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Cannabis: Promise, risk and controversy

Cannabis is bad for you, cannabis is good for you – confused?

That’s not surprising. Complicated and controversial, cannabis is revealed by recent science to have a dual personality, with a dark side and a more positive one. Radio 4’s PM programme is this week running a whole series on cannabis, and the debate surrounding it.

Key to understanding this strange plant are two of the ingredients that make it up, known by their initials as THC and CBD.

I asked Prof Val Curran of University College London to describe how they work and she came up with a memorable answer:

“In a way, THC and CBD are a bit like yin and yang. The THC makes you stoned, but it can also make you anxious. It can also make you feel a bit psychotic, and it will seriously impair your memory.

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Medical Marijuana: A Rapidly Evolving Field of Interest

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States[1]; globally, it is the most widely cultivated, trafficked, and abused illicit drug,[2] and it has the longest recorded history of human use. As early as 5,000 years ago, early Chinese texts documented the medicinal benefits of Cannabis sativa extracts unrelated to its psychoactive properties, including alleviation of pain and cramps.[3,4]Cannabis was also familiar in the Old World (eg, ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East, North Africa) and its use gradually spread to the New World (Western Hemisphere, including the Americas).

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How Safe is Your Vape Pen? Project CBD

The Hidden Dangers of Propylene Glycol

Jahan Marcu, PhD, reports on the hidden dangers of propylene glycol and vape pens that smolder.

Portable electronic devices, known as “vape pens,” are increasingly popular among medical marijuana patients and others because they provide a convenient, discreet, and presumably benign way to administer cannabis. But how safe are vape pens and the liquid solutions inside the cartridges that attach to these devices? Who knows what’s actually being inhaled?

It’s generally assumed that vaping is a healthier method of administration than inhaling marijuana smoke, which contains noxious substances that may irritate the lungs. Since a vaporizer heats the cannabis flower or oil concentrate without burning it, the active ingredients are inhaled but no smoke is involved. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

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Skunk-like cannabis’ increases risk of psychosis, study suggests

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King’s College London.

The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users.

The study of 780 people was carried out by KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

A Home Office spokesman said the report underlines the reasons why cannabis is illegal.

Scientists found the risk of psychosis was five times higher for those who use it every day compared with non-users.

They also concluded the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increased risk of psychosis.

Psychosis refers to delusions or hallucinations that can be present in certain psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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The Margolin Guide

Bruce Margolin is Synonymous With Fighting Weed Busts in California….. The Dean of Weed Defense Attorneys. He has Defended 25,000 Pot Cases and Timothy Leary. -La Weekly “Prop 19: Dreams of Legal Weed”

October, 2010/Vol.32/No.48

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