Fed Allows Cannabis Legalization, Police Unhappy

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Eric Holder, head of the Department of Justice, recently announced that the DOJ will allow the legalization of cannabis in Washington and Colorado.  While cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, it has been legalized for recreational use in both states.  Recreational users and those using cannabis as a medicine have been rejoicing since the beginning of the year, but had remained nervous due to potential federal crackdowns. It appears the smoke has been cleared; Washington and Colorado are completely free to ingest cannabis without interference at the federal level, well almost completely.

Related Article: Portugal Decriminalizes All Drugs, 10 Years Later the Results are Mind Blowing

Although the DOJ has reserved the right to file a lawsuit against the states, they have taken a “trust but verify approach” to the new state laws. According to Deputy Attorney General James Cole,

The Department’s guidance in this memorandum rests on its expectation that states and local governments that have enacted laws authorizing marijuana-related conduct will implement strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems that will address the threat those state laws could pose to public safety, public health and other law enforcement interests. A system adequate to that task must not only contain robust controls and procedures on paper; it must also be effective in practice.

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Despite a new level of state freedom, the DOJ will still prosecute individuals to prevent:

  • the distribution of marijuana to minors;

  • revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;

  • the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;

  • state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;

  • violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana

  • drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;

  • growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands;

  • preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

Regardless of the stringent guidelines, this represents another huge step in the right direction.

Illinois, the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana, along with Washington D.C. is part of a growing list of regions in America that want an end to the fruitless War on Drugs, and free access to a totally non-toxic, highly effective medicine.

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Despite former heads of the DEA warning the federal government earlier this year that allowing state legalization of cannabis would be dangerous, a growing number of Americans aren’t buying the mindless propaganda.  Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance accurately states that:

The former DEA chiefs’ statement can best be seen as a self-interested plea to validate the costly and failed policies they championed but that Americans are now rejecting at the ballot box.

Some of the most outspoken individuals against the DOJ’s decision are police officers and police chiefs across the country.  Law enforcement officers have already begun protesting the decision.

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Despite the role of police as ‘law enforcement,’ they have decided that they are better suited as political activists.

According to a letter submitted to the DOJ from police groups around the nation:

It is unacceptable that the Department of Justice did not consult our organizations — whose members will be directly impacted — for meaningful input ahead of this important decision.

Now, when the police say they will be directly impacted, they are not referring to work load or moral obligations, they are referring to the almighty dollar.  Cannabis crackdowns makes up a large portion of police funding, and without being able to destroy the lives of peaceful, pot smoking citizens, a large portion of officers may very well become unnecessary. Less criminals means less police.

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According to the police groups,

The failure of the Federal government to act in this matter is an open invitation to other states to legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law.

For once, let’s hope the police are right. Not only will the DOJ’s decision give freedom back to states and individuals, it will also allow a medley of marijuana stocks to leave their penny stock status and enter the market place, providing additional state and federal revenue and more jobs.  Who knows, maybe all the cops made redundant can get a job at a pot shop.

In the poignant words of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-Vt.),

the Justice Department should focus on countering and prosecuting violent crime, while respecting the will of the states whose people have voted to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal and medical use.

 

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/eric-holder-marijuana-washington-colorado-doj_n_3837034.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/30/police-eric-holder-marijuana-_n_3846518.html

http://marijuanastocks.com/content/list-marijuana-stocks

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/dea-marijuana_n_2810347.html

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881

https://wondergressive.com/2013/06/30/the-incredible-and-diverse-medicinal-properties-of-cannabis/

https://wondergressive.com/2012/09/19/portugal-decriminalizes-all-drugs-10-years-later-the-results-are-mind-blowing/

https://wondergressive.com/2013/06/28/war-on-drugs-farce-continues-unabated/

https://wondergressive.com/2013/01/17/another-casualty-of-the-paramilitary-state/

 

Smoking Pot Without Getting High: But Why?

If you haven’t heard yet, Cannabis Cures Cancer, and there is a ridiculous amount of evidence supporting that claim. Reference the related article and hyper-linked title. Now that that is out of the way, lets continue!

Pot is feared by many as a drug and as the ultimate devil on earth, but is that fear really researched or backed? I am not here to argue against that, because that is not the point to this article, the real point is a new development in the world of drugs. An Israeli company has created a new strain of marijuana that is void of any THC. That’s absolutely positively correct. A marijuana plant that produces no high but still offers its medicinal value. Who could argue against that?

Related Article: Cannabis Cures Cancer and MORE

A new strain of Avidekel, is it still pot? Just because it is being called something else doesn’t mean it is not still marijuana. Just a distant cousin. Pot that isn’t really pot but rather is just another plant?  What’s the point you ask?

Let us say that perhaps it is a miracle drug, and mayhaps it does help cure cancer, well in that respect that is exactly what you would want to be prescribed to you by a doctor, and without it causing a high there really is no basis for it to remain illegal. In come pharmaceutical companies… Anyway. Currently there are around 9,000 people in Israel that use medicinal marijuana as Reuters reports and 18 states in the US with legal medicinal marijuana use, as well as Washington DC. Whether or not it does cure cancer, the idea of a feared drug without its “immobilizing” effects being circulated into our market would have interesting results I think.

Related Article: Federal Judge Urges Legalization of Marijuana

Just think, something that is supposedly non-addictive and not bad for you at all; almost like a healthy protein shake. Unfortunately for now, the plant stays secretly operational and maximally enforced by security as it does have a draw for criminals, reports Reuters, but who knows what a little more research and a lot more results can yield. A future hope to a legalized medical marijuana everywhere and the cures it will bring! And for everyone else, a bummer that we can’t mellow out and just enjoy the music.

Cheers!

Related ArticleThe Power of Hemp Seeds

 

Research:

Reuters.com

Reuters: Israeli firm grows “highless” marijuana

New strain of Avidekel

Cannabis Sources

Apoptotic Effects of Cannabis

Granny’s MMJ List

18 Legal Mecial Marijuana States

Wondergressive: Cannabis is Not a Gateway Drug

Wondergressive: The Endocannabinoid System

Wondergressive: Federal Judge Urges Legalization of Marijuana

Wondergressive: Cannabis Cures Cancer and MORE

Wondergressive: The Power of Hemp Seeds

Hey Cat-Lovers, You Have a Mind-Controlling Parasite

Isn’t it fun to pretend we have control over our bodies? Isn’t it fun to believe that freewill isn’t some fanciful bit of make-believe? I don’t know about you, but that’s one of my favorite late night drunken fantasies (oh yeah, gettin off (or not) to the illusion of choice). Really though, the bag of chemicals we live in is a precarious balance of hormones, enzymes, and other gook, teetering the high wire of sanity by the tiniest margins. If that statement needs any justification, maybe give PCP a try.

The excretions of other life forms have altered our realities and actions for epochs, so the idea is nothing new. Usually we think, however, that these things are mostly under our control. From licking a toad, contracting the stomach flu, or perhaps a total personality makeover after a blow to the head, our body’s chemicals and fluids determine everything. So, keeping that in mind… there’s a good chance you, at this very moment, have a mind-controlling parasite, making your decisions for you. It happens all the time.

Look:

But that’s just ants, right? And they’re stupid.

Nope. And it’s not just ants, either. Countless species are chemically manipulated; there are zombie snailssuicidal grasshoppers, and even, of course, YOU…

Half of the world’s population is currently infected with a fun-loving little fucker known as Toxoplasma, the sci-fi sounding name of a cat poop dwelling parasite that will make you crazy.

Try saying it out loud. Toxoplasma. You’ll feel pretty badass.

Now look to your left. Look to your right. You have a 50% chance of infection of…Toxoplasma. (You said it out loud, right?)

Come on. You can’t be serious?

We already knew bacteria were controlling our minds, but now there’s this little fella, too. He lives in cat poop, we breathe him in, and he sets up shop in our nervous system, excreting enzymes that lead to schizophrenia and overall bat-shittedness (not necessarily a bad thing). Essentially, I get infected, I get this hankering for another cat, then I get more infected, I adopt the conviction “who needs men?” and before you know it my home soon becomes a den of feline chaos.

It seems that society’s obsession with lolcats is actually all a part of some master plan being orchestrated by this little bastard. It flips our brain’s chemistry to, you guessed it, love cats.

The heated war between dog people and cat people will rage for centuries more, but now we know about all the fuss over our feline friends: we are victims of a cat conspiracy to take over our internet memes, one poop at a time.

They sure are cute, though.

 

Sources:

The Sonoran Desert Toad (erowid.org)

A Model of Personality Change (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

Little Mind Benders (sciencenews.org)

Parasitic Mind Control (youtube.com)

Enslaved Ants Regularly Stage Rebellions (wondergressive.com)

How to Control an Army of Zombies (nytimes.com)

World’s Deadliest: Zombie Snails (youtube.com)

Suicide Grasshoppers Brainwashed by Parasite Worms (nationalgeographic.com)

Toxoplasmosis-Schizophrenia Research (stanleyresearch.org)

The Secret World of Bacteria (wondergressive.com)

A Note on the Top 1% (wondergressive.com)

 

Cheese: Like Crack

We’ve all been there, there’s no shame in admitting it. One minute we’re at a swanky soirée thinking how we’ll just sample a few cubes of cheese, and then…we’ve held everyone hostage demanding to be taken to the Cheese Overlords to fulfill our dairylicious destiny.

Whew. It’s okay, it happens to the best of us—it’s delicious cheese, remember? Not to worry, research and science have your back. As it turns out, we are actually chemically addicted to cheese.

In 1981, Eli Hazum and his colleagues at Wellcome Research Laboratories reported traces of the chemical morphine, a highly addictive opiate. It turns out that morphine is found in cow milk and human, purportedly to ensure offspring will bond very strongly with their mothers and get all the nutrients they need to grow. (Care2.com)

Huh. Well, that makes sense. The problem is that cows are weaned very quickly and so don’t build that dependency the same way human babies do. And of course, once cows are weaned, they no longer consume dairy naturally, whereas humans continue to make milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products a regular part of our diets, thus further exposing ourselves to the addictive opiates.

A University of Illinois research paper by Mueen Aslam and Walter L. Hurley states

Casomorphins are peptides produced from the breakdown of CN and possess opioid activity. The term opioid refers to morphine-like effects which include signs of sedation, tolerance, sleep induction, and depression. […] Once absorbed into the blood, these peptides can pass to the brain and various other organs to elicit an opioid effect.

Further research has shown that:

…ingesting milk products with casomorphins is not enough to cause addiction (and we’re talking just cow’s milk here—goat cheese lovers can rejoice without fear of addiction!). But it takes 10 pounds of milk to make just one pound of cheese, meaning there’s much higher concentration of casein (and casomorphins)—not to mention fat—in cheese. This higher concentration also makes it much easier to develop an addiction to the opiate-like compounds. […] The jury is still out on whether everyone who ingests cheese gets the same level of euphoric feelings (or any at all [Greatist.com).

There isn’t enough conclusive evidence to claim boldly that cheese is addictive to everyone, all of the time, forever and ever…so we’re not saying that. However, studies are certainly pointing to some interesting conclusions.

TL;DR? The cheese made you do it.

Sources
Addicted to Cheese? Here’s Why
Biological Activities of Peptides Derived from Milk Proteins
Is Cheese Addictive?

Mystery of Death Solved: DMT is the Key

 

We now know what happens at death:

Resting comfortably in the recessed center of your brain, encased snugly within the corpus colossum, wrapped tightly between the dual-hemispheres of spongy nerve bundles, encased in the quarter-inch-thick armor-plating of skull, finally surrounded by your main and expressive organs with which you face the world, exists a tiny gland, long considered vestigial (serving little to no function), that holds the key to our interpretation of existence as we know it.  I’m speaking of the pineal gland. This minute spec, roughly the size of a grain of rice, is more heavily protected than even the heart with its literal cage of protection, because if something happens to your heart you die, but if something happens to your pineal, you can’t go to heaven.

Never heard of it?

This pineal gland has influences on both melatonin and pinoline, but our interest is in the gland’s role in the creation of dimethyltriptamine, or DMT. This chemical, DMT, may well be the reason we, as a species, are capable of sentience itself.

I’m not a chemist; break it down.

First, DMT is a narcotic, schedule 1. It’s scheduled as a highly illegal substance all over the planet, largely because DMT is one of the most potent psychedelics known to man. Intensely powerful. Yet, every day your pineal produces this stuff.

Secondly, DMT is the chemical that elicits dreams. That’s right. Each night as you drift to slumber-land, not only are you tripping on a psychedelic, but you’re also premeditatedly committing a federal offence; possession or consumption of DMT could land you a felony charge.

And third, this illegal gateway to dreamland is released in massive amounts at the moment of death. When I say massive, if a water glass of DMT evokes a dream, at death, an equivalent river excretes into your system. Any druggies reading this?

How have I not heard of this before?

Well, the pineal’s significance is neither a new idea, nor an unfounded one. Spanning the expanse of human civilization runs an undercurrent of worshipful adoration to the almighty pineal, more widely known as the inner eye, all-seeing eye, or the like – considered the body’s gateway to the soul.

Egypt had its Eye of Horus (now emblazoned on the US dollar bill). Hindu culture has its bottu (the familiar forehead dot). Even the ancient art of yoga recognizes the brow chakra, or ajna, as blossoming at the pineal, or third eye. That’s only to name a few.

The hell you say! The truth behind the cult of the pineal has gone largely unnoticed collectively, though the symbols themselves have been downright ubiquitous. Tibetan Buddhists, as well, have long carried a belief that the soul enters the fetus precisely 49 days after conception. Likely, reading this, you are not a Tibetan Buddhist – their numbers fall less than 20 million – and whether you subscribe to an eternal soul or not isn’t the point, because day 49 is the moment the pineal is formed in a fledgling brain.

Great, so what does all this have to do with death?

Well, on an experiential  level, shrooms distort perception, coke smacks you with raw energy, ecstasy grants superpower orgasms (ladies), and most notably, weed slows time – time distortion seems to go hand in hand with most psychedelics as well – so time passage then is totally subjective. Ask Einstein.

Meanwhile, among DMT smokers, out of the macrocosm of potential experiences, two major themes emerge nearly universally:

1) A stretching of time – they experience the hectic 6 or 7 minutes as a near eternity or lifetime. Imagine Cobb’s 50 year night in Inception.

2) They experience religious incarnations with a tilt toward whatever sect the subject is affiliated with.

Here’s the clincher: after death, while this massive psychedelic dose courses through the brain, there is this mysterious several minutes where the brain still functions. With our new perspective, however, we at last understand what these minutes are…

These few minutes after death, subjectively, are experienced as an eternity, engrossed in the DMT universe. Also, the trip itself is a highly personal experience dictated by the deepest realms of the subconscious.

Therefore, whatever at your deepest core you expect to happen when you die… Congratulations, that’s what’ll happen… Every religion was right.

Mystery solved. Peace on earth.

If you’re resourceful, you can find this stuff and try it. The bigger question now is: do you really want to know where you’ll be spending eternity?

 

Sources:

Vestigial

Pineal Gland

University of Wisconsin: Creation of DMT

Medical Hypothesis: Endogenous Hallucinogenics Central to Nervous System

Medical Hypothesis: Visions of Dream Sleep

DMT the Spirit Molecule 

Erowid N,N DMT Legal Status

Third Eye

Third Eye Images and Symbols Around the World

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Universe-Solved!

Theory of Relativity

Erowid: DMT Experience Reports

PopSci: The First Few Minutes After Death

Baseline of Health Foundation: Brain Functions Even After Death

For Cure, Administer Two Times Daily – How Effective Is Our Medicine?

It’s not uncommon to turn on the mainstream media and hear the results of a new health study or miracle cure. Whether it’s the hot new weight loss pill or “groundbreaking research” in the cure for diabetes, there’s a good chance that your ears perk up when you hear such positive words about the ailments that consume us. However, how many times have you questioned the veracity of those statements? Have you ever asked what is behind these dubious cure-all claims?

In Ben Goldacre’s new book, Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients, he presents an interesting exposé into how drug manufacturers selectively choose information from research studies. It goes without question – we rely on our doctor’s advice to get treatment for what ails us. What the doctor has been advised, however, is a little less clear. But drugs have been tested by the FDA, right?

Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques that are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments. Unsurprisingly, these trials tend to produce results that favour the manufacturer. When trials throw up results that companies don’t like, they are perfectly entitled to hide them from doctors and patients, so we only ever see a distorted picture of any drug’s true effects.

That’s a bit tough to swallow.

At the source link below, they’ve done a great job of breaking down information in Ben’s new book. Head over there, give it a read and check out all of the linked articles. It sparked something in me, and unfortunately, it can’t be cured with a pill.

Source: io9