Low quality of illegal drugs or poor value for money is driving people to legal highs

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The article below refers to overseas "legal highs" not those regulated in New Zealand. The founder of the Global Drugs Survey Adam Winstock has warned that synthetic cannabis results in 30 times more "emergency medical treatment" than the natural form, potentially due to it’s purity and high strength. The psychiatrist added that low quality of illegal drugs or poor value for money is driving more people towards legal highs. His comments come as part of a special Channel 5 News investigation into the true scale of their use and the risks they pose. Watch the first part of the series here Winstock told us: “People very much prefer natural cannabis and the risk of seeking emergency medical treatment from using synthetic cannabis products is 30 times higher than that with people using natural cannabis.” He added: “The Global Drugs Survey has asked people what the attraction is for research chemicals and novel psychoactive drugs and the top four reasons are: ease of access; value for money; other drugs being unavailable; other drugs that are available but not being considered very …

Sanjay Gupta Reveals The Real Reason For His Reversal On Medical Marijuana BIG PHARM

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First ban it, then have people call for legalization, create a designer version then make all cannabis legal, patent and have government big pharma distribute designer cannabis under their control (and we all know govt hates competition). So whats the end result and what aspects are they removing or adding and for what purpose? And why would a government legalize something that was previously illegal? Surely not for the health benefits they purportedly promote – since when have they cared… but is it purely just for profit or perhaps control of other aspects? Is this another Brave New World soma pill for the masses? Anyone know where this is going? Go to Sanjay Gupta Reveals The Real Reason For His Reversal On Medical Marijuana BIG PHARM

Hey, Wake Up, It’s Brain Awareness Week

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Your brain doesn’t come with an instruction manual. The Dana Foundation’s annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 10-16, seems particularly appropriate and useful this time around, after a year in which brain-based disease models of human behaviors came under fire from social scientists and neuroscientists alike. A recent analysis of the coverage of neuroscience in the popular press showed that the number of news articles using the terms "neuroscience" or "neuroscientist" had increased by a factor of 30 between 1985 and 2009. Moreover, the NIH’s massive Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, designed to speed up our understanding of the neural workings of the human brain in the years ahead, is in progress. Brain Awareness Week, which takes place each year during the third week of March, is the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) administers a BAW grants program for European partners. During the week, campaign partners around the world organize activities to educate their communities about the brain and brain research. …