No More Drug War!

The war on drugs is an unequivocal failure. Billions of dollars have been put into a policy which has overinflated our prisons with nonviolent individuals, created a dangerousdrugwarhasfailed and brutal black market, and led to an erosion of basic civil liberties.

As the failures of this policy become clear, the global conversation continues to gain momentum. United Nations reports have declared the war on drugs a failure, and more than 80 percent of Americans believe the U.S. is losing this so-called “war”. Times are changing.

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Cannabis-Based Medicine Shows Potential as Diabetes Treatment

GW Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Sativex – a cannabinoid based medicinal spray that’s approved in over 20 countries – is currently in the process of studying a new cannabis-derived medicine which is aimed at treating diabetes.medical-marijuana-logo-hemp-beach-tv-hbtv According to researchers at GW, a mid-stage study has shown promising results.

The study examined the effect of this new substance – currently known exclusively as GWP42004 – on 35 patients, and found that it helped improve the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin, in addition to dropping blood sugar levels between meals.

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Cannabinoids Found to Reduce 90% of Skin Cancer in Just 20 Weeks, According to New Study

A new study conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health, and published in the newest issue of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, has found that cannabinoidscannabis6small can reduce up to 90% of skin cancer in just a 20 week period.

For the study, researchers used synthetic cannabinoids (natural, cannabis-derived cannabinoids are typically even more effective) on mice with skin cancer in a 20 week study, and found that the cannabinoids had a hugely positive effect, reducing skin cancer by up to 90% as well as “inhibiting tumor promotion”. Continue reading

Kentucky Measure to Legalize Medical Cannabis Introduced, Public Hearing Set

Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark has introduced a measure which would legalize medical cannabis in the state. The proposal has been assignedshutterstock_9 to the Health and Welfare Joint Committee, and a public hearing has been set for August 21st.

“It’s time”, stated Senator Clark, speaking about the proposal, “40 percent of the states have already passed medical marijuana laws and Kentucky is kind of fallen behind on that. The science is far on our side. Cannabis is medicine. It’s medicine in its many forms”. Continue reading

Activists in Philadelphia Plan Indefinite Protest Calling for an End to Cannabis Prohibition

Philly NORML and The Panic Hour have announced that they will be holding an indefinite cannabis protest in Philadelphia beginning on July 26th.phillynormllogo Event organizers have previously held protests in support of legalizing cannabis, called Smoke Down Prohibition, but this is the first which is planned indefinitely, meaning it could continue for months.

The event will take place at Independence National Historic Park and will begin at 4:20pm. Continue reading

Cannabis Can Enhance Performance in Sports

A recent research paper conducted by the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School, infootballcannabis conjunction with the National Institute for Translational Medicine, has found that cannabis can improve performance in sports (whether mild or extreme).

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Study: THC Provides Protection from Heart Attacks

A study released in last month’s issue of the journal Biochemical Pharmacology has found that even minuscule amounts of THC can provide protection from heart attacks, as well as reduce the potential cardiovascular damage associated with suffering one.marijuanaheart

For the study – which is titled An ultra-low dose of tetrahydrocannabinol provides cardioprotection – researchers administered extremely small amounts of THC; 0.002 mg/kg, which is up to 10,000 times less potent than the average joint. Despite how small the dose was, researchers found it to be effective at protecting against heart attacks when administered 2 to 48 hours before an attack, and found it to help relieve the symptoms when administered afterward.

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New Study Finds Hemp Insulation is Carbon Negative

A new study funded by the American Chemical Society, and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, has found that insulation made from hemp is carbon negative,Hemp-01-750x750 meaning that its production has no negative effect on the environment, and may be beneficial. The study examined the environmental impact involved with the entire production process of making hemp insulation, from harvesting, to the placement of the final product.

As part of the study, researchers compared hemp insulation to rock wool – one of the most common used insulation types – and found the insulation made from hemp to be lighter, and significantly more sustainable. Researchers conclude that; “Indeed, the direct comparison between hemp-based and rock wool insulator mat shows the much higher sustainability of hemp.”

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Study: Cannabis Doesn’t Cause Liver Disease, But Can Help Relieve The Symptoms

A study published in this month’s issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found that there’s absolutely no link between cannabis use and liver disease, regardless of an individual’s rate of consumption. 1edit_medical_marijuana1

For the study, researchers examined 690 patients with hepatitis C over a two and a half year period, and examined their cannabis use, as well as the potential progression of liver disease. The study found that over 50% of the participants consumed cannabis in the past 6 months, and 40% consumed cannabis on a daily basis. Regardless of an individual’s cannabis consumption, it had no negative effect on the person’s liver disease progression. Continue reading

Medical Cannabis Initiative Filed in Arkansas

The nonprofit organization Arkansas for Compassionate Care submitted a new initiative today aimed at legalizing medical cannabis in the State of Arkansas. The proposalimages is based on a measure (Issue 5) which was narrowly defeated in the general election this past November; the initiative received 49% of the vote.

The group has submitted several petitions in recent months, only to have them rejected by the state’s attorney general due to “ambiguities in the language”. The group believes that they’ve fixed this problem, and are hoping for a quick approval so that they can begin collecting signatures; advocates are hoping to put the initiative to a vote of the people next year. Continue reading