Global: Placebo’s Work Just As Well as Weed???

I Tried CBD to Help Manage My Anxiety, and Here’s What Happened

Men’s Health October 18, 2018

Instead of endlessly ruminating on these hypothetical scenarios, I tested whether CBD supplements could help me relax and take my stress level down a notch. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of roughly 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant — and unlike its brother THC, it doesn’t get you high. Among its many purported health benefits, researchers are studying whether CBD could be a viable treatment for a variety of ailments including anxiety.

The bottom line

Although the CBD tablets didn’t work wonders for me, that’s not to say that they can’t help with anxiety. Anecdotally, many people on Reddit report feeling more relaxed and less anxious after taking CBD supplements.

But Dr. Margaret Haney, professor of neurobiology at the Columbia University Medical Center, warns that science doesn’t yet support these claims.

“We’re in the infancy of cannabis science,” she told MensHealth.com. When it comes to claims that CBD can help with pain, sleep, or anxiety, Haney warns that we’re still waiting on the hard science. “As a society we’ve jumped very far ahead of our use of CBD. We don’t have any of the data, and we really struggle to understand where and how it’s doing anything.”

But don’t get her wrong — she’s hopeful that future studies show the hype around CBD’s alleged benefits is legitimate.

“I actually am very excited about CBD,” Haney added. “I think there’s tremendous potential.”

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USA: Addiction-For-Profit Pot Propagandists Peddle Weed to Windy City!

JB PRITZKER WANTS LEGAL WEED IN PAY-TO-PLAY ILLINOIS

Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois is a pay-to-play state.  Billionaire JB Pritzker hopes to become the next governor of Illinois. When he talked to young voters at Northwestern University, he highlighted a plan to legalize marijuana.  But do these students know the true dangers of the drug? Do they know that the marijuana industry is Big Tobacco 2?

Illinois has budget woes, but legalization of marijuana will bankrupt the state even more.  The relatives of billionaire Pritzker invest in marijuana companies and donate nationwide to legalization campaigns.  Their companies contribute to the politicians in California with its burgeoning marijuana industry.  (See chart below from CALMatters.org)

Imagine how the legalization of marijuana will add to the crime in crime-ridden as Chicago, while auto insurance rates rise 27% as they did in other states. In Washington State, marijuana figures strongly in the crimes the teens commit against each other.   Amazingly, Pritzker said that marijuana is part of his crime-fighting plan. “We don’t need more studies on this. We need to act.”

For more information:  https://calmatters.org/articles/cultivating-clout-marijuana-money-flows-into-california-politics/

Marijuana has Made Illinois Less Safe

Pritzker wants the youth vote, but he hasn’t noticed how frequently drivers high on THC cause fatal crashes in Illinois.  Amanda Matthiessen, 24, of Huntley, died recently, a victim of her boyfriend driving high on THC.

Amando Chavez, father of 4 from Schaumburg, died in a crash on August  16, 2018.  The driver who killed him allegedly smoked marijuana all day before getting in the car.

For complete article  Addiction-For-Profit Mercenaries

 

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CANADA: Addiction For Profit! Community Health & Safety Jettisoned for $$

Dear friend,
October 17th, 2018 will be a day  we look back on as a dark day in our history - the day Canada began nationwide legal sales of high-potency marijuana. It will be remembered as the day Canadian lawmakers put the interest of an addiction-for-profit industry over the health and safety of its citizens.
To make matters worse, the decision made in Ontario almost immediately after allowing for public pot smoking — an astonishing provision given how we think of secondhand tobacco smoke —  will put more people at risk, and shows this law’s true colors.
We at SAM and our partners at SAM Canada were determined not to stay silent.
So we grabbed a microphone and took to the streets, gathering with our fellow Canadian brothers and sisters. We were amazed at the attention we garnered: dozens and dozens of cameras, joined by scores of strangers, witnessed as we discussed marijuana dependence and addiction, mental illness, drugged driving, second-hand smoke, child exposure.
Here are just a few pieces of coverage the rally against legalization earned:
We didn’t fly all the way to Vancouver to simply protest legalization, we used the event to launch a watchdog website, www.PotWatch.org, to be used to expose the harms of Big Marijuana in Canada. Pot Watch will serve as a hub for Canadians to access help and make their voices heard. It will work to shine a light on the realities the marijuana industry wants to remain in the darkness.
Our message is being heard, despite the best efforts of Big Marijuana.
Thank you for all that you are doing to spread our message and expose the harms of this greedy industry. We could not do it without your continued support.
Dr. Kevin Sabet
Founder and President
Smart Approaches to Marijuana
 

About SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a 501 c-3, nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM focuses on education and awareness. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. For more information about marijuana use and its effects,  visit www.learnaboutsam.org.
 


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GLOBAL: Top 10 Myths about Marijuana

Top 10 Myths About Marijuana

 

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France: French government ‘to close’ newly opened Paris cannabis coffee shops

French government ‘to close’ newly opened Paris cannabis coffee shops

Darkness descends on ‘le weed light’

But the French government has admitted it has been caught on the hop by the rapid proliferation of businesses offering the low dosage product.

Agnès Buzyn, the health minister, said the shops were a threat to public health because they were encouraging drug use. She said they existed because they were exploiting a legal loophole which she pledged to close, adding that the government would find a way to put them all out of business within weeks.

“We’re not fighting like mad to ensure that the French stop smoking [tobacco] for them to start smoking cannabis,” she said.

“We will have to review the legislation and review how we put this all in order,” she told French radio station RTL. “It is true that the 0.2 percent legislation is perhaps a little vague.”

The Paris Narcotics Brigade (BSP) has asked drugs investigators to begin a preliminary investigation to “verify whether the legal conditions of sale of certain forms of cannabis are being respected”, Le Parisien reported this week.

The report also quotes Joaquim Lousquy, the 29-year-old entrepreneur behind Cofyshop, who admitted the difficulty of identifying low THC strains, dubbed “le weed light”, with regular marijuana.

For complete article le Weed Light!

 

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USA: Michigan NOT going POW to POT!

MICHIGAN VOTE NO MARIJUANA, NO ON BLOWING UP HOMES

OCTOBER 18, 2018 EDITOR

Michigan “homes are blowing up from ‘blasting’ marijuana, a risky business,”  warned former judge Brian MacKenzie last year.  In Battle Creek, on July 22, 2018,  a massive fire displaced more than 60 people in a four-story apartment building.  The explosion started in a marijuana lab.   Since the Michigan ballot would allow 12 plants per residence — more than any state — it offers an invitation to hide drug labs in the home or apartment.  Could your family or neighborhood be next?

Another butane hash oil fire erupted in Battle Creek earlier this year, seriously injuring the young man who started the fire. Firemen find butane hash oil fires far more dangerous than ordinary house fires because of their heat and explosiveness.

Of all the states in the eastern half of the country, Michigan is the only one where marijuana lab explosions occur regularly, sometimes resulting in death. The drug labs, also called butane hash oil (BHO) labs provide a way to make a stronger, more potent product and to undercut the price of dispensary marijuana.  People who are addicted often go for “wax,” “dabs” or “shatter” to get their fix.   Michigan had two explosions in one weekend of January 2018

For complete article http://www.poppot.org/2018/10/18/michigan-vote-no-blowing-up-homes/

 

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US: Legal Weed = More Car Crashes: Canada Next

For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2018

Contact: Pat Brogan
Pat@learnaboutsam.org
(703) 462-0530
Breaking News: Study Finds Car Crashes Are Up In States With Legal Pot
[Alexandria , VA ] - New data released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) finds car crashes are up a combined six percent in four states that have legalized marijuana compared with the states surrounding them that haven’t legalized. The findings come from two seperate studies, which were released today.
Analysts from the IIHS looked for differences for insured drivers, insured vehicles, urban versus rural, weather, etc. between legalized and non-legalized states. The studies include data from the commercialized states of Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington from 2012 through October of 2017. 

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) President Dr. Kevin Sabet stated, “Drugged driving is quickly becoming an epidemic as Big Marijuana continues to spread its false promises that pot is safe. These studies prove that is not the case. People are paying with their lives, and it’s evident the problem isn’t going away. It’s time to slow this train down and consider the consequences of legalization.
“Studies such as this should shut down any argument from the pot industry lobbyists who claim that legalizing marijuana use is a good idea. We have already seen what the industry does when states legalize. Not only does drugged driving increase, children are targeted with the use of colorful and harmless looking pot infused gummies, candies and sodas, pot shops  are set up in low incomeneighborhoods, and work output plummets from a stoned workforce.
“Our hope is that people open their eyes to this deceptive industry and slam the door on Big Marijuana’s hopes of becoming the next Big Tobacco.”
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About SAM

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a 501 c-3, nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM focuses on education and awareness. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states. For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit www.learnaboutsam.org .

 

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CANADA: And Now There are Three…Markets, that is!

Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

The black market’s head start

As I’ve noted before, it’ll be tough to lure customers away from established illegal vendors. For one thing, cannabis-infused foods and drinks aren’t yet legal. Black markets will monopolize those products for another year.

Dried cannabis and oils are legal now but may experience shortages. But those should disappear next year as more growers become operational.

Places to legally shop are also scarce in most provinces. Québec only has 12 stores open and Ontario won’t have any brick-and-mortar stores until spring. By contrast, Alberta has a hundred stores opening this month. As store counts grow, legal cannabis will grab more market share.

Pricing also handicaps legal vendors. They must pay fees and taxes while competing with street prices around $7.20 per gram.

However, legal cannabis might eventually undercut illegal weed. Mass production is already reducing per-gram growing costs below $0.75 and is heading for $0.20. Moving production to countries with lower wages and warmer climates could drop that to $0.05.

Promotional marketing could give legal cannabis an advantage. But federal law restricts advertising to “informational” purposes; no cartoon characters or happy puppies. That makes it harder to build brand reputations.

The pre-existing “gray-market” dispensaries further complicate the legal-illegal competition. Will most close or go legit? If not, they’ll provide another challenge for legal retailers.

For complete story go to…  Welcome to Three Drug Markets!

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GLOBAL: Dope Smoking ‘Elites’ Hijack Manipulative Media = Marijuana Mayhem

PETER HITCHENS: The ‘elites’ hellbent on legalising marijuana couldn’t care less about the families they obliterate!

By PETER HITCHENS FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY PUBLISHED: 14 October 2018

Just as modish elite opinion swings ever more swiftly towards legalising marijuana, shocking and undeniable new evidence of its grave and frightening harms comes to light. Which will win? Fashion, and the prejudice of the chattering class? Or common sense?

The truth about this very dangerous and far-from-soft drug can no longer be hidden. As The Mail on Sunday reveals today, there have been more than 125,000 hospital admissions related to cannabis or similar drugs in the past five years. These are concentrated among the young. Just how ill did the users of this supposedly harmless drug have to be, for them to end up in hospital casualty departments? How many others suffered panic and misery alone and untreated?

Yet this country faces a grim race, between a fanatical and sometimes greedy campaign to decriminalise marijuana at all costs, and the accumulating evidence that such a move would be an irreparable disaster.

This country faces a grim race, between a fanatical and sometimes greedy campaign to decriminalise marijuana at all costs, and the accumulating evidence that such a move would be an irreparable disaster

For years, the billionaire-backed proponents of a cannabis free-for-all have sneered at warnings offered by me and many others that the drug is a major danger to mental health. Where was the proof of the damage it did, they would ask, ignoring the tragic evidence in every town centre of homeless, shattered, trembling men and women, plainly broken by drug abuse. These wicked cynics have, I believe, known all along that many individuals and families would pay a high and painful price for their pleasure, wealth and convenience.

In much the same way, Big Tobacco knew for years that cigarettes were doing terrible damage to smokers, but carried on making millions from them and resisted attempts to restrict advertising and sales.

The marijuana lobby, who I call Big Dope, are equally ready to overlook the horror of irreversible mental illness, for what some of them see as a good cause, and others see as a pot of gold.

At a debate on the subject at Durham University on Monday, in which I opposed decriminalisation, supporters of drug legalisation openly conceded that marijuana does damage the mental health of some of its users.

But it seems they don’t really care. They have dismissed as ‘anecdotal’ hundreds of individual stories in which the link between the drug and mental illness has been startling. Psychiatrists have little doubt. Dr Humphrey Needham-Bennett, medical director and consultant psychiatrist of the Cygnet Hospital in Sevenoaks, Kent, says that among his patients ‘cannabis use is so common that I assume that people use or used it. It’s quite surprising when people say, “No, I don’t use drugs.” ’ Even then, they may not be telling the truth. Other psychiatrists report that cannabis use is now so common among the young that many who smoke it do not even regard it as a drug.

Yet, until very recently, there was hardly any research into the link, and when it took place, in a Swedish Army survey that showed a clear connection, it was ignored

An enormous, wealthy and powerful lobby wants marijuana laws liberalised at almost any cost, and will, if it is not stopped, force its views on this country very soon

When the great foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn bravely disclosed the harrowing story of his son Henry’s descent into severe mental illness after smoking marijuana at his Canterbury grammar school, he suddenly discovered that many friends and colleagues had been quietly hiding similar tragedies. He said he was ‘amazed to discover how many friends had a relative disabled by schizophrenia. The common feature in these tragedies was that the victim had taken cannabis in significant quantities at a young age.’

So why did these facts have so little impact? As Patrick puts it ‘supporters of decriminalisation in the media and among the intelligentsia see cannabis as harmless and discount opposition to it as ill-informed prejudice’.

For complete article https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6273587/PETER-HITCHINS-elites-hellbent-legalising-marijuana.html

 

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CANADA: Kids Don’t Count in Canada Cannabis Cash Grab!

Canadians are going to need to force government to protect kids from smoking

PAMELA MCCOLL   Published:October 13, 2018

A Langley resident has launched a petition to convince the provincial government to ban smoking in all condominiums and apartment buildings.

No amount of second-hand smoke is safe. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop lung diseases and other health problems. Second-hand smoke is a cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The fact that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure should be of grave concern to Canadians as they move to legalization.

The dangers of second-hand, carcinogenic and psychoactive chemically-laden marijuana smoke were ignored by the Trudeau government in its push to legalize pot. This government in fact sanctioned the smoking of marijuana in the presence of children.

The government did not commission an in-depth child risk assessment of the draft legalization framework, a study called for by child advocates across the country.

The Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services’ Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Placement Resource Policy on Environmental Safety states that a foster parent must be aware of, and committed to provide a non-smoking environment by not allowing smoking in the home when a foster child is placed; not allowing smoking in a vehicle when a foster child is present; and not allowing use of smokeless tobacco when a foster child is present. As the Alberta government’s policy contains all-inclusive language of “non-smoking environment,” the same rules have been extend to legalized marijuana. Some children in the province of Alberta have been protected under the policy while the majority of Albertan children and other children in Canada should rightly ask: “What About Us?”

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms secures the safety of children from threats to their health and their life. Section 15 of the Charter prohibits discrimination perpetrated by the governments of Canada. The Equality Rights section states that every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination. The provisions that protect children in foster care should extend to every child.

For complete article https://theprovince.com/opinion/op-ed/pamela-mccoll-canadians-are-going-to-need-to-force-government-to-protect-kids-from-smoking

 

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