24 January 2017
- Recent findings that have been published in Frontiers in Pharmacology have indicated that marijuana does, indeed, improve cognitive performance.
Researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University have begun preliminary investigations that have found incredible benefits from the plant's use, including the improvement to "our ability to utilize the knowledge acquired by mental processes in our brains.”
24 patients were studied over a three-month history. The patients were consistently measured with cognitive testing, including the Stroop Color Word Test and the Trail Making Test.
15 January 2017
- Ibogaine works wonders with opioid addiction, but you have to go to another country to get access to it.
State legislators, medical marijuana patients, doctors and adult cannabis consumers have been stymied in many ways by the federal listing of cannabis as a schedule 1 controlled substance. However, cannabis is not unique in that regard.
For example, another powerful medicine plant, the iboga shrub, is likewise banned from medical use. What makes iboga a special case is that its major medical value has been as an effective treatment for addiction to alcohol and hard drugs.
Once again, the Drug War that is supposed to prevent addiction is used instead to withhold treatment from those who most need it.
29 December 2016
- The latest marijuana benefits just discovered are that it can treat bone fractures and also help in organ transplants.
It is now clear that marijuana has a medicinal value, with some researchers constantly using what little resources they have to demonstrate the point. The results from such studies are amazing, showing a remarkable efficacy of the plant.
But despite these encouraging findings, the plant still remains illegal in a country where, if it is legalized, could have a significant impact on the rest of the world.
6 December 2016
- In June 2015 we reported on the re-emerging field of using psychedelics to treat mental illness, with psilocybin, in particular, showing great promise for chronic anxiety and depression. Western medicine began realizing its potential in the 1940s, but medical research was stamped out with the War on Drugs.
Now, as the injustice of the drug war is fully exposed, research is again turning to the amazing, natural power of psilocybin. William Richards at Johns Hopkins University has been dosing people with psilocybin for 15 years, and in 2006 published his first study demonstrating positive therapeutic results.
That study provided the impetus for a rapid expansion in psychedelic research. On December 1, results of the first two major clinical trials were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology – showing yet again psilocybin’s remarkable effect on depression and end-of-life stress.
10 November 2016
- The 2016 U.S. election shocked everyone. But while the results did not look like anything pundits and pollsters predicted, American voters stayed mostly consistent on at least one subject: marijuana.
Prohibitive anti-marijuana laws across the country suffered a major setback on November 8, when voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada approved the legalization of recreational cannabis. Arizona, however, wasn’t as pro-freedom, as just over 52 percent of Grand Canyon state voters said no to Proposition 205. A powerful lobby backed the opposition in that state.
In Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota, voters passed medical marijuana laws, allowing patients suffering from certain medical conditions to have access to cannabis.
25 October 2016
- Cannabis and Hemp (which is the more industrial version of Cannabis) have proven time and time again to be billion-dollar cash crops.
The States that have legalized their use have seen an astounding increase in tax revenue created by the plant.
We know it has at least 50,000 known uses, and we’ve been using Cannabis for many of those things since before we even started recording human history.
We know all about how to use it’s leaves, its fiber, leaves, flowers, oils, resins, etc.. But when it comes to the roots of the plant, they tend to get overlooked.
The first mention of hemp root as medicine can be found in the ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia, the Shen Nung Pên-ts’ao Ching, as early as the third millennium BCE.
19 October 2016
- Following months of negotiations and various offers, Germany-based Bayer has finally sealed the deal with Monsanto, purchasing the seed giant for $66 billion. The merger is reported to be the largest all-cash deal on record.
The purchase means a lot of things, and none of them good for consumers. For one, it strengthens the monopolization of the world's food supply. It also means more genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and chemicals to be doused on them.
Now, some are predicting the merge could also mean the takeover of the marijuana industry. Monsanto has an intimate business relationship with Scotts Miracle-Gro, "a convicted corporate criminal– and Scott's Miracle-Gro is trying to take over the marijuana industry," according to Big Buds Mag.
14 October 2016
- In a stunning reversal, the DEA has withdrawn its proposal to ban kratom and temporarily suspended efforts to make it a Schedule 1 drug. The move comes after an impassioned Internet-based protest by a decentralized network of advocates and activists who contend the southeast Asian plant has tremendous medicinal value. While not a permanent ruling, the reversal is extremely unusual for the government agency, which is known for aggressive enforcement of its drug policies.
DEA spokesperson Melvin Patterson confirmed that the intense public reaction fueled the decision. “That was eye-opening for me personally,” he said.“I want the kratom community to know that the DEA does hear them. Our goal is to make sure this is available to all of them.”
17 September 2016
- Last week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia’s version of the FDA, announced formal plans to legalize medical marijuana throughout the country this November.
The TGA has recognized the medicinal use of some cannabinoids since 1984, yet Australia’s National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) has kept cannabis a Schedule 9 controlled substance.
“The scheduling of cannabis and its extracts has been considered by the National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) on a number of occasions,” the TGA states in a description of the scheduling history. “Currently, cannabis is a Schedule 9 substance, i.e., a prohibited substance which may be abused or misused and the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which is prohibited by law.”
Australia has gone through a similar heart-wrenching legalization process as many other nations, driven by parents illegally treating their epileptic children with cannabis while citizens also openly participate in mass civil disobedience of recreational smoking events...
7 July 2016
- A new study carried out by the Salk Institute is providing insight into the way medical cannabis actually counters the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
While these exploratory studies were conducted in neurons grown in the laboratory, they may offer insight into the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and could provide clues to developing novel therapeutics for the disorder.
“Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells,” says Salk Professor David Schubert, the senior author of the paper.”
29 May 2016
- Though the negative stigma associated with cannabis has lessened in recent years – especially since CBD-rich oils to be a powerful aid in fighting cancer, it still hasn’t garnered full support from the public.
Such is unfortunate, as hemp is one of the most versatile (and longest cultivated) crops on the planet and can be used for a variety of practical and economical uses. According to some sources, the crop is humanity’s answer to eliminating smog from current fuels, creating a cleaner energy source that can replace nuclear power, remove radioactive water from the soil, and eliminate smog from skies in industrialized areas.
In addition, nationwide hemp production could eliminate deforestation by converting current paper to hemp paper which can be recycled up to 8 times. Compare this to wood pulp, which is recyclable up to 3 times. Finally, hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and can even serve as a suitable feed for animals and livestock.
21 May 2016
- Plants are not simple bystanders in the environment, soaking up sun and otherwise engaging in a passive existence. They’re actually active communicators and engage in a complex relationship with their environment.
Not only do plants communicate with each other but they also take steps to protect themselves from predators. About 200 plant species, for instance, manufacture a glue-like substance that attracts sand or soil.
The resulting “sand armor,” which is created in a process called psammophory, has been the subject of numerous theories. Some researchers have suggested plants coat themselves in sand as a form of camouflage or for added protection during sandstorms.
Others have posited it may have to do with water retention or protection for radiation. New research published in Ecology has revealed what may be its true underlying purpose, however, which is to discourage predators from taking a bite.
4 April 2016
- Sister Abbey lives just outside Merced, California. Sister Kate lives close by with Sister Darcy and her youngest son. They posses the discipline, dedication and empathy required to live a life of a nun, although they aren’t members of any religious order. Sisters Kate and Darcy may call themselves nuns, but their spiritual quest is on quite a different path- to heal illnesses with the help of marijuana.
The unordinary nuns are the subject of photographers. They dress the part, in long denim skirts and white collared shirts, and just so happen to be licensed marijuana growers operating out of their kitchen.
grow weed in conjunction with the moon cycles to make a variety of healing remedies, which they sold on Etsy. Each salve is made with the sisters’ love and each jar is shipped with a prayer for healing.