New York, NY: Cocaine dependent patients are more likely to complete drug treatment if they use cannabis intermittently, according to clinical trial data to be published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Investigators at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University assessed the effects of marijuana smoking on treatment retention in a clinical trial of 90 subjects enrolled in a 14-week outpatient program for cocaine dependence and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Researchers reported that those volunteers who used moderate amounts of cannabis during treatment were more likely to complete the program than were abstainers and/or subjects who used pot chronically.
“At week 14, retention rates were 24 percent among abstainers, 57 percent among intermittent/moderate users, and 39 percent among heavy/consistent users,” investigators found. They noted that similar results also have been reported among subjects seeking treatment for opiate dependence.
Cannabis use also was associated with higher rates of abstinence among cocaine users. Among those subjects in the study who reported using pot intermittently, 39 percent achieved two or more weeks of abstinence from cocaine, compared to only 26 percent of subjects who reported not using cannabis during treatment.
The study is the first to assess the use of cannabis on treatment outcomes in patients diagnosed with cocaine dependence, investigators said.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, “Concurrent cannabis use during treatment for comorbid ADHD and cocaine dependence: Effects on outcome,” will appear in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
We don’t trouble your banana, and bee honey is very fine. It’s something I add to sweeten my bread, and I prefer it in tea.
What I’m saying is, sugar is a drug, a very powerful drug. It stimulates the production of insulin, or in those who are deficient causes a sugar imbalance that can be dangerous. Sugar can kill you.
It’s really the only question that has to be asked about your religious belief, not whether you believe in God (and what you think that means), not what names or ways of expressing yourself that you might have, not your adherence to rules that you may or may not even understand.
But seriously, are you humanitarian? Have you ever been humanitarian?
Watertiger finds something to offend the rest of my audience.
I’m not offended, however. So please don’t feel you should be.
Does he know that mulching is a process of inbred fertilization which employs certain decomposed organic materials — including, but not limited to animal sediment — to blanket an area in which vegetation is desired? The procedure enriches the soil for stimulated plant development while, at the same time, preventing erosion and decreasing the evaporation of moisture from the ground.
Remember the Peace Wreath that Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco made?
Shakes Sis tells us this morning that the town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado will now build its own and will have it finished by Tuesday and installed on a bell tower in the center of town.
Dennis Prager was nominated by The Heretik for the not-so-coveted All-American Dumbass du Jour award.
Dennis is or pretends to be unaware that the Constitution, Article VI, provides,
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
For seven weeks, in the seventh year of the new millennium, the Congress will sit in session, without break, to put both houses in order.
This will be an historical Congress, whether they succeed or fail, and I wish them every success, and a well deserved rest every seven days.
Read Oreo’s diary for the story.
Hat-tip to Athenae.
Since everyone seems to be doing it in blogtopia (y!sctp!), here’s my projection for the 2008 match-up:
John Edwards / Barack Obama
John McCain / Joe Lieberman
Vanity “Independent” Party
Consider this an open thread.
Impeachment is about getting to a formal charge of high crimes and misdemeanors, it does not need to be named to be the process which a Congressional inquiry is likely to lead to.
“I will give to eat from the tree of life.”
At this point, his “stay the course” plan is to play a game of Russian Roulette until discharge is accomplished.
Does this seem like an unserious question? A man who has lost all credibility and respect in the world, and refuses to admit defeat, has little else to consider.
Will the secret service protect him from himself?
Karma does not end.
Update: Oh go see Echidne and watch the video.
Wine is the Jewish sacrament, and cannabis is the Christian sacrament, this is the difference that existed between them when the change happened 2,006 years ago.
Once for all, we are here now and there is no time like the present.
Happy Christmas, everyone.
A Colorado subdivision banned this wreath sign for being “divisive” or possibly even “Satanic” (??!). Or rather, one Bob Kearns, who claims to be president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs banned it. First he ordered the committee to require Lisa Jensen to remove the wreath from the outside of her home. They declined. Then he purported to fire all five committee members. Lisa Jensen was herself a past association president.
Mrs. Whig says, “Give wreath a chance.”
Update: Speaking of signs of the times…
Update 2: I’ve posted a better picture of the peace wreath.
Update 3: Pagosa Springs declares Peace.
Brett Stone, who runs DaBronx News (now on our blogroll), is a medical marijuana patient in southern California. As a fundraiser to help the collective, he will roll a 112 gram joint on New Year’s Day: that’s about three feet in length. You have to understand that medical marijuana is legal in California — even if the federal government disagrees — even if it were possible to imagine that the American people would allow their mothers and fathers to be locked in prison for using the only thing that treats their pain and dementia. We won’t tolerate that any more and the rest of the country agrees with us when they understand how they have been deceived. Cannabis is food and medicine, it is benign.
Always judge the tree by its fruit. We have been lied to. You see with your own eyes whether cannabis helps, and you see whether it harms, but no harms can be found. You might not like it, but that’s hardly different from me not liking broccoli. Quite literally, they are both healthy vegetables. Eat your spinach.
Hat-tip to FoM.
Those who answer to the executive branch of government should take heed that they are not immune for following orders, even if those orders are cloaked in pretended legality, if you know that they go against your conscience. You must not torture if you do not want to be tortured by your conscience when you understand what you have done to yourself.
Those who are held in illegal detention (having been deprived of due process and subjected to cruel and unusual punishments in the absence of trial or conviction) should be well-treated, for you will be begging their forgiveness.
As the wheels of justice turn exceedingly slowly, still they turn, and they will make right what has been made wrong.
Do you call them terrorists, and think they are not entitled to be treated as human beings? They are removed from the field of battle, if they were ever upon it, and there is nothing to be gained by such a policy. That they could be prisoners of war is not in question, but the administration refuses to so designate them.
Those who commit war crimes should be charged and tried as such, and treated with every humane courtesy as befits one who is innocent before proven guilty. This is your constitution, these are your laws, and your conventions. By the same standards you proclaim will you be held.
So this is my first experiment to embed straight audio: my friend Terry Hubbard and FAM performing their song, A Matter of Design.
to Allison’s Wonderland. Allison Margolin is a criminal attorney in Los Angeles, and bills herself as “LA’s dopest attorney.”
Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton defined the first two American political parties. Democratic-Republicans and Federalists were their respective allies. Since that time there have remained two “major parties” which, roughly speaking, take up these old positions to a greater or lesser extent and with more or less criminality.
Although the Democratic-Republicans have divided in two, the party has never been discredited to the degree that it has had to be replaced. The Federalists, representing always the more conservative of the split, were replaced many times. Most recently, Abraham Lincoln replaced the Whig party with the currently named Republican party.
I’m not that kind of Whig, anyhow.