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Marijuana Policy and Effects

Marijuana Policy and Effects
Many opponents of medical marijuana make much of the purported link between marijuana use and mental illness. But there is simply no compelling evidence to support the claim that marijuana is a causal risk factor for developing a psychiatric disorder in otherwise healthy individuals. Most tellingly, population-level rates of schizophrenia or other psychiatric illnesses have remained flat even when marijuana use rates have increased. Emerging evidence indicates that patients who have tried marijuana may show significant improvements in symptoms and clinical outcomes (such as lower mortality rates and better cognitive functioning ) compared with those who have not. In fact, some of the unique chemicals in marijuana, such as cannabidiol (CBD), seem to have anti-psychotic properties. Researchers are investigating marijuana as a possible source of future schizophrenia treatments; until it is legalized, however, this research is significantly impeded. Related:  funny &/or interesting

War On Drugs: 27 Reasons Why U.S. Doesn't Have The 'Moral Authority' To Lead It In Latin America (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Only 7 percent of Americans think the United States is winning the war on drugs, and few Americans are interested in throwing down more money to try to win, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released in 2012. Mexican authorities seized almost 70,000 weapons of U.S. origin from 2007 to 2011. Because Most Americans Are Unenthusiastic About It Only 7 percent of Americans think the United States is winning the war on drugs, and few Americans are interested in throwing down more money to try to win, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released in 2012. Mexican President Felipe Calderón drew international headlines this week when he said the United States didn’t have the “moral authority” to lead a drug war, after the states of Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use. And Calderón wasn't the only one to question the decision within the context of the ongoing battle against drug trafficking.

This is Your Nation on White Privilege (Updated) By Tim Wise For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help. White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay. White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll “kick their fuckin' ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug. White privilege is, in short, the problem.

8 Exotic Marijuana-Infused Delectables That Put Simple Pot Brownies to Shame Photo Credit: Kzenon / September 3, 2014 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The times are changing in the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry, and so are edible options. California’s experimental pot culture and medical marijuana dispensaries have forged the path of creative, ganja-laced goodies for decades, with everything from Cracker Jacks-style popcorn and nut treats to chocolate bars and lollipops. Lindsay Jacobsen of Denver’s Dixie Elixers and Edibles, said their most recent innovation is a beverage that contains doses low enough to be consumed in one sitting without too much of a high or negative side-effects. “One of the new products we just launched is specifically for the recreational market and it’s called Dixie One,” Jacobsen said. The first Dixie One elixir is a watermelon-cream-flavored organic soda with just 5 milligrams of THC, which is a very small dose for most regular pot users.

Tim Wise on White Privilege - | Media Education Foundation Tim Wise on White Privilege Racism, White Denial & the Costs of Inequality For years, acclaimed author and speaker Tim Wise has been electrifying college campuses with his impassioned and deeply personal take on whiteness and white privilege. In this spellbinding lecture, the author of the bestselling White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son offers a powerful inside-out look at race and racism in America, surveying the damage white privilege has done not only to people of color, but to white people themselves. The result is a vivid and accessible introduction to the social construction of racial identities, and a critical new educational tool for exploring the often invoked, but seldom explained, concept of white privilege. Sections: Introduction | The Erasure of Politics & Culture | White Denial | Unburdened by Race | The Creation of Whiteness: How Race Was Used to Hide Class | Privilege & Pathology | Guilt & Responsibility Tim Wise Filmmaker Info Praise for Tim Wise

Cannabis: The Central Practice of Terence McKenna’s Life GIF by Dan Stuckey Terence McKenna smoked cannabis for the first time during Easter vacation in 1965 when he was 18 years old. He had inherited “the programming,” as he called it, from his “middle class straight parents” that “the road to hell was paved” with cannabis. The mere smoking of a small amount of vegetable material could completely invert the structures of my personality and socialize me, as it were, into a reasonably functioning member of the community in which I found myself. He said in “Cannabis Trialogue” (1991): Within a few months, I had integrated [cannabis] into my lifestyle as really the central practice of my life. McKenna explained: I was in sort of the absurd position of being in psychotherapy with a woman who I respected very much, and who seemed to be a very skilled psychotherapist—except that she had no sophistication whatsoever about cannabis, and the therapeutic process kept looping back to the issue of my cannabis ingestion. This conversation would happen: 1. 2.

Advertising Marijuana Part I:  Medicine Heals The Ailing Press  - Cannabis Digest Wherever medical marijuana has taken root, officially speaking, ads for the plant have been bringing new life to newspapers.1 The Colorado Springs Independent (CSI) has recently put out a 48-page medical marijuana ad supplement, featuring retailers like “Mile High Mikes,” “Happy Buddha,” and “Healthy Connections.” Village Voice Media now issues two advertising supplements: the “Chronic-le” in Denver, and “The Rolling Paper” in San Francisco and Orange County. The Denver Post is doing well. So are others. The ad campaigns come in the wake of Obama’s 2008 decision, as everyone says, to “call off the dogs.” But if the shift was not predictable, it is in many ways fitting. Patent medicines had no patents. Besides, nineteenth century North America was hardly awash with physicians. Patent medicine advertisers did more than support the budding press. By 1870, pharmacists had formed professional associations, and had begun their campaign to engineer the home remedy’s demise. It should.

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor? As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They're presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). David Mitlin, Ph.D., explains that supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today's rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can't store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density. One approach researchers are taking to boost supercapacitors' energy density is to design better electrodes.

Advertising Marijuana II: Political Distortions in Canada and the US - Cannabis Digest Thought One. ADS CAN BE DIRECT OR INDIRECT. INDIRECT ADS INCLUDE SAMPLES, FREE GIFTS, FREE TRIPS, PACKAGING, DÉCOR, AND SIGNS ON VANS One form of advertising is packaging. Fast-forward to July 2013, a year before shops in Washington State are allowed to sell marijuana. Thought Two. For the probable future marijuana ads will be political ads. If they want television spots, advertisers must use themes that fit the political spaces left to them. Are these ads compromised? Thought Three. More widely circulated is the ad created by Still, creepiness and all, the sushi ad aired on FOX, CNN, and ESPN in New Jersey. Thought Four. This ad did not air on TV. Thought Five. In 2014, online dispensary directory WeedMaps bought electronic billboard space on the CBS Super Screen in New York City Times Square. Thought Six. When advertisements must fit a puritanical setting, they try their best to look like they are purging demons. Final Thought. 1.

How to Make Weed Vodka, aka ‘Green Dragon’ | 7 Deadly The Green Dragon ranks as one of the more elusive DIY methods of getting high. The cannabis tincture is a simple enough concept but the methods of creating this weed vodka varies depending on who you ask. From throwing stems into a half-full bottle of Smirnoff and letting it soak for a few weeks to speeding up the process by heating it in an oven, the recipe for Green Dragon depends on who’s making it. For the extract, use an alcohol that’s at least 60 proof — Bacardi, Smirnoff, etc. We suggest enjoying Green Dragon with a healthy dose of Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Disclaimer: This recipe is intended for educational/entertainment purposes only. Green Dragon You’ll need: EverclearShakeSealable Glass Jar Empty the shake into the jar. Pour in Everclear to the top of the shake or just above it, depending on how strong you want it. Shake it vigorously for a minute. Store in a cool, dark place. By the end of the month, the Everclear should have a brown to dark purplish color. Strain out the shake.

ISRAELI STARTUP DEVELOPS FIRST-EVER 3D PRINTED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSER Sep 29, 2014 | By Alec Lately we've been seeing more and more medical applications of 3D printing appearing, many of which are revolutionary prosthetics or implants that are changing people's lives throughout the world. But now the Israeli start-up company Syge Medical Ltd has come up with a particularly inventive way to incorporate 3D printing in the medical field. Syge Medical – which hosts a wide team of mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as physicians, pharmacologists, chemists and biologists – has been working on this product for the past four years, partly thanks to backing from the Israeli government. And it looks like they are going to be successful. This 3D printed inhaler aims to change all that. The initial dosage can first be set at one milligram, giving both patients and doctors the ability to assess the medicinal benefits without lighting up a whole joint. Efficiency (ng/ml per mg) Check out this introductory video on the Syge inhalers:

Just How Much Do Facebook Users Care About Marijuana Legalization? Check This Chart Jobs. Abortion. Climate change. Gay rights. None of these issues came close to mattering as much as pot on Election Day, according to Facebook. Mashable reports that among 85 million interactions related to the midterm elections, marijuana was the most-discussed issue on Facebook on Tuesday. Mic data visualization editor Chris Walker put together a chart using Facebook data that shows a count of Facebook posts and comments that mention a specific topic and its related terms on the days surrounding the election. This chart captures the enormous bursts of attention that cannabis garnered in election-related conversations on Facebook: This isn't necessarily all that surprising, considering that marijuana legalization has undergone a massive increase in support nationally in recent years, and the successful ballot initiatives of 2014 are widely considered a harbinger of eventual nationwide legalization. Zeeshan Aleem Politics staff writer at Mic.

Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Alaska legalized recreational marijuana for adult use on Tuesday, becoming the fourth state in the nation to do so. The state joined Oregon and Washington, D.C., both of which also voted Tuesday to legalize the drug for recreational use. Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012. Alaska voters approved Measure 2, which legalizes the possession, use and sale of the drug for recreational use. Adults age 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (with no more than three being mature) for personal use. The measure also legalizes the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, such as devices used for smoking or storing the plant. In a statement early Wednesday morning, Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Rob Kampia said, “The folks trying to keep marijuana illegal are relying on the same scare tactics today that they have relied on for decades, but voters just aren’t falling for it anymore.