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133% leap in children admitted to ER for marijuana, study finds - CNN

 

 

This is an insightful read from CNN citing new research from France. It reports that as attitudes about marijuana shift around the world, researchers are warning parents that it’s risky to keep it around children, especially those who are too young to know what it is. 185 more words

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New Zealand Just Made It Legal For Doctors To Prescribe CBD Oil

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Today, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced that doctors will no longer need the government’s approval to prescribe CBD oil to patients – the non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. 424 more words

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NEW ZEALAND JUST MADE IT LEGAL FOR DOCTORS TO PRESCRIBE CBD OIL

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Today, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced that doctors will no longer need the government’s approval to prescribe CBD oil to patients – the non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant.

All around the world, people are using cannabis to treat a variety of afflictions. From using cannabidiol (CBD) to cure cancer and alleviate seizures to smoking the flower to reduce depression and feelings of anxiety, it has been proven time and time again to be a medicine, not a drug. Fortunately, it seems New Zealand – a country of extraordinary beauty – is catching on.

On June 2, 2017, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne announced that doctors will no longer need the government’s approval to prescribe CBD oil to patients – the non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. Dunne said that restrictions on its use would be removed. Until now, the herb has been classed as a controlled drug – similar to the U.S., where it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. 

“I have taken advice from the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) that CBD should not be a controlled drug and am pleased Cabinet has now accepted my recommendation to make this change,” said Dunne.”Therefore, I am now taking steps to remove restrictions accordingly.”

“In practical terms, the changes mean CBD would be able to be prescribed by a doctor to their patient and supplied in a manner similar to any other prescription medicine,” he added.

Doctors will be able to prescribe up to three months’ supply of CBD to qualified patients. Understandably, this is being lauded as a big win for marijuana activists who desire to see the herb decriminalized worldwide, as it has killed 0 people and it is impossible to overdose on.

One main challenge to this new development is importing medical marijuana, as there is a limited range of medical-grade CBD products in New Zealand. Additionally, strict limits exist preventing countries from importing and exporting concentrates or the flower.

“However, we do know of at least one CBD product in development made to high manufacturing standards that will contain two per cent or less of the other cannabinoids found in cannabis,” Dunne said.

As the NZ Herald reports, CBD was first allowed to be used in New Zealand when Dunne gave approval for teenager Alex Renton to use it in his last months of life. At the time, NZ Drug Foundation director Ross Bell applauded the decision.

”It represents another positive move forward to remove some of the barriers that patients are faced with in accessing medical cannabis products,” said Bell.

Now, many more people will gain access to this herb that offers profound medical benefits. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

Ben And Jerry's Celebrate Bob Marley With One Love Flavor

A report by Steve Baltin for Forbes.

The night of the horrific Manchester bombing at the Ariana Grande concert (May 22) a press event was already scheduled in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of Ben & Jerry’s One Love, a banana-flavored ice cream with graham cracker swirls and fudge peace signs named in honor of reggae icon Bob Marley. 818 more words

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BEN AND JERRY’S CELEBRATE BOB MARLEY WITH ONE LOVE FLAVOR

051117-ben-jerrys-one-love-lead.jpg A report by Steve Baltin for Forbes. The night of the horrific Manchester bombing at the Ariana Grande concert (May 22) a press event was already scheduled in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of Ben & Jerry’s One Love, a banana-flavored ice cream with graham cracker swirls and fudge peace signs named in honor of reggae icon Bob Marley. Held at the iconic Roxy, the event featured a performance from Marley’s son Ziggy, a kids’ choir to highlight the ice cream’s philanthropic component – which benefits the Bob Marley One Love Youth Camp —  and, of course, samples of the ice cream. The relationship between Ben & Jerry’s and music is nothing new. The company, of course, came to fame in part with Cherry Garcia, created 30 years ago as a tribute to the late Grateful Dead guitarist. Then over the years they have partnered with or celebrated such musical heroes as Willie Nelson, Elton John, Dave Matthews and more.
But while these partnerships are not new, they remain very exclusive to some of  music’s most iconic brands. I spoke with Ziggy Marley and Jerry Greenfield about the ice cream and how to go on with an event about positivity already scheduled when the chaos of the world interjects. Steve Baltin: Is it now hard to get excited for an event like this? Ziggy Marley: That’s the whole motive, to get you down, but we have to stay up.
Jerry Greenfield: We were talking about that too, that this message of One Love is more important, more relevant than ever. The idea of people being together, love and social justice, it’s needed more than ever. Marley: They cannot stop it, they cannot stop the positive, they cannot stop it. They try and they try and try, but One Love Ben & Jerry ice cream, they cannot stop it (laugh). Baltin: Where did the idea originally come from? Greenfield: I think the idea initially came last year from Ben & Jerry’s in the U.K. The idea coming to team with the Marley family and the Bob Marley Foundation because of the values and the legacy of Bob Marley and the idea of equality and people working together just seemed like such a good fit for Ben & Jerry’s because the company has tried to espouse those values. So the flavor was out last year and I think we were all so happy with it that we wanted to bring it here. Marley: I’ve been a fan of Ben & Jerry’s for a long time before even this was happening. I always kind of felt like [there was] something about them that was different. I didn’t even know if Ben & Jerry was real (crack up). So then I met Jerry today so I know they’re real. But I always felt like there’s something behind it, there’s something about this brand that’s more than, “Here’s some ice cream, eat some ice cream.” There’s something there so I felt there was a camaraderie there that made it a good partnership for us. Baltin: Jerry, could you have ever imagined as a music fan that one day you’d be working with Bob Marley’s family? Greenfield: No, this is amazing. Music is this wonderful vehicle and powerful thing, then when you combine it with the message, the heart, the love, that comes through, it’s transcendent. And to be able to connect with that, along with a delicious ice cream, which is, in its own funny little way, more than just food. It’s a very emotional thing for people and I think to be able to have music and ice cream is a really nice way to reach people, to have us all understand that we’re all part of something bigger. Baltin: It’s true I guess. I had never thought of it that way, but ice cream is comfort food. That’s why in so many movies there is the cliché scene of eating ice cream after a breakup.   Greenfield: We were voted best breakup ice cream, Chocolate Therapy. Marley: I love ice cream, whatever flavor. I really like this flavor. We had to talk about this, we had to have a little input, we couldn’t just leave Jerry and Ben to it. Baltin: Talk about the relationship between the company and the family. Greenfield: I met Ziggy’s kids briefly and we’re working on trying to get the kids to Vermont during the summer to bring them to the ice cream factory and seeing if they can work on coming up with their own flavor, small test batch. It’s not ready to go to market yet. Baltin: What makes this flavor special? Greenfield: It’s amazing, you can’t really find a banana ice cream. Marley: And then there are little [chocolate] peace signs in there too. It’s a simple thing, but you don’t know how significant that can be. A child eating an ice cream can see that, “Oh, daddy, what’s this thing?” “Oh, it’s a peace sign.” Then discussions start, explanations, so these things can be more than a simple ice cream.

State Supreme Court Justice Just Called for the Release of All Those in Prison for Cannabis

Source: State Supreme Court Justice Just Called for the Release of All Those in Prison for Cannabis

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By Justin Gardner

May 22, 2017

Amid the seemingly constant bad news about rising international tensions and the crushing police/surveillance state at home, one bright spot remains. 636 more words

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State Supreme Court Justice Just Called for the Release of All Those in Prison for Cannabis

Source: State Supreme Court Justice Just Called for the Release of All Those in Prison for Cannabis thefreethoughtproject.com
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  Amid the seemingly constant bad news about rising international tensions and the crushing police/surveillance state at home, one bright spot remains. Cannabis decriminalization keeps on sweeping the U.S. – as, according to polls, almost no one believes cannabis should be illegal. It is well known that the war on drugs serves no purpose but to enrich and empower the police state and the corporatocracy. On the other hand, cannabis legalization has provided tremendous benefits to the people. Medical cannabis is proving to successfully treat an ever-growing number of physical and mental ailments, without the side harmful side-effects of pharmaceutical products. While it is not a panacea, medical cannabis is giving life to children where before they were expected to die, allowing children to finally stop having debilitating seizures, and allowing war veterans to find treatment for PTSD where none other exists, to name just a few. Freedom is even greater in the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis use. If this weren’t enough, legal pot is providing incredible economic boosts, such as in Colorado where the cannabis industry is boosting the economy more than any other industry. More and more of those in government are getting it, and they’re not afraid to speak out or even act in the noblest of manners, such as Georgia Rep. Allen Peake who skirts the law to distribute Colorado medical cannabis to suffering children in his state. Add Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill to the list. In a recent speech, the enlightened judge said cannabis should be legalized and all non-violent cannabis offenders should be released from jail.

The time has come for new thinking,” O’Neill said. “We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass.

O’Neill says legalization and prisoner release would generate $350 million that would be used to treat drug addiction instead of criminalizing it, as well as create a mental health network to combat addiction. “Treat addiction like the disease it is in the name of compassion,” he said. O’Neill is pondering a run for Ohio governor, but won’t make a decision until the end of the year. Even if he doesn’t run, his remarks inject some much-needed substance into the race, and should spur the candidates to put their positions on the record. Ohio legalized medical pot in Sept. 2016, although legal sales won’t begin for at least a year. Ohio will have dispensaries and cultivation centers to provide medical products for a host of qualifying conditions. O’Neill’s call to legalize all cannabis use, like alcohol and tobacco, and release non-violent cannabis “offenders” is a natural progression in rational thought. As far as drugs go, we know that alcohol and tobacco use kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, while no one has ever been known to die from the use of cannabis. How can the State logically defend the legal status of more dangerous drugs (with little to no medical benefit) while a harmless, medically beneficial one is illegal? If there is no rational basis, and cannabis was completely legalized, then it follows that there is no rational basis for holding non-violent users and sellers of a natural plant in jail. Pretty simple, but too many politicians still cling to the injustice of prohibition, even though we know the drug war was started to oppress minorities and suppress political dissent. They continue supporting the War on Drugs even though it has not achieved any of its stated goals, after five decades and $1 trillion being spent. If Justice O’Neill ends up running for governor, his chances will certainly be boosted by calling for the freedom and economic boost that is legal cannabis.
Justin Gardner is a peaceful free-thinker with a background in the biological sciences. He is interested in bringing rationality back into the national discourse, and independent journalism as a challenge to the status quo.

Once upon a time I had a cooking blog

It is true, I had a cooking blog. I love to cook and enjoyed writing about it. I shared some of my European recipes with my blogging friends. 471 more words

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Once upon a time I had a cooking blog

  It is true, I had a cooking blog. I love to cook and enjoyed writing about it. I shared some of my European recipes with my blogging friends. The blog was called “Bringing worlds together in my kitchen.” Then life threw me another curveball. Three years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder and I knew right from the start that my life would change -in more than one way. I was in agony, wanted to roll up in a ball and stay in bed for days. Image result for rheumatoid arthritis quotes I refused the heavy medications right from the start; my instinct told me to look for alternative ways first. I found doctors who agreed with me, sadly, none of them were here in the U.S. You are what you eat…I couldn’t help but think about the old saying. Perhaps I had eaten too many good meals and had to pay the price now. I stopped my cooking blog at the moment I changed my diet. It was a long road until I found out that too much protein hurt me. All those low carb diets that I had followed over the years were biting me in the butt. Then, finally, I found a doctor in California who believed what so many all over the word are saying. Food and the way we eat are influencing our overall well-being more than we think. They say you have to change your lifestyle for six months before you will see any results and turns out THEY are right. Also, come to find out, six months is a damn long time if you give up what you thought you couldn’t live without. I gave up chicken and eggs; I gave up dairy and caffeine -what was the hardest thing to do. Today we eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of fish and no processed food. Luckily, I can buy healthy meat at a nearby farm. Occasionally I slip, mostly around the Holidays, and then I start hurting again within a few hours. Today I live a good life, there is hardly any pain. I don’t take any medications other that vitamins and supplements. Every six month I go to a checkup, just to piss my doctors off, the ones that didn’t have any time, when I wanted to show them all my research. I feel sorry for all the patients in the waiting room who have to take heavy medication to suppress a sick immune system even more. Drugs, that work like chemotherapy, with side effects longer than my arm. I have no right to talk to them, but I wish I could. I am not saying all medications are bad, not at all. Some we have to take, there is just no way around. But I do wish we would eventually acknowledge that there might be alternatives before we fire the big guns. It’s not easy, but it’s possible. More about my cooking blog tomorrow… Related image

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Two days of high riding from the coastal city of Kochi to the hill station of Munnar in Kerala, India.

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What Do You Think Would Make You Happier, Prozac or Medical Marijuana?

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What Do You Think Would Make You Happier, Prozac or Medical Marijuana?

Source: What Do You Think Would Make You Happier, Prozac or Medical Marijuana? | Alternet alternet.org By Fred Gardner / Project CBD April 20, 2017
“In a country that pushes Prozac on shy teenagers, all marijuana use is medical.”
I was working at UCSF and writing “Notes From the City” for the Anderson Valley Advertiser. At one point I wanted to get Dennis’ take on Prozac and went over to his club on Church Street. (I went there rarely. I was afraid to share a joint with people with AIDS, but I didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings by not taking a hit. In ’96, when I started covering the Prop 215 campaign and hanging out at 1444 Market St., the club’s ultimate site, I would pinch a proffered joint ‘twixt thumb and forefinger so that it didn’t actually touch my precious lips as I drew in. After a while I gave up and started taking normal hits.) “Half the people I talk to are on Prozac,” said Dennis with amused astonishment. “I can almost always tell because they get so chattery. People who used to never say a word, suddenly they’re talking talking talking… ‘Are you on Prozac?’ ‘I was but now I’m on Paxil…’” This is the context in which Dennis said, “In a country that pushes Prozac on shy teenagers, all marijuana use is medical.” It was a brilliant line that simultaneously questioned and exploited the definitions of illness that Big PhRMA and the medical establishment were promoting. Political jiu-jitsu! Dennis’ detractors snipped off his prefatory clause and then mocked him for making an absurd overstatement. Dennis being a rapscallion, instead of protesting, started using the shorter version: “All marijuana use is medical!” His original line, with its reference to Prozac and shyness, was and is the best response to the cynics who have put down the medical marijuana movement all these years. Federal Depression Guidelines mirrored Eli Lilly’s Prozac graphics. The Accidental Beneficiary The medical marijuana movement-that-became-an-industry has been the accidental beneficiary of Eli Lilly’s campaign to vastly expand the definition of the “medical use” of drugs. The goal of that campaign, Alexander Cockburn and I wrote in a book proposal that went nowhere, was “convincing the American people that there is a medical illness called clinical depression that results from a chemical imbalance in the brain and that is treatable by drugs. The campaign is advanced by the psychiatric establishment and the federal government. Its goals include encouraging physicians to diagnose clinical depression more frequently and keeping the American people convinced that the spreading mass misery is just so many individual cases of ‘chemical imbalance,’ correctable by drugs.” Eli Lilly underwrote “National Depression Screening Day” and flooded the media with quizzes to identify untreated depressives. Five yesses meant you had a serious-but-treatable illness and should see your doctor.The symptoms were worded to widen the Prozac catchment area.What American grown-up could answer these questions honestly and not come up with fives yesses? 1. “Changes in appetite and weight” is vague, contradictory, and all embracing. Whether you’re gaining weight or losing weight, you’re a potential customer. 2. “Disturbed sleep” is similarly vague, contradictory and all-embracing—sleeping too much and sleeping too little. In any case, it’s a common symptom of aging. 3. “Motor retardation or agitation” is contradictory, vague and all-embracing. Going too slow or too fast? We have a pill for that. 4. “Fatigue and loss of energy.” Fatigue results from overwork and/or lack of sleep. Loss of energy can be the result of the sedentary lifestyle that most Americans are forced into. Our work is “increasingly remote from physical effort,” psychoanalyst Joel Kovel points out, “and more and more a matter of supervising technical processes, watching over the sales, distribution and wasting of commodities, and dealing with human interaction itself.” 5. “Depressed or irritable mood.” To say that feeling depressed is a defining symptom of clinical depression is a syllogism. And even when the real-world causes of a patient’s “depressed or irritable mood” may be very obvious—loss of a job, a relationship on the rocks, kid trouble, etc.—the resultant diagnosis, “Clinical Depression,” implies that his or her internal psychological condition was causal. Frederick Goodwin, formerly the U.S. government’s top psychiatrist, said in an interview (with this FG) that an episode of major depression is one of “relentless duration—week after week. You can have a grief reaction that can be every bit as intense as a clinical depression. But it doesn’t last. Depressions stick around…” A key to defining depression, he reiterated, was “Duration. Duration measured in weeks and months rather than days.” A few weeks? A few months? Is that ‘relentless duration’ in your world, doctor? In our world grief reactions last for years, decades, lifetimes, generations! 6. “Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities.” This can be associated with physical aging and/or deteriorating quality of life. For example, you may no longer take pleasure in swimming at a beach after you’ve noticed raw sewage bobbing in the waves. You may not find driving as pleasurable now that there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic and the commute that once took 20 minutes takes an hour. 7. “Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, excessive guilt.” Such feelings are the lot of millions in an economy characterized by “downsizing.” Men who can’t afford to provide for their families tend to feel worthless. Women who leave their infants in day care tend to agonize over the decision and feel self-reproach. People living from pay-check to pay-check tend to feel hopeless about the future. 8. “Thoughts of suicide or death.” A suicide attempt is obviously a sign of major depression; but occasional “thoughts of… death” are inescapable. 9. “Difficulty thinking or concentrating.” A function of the speed and stress of our culture. Social media hasn’t helped. Is Anybody Happy? People exist—we thrive or suffer—in families and other groups. “Clinical depression” is almost always rooted in some form of loneliness and/or insecurity. Alfred Adler nailed it: happiness is a function of having friends, family and meaningful work. By taking a pill that leaves more serotonin in their synapses—or a dab that augments cannabinoid tone—individuals may achieve a substitute “happiness” without changing the conditions or even the circumstances that made them miserable. Loneliness and economic insecurity can be diminished only by political means. If we had a system that didn’t encourage so much moving around and a culture that valued the extended family, millions of people wouldn’t feel isolated. If the economic goal was to produce life’s necessities in a sustainable way, millions of people wouldn’t be impoverished and hopeless.
Fred Gardner is putting the history of the medical marijuana movement online at beyondthc.com. Contact him here.