Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes

See also: Cannabis use in pregnancy, Dr Melanie Dreher

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Consuming cannabis while pregnant can have serious social repercussions. In some states, you may even have your child taken away. But, are these harsh concerns about prenatal cannabis use really accurate? Recent research suggests that the herb may be less harmful than we make it out to be. A [2016] study says that smoking cannabis while pregnant is OK, as long as it’s in moderation.

Maternal marijuana use isn’t a risk factor


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A team lead by Dr. Shayna Conner set out to determine whether or not prenatal cannabis use is associated with negative health consequences.

They performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies that compared rates of cannabis consumption to birth outcomes.

It is unethical to perform potentially harmful health experiments on pregnant women, so the majority of research on cannabis and pregnancy are observational and cell line studies.

After examining all of the data, the team found two primary outcomes popped up consistently: low birth weight and preterm delivery. Those who oppose cannabis use often use these two potential impacts as an argument against the herb. However, this new study found something interesting.

After sorting out tobacco use and other confounding factors, the researchers found no statistical correlation between cannabis use and any negative birth outcome. This lead them to conclude,

Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for confounding factors. Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other confounding factors.

TEDx : making peace with cannabis

Making peace with cannabis | Zachary Walsh | TEDxPenticton


(from YouTube)

Published on Sep 2, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Talk explores human beings’ dynamic relationship with the cannabis plant and what recent developments might mean for our health and well-being.
Zach Walsh is a clinical psychologist and substance use researcher who teaches at UBC.

Zach Walsh, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Psychology and Co-Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law. He attended the University of Winnipeg as an undergraduate, received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University, and completed a clinical internship and a research fellowship at the Brown University Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Walsh is a registered clinical psychologist whose research has been supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Health Canada, BC Interior Health Authority, the Peter Wall Endowment, and the American Psychological Association.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Kaneh Bosm: The Hidden Story of Cannabis in the Old Testament

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Chris Bennett takes a look at the fascinating references to cannabis, under the Hebrew name ‘kaneh bosm’ (spelling – qoph nun he’ – bet shim mem) in the Old Testament text that have been suggested by anthropologist Sula Benet and other researchers, with interviews from Prof Carl Ruck, Dr. Ethan Russo, David Hillman PhD., as well as drug historians and authors Chris Conrad, Michael Horowitz, Martin Lee, and Michael Aldrich. Included is a discussion of the linguistics behind the theory as well as a look at the references in context of the Biblical story line and the use of cannabis by the surrounding cultures who influenced the Jewish cosmology, such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Canaanites and Scythians.

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It’s also known in Hinduism:

The Lord of Bhang is one of many titles given to the Hindu deity Shiva, and it’s said that he discovered the amazing properties of cannabis while meditating amidst a stand of ganja plants. Of all the gods, Shiva is most frequently seen to enjoy cannabis in all its forms and many of his devotees imbibe hashish as a sacrament.

Science: regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin, fit, and active

Science: regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin, fit, and active

Study confirms that cannabis consumers are more fit, remain more active

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Here’s a new health-related adage to consider: Regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin and active.

According to researchers at Oregon Health and Science University, people who use marijuana more than five times per month have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who do not marijuana.

The researchers concluded:

“Heavy users of cannabis had a lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.”

The study also suggested that people who consume marijuana on a regular basis are more physically activity than those that use it sporadically or not at all.

Of course, this is not the first time scientific studies have reached this conclusion:

  • A study published last year in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics suggests that regular consumers of cannabis have a lower BMI than those who do not use the drug.
  • A 2013 study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that cannabis consumers have 16 percent lower levels of fasting insulin and 17 percent lower insulin resistance levels than non-users. The research found “significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.”
  • And data published in British Medical Journal in 2012 reported that cannabis consumers had a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes and a lower risk of contracting the disease than did those with no history of cannabis consumption.

From Salon

Medical cannabis shown to treat cancer, but cancer industry encourages continuation of harmful chemo

Perusing the latest in Cannabis news, I stumbled upon this article:
Medical marijuana may help destroy tumors, study finds

It’s certainly nothing we haven’t heard before, but I thought I’d post it here anyway. However, the conclusions, wording, and even study design (though admittedly, I know nothing about science) seemed to me a way for the cancer industry to incorporate the emerging knowledge about cannabis’ effects on cancer, with their old-style, ineffective and deadly treatments.

The article seemed an advertisement for chemotherapy, with a nod to cannabis. It wasn’t until I read Storm Crow’s comment (emphases mine) that I knew my unease was warranted.

With the body of knowledge contained in this blog, it seems fair to say that any thinking person who finds themselves with a few wayward cells should forgo Western medicine until they have given Rick Simpson oil (RSO) a fair shot. But, it is always up to the individual and their doctor, I am just stating an opinion after doing a lot of “armchair” research.

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Some further reading- “Pot compound seen as tool against cancer” (SFGate- where CBD deactivates the ID-1 gene in triple negative breast cancer, making it easier to treat). “Cannabis extract treatment for terminal acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a Philadelphia chromosome mutation” (PubMed- where a girl was successfully fighting off an aggressive form of leukemia with RSO (concentrated cannabis extract), but she dies of complications caused by her previous chemo and radiation therapy.) And “Cannabinoids Increase Lung Cancer Cell Lysis By Lymphokine-Activated Killer Cells Via Upregulation of ICAM-1” (PubMed where THC and CBD help your body’s Killer Cells by making the cancer cells “sticky” so the Killer cells can destroy the cancer cells more easily!) There is a LOT more to cannabis than just getting high!«

Here is the article:

A new study further solidifies claims that medical marijuana can be beneficial in treating different forms of cancer.

Experts from St. George’s University of London have found that using concentrated amounts of cannabis along with chemotherapy resulted in greater death of cancer cells, reports the Daily Mail.

In a study published in the International Journal of Oncology, lead author Dr. Wai Liu and his colleagues found that compounds found in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, combined with common forms of chemotherapy treatment resulted in greater induction of apoptosis, or the death of cancer cells.

Researchers also found that using medical marijuana after receiving chemotherapy is more effective at killing cancer cells, when compared to using it before treatment.

“We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,” Dr. Liu told the Daily Mail.

Dr. Liu’s team also observed that the medical cannabis used must be a concentrate, so merely smoking a joint likely won’t provide any benefit.

“These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,” said Dr. Liu.

Cannabis to Reorganize the Brain and Elevate Consciousness

From The Mind Unleashed

Excerpt from “5 Powerful Psychedelics”

Out of the following psychedelics, I have found Salvia and Ayahuasca to be the most powerful out of body experiences (that can be recalled), and Cannabis to be the most profound to alter daily thinking patterns when taken consistently and with the aid of meditation.


Perhaps one of the most medicinal but least powerful of all hallucinogens,Cannabis Sativa whose active ingredient is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has also been referred to as marijuana, dope, pot, bush, weed, hash, ganja, joint, among others. It is by far one of the safest psychedelics on Earth, and perhaps one of the few that can be utilized without supervision.

It can treat a number of diseases and disorders, including cancer, fibromyalgia, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis better than pharmaceuticals. Marijuana has also been found to reduce blood pressure, treat glaucoma, alleviate pain and even inhibit HIV. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective.

When cannabis is used over a period of time, it allows us to witness our many subtle motives which, under normal consciousness, are usually not noticeable. Duality within human consciousness becomes clear as does the ego and alter ego. Cannabis highs last typically from 1-4 hours.
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New research suggests cannabis could help reverse aging process in the brain

Abstract from Nature Medicine

The balance between detrimental, pro-aging, often stochastic processes and counteracting homeostatic mechanisms largely determines the progression of aging. There is substantial evidence suggesting that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is part of the latter system because it modulates the physiological processes underlying aging1, 2. The activity of the ECS declines during aging, as CB1 receptor expression and coupling to G proteins are reduced in the brain tissues of older animals3, 4, 5 and the levels of the major endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) are lower6. However, a direct link between endocannabinoid tone and aging symptoms has not been demonstrated. Here we show that a low dose of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) reversed the age-related decline in cognitive performance of mice aged 12 and 18 months. This behavioral effect was accompanied by enhanced expression of synaptic marker proteins and increased hippocampal spine density. THC treatment restored hippocampal gene transcription patterns such that the expression profiles of THC-treated mice aged 12 months closely resembled those of THC-free animals aged 2 months. The transcriptional effects of THC were critically dependent on glutamatergic CB1 receptors and histone acetylation, as their inhibition blocked the beneficial effects of THC. Thus, restoration of CB1 signaling in old individuals could be an effective strategy to treat age-related cognitive impairments.

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In this Sept. 30, 2016, file photo, a harvester examines marijuana buds from a trimming machine near Corvallis, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Andrew Selsky

From CTVNews Published Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7:01PM EDT

New European research on animals suggests that cannabis could help reverse the aging process in the brain, opening up the possibility that the drug could be used in the treatment of dementia.

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