United Nations Releases 2017 World Drug Report

Today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its 2017 World Drug Report, stating: “Cannabis production remains a global phenomenon!”

The report is divided into two categories of plant-based drugs: the flowering tops of the cannabis plant, AKA “cannabis,” and the condensed hashish oil, referred to as “resin.” Global cannabis users have reached a median of 183 million people, roughly 3.8 percent of the global population.

According to the report, cannabis plant cultivation was present in 135 countries, between 2010 – 2015, covering 92 percent of the world population. Given the absence of systematic measurements, however, the extent and trends in cannabis cultivation and production are difficult to assess. Most indirect indicators come from law enforcement authorities and, to a certain extent, reflect their priorities and resources.

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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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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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Positive Effects of Medical Marijuana on Alzheimer’s Prevention

A preclinical study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that very small doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can slow the production of toxic clumps of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain, which are thought to kick start the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

In a healthy brain, these protein fragments are broken down and eliminated. For those with Alzheimer’s disease, the fragments accumulate to form hard, insoluble plaques.

The study supports the results of previous research that found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

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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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LSD Microdosing Study Will Pit the Human Brain Against Artificial Intelligence

Microdosing psychedelics has become quite popular these days. People who take small doses of LSD have said that it helps elevate their mood, increase focus, productivity—and some are even microdosing LSD to treat bipolar disorder.

Up to now, there has been precious little research done on the practice, but that’s about to change.

Researchers in the United Kingdom are undertaking the first-ever rigorous scientific study on the effectiveness of microdosing.

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Study: Cannabis Reverses Aging Processes in Brain

Here’s some counterintuitive news for those who have been hammered all their lives with claims that cannabis causes memory loss.

A new study by scientists at the University of Bonn, written up in the journal Nature Medicine, found that aging mice treated with daily small doses of THC actually experienced a reversal of cognitive decline. That is, they started doing better on cognitive tasks, such as going though a maze.

The researchers foresee potential cannabis-based treatment to fend off dementia.

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Yet Another Study: Sick People Dump Opiates for Marijuana

The anti-marijuana legalization cabal of law enforcement, pharmaceutical companies and the politicians they support have something right: In the states where marijuana is available, marijuana use increases. That is exactly the point, after all—and it’s a good thing!

As a new study published this week found, where marijuana use increases, there’s a significant decrease in the use of prescription opiates and other habit-forming drugs.

Researchers from Bastyr University, an “alternative medicine” university with campuses in Washington State and California, surveyed 2,774 adults who reported using cannabis at least once in the previous 90 days. Respondents came from all 50 states and 42 countries—and only 59 percent of respondents identified themselves as medical marijuana users.

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Researchers Look at Cannabis to Help Treat Children’s Brain Tumors

Urged on by intelligent, proactive parents who were buying cannabidiol (CBD) online to give to their children with brain tumors, British scientists are now investigating whether, or how, CBD can be used to shrink brain tumors in children—a fact the parents have already confirmed.

“Increasingly families are using CBD, often at great expense,” said the project’s lead researcher, Professor Richard Grundy. “Presently, there is no evidence that it might be of benefit or even what dose to use or how often.”

The study will be carried out at the University of Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumor Research Center.

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