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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180424160233.htm

I have long been an advocate of a direct test for coordination, judgment, and reaction time, instead of the current cannabis metabolite test being used in some areas to determine whether or not a driver is stoned.  The problem with this test is that cannabis metabolites can remain in a person’s blood for a month after usage has stopped, and is a very poor indicator of the driver’s state of mind.

Instead, a field-administered test of reaction time, judgment, and coordination could be a vastly better indicator of driver impairment and driving ability.  It can be administered with a laptop computer, as law-enforcement officers usually have in their cars, or by a custom device.  Not only would it detect impairment, irrespective of what intoxicant was used, but would also get aged or unhealthy drivers off the road.  It makes little difference whether a driver is impaired due to drug use or because of serious illnesses or age-related degeneration.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180423155046.htm

Research into which cannabinoids are effective will go a long way in treating cancer.  Maybe it’s time to rattle our representatives’ cages and insist that research into cannabis be allowed unimpeded.  The current scheduling is ridiculous, and the entire country knows that.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180423125052.htm

We take risks during our lives, but medicating our babies may not be the wisest thing to do.  Let them grow up normally, so they can decide for themselves when they are of age.

AuntieBS

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/04/180419100110.htm

Another useful data point.

AuntieBS

http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4

It’s beginning to go mainstream, folks.  As soon as obstacles to studying it are removed, and Big Pharma gets out of the way, we may have an entire new generation of medications derived from cannabis.  Until then, we medicate ourselves, prudently, intelligently, and responsibly.

AuntieBS

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

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