Archive for May, 2017

The Canadian federal government’s bill C-45 to legalize marijuana in Canada will jeopardize the health of young people and Parliament should vote against it, argues a new article.

Source: Legalizing marijuana will harm health of youth in Canada, study shows — ScienceDaily


Big Pharma is at it again.  “Toxic to neurons”, says the Editor of CMAJ.  Crock-o-shit, because cannabis has been shown to aid in neurogenesis– the opposite of what she says.  This purported toxicity has been debunked many times in the past.

Add to all this, show me a teenager that cannot acquire cannabis if she or he wants it.  It’s ludicrous to assume that if something ubiquitous as cannabis is illegal, that it cannot easily be obtained.  Legalizing it will just take the criminality of it away.  Think how many young lives are damaged by overzealous cops and school administrators “setting examples” and giving kids criminal records.

AuntieBS does not endorse young people getting high, but is realistic enough to understand the anti-cannabis BS from Big Pharma.  Government should stay out of the anti-drug business and instead teach young people that getting high is just another distraction from much more important activities.  The best deterrent to drug abuse is for people to choose to avoid them.  AuntieBS readers most likely avoid opiates because they are fully aware of the downsides of addiction, and choose to avoid them, despite knowing the attractive euphoria it produces.  They simply choose to not go down that road.  Adults must take responsibility to teach young people the facts, not exaggerated scare stories and lies, to help ensure that they avoid intoxicants, much like has been successfully done in Portugal over the past decade or longer.  Get government out of the anti-drug business!


Unexpected highs are a consequence of using new marijuana products and edibles, products that have flooded the marijuana market since legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Source: Trying new marijuana products and edibles is associated with unexpected highs — ScienceDaily


This is news?  It would be like “Trying different liqueurs produces different intoxication”.  Duh!  Edibles are absorbed slowly and have a much longer effect, and a different high.  It can take as long as 3 hours after ingestion, to produce the maximum effect, though 1-2 hours is more usual.  And, it can be frightening.  You eat it, get a nice buzz going, but you keep getting higher and higher.  OMG, when is it going to stop?  Did I eat too much? And anxiety and paranoia can develop.

When ingesting, it is wisest to GO SLOWLY.  Try a minimum dose (10mg THC) and let it play out.  You can try more the next evening, but go easy at first.  When used for a sleep disorder or pain, I have heard large people suggest 30mg to sleep the night through or to reduce pain.  Obviously, it is going to last 6-8 hours, or more, so evening time of ingestion is best when no driving is involved.  No one wants a DUI or to endanger themselves or others.


Scott Leatherdale

Source: Marijuana use tied to poorer school performance — ScienceDaily


What BULLSHIT.  This is worthy of reporting? Shame on you, University of Waterloo.  This useless “study” could easily read “masturbation tied to poorer school performance”, or “discovery of opposite sex tied to poorer school performance”, or “television”, or “cars”, or “sports”, etc.  Of course a distraction might be tied to poorer academic performance, but is the distraction bad?  Is it causal?  Or is it the result of poor academic performance.  I remember how I used to daydream, during a lecture, when I was lost by the subject matter.  Was my daydreaming causal to poor grades, or was it being lost in class that was causal to daydreaming.   When school is a struggle, distractions– of ANY kind– increase.

This useless “study” could just as easily find that students who were struggling in school, might gravitate to distractions such as marijuana, alcohol, or any number of other distraction.  If it’s painful and frustrating to study, a distraction comes to the rescue, so they don’t have to face the reality that their study habits (or IQs) may be lacking.

And a large element of our society wonders why the “establishment” lacks credibility, with garbage “studies” like this.  Shame on Scott Leatherdale and Karen Patte for publishing useless correlations without establishing causality!  I would not be surprised to find that Big Pharma, law enforcement, or others with an anti-marijuana agenda funded this “study”.


NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

Source: Congress Reauthorizes Protections For State Medical Cannabis Programs – – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

Memory performance decreases with increasing age. Cannabis can reverse these ageing processes in the brain. This was shown in mice by scientists at the University of Bonn with their colleagues at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel). Old animals were able to regress to the state of two-month-old mice with a prolonged low-dose treatment with a cannabis active ingredient. This opens up new options, for instance, when it comes to treating dementia.

Source: Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain, study suggests: Researchers restore the memory performance of Methuselah mice to a juvenile stage — ScienceDaily

The DEA must be upset.  Clearly, they ignore all the scientific evidence and pursue their own job-preserving ways, while they ruin people’s lives and stifle research.  And, Congress knows this (or are complete idiots) but has their lips firmly on Big Parma’s butt cheeks.  (Sigh)  When will we ever emerge from the dark ages?


Source: The National District Attorneys Association Is Lying About Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform


What bullshit!  These assholes have nothing better to do than chase stoners, and people who use cannabis for medical purposes.  My almost non-existent esteem of lawyers has dipped to a new low.


Addict Behav. 2017 Apr 4;72:138-143. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.04.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Source: Intentional cannabis use to reduce crack cocaine use in a Canadian setting: A longitudinal analysis. – PubMed – NCBI

Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of obesity and diabetes mellitus (DM) in humans and mouse disease models. Obesity and DM are a well-established independent risk factor for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most prevalent liver disease globally. The effects of cannabis use on NAFLD prevalence in humans remains ill-defined. Our objective is to determine the relationship between cannabis use and the prevalence of NAFLD in humans. We conducted a population-based case-control study of 5,950,391 patients using the 2014 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Nationwide Inpatient Survey (NIS) discharge records of patients 18 years and older. After identifying patients with NAFLD (1% of all patients), we next identified three exposure groups: non-cannabis users (98.04%), non-dependent cannabis users (1.74%), and dependent cannabis users (0.22%). We adjusted for potential demographics and patient related confounders and used multivariate logistic regression (SAS 9.4) to determine the odds of developing NAFLD with respects to cannabis use. Our findings revealed that cannabis users (dependent and non-dependent) showed significantly lower NAFLD prevalence compared to non-users (AOR: 0.82[0.76–0.88]; p<0.0001). The prevalence of NAFLD was 15% lower in non-dependent users (AOR: 0.85[0.79–0.92]; p<0.0001) and 52% lower in dependent users (AOR: 0.49[0.36–0.65]; p<0.0001). Among cannabis users, dependent patients had 43% significantly lower prevalence of NAFLD compared to non-dependent patients (AOR: 0.57[0.42–0.77]; p<0.0001). Our observations suggest that cannabis use is associated with lower prevalence of NAFLD in patients. These novel findings suggest additional molecular mechanistic studies to explore the potential role of cannabis use in NAFLD development.

Source: Cannabis use is associated with reduced prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A cross-sectional study