Cannabis does not significantly impair driving: study

Source: Echo Net

Nimbin’s Hemp Embassy is calling on police across Australia to ‘back off’ following the publication of a study that found cannabis use caused almost no impairment on driving.

The study found that the impairment that it did cause was similar to that observed under the influence of a legal alcohol limit.

Researchers at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator carried out the study, sponsored by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The study, which was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, also found that participants who consumed only alcohol weaved more during a 35- to 45-minute simulated driving test than those who consumed only vaporized cannabis.

Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone, who also leads the Australian HEMP Party, welcomed the study.

‘Finally some research to show how silly and damaging the saliva testing of cannabis drivers can be,’ Mr Balderstone said.

‘Many, many people have been punished severely losing their licence when their driving was never impaired.

‘Many lost their jobs as a result of this as well.

‘Hopefully the police across Australia will do the right thing now and back off. The issue re driving is impairment, surely…no matter what drugs or not you have in your system.’

The study found that, as expected, there was impairment in all areas when alcohol and cannabis were mixed.

‘But cannabis itself, when taken in moderate amounts, seems to cause no significant driving impairment.
In fact, some would argue that it makes them drive safer or slower,’ the study authors said.

‘The study’s findings further illuminate the fact that alcohol is a much more dangerous drug than cannabis, and somehow the former is legal while the latter is not.’

You can read more about the study’s results here.

The Relationship between Marijuana Use Prior to Sex and Sexual Function in Women

From a newly released study

“Marijuana appears to improve satisfaction with orgasm,” researchers of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, USA, report. Women who use cannabis use before sexual activity have 2.13 times higher odds of reporting satisfactory orgasms than women who reported no cannabis use. Most women report increases in sex drive, improvement in orgasm, and decrease in pain.

Authors wrote that a better understanding of the endocannabinoid system may “could help lead to development of treatments for female sexual dysfunction.”

The Entourage Effect Is What Makes Cannabis So Effective

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the entourage effect is a lot like looking at a bunch of keys at once needed to unlock multiple doors to create a path.

The so-called entourage effect— the mysterious way the hundreds of chemicals in the cannabis plant interact with one another to modulate its effects– is one of the most exciting research avenues in cannabis medicine.

Loosening restrictions on marijuana in the U.S. and other countries in the past decade has reinvigorated pharmaceutical cannabis research. Big pharma companies like Britain’s GW Pharmaceuticals are producing distillates of specific cannabinoid chemicals to test on conditions from epilepsy to anorexia, anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder.
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What Getting High Alone Can Teach You About Yourself

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A Canadian study published last month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review looked for differences between people who consume cannabis socially versus those who consume cannabis solo, and found:

Compared to individuals reporting their most recent cannabis-using occasion as social, solitary users were significantly more likely to screen positive for psychosis, endorse more symptoms of cannabis abuse/dependence, report using cannabis to cope, and use cannabis on more days within the previous 30 days.  

In its own words, the study “sought to examine the extent to which the social context of cannabis use is related to patterns of use and associated harms.”

Harms, but What About Benefits?

Please note that this statement of purpose doesn’t even consider the possibility that there may be associated benefits to cannabis in addition to associated harms. In fact, Toni Spinella—a master’s student in psychology and neuroscience and the study’s lead author—seems to think anyone who uses cannabis for “coping” treads in dangerous waters.

The study’s author seems to assume that anyone who uses cannabis for ‘coping’ treads in dangerous waters. But don’t we all cope with something?

“It’s possible that they lack other coping strategies,” Spinella told the CBC. “If you’re alone, why are you using alone? That’s something that you might want to ask yourself and if you realize, ‘OK, I’m using alone because I’m sad tonight or I’m stressed,’ then maybe that’s a red flag that you should think more about.”

Fair enough, but a red flag compared to what other coping mechanisms? Whiskey? Junk food? Internet scrolling? Gambling? Binge watching? Xanax?
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DMSO Cannabis Topical

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Editor’s note: Friends, I think we’ve just discovered something that could catapult Cannabis healing into the next dimension. The question has always been how to best get the medicine to the cells. Also see Nutrients Essential for Integrity of Cannabis

Last night I received an email from a patient who mixed CBD:THC oils (equal parts) with DMSO (click here to order from Amazon), and then put it on topically to heal a spinal cord injury. We will keep you all posted as to how this works, but initial results warranted alerting you all immediately. Patient reports he never felt such an intense response to cannabis, even compared with taking Rick Simpson Oil. He said obviously the DMSO is a potent carrier as there is no other reason such a small amount of cannabinoids would have knocked him out like this did. Potentially those with cancers could be using this mixture to apply directly to problem areas. There is much to learn, so let’s get started! Consider this post to be first in a series.

One word of caution: wash well and apply rubbing alcohol to fingers (don’t use gloves, they will dissolve) and to the application site. This is done to make sure you aren’t introducing anything nasty when using DMSO, which will deliver anything that is on your skin into your body and bloodstream.

Our findings support that THC- and CBD-loaded microparticles could be used as an alternative method of cannabinoid delivery in anticancer therapies.

from Dude Grows dot com

Hey guys! I moved from Colorado to Western Massachusetts last year (Family). I work at a hydro shop and it’s been really awesome to watch MA progress with its Cannabis culture. So I’ve been making Cannabis Topical Balm and I’ve been including DMSO as an ingredient and WOW does it work! DMSO is a polar and non-polar solvent that has transdermal properties, it pulls the balm right into the affected (effected?) area. I think I cured arthritis, and my Mom has been putting it on her cancer radiation wound and her latest biopsy was clean and the wound (which is over a year old) is getting smaller. Everyone I trade or give it to raves about it.
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