Interview with Rick Simpson – healing cancer with Cannabis

We have posted this wonderful interview already, but it’s just so good we’re posting it again. Enjoy!


Three Military Veterans Explain What Weed Does for Their PTSD

The VA is quick to prescribe antianxiety drugs, antidepressants, and sedatives but that hasn’t done much to stem the tide of veteran suicides

Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide in the United States. Why anyone commits suicide is something only they can know, ultimately, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to surmise that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) might have something to do with it.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system is quick to prescribe antianxiety drugs, antidepressants, sedatives, and other meds for PTSD, but that hasn’t done much to stem the tide of veteran suicides. Cannabis, despite promising results for many vets who are dealing with PTSD, is off the table. Possession of weed is still a federal crime, and the VA is a federal agency. However, veterans across the country are speaking up in favor of pot, saying that it’s succeeded where pharmaceutical meds have failed. Continue reading

Debunking the Myth of a Link Between Marijuana and Mental Illness

Despite media claims that marijuana can cause psychosis or schizophrenia, there’s no science to back it up.

By Paul Armentano / AlterNet

 Prohibitionists have a long history of exploiting tragedy to further their own drug war agenda. Case in point: Members of Congress in the 1980s seized upon the overdose of basketball star Len Bias to enact sweeping legislative changes establishing mandatory minimum sentencing in drug crimes, random workplace drug testing for public employees, and the creation of the Drug Czar’s office. Continue reading

Chronic marijuana use is about as bad for your health as not flossing, researchers find

Here’s What Marijuana Does to Broken Bones

Fracture a joint? Smoke a joint. Or at least that’s what researchers from Tel Aviv University have suggested after studying the effects of marijuana on broken bones.

A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research last week says that a component of marijuana known as cannabidiol (CBD) “significantly helps heal bone fractures” by speeding up the process. It also strengthens bones, protecting them against future injuries.

This research could lead to new treatment options for people suffering from certain bone-related diseases, including osteoporosis, which causes 8.9 million fractures annually across the world, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.

The team of researchers at Tel Aviv University tested the effect of THC and CBD separately on rat subjects, discovering a connection between our bodies’ cannabinoid receptors and bone growth stimulation.

“We only respond to cannabis because we are built with intrinsic compounds and receptors that can also be activated by compounds in the cannabis plant,” one researched commented in a press release from Tel Aviv University.

“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv’s Bone Research Laboratory told the Times of Israel. “While there is still a lot of work to be done to develop appropriate therapies, it is clear that it is possible to detach a clinic therapy objective from the psychoactivity of cannabis.”

That is, marijuana rich in CBD can treat certain ailments such as bone disease, but it does not necessarily have to get you high to serve that medical function. Unlike THC—the component of cannabis with the most distinct psychoactive properties—CBD is associated with reduced psychoactivity, which makes it an ideal option for those who require daily treatment regimens.

“After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future,” Gabet continued. “Other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”

Other accepted medical uses of CBD include the treatment of chronic pain, epilepsy, and neuropathic pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis.

Big Pharma Seeks to Capitalize on Pain-Reducing Cannabidiol (CBD)

Maryam Henein

(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)

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The medicinal properties of cannabidiol (better known as CBD), a compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant species, are quickly drawing the attention of scientists, plant-medicine lovers, dietary-supplement companies, venture capitalists, professional athletes and Big Pharma — not to mention people living with serious, chronic medical conditions. Insiders predict the burgeoning market will be as profitable as the NFL.

Today, if you run a search on, a medical research database, you’ll find more than 1,500 academic articles on cannabidiol. Continue reading

Prohibitionists Block Marijuana Studies and CBD for Kids

Tom Angell

A key Congressional panel defeated a trio of medical marijuana measures this week.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House Rules Committee took up a bill to create a federal task force to investigate best practices in pain management and prescribing pain medication, killing two amendments to study medical marijuana in the process. Continue reading


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