Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
The Good Word on Vaporizers

By The Reverend Dr. Mitchell Earleywine Devotees of the plant, please gather around. Although knowledge is scarce, we have it right here. Many a man and woman has asked the burning question: Do vaporizers work? I can only say that in The Church of Empiricism we have done our due diligence, gathered the data, and drawn definitive conclusions tempered only by the usual cautions inherent in Science with a capital “S.” The work began with simple reports from cannabis connoisseurs. Those who used vaporizers reported fewer symptoms of bronchitis, including the dreaded tightness in the chest, the belabored morning cough,

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Jul 232016
 July 23, 2016
Next Stop For the CBD Oil Industry: Dog Treats

Written By Joel Goldstein Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana, along with THC. This oil is extracted from industrial hemp instead of recreational marijuana and sold in states across the country where it has already been legalized. Although it is still not legally permitted in every state, it has risen in popularity over the last few years because of its medicinal uses. Consumers use CBD oil to alleviate general aches and pains, headaches, anxiety and other common ailments. It can currently be found in many forms including capsules, topical creams and

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Jul 192016
 July 19, 2016
Cannabis And The Brain

Controversy has surrounded the topic of cannabis and the brain for decades now, but has been coming the forefront of conversation as more states vote to legalize and regulate cannabis across America. Research on this subject dates all the way to the 1960s when a physician by the name of Dr. Lester Grinspoon came to the conclusion that many of the so-called dangers of this plant were both hyped and unfounded. Through his work, he concluded that cannabis was, in fact, a remarkably safe substance, at least for adults. Current research on this topic that has delved even deeper has

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Jul 182016
 July 18, 2016
Rescheduling Pot: Bad For the Nation's Cannabis Industry, Good For The State of Illinois?

This article is written by Bob Morgan, health care Special Counsel at law firm Much Shelist. For more articles from Bob Morgan, visit www.muchshelist.com/attorney/bob-morgan. By now you have all heard the rumors that the federal government may change cannabis from a Schedule I drug to Schedule II under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. This would be the biggest thing to happen to Cannabis since Nixon decided he wanted a statement on marijuana that “just tears the ass out of them” 45 years ago. There are hundreds of questions that will need to be answered if that decision occurs, as alluded

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Jul 122016
 July 12, 2016
Fed Up with Federal Barriers, American Researchers Take Action

By Chloe Sommers A couple of researchers from the University of New Mexico wrote a letter in Science magazine, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), about the ridiculous hurdles medical researchers face when it comes to studying cannabis. “Our report was just a short (but much overdue) opinion piece designed to inform the general medical and scientific communities as to some major problems with our research system here in the U.S.,” wrote one of the authors, Jacob Miguel Vigil, PhD in an email. Vigil has been trying to conduct traditional clinical trials using the plant for a

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Jul 012016
 July 1, 2016
When Traditional Pain Killers Are Not Effective - Managing Pain with Medical Marijuana

by Ian Lebowski _______ Did you know that marijuana has been used to treat pain since prehistoric times? As the debate about medical marijuana gets heated, one would think this is a modern ideology. On the contrary, an ancient Chinese surgeon Hua Tuo (c. 140-208) is the earliest person recorded to have administered cannabis as anesthesia during surgery. Hemp was also among the herbs used for food, specifically a source of fiber, in Taiwan during those early days. Today, medical researchers have profound proof that marijuana is among the valuable drugs that could be utilized for treating different ailments. In

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Jun 102016
 June 10, 2016
NFL Player DeAndre Levy Speaks Out In Support Of Medical Marijuana Reform

NFL player Eugene Monroe, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, has been on a mission to change the NFL’s harmful policy on marijuana. I say it’s harmful because marijuana prohibition in the NFL is limiting the forms of treatment and medicines that players can use. Instead of being able to use medical marijuana, which is now legal in 25 states (many of which have an NFL team), players are pressured into using harmful painkillers that often lead to addiction, are harmful to a person’s body, and often times aren’t effective. That’s not to say that if a player wants to avoid

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May 252016
 May 25, 2016
Today: Barriers To Cannabis Research Expert Panel Event At UNLV

One of the first things that marijuana opponents offer up when railing against cannabis is to say ‘there needs to be more research first.’ Don’t be fooled, this is nothing more than a delay tactic. Opponents know that if they just drag their feet, that marijuana prohibition will stay in place because after all, if prohibitionists and supporters both never lifted a finger, prohibition remains intact. Opponents know that, which is why they constantly try to punt when it comes to a serious conversation about marijuana research. The cannabis plant has all kinds of beneficial properties that are just waiting

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May 242016
 May 24, 2016
Marijuana Activist Toolbox Update: Cannabis And The Brain Research

While doing research for an article being featured in print later this year, I’ve accumulated a nice little body of quotes and research regarding the brain, its chemistry and the methods through which cannabis interacts with it- specifically, how cannabis can inspire creativity and thought. Quotes included are from the abstract and are not meant to stand alone as definitive statements about each study’s conclusions. 3 Studies That Show Cannabis Grows Brain Cells LINK “The endocannabinoid system has been implicated in the modulation of adult neurogenesis. Here, we describe the effect of type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1R) activation on self-renewal,

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May 052016
 May 5, 2016
State Department Says NIDA Monopoly On Research Marijuana Is Unnecessary

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs treaty. The statement came in response to a direct request from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) regarding whether issuing multiple licenses to grow medical marijuana was a violation of the Single Convention. The State Department’s interpretation is at odds with that of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) which has always maintained that the treaty only allows a

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