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Once you have the product, you administer it yourself. How often you use it depends on its form and your symptoms. Your symptom relief and side effects also will vary. You may notice the marijuana taking effect in 30 minutes or hours. The extent and timing of its effects may be harder to control with the pill form than with smoking. Some medical marijuana is formulated to provide symptom relief without the intoxicating, mood-altering effects associated with recreational use of marijuana.
Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have adopted some form of the Right to Try Act for terminal patients, which provides for early access to investigational treatments, including possibly marijuana.
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Medical marijuana Despite a federal ban, many states allow use of medical marijuana to treat pain, nausea and other symptoms. Certification and use at Mayo Clinic Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have adopted some form of the Right to Try Act for terminal patients, which provides for early access to investigational treatments, including possibly marijuana. Arizona In Arizona, medical marijuana is legal as plant material to smoke.
Florida Florida law permits qualified physicians to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with certain conditions. Iowa Iowa allows people to be registered in a medical marijuana program by a physician licensed in Iowa. Minnesota In Minnesota, medical cannabis is available as pills, oils and liquids at state-designated dispensaries.
Wisconsin In Wisconsin, marijuana for medical use is not legal. Moreover, there is evidence that cannabis can bring real medical benefits, for example in alleviating chronic pain.
But there is also known to be a link between cannabis and paranoid thoughts. That is understandable given that we are all constantly compelled to interpret social situations, weighing up the attitudes and intentions of the people we meet.
Because it is impossible to know for sure what other people are thinking, there is ample scope for our anxiety to get the better of us. Like most psychological experiences, there is a spectrum of paranoia within the population: Cannabis users are more likely to be at the problematic end of that spectrum.
For instance, our study of the population of England found that the belief that people are deliberately trying to harm you is three times as common among cannabis users as it is among non-users. The belief that people are trying to cause you serious injury or harm is five times as common among cannabis users. However, what we see here is an association between cannabis and paranoia.
Maybe people suffering from paranoia are more likely to start taking cannabis; or perhaps the drug use and the suspicious thoughts are independent consequences of another factor entirely.
This question of the tangled interrelationship of paranoia and cannabis use was at the heart of a study we conducted with colleagues from the University of Oxford, the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, and the University of Manchester, published on Wednesday in Schizophrenia Bulletin. Why did we focus on paranoia rather than mental health in general? The DSE phenomenon in the cerebellum is also linked to mGlu receptors. This may play an important role in the control of neural circuits, particularly in cerebellum and hippocampus see below.
Exogenously administered THC or other cannabinoids cannot mimic the physiological effects of locally released endocannabinoids. One of the earliest reports of the effects of cannabis extracts in experimental animals described the awkward swaying and rolling gait caused by the drug in dogs, with periods of intense activity provoked by tactile or auditory stimuli, and followed eventually by catalepsy and sleep Dixon, In rodents cannabinoids tend to have a triphasic effect.
Thus in rats low doses of THC 0. Groups of mice are sedated by the drug, but will jump in response to auditory or tactile stimuli, as they fall into other animals these in turn jump, resembling corn popping in a popcorn machine. Interestingly, the CB 1 receptor antagonist rimonabant stimulated locomotor activity in mice, suggesting that there is tonic activity in the endocannabinoid system that contributes to the control of spontaneous levels of activity Compton et al.
These effects of cannabinoids may be due, in part, to actions at cerebellar or striatal receptors. Patel and Hillard used tests of specific cerebellar functions to show that cannabinoids caused increased gait width and the number of slips on a bar cross test. DeSanty and Dar observed rotorod impairments in mice after direct injection of synthetic cannabinoids into the cerebellum. These defects were no longer seen in animals pretreated with cerebellar injections of an antisense olgonucleotide directed to a sequence in the CB 1 receptor.
In human subjects it is also possible to demonstrate that cannabis causes impaired performance in test of balance Greenberg et al. Human cannabis users may also seek isolation and remain immobile for long periods. CB 1 receptors are also abundant on the terminals of glutamatergic projection neurons from the subthalamic nucleus to globus pallidus, entopeduncular nucleus and substantia nigra reticulata.
Exogenous cannabinoids also lead to decreased GABA release in substantia nigra, which could lead to a disinhibition of the inhibitory nigral input to the thalamocortical pathway, resulting in inhibition of movement. To what extent the effects of cannabinoids on motor function are due to actions in the cerebellum remains unclear, although as described above it is likely that effects on posture and balance are mediated in this brain region.
As described previously, CB 1 receptors are known to occur abundantly on nearly all of the principal excitatory glutamatergic and inhibitory GABAergic inputs to cerebellar Purkinje cells.
The results of eliminating the expression of CB 1 receptors in knockout mice have yielded conflicting results. The knockout animals studied by Zimmer et al. However, the CB 1 knockout animals studied by Ledent et al. This is in line also with the observations of Compton et al.
The reasons for the discrepant findings in different strains of CB 1 knockout mice are unknown. Clearly, there is as yet only a poor understanding of the actions of cannabinoids in the basal ganglia and cerebellum.
Interactions with other chemical signalling systems in the brain are likely to be important. Such complexities are likely to prove the norm. There is anecdotal evidence that cannabis can relieve muscle pain and spasticity in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis Consroe et al. Experimental data obtained by Baker et al.
Mice immunized with myelin antigens develop spasticity and tremor. Both symptoms were ameliorated by administration of cannabinoids, and the symptoms were exacerbated by rimonabant, suggesting the involvement of CB 1 receptors and tonic activity in the endocannabinoid system. The effects of both cannabinoids Lichtman and Martin, and anandamide Mallet and Beninger, were reversed by rimonabant, indicating that they are mediated by the CB 1 receptor.
A probable site for these effects is the hippocampus. In each case the animals were unable to segregate information between trials in the task because of disruptions to the processing of sensory information in hippocampal circuits.
CB 1 receptors are expressed at high densities in the hippocampus. The terminals of these cells surround large pyramidal neuron somata in the CA1—CA4 fields. In addition CB 1 receptors are expressed, at a lower level, in the glutamatergic pyramidal cells and their terminals. Cannabinoids can thus inhibit both the release of GABA and glutamate in hippocampal circuits. The mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity have been studied more intensely in the hippocampus than in any other brain region.
The administration of exogenous cannabinoids is, of course, wholly unphysiological and cannot mimic the effects of endocabinnoids that are released in discrete local regions in response to particular patterns of afferent inputs. CB 1 receptors are capable of regulating both inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitter release in the hippocampus and are thus capable of subtle control of synaptic plasticity.
One approach to answering the question of what role the tonic release of endocannabinoids may play in hippocampal function has been to examine the effects of CB 1 receptor knockout or of selective CB 1 receptor antagonists. Un fortunately, these studies have so far yielded conflicting results.
Like other intoxicant drugs cannabis causes profound changes in a variety of higher brain functions. The literature on the acute effects of the drug in human subjects is large, and can only be summarized here for reviews see Jones, ; Solowij, ; Iversen, ; Earleywine, The distribution of CB 1 receptors in the neocortex has been described in detail Herkenham et al.
As in the hippocampus, the majority of cortical interneurons expressing high levels of CB 1 receptor are GABAergic cells, which also express cholecystokinin Marsicano and Lutz, Despite the obvious importance of the abundant CB 1 receptors in the neocortex there have so far been few electrophysiological studies of their effects on neural activity.
The earlier literature, however, contains several reports of the effects of acute and chronic cannabis use on EEG activity, both in man and animals reviewed by Adams and Martin, ; Solowij, In contrast, the CB 1 antagonist rimonabant was shown to induce EEG changes characteristic of arousal in rats, and increased the time spent in wakefulness as opposed to sleep Santucci et al.
Studies of the effects of cannabis on perceptual abilities have yielded a variety of often conflicting results. While users often report a subjective enhancement of visual and auditory perception, sometimes with synesthesia sounds take on visual colourful qualities , laboratory studies have usually not shown marked changes in visual or auditory perception. One subjective effect that has been confirmed is the sensation that cannabis users experience time as passing more quickly relative to real time.
In laboratory tests subjects overestimate the amount of elapsed time when asked to estimate, or produce shorter than required intervals when asked to signal a period of elapsed time Hicks et al. This curious effect can also be seen in rats trained to respond for food reward using a fixed interval schedule.
When treated with THC or WIN55, the animals shortened their response interval, whereas the antagonist rimonabant lengthened this interval Han and Robinson, There have been many studies of the acute and chronic effects of cannabis on human cognitive function Jones, ; Solowij, ; Earleywine, Performance on a variety of tests of cognitive function is impaired by the drug, but by comparison with alcohol the effects of cannabis are subtle.
Whereas even moderate doses of alcohol, for example, impair reaction time, most studies with cannabis have failed to show consistent effects on measures of simple reaction time.
Among the impairments of cognitive function that have been observed in many, but not all, human studies are: On the other hand, intoxicated subjects can perform simple arithmetic, learn simple lists of words and recall memories laid down earlier. Other studies have addressed the question of whether more severe deficits in cognitive function might develop in chronic heavy users of cannabis, or in animals treated for prolonged periods with the drug.
The human studies are fraught with difficulties, as described in detail by Earleywine Statistical analysis of such data has often been poor, common errors being the use of so many different tests that the likelihood of finding some significant differences is increased, or the use of inadequate sample sizes.
Other drug use can also confound the data. Results have been very variable. Many studies have suffered from poor design. It is not sufficient to identify a group of cannabis users and simply to test them after stopping cannabis use.
At days 0, 1 and 7 the heavy users scored significantly below control subjects on a battery of neuropsychological tests, particularly in recall of word lists. However, by day 28 there were virtually no differences between the groups on any of the test results, and no significant association between cumulative lifetime cannabis use and test scores.
Solowij recruited a group of people who had used cannabis regularly for at least 5 years but who had stopped on average 2 years before the experiment. The subjects were given a very difficult task. They had to listen to a series of tones, some in the right ear some in the left; the tones were long or short but differing by only 51 ms and high or low pitch but differing very little. Participants had to press a button as fast as possible in response to longer tones of a specified pitch in the correct ear.
Previous research using this paradigm showed that current regular cannabis users had difficulty in discriminating between the tones.
Many subjective reports suggest that cannabis intoxication is associated with an increased appetite, particularly for sweet foods, even in subjects who were previously satiated. This effect can be confirmed under laboratory conditions Hollister, ; Mattes et al. The endocannabinoid anandamide also stimulates food intake in rats, and the effect is blocked by rimonabant Williams and Kirkham, These results suggest that cannabinoids may play a role in the regulation of food intake and body weight Mechoulam and Fride, At some stages during development these effects of endocannabinoids may be of critical importance.
The ability of THC and the synthetic cannabinoid nabilone to control the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy is one of the few well documented medical applications for these drugs for reviews of the controlled clinical trials see Vincent et al.
THC dronabinol and nabilone were approved for medical use in the USA, although neither drug has found much utility. Endogenous cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors exist at various levels in the pain pathways, from peripheral sensory nerve endings to spinal cord and supraspinal centres, in a system that is parallel to but distinct from that involving endorphins and opiate receptors. Behavioural studies have shown that cannabinoids reduce thermal and mechanical allodynia in rat models of neuropathic pain Herzberg et al.
Furthermore, noxious stimulation evoked an increased release of anandamide in the periaqueductal grey region of brainstem, a key site for modulating nociceptive information Walker et al. Thus, although Di Marzo et al. Alternatively, it has been proposed that the effects of anandamide might be mediated through its ability to bind to the vanilloid VR1 receptor, which is present in primary afferent neurons and known to play an important role in nociceptive responses Di Marzo et al.
To complicate matters further, Zimmer et al. The reasons for the discrepant results obtained with different strains of CB 1 receptor knockout mice are unknown.
There is evidence for an interaction between cannabinoid and opioid mechanisms. In tests of acute pain Fuentes et al.
This potentiation could be blocked by either rimonabant or by naloxone, indicating that both CB 1 and opiate receptors were involved Fuentes et al.
An electrophysiological analysis of the effects of cannabinoids on single cell firing patterns in RVM revealed that the effects of cannabinoids were similar to those elicited by morphine. The authors concluded that cannabinoids may produce analgesia through activation of a brainstem circuit that is also required for opiate analgesia, although the two mechanisms are pharmacologically distinct.
Basic research into the role of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids in pain mechanisms is progressing rapidly. Clinical progress, however, has been slow. The experience is highly variable, depending on the dose of drug, the environment and the experience and expectations of the drug user. The user feels relaxed and calm, in a dreamlike state disconnected from real world. The intoxicated subject often has difficulty in carrying on a coherent conversation, and may drift into daydreams and fantasies.
Drowsiness and sleep may eventually ensue. The feelings of heightened perception, increased appetite and distortion of the sense of time have already been referred to. A survey of young British cannabis users Atha and Blanchard, reported that the most common positive benefits reported were relaxation and relief from stress The intoxicant effects are clearly mediated via CB 1 receptors.
The CB 1 antagonist blocked the acute psychological effects of the active cigarettes. Interestingly rimonabant itself when given alone with placebo cigarette produced no significant psychological effects. Self ratings of cannabis intoxication correlated most markedly with increased blood flow in the right frontal region. Endocannabinoids and CB 1 receptors are present in many regions of the limbic forebrain.
For example, Katona et al. Electrophysiological experiments showed that cannabinoids modulated GABAergic synaptic transmission. The authors suggested that such effects might underlie some of the actions of cannabinoids on emotional behaviour. Other experiments have revealed that, in common with other euphoriant drugs, THC selectively activates dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area.
In an electrophysiological study French et al. Many animal studies have shown that tolerance develops to most of the behavioural and physiological effects of THC for review see Pertwee, The earlier clinical literature suggested that tolerance also occurs after repeated administration of THC in man, although many of these studies were poorly controlled for reviews see Jones, , ; Hollister, But for many years cannabis was not considered to be a drug of addiction.
Attitudes have changed markedly in recent years. In the USA, Anthony et al. More carefully controlled studies have also shown that a reliable and clinically significant withdrawal syndrome does occur in human cannabis users when the drug is withdrawn. The symptoms include craving for cannabis, decreased appetite, sleep difficulty and weight loss, and may sometimes be accompanied by anger, aggression, increased irritability, restlessness and strange dreams Budney et al.
The existence of dependence on cannabinoids in animals is also much more clearly observable because of the availability of CB 1 receptor antagonist drugs that can be used to precipitate withdrawal.
Thus, Aceto et al. The syndrome included scratching, face rubbing, licking, wet dog shakes, arched back and ptosis—many of the same signs are seen in rats undergoing opiate withdrawal. An electrophysiological study showed that precipitated withdrawal was also associated with reduced firing of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area of rat brain Diana et al. These data indicate clearly that chronic administration of cannabinoids leads to adaptive changes in the brain, some of which are similar to those seen with other drugs of dependence.
The ability of THC to cause a selective release of dopamine from the nucleus accumbens Tanda et al. THC is difficult to administer intravenously and these authors succeeded perhaps in part because they succeeded in delivering the drug intravenously in doses comparable to those to which human cannabis users are exposed.
The potent synthetic cannabinoids are far more water soluble than THC, which makes intravenous administration easier. Another way of demonstrating the rewarding effects of drugs in animals is the conditioned place preference paradigm, in which an animal learns to approach an environment in which it had previously received a rewarding stimulus.
A number of studies have suggested that there may be links between the development of dependence to cannabinoids and to opiates Manzanares et al. Rats treated chronically with the cannabinoid WIN55, became sensitized to the behavioural effects of heroin Pontieri et al.
Such interactions can also be demonstrated acutely. A synergy between cannabinoids and opiate analgesics has already been described above.
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