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Marijuana Like Substance Helps To Keep Our Bones Strong
January 5, 2006 12:51 PM   Subscribe

Substances produced in the body that act like those found in the cannabis plant help preserve bone density, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Why do they have to get rid of the psychoactive side effects similar to pot?
posted by sultan (29 comments total)

 
Why do they have to get rid of the psychoactive side effects similar to pot?

Because, shockingly, some people don't want to go around stoned all the time.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:53 PM on January 5, 2006


a project directed at clarifying the connection between the brain, behavior and changes in skeletal structure

Now tell me they weren't high when they thought of that.
posted by geoff. at 12:58 PM on January 5, 2006


Because, shockingly, some people don't want to go around stoned all the time
posted by Pollomacho at 3:53 PM EST on January 5 [!]


Well, not everybody... ;-) ,but since no drugs based on these findings have been developed, tested, and approved for use on humans, for now your only option is to go with nature's recipe rather than Big Pharma's.
posted by krash2fast at 1:01 PM on January 5, 2006


Because, shockingly, some people don't want to go around stoned all the time
posted by Pollomacho at 3:53 PM EST on January 5 [!]


Well, not everybody... ;-) ,but since no drugs based on these findings have been developed, tested, and approved for use on humans, for now your only option is to go with nature's recipe rather than Big Pharma's.

so senior citizens... smoke em if you got em!
posted by krash2fast at 1:01 PM on January 5, 2006


So, if I regularly smoke a fat one, and then drink a big glass of milk with my chocolate chip cookies, my bones will be really, really dense?
posted by stinkycheese at 1:06 PM on January 5, 2006


dudes, my bones are so dense right now.
posted by Mach5 at 1:11 PM on January 5, 2006


When can we drop the ridiculous "no medical benefit" pretense and just fucking legalize pot?
posted by wakko at 1:12 PM on January 5, 2006


So, what you're saying is, I can smoke my own marrow?
posted by SweetJesus at 1:14 PM on January 5, 2006


dudes, my bones are so dense right now.


HAH!
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:19 PM on January 5, 2006


Kinda gives a whole new meaning th the phrase "smokin' a bone," dunnit?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 1:20 PM on January 5, 2006


to

(hold it ... hold it ... whew!)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 1:21 PM on January 5, 2006


Why do they have to get rid of the psychoactive side effects similar to pot?

Because....you....must....get...high....from....shopping....only.
posted by telstar at 1:24 PM on January 5, 2006


Reading more led me to wikipedia's page on Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Who would have guessed it was bankrolled by major pharmaceutical companies, tobacco and alcohol industries. Don't smoke or eat a plant; take this pill! Take as many pills as you want! Prescription abuse is not nearly as bad as cannabis. /derail
posted by adzm at 1:30 PM on January 5, 2006


Telstar, I had a dream where credit cards were linked to some sort of neural electrode, releasing a sense of satisfaction and pleasure proportionate to the amount charged. Don't even think about what happens if you space out on the monthly payment...
posted by adzm at 1:33 PM on January 5, 2006


Besides, who smokes pot anymore?
posted by wakko at 1:42 PM on January 5, 2006


In the interest of some serious discussion, THC (main psychoactive in cannabis) affects the CB1 receptor, while the CB2 receptor has the marrow effects (it is well known to affect T cells in the immune system). However, Cannabidiol (CBD) is another prevalent chemical in cannabis, which is more active on CB2 than CB1. By itself, CBD does not seem to have much psychoactive effect, and indeed seems to interfere with the effects of THC (over-mature plants are high in CBD, which makes it less potent and more sleepy. Also, the male hemp plant has very high CBD amounts with very little THC).

The third prevalent chemical in Cannabinol (CBN) which is primarily a CB1 agonist, non-psychoactive, and its physiological function is understudied and basically a mystery.

The intoxicating effect of marijuna comes primarily from the CB1 receptor, but it is actually a cocktail of chemicals, which is why potency does not cleanly correlate with THC concentration.
posted by adzm at 1:44 PM on January 5, 2006


That was a very informative and useful post.

Meanwhile, I've never smoked pot and never had an interest -- yet, if there's a medical benefit, I'd happily start (if 'twere legal).
posted by davejay at 2:34 PM on January 5, 2006


Referring to the usefulness of adzm's comment, that is
posted by davejay at 2:35 PM on January 5, 2006


if 'twere legal

Californee is the place you ougta be! (Along with 10 other states and a few non-US places.)
posted by telstar at 2:42 PM on January 5, 2006


what crap that they can remove the coolest side effects of cannibis yet every other medication you take comes with a laundry list of evil side effects that they supposedly can't get rid of...
posted by troybob at 3:09 PM on January 5, 2006


I just got high and now I've got a bone.
posted by Astro Zombie at 3:55 PM on January 5, 2006


wakko, 539 bucks for a glorified hair dryer???!
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:24 PM on January 5, 2006


And worth every penny. Though I prefer my SSV.
posted by Jawn at 5:39 PM on January 5, 2006


And worth every penny.

Vaporisers better than bongs and pipes? Yes.

$539 of hardware and R&D gone into that thing? Come come.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 6:01 PM on January 5, 2006


"Californee is the place you ougta be! (Along with 10 other states and a few non-US places.)"

Vancouver, Canada is the place to be for that. I can literally go into a cafe downtown any time after 4:20 and light up a joint, smoke it, and even order food while I'm high. If you buy something, it also gains you access to the hotbox, where there's always a good amount of people, just getting high and enjoying themselves.

Back onto the medical benefits, listen to the NORML Podcast and you'll hear weekly news on medical developments and legal issues surrounding it. I'm a supporting member of the Canadian version of their organization.
posted by monofonik at 6:31 PM on January 5, 2006


Fuck. Canada here I come.
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:45 PM on January 5, 2006


just this week rhode island became the 11th state to legalize pot for medicinal purposes.
posted by brandz at 7:46 PM on January 5, 2006


How easy is it to get pot in a medicinal marijuana state? Is it as easy as having a headache, getting a doctor to write you a script and going to a shop to buy weed?
posted by geoff. at 9:41 PM on January 5, 2006


geoff, I'm not sure how it is in other states, but in Oregon the program is limited to: Cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, Alzheimers or treatment for a medical condition that produces severe pain, severe nausea seizures or persisant MS like muscle spasms.
look here for more info
posted by Dr. Twist at 9:35 AM on January 6, 2006


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