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Study: Marijuana Linked To Better Outcomes In Brain Injury Patients
Rieti, Italy: The recent use of cannabis is associated with improved outcomes in patients hospitalized with intracerebral hemorrhaging(ICH aka bleeding in the brain), according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Cerebrovascular Diseases.
An international team of investigators from Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States evaluated demographic trends and patient outcomes in a cohort of 725 subjects with spontaneous ICH. Researchers reported that cannabis-positive subjects possessed "milder ICH presentation" upon hospitalization and presented "less disability" at discharge as compared to similarly matched patients who tested negative for cannabinoids.
Preclinical and observation trial data has previously indicated that cannabinoids may possess neuroprotective activity. Specifically, a 2014 UCLA study previously reported that Traumatic Brain Injury patients who tested positive for cannabis upon hospital admission possessed significantly increased survival rates as compared to patients who tested negative for marijuana.
Full text of the study, "Prior cannabis use is associated with outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage," appears in Cerebrovascular Disease.
Washington, DC: Residents Support Further Expanding District's Marijuana Legalization Laws
Washington, DC: Two-thirds of Washington, DC residents believethat retail sales of marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, and more than six out of ten say that adults should be able to legally consume cannabis in licensed establishments, according to the results of a Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance.
Sixty-six percent of respondents believe that city officials should tax and regulate the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. In 2014, 70 percent of District voters approved Initiative 71, which removed criminal and civil penalties on the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the personal cultivation of up to six plants. However, the measure does not regulate marijuana sales or businesses.
Sixty-one percent of respondents also say that they approve of the establishment of "regulated places where adults can legally consume marijuana." Members of the DC City Council are presently establishing a task force to make recommendations with regard to whether to permit such facilities.
Review: Cannabinoids Reasonable Option For Chronic Pain Treatment
Montreal, Canada: Cannabinoids are safe and effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, according to a review of recent clinical trials published online ahead of print in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.
Investigators at the University of Montreal, Department of Anesthesiology evaluated the results of 26 clinical trials "of good or excellent quality" involving 1,364 subjects. Trials assessed the use of various types of cannabinoid preparations, including herbal cannabis, liquid and oral cannabis extracts, and synthetic cannabinoid agents, in pain treatment.
Authors reported that cannabinoids were efficacious in alleviating various types of pain, including pain due to neuropathy, musculoskeletal disorders, fibromyalgia, HIV, and other chronic pain conditions.
They concluded, "Overall, the recent literature supports the idea that currently available cannabinoids are modestly effective analgesics that provide a safe, reasonable therapeutic option for managing chronic non-cancer-related pain and possibly cancer-related pain."
Their conclusion mimics that of a 2015 systematic review published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology that reported, "[C]annabinoids are safe, demonstrate a modest analgesic effect, and provide a reasonable treatment option for treatment of chronic non-cancer pain."
Full text of the study, "Medical cannabis: considerations for the anesthesiologist and pain physician," appears in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.
Poll: Over 60 Percent Of New Mexicans Support Regulating Marijuana Sales
Santa Fe, NM: More than three out of five New Mexicans believe in amending state law to permit retail sales of marijuana to adults, according to statewide polling data provided by Research & Polling Inc. and commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance.
Sixty-one percent of respondents say that they support legislation to regulate and tax retail sales of marijuana to those ages 21 and over. Respondents' support rose to 69 percent when pollsters indicated that sales taxes would be used to fund health-related programs.
Majority support for regulating the adult use of cannabis has previously been reported in a number of other state and national surveys.
House and Senate legislation to allow for the retail sale and adult use of cannabis is pending in the New Mexico legislature. Similar legislation is pending in over a dozen other states, including Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.
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