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Buzz Feed: The Science Of The Munchies

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For consumers of cannabis, passing the kouchie can often lead to the inability to pass up any munchies. A recent study conducted by a team of neuroscientists and led by Edgar Soria-Gómez and Giovanni Marsicano may shed some light on the marijuana-munchies connection. Marsicano, principle investigator of a research group at the NeuroCentre Magendie in [...]

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Guest Blog

The Potential of LSD, Heroin, Marijuana and Other Controlled Substances in Brain Research

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Imagine being an astronomer in a world where the telescope was banned. This effectively happened in the 1600s when, for over 100 years, the Catholic Church prohibited access to knowledge of the heavens in a vain attempt to stop scientists proving that the earth was not the center of the universe.  ‘Surely similar censorship could [...]

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MIND Guest Blog

Creativity, Madness and Drugs

This blog appears in the In-Depth Report Genius, Suicide and Mental Illness: Insights into a Deep Connection San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists, concluded psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns [...]

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Observations

Growing an Economy by Growing Weed

Investors rocked world markets this week by selling Spanish bonds  because of doubts about the country’s ability to put in place an austerity program. As prices plummeted, one small Catalonian village tried to think global and act local. It voted for a novel agricultural measure to work its way out of a €1.3 million debt [...]

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Observations

Smoke and Mirrors: Driving While High on Marijuana Doubles One’s Chances of a Serious Car Crash

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Booze is behind an estimated 2.1 million car accidents each year in the U.S.—which cause almost 11,000 traffic fatalities annually. But many drug users have claimed that a few puffs of pot before getting behind the wheel are perfectly harmless. A new study, however, shows that drivers who smoke marijuana within a few hours of [...]

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Observations

Pot shows promise for reducing multiple sclerosis patients’ symptoms

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Doses of cannabis might help multiple sclerosis (MS) patients subdue their body spasms and move about more easily, according to a new review of recent studies. However, the authors of the paper note, the patients’ apparent relief could also be a matter of perception.  After reviewing six trials that tested the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) [...]

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Observations

Medical marijuana no longer a priority for federal prosecution

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The Obama administration announced today that people buying and selling marijuana for state-condoned medical uses should not be targeted for federal arrest or prosecution. Marijuana is legal in more than a dozen states for some prescribed medical uses—such as pain reduction or treatment for glaucoma. It is still, however, illegal under federal law and had [...]

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Plugged In

Reign of Error, Part Whatever

You’ve heard us regularly crying for help here in North Carolina as our legislature has tried to turn science on its head. So, committed to keeping you posted, we here at the Plugged In Reign of Error desk thought you’d want to know what’s up. For a moment, anyhow, our governor and his vetoproof Republican [...]

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The White Noise

Beauty: K2 to Deal, with Abscesses and Bullets

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Abstract “K2” and “Spice” drugs (collectively hereafter referred to as Spice) represent a relatively new class of [...]

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The White Noise

Romantic Comedy Goes Like This

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Background Cannabis is commonly regarded as an innocuous drug and the prevalence of lifetime and regular use [...]

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The White Noise

Addicts as Parents, Part III: Future Planning

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- Beauty, present day: Hunts Point, Bronx. Courtesy of Chris Arnade. Beauty’s with Heavy now. They sit on [...]

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The White Noise

Beauty and the K2: Synthetic Marijuana Dependence

Beauty: One Year Later

This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ————————- A year since I met her, Beauty smokes more K2 (a synthetic cannabinoid) than she ever has, [...]

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The White Noise

Why K2 is Pimps’ Choice for Controlling Young Sex Workers

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This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty and prostitution in Hunts Point, Bronx. For more on the series, look here. ———- In Hunts Point, Bronx, K2 sidles alongside adolescent sex workers and those in their early 20s, those who rely [...]

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The White Noise

Letter from a Marijuana Addict

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This weekend, I received an email that made me pause, and Jake was kind enough to allow me to share his story. I’ll begin lending a greater voice to the issue of marijuana, which I haven’t yet done justice, beginning with this powerful personal narrative. Below is the note in its unaltered entirety. Subject: Marijuana [...]

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The White Noise

This is Our Society on Drugs: Top 5 Infographics

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Infographics are the internet’s current darling, which got me thinking if there are any good ones on drugs and addiction. Low and behold, they exist! Here are my favorite eye-openers, covering the gamut from prescription drugs to teen drug abuse: ++ Click to Enlarge Image ++Image Source: SpinaBifidaInfo.com ——————————————————————- Via Recovery Connection View More Addiction [...]

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The White Noise

A drug year in review, 2011

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March 1 — Chemicals used in K2 and Spice, smokeable herbal products that elicit a marijuana-like high, are regulated as Schedule 1 drugs by the DEA April 19 — Over 5,300 sites join the DEA’s second “Take-Back Prescription Drugs” mission, a community effort to collect unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication June 30 — Operation [...]

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The White Noise

Legalize Pot? The “Harmless” Drug and Schizophrenia

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It was Harry’s fault, really. Before Harry, hemp had been a Mexico-America border problem. After Harry, hemp became marijuana and marijuana became illegal. Harry J. Anslinger commandeered the start today’s anti-narcotics law enforcement. But truthfully, he didn’t care much about hemp. He was hunting opiates and cocaine in the 1930s, until the Depression chopped his [...]

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