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Industrial Hemp CBD VS. Medical Marijuana CBD

By Discover CBD We have all seen the recent news articles showcasing CBD oil and many of us would like to get involved… but where do you start?  In the event you didn’t already know, there are two sources for CBD oil and other CBD/Cannabidiol products: 1.)  Hemp CBD products made from industrial hemp and 2.) …

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Diseases on Marijuana Plants, and How to Treat Them

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com Diseases on marijuana plants and infections usually create the worst possible issues for your plants. They have a tendency to be much harder to treat than pests. Diseases in your plants will usually come in one of two major categories: fungal or bacterial. Fungal diseases are often caused by environments that …

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Report: Patient With Life-Threatening Angioedema Responds Favorably To Inhaled Cannabis

By Paul Armentano, NORML Inhaling cannabis is associated with the remission of refractory idiopathic angioedema, according to a clinical report published in the journal Case Reports in Immunology. Angioedema is a condition characterized by rapid swelling under the skin in regions around the face and throat, which may result in airway obstruction or suffocation. Investigators …

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Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Be Obese, Possess Lower Diabetes Risk

By Paul Armentano, NORML A history of cannabis use is associated with a lower likelihood of obesity and diabetes, according to population-based data published in the journal Obesity. Investigators from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers assessed cannabis use patterns and body mass index (BMI) in a cohort of 786 Inuit (Arctic aboriginal) adults …

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How to Increase Your Marijuana Yield

By Robert Bergman, ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com For every marijuana grower, achieving a high final yield is the ultimate goal. In an ideal world, this yield will be high despite less effort, time, and money being used. There are a number of factors that can negatively affect your yield, so as a grower you need to always be …

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Presidential Candidate Chris Christie Says Drug War Is A ‘Failure’

By Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Monday that the war on drugs has been a “failure” — even though he has vowed to enact a federal crackdown on marijuana, a substance that has been a primary target of the drug war for decades. “This is a disease …

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Historic day in Nevada: First Legal Medical Cannabis Sales Take Place

By Scott Sonner and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press SPARKS, Nev. — Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 …

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2016 Cannabis Legalization Initiatives: An Overview

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue …

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Study: Cannnabis Useful in Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

By Laird Harrison, Medscape Inhaled cannabis can blunt the pain of diabetic neuropathy without seriously impairing cognitive function, a new study shows. “The higher the dose, the more the pain relief,” first author Mark Wallace, MD, told Medscape Medical News. “There was, however, a dose-dependent increase in euphoria.” The study is the first randomized controlled …

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2,400 Year Old Gold Bongs Discovered in Russia

By Aaron Mamlit, Tech Times Archaeologists have unearthed a pair of “bongs” made of pure gold that date back to 2,400 years ago. The historic paraphernalia, which were once used by tribal chiefs to smoke cannabis and opium, were discovered along with other items made of gold weighing almost seven pounds in total when a …

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Senators Push Feds to Ease Restrictions on Cannabis Research

By Sarah Ferris, TheHill.com Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to make it easier for government-paid researchers to study marijuana – and not just its negative side effects. Eight Democratic senators, led by Warren, are urging federal health and drug officials to address the “data shortfall” on potential health benefits of medical marijuana by making it …

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President Obama Grants Clemency to 14 Individuals Serving Life in Prison for Drugs

By Drug Policy Alliance Today, President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 people incarcerated in federal prison. This follows the commutation of eight people incarcerated in federal prison for drug offenses in December of 2014, and 22 in March 2015. Fourteen of the people who received commutations today were serving life in prison for …

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New Study Counters Cannabis “Gateway” Theory

By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay Marijuana may not be the “gateway drug” some believe it to be, a new study contends. Instead, teens smoke pot for very specific reasons, and it is those reasons that appear to prompt their decision to try other drugs, researchers report. For example, kids who use marijuana because they are bored …

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Bipartisan Cannabis Banking Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

By Darby Beck, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Ma lmrijuana Business Access to Banking Act today in a much-needed move to allow legitimate marijuana businesses to conduct legal financial operations. While the move sounds …

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New Jersey: Statewide Poll Shows Strong Majority Support For Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

By Paul Armentano, NORML Nearly six out of ten New Jersey adults favor legalizing the use and sale of marijuana, according to the results of a recently released Rutgers-Eagleton poll. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they support “legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over.” Thirty-nine percent of respondents oppose legalizing cannabis.

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