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The Week in Marijuana

9 Mar

Gupta: ‘I am doubling down’ on medical marijuana – CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the lead medical correspondent on CNN, has written another piece advocating for medical marijuana. In the piece he writes:

I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana. I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.”

Gupta, who was previously against medical marijuana, made a notable change in his beliefs 8 months ago with a piece titled “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed.”

Read the entire post here.

FDA Moves Forward With Marijuana-Based Drug To Fight Childhood Epilepsy – The Huffington Post

Orphan drug designation for a cannabis-based drug developed to treat childhood-onset epilepsy has been granted by the FDA. This means that the maker of the drug must demonstrate effectiveness in clinical trials. This is a huge step forward towards better access to proper care for those who need it.

Read the entire article here.

The Benefits of Medical Cannabis – Mercola.com

Who sees legalization as a threat? Well according to Mercola.com it’s the pharmaceutical companies who are afraid of seeing any new therapy that could “take away from their bottom line.” So what exactly is the case for legalization? One of the most powerful answers seems to come from this quote:

 

“Many may find the idea of medical cannabis abhorrent or somehow “wrong,” as we’ve been indoctrinated to view marijuana as a dangerous gateway drug that will lead you down a path of illicit drug use. Many fail to realize that prescription drugs actually have FAR greater potential to turn you into “a junkie.”

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana

3 Mar

Spanish Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer Cells – Collective Evolution 

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Collective Evolution picked up a video from CannabisPlanet.TV in which Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, discusses the biological process of how THC helps kill cancer cells. 

It’s a very informative video that really helps explain the seemingly miraculous effects of cannabis in medical treatment.

Read the entire article and watch the video here.

It isn’t just about marijuana in Colorado; hemp farming also is taking off – San Jose Mercury News

Perhaps the less discussed side of the marijuana legalization movement is the legalization of the cultivation and processing of hemp. Hemp, the far less potent cousin of Marijuana, can as of this weekend be legally cultivated for recreational, industrial and research uses. Colorado’s farmers who are interested in growing hemp can register with the state. 

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana

26 Jan

 

Georgia Bill To Legalize Cannabidiol Oil Inspired By Politician’s Visit With 4-Year-Old – The Huffington Post

The Peach State could be next in line to legalize Cannabidiol oil for medical purposes following state Rep. Allen Peake visit to a young girl suffering from a seizure disorder. The Huffington Post quotes Rep. Peake in saying the following:

“I’m an unlikely champion for this cause. I’ve never done drugs. Never smoked marijuana in my life, but I had a visit with Haleigh Cox, the daughter of a constituent of mine. The result of seeing the pain and suffering she goes through, having 100 seizures a day, and seeing a potential remedy through cannabidiol treatment, I was compelled to move to action.”

Read the entire article here.

Medical marijuana could save my daughter’s life – The Gaurdian

This impassioned opinion piece about the legalization of the CBD oil is definitely worth the read. We’ve posted many third person accounts of the benefits and arguments for the legalization of the oil, but this first person account is a refreshing. The author is also a sharp writer making the apt observation:

“Regulating high-CBD marijuana the same way we treat the pot that gets you stoned is like treating Welch’s grape juice as if it were a wine. The fact that they are derived from the same plant does not mean that they should be treated similarly under the law. It’s not a hard concept to grasp”

Read the entire article here.

The Week In Marijuana News

20 Jan

Man says hemp oil is beating his cancer – The Telegram

A gentleman in St. John’s, Canada, is claiming that marijuana oil is helping him beat his prostate cancer. The Telegram quotes him as saying: “It makes me feel 20 years younger, that’s what the marijuana oil does.” The Telegram reports that his PSA blood levels have improved that there has been regression in his lymph nodes.

Read the rest of the article here.

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures – NPR

Florida could be up next as a state that will allow children with severe seizure disorders to be prescribed Charlotte’s Web.

Read the rest of the article here.

Obama says marijuana ‘no more dangerous than alcohol’ – CNN

President Obama, perhaps the President with the youth most associated with smoking marijuana, shared his views about marijuana in a recent interview:

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

We thank the president for taking such progressive steps to help change the social views of marijuana. We hope this is a true sign of things to come for this country.

Read the rest of the article here.

The Week in Marijuana

12 Jan

National

This Is What the Average Medical Marijuana User Looks Like – The New Republic

Here’s an interesting profile from The New Republic published a day after New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the authorization of “20 hospitals to distribute medical marijuana, making New York the 21st state to legalize the sale of prescription pot.” The New Republic then reports on a study done by the University of Michigan to see average demographics of medical marijuana users.

See the results here.

Lifestyle

Recipe: “Ganja Guacamole”

While everyone else in the country is freezing, folks in California get to enjoy our non polar vortex weather with some nice “Ganja Guacamole.” Let us know what you think!

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Check out the recipe here.

The Week In Marijuana

15 Dec

California

Legal pot supported by California majority for first time, Field Poll shows – Contra Costa Times

If you somehow missed this piece of good news: for the first time in a long time (maybe forever) a majority of Californians favor marijuana legalization. And, as the Contra Costa TImes writes, “where there’s smoke, there might soon be fire.” We think one quote sums up the state and future of legalization in California pretty well:

“Debating about whether to legalize now is pointless, because we’re going to. The smart debate is about how we’ll do it.” -” Mark A.R. Kleiman drug policy expert

Read the entire article here.

National

Sen. Krueger Introduces Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in New York State – NYSenate.gov

Could New York state soon be the third state to fully legalize marijuana? If State Senator Liz Krueger, has her way it very well might be. The senator, who represents Manhattan, announced a marijuana regulation bill, that would take down legal barriers and allow the regulation, and taxation of marijuana.

Read the entire press release here.

Can traditional tourism survive marijuana legalization? –

This article asks the question that should naturally follow any marijuana legalization act: once people are allowed to purchase marijuana as a marijuana tourist where will they be allowed to smoke it? Not in public, the article says, and some hotels might hassle it’s customers. The article ponders what moves businesses in colorado (and other states that could legalize the sale of marijuana in due time) might have to make  to coexist with the newly legalized substance.

Read the entire piece here.

Lifestyle

Jerome Chang’s Pot Brownies –  TheAwl.com

Check out this delicious looking piece of heaven! We can’t get over how amazing this looks, and how perfect it would be for the holiday season! Let us know how it tastes if you try it out yourself!

Here’s the recipe.

The Week In Marijuana News

9 Dec

Local

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Becomes Mayor in California – The Daily Chronic

Sebastopol City has a new mayor in town, and his name is Robert Jacob. What’s special about Robert Jacob is that he’s the founder and director of not only one, but two medical marijuana dispensaries. The Daily Chronic reports that his agenda will include fighting homelessness and HIV/AIDS, and of course fighting for access to medical cannabis. 

Read the entire article here.

National

Oregon: Two Marijuana Initiatives Hold Signature Turn-In – Hemp.org

Oregon is on the move toward progress with two initiatives that have gathered multitudes of signatures. These initiatives aim for a constitutional amendment to end marijuana prohibition, and to establish a statute to regulate and tax marijuana. Hooray for progress!

Read the whole article here.

“Do Doobies Make Boobies?” The Mainstream Media Wants You To Think So – Alternet

Everyone (the media) seems to be going crazy over claims that smoking marijuana is causing men to grow breasts. Alternet calls the claim “incredulous” and reports that this rumor first began to burn “in late November” following a reporter’s question, “Do doobies make boobies?” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Quite silly, but entertaining nevertheless.

Read the entire article here.

Lifestyle

Recipe: Delightfully Dosed Butternut Soup – High Times

Goodness where did this cold snap come from? Well we what sounds like the perfect recipe for you to try out while you stay bundled up and cozy in doors.

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Let us know what you think of this recipe!

The Week In Marijuana News

1 Dec

Local

Can a tech startup change the way people think about medical marijuana? – Yahoo! News

A bay area man has decided to merge the startup tech world with the growing medical marijuana industry. The inventor has reportedly thought up a vaporizer that is easier to use and more efficient. It looks pretty nifty and is only another piece of writing on the wall predicting more progressive movement toward a more tolerant and healthy society.

Read the entire article here.

National

Increase in US Marijuana Use Tied to Older Americans, Teen Use Flatlining – High Times

Reefer madness has seemed to skip the youth of America and instead landed on their parents. Are we surprised? Not really, especially if you consider the growing availability of marijuana, the shrinking stigma and the fact that older folks have money to burn (haha get it?).

Read the entire article here.

High Hopes: The Marijuana Movement’s 2014 Playbook – The Atlantic

We’ve been making a lot of progress in the last year or so, but there is still a long journey ahead. The Atlantic has laid out what they see as the battle plan/ agenda for the pro-marijuana coalition.

Take a look at the Atlantic thinks are the next steps here.

Lifestyle

Recipe: Almond Canna-Butter Coffee Cake – Big Buds Magazine

Here’s another recipe to add to your cookbook, this time for some medicated coffee cake! Let us know if you try this recipe!

Find all the directions and ingredients here.

Recipe: Pot Hot Chocolate

We though that the coffee cake shouldn’t be go without a hot drink, so why not try this other seasonal recipe? Let us know if this recipe is hot or cold!

Find all the directions and ingredients here.

The Week In Marijuana News

24 Nov

State

Rohrabacher: New momentum for relaxed marijuana laws – OC Register

You know times are really changing when a republican senator from Costa Mesa speaks out for legalization. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher recently spoke out on the rapidly changing public opinion about marijuana and the sudden surge of legalization efforts that have blossomed around the country. The senator things that these changing attitudes will help push a new bill he’s introduced that will stop the Fed from meddling with state marijuana laws.

Read the entire article from the OC register here.

National 

Seattle to Light Up City With Public Pot Party – TIME magazine

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Washington’s shift to legalized marijuana there will be a “weed festival at the Seattle Center’s old Fun Forest amusement park” where guests can celebrate with all  the usual festival fare but with the addition of smoking marijuana. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Happy one year, Washington!

Read the rest of the article from TIME here.

Arizona’s medical-pot program actually works like this – AZCentral.com

Arizona Doctor Gina Mecagni wrote an impassioned response to a piece written by the Arizona Republic editorial board, “Cheech and Chong would love Arizona’s medical-pot law” calling the piece “upsetting”.

Here is an excerpt:

I have been an emergency medicine physician for 12 years. One thing almost every one of my patients has in common is that they are in pain. Pain is the warning signal our bodies use to let us know that something is wrong.

Many patients present to the ER with chronic pain. Old injuries (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, arthritis, malocclusion, poor wound healing), adhesions (any abdominal surgery), migraines, chest pain, joint and extremity pain (rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders, septic joints, bone spurs), pelvic pain. Chronic pain encompasses all of these things as well as many others.

Does that make it less real? Should I turn them away from the emergency room because chronic pain just couldn’t be a reason someone would turn to a physician for help and relief? Fakers. Con artists. Drug addicts.

Unless you are old. Or have cancer. Right?

Read the entire response here, and the editorial board article that inspired such a thoughtful and well written response here.

Top 10 Cannabis Studies the Government Wished it Had Never Funded – Higher Perspective

Quite the snappy list. The article does a nice little rundown of some government funded studies on the effects of marijuana that were (one could say) an effort to demonize the plant. The studies however only bolstered the argument that Marijuana’s vices are greatly outnumbered by it’s virtues.

Take a whole look a the list here.

Lifestyle

Strawberry Banana Marijuana Pancake | Recipe – StupidDope.com 

We have no words for how delicious this looks. Give the recipe a try and tell us what you thought about it?

Find the recipe here.