The Human Endocannabinoid System

The Human Endocannabinois System

Every species within the animal kingdom, contains the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), except for insects.

The ECS was named after cannabinoids, which are found abundantly in cannabis as well produced naturally within the human body.

Research conducted on cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBG and CBC that are produced by cannabis lead to the discovery of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).


The Scientist - Nobel Prize nominee Dr Mechoulam

“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Nobel prize nominee Dr Mechoulam from his early a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). 
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The documentary is predominantly in English with hebrew subtitles, though it starts in Spanish


UK Police In Cannabis 'Climbdown' And Other Countries' Approach To Marijuana Use

Three police forces have acknowledged that growing and using cannabis is no longer to be treated as a priority crime.

While cannabis remains a Class B drug in the UK, police chiefs including Durham’s Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, say they will not actively pursue those growing or using leaves for personal, recreational use.

And Alan Charles, Derbyshire's PCC, told the Daily Mail: "When we are faced with significant budget cuts we cannot keep turning out to every single thing reported to us."


Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Awarded for Medicinal Cannabis Study

EMMA Litleton will conduct an international hunt to discover how medicinal cannabis can best treat seriously-ill children.

The Moonee Valley woman is among 23 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust recipients, which will enable her to head overseas to pursue her studies.

Ms Litleton, a senior solicitor, is a specialist in children’s law and said the prevalence of children being treated with cannabis oil had increased.

“There’s a lot of ethical issues with children, where we have to ensure that their best interests are met and that it is safe,” Ms Litleton said.

He said children given cannabis mainly had “serious epilepsy” and their parents had found conventional medication wasn’t working.


10 countries' marijuana laws explained

Marijuana decriminalization and legalization initiatives are not only sweeping through the U.S. — countries across the world are beginning to signal the green light for cannabis policy reform.

Here are 10 countries where lawmakers and public sentiment are changing the tide on cannabis policy.

1. Jamaica

Jamaica — home to the Rastafarian movement — recently joined the list of countries to decriminalize marijuana, and this year it will be hosting the World Cannabis Cup in Negril Nov. 12-15.


Woman's apartment flooded with cannabis after neighbour throws drug farm down toilet

A VALENCIA woman's entire flat was flooded with marijuana buds and cut hash after her toilet backflowed because her upstairs neighbour had blocked the pipes throwing his illicit haul down the lavatory.

Gloria, who rents a home on the C/ Mediterráneo in the city, said the man living above her had kept a huge cannabis farm and police went round to inspect after the smell of the drug gave the culprit away.

He refused to open the door to officers, and instead threw buds from several hundred plants and nearly a kilo of hash down the toilet and flushed it away.

The 30-year-old man fled the property before the police got inside.


Scientists Figured Out How to Block Pot’s Effect on Memory

Recent work published by researchers in Barcelona has just uncovered more details about the neurochemical pathway that leads to marijuana’s psychoactive effects, specifically its effects on memory. Not only did they make a breakthrough in the neurochemistry of cannabis, they also designed a compound that was able to block THC’s effects on memory in mice.


How we could harness medical marijuana for pain relief without the side effects

Experts and society are divided on the benefits and subsequent legalisation of medical marijuana.

In North America alone there is deep division with half the statesand Canada legalising medical marijuana while the other half refuses. In the UK it is not legal to use medical marijuana, but ironically the UK is home to the most successful cannabis extract company in GW Pharmaceuticals, who have a product on the market that includes a mixture of cannabis extracts.  The success of the company and for the patients it treats strongly suggests the issue might need to be revisited, and at least more research performed on exploiting the possibilities.


Scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from 'unwanted'

These findings reveal how the cognitive effects of THC are triggered by a pathway which is separate from some of its other effects.

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona have found a way to separate the medical benefits of cannabis from its unwanted side effects.

The research comes from the team that discovered how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, known as THC, reduces tumour growth in cancer patients.

Their latest findings, published today in the journal PLOS Biology, reveal how the cognitive effects of THC are triggered by a pathway which is separate from some of its other effects.


Cannabis cultivation decriminalised in Spain

The amendment to the law is not as clear cut as it sounds so hopefully the following will help to clarify matters.

The good news for many is that in article 36.18 of the law regarding citizen safety, a paragraph is included with an amendment regarding the cultivation of cannabis that states it is punishable “only in public places”.

Franco’s original law on April 8 1967 prohibited the cultivation of cannabis although violators were often not punished. That law stated that it was forbidden to germinate seeds. Now, growers can germinate seeds in Spain.

Grow shops and registered growers can sell cuttings/seedlings provided they do not display them openly to the public. You certainly can’t start selling bags of the product at the local rastro.


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