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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Feb 082015
 February 8, 2015
Study: History Of Marijuana Use Associated With Reduced Cancer Risk

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Cannabis use is inversely associated with incidences of bladder cancer in males, according epidemiological findings published in the February issue of the journal Urology. Investigators at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Department of Neurology assessed the association of cannabis use and tobacco smoking on the risk of bladder cancer in a multiethnic cohort of more than 80,000 men aged 45 to 69 years old over an 11-year period. Researchers determined that a history of cannabis use was associated with a decreased risk of bladder cancer. By contrast, tobacco use was associated with

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Jan 262015
 January 26, 2015
American Academy Of Pediatrics: Reschedule Marijuana To Allow Research

Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet want Americans to think that the only people that want to reform marijuana laws are addicted dopers and greedy business types. Marijuana opponents always want to talk about how marijuana reform is bad for children. That’s going to be much harder to do going forward because today the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with a statement urging the federal government to reschedule marijuana to allow more research. It’s going to be tough for Kevin Sabet to say marijuana reform is bad for kids if children doctors are saying the opposite. Per the Wall Street Journal: For

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Jan 172015
 January 17, 2015
Long Term Marijuana Use Does Not Significantly Affect Lungs

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The inhalation of one marijuana cigarette per day over a 20-year period is not associated with adverse changes in lung health, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Investigators at Emory University in Atlanta assessed marijuana smoke exposure and lung health in a large representative sample of US adults age 18 to 59. Researchers reported that cannabis exposure was not associated with FEV1 (forced expiratory volume) decline or deleterious change in spirometric values of small airways disease. Authors further reported that marijuana smoke exposure

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Jan 132015
 January 13, 2015
Scientists May Have Discovered A New Species Of Marijuana In Australia

New strains of marijuana pop up almost daily anymore. How many of them are actually new strains, versus old strains given a new name for marketing purposes, is tough to say. It’s not everyday that a new species of marijuana is discovered, but that appears to potentially be the case in Australia, where scientists believe they have discovered an entirely new species of marijuana. Per Culture: Scientists at the University of Sydney believe they have found a fourth species of cannabis. The finding took place in 201 (sic), when a group of people were hiking in the Blue Mountains of

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Jan 012015
 January 1, 2015
Can Consuming Marijuana Help Cure An Alcohol Hangover?

Can Marijuana Help Get Rid Of That Alcohol Hangover? Did you booze it up at a New Year’s party last night? Maybe you started with one drink. One drink became two drinks. Two drinks became many drinks, and so on. Hopefully you didn’t blackout, and whether you did or didn’t, hopefully you didn’t do anything you will regret because you drank too much. How do you feel today? Stomach a little queasy? Head hurt? If so, you are in the middle of a battle with an alcohol induced hangover. A couple of years ago I wrote an article asking if

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Dec 262014
 December 26, 2014
Yet Another Study Suggests Marijuana Fights Alzheimer's Disease

More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. I have had multiple family members suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and it’s a very sad thing to watch. I can only imagine how horrible it is to go through as the patient. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Those staggering statistics demonstrate why fighting Alzheimer’s is so important, and why medicines that prove effective in treating Alzheimer’s are so important, such as marijuana. There was yet another study published which showed that marijuana can help fight Alzheimer’s. Per Smell the Truth: “THC

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What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

 Posted by at 8:00 AM on December 21, 2014  Marijuana Science
Dec 212014
 December 21, 2014
What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

What Is The Difference Between Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) And Cannabidiol (CBD)? The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids. The most well known cannabinoid for a long time has been tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but as more scientific research is conducted involving cannabis and its ability to be used as a medicine, more and more people are learning about other cannabinoids, expecially cannabidiol (CBD). The last couple of years interest in CBD has grown exponentially, as it’s been featured on numerous television episodes showing how well it works in treating people who suffer from severe epilepsy. One of the most common questions I get asked these days is

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