In the following video interview by Natalie Mazurek (2nd year chemistry student), Dennis explains in chemistry terms, how the essential oil derived from cannabis kills cancer cells. In the interview Dennis states "how it was a trivial process using cannabis oil to cure himself of stage 3 prostate cancer. No side effects, just a feeling of well being"

Members of the Menominee Indian tribe, located in Wisconsin, voted 677 to 499 earlier this week to legalize recreational cannabis. Members also voted to legalize medical cannabis, 899 to 275. “This is new ground,” says Gary Besaw, Menominee chairman. “We have to start looking at developing best practices and draft ordinances to maximize the benefits we believe are possible and minimize the consequences we believe also are possible.” The Flandreau Santee Sioux , located in South Dakota, has taken a similar approach; the tribe plans to start selling cannabis to anyone 21 and older beginning this December . All of...Read more

Cannabidiol (CBD), a major non-psychotomimetic constituent of the cannabis plant, protects against cocaine-induced seizures, according to a study published by the U.S. National Institute of Health , and published in print by the journal Neurotoxicology . “[Cannabidiol] has therapeutic potential for certain psychiatric and neurological disorders”, states the study’s researchers. “Studies in laboratory animals and limited human trials indicate that CBD has anticonvulsant and neuroprotective properties. Its effects against cocaine neurotoxicity, however, have remained unclear.” Thus, the present study “tested the hypothesis that CBD protects against cocaine-induced seizures and investigated the underlying mechanisms.” Researchers found that “CBD (30mg/kg) pre-treatment increased...Read more

Black Lives Matter activists have endorsed an end to one of the most racially biased policies in the American legal system; cannabis prohibition. The group calling for the decriminalization of cannabis is part of their new Campaign ZERO . In addition to calling on Congress to pass legislation that would “end federal marijuana prohibition or end DEA enforcement of this prohibition”, they’re specifically calling for the passage of the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015 ( House Bill 1940 ) – sponsored by Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) – which would amend the U.S. Controlled Substances Act so that penalties related...Read more

Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine. Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, in a Friday interview on the Washington Journal , expressed support for putting an end to the war on drugs by legalizing illegal substances, not just cannabis. During a segment on synthetic cannabinoids, a caller stated that drug prohibition is a civil liberties issue, and “when people want to consume substances that alter their state of consciousness they should be allowed to. Now, if you didn’t have such a crackdown on drugs like marijuana, cocaine and heroin, there wouldn’t even be a market for synthetic drugs.” Racine responded by...Read more

A new study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry , and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health , has found that cannabis may protect neurons and greatly improve motor recovery during an ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke is caused by damage to the brain due to an interruption of its blood supply. “Brain ischemia produces neuronal cell death and the recruitment of pro-inflammatory cells”, states the study’s abstract. “In turn, the search for neuroprotection against this type of insult has rendered results involving a beneficial role of endocannabinoid receptor agonists in the Central Nervous System.” For the...Read more

A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling , and commissioned by Marijuana Majority , has found that a vast majority of registered voters in Iowa and New Hampshire – the first two states to vote in next year’s presidential primary election – support allowing states to decide their own cannabis policies without federal interference. According to the poll, 71% of Iowa voters – including 64% of Republicans – are in favor of states deciding their own cannabis laws without fear of federal intrusion. Just 13% are in support of the federal government enforcing federal cannabis laws in states that...Read more

A new study conducted at the University of Georgia paints a clear picture of how cannabis prices vary throughout the United States. For the study, researcher Mingshu Wang used the website Price of Weed , examining nearly 300,000 entries of cannabis prices through the contiguous United States. He found that cannabis prices were cheapest in Oregon, with an average-priced ounce going for $190, well below the national average of $284. The state with the highest average cannabis prices was North Dakota, at $361 an ounce. Below is a map from the study: The full study, which is just a few...Read more

An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Florida, put forth by the group Regulate Florida , has received approval from the state, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place it on next year’s ballot. The initiative – titled the Florida Cannabis Act – would make it so that “possessing, using, displaying, purchasing, or transporting one ounce or less of cannabis” is entirely legal for those 21 and older. The personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants would also be allowed, and state-licensed retail outlets would be authorized to distribute the plant. In order...Read more

Click picture to enlarge. A new report released by the United State Sentencing Commission , titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014 , shows that the largest share of federal criminal cases are drug-related, with over a quarter of those cases related to cannabis. According to the report, 31.7% of all federal criminal cases in 2014 were drug-related, twelve times the number of cases involving child pornography. The second most common category is immigration, which accounts for 29.3% of all federal criminal cases. Next in line is firearms and fraud, both accounting for around 10%, followed by “non-fraud...Read more

In July , the Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel , a panel that consists of all but one licensed physician, voted 4 to 2 to recommend adding autism as a condition that qualifies an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient. Despite this recommendation, Mike Zimmer, Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (who was appointed by Governor Rick Synder), has rejected the recommendation, and refused to allow autism to become a qualifying condition (Zimmer has final say on the matter). In his decision – which he outlined in a four-page paper titled Final Determination of...Read more

Cannabinoids can increase a cancer cell’s susceptibility to cytolysis, which occurs when a cell bursts due to an imbalance, according to a study published by the journal Biochemical Pharmacology , and published online by the National Institute of Health.
“Using lung cancer cell lines (A549, H460) and metastatic cells derived from a lung cancer patient, the present study addressed the impact of cannabinoid-induced ICAM-1 on cancer cell adhesion to lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells and LAK cell-mediated cytotoxicity”, the study’s abstract states. It continues; “Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, enhanced the susceptibility of cancer cells to adhere to and subsequently lysed...Read more

Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found exclusively in the cannabis plant, may treat acne, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation , and published online by the National Institute of Health . For the study, researchers used cannabidiol derived from cannabis on human sebaceous gland function (glands that secrete an oily or waxy matter to lubricate the skin and hair), and determined that CBD is effective in deterring the acne that this secretion can cause. “Administration of CBD to cultured human sebocytes and human skin organ culture inhibited the lipogenic actions of various compounds, including arachidonic acid...Read more

By Robert Bergman, Diseases on marijuana plants and infections usually create the worst possible issues for your plants. They have a tendency to be much harder to treat than pests. Diseases in your plants will usually come in one of two major categories: fungal or bacterial. Fungal diseases are often caused by environments that are too damp or humid, or places which lack airflow. Fungal spores float around in the air looking for a suitably damp place to root down and if the environment is right, that suitably damp place might be on your cannabis plant. Bacterial infections are...Read more

In less than 5 weeks, on October 1st, Oregon will become the the 3rd state in the U.S. to allow recreational cannabis to be legally sold to those 21 and older, following Colorado and Washington. On July 1st, thanks to last year’s passage of Measure 91 , the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis became legal for those 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets, licensed and regulated by the state, were also legalized, though they aren’t expected to open until sometime next year. However, Governor Kate Riley in July signed a law allowing recreational cannabis to be sold in the...Read more

Earlier this week the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) released its annual list of the “ Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers ” in the United States, with President Barack Obama topping the list. The list is available below and by clicking here . “About one out of every two Americans has used marijuana, including a whole lot of very successful people,” said Mason Tvert, MPP’s director of communications. “There are a lot more out there that we don’t know about because it is illegal. Marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol. Adults who use it responsibly should not have...Read more

A n ew study published recently by the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine has found that cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis, can prevent seizures in those with chronic epilepsy, and can decreased neuronal damage caused by seizures. The study was also published by the U.S. National Institute of Health. “The study was designed to investigate the effect of various concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD) in rats with chronic epilepsy”, states the study’s abstract. “The chronic epilepsy rat model was prepared by intraperitoneally injecting pentylenetetrazole to the rats pre-treated with CBD (10, 20 and 50 mg/kg) for 28...Read more

A new study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine details what the most common consumption methods are among current cannabis consumers, finding that the use of pipes is the most common, followed closely (as in only a 0.3% difference) by the use of joints. For the study, researchers from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Emory University assessed survey data from thousands of people aged 18 and older in regards to their method of consumption for cannabis and their current reason for using the plant. According to researchers; “Overall, 7.2 percent of respondents...Read more

Cannabis being decriminalized in California has resulted in a reduction in crime, drug overdoses, driving under the influence, suicides and school dropouts among teenagers, according to a study released by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice ( CJCJ ). According to the study, California saw a 22% reduction in school dropouts among teenagers two years after they decriminalized the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, which occurred in 2010. There was also a 20% reduction in drug overdose deaths (despite their being a 4% overall increase in overdose deaths in the U.S. during the same period), and...Read more

A widely unpublicized study published in the European Journal of Nutrition shows that hemp seeds may not only treat hypertension (high blood pressure), they may have the ability to prevent it as well. “This work determined the ability of hemp seed meal protein hydrolysate (HMH)-containing diets to attenuate elevated blood pressure (hypertension) development in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)”, states the study’s abstract. According to researchers; “The results suggest that HMH with strong hypotensive effects in SHRs could be used as a therapeutic agent for both the prevention and treatment of hypertension.” The study, which can be found by clicking here ...Read more

Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who’s been in prison for over 20 years serving life without parole for a cannabis charge, will be set free tomorrow, September 1st. Jeff, who was arrested in 1993 on his third non-violent cannabis-related charge, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole as part of the state’s three-strike law, had his sentence commuted by Governor Jay Nixon in May, which led to a parole hearing on August 6th. Officials quickly decided to grant Mizanskey parole after being imprisoned for 21 years. Jeff, who’s 61-years old, will officially walk free from Jefferson City Correctional...Read more

In a landmark ruling Colombia’s Supreme Court has decriminalized the cultivation of up to 20 cannabis plants, making it no longer a criminal or civil offense. In Colombia, the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis was decriminalized in 2012, though the cultivation of cannabis wasn’t. In their ruling the Court threw out a charge against a man who was caught with a recently cut plant that weighed 124 grams. The Court ruled that since the cannabis was for personal use, it’s not a crime, and that anyone else in the country that cultivates up to 20 plants is...Read more

A strain of legal recreational cannabis sold in Washington called Space Needle. When legal recreational cannabis sales began in Washington State last year, cannabis was selling for $25 – $30 a gram, two to three times the average cost found on the blackmarket. Now, with dozens of stores open throughout the state, and with a restructured tax system, prices have plummeted to an average of $11, according to the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board . When legal cannabis sales began on July 8th last year, there were just a handful of cannabis outlets open. Now there are 164 outlets reporting...Read more

New data released by Colorado’s Department of Revenue shows that legal cannabis is being purchased in the state at double the rate it was last year. In total, the state has garnered $60.6 million in taxes and fees from legal cannabis between January and June of this year, double the roughly $29 million garnered during the same period last year. These numbers include taxes and fees garnered from both recreational and medical cannabis. In Colorado there are three state taxes placed on recreational cannabis; a standard 2.9% sales tax, a 10% special cannabis sales tax and a 15 percent excise...Read more