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Friday, September 3, 2010

Three Things Marijuana DOESNT do!

THREE THINGS MARIJUANA DOESN'T DO from California NORML Reports, April 1992


   Two new scientific studies have failed to find evidence 
of brain damage in monkeys exposed to marijuana, undercutting 
claims that marijuana causes brain damage in humans.
    The studies were conducted by two independent 
research groups.  The first, conducted by Dr. William Slikker, 
Jr. and others at the National Center for Toxicological Research 
in Arkansas  examined some 64 rhesus monkeys, half of which 
were exposed to daily or weekly doses of marijuana smoke for 
a year.  The other, by Gordon T. Pryor and Charles Rebert at SRI 
International in Menlo Park, California,  which is still 
unpublished, looked at over 30 rhesus monkeys that had inhaled 
marijuana one to three times a day over periods of 6 to 12  
months.  Neither study found evidence of structural or 
neurochemical changes in the brains of the monkeys when 
examined a few months after cessation of smoking.
   The new results cast doubt on earlier studies 
purporting to show brain damage in animals.  The most famous 
of these was a study by Dr. Robert Heath, who claimed to find 
brain damage in three monkeys heavily exposed to  cannabis.  
Heath's results failed to win general acceptance in the 
scientific community  because of the small number of subjects, 
questionable controls, and heavy doses.  
   Subsequent rat experiments by Dr. Slikker and others 
reported persistent structural changes in the brain cells of 
rats chronically exposed to THC.  The studies did not show that  
pot kills brain cells, as alleged by some pot critics, but they 
did show degeneration of the nerve connections between brain 
cells in the hippocampus, where THC is known to be active.   
   Although scientists have regarded the animal evidence 
as inconclusive, some critics have cited it as proof that pot 
causes brain damage in humans.  Thus Andrew Mecca, the  
director of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 
recently stated on the Ron Reagan, Jr. talk show (Sep. 2, 1991) 
that marijuana "leaves a black protein substance in the 
synaptic cleft" of brain cells, a claim apparently based on 
Heath's monkeys.  When asked by a NORML member for his 
evidence, Mecca sent a list of three references, none of which 
turned out to have anything to do with brain damage.
   Although the new monkey studies found no physical 
brain damage, they did observe behavioral changes from 
marijuana.  Slikker's group found that monkeys exposed once a 
day to the human equivalent of four or five joints showed 
persistent effects throughout the day.  Slikker says that the 
effects faded gradually after they were taken off marijuana, 
and were not detectable seven months later, when they were 
sacrificed.  Autopsies did reveal lingering chemical changes in 
the immune cells in the lungs of monkeys that had inhaled THC.   
However, Slikker's group concluded that experimental exposure 
to marijuana smoke "does not compromise the general health of 
the rhesus monkey."


William Slikker, Jr. et al, "Chronic Marijuana Smoke Exposure in the Rhesus
 Monkey," Fundamental and Applied Toxicology  17: 321-32 (1991)

Guy Cabral et al, "Chronic Marijuana Smoke Alters Alveolar Macrophage
 Morphology and Protein Expression, Pharmacology Biochemistry and
 Behavior 40: 643-9 (1991) 

Merle Paule et al., "Chronic Marijuana Smoke Exposure in the Rhesus Monkey
 II: Effects on Progressive Ratio and Conditioned Position
 Responding," Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
 260: 210-22 (1992) 


   A new study of children born to marijuana-smoking 
mothers found no link between marijuana exposure and the 
birth defects of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).  The new study, 
by Dr. Susan J. Astley of the University of Washington, 
published in the January, 1992 issue of Pediatrics,  
contradicted a 1982 study by Dr. Ralph Hingson, in which 
prenatal exposure to marijuana was found to increase the risk 
of FAS. 
    Hingson's results, which have not been replicated, have 
been questioned on various methodological grounds, in 
particular the difficulty of controlling for combined drinking 
and pot use.   
   The new study looked for facial deformities 
symptomatic of FAS in 40 children whose mothers had smoked 
marijuana heavily during pregnancy and 40 controls, It found no 
association between marijuana and FAS, but deformities were 
observed in children of women who drank 2 ounces of alcohol 
per day or took cocaine.


   A new study by Dr. Robert Block at the University of 
Iowa disputes the commonly held notion that marijuana alters 
the level of testosterone and other sex hormones.
   The study contradicted a widely publicized 1974 study 
by Dr. R.C. Kolodony, which reported decreased testosterone 
levels in men who smoked marijuana chronically.
   The U. of Iowa study found that chronic marijuana use 
had no effect on testosterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle 
stimulating hormone, prolactin and cortisol in men or women. 
   Noting that six other studies had failed to show 
lowered testosterone levels in men, Dr. Block concluded: "It 
appears that marijuana, even heavy use of the kind that's 
typical in the United States, doesn't alter testosterone levels."  
   However, he cautioned that heavy use might have other 
adverse  effects, including "possible effects on reproductive 
function and mild, selective cognitive impairments associated 
with heavy, chronic use."
   Block's study is published in Drug and Alcohol 
Dependence, Vol. 28: 121-8 (1991).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cannabis Compound Slows Cancer Spread In Mice, Researchers Say

(WebMD)  Cannabis may be bad for the lungs, but the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests.

In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical.

While a lot more work needs to be done, the results suggest THC has therapeutic potential, she tells WebMD.

Moreover, other early research suggests the cannabis compound could help fight brain, prostate, and skin cancers as well, Preet says.

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The finding builds on the recent discovery of the body's own cannabinoid system, Preet says. Known as endocannabinoids, the natural cannabinoids stimulate appetite and control pain and inflammation.

THC seeks out, attaches to, and activates two specific endocannabinoids that are present in high amounts on lung cancer cells, Preet says. This revs up their natural anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can promote the growth and spread of cancer.

In the new study, the researchers first demonstrated that THC inhibited the growth and spread of cells from two different lung cancer cell lines and from patient lung tumors. Then, they injected THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells. After three weeks, tumors shrank by about 50 percent, compared with tumors in untreated mice.

Preet notes that animals injected with THC seem to get high, showing signs of clumsiness and getting the munchies. You would expect to see the same thing in humans, so if this work does pan out, getting the dose right is going to be all important, she says.

Paul B. Fisher, PhD, a professor of clinical pathology at Columbia University, says that though the work is interesting, it's still very early.

The issue with using a drug of this type becomes the window of
concentration that will be effective. Can you physiologically achieve what you want without causing unwanted effects, he tells WebMD.

By Charlene Laino
Reviewed by Louise Chang
©2007 WebMD, Inc. All rights reserved.

WebMD -

The Top 10 Most Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories Against the Legalization of Marijuana

By The WebPreneur, Sarah Scrafford
Mary Jane, pot, cannabis, ganja—the substance has so many names. Those who spend a lot of time on the web are used to coming across opinions ranging from the insightful to the outright insane. But when it comes to theories against efforts to legalize pot in the US, some theories are really off the wall.
While there are advocacy groups on both sides of the issue, this isn’t intended as a serious policy article (so no hate mail please!). Rather, its intended to be a chance for everyone to take a step back and laugh at some of the truly nuttiest conspiracy theories put forth from both sides of the aisle. Here are the Top 10:
  1. The legalization of Mary Jane will turn America’s youth into useless consumer hippies: Like a scene straight out of Reefer Madness, parent groups are up in arms against their little darlings having easy access to cannabis. The drug causes a decrease in problem solving capability, decreased motor skills and muscle strength, and is officially said to make children slack off in school. Forget for a moment that the 2006 Monitoring the Future survey found that about two out of five seniors in high school have tried marijuana and still managed to get into Harvard and Rice. These suburbia dwellers want their three children protected from the other two.
  2. It is a calculated plot to corrode the morals of impressionable youth, making them susceptible to the devil, infomercials: Believers in this conspiracy theory believe that the drug abuser community at large has organized to brainwash minors into an unhealthy lifestyle. Indeed, studies show that America’s high schoolers are less likely to disapprove of marijuana use, which correlates to findings that regular church attendance is down in the same age group.
  3. Legalization is just another way to quail the masses: Like the LSD and AIDS conspiracies of yesteryear, card carrying members of this covert plot think that legalizing Mary Jane would solely benefit the government. With everyone listening to reggae, there would be no time to exercise the first amendment.
  4. Legalization will help the terrorists win: If cannabis were made legal, the terror alert in America would rise to code ‘impending doom green’ according to these theorists. Islamic extremists have been pushing Mary Jane on otherwise responsible citizens in an effort to fund terrorist plots to take over free society. Keep in mind that these extremists have a diverse portfolio, and are also using oil, the media, and Google to supplement their incomes.
  5. The legalization movement is an elaborate plot by pharmaceutical companies to get people addicted to drugs: One of the biggest pillars of the legalization platform has been that marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes by terminally ill patients and others suffering from pain. It is either given in the medically accepted form of marinol, or smoked. However, the overall substance is classified by the government as a gateway drug, and may encourage people to use drugs to cure what ails them. Big companies like Pfizer and Merck & Co could benefit greatly from a society trained to use drugs to feel better.
  6. Marijuana causes schizophrenia, and if legalized will render the masses mentally unstable.: Hefty pdf documents coming from researchers in England and Australia have initially found that there might be a slight correlation between the use of marijuana and hearing voices. Experts cite that childhood use can be traced to as much as 14 per cent of psychotic episodes later in life, and suggests the legalization of marijuana would severely affect the health of generations to come. In the same articles though, stress is equally seen as a cause of schizophrenia. Commentators have largely written off these findings as anything from shoddy research to funding holes for lobbyist organizations.
  7. The movement is just a way to employ former Woodstock attendees, and does not actually serve any legal point: It’s a sad fact: protesters and activists need something to get behind now that the civil rights movement has ebbed. Most of these flower children went on to do things like vote and get law degrees, and now they are around the world to get their recreational drugs out in the mainstream economy. After all, it’s just awkward to go through your babysitter for a dime bag when it could be readily available on your way home from work at the 7-11.
  8. Society as we know it will collapse, and anarchistic potheads will rule the world: The logic here is that once marijuana is legalized, it is only a matter of time before everything else becomes legal. Soon people will be knee deep in a plethora of mind-altering substances, and society will suffer. With everyone on an assumed perpetual high, things like traffic flow and social moirés will cease to have meaning. This classic slippery slope argument can be applied to anything, all with the eventual downfall of human society. Picture the ending scene from Planet of the Apes.
  9. Legalizing ganja in the form of hemp will mean the end of the honest American farmer: The facts say it all: one acre of hemp can produce the same amount of paper as 4.1 acres of trees; 80 percent of all textiles, fabrics, clothes and linens were made from hemp until the 1820s. With these figures back in place, hemp growers could easily undercut prices of raw materials to create a new market. Paper mills would go under unless they converted to hemp processing, crops like cotton would become obsolete and the way of life for the breadbasket of America would be threatened.
  10. Cannabis is the next nicotine:Like movies of old depicting pregnant women, operating doctors, scientists and teenagers smoking cigarettes, theorists predict that cannabis will be our children’s children’s reason to ask ‘what were my grandparents thinking?’ Although nicotine comes in a close fourth to addictive substances behind heroin, cocaine and alcohol, Cannabis is bested on that front by…caffeine. The University of California at San Francisco’s study of these six substances also found that intoxication levels in cannabis were higher than nicotine, the addiction potential and withdraw troubles were about two fold in nicotine.
In this long debate that continues to get minimal press coverage, it is useful on occasion to take a step back and recognize the ridiculousness of some ideas that are put forth. It is my hope that this regaining of perspective will allow people on both sides of the debate to recognize the extremes often taken and find a middle ground that in the end will serve all parties better.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Proposition 19 and marijuana: Some marijuana tax revenue is better than none -

Proposition 19 and marijuana: Some marijuana tax revenue is better than none -

The Benefits Of Marijuana

The Benefits Of Marijuana

Smoked medical cannabis may be beneficial as treatment for chronic neuropathic pain, study suggests

Smoked medical cannabis may be beneficial as treatment for chronic neuropathic pain, study suggests

Smoked Marijuana May Ease Chronic Nerve Pain

Posted by CN Staff on August 30, 2010 at 11:18:17 PT
By Jenifer Goodwin, HealthDay Reporter 
Source: Business Week 

World -- Smoking cannabis, also known as marijuana, reduced pain in patients with nerve pain stemming from injuries or surgical complications, new research shows.
Twenty-one adults with chronic nerve pain were taught to take a single inhalation of 25 milligrams of cannabis through a pipe, three times a day, for five days. The cannabis contained one of three levels of potency of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, as well as a placebo dosage containing no THC.

All of the patients rotated through each of the four dosages, with nine days of no smoking in between.
Patients smoking the highest potency marijuana (9.4 percent) reported less pain than those smoking samples containing no THC. Patients also reported better sleep and less anxiety, according to the Canadian study.
On an 11-point scale, the average daily pain intensity was 6.1 for those smoking 9.4 percent THC concentration, compared to 5.4 for those smoking cannabis containing no THC.
"Patients have repeatedly made claims that smoked cannabis helps to treat pain, but the issue for me had always been the lack of clinical research to support that claim," said Dr. Mark Ware, director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. In this small but randomized, controlled trial, "the pain reductions were modest, but significant," he said. "And it was in people for whom nothing else worked."
The study is published in the Aug. 30 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Persistent nerve pain, clinically known as neuropathy, can be very difficult to treat, Ware said. These patients had tried other treatments for neuropathy, such as opioids, anticonvulsants, antidepressants and local anesthetics, with little relief, Ware said.
In addition, the THC potency levels used in the study were kept at 2.5 percent, 6 percent and 9 percent -- considerably less than the 12 percent to 15 percent often found in marijuana sold on the street, Ware said.
Researchers kept the levels low for two reasons, Ware explained. One was to minimize the psychoactive effects, such as feeling lightheaded, dizzy, detached, nauseous or euphoric. Secondly, because this was a randomized, controlled clinical trial, minimizing the obvious signs of being "high" helped keep participants in the dark about what potency they were smoking.
In an accompanying commentary, Dr. Henry McQuay, a professor in the chronic pain unit at Oxford University in England, called the study well-designed, adding that it provides more evidence cannabis can help relieve pain.
But the unwanted side effects of cannabis can be significant, McQuay said.
"If you regard each paper like a brick in a wall, we have a number of studies, including this one, that suggest some pain patients are helped by cannabis," McQuay said. "The usual caveat is, 'Do the side effects to the nervous system outweigh the benefits, if they have to push the dose?'"
In his experience working with pain patients, few have seen long-term benefits of smoked cannabis, he said. Most find morphine and other painkillers more effective.
Side effects are a real problem with using smoked cannabis, Ware said. While recreational users are seeking an altered state of mind, research shows that legitimate medical marijuana users are not looking to get high. Instead, they only want to smoke what they need to reduce their pain so they can work and function more normally.
Efforts to legalize marijuana for medical purposes has been controversial in the United States. While federal law prohibits marijuana use, in 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana usage with a prescription from a doctor. More than a dozen states have followed suit.
Yet under the Bush administration, dispensaries continued to be raided under federal law. After President Barack Obama took office, in March, 2009, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would no longer conduct raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, as long as the dispensaries were abiding by their own state laws.
Medical marijuana is legal in Canada.
To minimize the risks of smoke to the lungs, THC could be delivered through a vaporizer, in which the plant resin containing THC is heated to the point that the oils are released in a mist, Ware said. Oral THC is another possibility, though getting dosages right has proved problematic.
More information:
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has information about the health risks of marijuana.
Sources: Mark Ware, M.D., director, clinical research, Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal; Henry McQuay, D.M., professor, chronic pain unit, Oxford University, Oxford, England; Aug. 30, 2010, Canadian Medical Association Journal
Source: Business Week (US)
Author: Jenifer Goodwin, HealthDay Reporter
Published: August 30, 2010
Copyright: 2010 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

How safe is it-- REALLY?

Deaths per year
340,000 to 450,000
ALCOHOL (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders)
ASPIRIN (Including deliberate overdose)
180 to 1,000+
CAFFEINE (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.)
1,000 to 10,000
"LEGAL" DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol - e.g. Valium/alcohol
14,000 to 27,000
ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs.
3,800 to 5,200
MARIJUANA                                                                                                                              0

10 reasons to smoke weed instead of drink

  1. Alcohol is deadly; Pot is not. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, approximately 20,000 Americans die annually as the direct result of alcohol consumption. The comparable number for marijuana is zero.
  2. Pot is a lesser driving hazard than alcohol. A single glass of wine will impair your driving more than smoking a joint. And under certain test conditions, the complex way alcohol and cannabis combine to affect driving behavior suggests that someone who has taken both may drive less recklessly than a person who is simply drunk. These are the findings of a major study by British transport researchers. Drivers driving on pot are much more carefull because they are aware of their impaired state.
  3. Pot makes you calm. Alcohol makes you aggressive. People high on alcohol tend to get into arguments and fights. While, folks high on pot become calm and have little or no tendency to argue. In Netherlands and Portugal police let's football fans smoke pot before the match to prevent fights and agression and it works! Buy some pot seeds and grow!
  4. Pot is much less addictive than alcohol, tobacco and even coffee. After years of smoking pot you can quit quite easily.
  5. Pot heightens imagination and improves creativity. Marijuana makes most people more relaxed. It relieves the clutter and tension after a hard days work. It mellows you out and makes you more relaxed. It heightens the imagination and improves creativity. If you have a problem with anger, Pot is usually a good drug to reduce it.
  6. Pot does not give you hangovers. No morning after headaches, no waking up in puke. Pure joy of growing pot seeds is healthy.
  7. Pot has potential health benefits. For thousands of years, throughout the world, people have used marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions. People undergoing cancer chemotherapy have found smoked marijuana to be an effective anti-nauseant. Marijuana is also smoked by thousands of AIDS patients to treat the nausea and vomiting associated with both the disease and AZT drug therapy.
  8. Pot is way cheaper than alcohol. Much, much cheaper both in direct and indirect costs. It is easy to buy pot seeds and fun to grow cannabis.
  9. Alcohol poses much more dangerous health risks than pot.
  10. Pot does not make you stupid/helpless/pass out. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health College found that nearly three quarters (72 percent) of all college female rape victims experienced rape while on alcohol.

Drugs: Pot: Safer than Alcohol?

Drugs: Pot: Safer than Alcohol?

More and more americans are choosing Weed instead of Alcohol!

Famous quotes about Marijuana

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President quote on Hemp

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption."
- John Adams, U.S. President quote on Hemp

"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana."
- Jimmy Carter, U.S. President quote on Marijuana

"If the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
-  Terence McKenna quote on Marijuana


Yet another condition Marijuana can help alleviate symptoms of and ease suffering for: Autism

Another Drug War Victory

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THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study | The News is

THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study | The News is

More people should be aware of the benefits THC has on killing cancer cells and reducing the size of tumors

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Was Timothy Leary Right?

Was Timothy Leary Right?

As most of us know, there is now compelling 'official' evidence that phychadelics are good for your vibrational energy

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