Washington Bill Would Alter Marijuana Penalties, Allow Sharing
Marijuana Users Have Good Lungs (for Transplanting)
It was a very big deal when results of a major, long-term study into marijuana use and lung health revealed no link between cannabis use and respiratory ailments like lung cancer or COPD.
Lifelong marijuana users had no significant increased risk for breathing problems; indeed, cannabis use might even be beneficial and carry some “protective effect,” a team lead by UCLA researcher Donald Tashkin found.
And now, it appears weed smokers’ lungs, no worse off for the smoker, are also good for other people.
The Joint Blog took note of a study published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery that examined the results of 302 lung transplants over a six-year period. Medical researchers at the UK’s largest lung-health institution—part of the country’s publicly funded National Health Service, cough-cough single-payer healthcare, cough-cough—found that there was no appreciable difference in short and medium-term outcomes between the 19 donors who had smoked weed and the 283 that hadn’t.
Iceland Figured Out How to Stop Teen Drug Substance Abuse—Can the Rest of the World to Do the Same?
In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young, of Mosaic Science, writes how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit. An abridged version of that article was written for HIGH TIMES by Maureen Meehan.
Twenty years ago Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. Today, it is exactly the opposite.
How did Iceland Do It?
The dramatic turnaround, radical and evidence-based, relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense.
“This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in the lives of teenagers that I have ever seen,” said Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor who teaches at Reykjavik University for part of the year.
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Israel Is Running Out of Marijuana
Israel has big plans for cannabis.
Already a worldwide leader on marijuana-related research—with a government-approved, government-funded national research center under construction, and “millions of shekels” invested into companies working on marijuana products—Israel’s government has allowed medical marijuana as a tonic for intractable illnesses since 1992. Now, as legalization spreads like spider mites across America, Israel believes marijuana can be a money-making export product.
Israelhas plans to begin exporting medical marijuana to other countries within a few years, but in the short term, the country’s cannabis program is a victim of its own success.
As things stand now, Israel is going to run out of weed.
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