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Reverse Engineering the Marijuana 'Munchies': What Causes Binge Eating?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, July, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
The "munchies" may be triggered not only by marijuana hitting the brain, but by its effects on the gut, according to new research that suggests intriguing possibilities for the development of new drugs to fight obesity.
 
Studying the digestive tract of rats, researchers led by Daniele Piomelli, professor of pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine, teased out why that first bite of fatty food spurs increased craving. The taste of fatty food hitting the tongue sets off a cascade of cellular effects
Initially, it sends a message to the brain.
 
The brain then sends a message to the gut, where intestinal receptors are stimulated to produce endocannaboinoids.
 
In turn, these chemicals affect hunger and satiety and ramp up your appetite for even more fat-laden foods. That's why you can't eat just one French fry.
 
The intestinal receptors, known as CB1 receptors, are the same type of receptors that interact in the brain with THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis.  That helps explain why marijuana use notoriously triggers the "munchies:" a desire to eat high-fat and/or sweet foods. But, until now, scientists had thought all the action was in the brain.
 

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Study Suggests Teen Marijuana Use Not Affected By Medical Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, June, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON—(ENEWSPF)--June 30 - An updated study released today by the Marijuana Policy Project shows that enacting medical marijuana laws in a state does not cause an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use. Despite frequent claims by opponents of medical marijuana that passing such laws “sends the wrong message to children,” there appears to be no correlation between medical marijuana and teen marijuana use rates.
 
Nearly 15 years after the passage of the nation’s first state medical marijuana law, California’s Prop. 215, a considerable body of data shows that teens’ marijuana use has generally gone down or stayed the same following the passage of medical marijuana laws.
 
Of the 13 states with effective medical marijuana laws with before-and-after data on teen marijuana use, 10 have reported overall decreases since before they permitted seriously ill people to use marijuana to treat their conditions, some of which were within the confidence intervals. No medical marijuana state has seen an overall increase in teen marijuana use outside of the confidence intervals.
 
“There are so many people with serious medical conditions that desperately need marijuana to treat their illnesses and are just trying live normal lives without being treated like criminals,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project and a co-author of the report. “Unfortunately, there are also many people that like to scare voters and legislators with unfounded warnings that treating patients with compassion will make teens’ marijuana use skyrocket. We now have substantial data showing these fears are completely unfounded. Lawmakers need to listen to the facts with regard to medical marijuana, not wild conjecture and fear tactics.”
 

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Dutch court ruling clears way for "weed pass"

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - The Netherlands, long famous for its liberal soft drugs policies, moved closer to introducing "weed passes" to curb sales of cannabis to foreign tourists, following a court ruling Wednesday.
 
Dutch coffee shops openly sell cannabis to customers, making them popular with foreign tourists, but they have faced tighter controls over the past three years as successive governments promised to discourage the use and sale of soft drugs on health and crime grounds.
 
The current government wants to curb drug tourism, particularly in border towns, and has proposed turning coffee shops into membership clubs which are only open to Dutch residents, in order to prevent drug sales to foreigners.
 
Many of the coffee shops in Amsterdam and other parts of the country have opposed the plan, saying it is discriminatory and will hit the tourism industry.
 
But a ruling by the Council of State, the Netherlands' highest judicial body, Wednesday strengthened the government's hand.
 
The court ruled that local authorities could not regulate the sale of soft drugs by banning foreigners from local coffee shops, following complaints about noise and traffic nuisance, but it added that such a ban could be introduced at national level and would not contravene European laws.
 
The ruling follows a protracted dispute between a coffeeshop in the border town of Maastricht and the local authorities. The coffeeshop, owned by Marc Josemans, was ordered to close temporarily because it had admitted foreigners.
 

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NYC Moms Smoking Pot To Unwind

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, June, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
More moms are tokin', according to a trend piece in today's New York Post. Among the research, the article features anecdotal evidence from Brooklyn mothers and the director of the New Jersey branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
 
“A lot of moms are telling us they’re not drinking anymore — that they’re replacing it with marijuana,” Chris Goldstein, executive director of the New Jersey branch of NORM , told the Post.
 
A Brooklyn mother agrees, “some moms are drinking very early in the day, starting around 4,” says Erica, whose name has been changed. “I would rather smoke a bowl, take the edge off and go about my day.”
 
The piece claims moms are using the drug for more than just unwinding, but also as a way to bond with their kids and experience the world from their perspective. “We have so much fun,” says Jennifer told the Post. “We read books and play and joke around and giggle.” Another mother noted that she felt it was easier to communicate with her pre-verbal child when she was high.
 

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The new Miss USA supports medical marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, June, 20th 2011 by THCFinder

Your new Miss USA is a redhead from California named Alyssa Campanella. She is allergic to the sun.

 

When it came time to offer a personal anecdote, she said, “I’m obsessed with the Tudor and Stuart era,” which is surely the nerdiest thing that anyone has ever said on a show produced by Donald Trump. Or at least, it was the nerdiest thing, until she followed it up with: “I watch Game of Thrones.”

 

Later, when Real Housewife Caroline Manzo asked if Campanella supported legalizing marijuana to inject a new source of capitalistic competition into our recessionary economy (although not in so many words), Campanella demurred by noting that, although abusing drugs is bad, medical marijuana is a social good (although not in so many words.)

 

(Sourcehttp://popwatch.ew.com


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Hunters Find Largest Outdoor Pot Grow In State History

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, June, 17th 2011 by THCFinder
LA GRANDE, Ore. -- Oregon State Police say they have uncovered what they believe is the largest outdoor marijuana growing operation in state history.
 
A group of bear hunters came upon the marijuana this spring and reported it to local police. On Wednesday, a state police SWAT team and an Oregon Army National Guard air team raided the site, located in a remote section of Wallowa County in northeast Oregon.
 
More than 91,000 plants, ranging in size from starter plants to 10 inches, were removed or destroyed by police over a two-day period.
 
La Grande Police Sgt. John Shaul describes the marijuana growing operation as "staggering," and says it encompassed a more than one-mile stretch in a ravine. There were also miles of plastic irrigation tubing found.
 
Six suspects were taken into custody during the raid. Police found campsites and numerous weapons, including semi-automatic, long-barrel guns. There was also enough food, water and other supplies to sustain the marijuana growers for several weeks, police say.
 

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