Europe

Thu
26
Mar

HUNGARIAN SCIENTISTS PROVE DEVASTATING EFFECT CANNABIS USE HAS ON THE BRAIN

Smoking cannabis dramatically reduces the number of molecules ensuring the fine-tuning of brain functions and can significantly interfere in the two-way communication between neurons, according to the result of research spanning several years carried out by the Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (KOKI), published in the world’s most highly acclaimed neuroscience journal, Nature Neuroscience.

A statement issued by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences reminds that a study arriving at the same conclusion, authored by Hungarian neuroscientists István Katona and Tamás Freund, deputy chairman of the Academy (MTA) and head of the Institute of Experimental Medicine), had already been published in the U. S. Journal of Neuroscience in 1999.

Mon
16
Mar

In Mexico, new demand for ‘the good stuff’ grown in U.S., Europe

MEXICO CITY — Once upon a time, Mexican marijuana was the gold standard for U.S. pot smokers. But in the new world of legal markets and gourmet weed, aficionados here are looking to the United States and Europe for the good stuff.

Instead of Acapulco Gold, Mexican smokers want strains like Liberty Haze and Moby Dick — either importing high-potency boutique pot from the United States, or growing it here in secret gardens that use techniques perfected abroad.

It’s a small but growing market in a country where cannabis is largely illegal, unlike the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington that have legalized recreational use, and others where medical marijuana is available.

Mon
16
Mar

Cars Of The Future Will Be Powered By And Made Out Of Cannabis

In 1941, Henry Ford partnered with famous scientist and botanist George Washington Carver to “grow an automobile from the soil,” with a body made and powered by cannabis hemp. The result was a car that was stronger, 25 percent lighter, cheaper to manufacture and considerably greener than any modern electric car available today — all thanks to cannabis hemp.

Today Bruce Dietzen, President of Renew Sports Cars, is picking up where Ford left off. This time around, the result is a bit sexier and has the potential to set a new trend in green automobile manufacturing by becoming the only sports car available with a body made from carbon negative hemp.

Tue
10
Mar

Medical marijuana on the table for epileptic children

The Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw has started using medical marijuana to treat nine children with extreme cases of epilepsy, with doctors praising initial results.

Sat
28
Feb

First Athens Cannabis Protestival To Take Place in May

The first official gathering and pro-cannabis legalization celebration has been organized by collectives and citizens in Greece. The festival called Athens Cannabis Protestival will take place on Saturday, May 9, at Syntagma Square in Athens.

Tue
24
Feb

Cannabis More Than 100 Times Safer Than Alcohol, Study Finds

You are 114 times more likely to die from overdosing on alchohol than you are from cannabis, a recent study has found.

The report, published in Scientific Reports journal, compared the risks associated with 10 substances using the margin of exposure approach. This method compares a lethal dose of the drug with the dosage typically taken by recreational users. Substances tested included alcohol and nicotine, as well as illicit drugs including cocaine, heroin, ecstasy (MDMA) and methamphetamines.

Fri
13
Feb

Drug Policy in Macedonia: From Punitive Laws, Towards a Public Health Approach

Even though Macedonia has decriminalised the possession of drugs for personal use, there remain many anomalies in the related regulations. Read our guest author's insights on what has to be done to make the country's laws serve the best interests of public health.

Fri
31
Oct

Denmark funds medicinal cannabis research

In what could be a small but important change in the nation’s drug policies, a political agreement to distribute nearly one billion kroner in research funds sets aside money to study the medicinal effects of cannabis.

Despite numerous pushes by Copenhagen’s mayor Frank Jensen tolegalise cannabis in the capital and the booming business in Christiania’s cannabis market, Denmark has taken an official hardline stance on cannabis for both recreational and medicinal use.

 

Fri
10
Oct

"No drug can compete with the natural cannabis," the interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon

"When I started to take care of marijuana in 1967, I had no doubt that it was a very harmful drug which, unfortunately, was being used by a growing number of young people unaware that they could not understand or did not listen to the warnings about its dangers. My intention was to describe scientifically the nature and degree of this danger. In the three following years, while browsing the scientific literature, medical and profane, my opinion began to change. I came to understand that I, like many other people in this country, I was subjected to brainwashing. My beliefs about the dangers of marijuana had little empirical foundation. When I completed the research I became convinced that cannabis was considerably less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, legal drugs most commonly used.

Fri
05
Sep

Cannabis: 5 Italian prohibitionist buffaloes to dismantle once and for all

In recent weeks the debate on legalization in Italy seems to have increased, at least in terms of quantity of lines dedicated to the topic in the newspapers. And after the explicit statements in favor of legalization by Umberto Veronesi and the undersecretary of the government Renzi Benedetto Della Vedova, we are now recording the reaction of the usual bastions of Prohibition in Italy: Carlo Giovanardi and the community of San Patrignano, who have joined for the occasion the "brilliant" analysis on the topic by Letizia Moratti.

It is, as always, of opinions that in the best case are absolutely ideological and irrational, and at worst they are downright lies. Buffaloes shoot weapons of mass disinformation deliberately.

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