Archive for January, 2017

Adolescents who smoke marijuana as early as 14 do worse by 20 points on some cognitive tests and drop out of school at a higher rate than non-smokers. But if they hold off until age 17, they’re less at risk.

Source: Delaying marijuana smoking to age 17 cuts risks to teens’ brains, new study suggests — ScienceDaily

 

First of all, AuntieBS does not approve of youngsters getting high on anything but the wonders of life.  There are plenty of distractions for young people to experience, learn, enjoy, and understand.  But, having said that, she looks at this article with her oft-jaundiced eye.  Why?  Because correlation is not causation!  She does not say that this article is untrue, but only that it may be making the wrong assertions.

Think back to YOUR teen years and note what kind of kids used drugs at an early age.  Were they the “good” kids?  The average kids?  Or the “bad” kids who often got into trouble with the law or committed vandalism and other crimes?  Rather than the marijuana smoking causing the poor memory and problems with studies, various mental deficiencies are equally, if not more, likely to cause struggles in school, in social activities, and society.  A kid with a bad memory or lower IQ or other learning disability is more likely to seek escapes from reality via intoxicants, or get their rewards from adrenalin-producing risky activities.

AuntieBS wonders if these “scientists” who make such hasty accusations are not, in themselves, suffering from the mental deficiencies that they attribute to cannabis?  Always differentiate correlation with causality and ask which is the cause and which is the effect.  This report is quite inconclusive.

AuntieBS

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Source: There Are Now 100 Scientific Studies That Prove Cannabis Cures Cancer – Higher Perspective

Friends,

No one can deny that 2016 was a landmark year for marijuana legislation. Despite these gains, we must remain vigilant to protect the fragile progress that we have made and continue the fight for sane marijuana policy at the both the state and federal level to ensure that no citizen will ever again go to jail for choosing to consume marijuana.

We have won the hearts and minds of the majority of Americans and even in the shifting political climate we still must convince our elected officials to join us and support the will of the people on this issue. NORML chapters throughout the country are working to end prohibition and expand legal protections for marijuana consumers while the national NORML office in Washington, DC is working to lobby federal lawmakers, push our message out to national media, and organize supporters across the nation. But at its heart, NORML is only as strong as the people who support us and we NEED your help to fuel the movement.

THE FIGHT IS UNDERWAY. ARE YOU WITH US? SUPPORT THE NATIONWIDE PUSH TO DEFEND OUR WINS AND REFORM MORE STATE LAWS IN 2017

The cannabis movement has a strong gust of wind at our backs and we must harbor and protect this momentum. Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General and other militant marijuana prohibitionists that are rumored to be joining the incoming Trump administration would personally wish for a return to the “Just Say No” and “reefer madness” days of state oppression and cannabis hysteria.

Regardless of their resistance, the train is still steaming ahead and measures to fully legalize, establish medical programs, and decriminalize possession are common in state legislatures across the nation. We are tracking legislation moving in every state and already over 500 bills dealing with marijuana have been filed.

WE NEED A 50 STATE STRATEGY FOR REFORM. EVERY DOLLAR HELPS US ADVOCATE IN MORE STATES FOR MORE BILLS. HELP FUEL THE FIGHT FOR LEGALIZATION TODAY.

NORML will, as we have since 1970, be on the front lines of advancing the rights of marijuana consumers in the eyes of the public and politicians alike. As a truly grassroots organization, we have sustained over the decades because of the diligent work and support of people just like you.

We don’t have a billionaire backer, but we do have something better…YOU. So far this year the average donation to NORML has been $35, ensuring we are answerable to no one but cannabis consumers (not outside interests or the marijuana industry).

Together we will end prohibition and protect responsible marijuana consumers from going to jail nationwide.

Thanks for fighting with us,
The NORML Team

P.S. In order to cross the finish line, the time to get involved and keep the momentum going is now. Find your local NORML chapter to find out how to help locally and in the meantime continue to call and email our state and federal officials in favor of pending marijuana reform legislation.

 

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New research suggests an avenue for developing treatments for chronic pain that harness the medicinal properties of cannabis while minimizing the threat of addiction. Therapeutics that target the endocannabinoid system might produce pain relief with fewer side effects compared with opioids.

Source: Cannabis: Non-addictive pathway to pain relief? Medicinal properties of cannabis examined — ScienceDaily

The report found that cannabis has legitimate medical applications, contradicting the federal government’s hardline position.

Source: Here’s What the National Academy’s Medical Cannabis Report Actually Says | Leafly

What a crock of shit!  I got all moist with anticipation when I read the title, thinking “Finally, the truth comes out”, but am so disappointed I could cry.  This is yet another “meta-study”, which means no new research; just a review of existing research.  Well, shit!  We’ve (many of us) have already been reviewing research for the past decade or two.  Further, they ignored the SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, by the NIH and others, because it was performed on animal models!!!!  Instead, they relied on reports of self-medication, as reported by medical professionals– you know, the Tommy Chong types, “Like wow, man, like I think I had cancer, man, but I took 3 tokes of this shit and, like wow, man, it went away”.  Sadly, this is mostly how we know what we know.

Most of the report cites “no evidence” one way or another, or slight correlations, mostly from people who SMOKE cannabis, but little mention was made about the efficacy of edible cannabis, which gets much more of the cannabinoids into the body, albeit in a more time-release fashion.

So, what we essentially have here, as far as medical use of cannabis is concerned, is a summary of anecdotes from inhaled cannabis users, as reported to medical professional, and because of Draconian DEA restrictions, research of cannabis effects by scientists has been excluded from the report, citing in vitro tests on animal models as justification.  Thus, Congress and DEA will cite the findings here as lacking evidence of medical efficacy to justify their continued Draconian views, resulting in continued obstacles to further research, the classic “catch-22”.  Very disappointing, and virtually worthless, but providing additional fodder to governmental agencies to continue their misguided restrictions on cannabis.

What is sorely lacking is scientific methodology in human experiments by volunteers who choose to treat their maladies with cannabis, whereby scientists and medical researchers can measure dosage and effects, as well as perform double-blind studies on willing patients.  Current DEA edicts preclude this.

A disappointed and angry AuntieBS

 

Why is THC psychoactive and CBD is not? How can one cannabinoid alter the mind so profoundly, and the other seemingly not at all?

Source: CBD vs. THC: Why is CBD Not Psychoactive? | Leafly

Neural activity that retracts excessive early innervation in a certain pathway helps make late neural connections in a different pathway, research has found. This may provide a self-organizing mechanism of neural connections, and additionally, early excessive innervation may serve as a guide for making late neural connections.

Source: Scrapping excessive neural connection helps build new connections — ScienceDaily

This study suggests that cannabis may interfere with the restoration of neural connections.  The title is misleading in that the title is positive, but the details point out that cannabis may prevent this sort of useful connectivity, possibly refuting earlier studies that suggest that cannabis aids neural connections.  Given such conflicts, the jury is still out.

AuntieBS