Mar 012015
 March 1, 2015
MAPS Receives $82,000+ Award As One Of Reddit's Top 10 Charities

On February 26, 2015, the community news website reddit awarded $82,765.95 to t\he Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and nine other non-profit organizations chosen by the reddit community. We express our profound appreciation to reddit and the reddit community for supporting psychedelic and medical marijuana research and education. From February 18 to February 25, 2015, over 80,000 reddit users cast more than 250,000 votes for their favorite charities to each receive 1% of reddit’s advertising revenue receipts from 2014, or $82,765.95. Thanks to an outpouring of support from the reddit community, MAPS was ranked #6 out of the top

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Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015
Debunking The Latest Smear Campaign Against Marijuana

There has been a lot of media coverage about a study that claims that consuming marijuana will make you crazy. I have consumed marijuana for over half my life, and not one time has it made me psychotic. I know people that have consumed marijuana for 4-5 decades, and they also have never gone crazy. In the video below, Paul Armentano of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) joins Thom Hartmann and thoroughly debunks this new claim that is floating around media circles. It’s sad to think that despite how far we have come, the mainstream

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Your Brain On Marijuana Is Just Fine

 Posted by at 9:00 AM on February 24, 2015  Marijuana Science
Feb 242015
 February 24, 2015
Your Brain On Marijuana Is Just Fine

If you smoke marijuana, you will permanently lose 8 IQ points as chronic THC exposure hastens the age-related loss of hippocampal neurons.  The resulting impairments in neural connectivity will degrade memory, learning, and impulse control, eventually leading to an increasing likelihood of becoming addicted to heroin. The federal government says so, right here on the “What are marijuana’s long-term effects on the brain?” page at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Scares about marijuana’s long-term effects are as old as prohibition itself.  The problem for the scaremongers is that there are plenty of older pot smokers actively debunking all the

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Feb 242015
 February 24, 2015
Researchers: Marijuana May Be Safer Than Previously Thought

Marijuana has never killed anyone, ever. That’s a fact that marijuana supporters have offered up for many decades now. It’s a simple form of proof that marijuana is safer than many things that are not prohibited, such as alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and many other things. New research was released yesterday that suggests that marijuana is even safer than previously thought. Per the Washington Post: Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use. Those are the top-line findings of recent research

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Feb 172015
 February 17, 2015
Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated With Changes In Brain Morphology

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director It was less than a year ago when the mainstream media was chock-full of headlines like this one: ‘Brain changes associated with casual marijuana use in young adults, study finds.’ The alarmist headlines were in response to a controversial paper published by researchers at Harvard University in Boston and Northwestern University in Chicago which alleged to have found differences in brain morphology in a cohort of 20 college-age marijuana users as compared to 20 non-users. The study’s investigators attributed the differences to subjects’ cannabis use. But a funny thing happened when a team of

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Feb 152015
 February 15, 2015
Study: THC-Positive Drivers Not More Likely To Be Involved In Vehicle Crashes

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Drivers who test positive for the presence of THC in blood are no more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes than are drug-free drivers, according to a federally sponsored case-control study involving some 9,000 participants. The study, published Friday by the United States National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), is the first large-scale case-control study ever conducted in the United States to assess the crash risk associated with both drugs and alcohol use by drivers. Authors reported that drivers who tested positive for any amount of THC possessed an unadjusted, elevated risk of

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Feb 142015
 February 14, 2015
US Surgeon General Acknowledges "Marijuana Can Be Helpful"

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Newly appointed US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy believes that cannabis possesses therapeutic utility — an acknowledgment that contradicts the plant’s present placement as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law. Speaking to CBS News, Murthy said: “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana can be helpful.” He added, “I think we have to use that data to drive policy making and I’m very interested to see where that data takes us.” Dr. Murthy was confirmed as US Surgeon General late last year. His statements appear

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Feb 122015
 February 12, 2015
Dr. Carl Hart: Bringing Cannabis Science to the Forefront at the ICBC

Reefer Madness propaganda has unfortunately poisoned our political discourse regarding cannabis and a multitude of misinformation remains to this day. Thankfully, more and more scientific facts are starting to cut through the madness, led by Columbia University Professor Dr. Carl Hart. A scientist, activist, educator and author, his bestselling book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, is an important look at how our society’s ideas about drugs have been so wrong. Tragically, misconceptions have led to a Drug War that has unnecessarily harmed too many people, especially those of color and

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Feb 102015
 February 10, 2015
Study: Daily Marijuana Use Not Associated With Brain Shrinkage

Marijuana opponents constantly claim that marijuana harms your brain. When pressured for proof, marijuana opponents always offer up the same studies that have been debunked numerous times over the year. Why they keep using those studies, knowing they have been debunked, is beyond me. Maybe someone should check their brains. A new study was released which found that daily marijuana use is not associated with brain shrinkage. Per Reuters: “So far, there’s not a lot of evidence to suggest that you have these gross volume changes” in the brain due to marijuana use, said Kent Hutchison, a clinical neuroscientist at the

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Feb 102015
 February 10, 2015
Study: Marijuana Effective In Treating Depression

Depression is a tough thing. There are more than 350 million people worldwide that suffer from depression. One of the saddest things to me about depression is the lack of effective medications that a person can take. Doctors almost always prescribe pharmaceuticals for depression, many of which have harmful side effects. Whenever you see a commercial on TV for a depression medication, the list of potential side effects is usually longer than the segment of the commercial dedicated to how well it works. I have seen many pharmaceutical commercials list ‘thoughts of suicide’ as one of the main potential side

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