Archive for October, 2017

Despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite appears more likely to be the case, new research indicates.

Source: Regular marijuana use linked to more sex, study finds — ScienceDaily


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A pre-clinical study reports that the use of the positive allosteric modulator GAT211 enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals produced by the body in response to stress or injury. The research is a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects of opioids.

Source: Pre-clinical study suggests path toward non-addictive painkillers: Researchers use a compound with a novel mechanism to treat pain in mice without tolerance or physical dependence — ScienceDaily

About a quarter of adults whose marijuana use is problematic in early adulthood have anxiety disorders in childhood and late adolescence, according to new data.

Source: A quarter of problematic pot users have anxiety disorders, many since childhood: Regional data also suggest some teens who abuse pot outgrow habit in adulthood — ScienceDaily

These high-brow researchers place far more mystique on pot use than necessary.  The issue is much simpler than what they say, is socio-economically related, as well as intelligence-related.  If you are a teen, struggling in school due to a low-IQ, bad parenting, socio-economic struggles, the fun of getting high becomes a much more enjoyable activity and distraction as well as escape.  But, the pot is not causal.

Smarter, harder-working, more advantaged kids grow into adults who may be more responsible, career-oriented, and eager to climb the socio-economic ladder, so pot use becomes a negative distraction that simply takes too much time or interferes with other activities, and thereby offers  only occasional recreational escape.

You can substitute television, social Internet, or other distractions for pot use and get similar results.  It’s really no big deal.  Struggling people will gravitate more to escapes/distractions from their struggling worlds.  What is difficult to understand about that?  I guess the obvious does not provide thesis topics or grants.


Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study.

Source: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates — ScienceDaily

Once again, “researchers”, either incompetent or by political agenda, mistake correlation with causality.  Dangerous neighborhoods beget law-abiding people to request concealed carry permits for their protection.  It is the dangerous neighborhoods that are the causal factor.  Concealed carrying citizens do not make neighborhoods dangerous.

Look no further than Chicago, where obtaining a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible.  Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the highest homicide rates.  That example, alone, should tell the reader that this “study” is manure; pure garbage.


An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. It is the first research in more than 20 years to scrutinize why, how often, and in what manner US adults carry loaded handguns.

Source: Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily, study finds: Most are male, and cite protection as primary reason; ‘significant’ public health implications, researchers say — ScienceDaily

If guns were the problem, this alone would be scary.  Since all these people do NOT commit gun crimes, it pretty much refutes the anti-gun meme.


Cellular-level changes to a part of the brain’s reward system induced by chronic exposure to the psychoactive component of marijuana may contribute to the drug’s pleasurable and potentially addictive qualities, suggests a study in young mice.

Source: A new target for marijuana — ScienceDaily


This means that frequent/constant getting high depletes neurotransmitters, requiring more cannabis for the same pleasure, much like eating chili peppers gets you used to the heat by depleting the nerve cells ability to transmit the pain.  This tolerance build-up and is usually a requirement for addiction.

As with most things, moderation is usually the best avenue.


A recent study concludes that marijuana use might actually disrupt your sleep. However, experts point out there may be other factors involved.

Source: Sleep and Marijuana

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: Study: Cannabis May Be Protective Against Liver Disease – – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

Cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating derivative from cannabis, has been shown to reduce seizures and autism-like behaviors in a mouse model of a genetic disorder, Dravet syndrome. Children with this devastating condition have difficult-to-treat epilepsy, cognitive impairments, and problems with social interactions. The researchers also studied how therapeutic effects of cannabidiol relate to changes in signaling between certain brain neurons.

Source: Cannabidiol benefits and mechanisms shown in mouse study of Dravet syndrome: Cannabidiol treatment reduces seizures and autism-like behaviors in mice with this genetic condition — ScienceDaily

A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine.

Source: Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care — ScienceDaily


So, can we safely assume that if someone gets violent from cannabis, that they are mentally ill?  Probably not.  But, mentally ill people should not consume cannabis or any other psychotropic drug outside of doctors’ care.  If consuming anything makes you violent, that’s good indication to stop using it.

As for the study, how do we know that violent, mentally ill people are more likely to use cannabis to try to calm down?  Causality is not proven– just correlation.  Still,…..