As cannabis legalization gains ground in the United States and other nations, more evidence emerges to confirm that society can benefit from not outlawing a plant. In legal states, more people are turning to cannabis as natural alternative to dangerous pharmaceutical painkillers, the judicial system is no longer being burdened by frivolous possession cases, SWAT teams are no longer being dispatched to raid potheads, and there is big money to be made in tax revenue. Continue reading NYPD Commissioner Says Most Drug Violence Due to Cannabis, Entirely Missing the Point of Legalization
Earlier this year we saw the announcement that THCa, another molecule found in the cannabis plant, has neuroprotective effects. Apart from flying in the face of the belief that cannabis damages brain cells, why should we care whether something is neuroprotective or not?
The death of brain cells is a natural part of the ageing process. Cells die off and the body is also capable of making new ones through neurogenesis. But the older we get, the more susceptible we become to ‘inappropriate cell death’ through traumatic injury, environmental toxins, cardiovascular disorders, infectious agents, or genetic diseases. That’s why scientists are researching neuroprotective drugs to limit the damage caused to brain cells after acute events such as strokes, to slow down the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, and to even prevent unnecessary cell death from happening in the first place. Continue reading Cannabis – The Ultimate in Neuroprotection
By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel
In this video, I share some information about the many medicinal benefits of marijuana.
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1. Nishi Whiteley, “Cannabis 101: THC & CBD”, Chronic Relief – http://mychronicrelief.com/cannabis-101-thc-cbd/
2. “Analgesic the Beauty of Cannabis PAIN Relief”, United Patients Group – https://unitedpatientsgroup.com/analgesic-cannabis-pain-relief/
3. Amee L., “CBD: Marijuana Component That Relieves Pain Without The Smoke Or High”, Back Pain Solutions Online, September 26, 2012 – http://backpainsolutionsonline.com/announcements-and-releases/backpain/cbd-marijuana-component-that-relieves-pain-without-the-smoke-or-high
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You can still benefit from the same cannabinoids that give the cannabis plant its medicinal properties, without consuming cannabis. There are several foods rich in cannabinoids that benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, also called homeostasis.
Foods that support the function of the endocannabinoid system are pivotal to overall health and well-being. Here are five foods that contain healing cannabinoids and offer therapeutic benefits similar to cannabis. Continue reading 5 Foods with the Same Beneficial Cannabinoids as Found in Cannabis
By Carey Wedler, Anti-Media
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
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
When you think of rampant consumerism and senseless plastic waste, surely the Keurig single-serving coffee maker comes to mind. With this inventive contraption you use a prepackaged plastic cup (K-cup) to produce one serving of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, taking convenience to new levels, while leveling the environment with billions of non-recyclable plastic cups a year. Continue reading New K-Cup for Cannabis Brings Single-Serving Waste to Sophisticated Stoners
By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel
Since the 60s, psychedelics have had a reputation as drugs that hurt rather than help the mind. New research suggests this mindset could be incorrect.
To the dismay of anti-drug crusaders, studies are finding the drugs on this list to help their users cope with common psychological problems. Simply put; they’re good for the mind.
Scientific American reports that research into psychedelic drugs increased substantially after Albert Hoffman discovered LSD. (1)
The effects of these drugs on anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addiction (among other mental health issues) would’ve been well-known back then were it not for the “increasing government conservatism” of the time, Scientific American reports. This created a decades-long halt in research. Fortunately, scientists and researchers are once again studying these drugs’ mental health benefits. (1)
Parents and their kids bond over quality weed and munchies in this social experiment.
By Amanda Froelich, True Activist
Cannabis kills brain cells, right? Think again…
It’s true, most of us can think of at least one committed stoner with a memory of a goldfish and a vacant, thousand yard stare. So it may seem counter-intuitive to suggest that the cannabis plant can actually protect the brain and prevent certain neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s from forming.
And yet, even though the US government officially denies any such therapeutic use of cannabis, it has taken out a patent on cannabinoids saying they ‘are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia’. Continue reading 7 Ways Cannabis Can Protect The Brain