Friday, March 17, 2017

Oxford to Spend Millions on Researching the Ganja

These millions Oxford University will spend on researching marijuana will presumably go beyond the millions Oxford students have probably already spent over the years on it.  (RT:  Oxford University to spend millions researching cannabis)

Marijuana is the best of the latest gravy trains since it costs almost nothing to produce whacky weeds and the mark-up is so immensely satisfying for those willing to do it.  When you have something you can grow in your backyard for nothing and then sell it for four hundred a pound or better, you've got a cash bonanza which is even better than Bowling for Dollars on TV.

It's frustrating the scientists that they really don't know all that much about it.  Going to a ganja store for advice on medical marijuana is useless since they're going to tell you the stuff will do everything short of washing your dishes for you but we need information just a wee bit more precise.

The University of Oxford is to head a multimillion-pound research program investigating the effects of medical marijuana on acute and chronic conditions.

The university will partner with private equity company Kingsley Capital Partners, which will provide up to £10 million (US$12.36 million) as a start-off investment to look into the use of medical cannabis.

The partnership aims to devise new treatments for people affected by cancer, chronic pain and inflammatory diseases.

“Cannabinoid research has started to produce exciting biological discoveries and this research program is a timely opportunity to increase our understanding of the role of cannabinoids in health and disease,” Ahmed Ahmed, professor of gynecological oncology at Oxford, said in a statement.

- RT

The Oxford dons are making Mr Nice look like something of a piker when they throw about this kind of money.

Note:  Mr Nice was probably the biggest reefer smuggler of all time.

The Rockhouse has more than a teehee interest in this since the CBD medications on offer come without a buzz but with some measure of therapeutic capability.  How much capability and how much CBD it takes seem loose as a goose so what is someone other than an inveterate ganja monkey such as myself to do with the situation.

The specific concern is regarding relief of nausea during chemo / radiation therapy for cancer.  There's a great deal of anecdotal evidence of real benefit to such people but it's not quantified in any serious way and there's no way a doctor can prescribe that when he doesn't know for sure what it will do.

Although cannabis is proven to alleviate pain for people affected by chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, it is also linked to mental health problems.

Dr Zameel Cader, another member of the research team, pointed out that at no stage will the research be aimed at providing cannabis for smoking, which is normally associated with “unwanted effects.”

The research will instead concentrate on isolating the cannabinoids, compounds that are found not only in the plant but also in the human body, which give positive effects.

“The problem with smoking cannabis is that it’s associated with unwanted effects,” Cader was reported as saying on the BBC.

“So if you take cannabis when you’re young there seems to be an increased risk of developing problems like schizophrenia.

“What we know though is that there are cannabinoids both from the plant and the body that have beneficial effects.

“So the aim of the research program is to try and isolate those cannabinoids that are beneficial but don’t have the risk of psychiatric problems,” Cader said.

- RT

Although the mental health problems he mentions are less than evident, there's no need to jump that aspect of his testimony since he will ignore that in favor of the CBD role.

A little star power can't hurt and Patrick Stewart is engaged with this.  If it works for the Captain of Starship Enterprise then how can it not be good for you, right.

The study also has the backing of Star Trek and X-men actor Patrick Stewart, who used marijuana-based products to help his osteoarthritis.

“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 osteoarthritis in both my hands,” he told the Telegraph.

The film star claims a chewy bar and ointment had helped him sleep, while a daytime spray had brought mobility back into his hands, allowing him to clench them into a fist.

He therefore “enthusiastically supports” Oxford’s research plan.

“This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance.”

- RT

Ed:  Stewart isn't a stoner!

It does not appear so.

The problem this stoner and, apparently, Oxford University has with the above is Stewart was advised 'it might help' and that's not good enough.  We want to know:  will it and how much does it take to do it for a big guy, little guy, etc, etc.  Is it different for women and, if so, why.  There's a long list of questions for which we validly need answers.

Overall I like the movement toward this legalization but it's the Cowboy West just now with almost no clear science about any of it ... well ... it makes you crazy.  Do look out for that.

And, by the way, don't bogart that joint, my friend.

- from the movie, "Mr. Nice"

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