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by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator October 29, 2011 The Obama White House has released its official response to the “We the People” online petition for marijuana legalization submitted by NORML . The petition, which garnered 74,169 signatures, was by far the most popular petition submitted. The government response (released late on a Friday to avoid news cycles, we’ll note) repeats the same tired lies and classic misdirections.
Welcome to Room 420, where your instructor is Mr. Ron Marczyk and your subjects are wellness, disease prevention, self actualization, and chillin'. By Ron Marczyk, R.N. This post is dedicated to these two great medical researchers. The fathers of homeostatic cannabinoid based medicine: The " cannabinoid homeostatic healing perspective " has quietly been gathering evidence over the last 10 years which overwhelmingly supports the need for human trials to test the use of medical marijuana as a psychiatric treatment.
Jeff Bernstein/Collegian Unlike tobacco, smoking marijuana – even when done regularly – does not damage the performance of people’s lungs, according to a recent study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association. The two-decade research, which followed 5,000 people who smoked an equivalent of one joint per day over the course of seven years, found out that despite their regular marijuana use, subjects were still able to push out a normal amount of air in one second after taking a deep breath. This means that only minimal if any pulmonary obstruction has developed, contrary to findings involving tobacco. “Recent evidence indicates that smoking marijuana, for lung cancer, is not as bad as smoking tobacco is,” said Lyle Craker, a plant sciences professor at the University of Massachusetts who has studied medical marijuana for several years now.
Look kids, your parents smoke pot! And they’re rich and successful! The Washingtonian just put their huge and awesome cover story online this afternoon on marijuana use in the DC-metro area. Spoiler alert: people around here smoke lots of pot.
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By Stephen C. Webster Friday, January 27, 2012 11:22 EDT Speaking to Raw Story recently, an active duty police officer who asked not to be named threw down the gauntlet over the part of his job he hates most: the drug war. “I did not get in law enforcement to destroy a person’s future because that person had marijuana or a pill in their pocket,” the officer explained. “Why would you want to destroy that person’s future and cause them great harm because of that?
By Eric W. Dolan Monday, January 16, 2012 19:19 EDT MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan on Monday highlighted the concerning racial disparities that existed within America’s war against illegal drugs.
Editor's Note: The views expressed in this piece are solely those of the blogger. One night when I was in my early teens I was eating dinner at a Pizza Hut with my father and I told him with absolute confidence that I would never do illegal drugs . After all, it was so obviously stupid to do drugs. Our teachers had explained very clearly that doing drugs was associated with many, many problems and had virtually no benefits. Clearly the smart thing to do was to follow Nancy Reagan's advice and "Just Say No".
Consider two small business owners: One sells a product that medical researchers have shown is a major cause of health problems, from cancer to heart disease. The other provides a medical treatment that doctors prescribe for glaucoma, pain, and the side effects of chemotherapy. Which owner can borrow from a bank and deduct expenses on income tax returns? The answer is the first, who sells cigarettes; the second, who sells medical marijuana, cannot.
Study: Why Teen Pot Smoking Could be a Good Thing (And What We Can Learn From Teens Who Choose Weed Over Beer)The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) released the results of its 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey of teen drug use, and guess what: Teens are using cigarettes and alcohol less, but they are smoking more marijuana. What's more, they're smoking more weed because they do not perceive it to be as harmful as did teens in the past. Teens' level of "associated risk" with marijuana use has gone done over time, and marijuana is, indeed, less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes: This could be an argument for more honest drug education in schools. These findings are important, as alcohol and cigarettes are more deadly and addictive than pot. The report acknowledged that decreases in associated risk may play a factor in the increases in marijuana use.
Opinions about the legality of medical marijuana usually hinge on questions about whether marijuana is a gateway drug, or whether it encourages recreational drug use. Now a controversial new paper (unpublished and not peer-reviewed, but released for discussion ), has added more smoke to the debate. According to authors D. Mark Anderson and Daniel I. Rees, the passage of medical marijuana laws in 16 states have also helped to reduce traffic deaths.
Bonn - In a truly beautiful twist of culture vs. science which few people could have envisioned, German researchers have discovered that turning off a receptor related to cannabinoids causes mouse brains to age. There’s a similar receptor in humans. The researchers at the Universities of Bonn and Mainz have found a “mechanism” whereby turning off this receptor, known as the cannabinoid-1 receptor, resulted in symptoms similar to dementia in humans. This is a new discovery, and a previously unknown function of the receptor. The receptor is also the reason for the intoxicating effect of cannabis and hash, both of which involve a compound called THC (tetrohydrocannabinol) a complex cannabinoid.
For years, doctors and counselors have tried in vain to find exact causes for bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Experts cite genetic conditions, psychological trauma, family issues, societal and cultural influences, or combinations of all of the above as possible factors. This means that treatment can be very complex. Recently, scientists have had a break-through as they discovered something that has lead them in a brand new direction.
<img src="http://timewellness.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/pot.jpg?w=307&h=200&crop=1" alt="pot" title="pot"/> The idea that “marijuana makes you dumb” has long been embodied in the stereotype of the slow, stupid stoner, seen in numerous Hollywood movies and TV comedies and going unquestioned by much of American culture.
Is Marijuana really the Wonder-Drug that could Help Millions or actually a Menace of Society? | Addicts Not AnonymousIn fact, the US DEA has the audacity to decree that marijuana has no accepted medical use. This decision by the DEA comes almost nine years after medical marijuana supporters asked the government to reclassify cannabis to take into account a growing body of research that shows its effectiveness in treating certain diseases, is clearly a self-serving act to keep their funds coming and their agents busy. Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for over 4,000 years. Manuscripts from ancient India confirm that marijuana's psychoactive properties were used by doctors for treating a variety of ailments and illnesses, including gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, insomnia and as a pain reliever during childbirth. Recently, Marijuana has even been approved by California and many other states to treat a range of illnesses, because of the continued success of treatment, studies and trials including marijuana.
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