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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed
Dr. Sanjay Gupta says we have been "systematically misled" on marijuanaDEA lists marijuana as a schedule 1 substance with "high potential for abuse"Most recent research on marijuana has been on its negative effects, Gupta saysStudies on marijuana require approval from National Institute on Drug Abuse (CNN) -- Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not. I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Well, I am here to apologize. I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. Instead, I lumped them with the high-visibility malingerers, just looking to get high. Dr. Medical facts of Marijuana WEED: A Dr. High risk of abuse

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New Study Shows Cannabinoids Improve Efficiency Of Mitochondria And Remove Damaged Brain Cells A recent study conducted by Andras Biokei-Gorzo at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany is suggesting that marijuana(or the activation of the brain’s cannabinoid system) triggers the release of antioxidants, which act as a cleansing mechanism. This process is known to remove damaged cells and improve the efficiency of mitochondria. Mitochondria is the energy source that powers cells. The study was published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, B. You can read the entire study here.

Colorado marijuana regulations signed into law DENVER (AP) — A set of laws to govern how recreational marijuana should be grown, sold and taxed was signed into law Tuesday in Colorado, where Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper called the laws the state's best attempt to navigate the uncharted territory of legalized recreational pot. The laws cover how the drug should be raised and packaged, with purchasing limits for out-of-state visitors and a new marijuana driving limit as an analogy to blood alcohol levels. Hickenlooper didn't support marijuana legalization last year, but he praised the regulatory package as a good first crack at safely overseeing the drug. "Recreational marijuana is really a completely new entity," Hickenlooper said, calling the pot rules "commonsense" oversight, such as required potency labeling and a requirement that marijuana is to be sold in child-proof opaque packing with labels clearly stating the drug may not be safe.

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.

Addiction Expert: We Know Too Little About Marijuana Although medicinal marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, no dispensaries have opened yet. (Melanie Tata/Flickr) What do we really know about marijuana? Kevin Hill, a psychiatrist and addiction expert, says way too little. And, he says, that’s a big problem. Because marijuana use is on the rise and the debate over legalization has never been hotter. Dispatch from Colorado: The Interesting Case of Marijuana Entrepreneurs I spent last week in the Greater Denver area researching implementation of legalized cannabis. In the process, I found a remarkable situation: a robust entrepreneurialism around an industry that elsewhere lives in the shadows of society. In 48 other states in the US, members of an organization growing hundreds of cannabis plants under one roof would be arrested by state or local police and charged with serious felonies. Under Colorado state law, such behavior is perfectly legal, so long as it conforms to Amendment 20 and/or Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution, and the subsequent statutory and/or regulatory requirements on the cannabis industry. The result is surreal.

Five Mind-Blowing Facts About Psilocybin Mushrooms One hundred and eighty species of mushrooms around the world contain the psychoactive chemicals psilocybin or psilocin. Psilocybin mushrooms, better known as “magic mushrooms”, are one of the most popular psychedelics in use today and have a long history of use in Mexico. These mushrooms are less harmful on the body than caffeine and are not neurotoxic or addictive. Butter vs Margarine: The Big Fat Butter Lie Is butter bad for you? For decades, the food processing industry has used advertising campaigns to successfully lie about the urgent and proven need to replace “unhealthy” butter with “healthy” margarine. But now we know that this teaching was nothing more than made-up. In the battle of margarine vs butter, you may now be surprised which comes out on top. Even back in the 60s and 70s sufficient scientific evidence indicated that butter was far better than margarine for good health.

Marijuana What is marijuana Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds. Extracts with high amounts of THC can also be made from the cannabis plant (see "Marijuana Extracts"). Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States (SAMHSA, 2014). Marijuana use may increase heart complications in young, middle-aged adults Study Highlights Marijuana use may result in heart-related complications in young and middle-aged adults. Nearly 2 percent of the health complications from marijuana use reported were cardiovascular related.

Email - Minn.: It's official, Gov. Dayton signs medical marijuana legislation - Marijuana Policy Project Minn.: It’s official, Gov. Dayton signs medical marijuana legislation Email your lawmakers to either thank them for supporting medical marijuana or encourage them to continue to educate themselves if they did not. Dear Supporter, Gov. 1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC Study also found those who died from drinking-related causes lost roughly 30 years of life Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. WebMD News from HealthDay

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