Patrick Stewart uses marijuana ‘several times a day’ to relieve arthritis pain

“Star Trek” actor Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed he uses cannabis to treat his arthritis.

The 76-year-old had painful and distorted hands before seeing a doctor in LA two years ago.

But he says cannabis-based spray, ointment and pills, which he buys legally, are working wonders.

The Brit, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV series, said: “Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands.”

“This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands. I purchased an ointment, spray and edibles. The ointment, while providing some relief from the discomfort, was too greasy to use during daytime and so I only use it at night. It helps with sleep as the pain was reduced.”

“The spray, however, is much more usable and I spray my fingers and particularly my thumb joints several times a day. The spray very quickly evaporates and leaves my hands quite dry, though with a slight burning or tingling sensation, which is not unpleasant.”

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Marijuana could hold the key to treating Alzheimer’s but drug laws stand in the way, say scientists

Cannabinoids can help remove dangerous dementia proteins from brain cells, researchers say

Chemicals found in cannabis could be used to help treat dementia, early studies have shown – but further research into the findings is being stymied by restrictive drug laws, scientists say.

Cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can aid the removal of dangerous dementia proteins from brain cells, according to researchers at the Salk Institute, a renowned biomedical research facility in California.

While initial findings published last year raise hopes cannabis compounds could one day form the basis of a new medicine to help treat Alzheimer’s disease, the next steps are proving slow.

Professor David Schubert, who led the study, told CNBC legal issues were a “major roadblock” preventing him and his team from conducting further research into the medicinal properties of marijuana.

“It’s so blatantly obvious that this plant should be studied in greater detail,” he said. “It’s hard enough to get funding without having to worry about legal issues on top of it.”

Professor Schubert said the institute had submitted an application to the US Drug Enforcement Agency for permission to use cannabis extracts for tests on mice in December, but had not yet received a response.

The researchers used a small amount of synthetically-produced cannabinoids in the first study, which was found to stimulate the removal of a toxic plaque associated with dementia in the brain.

Dementia, which mainly affects older people, causes a deterioration in memory, thinking and behaviour and can impede someone’s ability to perform everyday activities.

It affects around 47.5 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, and it recently overtook heart disease to become the leading cause of death in England and Wales. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

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Pot festival in Nevada goes forward despite fears of federal crackdown

The U.S. attorney’s office was clear in its letter to the Indian tribe and the organizers of the High Times Cannabis Cup — marijuana could not legally be bought, sold, transferred or consumed at the festival this weekend.

Perhaps that letter should’ve been sent to the thousands who attended Saturday as well.

Defiance wafted through the air, billowing from bowls, bongs and joints.

The dry dusty air may have contributed to reddening some eyes, but it was by no means the only culprit. The federal government may have said no marijuana was allowed at the Cannabis Cup, but the directive seemed to have the effect of gravel trying to stop water.

Like water, pot found a way.

Last fall Nevada voters easily passed an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but the Cannabis Cup was being held about 45 miles northeast of Las Vegas at the Moapa Paiute Indian Reservation, and that’s under federal authority. Hence, the letter from the U.S. attorney’s office and the surprises that ensued.

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The Marijuana Farm at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) — Since 1970, the Drug Enforcement Agency has only issued one license for marijuana cultivation, and that belongs to the University of Mississippi.

WJTV met with researchers in Oxford about the marijuana farm.

The marijuana project takes up an entire building at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. The secured lab is hidden on campus.

“You produce what the government asks you to produce,” said Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly, a researcher at Ole Miss. “If they ask for 10 kilos or something we do that in the grow room.”

Once the plant is finished growing, the team breaks it down for research.

“We are working under the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Therefore there is a lot more interest in doing drug abuse research and the negative side effects,” he said.

But with set dosages, prescribed by doctors, Dr. ElSohly says the plant can be a powerful cure. NIDA works with the national institute of health.

The NIH said marijuana has the potential to safely treat pain, nausea, epilepsy, obesity, addiction and autoimmune disorders. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration already approved medication with THC to help with cancer and aids patients.

“The industry was shy at researching because it’s marijuana and marijuana has a bad name to it and a stigma attached to it and they didn’t want to develop it,” he said.

Researchers here experiment with different levels of CBD and THC. CBD can be used for medication. THC will provide the high. They also studied street drugs, but the feds recently shut that program down.

“The good thing about this plant, you can’t really ingest too much to kill you,” he said. “Before you get to a point, it will kill you, and you will pass out.”

Dr. ElSohly says he’s never seen a death from marijuana in his triple decade career. So far, eight states legalized marijuana. Mississippi decriminalized small amounts in 1978.

However, there could be problems we will see after legalization.

“Problems with long-term with the young generation stoned and lack of motivation to do things,” he said. “Plus the activity on people prone to psychological disorders is exaggerated by marijuana.”

He also wants customers who shop at dispensaries to know the marijuana products can be unsafe.

“You’re talking about making a drug like marijuana and putting it on the market and claiming specific uses, but there is no scientific data to support what is in the dispensary,” he said. “They didn’t generate the data; they don’t have data. All they are interested in is to grow it, harvest and put it there sell it and get a lot of money.

It’s hard to apply for the DEA approved grant to grow this plant. It costs millions of dollars to construct a farm like the one at Ole Miss, but the DEA says they will work with more growers to expand the supply and variety of marijuana for research.


Pot for pets: A growing trend that’s taking root in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Jake, a 13-year-old Labrador retriever, is supposed to be enjoying retirement. The Labrador had worked as an avalanche dog at the Alta Ski Area since he was a pup. But, the retired life hasn’t been easy.

In March 2016, Jake’s vet found several large cancerous tumors in his throat. If that wasn’t bad enough, Jake is also hounded by many more medical problems.

“He has a paralyzed larynx and he has troubles with his legs and joints as well,” said his owners, Sara Gibbs. “Some days are good, some days are bad.”

Gibbs said that without treatment, a walk even to the neighbor’s house can be a struggle.

“He breathes and sounds like he’s Darth Vader,” Gibbs said. “Just two houses away, he was breathing so loudly that the neighbor came outside and asked me if something was wrong.”

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