Geezer Ganja

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From The Nation

DavidB points out that older folks are beginning to turn the tide of their brainwashing from the Reefer Madness of old. Of course, I have been preaching about this miracle drug as long as I can remember. I knew back in the day (70’s) that the propaganda was a lie unsupported by anyone I knew who partook of the “evil weed”. Murder, rape, theft, brain damage, lung cancers, depression, etc, etc, etc have all been proved to be mad claims. On a quick side note, if you are depressed, it ain’t because of the weed:

Study: Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Anxiety or Depression

The worst “side effect” I’ve ever known about it is demotivation (if using too much), but it is likely that these individuals would have a demotivation problem without it, as well. It really depends on how much one uses and a correct education of the substance could re-educate people to consume appropriately. Do I have to point out that demotivation hardly calls for jail time? I know many worthless assholes who have never partaken, but I don’t want them going to jail.

So, when I read that my peers are finally starting to understand that the “evil weed” is actually immensely beneficial (aka “good”) and are finding ways to help their ailments without the destructively harmful chemicals known as pharmaceuticals, my heart jumps for joy because I have been trying to educate these folks for decades.

The 55-and-older crowd is now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country. Between 2013 and 2014, the number increased from 2.8 million to 4.3 million. In California, where medical marijuana is legal, seniors are learning how to fill their prescriptions — at a pot shop. They want to know the highs and the lows of marijuana use for the aches and pains of growing old, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.
. . .
Seniors account for only 14 percent of the nation’s population, but they use more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs including some highly-addictive painkillers. So pot is fast becoming a pill alternative. Marijuana use is up 53 percent with the 55-and-over crowd.
. . .
Harborside in Oakland is one of California’s largest medical dispensaries. Owner Steve DeAngelo wants more seniors to make the switch. “There’s [an] ironic, almost tragic phenomenon, which is that seniors, who are one of the groups who can most benefit from use of cannabis, are the single group which remains most opposed to reforming cannabis laws,” DeAngelo said.

That opposition started when seniors were just juniors, kids growing up with movies like “Reefer Madness” and government anti-drug campaigns. It’s still illegal under federal law, but now almost half of Americans live in a state where medical or recreational pot is legal.

The inevitability of the truth is here for all to see, even covered in mainstream outfits that previously demonized anything about it.

Myth-Schizophrenia

Per the Washington Post:

New research published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder.

see also:

No Marijuana Is Not Actually As Addictive As Heroin

(As if I had to point that out)

h/t Hail Mary Jane

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Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD)

I told you that the stuff was made for your body.

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As hard as that is to believe (due to all the decades of brainwashing we’ve been subjected to), there are benefits to the miracle plant which include filling the deficiencies that lead to “migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other treatment-resistant conditions“:

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Ethan B. Russo’s paper of December 1, 2003 explored the concept of a clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) underlying the pathophysiology of migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other functional conditions alleviated by clinical cannabis.

METHODS:

Available literature was reviewed, including searches via the National Library of medicine database and other sources.

RESULTS:

A review of the literature indicates that significant progress has been made since Dr. Ethan B. Russo’s landmark paper, just ten years ago (February 2, 2004). Investigation at that time suggested that cannabinoids can block spinal, peripheral and gastrointestional mechanisms that promote pain in headache, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and muscle spasm.

CONCLUSION:

Subsequent research has confirmed that underlying endocannabinoid deficiencies indeed play a role in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and a growing list of other medical conditions. Clinical experience is bearing this out. Further research and especially, clinical trials will further demonstrate the usefulness of medical cannabis. As legal barriers fall and scientific bias fades this will become more apparent.

The list of ailments this miracle medicine can help (and cure) is extensive. As a matter of fact, there may be NO ailment that it cannot help in some way. Why do you think Big Meds wants it kept illegal (obviously profit motives)? Or why would they try to synthesize the constituents for profit (which has caused horrible outcomes that the real thing never has caused in history)?

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tobacco_kills_cannabis_heals_postcardsMany people I know are still so hoodwinked about it. Maybe you believe the lies (like how it might make you stupid, even as a heavy user, when I contend it does the opposite). Maybe you had a bad experience and didn’t like getting “high”. But what I am talking about isn’t the wonderful high (in my opinion), but the medical efficacy that one gets from it via ingestion. If you are hung up on smoke harming your lungs, then vaporize it and there is absolutely ZERO affect on your lungs. But one can take a rice sized drop of the oil on their tongue or added to a drink. Or, if it were truly legalized (as it should be), then one could add it to a salad for raw consumption (and no way to get high). Even the old standard lie about the joint being SEVEN TIMES MORE CARCINOGENIC AS CIGARETTES has been proved false (as I have claimed many times in my life). As a matter of fact, it PROTECTS against cancer (and is far less harmful, if at all, than cigarettes).

Even some of my closest links to the side over there are against weed and its legalization (and these are supposedly people with a liberty bend to their writing/work). I cannot grasp such a contradictory stance. Hence, my guess it is either ignorance or misunderstanding or a personal bad experience.

People do not have to be unproductive dope heads to heal themselves.

But why do I feel I need to write such an obvious sentence?

 

Read more about the endocannabinoid system.

For some of the best coverage of these issues, follow Patients For Medical Cannabis.

 

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Maybe The Long-Haired Freak Could Use A Good Sativa Blend

Apparently, the fried egg in a pan meme was not good enough for the Aussies.

Seriously, now. It is to the point that only the most ignorant, unlearned people are still hood winked by such stupid caricatures, or alternately, those with a moneyed interest are still using such foolishness to protect their business.

Briefly, who profits from the drug war?

Police do and are generally big spenders when it comes to prohibition. But why? Well, cops (especially drug enforcement cops) are profiting by keeping a job. No brainer, right? But please consider the Federal grant money these criminals with badges get, not to mention their play-purties.

Did I mention Asset Forfeiture? Big Money is made by police departments by TAKING money, even when no crime has been committed (with a few criminals with badges sticking a roll of hundreds in their pockets while bosses aren’t looking could NEVER happen, could it?).

Did I mention that police and our government manufacture reasons to keep the scam going?

Yes, there are some cops that still believe the decades long rhetoric which has been blasted into their thick skulls/thin brains, but those numbers are waning and one can easily find cops (usually ex-cops) that understand that it is a huge racket. (I can appreciate that site.)

Who else profits?

Alcohol companies.

What?!? The purveyors of death and ruined lives pay to stop drugs? Apparently, they want a monopoly on killing people.

Of course, people who are in the “treatment” game need a slice of the life-destroying game. And we should never forget the drug-testing industry, who can work closely with the treatment industry.

The Big Money is the Private Prison Industry. But I would say that the Biggest Money is in the pharmaceutical world, where they sell poisons while simultaneously selling the world on the lie that cannabis is NOT a medicine that could cure/help many sufferers from the ravages that the chemical companies (masquerading as health related care-givers) inflict on a brain-washed public.

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The Real Efficacy Is The Whole Plant

Big Meds want to make their Big Money from breaking down the plant into different individualized components. But the fact is that virtually anyone and everyone who has used this plant will tell you the plant works better than the “medicine” produced. Here is Dennis Hill’s graphic and explanation:

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Which is better for healing, whole plant medicine or a single element pharmaceutical? Why is it that patients given the choice prefer the whole plant? There are many reasons for this, but they generally boil down to one thing, all the various cannabinoids, enzymes, terpenes, phenols, flavonoids, vitamins, and other elements in cannabis work together synergistically to provide a robust healing effect. One researcher calls this the Entourage Effect. Here, entourage refers to the aggregate of all the synergistic elements in the cannabis plant. Below is a chart showing six different cannabinoids and their effects on the human body. So we see how many different benefits arise from this entourage of cannabinoids. The variety of cannabis terpenes, flavonoids, and enzymes are also beneficial.
There is no doubt that pharmaceutical houses will want in on the cannabis bonanza. If they follow their tradition we will see single element drugs giving us synthetic THC or CBD, but my hope is they will see the wisdom in whole plant medicine.

~Dennis Hill

Why Weed? ‘Cause God Made You That Way

Whether you believe in Intelligent Design or Evolutionary design (whether God put them there or we evolved them), the fact is that your body has more cannabinoid receptors than any other receptor known to man. What possible purpose could this have? What are the chances that we have these receptors, but aren’t supposed to use them?

Atheists may have a hard time with this, because they don’t believe there is an intelligent design. Religionists may have a problem with it because they find it impossible to reconcile the propaganda of decades that told them how evil cannabis is, yet they have a body designed to receive this medicine.

No, the fact is that our bodies were designed to be this way.

If there is not a medical reason for our body to receive these cannabinoids, why are they there?

BBC special on Cannabinoid Receptors…below an article by Steve Kubby, Sierra Times …A new study published in Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells. It is hard to believe that the knowledge that cannabis can be used to fight cancer has been suppressed for almost thirty years , yet it seems likely that it will continue to be suppressed. Why? According to Cowan, the answer is because it is a threat to cannabis prohibition . “If this article and its predecessors from 2000 and 1974 were the only evidence of the suppression of medical cannabis, then one might perhaps be able to rationalize it in some herniated way. However, there really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” Cowan notes. Millions of people have died horrible deaths and in many cases, families exhausted their savings on dangerous, toxic and expensive drugs. Now we are just beginning to realize that while marijuana has never killed anyone, marijuana prohibition has killed millions.

And now the government agencies are forced to admit its efficacy regarding cancer (this is major)

US National Cancer Institute Now Lists Cannabis as Potential Cancer Treatment

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the United State’s primary agency in which cancer research and training is conducted. They are part of a larger umbrella of governmental agencies that comprise the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The NCI is largely responsible for the running the National Cancer Program, providing cancer-related information to the public, as well as developing programs and recommendations for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Now listed on the the NCI’s Cannabis and Cannabinoids page, which is assumed to be the United State’s official position regarding Marijuana’s potential application in treating cancer, are the following facts:

  • Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.
  • A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and may have potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer, and possibly in its treatment.
  • A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.
  • A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells showed that when given along with chemotherapy, CBD may make chemotherapy more effective and increase cancer cell death without harming normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.

The page also discusses several other potential medical applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids such as pain relief, appetite stimulation, as well as it being an effective treatment for nausea, anxiety, and depression.

The page concludes by stating the FDA has not approved Cannabis or any Cannabinoids for the treatment of cancer, but that two Cannabinoids (dronabinal and nabilone) are currently approved for the treatment of chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting.

The NCI’s page on Cannabinoids and Cannabis as a treatment for cancer gives the impression that the currently schedule I substance, Marijuana, holds tremendous potential for medical applications.

“Cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells”

 

The time draws near that America will embrace this miracle cure. We should be pissed that they have intentionally hid it from us, and worse, made anyone who did know this out to be criminals… ruining lives and perpetuating pain and suffering to make Big Meds and other Big Money entities even richer.

h/t Patients for Medical Cannabis and again

 

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Science Shows Marijuana Is MUCH Safer Than Prescription Drugs

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Many prescription drugs are known to be dangerous. Pharmaceuticals in general are among the leading causes of death in the US, and some drugs have killed tens of thousands of individuals. The painkiller Vioxx is one classic example that killed over 60,000 before being pulled off the market. According to Dr. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, owner and founder of Gedde Whole Health and the Clinicians’ Institute of Cannabis Medicine, you don’t have to look far to find research confirming that cannabis is safer and less toxic than many prescription drugs.

This includes liver and kidney toxicity, gastrointestinal damage, nerve damage, and of course death. Moreover, cannabinoids often work when pharmaceutical drugs fail, so not only is cannabis safer but it’s typically more effective. Besides treating intractable seizures, one of the strongest areas of research regarding marijuana’s health benefits is pain control.

In 2010, the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) released a report10 on 14 clinical studies about the use of marijuana for pain, most of which were FDA-approved, double-blind, and placebo-controlled. The report revealed that marijuana not only controls pain, but in many cases it does so better than pharmaceutical alternatives.

If you compare prescription painkillers (opiates) to marijuana, marijuana is much safer. Opioid painkillers can lead to slowed respiration and death if an excess is taken — and the risks are compounded if you add alcohol to the equation. By contrast, cannabis overdose cannot kill you because there are no cannabinoid receptors in your brain stem, the region of your brain that controls your heartbeat and respiration.

The statistics speak for themselves. In 2010, prescription painkillers were responsible for 16,600 deaths, and painkiller overdoses claimed more women’s lives than cocaine and heroine combined. In the CDC’s Public Health Reports study,11 prescription drugs were involved in fatal car crashes at three times the rate of marijuana. In states where medical marijuana is legal, overdose deaths from opioids like morphine, oxycodone, and heroin decreased by an average of 20 percent after one year, 25 percent after two years and up to 33 percent by years five and six.

As noted by Dr. Gedde:

“There’s an ongoing death rate from use of pain medications as prescribed. So, even as prescribed, they’re highly dangerous and they are open to abuse. As far as medications used in the pediatric population to control seizures, there are also severe toxicities to organs. Many of them are very sedating. The children become unable to function or really to interact because of the sedating effects. Other medications have a side effect of rage and behavioral problems.

Unprovoked rage is actually a known side effect of some of the anti-seizure medications. Cannabis and in particular cannabidiol has none of these issues. No toxicities. The main side effect of cannabidiol is sleepiness. As a child gets accustomed to it, that does wear off and the child can be very alert and functional on the cannabis oil once they have worked into the dosing. Once you put them against each other, there really is no comparison in terms of safety.”

 

originally published at Dr Mercola’s website

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The Growing List of Illnesses Cannabis Can Treat

Your body makes its own cannabinoids, similar to those found in marijuana, but in much smaller amounts. These endocannabinoids appear to perform signaling operations similar to your body’s neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. Cannabinoid receptors can be found on cell membranes throughout your body — in fact, scientists now believe they may represent the most widespread receptor system.7

The fact that your body is replete with cannabinoid receptors, key to so many biological functions, is why there’s such enormous medical potential for cannabis. CBD may be the most potent and beneficial of the cannabinoids, particularly for tamping down an overactive immune system, as is the case with autoimmune disease. CBD also has antipsychotic properties but does not get you high.

The response of cancer patients to cannabis treatment is very encouraging. Not only does cannabis help with the unpleasant side effects of traditional chemotherapy (including pain, nausea, and insomnia), but the cannabis itself appears to be a natural chemotherapy agent. Over the past several years, dozens of studies point to marijuana’s effectiveness against many different types of cancer, including brain cancer, breast and prostate, lung, thyroid, colon, pituitary, melanoma, and leukemia. It fights cancer via at least two mechanisms, making it difficult for a cancer to grow and spread:

  1. Cannabis is pro-apoptotic, meaning it triggers apoptosis (cellular suicide) of cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells untouched
  2. Cannabis is anti-angiogenic, meaning it cuts off a tumor’s blood supply

This may explain why chronic pot smokers have such surprisingly low rates of lung and other cancers, especially when compared to cancer rates among tobacco smokers.8,9 In addition to cancer, cannabis has been found effective against an ever-growing list of illnesses. Research has been limited, but we may be turning the corner. It’s likely we’ll soon be expanding this list as the evolving political climate becomes more favorable to cannabis research.

Mental disorders, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome Seizure disorders
Pain and insomnia Rheumatoid arthritis
Degenerative neurological disorders, dystonia, and tremor Heart disease
Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune issues Autism
Parkinson’s disease Obesity
Cancer, numerous types Nausea, vomiting, and lack of appetite

 

 

Originally published at Dr Mercola’s website

 

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How The Human Body Processes Cannabis

Beginner’s Guide To The Endocannabinoid System — The Reason Our Bodies So Easily Processes Cannabis

Dr. Allen, retired cardiac surgeon & cannabinoid research scientist enlightens us about the Endocannabinoid System.

In the future, perhaps 20 years from now, cannabis-based medicines will have a prominent place in the worldwide pharmacopeianaked-baby-makers again. Indeed, we might have even gotten there much faster if it hadn’t been for the draconian interference of the U.S. government. To this day, they are still blocking researchers from accessing cannabis to study. Countless thousands have died suffering and millions more continue to be denied access to plant-based medications that could not only mitigate their misery, but also possibly even cure them.Cannabis medications work so efficiently because of the endocannabinoid (EC) system, present in all humans and many animals as well. This system consists of a series of receptors that are configured only to accept cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Not enough research has been done on the other ones, cannabinol (CBN) and cannabigerol (CBG) plus others, to know much about their mechanisms of effect.This system, an integral part of our physiologies, was discovered in the mid-1990s by Israeli researcher Dr. Ralph Mechoulam who also identified THC as the main active ingredient in cannabis in the early 1960s. Israel has been one of the most progressive nations for cannabis research and currently has one of the most advanced medical marijuana programs in the world. They are international leaders in advanced greenhouse technology, routinely producing flowers with 20 percent or greater THC.Dr. Mechoulam’s world-changing research discovered two main receptors, cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2), that are keyed to both the endocannabinoids that our body naturally produces and phytocannabinoids (plant-based) like THC and CBD. Our bodies actually produce the ECs similar to how our body produces narcotic-like endorphins. Synthetic cannabinoids, like the ones found in Marinol, also fit the receptor sites but don’t work as efficiently as the natural ones.

This research barely created a stir when first published as the whole world was still wrapped up in drug war madness. A prominent scientist discovers that our bodies not only have receptor sites cued just for cannabinoids but that our bodies actually produce them internally. The next step was to figure out how this affects our body’s functioning.

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CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, although they are also both present in the male and female reproductive organs. Current research shows that THC is specifically keyed to the CB1 site. Therefore it is responsible for the feeling of intoxication that is the most familiar aspect of cannabis. From a therapeutic standpoint, it’s most important effect is to modulate and moderate the perception of pain. For example, touching a finger to a hot stove sends an electrical impulse that goes from the finger to the brain. The brain replies, “ouch, hot” and the finger is pulled away.

THC moderates pain; this doesn’t mean we leave our finger on the stove, but that the intensity of the painful feeling is reduced when THC is present in the CB1 site. This mechanism of action is why THC-rich medicines are so prized by people with intense pain issues. Cannabis and narcotics are also co-agonists, which means that each of them magnifies the effect of the other. This allows people to take lower doses and still have it be effective. Additionally, CB1 receptors are not present in the part of the brain that regulates heart rate and respiration, so unlike narcotics, there is no lethal dosage threshold for THC, allowing someone to consume as much is needed for its palliative effects.

polsreefer39762_thumbCB2 receptors are primarily found in the immune system with the highest concentration located in the spleen. There is some evidence that the receptors might also be in the micro parts of the brain’s basal ganglia, or nerve bundles. Again, a lack of comprehensive research has left many without the knowledge that should be widely available.

The CB2 receptors are keyed to CBD and works as an anti-inflammatory agent. The immune-boosting functions of CB2 are far less understood as research into CBD is just really beginning. It’s only been about five years since CBD re-emerged in the medical cannabis scene and was identified through Steephill Labs. The benefits of CBD-rich medicine, with its anti-spasmodic qualities, is one the most exciting and promising areas of cannabis medical research currently happening. One of the other effects of CBD is that it moderates the effects of THC. It actually knocks THC off the CB1 receptor, so if someone is experiencing THC intoxication, a strong dose of CBD can counteract those effects. The future of CBD-rich medicines is almost limitless. Indeed, we have just barely scratched the surface of planet cannabis.

THC and CBD are the two main cannabinoids that are focused on, however there are dozens and possibly hundreds more. Some of the ones that have been identified and studied include CBG, which binds to both CB1 as well as CB2 and is an antagonist to CB1, meaning that it moderates the effects of THC. Cannabichromene (CBC) is non-psychoactive and has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. CBN occurs when THC degrades. For this reason, it is rarely seen in fresh cannabis and is only mildly psychoactive, having a mostly sleepy effect. Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is another cannabinoid usually found in central Asian and southern African strains that also acts as a THC antagonist. There are more cannabinoids than can be listed here and they all have the potential to be as life changing as CBD is turning out to be.

The fact that there is a system in our body that produces cannabinoids, and is specifically designed to accept just them, should be overwhelming proof of cannabis’ efficacy as a medicine. From the pain-killing effects of THC to the anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, we have just scratched the surface of a world of possibilities. People are waking up to the benefits of these medicines as more researchers are exploring the infinite possibilities inherent in this seemingly simple plant. Future generations will look back and wonder why it took so long to figure this out.

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h/t Patients For Medical Cannabis

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