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Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized?

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Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis on Tuesday pledged her support for medical marijuana and said that she would consider decriminalizing possession of “small amounts of the substance”. Now, I don’t what these small amounts would be, however, what i do know is that this will do a lot to decongest prisons.

Speaking to the Dallas Morning News, Davis said she would be taking a cautious approach to the whole issue.

“I want to wait and see what happens in Colorado,” she said. “Do I have any objections to the fact that citizens might want to legalize marijuana? No, I don’t. But I think watching to see how this experiment plays out in other states is probably advisable before I could tell you for sure.”

Current governor Rick Perry was also of the same idea that decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana would benefit the state immensely, however, he  is against the idea of legalizing marijuana.

“I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for,” she said. “Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.” he said.

From the above text we have seen that decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana will help to decongest prisons, however, do you think this is enough to make marijuana legal? Personally, I think the it will be a couple of months may be even a few years before marijuana is no longer considered an illegal substance let alone being allowed for recreational use. Of course the benefits of medical marijuana are clearly self evident. Here is an article we did we did on the benefits of medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana is know for its healing properties and is now clinically proven to treat and in some instances cure terminal diseases once thought of as incurable. Cancer, leukemia and seizures are just a few of these diseases. So what’s you take? When you look at the big picture, do you think America is ready for the decriminalizing of marijuana? I would love to hear you thoughts on the whole matter. Share them in the comments below.

 

Can Cannabis Cure Cancer?

can-cannabis-cure cancerThe evidence so far suggest that “the non-hallucinogenic parts of cannabis are potentially highly effective cancer drugs.”  This is according to a study by the Anticancer Research Institute. So if you thought that doctors and nurses were pulling your leg on this, you are wrong cannabis can cure cancer.

For some time now researchers have been studying the effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) on the brain and they are in agreement that this psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant contains healing elements that can treat and in some cases cure diseases and conditions once thought incurable.

Dr. Wai Lui of the department of Oncology, Division of Clinical Sciences at the St. George’s University of London explains:

“The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

“These agents are able to interfere with the development of cancerous cells, stopping them in their tracks and preventing them from growing. In some cases, by using specific dosage patterns, they can destroy cancer cells on their own.”

Dr. Wai Lui was one of the participating scientists in the study and his remarks are very encouraging. Of course, though THC acts against cancerous cells and kills them, the disadvantage of this psychoactive element is that it is a powerful hallucinogen. With a lot more funds being poured into research of cannabis and society becoming more open to the thought of this herb being used as a healing agent,  Dr Wai Lui and his team have been able to further their research and test a variety of non-hallucinogenic cannabis derived compounds with very positive results especially against blood cancer/leukemia.

This statement from Dr. Lui on the treatment of leukemia with cannabis on St George’s website reads:

“Of six cannabinoids studied, each demonstrated anti-cancer properties as effective as those seen in THC. Importantly, they had an increased effect on cancer cells when combined with each other.”

“This study is a critical step in unpicking the mysteries of cannabis as a source of medicine. The cannabinoids examined have minimal, if any, hallucinogenic side effects, and their properties as anti-cancer agents are promising.”

Now that is it very clear that cannabis can cure cancer, it remains to be seen whether more and more nations around the world will become more open to the legalization of marijuana.

photo credit © Milton Leite

 

How Does Marijuana Affect The Brain?

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Since the recreational use of marijuana became legal in the state of Colorado, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is “How does marijuana affect the brain?“.

To begin, it is important to understand how the brain processes THC.  Typically, after inhaling cannabis smoke or vapor, the chemical properties in the smoke/vapor are dispersed throughout your body.

THC the psychoactive element in the vapor/smoke will immediately reach your brain and begin to work. This explains why a simple puff can get you high. Most users describe this commencing feeling as relaxing and mellow which produces a feeling of obscurity and light headedness. Afterwards, feelings of paranoia and panic might be felt by the user. The interaction of THC and your brain is the major cause of these feelings.

Now that you know how your brain processes THC, you need to know which parts of your brain are affected by THC to have a clear understanding of its effects. The major things to know are:

  • Neurons-the cells that process information in the brain
  • The path on which these cells communicate is the neurotransmitters
  • Alien chemicals like THC can block actions of the neurotransmitters

Your brain’s functions depend on the effective interplay of the neurotransmitters whose major job it is to carry information between the cells.

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol will combine with the brain proteins referred to as the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. These proteins exist in large volumes in key areas of the brain where learning, pain perception, memory and reward processing occur.

So how will marijuana affect these areas of your brain? The truth is, you will need an experts opinion on this, however, what I can tell you is this, excessive use of cannabis during adolescents can generate lasting processes in your brain function especially in people who are at a greater risk of getting mental disorders.

Science has now proven that the continual use of cannabis especially during teen years can increase the risk of psychosis, decrease adulthood IQ amongst other problems.

Though it will take some time for marijuana to be accepted as an alternative treatment to chronic conditions, a lot is being done to educate the public on the positive aspect of this herb.

If you have any opinions or questions on how marijuana affects the brain, feel free to put them in the comments below and I will get back to you.

 

 

Marijuana and Hemp – What’s the difference?

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There is a lot of confusion surrounding marijuana and hemp and their benefits and I thought it best to shed some light on what these two herbs are. Both marijuana and hemp are forms/subspecies of the cannabis plant. They both contain essential elements (cannabinoids) found in the cannabis plant. The most popular of these cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Marijuana however, contains a higher THC and cannabinoid content than hemp.  Now that you know about these two varieties of the cannabis plant, it is best if I explain the difference between medical marijuana oil and hemp seed oil. Medical marijuana oil is also known as hemp oil. Hemp seed oil on the other hand is the oil that is released when seeds of the hemp plant are pressed together. Hemp seed oil is abundant in fatty oils that contain essential elements beneficial to your body. Hemp seed oil is easily accessible and can be purchased from health food stores. It’s easy to confuse hemp seed oil and hemp oil as most stores don’t differentiate on their labels. That said it is important to remember that medical marijuana or the real hemp oil is made from the buds of the female marijuana plant and it contains THC and cannabinoids that have essential healing properties. Its worth remembering that medical marijuana is also referred to as hemp oil, cannabis oil or hash oil just so you don’t get confused.

So what are the benefits of hemp oil/ medical marijuana oil?

Before I let you know about the benefits of hemp oil, here are a few things to ponder over:

  • Prescription drugs kill about 100,000 people in the world
  • There are no known recorded cases of death arising from cannabis use
  • Over ingestion of cannabis can actually save your life rather end it
  • Medical marijuana actually treats conditions that conventional medicine doesn’t

Pretty amazing don’t you think. The major benefit however is the enormous health conditions hemp oil is able to treat. Alzhemiers, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, depression, hepatitis c, cancer, AIDS and morning sickness are just a few of the diseases and conditions medical marijuana can treat. So as the debate rages on we would like to ask for your opinion on the continued legalization of medical marijuana across the nation. Do you think it is a good move?