on the questionnaire, and 13 patients (50%) stopped taking any other medications for fibromyalgia. Eight patients (30%) experienced very mild adverse effects.

CONCLUSIONS:  Medical cannabis treatment had a significant favorable effect on patients with fibromyalgia, with few adverse effects.

Great Accomodations to attend the Seattle Hempfest 2018

Hempfest Accommodation Information

Remember the Homewood Suites is right across the bridge from Main Stage & has ample parking!

Have you booked your stay yet? Or having trouble to find the best deal?  Well, we have you covered! Below is an accommodation map where you can find the best deals for your stay and being close to the action. Book ASAP! Rooms are filling fast!  There is also camp ground information below.

Stay at  campground?

Camping is disallowed in Myrtle Edwards Park. There is no camping in vehicles, parking lots, sidewalks or streets allowed in Seattle City Limits. You are welcome to camp at one of the following campgrounds. We suggest making reservations a few weeks in advance as these campgrounds tend to fill up during summer time.

When you find your hotel be sure and find the nearest cannabis using our partner, Weedmaps

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Recreational Laws that Every stoner should Know

In the state of Washington there are laws to abide when you are considering smoking marijuana. Stay out of trouble by knowing these 4 simple rules.

1. Legal Purchasing Laws

Marijuana and related products can only be purchased in a licensed retail marijuana shop. The licensing of these stores only allow the dispensary to sell marijuana and marijuana products / accessories. Nothing else. It is also forbidden to hand out samples and consume weed while on the premises. The following restrictions are related to the purchasing of marijuana:

Age Limit – Marijuana can only be bought, used, and /or possessed by adults age 21 and older.

Purchasing Limits – Adults age 21 and older are allowed to buy up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana (“bud”), 16 grams of solid edibles, 72 ounces of liquid edibles, and 7 grams of extracts / concentrates.  This marijuana may only be bought from a state-licensed recreational marijuana retailer. A valid photo ID is required for entry, as well as for purchase. Absolutely nobody under the age of 21 can be on the store premises. Most marijuana retailers also only accept cash as form of payment.

2. Driving and Travel

Be safe and do not drive stoned. It is  best to be aware that there is a law that exists and that they can test you if they suspect you are driving under the influence and draw from a police station or medical facility. It becomes an offense if there is 5 ng /ml or more of THC in your blood .Research says it can take 3 hours to drop below that limit after consuming marijuana and it can  take longer depending on variables like gender and weight. It’s best to wait 5 hours after smoking and even longer if you ate edibles because they need to be digested.

3. Public Use

Even though Marijuana is Legal, it is illegal to use marijuana in the view of the public or be a nuisance under the influence in public.  If they can see you and you can see them, you cannot light up.

4. Storage of Marijuana

The primary objective of the marijuana storage laws is to prevent accidental ingestion by children and animals, as well as to keep the underaged  from using it. Following proper marijuana storage guidelines and laws will decrease the number of incidents reported to the poison control center. Here are three ways to ensure your weed is stored safely and stay out of trouble.

Keep marijuana in original packaging, clearly labeled as containing marijuana. Some brands come in resealable bags,airtight plastic, or glass jars. Regardless of what your marijuana is packaged in, double check it’s clearly labeled and will not be in reach of children, underage individuals, or animals.

Store your marijuana bud, edibles, and extracts in child-resistant containers, which are then kept in a locked cabinet and / out of reach of children.

Avoid consuming edibles in front of children and pets, as these marijuana products often look just like food.

In the event your child does accidentally ingest marijuana-infused products, or if you are concerned about the health and safety of yourself or someone else, call the  Poison Center. All calls are confidential and guidance is provided by an expert. You can also call 911 or go to the emergency room if the symptoms appear to be severe.