For years, many caregivers and patients have been using cannabis extracts to directly treat cancer and dramatically reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Despite the steady increase in remarkable success stories, the mainstream media has generally been reluctant to discuss this. Some rare exceptions exist, such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussing Landon Riddle, a pediatric leukemia patient, on CNN.
A popular Huffington Post article about Dr. William Courtney’s success treating a pediatric brain cancer patient. Articles in The Washington Post and Boston Globe have also alluded to the anti-cancer potential of cannabis.
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Chips, chicken wings, perhaps some White Castle? We already know that activating the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) contributes to that uncontrollable urge to snack. And now, according to a new study published in Nature this week, the munchies are partly driven by neurons that, oddly enough, normally work to suppress your appetite.
“It’s like pressing a car’s brakes and accelerating instead,” Yale’s Tamas Horvath says in a news release. “We were surprised to find that the neurons we thought were responsible for shutting down eating, were suddenly being activated and promoting hunger, even when you are full. It fools the brain’s central feeding system.”
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If cannabis were discovered in the Amazon rainforest today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could of all of the potential benefits of the plant. Unfortunately, it carries with it a long history of being a persecuted plant. Dr. Donald Abrams, Chief of Hematology Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital
Approximately 106,000 Americans die yearly from prescribed medications, according to the American Medical Association. Even more frightening, preventable medical errors account for a staggering 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year — and is considered the 3rd leading cause of death. “It’s equivalent to 2,000 [...]
What drug is enjoyable and, under some circumstances, might actually be good for your brain? Can smoking this substance prevent age-related memory loss, for example? To answer these and similar questions, I turn now to a neurotransmitter system in the brain that was discovered through the use of one of the most common drugs in our history. This system may not have the most familiar of names — endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter — but the drug that tells us most about its function is certainly a household word: marijuana. Indeed, few drugs have the kind of colorful history that marijuana has achieved. Thus, before examining the neurotransmitter that it affects, let’s look [...]
by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz
I spent the day at the inaugural service of the First Church of Cannabis. Here are my thoughts. I’ve also embedded audio of “High Priest” Bill Levin’s sermon. The Leon-Tailored Audio is less than three minutes, it really was short and to the point.
Be honest, whether you like the First Church of Cannabis (TFCC) or not, you know you were just waiting to see or hear reports of someone lighting up and getting arrested and then mayhem ensuing. I was.
No such luck.
I attended the inaugural service of TFCC and sans the marijuana, it was just like any other church service. Granted there were a few dozen IMPD officers and [...]
BY: MATTHEW CHIN
In Indianapolis, Indiana, following the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a controversial law that has been known to deliberately suppress LGBT rights, has unintentionally helped The First Church of Cannabis become a legitimate establishment.
The RFRA states that if you have a religion, the government won’t impede on your right for that religion. Bill Levin, the minister and “Grand Pooba” of the church legitimized his church and congregation by applying for legal status, and was approved the very day the RFRA was signed. The church is established as a religious corporation, and is considered by law as The First Church of Cannabis Inc., while also [...]
The War on Drugs is always a hotly debated subject, especially among cannabis users. However, almost everyone can agree that the War on Drugs in general has been one of the longest and most failed wars in history — and it still continues today.
Even though we have heard all the countless arguments against the War on Drugs, former police Captain, Peter Christ, will blow you away with his argument specifically. As Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’s co-founder, you can bet that you’ll be amazed by his sound logic and reasoning.
As the war continues to wage on, it is quickly losing steam, and people like Peter Christ are making an enormous impact for those exposed to [...]
It’s sometimes said that the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it. And as an ever-increasing number of Americans comes around to the benefits of (at least) decriminalizing the drug, that sentiment rings truer and truer.
Decriminalization would likely have robust effects on the criminal justice system, state economies, and business owners, among other things. But for a drug so heavily associated with the practical details of ingestion––namely, smoking––health concerns linger in the air.
As a number of media outlets noted this week, however, there is a surprising body of evidence about smoking pot that could be worth revisiting: marijuana [...]
Astrophysicists from the University of Hawaii have discovered Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a meteorite found in the Nevada desert in 2010.
Researchers who analyzed meteorite fragments in search of micro-bacterial data found the presence of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is found in a variety of plants, but most famously in the cannabis plant.
Astrophysicist (specialized in astrobiology) James Hun, head of the research team said:
The discovery of THC on meteorite fragments will have huge impact on the science of astrobiology. If chemical substances, that change brain functions and result in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness in humans, find their [...]
Under the newly established Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act of 2015, the country of Jamaica is now able to legally engage in the development of the medical marijuana industry. Jamaica has just planted its first legal marijuana plant on the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona; the plant is to be cultivated by university scientist to undergo medical research.
Though it may it be a while before the use of medical marijuana becomes legal for Jamaican citizens, this is certainly a step in the right direction. “We have to start this way, so that we can set the stage for full commercialization,” said Science Minister Philip Paulwell. With all of the formally [...]
A group of medical researchers from St. George’s University of London were commissioned by the federal government for the purpose of definitively proving that cannabis has “no medicinal value”; however, they seem to have proven just the opposite.
The results of the studies stated by the government branch NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) conclusively found that the two most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), effectively weaken the ferociousness of cancer development resulting in tumor size reduction and in a number of cases, the actually killing of cancer cells. This is not necessarily news, but the fact that the [...]
Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Whatever you call it, it’s the most popular illegal drug in the world, gaining support for legalization for both medicinal and recreational purposes. But what does marijuana actually do to us? Let’s take a look at this fascinating drug, its health effects, and potential concerns about using it.Marijuana Is a Controlled Substance…Lacking in Controlled, Scientific Research
Before we start, we should note that a whole lot more research needs to be done in this area. Although marijuana has been used for centuries as a medicine and as an inebriant (it’s even mentioned in [...]