Study: This Is How Much Marijuana To Use Without Freaking Out

There’s a great ongoing debate in California marijuana circles at the moment—the same ancient question, persistent and pervasive, that’s hovered over legalization since the beginning: How much is too much?

How strong do we allow marijuana edibles to be, before everybody loses their minds?

If you listen to the cannabis industry, edibles packed with 500 milligrams of THC and above are not unreasonable and ought to be a basic sundry good in every dispensary (albeit affixed with warning labels advising the unfamiliar to please, please go slow, and maybe take a few nibbles before swallowing the whole bar and having a well-documented freakout).

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Nobody Likes Marijuana in Schedule I—Not Even Prohibitionists

These days, you don’t have to look very hard to find people unwilling to accept the obvious.

Take climate change, which was recently questioned as a real thing in the opinion pages of the New York Times, despite soaring temperatures; 2017 had the second-warmest spring on record. The hottest-ever was last year, in 2016, the same year Americans elected as president someone who’d gone on record dismissing climate change as a Chinese hoax. To a greater degree, but in much the same vein, you can find, on this very day, people living on earth who insist the earth is flat.

In this same silo, we’d like to place people who believe, honestly, that cannabis belongs in Schedule I of the American Controlled Substances Act. But we’d like to put them in a further circle of deniers, since not even America’s leading prohibitionists think marijuana should be classified as thus.

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UK to Open First Publicly Available Dedicated Cannabis Research Facility

For a change, let’s hear some good news from the United Kingdom after a month that saw two terrorist attacks and now a tragic apartment fire in London where casualties are mounting as we speak.

The good news is that cannabinoid biotechnology company MediPen Ltd. is launching its own dedicated marijuana research facility this summer, and it will provide a platform for anyone looking to utilize its 1,800 square-foot facilities for the purposes of innovation in the area of medicinal cannabis.

As the first biotechnology company to develop a vapor product, MediPen Ltd. has already enjoyed success selling their non-psychoactive CBD vaporizers, which are currently in the process of securing a license from the British Home Office.

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New Study Confirms Pot Smokers are Happy, Well Adjusted and Successful

Not to be that person who says “I told you so,” but a new study has concluded that pot smokers are not a bunch of lazy slackers but indeed well-adjusted human beings who cross a large swath of society’s diverse types of individuals.

The landmark new study conducted by BDS Analytics, entitled “Cannabis Consumers are Happy Campers,” surveyed 2,000 California and Colorado adults, with a quota of 1,200 people who have used marijuana within the past six months.

The logic was to gather info from a population sample that was representative of the general public.

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Does Jeff Sessions Have a Memory Problem? Maybe a Little THC Would Help

Recently we suggested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions might need a little toke to calm himself down before a committee of U.S. senators plied him with questions about Russia meddling in our elections and who was meeting which Russians when, where and why?

Now, it turns out, that the attorney general should have actually heeded our advice but for another reason: to help his failing memory.

Sessions would have done well to read Nature Medicine last month about the German scientists who found that aging mice treated with daily low doses of THC had experienced a reversal of cognitive decline.

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Cannabis Colors: Why So Many? What Do They Mean?

Photo by Vortex Farmacy.

Anyone who has had the good fortune to attend a HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup, a similar event or a good dispensary will have noticed the wide palette of colors to be found in the various strains of weed.

If you regularly visit a grow site, you’ll see that some strains change color as they flower.

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Scientists: If It’s In a Backwoods, It Ain’t That Good

Everybody knows that tobacco is a dangerous, addictive substance, but many in the cannabis community still roll their herb in it to make blunts and roll it into their herb to make spliffs. Here’s a big shocker — scientists say it’s bad for you. On top of that, it isn’t actually getting you higher.

Smoking tobacco is associated with a host of negative health outcomes, like cancer and heart disease. Perhaps you’ve heard this before. Maybe you shouldn’t do it. Maybe, just maybe, smoking pure cannabis flower without any added tobacco is healthier.

Breaking news: Tobacco is bad for you.

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Prominent Researcher Says Cannabinoids Can Help Heal Brain Trauma

Dr. Esther Shohami is one of the world’s foremost cannabinoid researchers. Her research is focused on the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on cognitive functions, and the involvement of the endocannabinoid system in rehabilitation after TBI. She is also involved in developing new cannabinoid-like drugs to treat TBI. Dr. Shohami is a neuropharmacologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ramona Rubin of Doc Green’s Healing Collective had the opportunity to catch up with Dr. Shohami at the recent Patients Out of Time conference in Berkeley, California.

HT: Welcome to Berkeley. I understand this is not your first visit to California?

ES: I spent a summer here in Berkeley with a colleague at the UC in 2003. It’s wonderful weather, wonderful location, I am enjoying the sun and the company. Patients Out Of Time is a very interesting meeting with a blend of people that I don’t usually see represented at scientific meetings.

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Foundation to Help Fund PTSD Research and Get Veterans Jobs in the Pot Industry

Dr. Sue Sisley, a psychiatrist and former clinical assistant professor at Arizona University (AU), is one of the nation’s foremost scientific experts on medical marijuana.

Although she’s never served in the military Sisley, wears or carries a dog tag stamped with the number “22,” as a constant reminder of how many American vets commit suicide each day—most suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Even though we all realize that is a falsely low number… it is a horrific number,” Sisley told NewsMax Health, noting that veteran suicides far outnumber the national civilian average.

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Of Mice & Marijuana: Lab Rats Have Greater Access to MMJ

Legal restrictions on cannabis research mean that the biggest beneficiaries of groundbreaking research into the plants medicinal properties are lab rodents.

The marijuana news last week was dominated by results of a study, and with good reason: Cannabis might reverse the brain’s aging process — for some among us, anyway.

Research from a team of German and Israeli researchers found that marijuana seems to allow aged brains to recover some of their cognitive function: When exposed to low doses of THC, elderly minds didn’t suffer the same decline as other similarly-aged brains — meaning, maybe, marijuana could treat Alzheimer’s or dementia or the other ravages of time on the brain.

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