America Could Legalize Hemp This Year, Action Needed
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
Hemp legalization in America has rapidly become a legitimate political possibility,this year.
The stars are lining up.
House Majority Leader John Boehner – the most powerful Republican in the U.S. in terms of legislation - has indicated that he’ll work towards hemp legalization, something that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has already been working towards. McConnell, to the surprise of many, is the prime sponsor of legislation filed in the Senate to end hemp prohibition.
In addition, Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a committee hemp legalization would be required to go through, has signaled that he’ll support a proposal to legalize hemp. This is huge.
A national farm bill is going through the legislature which overhauls (mostly technical stuff) the nation’s farm industry. An amendment to end hemp prohibition – introduced by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and cosponsored by McConnell and others - has been introduced into the bill. This may very well be the path of legal hemp, and could make it a reality by the end of the year, maybe by the end of the summer.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Thiago Silva Addresses Marijuana Use: 'It Doesn't Change Your Performance'
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
The role of marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug (PED) has garnered much attention since Pat Healy lost a fortune (and a win) for testing positive after his victory over Jim Miller at UFC 159.
Thiago Silva, a UFC fighter who knows a little something about being disciplined for marijuana consumption, recently spoke to bjpenn.com to add his two cents to the discussion.
The light heavyweight combatant, who is scheduled to welcome Rafael Cavalcante to the Octagon on June 8, provided the following perspective:
You know, it’s very complicated what to say about that. A lot of guys, they like to drink, you know; I don’t drink, I like to smoke. I don’t smoke any more, because I really can’t, but I used to like a lot because it helps me to relax. It’s not like a drug like everybody say[s]. So actually, it’s legal in California, you know. To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair, you know, because it doesn't change your performance.
Silva's sentiments echo those of handfuls of fans and fellow fighters who recently came to Healy's defense. While the legality of marijuana varies from location to location, many feel that its impact on athletic performance is negligible and that testing for it in MMA is arbitrary and pointless.
Counter arguments focus on the safety of the user, citing slowed reflexes and general lethargy as effects of consumption. Other arguments claim that marijuana use dulls pain, granting the user an unfair advantage in a sport where pain is so prevalent.
Raed more: http://bleacherreport.com
Study Finds Marijuana Helps Control Blood Sugar, Waistlines
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, May, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
(VOA) – Marijuana has been used for centuries to relieve pain, improve mood and increase appetite. A new study finds that the herb also has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, suggesting it could be helpful in diabetes control.
Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 4,600 patients who completed a drug-use questionnaire and provided blood samples. Nearly half had never used marijuana, about 2,000 others had used it in the past and the rest were current users.
Participants who reported using marijuana in the previous month had the lowest levels of fasting insulin and the highest levels of the so-called ‘good’ cholesterol – indicators of a lower risk for both diabetes and heart disease.
The study also found the marijuana users tended to have smaller waistlines. Large waist circumference, typically associated with obesity, is linked to diabetes risk.
Read more: http://insidecostarica.com
Study finds marijuana buffers against negative psychological effects of social exclusion
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
Research published online May 14 in Social Psychological and Personality Science has uncovered that marijuana buffers people from experiencing social pain.
“Prior work has shown that the analgesic acetaminophen, which acts indirectly through CB1 receptors, reduces the pain of social exclusion. The current research provides the first evidence that marijuana also dampens the negative emotional consequences of social exclusion on negative emotional outcomes,” Timothy Deckman of the University of Kentucky and his colleagues wrote in the study.
The four-part study, which included a total of 7040 participants and three methodologies, was based on previous research that found an overlap between physical and social pain. Acetaminophen, which is used in over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, has been found to reduce physical and social pain.
Aceteminophen and marijuana both affect cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors in the brain and both drugs are used to treat physical pain.
Read more: http://www.rawstory.com
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