May 142015
 May 14, 2015
The Highly Divisive, Curiously Underfunded And Strangely Promising World Of Marijuana Science

I received an e-mail from TIME that discusses their new cover story about marijuana science. I figured I’d post it here for discussion. TIME is a very big media outlet, so this message will reach a lot of people outside of the marijuana world. Please place your thoughts in the comments section below the article: This week’s cover of TIME investigates the world of pot science in the United States and reports on how legalization keeps rolling ahead in this country. Yet because of years of government roadblocks on research, we don’t know nearly enough about the dangers of marijuana—or

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Apr 292015
 April 29, 2015
Do You Have A Marijuana Drug Testing Question?

Email For Expert Advice In case you missed it, adult marijuana use is now legal in four states and the District of Columbia…but that doesn’t mean that your employer will tolerate it. Say what you will about the pros and cons of each initiative, but one of the glaring omissions in each of those laws is the lack of any sort of workplace protection for adults who are legally consuming cannabis on their own time. Needless to say, there are few people in this country who can be 100% open about their marijuana consumption, especially around their employer. At

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Apr 262015
 April 26, 2015
Ten Ways Marijuana Testing Can Go Wrong

10 Ways Cannabis Testing Can Go Wrong Written by Jason Wilson, Laboratory Technologist for Kenevir Research There is a lot of skepticism in the cannabis community toward laboratories. The purpose of this article is to show how cannabis testing can go wrong, in order to help educate and empower people so they can recognize suspect results or methods and find a lab that produces results they can trust. 1) Residue Buildup in Analytical Instruments aka “ghost peaks” One way that an instrument can produce bogus results is through residue buildup in the machine. When repeated analyses are performed, residues build

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Apr 252015
 April 25, 2015
Study: Oral Cannabis Extracts Associated With Seizure Control In Children With Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The administration of oral cannabis extracts is associated with the mitigation of seizures in adolescents with epilepsy, according to clinical data published this month in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. Researchers from the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver performed a retrospective chart review of 75 children provided cannabis extracts. Authors reported that 57 percent of subjects showed some level of improvement in seizure control while 33 percent reported a greater than 50 percent reduction in seizure frequency. Researchers also reported “improved behavior/alertness” in one-third of subjects and improved motor skills in ten percent of

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Apr 152015
 April 15, 2015
Federal Judge Rules Against Rescheduling Marijuana

In October of last year, federal Judge Kimberly Mueller heard four days of testimony about whether or not marijuana should be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. The feds argued that marijuana has no medical value, which is one of the descriptions for Schedule I substances according to the Controlled Substances Act. The reform side brought up actual scientists, like Dr. Carl Hart. Dr. Carl Hart is an associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Mr. Hart stated the following, according to Smell the Truth: “[I]t is my considered opinion that including marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled

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Apr 112015
 April 11, 2015
Study: Vaporized Marijuana Mitigates Treatment-Resistant Diabetic Neuropathy

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Vaporized cannabis mitigates pain intensity in diabetic subjects in a dose-dependent manner, according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Pain. Investigators at the University of California, San Diego assessed the efficacy of inhaled cannabis versus placebo in 16 patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). Authors reported: “This small, short-term, placebo-controlled trial of inhaled cannabis demonstrated a dose-dependent reduction in diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain in patients with treatment-refractory pain. … Overall, our finding of an analgesic effect of cannabis is consistent with other trials of cannabis in

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Apr 062015
 April 6, 2015
The Federal Government Admits That Marijuana Can Kill Cancer Cells

The United States government’s official stance is that marijuana has no medical value. This is proven by the fact that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. As I always say, that classification is a slap in the face to science and logic. That stance also seems to be at odds with a recent update on the National Institute on Drug Abuse website, which confirmed that marijuana can kill cancer cells according to research. Per the Daily Caller: The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a research institution run by the federal government, has grudgingly admitted that marijuana is capable of

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Apr 042015
 April 4, 2015
Consuming CBD Can Enhance Skeletal Healing

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The administration of the non-psychotropic cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) leads to improvement in bone fracture healing, according to preclinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Investigators at the Hebrew University Bone Laboratory in Israel assessed the ability of CBD administration to promote healing in rats with mid-femoral fractures. Researchers reported, “CBD markedly enhanced the biomechanical properties of the healing femora after 8 weeks.” Authors also evaluated the administration of THC and CBD together, but reported that this combined preparation was “not advantageous” over CBD alone — indicating

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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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