The US Government Now Supplies Cannabis Extracts to Epileptic Kids

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“It’s comical, almost, when you have the President of the United States, in his New Yorker interview, saying that marijuana is “no more dangerous than alcohol,” and yet alcohol is a legal substance that’s completely unscheduled, and marijuana is a Schedule 1 substance, alongside heroin.” Very quietly, the federal government has begun approving—and even subsidizing—a series of studies of cannabidiol (CBD) for children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. CBD is a completely non-psychoactive and non-toxic natural compound found only in the marijuana plant. It has shown tremendous efficacy in controlling seizures. There is no lethal dose of CBD and only a few, mild side effects. Last August, thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s groundbreaking CNN documentary Weed, millions of viewers worldwide saw the way a high-CBD “whole-plant cannabis extract” proved over 99 percent effective in stopping a six-year-old girl’s seizures, after all other treatments failed. Many in the medical marijuana community had been pointing to such “miraculous” cases for years, often facing ridicule in response, but after Dr. Gupta’s special aired, everything changed. Read more http://www.vice.com/read/the-us-government-now-supplies-cannabis-extracts-to-epileptic-kids

After changing the way I smoke weed, I’ll never go back

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DownOnTheUpside’s take on smoking cannabis … Like many of you on this sub, back in my hay-day I smoked on the daily. I usually had one or two bowls by myself at a time; the goal being to get ripshit stoned off my ass. I’d go through about an 8th a week, which sucked. After doing this for a year, I became a bit more sluggish and less energetic. Eventually marijuana just became boring. The magic was gone, so when school started up again I stopped for a semester, completely cold turkey. I experienced no withdrawls or cravings for weed what so ever. My dreams were interesting too. Marijuana has two real benefits for me. Firstly, it makes music sound incredible. Secondly, it gives me a healthier, more rational perspective on life. The only problem was, I was over doing it. Marijuana should be seen as a tool. Let it help you get from point A to point B, don’t make the drug itself point B. So these days, I’ve basically ditched getting ripshit stoned (save for special occassions). Now, … Read More

Discovery Sheds New Light on Marijuana’s Anxiety Relief Effects

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An international group led by Vanderbilt University researchers has found cannabinoid receptors, through which marijuana exerts its effects, in a key emotional hub in the brain involved in regulating anxiety and the flight-or-fight response. This is the first time cannabinoid receptors have been identified in the central nucleus of the amygdala in a mouse model, they report in the current issue of the journal Neuron. The discovery may help explain why marijuana users say they take the drug mainly to reduce anxiety, said Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D., the paper’s senior author and professor of Psychiatry and of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Led by first author Teniel Ramikie, a graduate student in Patel’s lab, the researchers also showed for the first time how nerve cells in this part of the brain make and release their own natural “endocannabinoids.” The study “could be highly important for understanding how cannabis exerts its behavioral effects,” Patel said. As the legalization of marijuana spreads across the country, more people — and especially young people whose brains are still developing — are being exposed to the … Read More