PSNI arrest suspect in international 'skunk' cannabis probe

PSNI detectives working on an international crackdown on a ‘skunk’ cannabis trafficking racket have arrested a suspect in England as part of the long-running probe.

Police have warned that sinsemilla, which is known as ‘skunk’ on the streets, is particularly dangerous because it can significantly increase users’ chances of suffering a psychotic episode.

Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch arrested a 20-year-old man in Birmingham on Tuesday evening. The suspect, who is the 18th person to be detained so far, with 12 people charged to date, is being brought to Northern Ireland for questioning


WATCH: Italian police seize 11 tons of hashish on board freighter MUNZUR

General cargo vessel MUNZUR was intercepted by Italian police on December 2 in Tyrrhenian sea northeast of Pantelleria island, near Sicily, on a suspicion of drug trafficking.

A huge quantity of hashish was found, some 11 tons divided into 500 parcels. It was a final stage of an international operation, involving Spain, Portugal, Greek and Italian drug enforcement agencies and Europol.


Here's the first Italian website for the exchange of medical cannabis is the first Italian platform for the exchange of medical cannabis. It was founded by Antonio and Stefano, both born in 1985, and it aggregates and interconnects patients with doctors who prescribe marijuana, pharmacies that provide it and the Cannabis Social Clubs.

This is a totally free tool, designed to give support to ill people. Thanks to an interactive map that will make the research easier, anyone can find all the services offered.


Love hormone is a bit like cannabis, scientists say

Love has often been described as a drug – but that’s now been backed up by science.

A brain chemical known as the “love hormone” makes people more sociable by mimicking the effects of cannabis, scientists have said.

Oxytocin is known to enhance bonding between lovers and between mothers and their babies, and also to boost the pleasure of social contact.

The new research, conducted on mice, found that higher levels of the hormone in the brain led to the release of anandamide – an “endocannabinoid” similar to the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.


High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!

Any way you look at it, dagga is medicine. Even if you smoke it just to get “high”, the South African weed won’t just alter your consciousness.

It has a host of other powerful pharmacologic effects on body and mind, which make it medicine by definition.

Depending on which side of the legalisation or criminalisation fence you sit on, you’ll see those effects in a good or bad light.

“The dagga couple”, as the media have dubbed activists Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clark, sit on the side of the fence bathed in the glow of a good light. They are part of an influential legalisation campaign in South Africa that has spread faster than the weed grows, and now includes medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and other interested parties.


Italy Blazes a Trail for Legal European Weed

Europe has always been an unlikely advocate for pot reform — despite its liberal platforms toward social aid and welfare, most nations still hold surprisingly conservative views toward drugs and immigration. Globally, only one country — South America’s Uruguay — has permitted completeweed production and use, and a handful of others has allowed mere possession. Yet there’s reason to believe that the “forest of chestnuts” and “orchards of fruit trees” that Ernest Hemingway romantically described as the Italian front in A Farewell to Arms could become the fertile soil for the first fully legal green stuff in the Western world.


Hemp is increasingly popular in Parliament, before long it will be law.

A new step forward for the bill of the Movimento 5 Stelle to support and encourage the industrial hemp sector. In the House Agriculture Committee, in fact, with the incorporation of the changes which have taken over the conditions of the relevant committees, the bill before signing Loredana Lupo (M5S) finally has a single text shared by all political forces. Another element that makes you feel closer to final approval: a vote that could be early as next week with the final discussion of the measure in the legislature.


Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Market Value to Reach $20 Billion by 2024, says GlobalData

The value of the multiple sclerosis therapeutics market will rise slowly from $17.2 billion in 2014 to approximately $20 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.5 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest report* states that this growth, which will occur across the ten major markets of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan, Canada, China and India, will primarily be driven by the continued uptake of premium products and an increase in treatment rates as a result of the availability of novel alternatives.

Police in Italy Seize 400kg of Marijuana from Bulgarian-registered Van

Police in Italy’s San Severo found 400 kg of marijuana worth over EUR 1.5 M in a van with a Bulgarian registration plate.

The Ford Transit van, where the drugs were found, had stopped by the side of a road near San Severo when a police patrol approached it, according to reports of Italy’s Corriere del Mezzogiorno daily, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio.

A man jumped out of the van and ran away into the field.

The marijuana found in the van could be used to make 280 000 single doses.


Cannabis: "Pharmacists at the forefront of this battle of civilizations"

"Promoting access to medicines appropriate for the treatment of pain and symptom of some serious diseases such as multiple sclerosis is a commitment that for pharmacists continues on the field, in the everyday dispensation of and in the preparation of galenic drugs based on cannabinoids" . So said the president of the Order of Pharmacists Bari and Bat during a conference on the topic held yesterday in Andria.


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