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The Magic of CBD Shows Exactly How Inhumane the Drug Laws Really Are

January 27th, 2014 | By

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Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary has been doing the rounds on YouTube, and just in case if you haven’t seen it, I will summarise – a young girl with a severe form of epilsepy is apparently completely cured by taking cannabis oil, which is high in CBD, one of the many cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It’s transformative and has to be seen to be believed – here’s the link.

This video has really put a cat amongst the pigeons.

According to High Times:

“Lawmakers in Florida, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Kentucky who had introduced medical marijuana bills in the past are now abandoning those plans and introducing bills that only legalize “Alepsia”-style medical marijuana”

 Ignorant lawmakers appear to be once again putting stigma before science, by changing medical marijuana bills to only allow CBD medicine. This really is a dangerous and stupid step in totally the wrong direction.

“You can’t get high on it, and it has no street value,”

Apparently. This is what a former state trooper said to the Huntsville Times recently.  I would say it has enormous street value.

Even Republican Senator Paul Sanford has stated that:

“If my child was having 300 seizures a month and there was something I could give them that would cut it down to four, by golly, this gentleman would be making sure I got it,” Sen. Sanford told the Huntsville Times following a forum Tuesday night. “And I’ll be frank: If it meant I had to break the law, I would break the law so I wouldn’t have to watch my infant child go through something like that. If that makes me a bad person, so be it. I think it would make me a great parent, to be honest.”

which leads us to:

“I’m not asking for the legalization of marijuana, whether medically or recreationally,”

Dalton, a parent of a child with Dravet sundrome told lawmakers.

 “What I’m asking you to consider is that CBD oil as a marijuana derivative should be considered much in the same way we use morphine, which is derived from opium.”

Don’t get me wrong – it’s life changing for the kids who are suffering now that may soon be able to get treated – of course.  But there is much more to do than simply allow CBD-based medicines.  There are many other important cannabinoids in the cannabis plant:

CBDA which reduces inflammation and inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

CBG which helps with sleep, promotes the growth of bones, slows bacterial growth and inhibits the growth of cancer cells.

THCV which reduces convulsions and seizures as well as many others.

That’s not to mention the relief THC gives chemotherapy patients, as well as its ability to stop muscle spasms.  You get the picture. We need all of it.

 

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The sum is greater than the individual parts here, according to the scientists.

In a recent chat I had with Dr Bob Melamede, he happened to address this matter directly:

 “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and when you take a cannabis extract versus a pure compound of THC or something else, the extract has always been shown to be more effective. Because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and there are so many different cannabinoids and other biologically active materials – flavonoids, isoflavonoids, terpenes etc that are in the cannabis plant”

It’s also the users who report that they prefer using the whole plant to extracted versions of THC every time. It’s much easier to dose with a smoke. Popping pills you can’t control the does as easily, and if you get it wrong, it can last for hours.

Removing the THC completely renders the medicine useless to people suffering from AIDS, Cancer, Crohn’s and others. Why would you want to do that? So that prohibitionists can say they are doing the right thing, even if it is completely the wrong thing?

Meanwhile British firm GW pharmaceuticals, who secretly grow warehouses full of cannabis hidden away deep in the English countryside, have got FDA approval to start testing their cannabis extract (which they are calling Epidiolex) and permission to treat 125 epileptic children in the US.

This is cannabis!

CBD is also hitting the headlines in the UK. It’s clear that parents who hear about this effective medicine for severe forms of epilepsy would demand it for their children – wouldn’t you?

Remember – the experiment is not legalisation. The experiment has been prohibition, and it has been an utter failure and cost many their lives.

It has stopped genuine medicine getting to people who need it, and it has been a catalyst for racist police officers to be more racist, amongst many other tragedies.

The Surging Tidal Wave of Global Policy Changes – When Will It Reach Your Country?

January 24th, 2014 | By

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Places like Colorado & Uruguay have snagged the biggest headlines and the most attention both online & off for their legalization efforts, but the end of prohibition is quietly happening all over the world thanks to small, grassroots (pun fully intended) movements in towns, cities and communities just like yours.

Over the past few years, I’ve been researching this growing (pun intended once again) trend practically non-stop, but thought I’d share my findings with all you less-OCD stoners out there. It’s only a matter of time, my friend!

Only yesterday, we heard that the Italian city of Turin voted to legalize cannabis just weeks after cannabis became downgraded to an administrative matter throughout the whole of Italy.

This comes just after the changes in the US and Uruguay.  Pretty big news considering the fact that the people of Berlin have voted in favour of introducing cannabis cafes to the city, although the actual implementation sounds like it may problematic. Times they are changing though. People are beginning to realise that prohibition policies hurt people more than they help, and that for adults, cannabis is pretty much harmless.

South America is seeing sweeping change, spearheaded by the progressive Uruguayans. Argentina are now considering doing the same thing as the Uruguayans! Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina recently told a local radio station that:

‘Argentina deserves a good debate about this. We have the capacity to do it. We should not underestimate ourselves.’

Just weeks ago in Bermuda, a public consultation paper on the decriminalisation of cannabis has been promised by the Bermudan government and last year Colombia completely decriminalised cocaine and marijuana.

Brazil began its own Cannabis Cup as of April 28 2012, and Ecuador decriminalised small amounts of marijuana last year.

Paraguay have allowed possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin since 1988, and Chile decriminalised personal consumption back in 1995.

Mexico have suffered enormously from the ‘Drug War’ and now sound like they’re hurtling towards some kind of regulated market.

More recently, the president of Iceland declared “We should legalize cannabis”.

Changes in Europe are coming thick and fast with France allowing access to Sativex last year, a commercial cannabis tincture spray that is basically cannabis. The UK have allowed Sativex for some time, but most of the stories coming out of the country report that people who really need it can’t get hold of it.

In 2013, Croatia stopped prosecuting anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana and other drugs, with growing remaining illegal however.

Changes in Turin are expected to be the beginning of a movement to completely legalize cannabis in Italy. Italians are the heaviest cannabis users in Europe according to this United Nations Report.

More tokers per person than even Spain!

According to a recent poll in Ireland, four out of ten voters would like to see cannabis legalised. The idea was most popular with younger voters according to PaddyPower.

And Jamaica don’t want to be left out of the action:

“Encouraged by legalisation of ganja in Colorado and Washington in the United States, and Uruguay in South America, the Jamaicans foresee the development of a local, regional and international cannabis industry, led by a Cannabis Future Growers and Producers Association that will eventually generate billions of dollars for the Jamaican economy.

The growers’ and producers’ association will be launched on January 18, 2014 as one outcome of a major stakeholders forum titled ‘Going Forward — Legalise it’ that organisers hope will bring together the disparate entities planning a future in ganja at the University of the West Indies in Mona, St Andrew.”

The rhetoric seems to suggest that Jamaica can fix a lot of its problems by selling weed to the US and the rest of the world. And they could be right.  A conference took place only yesterday.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, Morocco are now discussing the possibility of legalising their massive cannabis growing industry, something that could only have been dreamed of in recent years.

“The Moroccan parliament has held a hearing into the industrial and medical benefits of marijuana use. The discussions, started by one of Morocco’s main political parties, are the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant.”

China have been quietly filing thousands of cannabis related patents in the US and look to be in a very strong position to take advantage of this new and exciting legal market.

“Because cannabis in Western medicine is becoming accepted, the predominance of Chinese patents suggests that pharmaceutical sciences are evolving quickly in China, outpacing Western capabilities”

Says Dr Luc Duchesne,

“Chinese traditional medicine is poised to take advantage of a growing trend. The writing is on the wall: Westernised Chinese traditional medicine is coming to a dispensary near you.”

Looking at the picture as a whole, there is a definite worldwide shift towards toleration and in some cases total regulation – with the science of cannabis just beginning to explode now that scientists are actually allowed to research it.

In the past, certainly in the US, research has only been authorised to investigate the negative aspects of the plant. This is no longer the case, so expect some more medical miracles down the line.

 

10 Reasons To Keep An Eye On Cannabis in 2014

January 4th, 2014 | By

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The Sanjay Gupta CNN Documentary

A great documentary which shines a light into the magic of medical cannabis – for a child.

Watch how a little girl comes backs from horrifying illness and almost certain death to live a normal life – with her parents then meeting their daughter’s true self properly for the first time. Incredible stuff. Youtube link.

 

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Human trials for cannabis as a treatment for brain cancer begin

Need we say more? Trials begin for the treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme using Sativex.

Remember, ‘Sativex’ is cannabis, so whatever they may say, they are treating brain cancers with their own version of concentrated cannabis which anybody can make.

Rick Simpson has been successfully treating people with cancer for years using cannabis oil.

 

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Boston study says marijuana not harmful

A Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine study finds no relationship whatsoever between marijuana use and healthcare utilisation.

So even daily marijuana users can chill out. The only way you are going to be harmed by this plant is by being hit over the head with it. Or by being arrested because of it.

 

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Uruguay legalizes and neighbours immediately consider following their lead

Uruguay completely legalised their cannabis market in 2013 – setting the price at 1$ a gram! Argentina’s drug tsar Juan Carlos Molino recently stated that:

 “Argentina deserves a good debate about this. We have the capacity to do it. We should not underestimate ourselves”.

Recent polls in Buenos Aires suggest that 81% of people are in favour of legalisation of cannabis. South America could soon be greener than the North!

 

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Switzerland have completely decriminalised cannabis

The Swiss (who are already extremely sensible about cannabis, though laws vary from internal state to state) very recently introduced new cannabis legislation.

The Swiss parliament totally decriminalised marijuana use on the 1st of October as long as you have less than 10 grammes in your posession.

 

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Cannabis cafes in Berlin are coming soon

The Berlin parliament have voted and agreed on the idea of cannabis cafes in the city. Which European capital will fall next? Manchester would like to lead the UK.

Keep an eye on Europe. Remember with Spain and Holland, we’re already half way to a legal market – in the face of full legalisation in the US, it seems ridiculous to consider that anything resembling prohibition will be continuing for any meaningful amount of time here, but I’m sure some idiotic fools will prove me wrong.

 

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Danny Danko the High Times editor appears on the Wall Street Journal

It’s almost too good to be true. I am still pinching myself. Who thought we would be seeing this in 2014? I repeat. Danny Danko, the High Times editor, appears on the Wall Street Journal! Just wow.

 

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Colorado and Washington legalize for recreation

Recreational sales begin in earnest in Colorado – and the lines are big! Whether stocks are going to last or not remains to be seen, but a certain scene in the film ‘Jaws’ where they realize they are going to need a bigger boat springs to mind.

 

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Moroccan legalisation plans

Morocco who produces over 40% of the world’s hashish supply are keen to legitimize the main cash crop of their country.

Even BusinessWeek think they might.  Just imagine a legal Moroccan hashish export market!  Only months ago such things would be dismissed as hogwash. Not today. A spokesman for the government said:

“We think this crop can become an important economic resource for Morocco and the citizens of this region”

 

 

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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia release cannabis monograph

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia finalized its cannabis monograph to lay down standards for botanical identity, purity, analysis, and quality. This new monograph will also provide instruction on cannabis growing, storage and curing etc.

Required reading for any serious cannabis enthusiast and further proof that cannabis is coming back to the medicine cabinet to stay.

 

Smoking Weed Has No Negative Effect On Health

January 1st, 2014 | By

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According to a new study from The Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, they found:

“No differences between daily marijuana users and those using no marijuana in their use of the emergency room, in hospitalisations, medical diagnoses or their health status..Our findings suggest that marijuana use has little measurable effect on self reported health or healthcare utilisation in adults using drugs identified in a primary care clinic.”

Daniel Fuster examined the link between cannabis use, health and emergency hospital visits in 589 people to get this data. The researchers said that they:

“were unable to detect an association between frequency of marijuana use and health, emergency department use, or hospital utilization”

How many more stories like this do we have to see before something changes in places like the UK?

If a tipping point had ever been reached for worldwide cannabis acceptance I’d say we are at that point right now.

Some are not so sure.  Or should I say, there are still some idiots left. Sort yourself out Raymond – get with the program!

Happy New Year to all weed people! I think this is going to be a great year.

The New Way Cafe Manchester – A New Way to be Arrested?

December 27th, 2013 | By

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For Colin Davies, it would not be a new way as he is somebody who has previously done time for opening a cannabis cafe in Stockport as well as presenting a bouquet to the queen full of weed!

He says he is opening a ‘cannabis social club’ in the centre of Manchester. Here are the details of his last cannabis cafe attempt.

You cannot ignore the courage of this man. He clearly has extremely large testicles to put his neck on the line like this. I believe this particular action is a direct result of changes to cannabis policy around the world, and it certainly won’t be the last action of its kind in the UK. We are going to have to fight for the right to use naturally occurring plants. These rights are not just handed over on a plate, unless you happen to live in somewhere eminently sensible like Uruguay.

Anyone doing this is actually making a war against our consciousness – against our very freedom as a human being. I’m pretty sure if more people smoked cannabis then there would be less wars, and we might even work out how to feed everybody. A dream, I know.

If you push all our modern conveniences to the side for a minute, there is actually not a lot left apart here from man: animals and plants. To disallow man something naturally occurring, which is a medicine, is more than ridiculous. The more time that this goes on, the more people that suffer or die from cancers and other treatable diseases, is more guilty time for our genocidal governments.

We have been conditioned to believe right is wrong. Black is white. War is good. Weed is bad. How much longer is it going to take people to wake up from this disgusting scam?

So what Colin is doing is essential and it certainly has already raised awareness of the issues going on around cannabis. Whether his cafe will stay open for more than an hour remains to be seen.

He plans to open the cafe in January. At the time of writing, he has built up over 5000 likes on Facebook.

He has been on BBC Radio Manchester.

“It’s going to be called the New Way Cafe and it will be a cannabis social club. A place where like-minded folks, whether they be people that are using cannabis medicinally or recreationally, will be able to gather, socialise, refreshments will be available.” He continues “I’ve had a tremendous response and this is a civil right more than anything. We know the objections but it’s going to be a membership cafe so if they don’t join, they won’t have to suffer us will they?”

Some local residents are less than hopeful. “I’m sure they’ll shut it” said one. “He’s saying that no weed is going to be sold, I see.”

Personally, I cannot see how he will get away with this, but he is at least drawing some much needed attention to the issue. It’s going to be an interesting one to keep an eye on. There is a link to a thread on UK420 here and the cafe’s website is here.