5 Incredible Breakthroughs in Pot Science That Mainstream Media Is Finally Paying Attention To

The recent shift in public opinion about marijuana has propelled a historic heave against the research blockade.

In spite of decades of politicization and prohibition, cannabis science is beginning to experience a rebirth—so much so that it was the topic of National Geographic’s most recent cover feature.

“We’re finding surprises, and possibly miracles, concealed inside this once forbidden plant,” writes the article’s author, Hampton Sides.

“In the apparent rush to accept weed into the mainstream, to tax and regulate it, to legitimze and commodify it, important questions arise. What’s going on inside this plant? How does marijuana really affect our bodies and our brains? What might the chemicals in it tell us about how our neurological systems function?” Sides asks.

As more and more states legalize the contentious herb, the lack of controlled, scientific research looking into the safety and potential health benefits of marijuana in human subjects is...

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