Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Ten Best Cannabis Research Studies of 2013

2013 has been a sweet year for cannabinoid-related research, one in which study after study of peer-reviewed investigations have shown marijuana and its cannabinoids to be beneficial for humans; not only for relaxing the masses safely, but also providing new hope in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Cancer, traumatic brain injury and a host of other life altering health issues.


As 2013 get's ready to go out in a cloud of smoke, let's celebrate 10 of the more significant marijuana studies published the past 12 months:



1. HIV/AIDS: Gov. Backed Study Shows Cannabinoid Receptors Are Key To Fighting Disease: Indeed, the use of cannabinoid drugs in patients with HIV is associated with an increase, rather than a decrease, in CD4+ T cell number and has been shown to reduce viral load in SIV infected rhesus macaques. It is possible that novel CB2R-specific agonists and allosteric modulators that exert potent anti-viral activity without inducing immunosuppression could be identified. Further study of cannabinoids and other neuroendocrine regulators that selectively modulate immune function may result in the discovery of new anti-viral drugs that can also mitigate AIDS-associated symptoms.
English: Diagram of the HIV virus.
English: Diagram of the HIV virus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression A...
English: Cases of PTSD and Severe Depression Among U.S. Veterans Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Between Oct 2001 and Oct 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
2. Harvard Medical School: Government Backed Study Using Humans Finds THC Could Treat PTSD: A recently performed randomized, study backed by the National Institute of Mental Health, and conducted by researchers at; University of Michigan Harvard Medical School University of Illinois have discovered promising evidence pointing to the cannabis plant cannabinoids as a potential treatment for the primary symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


pie chart of causes of traumatic brain injury
pie chart of causes of traumatic brain injury 
3. marijuana Research: CBD Cannabinoid Have Neuroprotective Effects: Scientist from the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, located in Madrid, Spain, studied the effect of CBD cannabinoids when applied to a hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury model (most common in instances such as cardiac arrest, when blood flow stops or slows, and oxygen can't effectively reach the brain).

4. marijuana May Be A Gastroprotectant, According to New Study: A sweet new study preformed by scientist in Hungary have discovered evidence that indicate marijuana / cannabis may beneficial as a gastroprotectant. Per the Oct, 2013 study; "Stimulation of central angiotensin AT1 receptors via activation of cannabinoid CB1 receptors [something which cannabis does naturally] induces gastroprotection in a DAGL-dependent and vagus-mediated mechanism."


English: Brainstem Glioma in 4 year old. MRI s...
English: Brainstem Glioma in 4 year old. MRI sagittal
5. Cannabidiol, a Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoid Compound, Inhibits Proliferation of Glioma Cells: A recent study from an Italian University and published by the National Institute of Health has reported that marijuana's cannabidiol – the non-psychoactive CBD cannabinoid – has been shown to have ruthlessly attack tumor cells– prohibiting advancement – by altering "multiple tumoral features and molecular pathways."

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n179_w1150 (Photo credit: BioDivLibrary)
6. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Classified marijuana as a Botanical Medicine: In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph yesterday that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Written and reviewed by the world's leading experts, the Cannabis monograph brings together an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant's identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties. The monograph provides a foundation for health care professionals to integrate cannabis therapy into their practices on the basis of a full scientific understanding of the plant, its constituent components, and its biologic effects.
 

7.CBDV Cannabinoid Represses Seizures, Claims a New Study: New research out of the United Kingdom, and published by the national Institute of health have discovered that the CBDv cannabinoid – another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which naturally occurs in the marijuana plant – may potentially decrease the severity of seizures in both adults and children.

Brain - The Hippocampus - Epilepsy
Brain - The Hippocampus - Epilepsy (Photo credit: Whiskeygonebad)
 

8. Alcohol Vs. Weed: Oct. 2013 Study Shows Booze Causes More Car Accidents Than Pot: According to the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Transport; "It is concluded that among psychoactive substances alcohol still poses the largest problem in terms of driver risk of getting injured."

dangerous driving in the rain - tips
dangerous driving in the rain - tips (Photo credit: woodleywonderworks)

9. Harvard Research Shows Cannabis Does Not Cause Psychosis: Harvard – New research published in the journal Schizophrenia Research has discovered evidence that marijuana smoking, despite how often or in what amount, will not lead to an increase in schizophrenia, despite decades of false claims to the contrary.
Schizophrenia - schizophrénie
Schizophrenia - schizophrénie (Photo credit: www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca)

10. New Research: marijuana's Activation of the Endocannabinoid System May Help Grow New Stem Cells: Explosive new research published in the December issue of the Journal biochemical Society transactions – and also published by the national Institute of health, discovered that the brains endocannabinoid system has incredible neuroprotective qualities…and could well lead to the growth of new stem cells
English: Diagram to show how embryonic stem ce...
English: Diagram to show how embryonic stem cells are differentiated (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Courtesy of buckaroo bonzai; 12-26-2013 at 07:24 PM.
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Camel Cottage Annual 'Jamitup' Dec 2013

Al Parks

Thanks Dave, for the Camel Lights!
Camel Club, Camel Cottage, Xmas 2013. 

Barry Jammin!
Fantasy Garden, Sureal Partyscape!
Camel Kitchen
Mark, Sharpie sparking up a rif!
Natalie, Sharpie.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

DeCriminalising Maori With/Without Cannabis Courts

http://revtalk.co.nz/2013/12/cannabis-decriminalising-maori/

Please look up "deviency amplification" and tell me how Maori are somehow insulated from its effects, somehow different, somehow unencumbered by everything that is wrong with the blanket prohibitionist paradigm.  No one is suggesting reform is perfect... it is harm minimising. And it speaks volumes for self will, self determination and self empowerment.

Legal regulation in the USA (and in other jurisdictions, even if defacto) has resulted in LESS youth access, less CRIMINALnetworks and improved relationships in the youth/police nexus. Any system that sees Wellington kids diverted and Porirua kids convicted and homoginises the results so they make the Police look good is not to be trusted. Even to the point that ethnic targeting (and research that validates it)  of a policy post conviction/diversion via drug courts is inherently flawed. Best described as a gentler kinder prohibition with other coercive care downsides the system is reluctant to look at for fear of the failures it may highlight. 

Whatever solution is the right solution it will not be found in special rules for one lot and other rules for the rest. 

If we were honest with our whanau it might start by understanding this basic truth. 

They use cannabis because they enjoy it! 

It is the misuse that is problematic. Urine testing may satisfy one standard of evidence, but it still masks the lie. There lies the crime. Drug courts are no place to practice double standards. It has its own moral jeopardy. Lets not institutionalise that as well. It maybe harder to eliminate than cannabis metabolites, its effects may last longer than a few court sessions. 

Blair Anderson, 021823647, 03 3894065
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