Scientists Figured Out How to Block Pot’s Effect on Memory

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Recent work published by researchers in Barcelona has just uncovered more details about the neurochemical pathway that leads to marijuana’s psychoactive effects, specifically its effects on memory. Not only did they make a breakthrough in the neurochemistry of cannabis, they also designed a compound that was able to block THC’s effects on memory in mice.

Since the discovery of the cannabinoid receptor by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues, medical scientists have continued to investigate this newly found receptor and have found that it has a presence all over the body, not just in the brain. In fact, two cannabinoid receptors exist: CB1 and CB2. While the CB2 receptor stills retains some of its mystery, scientists have know for a while that the CB1 receptor is the one responsible for the “high” in cannabis.

More recently however, neuroscientists have found links between the certain serotonin receptors and the cannabinoid system. Not only do these receptors share a region in the brain, but also activation of the 5HT2A receptor causes a release of endocannabinoids, the body’s natural “darts” for the cannabinoid receptor’s “dartboard” (in a similar way that your body produces serotonin to act as a signal carrier in your serotonin system). 

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President Obama Calls For Greater Criminal Justice Reforms

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

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In a 45-minute speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia Tuesday, President Obama laid out a far-reaching roadmap for criminal justice reform, including calls for reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reviewing the use of solitary confinement, and eliminating barriers to reentry for former prisoners.

The president has touched on many of the themes before, but the Philadelphia speech was the first time he tied them all together into a plan for action. The speech likely signals upcoming executive actions on criminal justice reform.

Obama recited the by now well-known statistics demonstrating American’s over-reliance on incarceration: America is home to 5% of world’s population but 25% of world’s prisons; that African Americans and Latinos make up 30% of the U.S. population, but 60% of American inmates; that one out of three black men are now likely to serve time in prison, among others.

While the United States has 2 ½ million people behind bars, only about 200,000 of them are in the federal prison system that Obama has the ability to impact. Of those, 98,000 are doing time for drug offenses.

He used those stats to bolster his case for broad criminal justice reform, calling the criminal justice system an “injustice system.”

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D.C.’s State Fair will have a marijuana growing competition this year

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

It’s been five months since marijuana was legalized in D.C., and now there’s a public opportunity to show off, if you’ve been letting that liberty take root.

The D.C. State Fair — a seemingly Pinterest-inspired event showcasing the culinary, artistic and agricultural talents of the District — is adding a marijuana-growing competition to its lineup of events this year. The “Best Bud” category now joins the fair’s growing list of competitions, which already includes the honey contest, the homebrew contest, the knit and crotchet contest, the funkiest-looking vegetable contest, the pickled food contest and more. The fair also added a pet parade for the first time this year.

“Now that it’s legal for residents of the District to grow their own plants, we wanted a way to highlight this new freedom while also showing off the agricultural talents of the District’s people,” Anna Tauzin, a board member and outreach director for the fair, wrote in an e-mail. The event is held each year in September. D.C. State Fair is a nonprofit run by residents.

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Juicing Raw Marijuana Yielding Positive Results

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

One young woman, diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis three years ago, was fed up with the side effects and ineffectiveness of the liver-destroying anti-rheumatic drugs her doctors were giving her so she decided to take matters into her own… blender.

Katie Marsh’s daily relief is a smoothie with fruit, yogurt and thawed, juiced cannabis.

After trying other natural anti-inflammatory remedies like turmeric and ginger, her pain continued to worsen and she became more and more debilitated.

“It got so bad that I had trouble getting out of bed, getting off and on the toilet and even dressing myself,” according to a Fox News article.

Upon a friend’s advice, Ms. Marsh decided to try juicing marijuana. She soon sought out Dr. William Courtney, co-founder of the International Cannabis Foundation a leading expert in raw dietary cannabis.

“When it’s consumed as a leafy green vegetable, you get the whole profile of the plant,” said Dr. Courtney.

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UFCW Praises Passage Of Marijuana Regulation Bill By California Senate Committees

Category: News | Posted on Wed, July, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

united commercial food workers ucfw marijuanaUnited Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby has made the following statement on the approval of AB 266 (Bonta/Cooley/Jones-Sawyer) by the Senate Health and Senate Governance and Finance Committees today. The UFCW is the only union in California representing cannabis industry workers, with 1,200 members statewide.

“Licensing and training go hand in hand with public safety. That’s why medical cannabis workers have come together to advocate for standards in their industry, just like other health care professionals. AB 266 improves workforce training and professional standards and, importantly, protections for workers when they speak up for patient safety.

“Although consumers increasingly believe that medical cannabis is harmless, few have expertise in varieties, dosages and other critical information needed to consume cannabis products safely. Cannabis workers are leading the charge for workforce training and licensing provisions contained in AB 266.”

Recent studies have uncovered improperly labeled edible cannabis and high levels of pesticides in some medical cannabis products in California. The regulations contained in AB 266 will provide significant help in correcting these unacceptable threats to consumer safety. A licensed, professionalized workforce is a consumer’s first line of defense every day. Regulators cannot always be there.

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Marijuana Opponents Using Racketeering Law to Fight Industry

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (AP) -- A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits.

A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it - from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the defendants agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.

With another lawsuit pending in southern Colorado, the cases represent a new approach to fighting marijuana. If the federal government won't stop its expansion, pot opponents say, federal racketeering lawsuits could. Marijuana may be legal under state law, but federal drug law still considers any marijuana business organized crime.

"It is still illegal to cultivate, sell or possess marijuana under federal law," said Brian Barnes, lawyer for Safe Streets Alliance, a Washington-based anti-crime group that brought the lawsuits on behalf of neighbors of the two Colorado pot businesses.

Lawyers on both sides say the Colorado racketeering approach is novel.

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