By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World
A recent study has stumbled upon a surprising finding: in states with legalized medical marijuana programs, opioid painkiller deaths have taken a sharp downward turn.
Data analysis revealed that hospitals failed to see the predicted uptick of pot smokers cross through their doors, but instead found a substantial drop in opioid users. While fears that the legalization of medical marijuana would lead to an increase of cannabis-related hospitalizations were proven to be unfounded, researchers discovered opioid overdoses decreased by 13 percent. Considering deaths from opioid use have skyrocketed over the last decade, the results of the study are significant. Continue reading States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Lower Rates of Opioid-Related Deaths, Study Finds
By Eden Marie, Truth Theory
Supporters of recreational cannabis may soon be able to legally light up in Texas. That’s because the state’s House of Representatives is scheduled to consider HB 81, legislation that would decriminalize marijuana.
The Ron Paul Institute reports that on Monday, the legislation flew past the committee with GOP support. As a result, Texas is now one of many states considering decriminalizing a plant which has killed 0 people and is known to benefit conditions such as cancer, seizures and depression. Continue reading Texas House of Representatives Considering Decriminalizing Marijuana
By Mary Biles, Collective Evolution
Did you know you have an endocannabinoid system? A year ago, I didn’t either. That’s because unless you’re a research scientist or work in the field of medical cannabis, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have heard of it. And yet, the endocannabinoid system has been hailed as “the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health.” Continue reading 7 Fascinating Facts About The Endocannabinoid System You Probably Didn’t Know
By Carey Wedler, Anti-Media
(ANTIMEDIA) Cannabis may help decrease crack cocaine use, according to a new study conducted in Canada and released last month in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
The analysis “investigated the intentional use of cannabis to reduce crack use among people who use illicit drugs,” studying 122 individuals between 2012 and 2015. Researchers at St. Paul Hospital in Vancouver and at the University of Montreal documented 620 instances of participants intentionally choosing to use cannabis to curb their use of crack cocaine. Continue reading New Study Says Cannabis May Help People Quit Smoking Crack
By Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project, Waking Times
Autism could now be added to the lengthy and perpetually-expanding list of afflictions and symptoms treatable with the one product of nature shamefully prohibited by the federal government — the “miracle” palliative, cannabis.
One in every 68 children in the United States is now affected by autism, and the number of kids coping with the developmental disorder has been increasing at an explosive rate in recent years. With onset most common during infancy and early childhood, autism can impact social and communication skills and may cause repetitive or compulsive behaviors, among other manifestations. Continue reading First of Its Kind Study Finds Cannabis May Be a “Miracle” Treatment for Autistic Kids
By Mary Biles, Collective Evolution
Nature is a wonderful thing. Not only does she bless us with an endless array of floral beauty that is a feast for our eyes, but then she gives us the double whammy of divine aromas and fragrances as well.
All flowers, herbs, and plants get their unique scent from organic compounds called terpenes. So when you dowse your pillow with lavender essential oil to help you sleep, or inhale eucalyptus oil to clear your bronchial tubes, it’s the terpenes that are the aromatic, active ingredients.
So, let’s get better acquainted with the aromatic world of plants in this homage to their secret smelly agents, terpenes.
Continue reading 8 Fantastic Health Facts About Terpenes
By Christina Sarich, The Mind Unleashed
Maybe you aren’t a California teenager from the 1970s that was doing hashish behind the bleachers in high-school, but you’d like to revisit the pleasant feeling that marijuana gave you – only like an adult.
Maybe you’re even going to dive in for the first time? There’s a new (well, rediscovered) way to get your ganja-high, and it doesn’t require you to take an intercontinental flight to Amsterdam or even a short puddle-jump to Colorado. It’s the reefer-infused yoga class.
It isn’t anything trendy or happening, and you don’t need a $100 pair of yoga pants from Lemony Lulu or some such company to practice. All you do is smoke (or vaporize) some pot before a yoga class. Dee Dussalt has even written about it extensively the book, Ganja Yoga: A Practical Guide to Conscious Relaxation, Soothing Pain, and Enlightened Self Discovery. Continue reading Ganja Yoga: Greatest Thing Since 420 Behind the Bleachers, Or Not?
By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze
You’d have to be a sufferer of immune-related psoriasis or eczema to know the extent of suffering it causes. The fear of unsightly disease being seen – the questioning from onlookers, the scaling and the ensuing repulsion, the money spent on creams, the special clothing to cover up. And perhaps missing events like weddings and swimming outings too… Special diets are cumbersome and are not a guarantee of healing – that’s why it brings me absolute joy to bring you the following news.
According to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory properties that could make them useful to medically treat a wide-range of skin diseases. Continue reading Cannabinoids May Treat Skin Disease, Researchers Say
By David McDonald, Natural Blaze
The history of marijuana (or cannabis/THC) stems back over 10,000 years and is widely recognized as one of the most useful plants on the planet. Yet it was made illegal in the United States in the early 20th century due to political and economic factors.
History of The Drug
Let’s get one thing clear: marijuana was not made illegal because it caused “insanity, criminality, and death” as was claimed by Harry J. Anslinger. It was made illegal in an attempt to control Mexican immigration into the United States and to help boost the profits of large pharmaceutical companies. Continue reading The Racist Roots of Marijuana Prohibition
By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution
Big Pharma is known for putting profit before people’s health. Anonymous, for instance, pointed out that Big Pharma doesn’t want the general population to be aware of alternative treatments to curing cancer outside of chemotherapy. Continue reading Big Pharma Corp That Spent Big Bucks Keeping Marijuana Illegal Gets DEA Approval For Synthetic Marijuana