Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits – but without the psychotropic high.

Source: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids — ScienceDaily

 

This is interesting.  Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil are high in omega-3 fatty acids, but might also contain some cannabinoids.  No, not THC.  Sorry.  But other cannabinoids.  It would be interesting to know if hemp seeds/oil have better anti inflammatory properties than fish oil or other omega-3 sources.

AuntieBS

Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.

Source: Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18: Seattle-focused study suggests earlier intervention with depressed youths could reduce rate of cannabis-use disorder — ScienceDaily

 

YAY!  They got the causality right, for a change:  Depression in teens leads to subsequent cannabis abuse, not vice versa, as so many “studies” suggest.  This is refreshing.  How many other maladies, attributed to cannabis or other drugs, are the cause, not the result?

AuntieBS

An important step has been taken toward a reliable marijuana breathalyzer by measuring the vapor pressure of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a measurement that, due to the compound’s chemical structure, is very difficult and has not been accomplished before.

Source: Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer: Researchers have measured a fundamental physical property of the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana — ScienceDaily

Imagine if this much effort was put into characterizing the properties and medical benefits of cannabis…  <sigh>

AuntieBS

The link between marijuana use and psychotic-like experiences has been confirmed in a Canadian adolescent cohort.

Source: Marijuana and vulnerability to psychosis — ScienceDaily

While this may not be bullshit, it may be overblown.  It’s easy to get paranoid and mis-perceive reality when stoned, and possibly a bit after.  But, this is like a “duh” moment because any mind-altering, or more accurately, perception-altering intoxicant can do this.  But, it goes away after a while.

Now, I should comment that I do not approve of adolescents getting intoxicated on anything– there is just too much to learn about and perceive while sober/straight to confuse the brain with intoxicants, but it may not be the end of the world as the frowning “experts” believe.  Still, I think youth is to be experienced in full presence of mind, and intoxicants can come later.

AuntieBS

A new study has found that adolescents living in medical marijuana states with a plethora of dispensaries are more likely to have tried new methods of cannabis use, such as edibles and vaping, at a younger age than those living in states with fewer dispensaries.

Source: Legal cannabis laws impact teen use — ScienceDaily

 

I was going to denounce this as BS but it’s not– the correlation is there and the legality is likely causal.  BUT, it does NOT mean that the kids are getting their cannabis from dispensaries, directly, but through irresponsible adults.  It would be akin to making much fuss about liquor stores “impacting teen use”.  Or “Repeal of Prohibition impacts teen use of alcohol”.  So, that’s sort of a “DUH” moment, hardly worth a “study”

Like most problems are not caused by [drugs, guns, trucks, alcohol, opiates,…] but by irresponsible humans.  So, ANY cannabis availability, legal or illegal, will affect teen use, as long as irresponsible humans supply it to them.

AuntieBS

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

College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.

Source: Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

I wonder how much Big Pharma paid for that brilliant revelation.  Let’s see, something is illegal– do I report that I use it or just keep quiet about it.  Or maybe I follow the laws and don’t use it.  Then, it is legalized, so I feel freer to report that I use it and certainly might indulge in it.  Any surprises?  Could anyone have not predicted that outcome?  The same could have been predicted about alcohol after Prohibition was lifted, or likely most ANY product that is suddenly found on store shelves.

What is not yet said is how problematic behavior is affected.  How many car accidents?  OD’s from alcohol or opiates?  Assaults?  Burglaries?  Shootings?  What is the overall effect on society from the legalization?

AuntieBS