Archive for September, 2017

Scientists have found that physical abuse was associated with decreases in children’s cognitive performance, while non-abusive forms of physical punishment were independently associated with reduced school engagement and increased peer isolation.

Source: Physical abuse and punishment impact children’s academic performance — ScienceDaily


While collectively, this may be true, but I would add that it strongly is influenced by the subjects– the parents and the child.  I was raised with spankings (with a wooden slat) when I deserved it.  It was used non-abusively as capital punishment for egregious mis-deeds, with loss of privileges being the usual form of punishment.  I feared it and respected it, and it kept me in line.  Maybe other children react differently, or their parents resort to such punishment too quickly, but I can assure the reader that this is NOT universal.


Researchers have found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract.

Source: Cancerous toxins linked to cannabis extract — ScienceDaily


Just like the scare on solvents remaining in decaffeinated coffee, how the extract is made is important.  It may be the solvent, the method, the attention to details, or all the above.  I would think that purists would prefer just the plant material, without any extraction residues.


More than half of the states in the US now allow some type of legal marijuana use, primarily medical marijuana. But, in a survey of medical residents and deans at the nation’s medical schools, researchers have found that the majority of schools are not teaching their students about medical marijuana, and the majority of students don’t feel prepared to discuss the subject with patients.

Source: Medical students not trained to prescribe medical marijuana: Many states allow medical pot, but few med schools address it — ScienceDaily


Many people, with whom I’ve spoken about cannabis, say “I’ll ask my doctor about it”.  They might as well ask the neighborhood drug dealer, who may know more than their doctor about it.  Big Pharma, who see cannabis as a threat to their profits, denounce cannabis if they mention it at all.  And, they provide many grants for medical schools and text books.  Any wonder as to why your doctor is clueless about cannabis?  My readers– all of you– know more about cannabis than most doctors do.  It is up to us to know the good, the bad, and the ugly about cannabis, it’s side effects, its efficacies, and its contraindications.  Educate yourselves.  This blog is a good starting point.


Marijuana may bring on temporary paranoia and other psychosis-related effects in individuals at high risk of developing a psychotic disorder, finds a preliminary study.

Source: Marijuana may produce psychotic-like effects in high-risk individuals — ScienceDaily


This is like saying that people with frail bones are more likely to break them when they fall, or people who don’t exercise are more likely to get tired when doing work, or other obvious connections.  All this article says is that if you are a high-risk individual– “psychotic symptoms (such as unusual thoughts, suspiciousness, perceptual disturbances)”, are more likely to have them exacerbated when using cannabis.

And my own revelation of the day: “People who can’t do math are more likely to be cheated in financial transactions”.

OK, back to sleep……..


A study by neuroscientists finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Source: CBD may protect against psychiatric risk from high-THC cannabis strains: Neuroscientists find cannabidiol reduces symptoms such as impaired memory in adolescent mice simultaneously exposed to THC — ScienceDaily