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

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

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,

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

Apr 252016
 April 25, 2016
What Is THCV And How Is It Different From THC?

Cannabinoids. So many cannabinoids. Everyone of them has their own characteristics, and more are likely to be discovered. As far as I know, there are at least 111 known cannabinoids (fact check please, let me know if there are more!). A lot of them are unknown. The first cannabinoid (tetrahydrocannabinol) was discovered in 1964 at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and his colleagues, Dr. Yehiel Gaoni and Dr. Haviv Edery. Research has been limited for the cannabis plant since that time, so a lot has yet to be discovered as to the traits and benefits

Apr 242016
 April 24, 2016
Recent Study Shows That Cannabis Fights Osteoarthritis Related Cartilage Breakdown

One of my favorite things to do in life is play basketball. I’m not the best at it, and definitely don’t possess the genetics and talent that I wish I had in order to have pursued my dreams as a basketball player growing up, but it’s something that I’ve always enjoyed. It was the only form of exercise that I could do that came naturally. Running around a track gets boring. Trying to make it rain at noon ball open gym was always much funner. I have played in a lot of city basketball leagues, and play in a basketball

Apr 182016
 April 18, 2016
Federal Politicians Urge Obama To Remove Barriers To Research On Medical Marijuana

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joined by a bipartisan group of 26 Senators and Representatives, today sent a letter urging President Obama to remove barriers to research on medical marijuana and facilitate new medical research on cannabis and its derivatives. “Twenty-three states have passed laws establishing medical cannabis programs and an additional seventeen have passed laws regarding the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from cannabis,” the Senators and Representatives wrote in the letter. “Despite these developments, researchers, doctors, and patients in these forty states are still subject to federal barriers impeding innovation and medical research. Until we

Apr 122016
 April 12, 2016
Purchase An Autographed Eugene Monroe Game Worn NFL Jersey And Support Cannabis Research

I became a huge fan of current NFL player Eugene Monroe when he became vocal about his support for cannabis reform in football. I became an even bigger fan when he donated $10k of his own money towards marijuana research, and encouraged other NFL players to do the same. The owner of the Baltimore Ravens, the team which Eugene plays for, came out in support of his player, all of which led to some very constructive conversations in sports media and beyond. I have been a Cincinnati Bengals fan for awhile now, but I think it’s safe to say that

Apr 072016
 April 7, 2016
Constance Therapeutics And Gridiron Cannabis Coalition Partner To Advance Whole Plant Cannabis Extract Research

One of my favorite organizations is the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition. Members like former NFL player Kyle Turley are doing big things to push cannabis reform and change minds. Below is info about the organization’s most recent project. Brain injuries are a serious thing, and all the research that can be done to find out how cannabis can help those affected by brain injuries is very much worthwhile. Below is a press release I received talking about an exciting new project: Constance Therapeutics, a whole plant cannabis extract producer, and Gridiron Cannabis Coalition (GCC), an organization dedicated to the advancement of

Apr 042016
 April 4, 2016
Find Out Everything You Wanted To Know About Medical Marijuana At The 2016 Holistic Cannabis Summit

I have been seeing the 2016 Holistic Cannabis Summit pop up a lot on social media recently, and it’s one of those events that I really wish I could check out, but unfortunately I have to work. Hopefully the event goes to digital download after it’s over. The event started today and will continue until the 8th. It’s an event dedicated totally to cannabis wellness, which is something that I think just about everyone could learn more about. I have been co-running this blog since the beginning of 2010, and have researched cannabis a lot, and I often feel like