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Researchers at the University of South Carolina conducted a study that analyzed the effects of THC in marijuana on patients with autoimmune diseases because the drug has previously shown to have an immunomodulatory activity.
Immunomodulatory means something is capable of modifying or regulating one or more immune functions, or can provide an immunologic adjustment, regulation, or potentiation. In this study’s case, the researchers found that the application of marijuana has the ability to suppress an immune response to treat autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, lupus, colitis, multiple sclerosis, and others.
Tetrehydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical in marijuana that is responsible for the drug’s psychological effects. It binds to cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells. These cannabinoid receptors are located in certain areas of that brain that are associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination, and time perception. Through conducting tests on mice, the researchers found that THC gene regulation could result in epigenetic changes.
This finding means that marijuana could cause alterations to the function of genes controlled by DNA. When an individual suffers from an autoimmune disease, the immune system cannot tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens, so normal body tissues are destroyed as a result. Administering marijuana in the experimental mice revealed that the drug has the capacity to affect DNA expression through epigenetic pathways outside of the DNA.
Medical Marijuana Advocates Hail Unprecedented, Major Victory in Congressional Vote to Curb DOJ Enforcement The 219-189 House floor vote forces Obama Administration to end federal attacks in medical marijuana states
Washington, D.C. — In an unprecedented 219-189 floor vote late tonight, the House of Representatives approved the end of funding for Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement in medical marijuana states. Advocates are hailing the vote as a major victory that signals a shift in the approach Congress is taking on this issue. The vote was on Amendment No. 25 to the Commerce, Justice & Science (CJS) appropriations bill. One hundred seventy Democrats and 49 Republicans voted in favor of the amendment.
“This Congressional vote is a huge victory for patients,” said Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access. “No longer will we have to look over our shoulder and worry when the next raid or indictment will prevent us from safely and legally accessing our medicine,” continued Sherer. “This is a game-changer that paves the way for much more policy change to come.”
#1 Public Support For Legalizing Marijuana Hits Historic Highs
An unprecedented 58 percent of Americans believe that marijuana ought to be “made legal” for adult consumption, according to survey data reported in October by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever recorded by Gallup, which has been inquiring on the issue since 1969, and marks a ten percent increase in voter approval since 2012. Regional polls conducted this year in several states, including California, Louisiana, and Texas, also reported majority support for legalization.
#2 Nation Of Uruguay Passes Legislation Regulating Cannabis Use
Lawmakers in the South American nation of Uruguay enacted legislation authorizing the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to all citizens age 18 and older. Residents will be able to legally purchase up to 40 grams of cannabis per month from state-licensed stores at a price of $1 per gram. Uruguay is the first country in modern history to officially legalize and regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis.
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