Parents of some autistic children report that cannabis eases behavioral problems more effectively than conventional pharmaceuticals. Their anecdotal evidence should be taken seriously by medical researchers.
Autism is one of a group of conditions known as pervasive developmental disorders. This mysterious disability, first described and named more than 60 years ago, is characterized by striking emotional and cognitive isolation and detachment.
An exploration of the science behind Cannabis is featured in the June issue of National Geographic.
(on sale May 26)
Along with a video about children caught up in the Medical Cannabis Debate, NatGeo also includes photos of those involved in the business of Medical Cannabis, including harvesters and children who benefit from oils derived from Cannabis Plants.
Although many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, some states have decriminalized the possession of certain amounts of marijuana, and four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, bipartisan support for the drug war throughout the United States continues unabated and unquestioned.
Back in the 1930s, the arguments to criminalize cannabis were bizarre and openly racist. The anti-pot crusader Harry Anslinger made all sorts of over-the-top claims, such as, “Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters.”
Nowadays more than 100 million Americans say they’ve smoked pot, millions use cannabis regularly to treat illnesses and it is as legal as alcohol in four U.S. states.
From fostering crazy orgies and conversations with Satan, to sheer insanity, in the early 20th Century it seemed there was little that marijuana couldn’t do to ruin your life.
This anti-reefer hysteria was, at least in part, the product of belligerent Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner Harry J. Anslinger’s “call to arms” campaign against the plant commencing in the 1930s. Thanks to his strategic use of mass media and emotionally jarring headlines - often steeped in racism - anti-marijuana propaganda spread from Sea to shining Sea.
Cannabis clubs are associations that distribute and stock up on cannabis among their members, all of them of legal age. They function in the private sphere, thus reducing the risks associated with the black market and indiscriminate growing.
These not-for-profit associations have arisen in countries where marijuana use has been decriminalized – as in the case of Spain – to cover the needs of users who may have the right to consume, but not the right to grow or have restricted rights to do so.
Throughout the decades since cannabis prohibition began in 1937, its use by humans has been largely misunderstood due to a lack of research, funding and legality.
This has left us guessing as to why certain species – or, more accurately, different strains – of the same plant elicit varying effects when consumed. Many hypotheses have been put forward over the years with most centering upon either differences between species, or cannabinoid ratios.
As new technologies deliver alternatives to smoking dried cannabis flowers, the process of getting high can get complicated depending on the alternative method. For vaporizers, a variety of online sources claim to know the best temperature settings for individual cannabinoids and terpenoids, but how trustworthy is that data?
When researchers in the Netherlands set out to determine the effectiveness of vaporizers for THC and CBD administration, they went for an old classic in the market: the tried-and-true Volcano.
The same technology that allows you to store a mix drink in powdered form, works for THC as well.
“Powdered alcohol,” as it's called, was first patented in 1972 but didn’t gain approval by the FDA until March 10, 2014. “Palcohol” takes advantage of a class of chemicals known as cyclodextrins. These cyclic structures of sugar molecules are known to absorb other compounds into the center of their rings.