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Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana

Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana

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10 Eye Opening Facts About Hemp Hemp is always a fun topic to look at because it really makes you ask the obvious question: “Why are we not using this stuff for pretty much EVERYTHING that we do?” Well, the answer to that is quite simple, but not really what this article is about so we can save that for another time. What we have here is a list of 10 eye opening facts about Hemp. Alcohol Is More Than Twice As Harmful As Marijuana: Study ​Alcohol causes far more damage to users and to society than does the use of marijuana, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology. Researchers at the Imperial College of London looked at "the relative physical, psychological, and social harms of cannabis and alcohol," reports Paul Armentano at AlterNet. They determined that marijuana smoking, particularly longterm, does some harm to the lungs and circulatory system, and increases certain mental-health risks (which is debatable). But in contrast, the authors described alcohol as "a toxic substance" responsible for almost five percent "of the total global disease burden." ​"A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society)," investigators determined. More links from around the web!

What cannabis actually does to your brain Like with all herbal remedies, they are just as serious as man-made meds but weed won't put a rational person in a psych ward. Yes, it can. I've seen it happen. WildAlchemist: Marijuana and The Pineal Gland For those of you who don't know, I have been devoted to finding out more about the universe as a whole as well as the power of the human mind. I don't consider myself part of any specific religion, instead, I take from all religions in order to get a better understanding of what's out there and of what surrounds us. Lately, I've been doing loads of research on the pineal gland. There Is No Mistaking The Evidence; Cannabis Cures Cancer May 12, 2013 2012thebigpicture It's no coincidence that the government has tried to criminalize the use of marijuana and growing the hemp plant. They know it's a miracle vegetable and that it's helping people to either deal with health issues or cure ---YES, I SAID CURE---diseases the allopathic medical community has chosen to exacerbate through the use of costly, toxic drugs and cocktails that create more health issues than they resolve. While smoking the dried leaves of the cannabis is not recommended, the phenomenal benefits of ingesting the raw plant or the oils derived from it are well documented.

Worth Repeating: It’s Official! Cannabinoids Kill All Types of Cancer The US Patent & Trade Office on March 7, 2013 granted GW Pharma a medical patent covering all plant-based phytocannabinoids for use in the treatment and prevention of basically all forms of human cancer. Entitled: PHYTOCANNABINOIDS IN THE TREATMENT OF CANCERUnited States Patent Application # 20130059018 Assignee: GW PharmaPublication Date: 03/07/2013 Filing Date: 03/11/2011 All phytocannabinoids? As in the plural? As in covering every chemical this plant makes and its use in the treatment of human cancer? The back story: On 1/17/2013, the National Cancer Institute updated its Cannabis and Cannabinoids PDQ® webpage with the following new cannabis and cancer information, which just by coincidence supports the new GW Pharma pre-approved patent and lays the groundwork for GW Pharma’s future new breakout marijuana-based cancer drugs.

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.

Marijuana tied to better blood sugar control By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who had used marijuana in the past month had smaller waists and lower levels of insulin resistance - a diabetes precursor - than those who never tried the drug, in a new study. The findings, based on surveys and blood tests of about 4,700 U.S. adults, aren't enough to prove marijuana keeps users thin or wards off disease. And among current pot smokers, higher amounts of marijuana use weren't linked to any added health benefits, researchers reported in The American Journal of Medicine . "These are preliminary findings," said Dr. Murray Mittleman , who worked on the study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

5 Ways Marijuana Affects Your Sleep (Photo: Maltsev Semion/Shutterstock) It’s common for people to use marijuana before bed time, whether out of habit or necessity. Now, research on marijuana and sleep helps explain why. Besides easing insomnia, marijuana seems to have a wide range of effects on sleep. US Supreme Court Rejects Marijuana Reclassification Appeal The US Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal from medical marijuana advocacy groups who had challenged the DEA's decision to maintain marijuana's status as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, the category reserved for the most dangerous substances. The court denied in summary order a petition for a writ of certiorari from the groups, led by Americans for Safe Access, which had sought Supreme Court review of a DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the DEA's ruling that a change in marijuana's classification required the Food and Drug Administration's recognition of acceptable medical uses for the drugs. Advocates of rescheduling marijuana have been trying to do so for more than four decades, but have been thwarted by DEA delays and intransigence. This was the third formal rescheduling effort to be blocked by DEA decision making. Schedule I drugs are deemed to have no acceptable medical uses and a high potential for abuse.

Government Confirms And Reports That Marijuana Prevents Or Cures Certain Cancers In a recent report, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the Federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that marijuana “inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines.” The same report showed marijuana slows or stops the growth of certain lung cancer cells and suggested that marijuana may provide “risk reduction and treatment of colorectal cancer.” Referring to the NCI report, Patient Rights attorney Matthew Pappas said, “The Federal government’s continuing attack on people prescribed medical cannabis by their doctors is hypocritical considering the benefits reported by its own National Cancer Institute.” Pappas represents patients in defending their right to reasonably obtain medical marijuana. The patients contend the Federal government and various municipalities are trying to prevent them from obtaining cannabis for medical purposes in direct contravention of state laws.

CHRISTIANS & POT: A HIGH HOLY HISTORY Story by Chris Bennett In February of 2003, HIGH TIMES published my controversial article, “Was Jesus a Stoner?” Shortly thereafter, the concept broached in the piece—specifically, the biblical references to Christ’s use of cannabis in healing—received international attention. The article was a follow-up to an earlier piece in HIGH TIMES, “The Burning Bush” (June 2002), on the possible references to cannabis in early Judaism and Old Testament texts. This exploration followed the research of scholars like Sara Benetowa and Immanuel Low regarding the identification of an ancient Hebrew term, keneh bosem, as the etymological ancestor of the modern word cannabis. Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality Jun-27-2010 02:00 Storm Crow for Surprising connections between "Failure-to-Thrive" and Cannabinoids. (NORTHERN CALIFORNIA) - Years ago, a friend of mine, a good Christian lady, had a child with "failure to thrive".

Understanding the science of cannabis is integral to appropriate regulation and use (NaturalNews) Cannabis is a plant with demonstrable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both aspects that point to its potential to be used as an anti-cancer drug. Cannabinoids have been used in tentative studies, demonstrating their ability to greatly reduce tumours, and cure cancer, in mice. A controlled substance