Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015
Six Reasons Why Exercising Is Better When You Consume Marijuana

I received the following article from Anthony Franciosi, founder of The Honest Marijuana Company out of Colorado, and felt it was worth passing along. Exercising is important, and I think that cannabis is also important. Below are six reasons to combine the two: The words “marijuana” and “exercise” may not go together upon first glance, but they actually go hand in hand. The marriage of the two is something you may have not considered, but if you’re looking to get ripped–you really should. Listen up. Did you know that weed is actually the best thing you can do for your

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Aug 282015
 August 28, 2015
Latest JAMA Studies Largely Fail To Support Past Claims About Marijuana And Brain Health

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Two new studies published online today in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Psychiatry provide little support for previous claims that cannabis exposure is significantly harmful to the developing brain. The first study, which assessed the effects of cannabis exposure on brain volume in sibling pairs, reported that any identifiable differences “were attributable to common predispositional factors, genetic or environmental in origin.” By contrast, authors found “no evidence for the causal influence of cannabis exposure” on brain morphology. The trial is “the largest study to date examining the association between cannabis exposure (ever

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How To Pass A Drug Test For Marijuana

 Posted by at 6:39 AM on August 25, 2015  Drug Testing
Aug 252015
 August 25, 2015
How To Pass A Drug Test For Marijuana

Myths, Options & FAQ About Marijuana Drug Testing Passing a drug test for marijuana is an unfortunate reality for many Americans who get tested for new jobs or by their existing employer. Even with the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in states throughout the country private companies are drug testing more than ever and marijuana is still number one on the list. Most employers use 3rd party drug testing labs to perform drug tests. As the test taker you are provided an address and time to go to a scheduled drug test performed by a lab technician. In some

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Aug 192015
 August 19, 2015
Most Federal Marijuana Research Money Goes Towards Addiction Research, Not Medical Benefits

If you ever get a chance to talk to a medical researcher about marijuana, they will be quick to tell you just how hard it is to research the medical benefits of marijuana. The science side of the research is not the problem, it’s the bureaucratic side that largely prevents medical benefit based marijuana research. A story came out yesterday which found that almost 80% of marijuana research money does not go towards researching marijuana’s medical benefits. Instead it goes to fund research into marijuana addiction and abuse. Per USA Today: An analysis by News21 shows that $1.1 billion of

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Aug 192015
 August 19, 2015
Patient With Life-Threatening Angioedema Responds Favorably To Inhaled Marijuana

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Inhaling cannabis is associated with the remission of refractory idiopathic angioedema, according to a clinical report published in the journal Case Reports in Immunology. Angioedema is a condition characterized by rapid swelling under the skin in regions around the face and throat, which may result in airway obstruction or suffocation. Investigators from the Soroka University Medical Center in Israel reported on the progress of a 27-year-old male patient with life-threatening, recurrent angioedema of unknown origin. Doctors placed the patient on a regiment of 20 grams of inhaled cannabis monthly after he failed to respond

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Aug 142015
 August 14, 2015
Women's Health: Introduction To Cannabis And Endo

Two years ago, TWB published a story I wrote on strains that have been known to help women manage chronic pain stemming from PMS/PMDD. Now dated, I penned that list before I was officially diagnosed with endometriosis in 2014. After a panicked trip to the emergency room revealed a potentially life-threating ectopic pregnancy; my right ovary had grown to the size of softball to boot. Since 2014, I have been working on my own recovery while translating my pain and experiences into cannabis advocacy that specifically addresses women’s health issues such as: endometriosis, fibromyalgia, menopause and PMDD. Back when I

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Aug 132015
 August 13, 2015
Marijuana Users Less Likely To Be Obese, Possess Lower Diabetes Risk

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director A history of cannabis use is associated with a lower likelihood of obesity and diabetes, according to population-based data published in the journal Obesity. Investigators from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers assessed cannabis use patterns and body mass index (BMI) in a cohort of 786 Inuit (Arctic aboriginal) adults ages 18 to 74. Researchers reported that subjects who consumed cannabis in the past year were more likely to possess a lower BMI, lower fasting insulin, and lower HOMA-IR (insulin resistance) as compared to those who did not use the substance. Specifically, researchers

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Aug 072015
 August 7, 2015
Reformers To JAMA: Don't Generalize All Cannabinoid Data To Medical Cannabis

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director We read with interest the recent review of medical use of cannabinoids (1). As the authors attempt to emphasize, they focus on a heterogeneous collection of experiments that employed a range of treatments, including synthetic THC, CBD, and THC-mimicking drugs.   Lay readers might inappropriately generalize these results specifically to whole plant medical cannabis  But few (only two) of these experiments were conducted using medical cannabis; most of the studies reviewed focused on outcome measures that do not address the plant’s potential advantages over a single, compound agent in pill form. For example,

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How Was THC Discovered?

 Posted by at 7:00 AM on August 6, 2015  Marijuana Science
Aug 062015
 August 6, 2015
How Was THC Discovered?

The most widely known cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC was first ‘discovered’ in 1964 by Israeli scientists Prof. Raphael Mechoulam and Dr. Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science. I recently came across a fantastic documentary about Raphael Mechoulam and how he discovered THC. Below is more information about the video, as well as the embedded video from YouTube: “The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel price nominee Dr Mechoulam from his early days……as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the

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Aug 042015
 August 4, 2015
Study: Teen Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Depression, Lung Cancer, Other Health Problems

Chronic marijuana use by teenage boys does not appear to be linked to later physical or mental health issues such as depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Rutgers University tracked 408 males from adolescence into their mid-30s for the study, which was published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors®. “What we found was a little surprising,” said lead researcher Jordan Bechtold, PhD, a psychology research fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “There were no differences in any of the mental or

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