Archive for May, 2016

Source: International law allows for the legalization of cannabis — ScienceDaily

Terpenes are a group of fragrant essential oils that contribute to the complex aroma and effects of cannabis. Three common terpenes include humulene, caryophyllene, and trans-nerolidol.

Source: Cannabis Terpenes: The Benefits of Humulene, Caryophyllene, and Trans-Nerolidol – Leafly

Thanks to odd quirks of Austrian law, the country has become the capital of legal cannabis clones. Consumption, though? Still verboten.

Source: How Austria Became Europe’s Cannabis Clone Superstore – Leafly

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more US states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.

Source: As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents’ problems with pot decline: Fewer adolescents also report using marijuana — ScienceDaily

Source: Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

States with higher estimated levels of gun ownership had higher incidents of gun-related suicides, with firearm ownership alone explaining 71 percent of the variation in state-level gun suicide rates for males and 49 percent for females, a new study shows.

Source: Firearm ownership closely tied to suicide rates, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

I usually write about cannabis lies, but wish to point out BULLSHIT so you can spot it easier when you see it in print, whether regarding cannabis, guns, the4 environment, or any other controversial subject.  The casual reader would see this title and assume that guns cause more suicides, but once again, that little rascal gets in the way: CAUSALITY.

If the headline read:  “Automobile ownership tied to vehicle accident rates, study finds”, most readers would think “Duh, of course.”  Well, what this “study” really shows is that IF a person is suicidal, they will more likely choose a gun to kill themselves.  This is akin to saying that people who live in San Francisco are more likely to commit suicide by jumping off the infamous Golden Gate Bridge, or New Yorkers, from the Empire State Building or other tall high rise.  All it means is that if people are suicidal, they will choose the most effective way available to them.  It literally has little to do with guns, because guns are just the tool available to commit their sad deed.  If guns were not available, drugs, razor blades, tall structures, or large bodies of water will substitute as alternatives.

Misleading “studies” like these are commonly produced by those with an agenda, to IMPLY causality in a negative way.  For example, this study could have easily been “Cannabis access closely tied to suidide rates, study finds”, if they focused on suicides in states where cannabis was available, because the correlation is inevitable, but is not causal.

Almost any “study” on controversial topics will show the authors’ underlying agendas, so if you read “New York City restrooms tied to transgender bathroom assaults”, a topic in the news these days, is ambiguous bullshit, because MOST transgenders are likely to move to large cities, and are most likely to encounter problems when using a restroom.  In other words, there are several OTHER factors at play, none of which mean New York restrooms are more dangerous than others.

Learn to spot this kind of BULLSHIT and you will develop critical reading skills.  Politicians often knowingly (or stupidly) use these sorts of “studies” to further their own agendas.

AuntieBS

When drugs fail, and surgery is the only remaining option on the horizon, smoking cannabis may provide an effective and safe natural alternative for the debilitating inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s disease.

Source: Cannabis Superior To Drugs For Inflammatory Bowel Condition Crohn’s

The Canadian government’s plan to legalize marijuana contravenes its current legal obligations to the United Nation’s international drug-control conventions, states a new expert commentary.

Source: Canada’s plans to legalize marijuana contravene UN’s international conventions, say experts — ScienceDaily

The BULLSGHIT is where a sovereign country purportedly lacks the rights to make laws within its borders!!!  Seriously?  And notice who wrote the article– the Canadian Medical Association, yet another shill for Big Pharma.

I guess this opens our eyes to who is REALLY running the world:  Huge corporate conglomerates– the same people that pushed Europeans to give up their sovreignity of individual nations and become the EU, so they were easier to control, as in this case.

It’s BULLSHIT!

AuntieBS

Last month the DEA quietly announced it would make a determination on whether to reschedule cannabis. How likely would a rescheduling be, and what would it mean for the industry?

Source: What Would Actually Happen if the DEA Rescheduled Cannabis? – Leafly

Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research. New research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are arbitrary and unsupported by science, which could result in unsafe motorists going free and others being wrongfully convicted for impaired driving.

Source: Fatal road crashes involving marijuana double after state legalizes drug: Foundation research also shows that legal limits for marijuana and driving are meaningless — ScienceDaily

This is disingenuous!  Cannabis metabolites remain in the body for up to a month or more, so they cannot accurately determine whether or not the driver was impaired or high at the time of the accident.

Medical cannabis patients, with chronic pain or other malady, may start with ingesting as little as 10mg THC, and after a few years, require as much as 200-300mg THC for the same pain relief, as tolerance is built.  Yet, many show no signs of intoxication whatsoever, even at these huge doses.  But, what will a blood test show?  The tester will mistakenly assume that they were wasted at the time of the blood draw.

What will it take for Law Enforcement to wise up?  With designer drugs, pharmaceuticals, cannabis, and who knows what, it is impossible to accurately tell the intoxication level at the time of accident.  The ONLY rational solution is to field test a driver, suspected of intoxication, is to use a laptop or custom-built device that measures reaction time, coordination, and judgment.  Then, it matters less what the person had ingested, if anything, but to the point, it measures the driver’s physical and mental state.  Is it OK for a sober driver to drive while uncoordinated, mentally defective, or inept, but jail someone who may have cannabis in their bodies, but who pass the above tests?  Of course not– that’s BULLSHIT.  Yet, this is what Law Enforcement currently does.

I would rather be in a car with a skilled, alert, coordinated, and experienced driver who may test positive for cannabis, than with a naturally defective or inept driver who would pass any blood test.  Focus on the actual problem, not some poorly-coordinated parameter.  Create a software program that runs on a laptop– or develop a stand-alone device– that measures a driver’s reaction time, coordination, and judgment, which focuses on the driver’s ability to safely drive!

AuntieBS