Apr
05

Extreme World- Juarez Mexico

"Laws are changing everything around us as well as the world that cannabis lives in. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues. Well then pick it back up, politics is stressful..."

The war on drugs here in the U.S. affects our neighboring countries more than we would like to admit. In Ross Kemp's show, Extreme World, he takes us beyond our boarders to the war torn streets of Juarez, Mexico where drug cartels battle government forces day and night. Juarez sits right on the U.S./Mexico boarder and consequently is a prime location for the illegal transport of Marijuana and other drugs into the U.S. The Mexican drug cartels are ruthless and operate on a "silver or lead" policy; "silver" being the option of bribery where they offer large sums of money for people to look the other way, and anyone who won't take their bribes or refuses to help them receives a bullet, or the "lead." Most of the Cartel soldiers come from the Barrios (local shanty towns) with little to no opportunity to advance save for joining the cartel brotherhood. Many members see their gangs as family, and are willing to kill for them if required. Cartel hits even take place during broad daylight on the streets of Juarez, as the cartels have little to fear from law enforcement as 95% of murders that occur within the city go unsolved. The documentary is a little long, but luckily broke into five sections. You should definitely check them out when you get a chance.
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Mar
24

National Cancer Institute on Cannabis

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National Cancer Institute on Cannabis
Recently, The National Cancer Institute just released their new findings concerning Cannabis. This report breaks down Cannabis into several different categories: General Information, History, Laboratory/Animal/Preclinical Studies, Human/Clinical Studies, Adverse Effects, Overall Level of Evidence for Cannabis and Cannabinoids. These prospective categories then delve into each of their respective categories while using scholastic research articles in order to buttress the research that they propose. Over several posts (this being the first) I plan to go through these findings by the NCI highlighting or debunking the research findings and methods.
Cannabis Medical Broken Down
Cannabis has several chemicals inside of it that the scientific community lumps together and places under Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are technically any chemical that has phytocannabinoids or that show effects similar to that of phytocannabinoids (or C21 aromatic hydrocarbons). Many of these, as we have explored before, have an outstanding potential for treating multitudes of diseases and ailments (refer to the graph below). The National Cancer Institute themselves recognize this potential in the statement:
"The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect."
This is an outstanding change for the formal recognition of the remedial abilities of Cannabis as the NCI has this statement in their General Information section. Another important part that I lavished especially was underneath the Adverse Effects section.
Brain on Marijuana
One study done by the Department of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (The association between marijuana smoking and lung cancer: a systematic review.) set out to prove that there was a correlation between Cannabis and lung cancer. Unfortunately for the man...
"[A] systematic review assessing 19 studies that evaluated premalignant or malignant lung lesions in persons 18 years or older who inhaled marijuana concluded that observational studies failed to demonstrate statistically significant associations between marijuana inhaling and lung cancer after adjusting for tobacco use."
Finally, a sensible research facility came to a conclusion that does not support ignorant fallacies and flaws in method in order to uphold a biased opinion! This new concession is especially important since the president Ronald Reagan paraded a study by Berkeley in the 1970's that found ganja to be "one-and-a-half times as carcinogenic as tobacco". That study, unlike this one, compared both the broad plant leaves of both marijuana and tobacco in order to find their carcinogenic properties. Funny thing is (as you all know) marijuana is smoked through the flowers not the broad fan leaves that are purely there in order to factory larger buds. People will say anything... stand by for part 2. ---Source---

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Mar
02

Drug Use in Spain/EU (translated)

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Hey guys, found this intesting article while browsing the Spanish news. Translated for your pleasure. Spain is the country where the most cocaine is consumed, with an annual prevalence of 3.1% of the population between 15-64 years old, followed by the countries like the United Kingdom (2.4%), Italy (2.2%) and Ireland (1.7%), according to the latest report of the International Board of Narcotics Control (JIFE), of the UN, presented on Wednesday in Vienna. This document, which collects data from 2007 to 2009, by country, stresses that cocaine use has leveled off in Spain and Italy in recent years, while in the United Kingdom it has declined this last year. However, it is increasing in Albania, Cyprus, Denmark, Norway, and the Czech Republic. Spain is also one of the main countries of entry of drugs into Europe, particularly through the maritime traffic. Major cocaine seizures made in Spain took place in international waters, two thirds of the total of 2007. only two percent were on beaches and six percent in Spanish Airports. According to the World's Customs Organization, in 2009 the Spanish Customs Authorities seized over 27 tons of cannabis resin in the surrounding ocean and along the coast. "It is estimated that 93% of the cannabis resin seized in Spain in 2009 had its origin in Morocco," the report added. Also, it is the second largest market of cocaine in Europe, after the United Kingdom and beating the countries of Italy, Germany, and France. In fact, according to this report, "The prevalence levels of cocaine use are higher in the United Kingdom and Spain than the whole United States." In Spain, lives 21 percent of the consumers of cocaine of Europe, a percentage only surpassed by the United Kingdom, where 23 percent of the cocaine consumers are. The following countries are: Italy, with 19 percent of the cocaine consumers, Germany (9%) and France (5%). -Four Million Cocaine Users in the EU- The average annal prevalence of cocaine abuse in the countries of the European Union is 1.2% i.e. about 4 million of people between the ages of 15-64, according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction. In the world, between 155 and 250 million people- 3.5-5.7% of the population between the ages of 15-64 took illegal drugs at least one time in 2008. The most consumed was cannabis, chosen by 129-190 million people- among the 2.9 and 4.3% of the population between the ages of 15-64 of the whole world. Followed by amphetamines, cocaine and opiates, especially Heroin. Between 16 and 38 million people worldwide were problem drug users in 2008, representing between 10-15% of all people who used these substances. That year, between 12 and 30% of problem drug users received treatment, which means that between 11 and 33.5 million people with problems are not addressed. Source: EuropaPress

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Feb
20

New York- Marijuana Arrest Capitol

"Laws are changing everything around us as well as the world that cannabis lives in. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues. Well then pick it back up, politics is stressful..."
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Looks like the big apple came in at #1 last year for low-level marijuana offences, according to recent figures from the New York Division of Criminal Justice. About 140 people are arrested per day, totaling around 50,383 arrests in 2010, more than 6% of all nationwide small time cannabis offences. This news is surprising considering that New York state actually decriminalized marijuana possession in 1977. However, "What typically happens is that someone is stopped by the NYPD -- they stopped 575,000 people in 2009 and frisked more than 325,000 of them -- and the police demand that they empty their pockets. When they comply, and a bag of weed emerges, they are then charged not with simple marijuana possession, which is a violation under state law, but with possession "in public view," which is a misdemeanor." This tactic is employed by cops all over the city, intimidating suspects into uncovering marijuana from their pockets and thus incriminating themselves. However, if an officer searches without consent, he can only give a suspect a violation, not a misdemeanor, for possession in public. Whats worse, "The NYPD's "stop and frisk and bust" policy appears to be aimed disproportionately at the city's minority residents and its youth. A whopping 86% of those arrested were black or Latino, even though research consistently shows that young whites use at a higher rate, and 70% of those arrested were under the age of 30." According to Kyung Ji Rhee, Director of the Institute for Juvenile Reforms and Alternatives, "These 50,000 arrests for small amounts of marijuana can have devastating consequences for New Yorkers and their families, including: permanent criminal records, loss of financial aid, possible loss of child custody, loss of public housing and a host of other collateral damage. It's not a coincidence that the neighborhoods with high marijuana arrests are the same neighborhoods with high stop-and-frisks and high juvenile arrests."

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Feb
10

Health Officials Offer Ecstasy Safety Tips

"Laws are changing everything around us as well as the world that cannabis lives in. Sometimes it is time to sit down the bowl and really focus on the issues. Well then pick it back up, politics is stressful..."
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Its good to see that Health Officials in Southern California are offering safety guidelines on ecstasy use rather than just right out abstinence of the substance. The recent campaign started after a 15-year old girl died at a rave in the Los Angeles Coliseum last June. Health officials want to make sure that if people choose to partake in ex, that they do it safely. The pamphlets they distribute to local events offer safety tips such as taking frequent breaks from the action, staying hydrated, and not mixing ecstasy with other drugs. Of course, there are opponents to the movement that pronounce that the campaign is just an endorsement of illegal drug use. Looking to the future, it seems as if more areas in the U.S. could benefit from this Southern California initiative, as more and more people are experimenting with the drug, "In 2009, the NIDA estimated that 1.1. million people in the U.S. used ecstasy for the first time, which is a significant increase from the 894,000 first-time users reported in 2008." Source

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