For the first time ever, the World Health Organization is recommending the rescheduling of cannabis under international law in light of the increasing number of its well-established medical benefits. The shift comes following widespread moves toward legalization on the national level in places like Canada, Mexico, and Uruguay, and as the U.S. federal government increasingly signals an intention to tolerate state-level legalization.
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A common rebuttal to promotion of cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle is the assertion that cannabis is linked to mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, a connection that has come up again and again in research. Cannabis enthusiasts have always been skeptical about the causality involved - about whether cannabis actually causes schizophrenia. For their part, researchers have failed to firmly establish that causality. Now, according to Rolling Stone, a new study offers an explanation that validates what many cannabis advocates have long suspected.
There is plenty of misinformation surrounding the question of whether, and exactly how, cannabis can fight cancer. There’s no doubt that cannabis is the perfect way to counter some of the nastiest side effects of chemo therapy – namely, nausea and vomiting. Studies have also shown that cannabis consumption reduces the amount of pain medication needed by patients in clinical trials. As we all know, cannabis is also great for stimulating appetite. These are all great reasons for cancer patients to use cannabis, and there’s not much room for debate on these points – it may not work for everybody for these purposes, but it certainly works well for many.
Research from scientists at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities in Israel has shown that cannabidiol (CBD) can strengthen bones and help fractures heal more quickly – even without the help of THC or any other psychoactive cannabinoids. The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
The Compassionate Care Act was signed into law in July of 2014, amidst a national political climate that seemed to indicate increasingly relaxed views towards both medical and recreational cannabis. A number of western states (Colorado, Oregon, and Washington), as well as the District of Columbia, had recently legalized recreational cannabis, and it seemed that New York might be poised to be one of the first eastern states to put these new national attitudes into law.
With organizations like truth.org enlightening the public about the deadly researched effects of cigarette use through anti-tobacco ads, we have seen the number of cigarette smokers, particularly teens, decline dramatically. As marijuana becomes more mainstream, scientists are beginning to research the effects of cannabis smoke in addition to that of tobacco. The findings are not what you'd probably think...
For decades, maybe even hundreds of years, marijuana has been made synonymous with a plethora of false stereotypes that paint this plant as an addictive life-destroying drug. Yet, humans, and now even pet owners, have been advocating for the plant’s medicinal benefits. For pet owners, this doesn't mean including your dog into the blunt rotation or even putting a small edible into the kitty bowl. Instead, pet owners and medicinal marijuana companies have been synthesizing specially made doggie treats and using cannabis oils to treat ailing terminally ill pets and the results have been astounding.