Barry and the Wacky Weedus
Obama escalates the War on Drugs
Published: June 12, 2013
MORE MARIJUANA SCIENCE: Israel has shown itself to be further along in taking a scientific look at medical marijuana than the United States. Most of the information on CBD, a substance in marijuana with therapeutic potential that does not get you high, seems to be coming from there. Chalk up two more additions to marijuana science from there. A professor from Tel Aviv University claims that low doses of THC, the buzz inducer in marijuana, have neuroprotective qualities. THC “protects the brain from long-term cognitive damage in the wake of injury from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), seizures, or toxic drugs.” We’re talking way less than the amount you would get in one joint. In February researchers at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University reported that THC protects heart muscle cells during oxygen deprivation in the blood.
Also, the June issue of the journal Biochemical Pharmacology, reports that administering THC “is a safe and effective treatment that reduces myocardial ischemic (heart attack) damage.” The May issue of the journal Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology reports findings in a preclinical trial that CBD protects against cardiotoxicity in rats. Let’s see here, marijuana good for the heart, tobacco bad for the heart ... hmm.
SAGE SAGAN: Scientist Carl Sagan died in 1996 so I’m not sure why this is making the rounds now, but it’s interesting. Folks in the blogosphere are discussing an essay on marijuana that he penned long ago. Sagan revealed an insight he had while high and taking a shower with his wife. That insight led to 11 “… short essays on a wide range of social, political, philosophical, and human biological topics.” Sagan went on to write that “from all external signs, such as public reactions and expert commentary, they seem to contain valid insights. I have used them in university commencement addresses, public lectures, and in my books.” Sagan was a pretty heavy guy so I’ll not add any commentary. Fare thee well.
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