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Marijuana May Be Even Safer Than Previously Thought

Drug bottle containing cannabis.jpgWhat, Reefer Madness isn’t true? From Wonkblog:

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine.

And all the way at the bottom of the list? Weed — roughly 114 times less deadly than booze, according to the authors, who ran calculations that compared lethal doses of a given substance with the amount that a typical person uses. Marijuana is also the only drug studied that posed a low mortality risk to its users.

These findings reinforce drug-safety rankings developed 10 years agounder a slightly different methodology.

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The Pink Pill: Viagra for the Female Brain

Nicknamed the “little pink pill,” flibanserin may be the female Viagra, the first drug intended to enhance the libido of women. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric reports:

Thirty-year-old Katherine Campbell has no desire for sex. “After my first son was born, I noticed it right away. It was there one day, gone the next,” Campbell tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. The married mother of two says she suffers from hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a condition characterized by chronic low libido in women. Experts in the field say it’s related to brain function.

“We know there is this area of the limbic system that is associated with the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine that is functioning differently in the women with HSDD,” says Leah Millheiser, MD, director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford School of Medicine.

A company called Sprout Pharmaceuticals has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to approve its experimental drug, which would be the first treatment of its kind for this problem.

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Smoking Skunk Triples Chances of Psychosis

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Hey stoners, did you know that smoking your favorite skunk weed triples your chances of psychosis? From BBC News:

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King’s College London.

The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users.

The study of 780 people was carried out by KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

A Home Office spokesman said the report underlines the reasons why cannabis is illegal.

Scientists found the risk of psychosis was five times higher for those who use it every day compared with non-users.

They also concluded the use of hash, a milder form of the drug, was not associated with increased risk of psychosis.

Psychosis refers to delusions or hallucinations that can be present in certain psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Florida Officials Push New Kratom Education Initiative

"Kratom tree" by ThorPorre - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Kratom tree” by ThorPorreOwn work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Keith Edley via entheology.com:

A recent Sun Sentinel article marked a potential turning point in the hysteria that has recently engulfed West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, and nearby Florida towns regarding kratom. A herbal supplement that has risen in popularity, kratom is now offered at Florida kava bars, convenience stores, and gas stations [7]. The suicide of a 20-year-old Boynton Beach man, Ian Mautner, is promising to become a flashpoint for the issue of kratom’s safety and regulation after several news reports highlighted the fact that he was a kratom user, a factor his mother has argued led him to take his own life [7]. However, the most recent developments in the story indicate that Palm Beach County officials are backing away from an outright ban on kratom and may instead implement educational initiatives to teach consumers about kratom, its effects, and its potential risks [7].

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Mysterious Space Seed ‘may be proof aliens are watching us and created life on Earth’

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Jonathan Symcox via The Mirror:

Scientists in the UK say this microscopic metal globe could be proof that aliens are watching us.

Balloons sent 27km into the stratosphere to collect debris came back with the object, no bigger than the width of a human hair.

Professor Milton Wainwright, leader of the joint study by the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology and University of Sheffield, said the structure is made from titanium and vanadium metals and has a biological “gooey” substance oozing from it.

Scientists believe it could contain genetic material used to propagate alien life on Earth.

“It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre,” he told the Daily Express website.

“We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium.

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The Movement To Completely Change The Way You Get High

“Cannabis is joining the coca leaf in the ranks of drugs improved by technology,” claims Cece Lederer at Kernel:

“I’ve got something special for us,” A.J. said as I cued up my recording device. “Have you ever done dabs?”

A.J. is about as close to weed royalty as you can get. If you’ve heard of Sour Diesel, you’ve heard of him. He’s cultivated some of the most potent strains of marijuana and has large-scale grow facilities clamoring for his advice.

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Butane honey oil with cannabis sativa exterior trimmings, by Vjiced (CC)

Careful to keep it horizontal, he unzipped a rolling suitcase and took out a blowtorch. Then came the “rig.” At first it looked like a regular water pipe, but instead of a slide, there was a ceramic “nail” that resembled a bird bath for a dollhouse.

Then came the jars. “The flavor is in the liquid,” he said as he put a jar of brown oil on my coffee table.

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The 3 deadliest drugs in America are all totally legal

via Vox Media.

via Vox.

German Lopez via Vox:

As the US debates drug policy reforms and marijuana legalization, there’s one aspect of the war on drugs that remains perplexingly contradictory: some of the most dangerous drugs in the US are legal.

Don’t believe it? The available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows tobacco, alcohol, and opioid-based prescription painkillers were responsible for more direct deaths than any other drug in 2011. This chart compares those drug deaths with the best available data for cocaine, heroin, and marijuana deaths [show above].

Now, this chart isn’t a perfect comparison across the board. One driver of tobacco and alcohol deaths is that both substances are legal and easily available. Other substances would likely be far deadlier if they were as available as tobacco and alcohol. (Heroin-linked deaths in particular have been trending up since 2010, topping 8,200 in 2013 and making heroin deadlier overall than cocaine.) And federal data excludes some deaths, particularly less direct illicit drug deaths, which is why the chart focuses on direct health complications for all drugs.

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Decalcifying Your Pineal Gland W/ Dr. Dennis McKenna

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Disinfonauts!

On this edition of the Gabriel D. Roberts podcast, Gabriel interviews Dr. Dennis McKenna and asks the questions you’ve been wanting answers to! Was Terence McKenna a CIA/FBI operative? Can you de-gunk your pineal gland? Was Terence afraid of taking Mushrooms after an existential crisis? What is the state of psychedelic research now? These questions and more will be answered in this motherland of a podcast.

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Prehistoric High Times: Early Humans Used Magic Mushrooms, Opium

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By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe via LiveScience:

Opium, “magic” mushrooms and other psychoactive substances have been used since prehistoric times all over the world, according to a new review of archaeological findings.

The evidence shows that people have been consuming psychoactive substances for centuries, or even millennia, in many regions of the world, said Elisa Guerra-Doce, an associate professor of prehistory at the University of Valladolid in Spain, who wrote the review.

Guerra-Doce’s previous research showed the use of psychoactive substances in prehistoric Eurasia. The new review “brings together data related to the early use of drug plants and fermented beverages all over the world,” Guerra-Doce told Live Science.

For example, the evidence shows that people have been chewing the leaves of a plant called the betel since at least 2660 B.C., according to Guerra-Doce’s report. The plant contains chemicals that have stimulant- and euphoria-inducing properties, and these days is mostly consumed in Asia.

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