Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal a Success Pop quiz: Which European country has the most liberal drug laws? (Hint: It's not the Netherlands.) Although its capital is notorious among stoners and college kids for marijuana haze–filled "coffee shops," Holland has never actually legalized cannabis — the Dutch simply don't enforce their laws against the shops. The correct answer is Portugal, which in 2001 became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. At the recommendation of a national commission charged with addressing Portugal's drug problem, jail time was replaced with the offer of therapy. The argument was that the fear of prison drives addicts underground and that incarceration is more expensive than treatment — so why not give drug addicts health services instead? The question is, does the new policy work? Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal's drug use numbers are impressive.
Smoking Pot Doesn't Cause Lung Cancer The largest study ever conducted on marijuana’s relevance to lung cancer has come up with some somewhat surprising results. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse funded the University of California at Los Angeles study, which found that smoking marijuana does not cause lung cancer, and it doesn’t seem to matter how much or how often it is smoked. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist at UCLA, has studied marijuana for 30 years. Earlier work established that marijuana does contain cancer-causing chemicals as potentially harmful as those in tobacco, he said. Tashkin’s previous work, establishing possible negative effects of marijuana, has been cited quite often by health and government officials. On another note, the possibility of cancer is one talking point the vape (vaporizer) community uses to promote their favored marijuana usage method.
How Hemp Got High If Genome Biology had been launched today, instead of 11 years ago, it might well have been given the alternative title of "Transcriptome Biology". While Genome Biology captured the millennial zeitgeist of genomics brought about by the project(s) to sequence the human genome, the breathtaking progress of this field in the intervening decade has brought us to a new frontier: the transcriptome. The development of RNA-seq, which applies high-throughput next-generation sequencing technology to cDNA generated from RNA samples, has resulted in an explosion of transcriptome sequences. Not only does RNA-seq benefit from higher sensitivity than microarrays, it also does not require the a priori knowledge needed for constructing chips; this flexibility has infused the transcriptome explosion with a biologically diverse character and encompassed many species not well covered by commercially available microarrays.
The Science Behind Cannabis and Creativity During a government background check in 1988, Steve Jobs famously remarked: “The best way I would describe the effect of the marijuana and the hashish is that it would make me relaxed and creative.” So, was one of the most creative minds of our time onto something, or was he just a turtleneck-wearing stoner who happened to be a genius? We work in a creative industry. Our success depends on our ability to generate exciting ideas and fresh campaigns, to adapt to various budgets, resources, and constraints. The best thing about our line of work is that, oftentimes, we can go as far as our imaginations will take us. That’s why we’re always looking for an edge. A lot of them are smoking weed. I’m not suggesting we swap out our coffee machine for a vaporizer or turn the supply closet into a green room, but I do think it’s an interesting debate. So, without debating the politics or the economics of the sticky icky—or even the moral implications—I want to explore the issue on a deeper level.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Cannabis: Study By: Banoosh There is no plant on Earth more condemned than marijuana. We’re talking about a living organism which governments have taken upon themselves to designate as an illegal substance. Despite no existing evidence of anyone ever dying of a marijuana overdose, possession of this plant is still illegal in many parts. Marijuana has been found to suppress cancer, reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. No Independent Study Has Ever Linked Marijuana To Psychosocial Problems Cannabis is one of the most powerful healing plants on the planet. Macleod and his team reviewed 48 long-term studies, 16 of which provided the highest quality information about the association between illicit drug use reported by people 25 years old or younger and later psychological or social problems. Cannabis use was not consistently associated with violent or antisocial behavior, or with psychological problems. 1.
Magic Mushrooms may have Cure for Depression Cannabis Cures Cancer Researchers have now found that the compound, called cannabidiol, has the ability to ‘switch off’ the gene responsible for metastasis in an aggressive form of breast cancer. Importantly, this substance does not produce the psychoactive properties of the cannabis plant. A team from the California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco, first spotted its potential five years ago, after it stopped the proliferation of human breast cancer cells in the lab. Another Spanish team, led by Dr Manuel Guzmon, wanted to see whether they could prevent a form of cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) from growing by cutting off its blood supply. Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most difficult cancers to treat – it seldom responds to any medical intervention, especially conventional methods which poisoning and primatively destroy cells such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery. The mice were given a cancer similar to the human brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme). Source: Prevent Disease
Science Says: Lungs Love Weed Breathe easy, tokers. Smoking marijuana in moderate amounts may not be so bad for your lungs, after all. A new study, published in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association, tested the lung function of over 5,000 young adults between 18 and 30 to determine marijuana's effect on lungs. After 20 years of testing, researchers found some buzzworthy results: regular marijuana smokers (defined by up to a joint a day for seven years) had no discernable impairment in lung activity from non-smokers. In fact, researchers were surprised to find marijuana smokers performed slightly better than both smokers and non-smokers on the lung performance test. MORE: 5 Reasons Not to Smoke Synthetic Weed For most of human existence, cannabis has been considered a medicine. Attitudes are changing, however. As marijuana enters the mainstream, studies like the one published in JAMA might dispel false assertions about the plant's deleterious health hazards and promote its medicinal benefits.
6 Reasons To Juice Rather Than Smoke Cannabis Marco Torres, Prevent DiseaseWaking Times Juicing cannabis usually involves blending or pressing fresh plant material instead of buds that have been dried or aged. Some believe that raw cannabis should be treated as a dietary staple. 1. Cannabis – whether Sativa, Indica, Ruderalis, male, female, hermaphrodite, wild, bred for fiber, seeds or medicinal resin – is a vegetable with every dietary essential we can’t synthesize: Essential Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Essential Cannabinoid acids and hundreds of anti-Cancer compounds. 2. Some people prefer their cannabis without psychoactive effects. 3. Cannabis juice can be mixed with other healthy ingredients in your juices or smoothies to create high energy, high anti-oxidant beverages to keep you alert and active the entire day. 4. 5. This is possibly the most important reason of juicing rather than smoking cannabis. 6. Sources:truthonpot.compreventdisease.comCannabisInternational.orgcannabisclinicians.org
Marijuana Conspiracy - the Sequel Printer-friendly version Send to friend by Doug Yurchey [100777.com also recommends the article titled "The Truth about Drugs"] In 2005, this writer penned ‘The Real Reason Marijuana is Illegal’ and it became (by far) my most popular article. Translated into Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Bulgarian and even Japanese, the responses were overwhelming. Once people read the news of what has been kept from them, the truth, the reactions were outrage and disbelief at our federal authorities. SAVE THE WORLD! So many people wrote to me and said the suppression of hemp is ‘insane.’ Now, with soaring gas prices bleeding us for every dollar inflating all prices, we need a cheap (renewable) fuel and energy source more than ever. Why is there a war in the Middle East over oil? Email replies to the original article mainly asked WHY? There are no easy answers. Power was never in the hands of the people. Instead of THEM industrializing hemp to save the planet…they have banned it.
The Most Addictive Drugs in the World Many people think that heroin is the most addictive drug in the world. The truth is, that although heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs in the world, it is NOT the most addictive. You may be surprised to learn that some of the drugs the experts have found to be most addictive are actually legal. The most addictive drugs Nicotine. Although studies vary, it is generally believed that over 30% of those individuals who use nicotine for a period of time become addicted. Caffeine. Heroin. Cocaine. Alcohol. For the most part, those with alcohol and drug addiction are unlikely to admit, on their own, that they have a problem. Obviously, some of the substances listed above are more dangerous than others. At Michael’s House, we treat individuals who have seen their life take a wrong turn as a result of drug addiction. For addiction treatment that gets real results, contact Michael’s House today.
The 24 Types of Pot Smokers « This day and age, it seems like damn near everybody smokes pot. And with weed quickly coming into the mainstream in a big way, that number is only going to go up. So whether you’ve been smoking for years or are just getting into this awesome herb, here is a quick guide to the different types of pot smokers you’ll run into during your toking travels. 1. The ADHD Kid Signature smoking method: Steamroller He stopped taking his Ritalin a long time ago because it made him feel dead inside. 2. Signature smoking method: Cute pink bowl that fits in her purse When she’s smoking, this usually liberal arts-educated chick is cool as hell. 3. Signature smoking method: Homemade bong It’s no secret – creative people smoke pot. 4. Signature smoking method: Vaporizer With 16 states having already made medical marijuana legal, it seems everyone these days has some serious medical condition requiring the magical powers of marijuana. 5. Signature smoking method: Bowl This guy doesn’t f**k around. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Top 11 Marijuana Documentaries by Evilpig on May 3, 2010 | 56 Comments This list was written by Hail Mary Jane.com These are by far some of the best marijuana documentaries to date. All of them are eye-opening and most of them make a serious case for the legalization of marijuana and/or medical marijuana. Except for Reefer Madness, I threw that in for a different reason. Sit back, spark a fat one up, and get ready to have your mind blown. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The next two I couldn’t embed so they are only links. 8. 9. And for the last two I couldn’t find anywhere online to watch, but they are both very good. 10. Waiting to Inhale covers medical marijuana and the life of Robert Randall, the first medical marijuana patient in the United States. Last but not least: 11. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.