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DEA Soon To Decide Whether It Should Reschedule Marijuana


Here’s hoping they make the right decision. It’s crazy to think the government groups marijuana in with dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. Marijuana is not dangerous and it has proven to be a wonder drug for millions of patients suffering from many different ailments.

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Man Arrested For Pot DUI Has Been Acquitted

A man from Lakewood, CO, who was accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, was acquitted of all charges earlier this month even though a blood test showed he had over the legal limit of THC in his system. 7.9 nanograms per milliliter to be exact. The legal limit being only 5 nanograms per milliliter.

His lawyer argued that Marijuana is different than alcohol, and that the “standards are not one-size-fits-all”. He claimed his client was perfectly able to drive even though his THC blood levels were over the limit.

Read More about this story here!

An Introduction To Terpenes

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If you’ve been wondering what marijuana terpenes are, you’re not alone. Many people are confused about what they are and how they’re different from cannabinoids.

Terpenes are strong smelling oils produced in the same glands as cannabinoids. They play a big role in determining how the cannabis flowers smells and tastes. The terpenes are responsible for the citrus, pine and berry smells and flavors that come from cannabis.

As of this writing, there are over 100 different terpenes.

Terpenes are also known to provide medicinal effects too. They work synergistically with cannabinoids and other compounds found in the marijuana plant. How so? They imitate compounds naturally produced by our own body. These compounds are called endocannabinoids.

Via Leafly:

This synergy has a scientific basis in our body’s endocannabinoid system. THC binds to receptors concentrated most heavily in the brain where psychoactive effects take place. Terpenes also bind to these receptor sites and affect their chemical output. They can also modify how much THC passes through the blood-brain barrier. Their hand of influence even reaches to neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin by altering their rate of production and destruction, their movement, and availability of receptors.

The effects these mechanisms produce vary from terpene to terpene; some are especially successful in relieving stress, while others promote focus and acuity. Myrcene, for example, induces sleep whereas limonene elevates mood. There are also effects that are imperceptible, like the gastroprotective properties of Caryophyllene...” 

Check out the informative Leafly video below or read more about terpenes here.

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Study: No Link Between Marijuana and Psychosis Risk

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Are you surprised at all that the study points to alcohol as being a contributing factor?

Via LeafScience:

A four-year study that followed 170 individuals at high risk for psychosis concluded that marijuana use had no effect on the development of the disorder.

Published in the journal Schizophrenia Research, measurements of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use were taken at the start of the study to determine their impact on future outcomes.

Interestingly, the results instead pointed to alcohol as a contributing factor.

‘Results revealed that low use of alcohol, but neither cannabis use nor tobacco use at baseline, contributed to the prediction of psychosis in the clinical high risk sample,’ wrote Jean Addington, PhD of the University of Calgary, the study’s lead author.

Research shows substance use is significantly higher among individuals with psychosis or schizophrenia compared to the general population. As well, THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis, is known to cause temporary, psychosis-like effects in healthy users.

However, experts are still unsure whether marijuana actually contributes to the development of the disorder.

Evidence increasingly points to heritability as the underlying cause of schizophrenia. Genetics are believed to account for a large portion of the risk – as much as 80%, according to some studies.

Likewise, the latest findings are not the first to suggest a benign link between cannabis and psychosis.

2013 study that followed psychosis-prone adolescents over three years concluded, ‘the current data do not support low to moderate lifetime cannabis use to be a major contributor to psychosis or poor social and role functioning in high-risk youth.'”

 

 

If Only Arizona Was This Accepting

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