Feb 15

Pro-Cannabis Doctor, Who Fought Against Big Pharma, Found Dead at Home

Holistic pro-cannabis doctor found dead.A holistic doctor who was an advocate of cannabis as a medical treatment has been found dead.  Popular and well-known former Miss Universe contestant Sonya Kay Forbes was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue, St. Andrew home, and the autopsy revealed the cause of death was a stab wound to the abdomen.Dr. Forbes, 40 was known for being in support of using cannabis to treat and cure medical conditions, she was currently working on a groundbreaking study which was using cannabis to help people suffering from long term eye problems.Dr. Forbes is just the latest in a long line of holistic doctors who have been found dead at home in mysterious circumstances.The pressures of being a holistic doctor in a world led by Big Pharma are huge. To go against the status quo in terms of healthcare is a dangerous move, and many holistic doctors have talked about the pressures and threats from the mainstream pharmaceutical industry.Marijuana in particular is one of the newest types of alternative drugs that holistic doctors such as Forbes have been promoting, and Big Pharma don’t like it.Despite being legalized in around half of all U.S states now, heavy sanctions on the marijuana industry prove just how unsure and still wary the government are about letting people enjoy the benefits of this wonderful drug.The close ties that Big Pharma share with the government due to billions of dollars of lobby money given each year means that one does not operate without the approval of the other.Naturally, anyone who is an enemy of Big Pharma makes themselves an enemy of the government and vice versa.

Source: Pro-Cannabis Doctor, Who Fought Against Big Pharma, Found Dead at Home

Feb 06

Synthetic cannabis drug trial results in hospitalization and death

Pharmaceutical companies have been trying to manufacture synthetic versions of cannabis for years. Recently, a Portuguese company named Bial produced a drug designed to treat anxiety and pain by blocking process by which the human body breaks down naturally-occurring cannabinoid compounds in the body. Biotrial, a French research organization, conducted the trial of the drug at its facilities in Rennes, France. So far, this resulted in one death and the hospitalization of five other participants.Instead of embracing natural, plant-based medicine that can help a variety of conditions, pharmaceutical companies seem to be hell-bent on creating fake, synthetic versions of cannabis. Why would they do this when cannabis is non-toxic and effective? Why are research funds not poured into testing dosages and the effects of medical marijuana?The answer is money, of course. Unable to make the massive profits they would like to from natural medicines, these companies resort to attempting to imitate nature by conjuring up drugs that are not nearly as effective and are actually dangerous to humans.

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Jan 16

Federal Bipartisan Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition – NORML.org – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, HR 1227, eliminates federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.This bill would also remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which would allow for more marijuana research both recreationally and medicinally.One in five Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the adult use of cannabis is legal under state statute, and the majority of citizens reside someplace where the medical use of cannabis is legally authorized According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans support full marijuana legalization, including outright majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.With recent actions by militant marijuana prohibitionist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, passage of The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act is necessary to ensure that marijuana consumers are protected from undue federal interference.

Source: Federal Bipartisan Bill To End Federal Marijuana Prohibition – NORML.org – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

Dec 27

Molecular Biologist Explains How Cannabis Kills Cancer Cells

The anti-cancer assertions made by medical cannabis advocates are no longer just based on anecdotal success stories. In the following video, Dr. Christina Sanchez, Biology Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, explains how her research supports the claim that cannabis kills cancer. Study Shows THC in Cannabis Kills Cancer Sanchez was involved in several studies that indicated that the THC cannabinoid in cannabis kills cancer cells. These laboratory studies involved the application of THC compounds to brain cancer cell cultures. Furthermore, the researches conducted several animal studies. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical compound in cannabis responsible for its psychoactive effects. Sanchez and her team discovered that after being treated with THC, cancer cells were committing suicide. This differs from other cancer treatments, as for example chemotheraphy, because THC is able to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy cells. On the other hand, conventional cancer treatments do not make this distinction. Sanchez explains: One of the advantages of cannabinoids, or cannabinoid based medicines, would be that they target a specifically, tumor cells. They don’t have any toxic effect on normal, non-tumoral cells. This is an advantage with respect to standard chemotherapy that target basically everything. Sanchez further reveals that the cancer-killing effect of THC is potentiated by the presence of CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is a very potent antioxidant. It protects the brain from stress and damage, in addition to its cancer-killing properties. These synergistic effects of both THC and CBD could make for a very powerful cancer treatment. Sanchez adds: I cannot understand why in the states cannabis is under schedule I, because it is pretty obvious not only from our work but from work from many other researchers that the plant has very wide therapeutic potential. Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System The human body responds to the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant because it also makes its own natural cannabinoids. These endocannabinoids help establish and maintain human health. This endocannabinoid system of the body has many important biological functions. It affects appetite, mood, locomotor behavior, reproduction, and many other functions. The endogenous cannabinoid system, named after the plant that led to its discovery, is perhaps the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite fluctuations in the external environment. (source) Mounting research continues to establish a strong case for the miraculous healing capabilities of cannabinoids. Our support of cannabis plant cultivation and continued scientific research will lead

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Dec 07

Medical Cannabis Users In Ohio Learn They’re Ineligible To Own Firearms

Medical marijuana proponents are thrilled to see the number of states embracing the plant as medicine. They view it as an expansion of liberty in each state that adopts its usage. However, it remains illegal under federal law, and while Uncle Sam may not be cracking down on the dispensaries, but there are things they can do to remind many of its status, like pointing out how medical marijuana use makes on ineligible to own firearms.In the state of Ohio, many who are embracing medical pot are learning they lose a little something in the process.People who register with the state of Ohio to legally use medical marijuana will be prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law, according to guidance released by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.In an open letter to federally licensed firearms dealers, the ATF advised in 2011 that marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law so any use of the drug is unlawful, and gun dealers are prohibited from providing guns or ammo to anyone they have cause to believe uses pot.“There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such is sanctioned by state law,” the memo says.The law applies to more than just buying guns. The ATF letter says marijuana users are prohibited from “shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.”Anyone applying to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer must sign a form attesting he or she is not “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance.”

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Oct 22

Colorado Continues to Put Cannabis Taxes to Good Use · High Times

Colorado continues to put cannabis taxes to good use, as funds are currently being used to build safe housing for homeless people with mental health issues, addictions, survivors of domestic violence and the disabled. Governor John Hickenlooper said the funds going into supportive housing for those in need ultimately save the state millions in future hospital and incarceration costs.Cannabis Taxes for Social Improvement Projects Touring a housing development in Denver being built on land donated by St. John’s Cathedral, Governor Hickenlooper reminded taxpayers that 40 percent of the homeless in Colorado actually have jobs but many were dealt a bad hand.“That’s not the American dream, if you’re out there working 40 hours a week and still can’t afford an apartment,” he said. “This effort is looking at the other end of the spectrum; the chronically homeless, people who’ve had real challenges in their life and need the supportive services that this facility is going to provide.”Hickenlooper and The Department of Human Services agreed that annual allocation of more than $6 million from the state’s marijuana tax cash fund for such programs would offer help to chronic drug users instead of criminalizing and jailing them.According to the Colorado Department of Revenue tax data, weed dispensaries sold $1.3 billion worth of recreational and medical pot in 2016. And as of July of this year, reports show that recreational weed sales have generated more than a half billion dollars for the state.Final Hit: Colorado Continues to Put Cannabis Taxes to Good UseAs these stats make clear, the money is there, and Colorado continues to put cannabis taxes to good use. About 51 percent of the accumulated tax revenue has gone to K-12 education, with $117.9 million of it used to fund school construction projects.Another quarter of the revenue is split between substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. When collected and spent wisely, pot tax revenue can do a lot of good. Colorado is setting an excellent example.

Source: Colorado Continues to Put Cannabis Taxes to Good Use · High Times

Oct 21

Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism

MODI’IN, ISRAEL — When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil.Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. “No sweetie,” Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. “Here, have another bite of this.”Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children — and their anguished parents.There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now this first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real.Israel is a pioneer in this type of research. It permitted the use of medical marijuana in 1992, one of the first countries to do so. It’s also one of just three countries with a government-sponsored medical cannabis program, along with Canada and the Netherlands.

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Sep 24

The NFL’s Pot Problem · High Times

For decades, professional football players have habitually treated pain after games and practice sessions with everything from beers to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or powerful prescription painkillers. The NFL’s dependence on drugs for pain management has drawn the attention of law enforcement, has been the subject of a federal lawsuit and is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.How bad has it gotten? Consider that in a given season, the league overall averages a 100 percent injury rate: Even a team’s backups and third-stringers get hurt. Those casualties add up over time, with predictable results. A 2011 survey of more than 600 retired players by the Washington University School of Medicine (funded by ESPN) found that they used opioids at an overall rate four times that of the general US population. And no other major professional sport features so many outspoken proponents of cannabis’s medicinal qualities, which makes sense given that no other sport is so closely associated with pain and injury.As noted in New Frontier Data’s “The Cannabis Industry Annual Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook,” Kannalife, a company founded in 2010, holds an exclusive license with the National Institutes of Health for the commercialization of US patent #6630507 (a cannabis patent held by the US government). Kannalife is focused on developing cannabis-based neuroprotective medicines for the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy and chronic

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Sep 07

Illinois Legislature Is Now Considering Recreational Marijuana – High Times

A proposal designed to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois is now under consideration by the state legislature.On Wednesday, cannabis advocates and law enforcement officials duked it out before a joint House-Senate appropriations committee over whether to end pot prohibition in the Land of Lincoln.Those in favor of a legal cannabis market, similar to what is currently underway in Colorado, believe the move would free up police resources and contribute millions of dollars in tax revenue to the downtrodden economy, while opposing forces are concerned the move will increase addiction rates and create more incidents of stoned driving.“There would be more people driving under the influence of cannabis,” said Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser, according to the Associated Press. “The community would not be better off, the state would not be better off, with legalization.”Senator Heather Steans and Representative Kelly Cassidy brought the marijuana legalization proposals (SB316 and HB2353) to the table earlier this year. The lawmakers believe this legislation is “in the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, generating revenue for education and other public purposes, and individual freedom.”Under the proposed legislation, adults 21 and older would have the freedom to purchase marijuana from retail outlets in a manner similar to alcohol. It also comes with a home cultivation provision that would allow adults to grow up to five plants at home for personal use.A similar bill was introduced in the 2017 session, but it failed to gain the necessary traction to win a hearing. It is for this reason that Steans and Cassidy wanted to make sure to give the current language, which includes changes in regulatory and tax structure, the appropriate time for discussion, so the issue has a fighting chance at going the distance next year.

Source: Illinois Legislature Is Now Considering Recreational Marijuana – High Times

Sep 06

First-Ever UK Medical Marijuana Patient Has ‘Miracle’ Recovery – High Times

About once a day, 11-year-old Billy Caldwell could expect to almost die.Thirty times a month, Billy would suffer a seizure serious enough to require a dose of medication and an oxygen mask in order to survive. Doctors were helpless. According to his parents, over-matched medical professionals sent him home from a hospital unhealed with a mortal warning—he could go at any time. Be prepared.A terrible story—but a familiar one in the cannabis world. And since this is a cannabis publication, it has the familiar happy ending, but with a twist.Earlier this year, after receiving a cannabis oil-based treatment in California, Billy Caldwell became the first person to receive a prescription for medical cannabis from the National Health Service, the United Kingdom’s single-payer public healthcare system.This means Billy Caldwell enjoys at least two things—public-funded healthcare, and a medical marijuana prescription—very few Americans enjoy by themselves, and possibly no Americans enjoy together. He also hasn’t had a single seizure in more than 300 days, his mother Charlotte told the Irish Independent.“Billy is doing absolutely incredible, he’s improving every week and making progress,” she told the newspaper. “I never anticipated a year ago that he would even still be here today, so I’m feeling really good and positive.”Billy’s first recovery from his epilepsy occurred in 2009, also after an extended visit to the U.S. After a few good years, the seizures returned in 2016. Bereft and out of options, they returned to the U.S. for more treatment. Doctors discovered the heart of the matter—he had an inoperable lesion on one side of his brain.He could be treated, however, which led to Billy and his mother experiencing all the joys of seeking specialized medical treatment in a country with no nationalized healthcare. According to his mother, the pair briefly flirted with homelessness.Living in Los Angeles for several months, receiving cannabis oil, Billy suffered a serious setback and had to be hospitalized. Bills from that hospital stay, coupled with the cost of his specialized treatment for his epilepsy, left Charlotte Caldwell with no money to pay for the pair’s accommodation, and led to her claim in a Facebook post that the pair had purchased tents, sleeping bags and a camp stove in preparation for sleeping out on the streets.Concerned benefactors kicked in and kept the pair indoors before their return to Ireland a few months later, where Billy began receiving hemp-based CBD oil under supervision from his doctor.

Source: First-Ever UK Medical Marijuana Patient Has ‘Miracle’ Recovery – High Times

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