Medical Cannabis; Can it Cause Lung Disease?

A current study was done to establish the collective and independent effects of tobacco and cannabis smoking on respiratory symptoms and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) within the general population.  COPD is a progressive (which means it gets worse with time) lung disease that makes it hard to breathe.  COPD symptoms include chronic coughing, mucus production, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.  The leading cause of COPD is tobacco smoke.  The above mentioned study evaluated 878 people aged 40 and older and assessed their respiratory history, use of tobacco and use of marijuana. They performed lung function tests before and after using medication that opens up the lungs.

The findings: “Smoking both tobacco and marijuana synergistically increased the risk of respiratory symptoms and COPD. Smoking only marijuana was not associated with an increased risk of respiratory symptoms or COPD.”  (Tan, et al, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 4/14/09; 180)

Despite these findings, most physicians still recommend that medical marijuana patients do not smoke their medication and instead use vaporizers, edibles, and/or tinctures.  It is clear from this study that the damage that smoking tobacco can cause is significant (which we all knew before anyway!) and it can be worsened if you also smoke marijuana.

Is Your $45 Medical Marijuana Doctor Real?

Consumer Alert:

Some notable L.A. medical marijuana Dr’s offices have been handing out MMJ recommendations via a physician’s assistant, or P.A. as they are also known… as opposed to going directly through the M.D.’s. The legitimacy of medical cannabis recommendation produced this way has been challenged by law enforcement. If your marijuana recommendation has not been issued by a licensed M.D. in person, there is a good chance it may not hold up in court. Please all MMJ Patients are advised to check and make sure they are seeing a genuine, valid, real medical marijuana doctor, not just an assistant…

How bummed would you be to have paid your “real” $45.00, only to have gone through a “fake” marijuana evaluation, and to have been given a “fake” MMJ recommendation. Your Medical Marijuana recommendation is not the place to try and cut corners financially.

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11 Medical Marijuana Dr's Office in Ca.

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400 Medical Marijuana Collectives Told to Close Doors

L.A. 420 Collective News! More than 400 Medical Marijuana Collectives in the L.A. County area were notified toclose up shop before June 7, 2010. Will shop keepers decide to fight the pronouncement to let their shops go up in smoke?

The “official” decision to go against social progress is not likely to bode well for city officials. After all the great work celebs and Ca. residents have done to de-stigmatize medical marijuana as a natural remedy alternative for so many costly pharmaceuticals, this is distressing news for many “going green” Americans.

Medical Marijuana became legal in 1996 when California voters approved Proposition 215, known as the Compassionate Use Act. The proposition removed state-level criminal penalties for the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients who have received recommendations by their physician.

In 2003, Senate Bill 420, known as the Medical Marijuana Program Act, was signed into law. The act established statewide guidelines outlining the amount and weight of marijuana a patient and their caregivers may posses and grow. Patients who have received physician recommendations may possess no more than eight ounces of dried marijuana and/or six mature (or 12 immature) marijuana plants. Counties and local municipalities may approve local ordinances permitting patients to possess larger quantities of marijuana.The bill also mandates the California Department of State Health Services to establish a voluntary medicinal marijuana patient registry and identification card program to qualified patients. Senate Bill 420 also granted right to medical marijuana collectives.

Medical Marijuana collectives, also known as dispensaries or clinics, provide their members access to medical marijuana. Dispensaries offer marijuana in a variety of forms, from traditional bud to smoke, to edible treats. “The dispensaries range from Hollywood-day-spa fabulous to shoddy-looking storefronts with hand-painted billboards.” “Across California there are an estimated 2,100 dispensaries, co-operatives, wellness clinics and taxi delivery services in the sector known as “cannabusiness”. That is more than all the Starbucks, McDonald’s and 7-Eleven outlets in the state put together.””

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