Cannabinoid Receptor Activation Can Combat Skin Cancer, According to New study

A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors can combat skin cancer.

Activiation of the body's cannabinoid receptors helps with a number of diseases and ailments, including skin cancer according to this new study.

Activiation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors helps with a number of diseases and ailments, including skin cancer according to this new study.

According to researchers at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Pisa in Italy; “Cannabinoids are implicated in the control of cell proliferation, but little is known about the role of the endocannabinoid system in human malignant melanoma [the deadliest form of skin cancer]. This study was aimed at characterizing the in vitro antitumor activity of anandamide [a naturally occurring cannabinoid] in A375 melanoma cells.” Continue reading

Cannabis Legalization Initiative Approved for Circulation in California

California’s Secretary of State’s office announced today that the Californiacchi Cannabis Hemp Initiative has passed through its initial hurdle, and proponents may now begin collecting the 504,760 valid signatures required to put the proposal to a vote of the people in 2014; the group will have 150 days. This announcement comes just a day after the Public Policy Institute of California announced that 60% of likely voters in the state support the legalization of cannabis. Continue reading

New Poll: Majority in California Want Cannabis Legalized

According to a new poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, 60% of likely voters in the state are in favor of legalizing cannabis, the highest yet recorded by the institute. Only 38% are in opposition to such a move. Majority support was expressed among all age groups.cannabisleaf

Support was particularly high among Democrats, with only 33% being opposed to legalization. Unsurprisingly, Republicans were the least likely to support legalizing cannabis, although nearly half (45%) responded in favor. Continue reading

Cannabis Industry Investors Commit Over $1 Million in Denver Meeting, Donate $22,000 to Flood Relief

The ArcView Group, a cannabis investment firm ran by SSDP co-founder Troy Dayton and cannabis entrepreneur and activist Steve DeAngelo, has brought in another million dollars+ to the cannabis industry and movement at an event in Denvermarijuanamoney, in addition to over $20,000 for flood relief, to be donated to the Lyons Community Foundation. The group has held previously successful meetings in Seattle and New York.

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Cannabis Museum to Open Soon in New Zealand

A cannabis museum, displaying the history of cannabis and cannabis activism in New Zealand, will officially open on October 6th in Dunedin, kicking off Cannabis Awareness Week. The museum is a collaboration between the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, and Otaga NORML.

The logo for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.

The logo for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.

The museum will consist of numerous displays designed to educate visitors on various aspects of cannabis use, cannabis law reform, etc.. Merchandise, such as t-shirts, will be sold to help with funding.

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Cannabis Treats Primary Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis, Says Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

A study published last year by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgey and Psychiatry, as well as the National Institute of Health, found that cannabis can treat the primary symptom of multiple sclerosis, muscle stiffness.saved11 The study followed the gold standard of scientific research, being double-blind, placebo-controlled and used human subjects.

According to the study’s official objective; “Here we report the results of the Multiple Sclerosis and Extract of Cannabis (MUSEC) study that aimed to substantiate the patient based findings of previous studies.” Continue reading

National Voter Registration Day 2013

By Rock the Vote

Today is one of our favorite days of the year – National Voter Registration Day! voterregistration

We know that voter registration should happen every single day. But, this unofficial national holiday (also known as NVRD) is bringing people together from all over the country to register as many voters as possible in 24 hours. We’re excited about the challenge! Continue reading

The Next Mayor of New York City Supports Cannabis Decriminalization

The primaries are over, and New York City has narrowed down its mayoral candidates to three; Republican Joseph Lhota, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Independent Adolfo Carrión, Jr..newyorkcity All of these candidates are supporters of cannabis law reform, and are in favor of decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis.

Joseph Lhota was actually the first New York City mayoral candidates to come out in support of recreational cannabis legalization. Bill De Blasio is in support of decriminalizing cannabis, including public display; “I support legislation to decriminalize the display of small amounts of marijuana,” he said during an interview in July, “The current law saddles many young people with a criminal record unfairly and it must be changed.” Continue reading

Cannabis Consumption Has No Negative Effect on Health, According to New Study

A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and conducted by researchers at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine,cannabisplant has found that even heavy cannabis consumption has no negative effect on a person’s health status, or their use of health care services (such as emergency room visits).

For the study, researchers studied 589 adults who screened positive for drug use during a primary care visit. Data was then collected on these patients, examining their drug use, their emergency room use and hospitalizations, and their overall health status. In addition, further information regarding past medical diagnoses was obtained from their medical records. Continue reading

New Study: Cannabinoid Receptor Deficiency May Lead to Heart Failure

A new study published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Cardiology , and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabinoid receptor deficiency may lead to heart failureWTCannabis. If this is the case, cannabis consumption would combat this failure, given that it naturally activates our body’s cannabinoid receptors.

According to the study, “The endocannabinoid system is known to play a role in regulating myocardial contractility, but the influence of cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) deficiency on chronic heart failure (CHF) remains unclear. In this study we attempted to investigate the effect of CB1 deficiency on CHF induced by pressure overload and the possible mechanisms involved.” Continue reading