Marijuana master grower Jay Price's mission to help MS patients

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Of all the conditions that bring patients to The Clinic Medical Marijuana Centers, one is especially important to master grower Jay Price: multiple sclerosis. He knows which strains help the muscle pains and which strains help the eye spasms or the depression that often comes from battling the incurable disease. But helping a handful of patients find the right strain to ease their symptoms can only do so much, which is why for the last four years, the Clinic has been committed to fundraising for the national MS Society, quickly becoming one of the top donors in the region.

For Price, helping people with MS started as a personal mission -- though at first he didn't realize it, and then he wasn't sure he wanted it. When he was just seven, his father was diagnosed with a progressive form of MS, meaning his physical and mental deterioration would continue to worsen. Back then, medications and treatments for MS were in their infancy, Price says. By the time there were drugs available to halt the progression, his father was too far along to want the treatments. "He didn't want to pause it there," Price remembers. "He wanted it to run its course and be done with it."

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Master grower Jay Price with The Clinic general manager Ryan Cook.
By the time his father died, he could no longer remember his son; Price was just fourteen. For a long time, he didn't want to think about the disease or the painful memories that accompanied it. Even seeing Richard Pryor on TV suffering from the early tremors and speech issues was too much for Price. For years, he shut out the disease.

And then MS crept back into his life through another door. His girlfriend (now wife) had led a personal MS Walk team before the two met; she solicited Price's help to raise money for her team. He did that for a few years, growing increasingly more comfortable with MS, as well as more knowledgeable. Then came the medical-cannabis side of things, which not only led Price, a caregiver at one time, to his gig as the lead grower for the Clinic's five-dispensary operation, but also to dealing directly with MS patients seeking relief from cannabis. Patients would come to him with stories about the relief they had found from certain strains, Price says, and he would take notes.

One of the most important lessons he learned is that multiple sclerosis is a tricky disease and doesn't always present the same way. "There is no cover-all where you can say, 'I have MS' and we give you this strain. There are many different ways that the disease can present in a person, so there are many different ways to treat it. One person's experience with MS and what they are going through is totally different from someone else's," he notes.

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Luca Brasi.
But he did notice that a few things seemed to provide universal relief, he says -- notably strains high in cannabidiol, or CBD. That led to a breeding program of sorts. For example, the Clinic has a Pre-'98 Bubba Kush plant that tested out at 15.33 percent CBD and 10.64 percent THC when it won the 2011 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Denver; it's posted similar results ever since. Price bred that Pre-'98 Bubba with a number of different strains, including Corleone OG, to produce strains high in CBD, but with other interesting characteristics. The Luca Brasi, for example, regularly tests between 8 percent and 12 percent CBD, with slightly higher levels of THC. And in general, that is the range MS patients should look for.

"One of the most common things they are going to experience is neuropathic pain, which is basically that for no reason, something hurts," Price says. "For that, obviously, high-CBD strains work. But for more specific symptoms, like optic neuritis -- which is basically a freaking-out of your eye nerves -- we've found that hazes work really well, just not the real racy sativa hazes. Stuff like Super Lemon Haze or Jack Flash or something indica to bring it back more to that fifty-fifty zone."

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DonkeyHotay
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                      Mendacious Mason's Moobs Explained !!


Smoking pot could cause man boobs

Dr. Anthony Youn 

 A young man in his 20s -- let's call him Mason -- sits across from me in the exam room.

"Dr. Youn," he says, "I have man boobs."

I notice a not-so-unfamiliar smell wafting from his body. It's the same odor that floated my way during a rock concert I recently attended.

"How long have you had a problem with this, Mason?"

"Hard to say. But it seems to have gotten worse over the past year or so."

"Mason, the first thing you need to do is stop smoking pot. Marijuana could be causing your man boobs."


Gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs (or moobs for short), is a condition that affects approximately 33% to 41% of men between the ages of 25 and 45. 

It's even more common during puberty, affecting 60% of 14-year-old boys. Interestingly, it also affects 55% to 60% of men aged 50 and older.

Although most cases of gynecomastia resolve spontaneously within a few months to a few years, in 2012 nearly 23,000 people underwent surgery to correct the condition. 

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), it was the fifth-most common cosmetic surgery in men.

Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man boobs.

Animal studies have shown that exposure to the active ingredient in marijuana can result in a decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size, and abnormalities in the form and function of sperm.

Lower testosterone levels have been reported in chronic marijuana users compared to nonusers.

A few studies have examined a direct causative effect between smoking marijuana and gynecomastia. A report in 1972 made the initial connection between cannabis and gynecomastia. 

The legalization of marijuana in some state could make it easier for researchers to determine the exact effects of cannabis use on hormone levels, gynecomastia and other bodily functions. If a true link between smoking pot and gynecomastia does exist, then we should expect to see a spike in gynecomastia treatments in those states which have legalized marijuana.

Interestingly, according to ASAPS, the number of men undergoing surgery for gynecomastia nationwide rose nearly 30% from 2011 to 2012.


                      Time for dispensaries to invest in Manssieres !!

Isis Love
Isis Love

This is what it's all about!

mattleising
mattleising

This is the kind of work I like to see come out of the MMJ industry! First the R-4 (aka Charlotte's Web)came out from Greenwerkz that's the highest CBD strain around and it does wonders for various ailments and then it got quite for a little bit and now this. Keep up the good work! Before you know it we'll be curing things we'd thought never would be cured :)

farmerken420
farmerken420

How much did the clinic pay for this article? Did they tell you they are the most expensive cannabis in town. They do have good product, but I have never seen the compassionate side of them. How about the shops that do give free product to the indigent?

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

Excellent 

... now if only they -- and other dispensaries --- would provide FREE marijuana to all MS -- or other bona-fide non-stoner patients -- in spite of regulations from the insatiable tax pigs at the DoR MMED that prohibit giving away free "medicine" ... that would truly place them in a selfless munificent light.

,

mattleising
mattleising

And I forgot about Lou Berry that was created to battle Lou Gehrig's disease but I haven't seen that strain around in a bit

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@farmerken420 "How about the shops that do give free product to the indigent?"

They'd be in violation of the greed-based regulations contrived by the MMED with the help of the MMIG pigs that PROHIBIT dispensaries from offering free marijuana to anyone -- or even from selling it below cost.

Compassion?

Medicine??

Nothing but PROFITEERING Corporate Commercialization of Cannabis ... at the expense and detriment to the truly sick, suffering and dying patients.




mattleising
mattleising

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD @..Matt.. Considering YOU keep following me from page to page and article to article I'd say you're stalking and if doesn't stop I will file charges against you. So, again, please leave me alone

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@..Matt.. ... stop reading and replying to my posts you stammering simpleton!

You've been warned!

And stop stalking me, you bigot !!


mattleising
mattleising

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD Please stop harassing me.


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As with third degree assault, harassment is typically associated with incidents alleged to involve domestic violence, such as when a spouse or significant other is accused of pushing the other.

While the prohibition against stalking is located within the same section as harassment, it is a distinct and separate felony.

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