Archive for February, 2018

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180225184123.htm

Who the hell are they to decide what’s safe or not?  Sure, if a gun is left where a child could get hold of it, that’s clearly unsafe.  But in an adult-only household, where a woman may have been raped, the gun readily available at her bedside is probably the safest thing she can do.

Imagine hearing a window break, or a door open, and footsteps in the house, particularly if you live in a high crime area.  You may not have time to put on your glasses, hope the battery is still good, and unlock your safe or find the key to unlock your trigger lock.  You may only have seconds to act.   Reaching for your bedside drawer where a loaded handgun is kept may save your life, and these armchair “scientists” say that’s not safe?  When it’s just you living there? When the ability to act quickly is a helluva lot safer than being the victim of a home invader.

This article is nothing more than Marxist sensationalism designed to sway public opinion against gun owners and is otherwise meaningless.  Had they considered who lives in the house (i.e., children), they type of neighborhood, past history, expected response time to a 911 call, and other factors, it might be valid, but as written, this is BULLSHIT.

Responsible gun ownership is certainly paramount, but that responsibility also includes where and how their gun is stored.  Many gun owners have been practicing safe and responsible gun handling and ownership for decades, and could WRITE the curriculum for a gun safety class, not to mention pass it blindfolded, but because they have not attended a class does not make them unsafe.  The bottom line is that responsible gun ownership should be up to the individual, and failures should be handled harshly, not mere slaps on the wrist.  Put the focus on where it should be:  RESPONSIBILITY, and leave the details to the person.

Remember:  When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

Auntie BS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180215153923.htm

This paper cites the need for more, controlled research into medical cannabis uses and no one would argue that, but their usage and conclusions are questionable.  First, for pain relief, cannabis has an interesting property.  It only reduces pain slightly, but renders the patient not caring about it, thus making the pain more tolerable.  Unrealistic expectations also can interfere with analgesic properties.  Given cannabis’ sedative effects, it is often best used at night, when opiates would wear off, waking the patient, while cannabis lasts the night through.  Cannabis should be administered orally for a longer, time-release, effect, with 1-3 hours (2 typ) allowed before effects begin.

Further, some of the pain relief may be through defacto hypnosis, since cannabis can be considered a hypnotic drug, and therefore be heavily modulated by the patient’s mindset.  Inexperienced patients may feel anxiety, thereby rendering cannabis less effective for pain and sleep.

It is important for the prescribing physician to determine the patient’s familiarity and experience with cannabis before prescribing, as such patients often know subjectively how well it works for them.  Novice patients need be counseled on what cannabis does and does not do, with sufficient disclaimers so as to not give unrealistic expectations.  “This may make it easier for you to sleep through the pain and you might experience a bit of dizziness if you get up at night”, would be appropriate advice.  Note that pain is not mentioned.  “If you wake and still notice pain, you may find it diminishing and becoming more tolerable as you drift off to sleep” is another bit of good advice.  Perhaps all the analgesic properties are due to self hypnosis, induced by the drug, so much more research is needed, but the subjective insistence as to its effectiveness should not be dismissed.

AuntieBS

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180212112005.htm

More scare tactics brought to you by Big Pharma.  Again, BFD.  The headline could just as well read “Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual Cinco de Mayo celebration” or “Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual 4th of July weekend”, or “Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual New Year’s Eve”.  Get the picture?  ANY celebratory event which customarily includes intoxicants invariably leads to more accidents.  Duh.

I have a feeling that these recent scare articles are preparing us for a renewed onslaught by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who seems much more concerned with ruining the lives of happy stoners and elderly medical cannabis users, than he is with the rampant white collar crime in Washington, D.C.

The entire UBC scare article can be summarized:  “Don’t drive buzzed”.  Period.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180212125804.htm

The same tired argument that cannabis today is much stronger.  BFD.  Vodka is stronger than beer, so what?  You don’t chug vodka in the same quantities as beer, and you don’t smoke joints of 25% THC cannabis like you did the stuff back in 1975.  People who smoke cannabis– the new, improved, extra-strength, as-seen-on-TV stuff– usually take one or two tokes and enjoy the same mild high that required smoking an entire joint of harsh, throat-burning, cough-inducing, foul-smelling weed fifty years ago.

Also, the article states that “Schizophrenia and other psychiatric issues may be triggered by marijuana use”.  Well, milk can cause weight gain in sedentary individuals.  So what?  Those same psychiatric issues might be triggered by violence on television, alcohol, or even cold medicine.  That’s like saying “car accidents can be caused by drunk driving”.  Anyone with half a brain (the good half, of course) should avoid street drugs if they might have an adverse effect.  Tell us something we DON’T know.

This is just a typical scare-tactics foist on us by Big Pharma, in the same vein as “Exercise can cause asthma attacks in susceptible individuals”, or “Consuming dairy products by lactose-intolerant individuals can cause cramping and flatulence.”  Yes, this JAOA article is mostly flatulence; lots of noise with little matter.

 

AuntieBS

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207090111.htm

Just guessing, I would assume that heroin addicts would augment their highs with strong cannabis doses, thereby using less opiate (stretching it for lower cost, longer availability) and thereby having fewer overdoses.  Medical cannabis is more often sold in stronger concentrates and infused candy for a more time-released effect, than is typically available in legal recreational cannabis markets.

Cannabis users that concurrently use alcohol, generally smoke less cannabis and drink less alcohol, than either alone.  Why would not the same relationship occur between those using cannabis and heroin, concurrently?

AuntieBS