What Are the Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana Capsules?

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 01, 2011

Due to recent changes in the laws and public opinion, people are increasingly turning to medical marijuana for relief from their ailments. But because smoking marijuana can irritate the lungs, and may pose additional health risks, many patients who could benefit from the all-natural drug don’t use it. Those patients now have alternatives, says leading medical marijuana capsule producer GodMed.

Medical marijuana has been shown to not only treat the symptoms of serious illnesses, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, but also to slows and may even prevent the onset of Alzheimer?s disease. Unlike many prescription drugs, medical marijuana is completely natural and has few or no negative side effects, says GodMed. As the list of proven benefits continues to grow, innovations in technology have been made to maximize the potency and safety of the wonder drug. So far, marijuana capsules are leading the pack in both regards.

Those who don’t have access to capsules have to resort to other mean like vaping with a vaporizer. This can be difficult if you have to travel. Portable vaporizers have help ease this burden for some. The firefly 2 has been getting some decent reviews and may be worth checking out(http://vaporizerpenguide.com/firefly-2-vaporizer-review/)

Steve Casebeer, founder of GodMed, is a firm believer in the superiority of medical marijuana pills. ?The capsules are slightly refined and activated for the body’s immediate absorption,? explains the health-minded entrepreneur. ?They treat a myriad of conditions and diseases without the side effects that normal prescription pharmaceuticals have.?

Prescription drugs used to treat many ailments can have serious negative side effects?from dizziness to rashes to digestive problems to increased risk of heart attacks or stroke. Some prescription drugs are approved as safe for use, only to be recalled when they are later found to be harmful. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years to treat hundreds of ailments, and multiple studies have shown that users experience almost no adverse reactions. GodMed marijuana capsules are taken like a prescription pill, but have none of the nasty side effects of prescription medications.

Medical cannabis pills are also the best choice for patients who wish to avoid the health risks associated with inhaling the cannabis through smoking. The debate is still on as to whether smoking marijuana causes lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but in an effort to improve a client?s condition without the possibility of causing additional damage, medical professionals recommend ingestion of the medicine.

In the rapidly evolving medical marijuana industry, marijuana edibles are quickly gaining popularity, and GodMed cannabis capsules are one of the most innovative edible products on the market. GodMed capsules are made from the finest cannabis flowers and kif with a non-genetically modified soy lecithin emulsifier all in a veg capsule?nothing else. They are easy to digest, and convenient and discrete to carry.

GodMed capsules safely and quickly deliver the beneficial effects of medical marijuana without the perhaps unwanted consequences that are associated with some other modes of medicating, such as the smell of smoke or calories from baked goods.

Another benefit of these marijuana pills is that each batch is tested for the percentage of THC, CBD, and CBN content, information that is later displayed on each label. There is no risk of the over- or under-medicating that can come with smoking cannabis; marijuana capsules effectively take guesswork out of the equation.

Of course, medical marijuana is only available to patients with verification from a certified doctor of their need for the treatment.

For more information about cannabis capsules or any of GodMed?s services, view them on the web at godmed.com/.

About GodMed

GodMed is a California medical marijuana company that specializes in the production of medical cannabis capsules. GodMed capsules are made from nothing but Emerald Triangle cannabis buds and kif inside non-GMO soy lecithin skin. These medical marijuana pills deliver the full spectrum of components of medical marijuana flowers in a convenient, discrete, easy-to-swallow veg capsule. Patients have used the medicine to naturally treat hundreds of ailments from headaches to depression to cancer without the sometimes debilitating side effects of prescription medications.

GodMed capsules are available at a number of California medical marijuana dispensaries and online at GodsMedicine.us. GodMed also offers revolutionary health enhancement products at GodMedGoods.com

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: “I Really Don’t Know How [Prohibitionists] Sleep at Night…Without the Booze.”

By: Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator


Tuesday night, on his program “The Last Word,” Lawrence O’Donnell took an impassioned stance against marijuana prohibition while reporting on the recently released Gallup legalization poll.

O’Donnell, who formerly served as Staff Director of the Senate Finance Committee, notes the disconnect between the public opinion on this issue and policy coming from elected officials.

“In a democracy,” he stated, “we should expect such a dramatic shift in public opinion to be reflected in our public officials, but support for marijuana legalization in the United States Senate…has gone from 0% in 1968 to 0% in 2011.”

O’Donnell then rightfully attacked the Obama Administration’s insistence on keeping marijuana a schedule I substance.

“Now we know that no one in the Obama Administration is stupid enough to actually think [marijuana is as dangerous as heroin], but we also know politicians have no intention of facing reality anytime soon when it comes to marijuana. Politicians will continue to allow young lives to be ruined for mere possession of marijuana; politicians will continue to allow people to be arrested. [They will] allow people to go to jail, allow people to be arrested, allow people to get criminal records, get kicked out of school, be turned down for jobs just because they’ve used marijuana, something more than one president has done and gotten away with.”

In the conclusion to his segment, he unabashedly calls out our country’s elected officials for their hypocrisy on the issue, as many of them have no hesitation to indulge in the legal, more dangerous alternative.

“Senators, members of Congress, presidents, vice presidents, and Supreme Court justices are going to continue to get high, many of them every day and every night. Many of them will do it publicly, and loudly, and legally at restaurants and campaign fundraisers and at state dinners,” O’Donnell said, “They will raise their glasses and get high and they will continue to put people in jail for using a harmless, non-liquid way of getting high like marijuana. Such hypocrisy carries an even stronger stench than the alcohol-drenched breath of those politicians and judges and prosecutors and DEA officials. I really don’t know how they can sleep at night…without the booze.”

If more mainstream media journalists begin embracing the issue with the same intensity and comprehension as Lawrence O’Donnell displayed on his program last night, the end of the war on cannabis might be closer than we think.

You can view the segment in its entirety below:

Americans Get Pot From US Government


EUGENE, Ore. — Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye.

She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.

The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card – and her pot.

For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing a handful of patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around. The program grew out of a 1976 court settlement that created the country’s first legal pot smoker.

Advocates for legalizing marijuana or treating it as a medicine say the program is a glaring contradiction in the nation’s 40-year war on drugs – maintaining the federal ban on pot while at the same time supplying it.

Government officials say there is no contradiction. The program is no longer accepting new patients, and public health authorities have concluded that there was no scientific value to it, Steven Gust of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse told The Associated Press.

At one point, 14 people were getting government pot. Now, there are four left.

The government has only continued to supply the marijuana “for compassionate reasons,” Gust said.

One of the recipients is Elvy Musikka, the chatty Oregon woman. A vocal marijuana advocate, Musikka relies on the pot to keep her glaucoma under control. She entered the program in 1988, and said that her experience with marijuana is proof that it works as a medicine.

They “won’t acknowledge the fact that I do not have even one aspirin in this house,” she said, leaning back on her couch, glass bong cradled in her hand. “I have no pain.”

Marijuana is getting a look from states around the country considering calls to repeal decades-old marijuana prohibition laws. There are 16 states that have medical marijuana programs. In the three West Coast states, advocates are readying tax-and-sell or other legalization programs.

Marijuana was legal for much of U.S. history and was recognized as a medicine in 1850. Opposition to it began to gather and, by 1936, 48 states had passed laws regulating pot, fearing it could lead to addiction.

Anti-marijuana literature and films, like the infamous “Reefer Madness,” helped fan those fears. Eventually, pot was classified among the most harmful of drugs, meaning it had no usefulness and a high potential for addiction.

In 1976, a federal judge ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must provide Robert Randall of Washington, D.C. with marijuana because of his glaucoma – no other drug could effectively combat his condition. Randall became the nation’s first legal pot smoker since the drug’s prohibition.

Eventually, the government created its program as part of a compromise over Randall’s care in 1978, long before a single state passed a medical marijuana law. What followed were a series of petitions from people like Musikka to join the program.

President George H.W. Bush’s administration, getting tough on crime and drugs, stopped accepting new patients in 1992. Many of the patients who had qualified had AIDS, and they were dying.

The AP asked the agency that administers the program, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, for documents showing how much marijuana has been sent to patients since the first patient in 1976.

The agency supplied full data for 2005-2011, which showed that during that period the federal government distributed more than 100 pounds of high-grade marijuana to patients.

Agency officials said records related to the program before 2005 had been destroyed, but were able to provide scattered records for a couple of years in the early 2000s.

The four patients remaining in the program estimate they have received a total of 584 pounds from the federal government over the years. On the street, that would be worth more than $500,000.

All of the marijuana comes from the University of Mississippi, where it is grown, harvested and stored.

Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly, who directs the operation, said the marijuana was a small part of the crop the university has been growing since 1968 for all cannabis research in the U.S. Among the studies are the pharmaceutical uses for synthetic mimics of pot’s psychoactive ingredient, THC.

ElSohly said the four patients are getting pot with about 3 percent THC. He said 3 percent is about the range patients have preferred in blind tests.

The marijuana is then sent from Mississippi to a tightly controlled North Carolina lab, where they are rolled into cigarettes. And every month, steel tins with white labels are sent to Florida and Iowa. Packed inside each is a half-pound of marijuana rolled into 300 perfectly-wrapped joints.

With Musikka living in Oregon, she is entitled to more legal pot than anyone in the nation because she’s also enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program. Neither Iowa nor Florida has approved marijuana as a medicine, so the federal pot is the only legal access to the drug for the other three patients.

The three other people in the program range in ages and doses of marijuana provided to them, but all consider themselves an endangered species that, once extinct, can be brushed aside by a federal government that pretends they don’t exist.

All four have become crusaders for the marijuana-legalization movement. They’re rock stars at pro-marijuana conferences, sought-after speakers and recognizable celebrities in the movement.

Irv Rosenfeld, a financial adviser in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been in the program since November 1982. His condition produces painful bone tumors, but he said marijuana has replaced prescription painkillers.

Rosenfeld likes to tell this story: In the mid-1980s, the federal government asked his doctor for an update on how Rosenfeld was doing. It was an update the doctor didn’t believe the government was truly interested in. He had earlier tried to get a copy of the previous update, and was told the government couldn’t find it, Rosenfeld said.

So instead of filling out the form, the doctor responded with a simple sentence written in large, red letters: “It’s working.”

Medical Cannabis Conference in Europe Highlights Science, Cannabinoid Medicines

 Naturopathic Doctor, Michelle Sexton, writes about the IACM 6th Conference on Cannabinoids in Medicineand 5th European Workshop on Cannabinoid Research that took place this September 8-10 at the University of Bonn, Germany.Naturopathic Doctor, Michelle Sexton, writes about the IACM 6th Conference on Cannabinoids in Medicineand 5th European Workshop on Cannabinoid Research that took place this September 8-10 at the University of Bonn, Germany.




Cannabinoid Conference 2011 in Bonn, Germany..Courtesy of medicalmarijuana411

Inflammation and neuro-excitation flared and were then calmed by the endogenous cannabinoid signaling system (eCBss) recently in the birthplace of Beethoven, Bonn, Germany.

This signaling is ubiquitous across systems including the brain, bulk, bone, bowel, blood, and bugs.

“Thus the exciting promenade from plant natural products to animalphysiology,” as Vincenzo di Marzo said, and which could be a theme, as pharmacology and pharmacognosy united, but I’ll get to that!

As a revolution in the re-emergence of plant compounds, Cannabis sativa has provided a wealth of ethnobotanical information on a molecular scale.

But let the brain lead the way, as it is a servant of it’s master, the peripheral systems.

The periphery to the CNS is a gateway, largely on an immune level, the two in close simpatico, communicating through the eCBss.

Program: Part 1

Brain Functions

 Small genetic alterations that lead to functional changes in cannabinoid receptor can lead to an enhanced eCBss, Ken Mackie reported.

He is just starting to inquire about what this means in the development of tolerance or for addictive tendencies.

Of course this is only in mice, however because of genetic similarities to humans, it is not entirely implausible that similar things may happen in a homosapien.

These findings do speak to the starring role of the eCBss, which is “biochemistry in balance” in the body.

Beat Lutz told of regulation of social behavior by CB1 expression on excitatory neurons.

Loss of this most highly-expressed protein in the brain apparently leads to a very nervous mouse (to the point of seizures, even).

Animals who lost this receptor on dopaminergic neurons, where the two receptors walk hand-in-hand, were a bit melancholy and easily startled Ana Luiza Terzain told us.

You might know someone like this, perhaps whose brain has been toyed with using modern pharmaceuticals. Maybe they need a eCBss tune-up?

On the other hand, the eCBss may be in orbit, as in schizophrenia, requiring a decrease in the eCBss cellular component.

The curious thing about Cannabis, the plant, is that it is considered to be an adaptogen.

So depending on ‘things,’ something that is agonism in one biochemical system may be antagonism in another (sort of like one man’s poison is another man’smedicine).

Apparently just the right amount of eCB ‘tone’ may lead you to be playful.

Maybe it was that a lack of playfulness led to enhanced CB1 receptor in the thalamus (which does, well lots of ‘things’… such as telling you where you are in space, what you feel, where your consciousness is)?

Damage to this part of the brain can lead to coma, which reminds me of a number of precious old people I saw recently who have been reduced this way by means of hyper-pharmaceutical-ization (Israel has a better model for this, however).

The thalamus really is a relay station, particularly for sensation on the gross and fine levels. Hypersensitivity in this part of the brain may lead to the experience of a lot of physical/visceral pain, at least in the human model of this rat borderline personality disorder.

To sum it up, if one ascribes to the hypothesis of the triune brain,  the thalamus is parcel of a very old division of the central nervous system.  It  regulates behavior that is a product of sensory input.

These components are purported to be the early structures of the limbic system associated with social and nurturing behavior, and reciprocity- just general benevolence. The eCBss has a starring role in these structures, indicating that there is a lot of tuning up to do out in the world!

Dr. Michelle Sexton is a Naturopathic Doctor based in Washington and is doing groundbreaking cannabinoid research through her lab, Phytalytics.org

White House Send Us Your Petitions


The White House on Thursday announced a new way it will keep in touch with public concerns — by promising to consider online petitions that get at least 5,000 supporters.

The idea behind “We the People” — as the program will be called — is that anyone with an idea or cause can go to the White House website and make a public pitch for support. If the idea gets 5,000 backers within 30 days, said White House spokeswoman Sandra Abrevaya, a “working group of policy officials” will respond.

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“This group will also make sure that relevant petitions are flagged for other appropriate administration officials,” she said in an email.

“Throughout our history, Americans have used petitions to unite around issues they care about” it says on the website. But will the administration give a fair shake to every single idea that reaches such a relatively low threshold of support?

NBC’s Chuck Todd asked White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer this morning if, for example, the administration would seriously consider eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency if that idea got 5,000 supporters.

Pfeiffer’s response: “If there are ideas that are ones that we fundamentally disagree with or are bad ideas and enough people come forward, we’ll respond to why we disagree with that idea and look for a way to work together on other ideas.”

Allen St. Pierre, the head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, vowed in an interview with POLITICO that he would submit a petition and said: “We can get 5,000 signatures in less than one hour. I promise you.”

Given Pfeiffer’s response to Todd, that’s a petition likely to go nowhere.

But Joe Newman, a spokesman for the Project On Government Oversight, was open to the White House initiative. “If they’re going to take it seriously and review it, it’s definitely a good thing on paper,” he said.

“Encouraging citizens’ participation is never a bad thing,” Newman added. “But part of me is very skeptical that they’ll be able to handle the number of petitions that come in and give it any sort of thorough review.”

Patrice McDermott, the director of Open The Government who in March gave President Barack Obama an anti-secrecy award, called it a “positive step” even as she said the administration should make public the petitions that don’t get enough signatures to break through.

“The other test is that range of issues,” she said. “Is it going to be only issues that are only of political benefit to the White House, or — who designs that, and how’s it going to be limited, and will it change over time?”

Republicans were immediately suspicious.

While Patrick Ruffini, a partner at the Republican-leaning digital media firm Engage, called the White House’s effort a “great move” to appear transparent, he questioned the motive.

“It’s just more people that they can communicate with,” he said of the people who will give the White House their contact information.

“The Obama campaign and the Obama White House are extremely metrics-driven in their online operation. … One thing we know works from an online perspective is petitions … particularly petitions that have a shot at getting in front of the president.”

“It’s the government equivalent of, ‘you may win an iPad,’” he added.

The Republican National Committee was even more skeptical. “The president is clearly in campaign mode from his fundraisers to his campaign bus tour and now more campaign tactics coming out from the official White House,” RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said in a statement. “This shouldn’t come as any surprise to Americans who have come to see him as the ultimate campaigner-in-chief.”

Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012′ Filed

2012 promises not one but a flurry of legalization initiatives in battleground states Colorado, California and perhaps Washington.

Today, East Bay physician Dr. Frank Lucido, Mendocino activist Pebbles Trippett, as well as attorneys Joe Rogoway, Omar Figueroa, and William Panzer announce a second California pot initiative, following ‘Regulate Marijuana Like Wine‘.

The Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 would allow adults to legally possess up to three pounds of pot and grow a ten-by-ten-foot garden. It puts the California Department of Public Health in charge of administering the commercial side. The text of the initiative now heads to the State Attorney General’s office for a title and summary.

The groups says some online surveys point to support for change. However, legalization measure Prop 19 lost in 2010 with 46 percent of the vote. Rogoway and Figueroa were involved in a separate 2010 legalization initiative that failed to gather enough signatures to be placed on the ballot. But this year’s measure comes with the imprimatur of Panzer, an attorney who co-authored California’s landmark medical marijuana initiative, Prop 215, in 1996.

The folks behind the act have a fundraiser planned for October 1. And aFacebook page. Learn more.

The full text of the proposed initiative is available after the jump.


Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012

This initiative measure is submitted to the People of the State of California in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution.

This initiative measure adds Chapter 6.7, entitled “Repeal of Cannabis Prohibition,” to Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code.

SECTION 1. Sections 11420, 11421, 11422, 11423, 11424, 11425, 11426, 11427, and 11428 are added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

11420(a). This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012.

(b)(1) The People of the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 are as follows:

(A) To ensure that adults have the right to obtain and use cannabis.

(B) To ensure that adults who participate in cannabis related activities are not subject to criminal arrest, prosecution, or sanction.

(C) To make cannabis available for scientific, medical, industrial, and research purposes.

(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede legislation prohibiting persons from driving impaired, nor to condone the diversion of cannabis to minors.

(c) “Cannabis” means “marijuana” as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11018 and “concentrated cannabis” as defined in Section 11006.5.

11421(a). The following statutes are hereby repealed from the Health and Safety Code: Section 11054(d)(13), Section 11054(d)(20), Section 11357, Section 11358, Section 11359, Section 11360, and Section 11361. Section 23222(b) of the California Vehicle Code is hereby repealed. Cannabis related activities are hereby removed from the prohibitions contained within Health and Safety Code Sections 11364.7, 11365, 11366, 11366.5, 11379.6 and 11570.

(b). The repeal of Health and Safety Code section 11360, as related to sales only, will be effectuated within 180 days of passage of the Act in order to allow the California Department of Public Health the opportunity to enact commercial cannabis regulations.

11422. It shall not be a crime or public offense for an adult to use, possess, share, cultivate, transport, process, distribute, sell or otherwise engage in cannabis related activities.

11423(a). The California Department of Public Health shall oversee the regulatory system for the commercial cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing, transportation, distribution, and sales of cannabis. This shall include promulgation of regulations to control, license, permit, or otherwise authorize the commercial cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing, transportation, distribution and sales of cannabis. These regulations shall include appropriate controls on the licensed premises for commercial cultivation, sales and on-premises consumption of cannabis including limits on zoning and land use, locations, size, hours of operation, occupancy, protection of adjoining and nearby properties, and other environmental and public health controls. These regulations may not include bans of the conduct permitted by this Act.

(b) Any regulations created by the California Department of Public Health may not impede on the individual rights set forth in this Act. Any taxes, regulations, fines and fees imposed pursuant to this section shall not be imposed on personal amounts of cannabis below 3 pounds of processed cannabis and 100 sq. ft. of cannabis plant canopy provided that the processed cannabis was not sold or purchased pursuant to subdivision (a).

(c) The California Department of Public Health may regulate the smoking of cannabis in public and where minors are present.

11424. This Act, and all state implementations of this Act, shall preempt enactments of local jurisdictions with the exception that local jurisdictions may enhance the rights and protections of persons involved in cannabis related activities beyond what is delineated by the state or this Act.

11425. This Act shall not adversely affect the individual and group medical rights and protections afforded by California Health and Safety Code §11362.5 through §11362.83.

11426. Cannabis related conduct that contributes to the delinquency of a minor shall remain punishable by Penal Code section 272. Driving while impaired by cannabis shall remain punishable by Vehicle Code Sections 23103, 23152(a) and 23153. Impairment occurs when a person’s mental or physical abilities are so impaired that he or she is no longer able to drive a vehicle with the caution of a sober person, using ordinary care, under similar circumstances.

11427. If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.

11428. The provisions of this Act shall become effective November 7, 2012.