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Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, released with the endorsement of key medical and public health organizations, provide 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. The guidelines are based on a scientific review by an international team of experts.

Source: Lowering health risks of cannabis use with new public health guidelines: Evidence-based recommendations endorsed by Canadian medical and public health organizations — ScienceDaily

Well, I began reading this expecting to issue another bullshit alert, but I have to agree that the bullet points in the linked paper are reasonable, and most of it is common sense.  I agree that kids have no business getting high and buzzed driving is NOT a good thing.  I am less fearful of concentrates because, like vodka, you don’t go chugging it like lite beer– you simply ingest less.  I also like my lungs for breathing air, not smoke, so my preferred method of ingestion is in edibles, accurately marked with dosage information– my virgin dose is 30mg THC after absention, up to about 120mg after chronic use for a few months.  Users should know their dosages, because exceeding them is not fun.

Anyway, reasonable article.  I recommend reading the referenced article.

AuntieBS

New research looked at diverging trajectories of cannabis and tobacco policies in the US and attempts to explain some of the reasoning behind the different paths, while discussing possible implications.

Source: Why the marijuana and tobacco policy camps are on very different paths: In new paper, researchers examine the diverging trajectories of the two communities, and what each could learn from the other — ScienceDaily

 

Gee, let’s compare apples with coconuts– they must be similar, since they both grow on trees.  Tobacco use is an addiction; the primary benefit of it is to quell the craving due to addiction.  As the nicotine in the body and brain is metabolized, a sort of anxiety and craving ensues, which is relieved by the next cigarette.

Marijuana produces a relaxing, peaceful, comfort that is pleasant and enjoyable by many, in addition to its helpful medical properties.  So, comparing the two is like comparing the enjoyment of getting out of prison with the enjoyment of having sex.  One is an escape from discomfort, while the other is an enjoyable recreational activity.  The only commonality is that both are enjoyable experiences, but for different reasons.

AuntieBS

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!

AuntieBS

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.

AuntieBS

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”.

AuntieBS

Researchers found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight. It is the first large-scale study in Canada to show this association between maternal marijuana use and low birth weight infants.

Source: Maternal marijuana use linked to low birth weight — ScienceDaily

 

I am having trouble with this one, also, and believe that other factors are at play.  For one, most educated women would naturally not risk smoking marijuana while pregnant, just as a precaution, since so much is at stake.  So, what kind of woman WOULD smoke marijuana while pregnant?  Less educated ones?  Women more likely to also smoke cigarettes and consume alcohol?  Woman who might also take prescription drugs, or how about women who eat junk food, and otherwise eat poorly and suffer from malnutrition?

The study at least addressed socio-economic factors, which poor quality, shill studies often omit, and admitted possible errors due to the nature of their data, so that is to be commended.  But, I believe that other factors will be determined to be causal, besides the marijuana.  Still, there is enough doubt, that instinctively, I would avoid marijuana if pregnant, just in case.  Anyone with half a brain would not risk consuming an intoxicant while pregnant, so women without half a brain, who would risk marijuana use might also be more likely to take other risks, which are more likely to be causal.

AuntieBS

Legal marijuana shops are linked to higher levels of property crime in nearby areas, according to a nearly three-year study in Denver.

Source: Legal marijuana stores lead to increases in property crime: Crime hits nearby neighborhoods, not area around the outlets — ScienceDaily

 

This study does not make sense.  What could possibly be a causal factor here?  While people drink in bars; and alcohol lowers inhibitions, judgment, and increases violence; they may engage in more crime as they leave and head for home or other venues.  Marijuana does not increase violence and any lowering of judgment and inhibitions is minimal by comparison.  Further, people do not consume marijuana in the outlets, as they do alcohol in bars.  Instead, they usually go home and use the marijuana there.  Some, may have their tokes as they leave the outlets, but the usage pattern of the two are different.  People generally do not commit crimes to support either alcohol or marijuana, as they do with opiates or methamphetamine.

So, what could be the cause here?  Could zoning laws that limit marijuana outlets to industrial areas have something to do with it?  Possibly.  Could biased “researchers” attempting to imply addiction to be a driving factor?  Also possible, of not more so.

While I cannot pinpoint it, I smell a strong odor of BULLSHIT here, if only for the alleged correlation, when there should be none.  Anyone with any experience with marijuana would tell you that this makes no sense, and the marijuana is unlikely to be causal.  Could junkies and meth heads just happen to frequent areas near marijuana outlets?  Perhaps.  The odor of BULLSHIT is strong, but I cannot pinpoint the origin of it.

AuntieBS