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The Clash of Cannabis Advocates - Marijuana Moms vs. Daddy Downer Rages on in Chicago
In Illinois, a coalition of female legislators and activists who spearheaded legalizing recreational cannabis now face public attacks by a district attorney irrationally blaming the plant for fueling violent crimes and mental health crises. These influential "Marijuana Moms" helped pass the state's pioneering 2019 adult-use bill after years building public and political momentum. The law mandated strict safety regulations while allowing access for consenting adult use and expanding medical access.
What is Black Cannabis and Can You Smoke It? Do You Get High?
The prevailing climate heavily influences the alteration of color in plants. Cannabis cultivated in the warm Mediterranean typically displays a vibrant green color, while plants grown in cooler climates tend to produce compounds resulting in a purple hue.
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Dating a Narcissist, Try an Ayahuasca Weekend Getaway! - New Study Finds Ayahuasca Lowers Narcissistic Behaviors and Patterns
A recent study, released earlier this year proposes that ayahuasca may serve as a remedy for excessive self-love. Published in the Journal of Personality Disorders in April, the research is based on a three-month analysis involving over 300 adults. The study indicates that "ceremonial use of ayahuasca" led to self-reported alterations in narcissism.
Hemp Heaven vs. Hemp Hell - Why is the USDA Treating Certain Hemp Farmers Differently?
A peculiar regulatory crackdown has blindsided hemp farmers in certain states, costing them licenses and livelihoods after entering newly legal state cannabis industries. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees hemp cultivation regulation nationally per the 2018 Farm Bill's provisions removing non-psychoactive hemp from Controlled Substances Act purview. While 33 states administer their own USDA-approved hemp oversight programs with licenses, a few rely on direct USDA management, including Vermont and Mississippi. Under this federal licensing, home cultivators like Sam Bellavance successfully grew boutique hemp crops for years, benefiting regional access to CBD medicines. But recently, a frightening pattern emerged.
Same Old Banana in the Tailpipe for the SAFER Banking Act - Sen. Schumer Says He Needs Major Republican Support to Pass Bill
The SAFER Banking Act underwent two Senate hearings this year, with approval during a significant markup hearing in September. However, before Schumer can bring the bill to a floor vote, he seeks the backing of "10 or 11 Republican" senators, as he shared with Yahoo News. Achieving 60 votes is crucial to overcoming Senate cloture rules and passing the legislation in the upper chamber of Congress.
Sin Taxes: How Canada Regulates Cannabis and Online Gambling Revenue - A Province-by-Province Guide
The Federal Cannabis Act legalizes the cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis. The law also sets mandatory standards for products and defines age restrictions. The government also regulates betting, focusing on responsible gaming.
Did Napoleon Fail Because of Freezing Weather or His Troops Kept Getting High Everyday?
Contrary to the legend that Napoleon banned hashish due to his soldiers being too stoned to fight, this notion is as much a misconception as Ridley Scott's film. In reality, hashish was not outlawed until after the campaign's conclusion, and Napoleon himself didn't enact the ban but by one of his generals.
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Walking with Weed - Why Taking Cannabis with Your Next Walk Can Help Your Mind and Your Waistline
Not all marijuana strains are created equal when it comes to walking. Selecting strains with energizing properties to boost mood and motivation is essential. Sativa-dominant strains are known for their uplifting effects, making them suitable for enhancing the joy of a walk. Understanding the different strains and their effects is crucial for tailoring the experience to your preferences and needs.
Should You Try Shrooms to Deal with a Childhood Trauma? - Study Sheds Light on How Psilocybin Can Treat Symptoms of Kid Trauma
A recent study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, takes a deep dive into adverse childhood experiences and how these can present serious risks for psychological conditions, as reported by High Times. The researchers, which hailed from notable educational institutions including Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Michigan, and Athabasca University, analyzed if psilocybin could help mitigate the effects of psychological distress.
The Death of a Marijuana Worker - Asthma, OSHA, and Workplace Safety Hit the Cannabis Industry
Inspectors noted the facility had not established respiratory protections for staff handling volumes of agitated cannabis dust hazardous to compromised systems. But in fairness, few viability guidelines existed around large-scale commercial cultivation when early operators raced to capitalize on legalization. But playing the devil’s advocate – it might be kind of obvious to ensure worker’s protections in an enclosed space with plant matter floating in the air.
The Israeli Cannabis Industry Faces War - How Israel's Marijuana Industry Pivots During Wartime
But on October 7, 2023, the tragic war struck Israel, with Hamas terrorists killing thousands of citizens – and the war has not stopped. Right before the war began, Israel was already working on major cannabis reforms that would help increase the numbers of medical patients enrolled in their MMJ program. One of the biggest projects they were working on was to change how cannabis was viewed; while it was being used as a last resort when other medications didn’t work, they wanted to transition to using it as a first line of treatment.

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