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News about marijuana and medical marijuana. Commentary and archival information about marijuana from The New York Times.
7 Fatally Shot at California House Where 1,000 Pounds of Marijuana Is Found
The illegal marijuana trade remains a constant and deadly presence, the Riverside County sheriff said.

International Crime Ring That Trafficked in Shark Fins Is Dismantled, U.S. Says
Law enforcement agents documented the harvest of more than six tons of shark fins, officials said.

An Exhibition Tells the Story of a Drug War Leader, but Not All of It
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s exhibition on Harry J. Anslinger, a founding father of American drug policy, does not delve into criticism that he used racial slurs.

An Ex-Times Reporter. An Ohio Wedding Provider. Covid Contrarians Go Viral.
Anger at lockdowns and mask mandates provides fertile ground for arguments about the best way to fight the virus.

You Know What Else Has Sold Well During the Pandemic? Weed Edibles
Pandemic anxiety and mounting concerns about vaping have helped shift sales of cannabis products.

A Kennedy and a Professor Compete to Run Against a Trump Backer
Stakes are high in the Democratic primary for a New Jersey congressional seat: The winner will face a candidate who defected from the party to support Trump.

Lester Grinspoon, Influential Marijuana Scholar, Dies at 92
He believed pot was dangerous until his research convinced him otherwise. He then became a leading proponent of legalization.

Disgraced Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Headed Back to Jail
Mr. Abramoff became the first person charged with violating a law that was amended in response to his previous criminal offenses.

How a Cannabis Expert Spends Her Sundays
“‘Antsy’ is a good word for how they’re feeling right now,” Sharron Cannon said of her patients at Curaleaf, where demand is high.

A Hidden Origin Story of the CBD Craze
The cure-all debate over the cannabis compound has distracted from the serious — and seriously odd — back story of how cannabidiol conquered the country.

* Portland Occupier : News From The Occupation
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Let A Thousand Lilies Bloom
Story by Pete Shaw It is a little early in the Summer for such things, but the lilies are blooming. In the front of my house, there are about 30 of them, some reaching over 12 feet tall. The trumpet varieties reach toward the sky, their flowers blaring unheard but not unnoticed. I am not…

On Being An Accomplice
Story by Pete Shaw What material changes will result from the protests, rallies, and other actions demanding transformation to the way policing is conducted in the United States? Calls range from fairly tepid reform to outright abolition of policing. These protests are connected with larger movements seeking to dismantle white supremacy and policing, which is…

Today’s Progress Indebted to Sustained Activist Efforts
Story by Pete Shaw A month ago I attended the 10th anniversary memorial for Keaton Otis, the young Black man executed by the Portland police near the corner of Northeast 6th and Halsey. That corner has become hallowed ground. For an all too short spell, Otis’s father Fred Bryant held a monthly vigil at the…

No Fooling
Story and photos by Pete Shaw Call me Plum. Golden Plum. My Friend’s four year old daughter, Grape, declared it so. As did her mother, Pear, and her 17 month old brother, Lemon who, holding on to Mother Pear’s leg, looks upon me with wonder and smiles. For a time, I had been Peach. I…

North Portland Residents Demand End to Postal Service’s Pilot Program
Story and photos by Pete Shaw When I was growing up, I knew my neighborhood’s mail carrier. He is in some of my earliest memories. He was portly, with a closely cropped beard, and in the Winter he sometimes wore a thick hat with ear flaps. My mother talked often with him, and during the…

A Migrant Movement For, Of, and By Migrants
Story by Pete Shaw Since declaring himself a candidate for the presidency of the United States, Republican Donald Trump has made clear his disdain for migrants. On the day he announced his candidacy, Trump declared that all Mexicans were criminals, particularly inclined toward rape and drug dealing. Trump quickly followed this by saying he assumed…

Dreaming of Freedom
Story by Pete Shaw Near the end of Walidah Imarisha’s presentation at the University of Portland’s inaugural MLK Day ON event, a man posed her a question reeking of defeat. He wondered just how people could possibly organize and achieve greater justice, and ultimately true freedom, without a leader such as King, whom he described…

Giving Thanks
Story by Pete Shaw Although it is not often listed in podiatry and infectious disease journals, one of the primary attributes of erythrasma is boredom. Erythrasma is a superficial skin infection caused by a bacteria, Corynebacterium minutissimum, that we all have on our feet, but most people can fight it off. However, in July of…

Once Again, Oregon’s Undocumented Community Stands Up and Fights Back
Story and photos by Pete Shaw On Tuesday November 13, as the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether the Republican Trump Administration could rescind the protections provided by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, over 200 people gathered in Terry Schrunk Plaza to demand the policy be continued,…

Burgerville Workers Launch Four Day Strike; Force Management Back to Bargaining Table
Story by Pete Shaw On Wednesday October 23, Burgerville workers throughout Portland walked off the job and launched the largest strike in the history of the Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU). Workers from the Convention Center, 92nd and Powell, Hawthorne, and Montavilla Burgerville locations walked off the job Wednesday morning, saying they would remain on strike…

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👉This is America's all time worst Debt Crisis - Can The Dollar Survive ?!
👉This is America's all time worst Debt Crisis - Can The Dollar Survive ?! This is America's All Time Worst Debt Crisis The rising U.S. national debt will lead to dire consequences. Debt is that dirty little four letter word no one wants to talk about. America went from a creditor nation...

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👉The Fed Trapped between Negative Interest Rates and Economic Collapse On The way to Japanification
👉The Fed Trapped between Negative Interest Rates and Economic Collapse On The way to Japanification This is a crisis like no other, and there is substantial uncertainty about its impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. The Worst Economic Collapse in history has started. When the financial...

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👉60% of Small Businesses are Now Permanently Closed & Unemployment Higher than in All Recessions
👉60% of Small Businesses are Now Permanently Closed & Unemployment Higher than in All Recessions 60% of business closures due to the pandemic are now permanent, according to Yelp. Factories across America are still bleeding jobs. The American Carnage is continuing. “Manufacturing across...

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👉We are Broke -- The Great American Debt Reckoning is Here
👉We are Broke -- The Great American Debt Reckoning is Here We Are Broke -- The Great American Debt Reckoning is Here A fiscal cliff has been underway. Millions of people are still out of work, their emergency savings wiped out, and insurmountable debts are increasing. Forty-three...

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👉UK Economy in Freefall - the EU Faces the Worst Economic Crisis in its history GDPs Plunging
👉UK Economy in Freefall - the EU Faces the Worst Economic Crisis in its history GDPs Plunging The European Union faces the worst economic crisis in its history. The UK GDP fell by 22.1% , France -18.9%,Italy -17.1%,Germany -11.9%. In comparaison , Canada GDP fell by 12% , Japan 7.6% , India...

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👉Housing Bust 2.0 -- Subprime Crisis, Millions of Homeowners with Delinquent Mortgages
👉Housing Bust 2.0 -- Subprime Crisis, Millions of Homeowners with Delinquent Mortgages 50 Million out of work, double-digit unemployment, everything is shut down, cities burning, everybody is angry at everybody, Mortgage delinquencies of at least 90 days rise to the highest level in 10 years,...

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If This is The Recovery , What does Economic Collapse looks like
If this is “the recovery”, what are things going to look like once economic conditions start to deteriorate again? As you will see below, more than half of all households in some of our largest cities “are facing serious financial problems”, and Americans continue to file for unemployment benefits...

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The 2020s like the 1930s -- Unemployment, Debt, Poverty,Homelessness,The Stock Market, Skyrocketing
The 2020s like the 1930s -- Unemployment, Debt, Poverty,Homelessness,The Stock Market, Skyrocketing Unemployment and debt skyrocketing. Temporary layoffs being replaced with permanent layoffs, Businesses who took the payroll protection program loans which will not have to pay the money back if...

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Unprecedented, Apocalyptic End Times Signs Happening in America
Unprecedented, Apocalyptic End Times Signs Happening in America 2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for the U.S. as a whole, but no part of the country has been hit harder than the states along the west coast. It has just been one thing after another all year long, and now...

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👉37 Million Face Food Insecurity in America, Breadlines, Poverty, and Hunger Rising
👉37 Million Face Food Insecurity in America, Breadlines, Poverty, and Hunger Rising Unprecedented unemployment is creating new pressure for local food banks. More than 37 million Americans are currently food insecure, according to USDA figures. That's nearly 1 in every eight households in...

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The Big Stock Market Crash Started -- Tech Bubble 2.0
The Big Stock Market Crash Started -- Tech Bubble 2.0 Many of us have been waiting to see what surprises the month of September would bring, and it appears that a stock market crash may be one of them. Even the most ardent market optimists were admitting that the absurd bubble that had...

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👉A Financial Catastrophe is Unfolding. Money Printing can't Create Economic Growth !
👉A Financial Catastrophe is Unfolding. Money Printing can't Create Economic Growth ! Debt is more addictive than opium. The United States of America is high on mountain of Debt and unfunded liabilities. A Financial Catastrophe is Unfolding. The economy is addicted to government...

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France Economy Collapsing -- EU Imploding
France Economy Collapsing -- EU Imploding On Thursday the French government rolled out a new stimulus plan The fact France is again forced to stimulate its economy should be viewed as bad news. The move reflects the reality that all is not well and things are getting worse. France is facing...

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👉NYC Real Estate Market Crash , Retail Rents Plummet, Shopping Districts Turn into Ghost Towns.
👉NYC Real Estate Market Crash , Retail Rents Plummet, Shopping Districts Turn into Ghost Towns. New York City Commercial Real Estate Sales Plummet 54% To Lowest On Record. News has been out for months. New York and other megacities like London, Dubai, Singapore, etc. are emptying up....

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👉Nightmare of Deficit Spending,Devaluation, & Hyperinflation,Welcome to Depression Greater than 1929
👉Nightmare of Deficit Spending,Devaluation, & Hyperinflation,Welcome to Depression Greater than 1929 The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation, Welcome to A Depression Greater than 1929 The Weimar Republic On Steroids Empty storefronts all across the country....

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👉China Threatens to Dump US Debt and Crash The Dollar
👉China Threatens to Dump US Debt and Crash The Dollar China wants to sell 20% of its US treasury holdings and threatens to sell all of its holdings in case of a military conflict. Twenty percent that's around $200 billion. We generate that kind of debt in about a month these days. Can’t...

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👉US Debt to GDP Worse than Italy on The Way to Turn Full Japan
👉US Debt to GDP Worse than Italy on The Way to Turn Full Japan A huge budget deficit, Future massive money printing, QE infinity, sub-zero interest rates, and operation twists guaranteed, QE flowing directly into the stock market, Cities collapsing, Pandemic, debt exploding, massive...

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We Are Headed for The Most Chaotic Presidential Election in Modern U S History
We Are Headed for The Most Chaotic Presidential Election in Modern U S History It looks like we are headed for the most chaotic presidential election in modern U.S. history. According to some estimates, somewhere around 40 percent of all U.S. voters will vote by mail this year. That means...

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The Markets Heading Towards a Minsky Moment
The Markets Heading Towards a Minsky Moment Over the past several months we have been witnessing one of the most gloriously irrational stock market rallies in U.S. history. Even CNN is admitting that this is “the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes”, but stock prices have just kept...

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👉The Mother of All Tech Bubbles is Bursting - The Big September Sell-off has Started
👉The Mother of All Tech Bubbles is Bursting - The Big September Sell-off has Started Stocks are plummeting with tech and growth among the hardest hit in the worst sell-off of the summer. The NASDAQ is cratering. Dow ends more than 800 points lower. Looks like a stampede towards the...

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Rioting, Looting and Violence Erupt in our Major Cities
Rioting, Looting and Violence Erupt in our Major Cities Whether for good or for bad, the United States always sets an example for the rest of the world, and right now people all over the globe are watching violence fill the streets of our major cities. For years, we could all see anger...

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👉The FAANG Bubble Bigger than The Dot Com Bubble , TSLA Bubble Ready to Burst
👉The FAANG Bubble Bigger than The Dot Com Bubble , TSLA Bubble Ready to Burst The FAANG Bubble now Bigger than The Dot Com Bubble , TSLA Bubble Ready to Burst US Stock Market Cap to GDP Ratio Reaches 190%, Eclipsing the Dot-Com Bubble High. It is up 1.2% today. There seems to be no end in...

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👉My Predictions For the 2020 Presidential Election and Beyond !!
👉My Predictions For the 2020 Presidential Election and Beyond !! We will get a better picture of the election after labor day. Both parties had their convention. Biden did not get the normal “convention bounce in the polls. Next week we will see if Trump got a bounce. After labor day the...

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👉Prepare for Inflation And The Failure of The Present Monetary System
👉Prepare for Inflation And The Failure of The Present Monetary System We just had the best August for the Dow since 1984. Maybe we should shut the country down more often. Wall Street operates in a different world than Main Street. Main Street is mired in a deep depression now, along with...

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The Planned Economic Collapse of America Continues -- See You in September !!
It has been heartbreaking to watch what has been transpiring on the streets of America in recent months. Our founders intended for us to be united by a common set of values, but now our differences are literally tearing our nation to pieces. Americans are fighting other Americans in the streets,...

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* Coast to Coast AM - In the News
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In the News Stories on CoasttoCoastAM.com
How Medieval People Tried to Dance Away the Plague

Serfs, nobles, men, women, old and young—all took part in the "dancing plague" of Aachen.



Dancing gargantuan black holes perform on cue

Astronomers have been able to test key consequences of Einstein's theories by studying the way a couple of black holes move around each other.



What It's Like to Find Prehistoric Dinosaur Tracks on the Ceiling

Of course, they are deep underground and came from 75-ton titanosaurs.



Coronavirus Conspiracy: Woman falsely accused of starting the pandemic

Conspiracy theories are not dissimilar to viruses, in that they evolve and mutate to spread and survive.



A Nest of Alien Asteroids Orbits Our Sun

Astronomers say they have found orphan rocks from another star, or stars, stashed in the outer solar system.



Sustainable light achieved in living plants

Scientists have announced the feasibility of creating plants that produce their own visible luminescence.



Enormous Ice Avalanches on Mars May Have Rushed Down Craters at 260 Feet Per Second

Enigmatic features inside two Martian impact craters could be the remnants of colossal ice avalanches, the largest of which traveled over 9 miles.



Are we a product of a self-simulating universe?

A new hypothesis has put forward the notion that our universe may be self-simulating itself into existence.



Scientists Are Studying Areas of Earth Where Time Is Mysteriously Missing

In mysterious rock formations known as "unconformities," millions of years of Earth's history are missing. Now, scientists have the best idea yet as to why.



Concerts will never be the same after COVID-19. Here’s what you could wear to bring them back

This future suit wants to make it safe to go to live events again. Could this be the answer to the return of the crowd.



Hubble telescope delivers stunning 30th birthday picture

To celebrate its birthday, the veteran observatory has produced another astonishing image of the cosmos.



Captain Beauclerk's Horse Haunting

A 19th century British account of "a gigantic horse, white and luminous."



Radioactive Animal Populations Thrive in Hot Zone Near Chernobyl

Some humans live in the area too, defying bans.



Mexican Cartels and Italian Mafia Deliver Food During Pandemic Crisis

The cartels even have their logos stamped on care packages.



A Visit to the Site of the Most Famous Canadian UFO Case

Researcher Chris Rutkowski takes us to the famous 1967 Falcon Lake landing site.



Medical Personnel and Paranormal Experiences

30 gripping personal accounts.



Paint designed to cool buildings by reflecting the sun could become an alternative to AC

A new form of doubled-layered colored paint designed to cool buildings by reflecting the sun could become an eco-friendly alternative to air conditioners.



Has the world's largest iceberg begun its death march?

The world's largest iceberg has gotten a bit smaller after a chunk measuring 67 square miles broke off of it.



Recovered from Covid-19? WHO says that's no guarantee you can't get it again

The World Health Organization announced on Friday that there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from covid-19 cannot be reinfected.



Robotic dog is helping hospitals fight the coronavirus

Boston Dynamics' Spot robot is helping hospitals fight COVID-19 by reducing the amount of direct contact healthcare workers must have with patients.



Could earthquakes explain sightings of Nessie?

Could some reports of Scotland's most famous lake monster be the result of seismic activity?



An alarming number of Americans believe a coronavirus vaccine exists and is being withheld

Nearly a third of Americans believe that it is either "probably" or "definitely" true that a coronavirus vaccine exists and is being withheld, according to a new study.



NASA engineers build new COVID-19 ventilator in 37 days

NASA brainpower may soon start making a big difference in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.



Elon Musk reveals SpaceX will launch its Starlink internet service in just 6 months

Elon Musk has a dream of providing the world with high speed internet using satellites in low orbit – and it could soon become a reality.



Scientists pinpoint 'most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth'

A paleontologist says time travelers would not survive long in this predator-packed area of Africa 100 million years ago.



The Strange Case of The "Message From Mars" Hieroglyphic Stone from Space

Brent Swancer ponders the idea of 'Rosetta Stones' from outer space.



Scientists Know Where Aliens Might Be, But Humans Will Never See Them

Beyond the cosmological horizon is the unobservable universe: vast, possibly infinite, and maybe the likeliest location for ET life.



"Ghost Flights" Haunt the Skies, Enlarging Carbon Footprints

Though air travel demand has plummeted, federal regulations have required airlines to maintain flights.



Giant asteroid flying by Earth next week looks like it's wearing a face mask

An asteroid estimated to be 1.2 miles wide will fly by Earth next week, but it's not expected to collide with our planet.



Nature crisis: 'Insect apocalypse' more complicated than thought

Land-dwelling insects are definitely declining the authors say, while bugs living in freshwater are increasing.



The Adventure of the Patagonian Plesiosaur

An early 20th century search for a South American lake monster.



Man In Forced Isolation in Haunted Ghost Town

Owner of mining town says he's "heard strange sounds and I had a book fall off a shelf, for no apparent reason."



Baskin Robbins Branch Boosts Business with 'Tiger King' Reference

Posting 'No relation to Carole Baskin' on their sign inspires ice cream sales.



Owners Put Masks on Their Cats During 1918 Pandemic

Informative article with pictures of cats in tiny masks.



How Far Will the Mind-Machine Interface Go?

Experts worry that brain controlled machines may allow us to hack into thoughts.



The Curious Case of Two Chinese Covid-19 Patients Whose Skin Turned Brown

The change was due to side effects from a drug used in the early days of their treatment.



'Lucky' MESSENGER data upends long-held idea about Venus' atmosphere

A sudden rise in nitrogen concentrations at about 30 miles above Venus' surface, demonstrates the planet's atmosphere isn't uniformly mixed.



Mediterranean shipwrecks reveal 'birth of globalization' in trade

Preserved cargoes of vessels linking eastern cultures with western Europe show ‘the barbarian Orient’ was a trendsetter.



Astronomers May Have Captured the First Ever Image of Nearby Exoplanet Proxima C

It could be an unprecedented view of a world in the closest planetary system to our own, but uncertainties aplenty remain.



Mystery of 2 million-year-old stone balls solved

Ancient people used them as tools to get at the tasty marrow within animal bones, a new study finds.



The Far Side of the Moon May Someday Have Its Own Telescope, Thanks to NASA Funding

The project hasn’t yet been greenlit, but a proposal just got major funding to explore the potential for the lunar observatory.



Jose Canseco Worried Bigfoot and Aliens He’s Met With Have Coronavirus

Paul Seaburn comments on the latest unusual musings from the retired baseball player.



Astronomers solve mystery of the vanishing planet with new NASA data

Fomalhaut b was discovered 16 years ago but then it disappeared. How? Scientists think it may have been an incredibly rare cosmic collision.



Sisters die 102 years apart — one from the Spanish flu, the other from coronavirus

A 96-year-old Texas woman died from coronavirus last week, more than a century after her older sister died during the 1918 pandemic.



'Alien comet' visitor has weird composition

The interstellar comet 2I/Borisov contains large amounts of carbon monoxide - a possible clue to where it was "born."



Massive Wild Animals Wander Russian Streets in Surreal Composites by Vadim Solovyov

The artist began the uncanny series as a way to explore strange events in his real life.



Climate change: 'Bath sponge' breakthrough could boost cleaner cars

A new material developed by scientists could give a significant boost to a new generation of hydrogen-powered cars.



Five-thousand-year-old Egyptian tomb opens for virtual tour

Egypt’s classical wonders are off limits but a royal tomb is one of four sites where 3D modelling gives us a fascinating glimpse of antiquity.



Around the World in Pandemic Street Art

Messages of respect, hope, and frustration have appeared in our largely empty public spaces.



Dust devils may roam hydrocarbon dunes on Saturn's moon Titan

The dust on Titan's dunes is believed to originate as hydrocarbon aerosols raining out of the moon's atmosphere.



AI Uncovers a Potential Treatment for Covid-19 Patients

Software suggested an arthritis drug might quell an out-of-control immune response that damages the lungs.



NASA reveals how it will retrieve a piece of Mars

The Mars sample-return mission will be one of the most challenging interplanetary endeavours ever undertaken.



Wuhan lab says there's no way coronavirus originated there

Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from? Several ideas have been put forward from natural-borne in bats, an escape from a lab in Wuhan and others. Here's the murky origin story of the novel coronavirus.



Life on Venus?

How Russian scientist spotted ‘something moving' in secret Soviet snaps.



Computer users donating spare processing power for a coronavirus vaccine accidentally create the world's fastest supercomputer

People running an app that uses part of their computer processing power to search for a coronavirus vaccine accidentally created the world's fastest supercomputer.



Kepler data reveals hidden Earth-like exoplanet

Scientists have discovered one of the most Earth-like extrasolar worlds ever seen and they almost missed it.



Exorcist says possessed victims with 'superhuman' strength kill with just their teeth

A Catholic exorcist has claimed that victims of demonic possession are extremely dangerous and become so strong they can throw people across the room and even kill.



Wild animals are reclaiming cities and streets during coronavirus lockdown

With the coronavirus keeping humans inside, wild animals have taken to the streets to have their own play — even in cities.



WHO warns there is 'no evidence' that antibody tests show coronavirus survivors are immune

The World Health Organization said that serological antibody tests that governments, including the US, are hoping will reveal coronavirus immunity may not prove anything.



For the first time ever, a robotic spacecraft caught an old satellite and extended its life

A small spacecraft built by Northrop Grumman succeeded in docking with Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite and returning it to service for another five years.



Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory?

Four levels of security are based on the precautions needed to handle different pathogens.



Today’s medical masks have a long, mysterious history

Even before it was understood what caused certain illnesses, doctors wore what has become known as plague masks.



Prophetic Book Saw All of This Coming

Saleema Nawaz's 'Songs for the End of the World' just came out as an e-book.



'Dancing' star's weird, spirograph orbit proves Einstein right (again)

The star's orbit creates an ever-changing rosette shape predicted by Einstein's general relativity.



The West Is Facing Its Worst Megadrought in at Least 1,200 Years

The extreme dry spell could hit a huge region from Oregon and Montana, down through California and New Mexico, and part of northern Mexico.



Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients

The SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal but disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Here’s why.



Where Did All the Antimatter Go? Scientists Are Closer to Finding Out

Particle physicists have released the results of a decade-long search.



How the World’s Squarest Fish Gets Around

The yellow boxfish is much more agile than it looks.



An MIT Lab Is Building Devices to Hack Your Dreams

From improving your mood to focusing your creativity, scientists at MIT’s Dream Lab want to prove the power of dreams.



Newfound alien planet may be most Earth-like yet

It's not Earth 2.0, but scientists are getting closer.



Man Has Rusty Knife Blade Removed From His Head 26 Years After He Was Stabbed

The case of Duorijie, an old farmer from Qinghai Province, can be considered nothing short of a miracle.



Shipwrecks Visible from Sky Above Lake Michigan due to Crystal Clear Water

Only two of the five wrecks the Coast Guard patrol team photographed have been identified.



The green sludge that could transform our diets

Microalgae is rich in protein, amino acids, fatty acids, and vitamins. Should we all be eating it?



The U.K. has a location similar to 'Skinwalker Ranch'

George Knapp chats with two of Europe’s best known paranormal investigators about anomalous locations.



Newfound asteroid the size of a house will fly safely by Earth Wednesday

Scientists first spotted it on April 11.



More Than 30 Million Years Ago, Monkeys Rafted Across the Atlantic to South America

Fossil teeth uncovered in Peru reveal that an extinct family of primates made it across the ocean.



The shattered heart of comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS

The comet had been expected to put on a great show, but its nucleus disintegrated on Saturday.



Giant Snake-Like Mound and Mysterious Circles Discovered Near Nazca Lines

A Google Earth explorer recently made the unusual find.



50,000-year-old string found at France Neanderthal site

The fragment has cast further doubt on the idea that Neanderthals were cognitively inferior to modern humans.



Astronomers Spot the Brightest Supernova Ever Recorded

The exploded star continued emitting radiation for more than 1,000 days, unleashing more energy than any supernova previously documented.



The Alleged First Crime Committed in Space May be Solved

Accused astronaut may be innocent of ID theft while on the ISS.



A (Literal) Fire Of Faith

A strange case from October of 1776 in Italy.



Scientists Reconstruct Dinosaur Embyo Skulls in Detail

Baby dinosaurs developed in the egg just like today's lizards.



Sickness From Space?

Could diseases could be arriving on interplnaetary or interstellar debris?



How Smart Are Plants?

The amazing world of plant neurobiology.



How zoos are trying to contain possible coronavirus outbreaks

Coronaviruses are known to affect domestic cats so it came as no surprise that tigers and lions could get them too.



New study casts doubt on rubber hand illusion

One of the world's most famous psychological experiments may not be quite what it seems.



NASA reveals new images of the sun in highest-ever resolution

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire unveil highest-ever resolution images of the Sun from NASA's solar sounding rocket mission.



U.S. government gave $3.7million grant to Wuhan lab at center of coronavirus leak

The Chinese laboratory at the center of scrutiny over a potential coronavirus leak has been using U.S. government money to carry out research on bats.



Is your dream home a 12th-century haunted Irish castle?

Portlick Castle is widely reputed to be haunted by a ghost known as the 'Blue Lady'.



US warns researchers against studying bats citing coronavirus concerns

The federal government has recommended all field testing and research involving bats in the US be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Awakening volcanic region in Iceland 'could cause disruption for centuries'

Reykjanes peninsula’s last active period started in 10th century and lasted 300 years.



Statue of Liberty blueprints discovered, showing last-minute changes

Originally, Lady Liberty's arm was designed to be more robust.



Flying objects seen in the night sky over US cities

A peculiar sight was recently spotted and filmed in the sky above at least two major population centers in the United States.



Universe may be expanding at different rates

A new study has cast doubt on the idea that the expansion of the universe is the same in every direction.



Evidence of Brain Surgery in Ancient Greece Discovered

High-status persons were apparently the recipients (and victims) of surgical intervention.



Are We Losing Our Natural Sense of Direction?

Will an ancient skill be lost because of GPS and smart phones?



Should We Make Animals Smarter?

Should the concept of "animal uplift" reamin in the realm of sci-fi?



What is the Scientology Response to Coronavirus?

The group's reaction to the pandemic and their reaction to press coverage.



NASA Looks At Moon-Based Radio Telescope Project

NASA proposes massive project in a crater on the far side of the Moon.



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Whole Plant Expo to Feature 7 tracks and more than 100 Speakers on Medical Cannabis

Whole Plant Expo today announced its seven-track conference program with more than 100 expert speakers including some of the biggest names in medical cannabis and hemp. Whole Plant Expo is a first-of-its-kind online event, bringing together an ecosystem of organizations and communities for a comprehensive examination of endocannabinology and the use of cannabinoids for medicine, […]

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Petition filed with SCOTUS to Declare the Criminalization of Cannabis Unconstitutional

In an appeal with national implications, a petition has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, demanding that the federal statute criminalizing marijuana, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), be declared unconstitutional. The case,Washington v. Barr, was brought on behalf of five plaintiffs, including 14-year-oldlegalization activist Alexis Bortell, Iraq War Veteran Jose Belen, and nine-year old […]

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City of Portland’s Cannabis Program Awards $548,000 to Reinvest in Communities Impacted by Prohibition

The Office of Community & Civic Life’s Social Equity & Educational Development (SEED) Grant Fund has announced its 2020 grant recipients. Six local organizations will receive a total of $548,000 to provide economic opportunity and education to communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. The grant is funded from a portion of Measure 26-180 which directs […]

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How to Cure Marijuana

The Best Way to Cure Weed and Quickly Drying a Sample So you’ve just harvested your marijuana crop: the smells are divine, and the buds are looking fluffy, tipped with beautiful multicolored colas–that is the tip of the flowering bud. Your weed looks good enough to eat, but is it ready to smoke? Well, […]

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Social Justice & The War On Drugs | Part 4: The Broken U.S. Prison System Demands Immediate Reform to Address Overcrowding and Social Injustice

The current state of and unacceptable practices within America’s prison system are two of the biggest social justice issues that come up when discussing the War on Drugs. The numbers regarding mass incarceration and the privatization of prisons are some of the most staggering statistics in the world, and the need for prison reform has […]

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How Many Different Cannabinoids Are There In Marijuana?

Different Cannabinoids Explained What are Cannabinoids? Do you ever wonder why smoking weed gets you high? It’s because of cannabinoids, different chemical compounds found in cannabis that enact with the human endocannabinoid system. There are numerous cannabinoids found in marijuana and each have a slightly different effect than others. Their cumulative effects can produce the […]

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Cannabis Infused Banana Coconut Pancakes

Some meals are created from resources and necessities. I grew up in a single parent home and my mom had to work several jobs to keep food on the table. Many times, my family and I created meals from what was in the house at the time because that was all that was all we […]

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Cannabis Infused Shrimp and Grits

This is one of my favorite comfort foods! I honestly believe I could eat this everyday. This dish was something our family would have often. My Granddad Benny would take me crabbing in the early morning hours and sometimes shrimp would get caught in the nets. I would let them go until Benny would fuss […]

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Dasheeda Dawson: From Strategist to Thought Leader to City Official

For those of us who have been around the block in the cannabis movement, seeing industry professionals who are advocates at the core bridge into policy work is one of the most encouraging things to witness.  Many advocates and industry leaders choose to stay in the private sector for a variety of reasons, and are […]

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Cannabis IP-Licensing Company Launches to Protect Plant Breeders

Cannabis industry professionals Dale Hunt, PhD, JD, Ethan Russo, MD, and Robert C. Clarke have brought together their expertise and joined forces to create the first cannabis company to focus on intellectual property (IP) protection specifically for independent plant breeders and licensing IP for access to markets worldwide. Named Breeder’s Best, the company hopes to […]

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Federal Testing Program Launched to Measure Cannabis and Hemp Compounds

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has launched a program to help laboratories accurately measure key chemical compounds in marijuana, hemp and other cannabis products. The program aims to increase accuracy in product labeling and help forensic laboratories distinguish between hemp and marijuana. Another goal, said NIST research chemist Brent Wilson, is to […]

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Former Pot Prisoner in Tennessee Now Running For U.S. Congress

Former public defender, Keeda Haynes, who spent nearly four years in federal prison for a marijuana-related felony, of which she says she was innocent, is running for Congress. Taking on a nearly 20-year incumbent, Rep. Jim Cooper (D), Ms. Haynes hopes to become the first Black congresswoman from Tennessee. The last time Tennessee sent a […]

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FDA Issues New Guidance on Cannabis Research

In a move directly affecting cannabis research, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released preliminary guidance on the government’s approach to several topics pertaining to clinical research related to the development of drugs containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds. The guidelines, released on July 21, 2020, outline how companies seeking approval to develop cannabis-based products […]

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House of Representatives Approves CBD Use for U.S. Military

The House of Representatives has approved a measure that will allow U.S. military members and veterans to use hemp-based CBD so long as the products meet the federal definition of hemp, which stipulates they contain not more than 0.3% THC. The vote comes up against an earlier directive from the Pentagon that had signed a […]

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Cannabis Found Effective to Treat Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial co-led by University of California, Irvine (UCI) researcher Kalpna Gupta and Dr. Donald Abrams of UC San Francisco. The study’s results, released July 17, 2020, could have wide-reaching […]

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Missouri Marijuana

Medical marijuana has been legalized in Missouri since 2018. As of the current date, recreational marijuana has yet to be legalized, however we are holding out hope that the next opportunity will present itself in 2022. There were high hopes of getting adult-use recreational marijuana on the ballot this November, but unfortunately the pandemic halted […]

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Missouri Medical Cannabis

Does Missouri Have Medical Cannabis? Yes. After voters passed Amendment 2 by an overwhelming margin in November 2018., Missouri voters showed their support behind MO Medical Marijuana, making it legal for card-carrying qualifying patients and caregivers to possess and cultivate marijuana in Missouri, with the program being administered by the Missouri Department of Health and […]

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Social Equity in the Colorado Cannabis Industry

There are few who would deny that former President Nixon’s 1971 War on Drugs was aimed at the nation’s Black communities and anti-Vietnam War protestors. That war still rages today though, thanks to persistent advocates, change seems to be in the air. A working group in Colorado succeeded in expanding social equity in the cannabis […]

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What Happens When You Bring Five Tons of Weed Across the Border from Canada?

When Prabjot Nagra tried to drive a commercial truck across the Peace Bridge at the end of June with 9,500 pounds of weed in vacuum-sealed bags, the border X-ray scan machine went crazy, prompting U.S. Customs and Border guards to, well, take notice. The 5-ton bust was the largest seizure to date of marijuana attempting […]

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House Rules Committee: Cannabis Reform is Common Sense

Jim McGovern (D-Mass), Chairman of the House of Representatives Rules Committee, said that when it comes to cannabis reform, common sense has not prevailed within the current political climate. “This is what happens when you allow the world’s greatest deliberative body to actually deliberate and debate. That shouldn’t be a radical idea,” Rep. McGovern recently […]

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Alabama Authorities Sentence Black Disabled Veteran to Five Years for Medical Marijuana

It was August 2016 when U.S. military veteran Sean Worsley and his wife Eboni were on a road trip to visit each of their parents. They’d stopped to buy gas in a small Alabama town when a local cop approached and told them their music was too loud and that he wanted to search their […]

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Social Justice & The War on Drugs | Part 3: Racial Bias in Drug Arrests and the Rampant Incarceration of Minorities for Drug Crimes

Drug arrests and convictions linked to the War on Drugs carry a different kind of weight, as many of them involve non-violent “criminal” acts by law. The topic of non-violent drug crimes encompasses social justice issues such as racial profiling, inappropriate use of law enforcement resources, overcrowded prisons, and even education and employment options for […]

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Rose City Justice March Tonight 6pm: No Justice No Peace!

Rose City Justice is taking to the streets again tonight to continue demonstrations that advocate for civil rights and social justice and equity. While our activism has made some changes and gained momentum and awareness, there is still work do be done, especially in the area of defunding the police and utilizing cannabis taxpayer dollars […]

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New Jersey Governor: Legalizing Weed Could Help with Economic Losses From Coronavirus

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he is not adverse to revisiting the question of legalizing marijuana as a way to help the state recover from the devastating economic damage brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and state-imposed closures to detain the spread of the virus, which continues to surge throughout the country. Gov. Murphy […]

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Pain tolerance among cannabis users
A recent study examining pain among cannabis users suggests that -- unlike long-term opioid use -- regular cannabis use does not appear to increase pain sensitivity.

Study of siblings finds moderate cannabis use impacts cognitive functioning
A new study compares adolescent siblings to determine the impact of early and frequent use of marijuana on cognitive function. This study contrasts with previous studies by finding that moderate adolescent cannabis use may have adverse effects that cannot be explained by the genetic or environmental factors that siblings may have in common.

Rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use not associated with vaping-related lung injuries, study finds
Higher rates of e-cigarette and marijuana use in U.S. states did not result in more e-cigarette or vaping-related lung injuries (known as EVALI), a new study from the Yale School of Public Health finds.

Cannabinoids may affect activity of other pharmaceuticals
Cannabinoid-containing products may alter the effects of some prescription drugs, according to researchers. They published information that could help medical professionals make safe prescribing choices for their patients who use prescription, over-the-counter or illicit cannabinoid products.

Legal marijuana may be slowing reductions in teen marijuana use
A longitudinal study of more than 230 teens and young adults in Washington state finds that teens may be more likely to use marijuana following legalization - with the proliferation of stores and increasing adult use of the drug -- than they otherwise would have been.

Marijuana use while pregnant boosts risk of children's sleep problems
As many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. But new research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children's sleep for as much as a decade.

Marijuana concentrates spike THC levels but don't boost impairment
A study of 121 regular users of legal market cannabis found that higher potency does not necessarily mean greater intoxication. It also found that while balance and memory are impaired immediately after use, that impairment fades within in an hour.

Cannabis temporarily relieves PTSD symptoms, study suggests
People suffering from post-traumatic distress disorder report that cannabis reduces the severity of their symptoms by more than half, at least in the short term, according to a recent study.

Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems
Users of high-potency cannabis are four times more likely to report associated problems, and twice as likely to report anxiety disorder, than users of lower-potency strains, according to new research.

Legal cannabis hemp oil effectively treats chronic neuropathic pain
Researchers examine the effectiveness of consuming hemp oil extracted from the whole cannabis plant using a chronic neuropathic pain animal model. Researchers showed that legal cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain.

Minimum legal age for cannabis use should be 19, study suggests
The optimal minimum legal age for non-medical cannabis use is 19 years of age, according to a new study.

Researchers develop chemistry needed to create marijuana breathalyzer
Chemists report the key chemical discovery necessary for the creation of a small, electronic marijuana breathalyzer.

How much does it cost California cannabis growers to safety test?
The high cost of testing cannabis in California leads to higher prices for the consumer, which could drive consumers to unlicensed markets. A new study finds the safety tests cost growers about 10 percent of the average wholesale price of legal cannabis. The biggest share of this expense comes from failing the test.

Frequent cannabis users are way too high ... in their estimates of cannabinoids
Researchers surveyed nearly 500 Hash Bash attendees, asking them to fill out a 24-item questionnaire. Participants were asked to fill in, in milligrams, the amounts they considered to be effective doses of THC and CBD. They were way off.

Whether marijuana helps with pain is unclear
Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds. However, daily marijuana users with severe pain also reported their health had become worse in the past year.

Marijuana may impair female fertility
Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according to an animal study.

Saliva test for cannabis could someday help identify impaired drivers
Those who consume alcohol and drive are often subjected to roadside stops, breathalyzer tests and stiff penalties if their blood alcohol content exceeds certain limits. Currently, no such test exists for cannabis intoxication, although the substance can impair driving. Now, scientists report a convenient saliva test for cannabis levels that might someday be used at roadside stops.

New research sheds light on potentially negative effects of cannabis
Coughing fits, anxiety and paranoia are three of the most common adverse reactions to cannabis, according to a recent study.

Legal marijuana products too strong for pain relief
More than 90% of the legal marijuana products offered in medical dispensaries are much stronger than what clinical studies have shown that doctors recommend for chronic pain relief, according to a new study.

Artisanal CBD not as effective as pharmaceutical CBD for reducing seizures
Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated with artisanal CBD, according to a preliminary study.

Preclinical study links human gene variant to THC reward in adolescent females
A common variation in a human gene that affects the brain's reward processing circuit increases vulnerability to the rewarding effects of the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis in adolescent females, but not males, according to preclinical research. As adolescence represents a highly sensitive period of brain development with the highest risk for initiating cannabis use, these findings in mice have important implications for understanding the influence of genetics on cannabis dependence in humans.

Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles
Few cannabis consumers understand what the THC numbers on packages of cannabis edibles really mean, according to a new study. The study, which surveyed nearly 1,000 Canadians aged 16 to 30, found that most consumers could not identify whether a cannabis edible contained 'low' or 'high' levels of THC based on the label.

Study paints picture of marijuana use in pregnant women
As marijuana is increasingly being legalized in US states, daily marijuana use among pregnant women is rising, despite evidence that this could harm their babies. Researchers have published findings from a study that delves deeper into pregnant women's use of marijuana, providing key insights that will help inform patient education efforts.

Medicinal cannabis may not ease sleep problems in the long run
Medicinal cannabis might not ease sleep problems in people with chronic pain over the long term, because frequent users might build up tolerance to its sleep-inducing effects, suggests preliminary research.

Real risks associated with cannabis exposure during pregnancy
A new study has definitively shown that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal development.

Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage
New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found.

Impaired driving -- even once the high wears off
Researchers have discovered that recreational marijuana use affects driving ability even when users are not intoxicated. Cannabis users had more accidents, drove at higher speeds, and drove through more red lights than non-users.

College students use more marijuana in states where it's legal, but they binge drink less
Marijuana use among college students has been trending upward for years, but in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, use has jumped even higher. A study shows that in states where marijuana was legalized by 2018, both occasional and frequent use among college students has continued to rise beyond the first year of legalization, suggesting an ongoing trend rather than a brief period of experimentation.

Study sheds light on link between cannabis, anxiety and stress
A molecule produced by the brain that activates the same receptors as marijuana is protective against stress by reducing anxiety-causing connections between two brain regions, researchers report.

Marijuana detected in homicide victims nearly doubles
Researchers assessed the time trends in alcohol and marijuana detected in homicide victims and found that the prevalence of marijuana almost doubled, increasing from 22 percent in 2004 to 42 percent in 2016. Alternately, the prevalence of alcohol declined slightly from 40 percent in 2004 to 35 percent in 2016.

Scientists discover medicinal cannabis substitute for treating Parkinson's disease
A drug that provides the benefits obtained from medicinal cannabis without the 'high' or other side effects may help to unlock a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Study reveals increased cannabis use in individuals with depression
New findings reveal the prevalence of cannabis, or marijuana, use in the United States increased from 2005 to 2017 among persons with and without depression and was approximately twice as common among those with depression in 2017.

Medical marijuana cards often sought by existing heavy users
Young adults who seek enrollment in state medical marijuana programs are often those who already use heavily rather than those with mental or physical issues that could be addressed by the drug.

Increase in calls to US poison control for natural psychoactive substances
A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December 2017, which totaled an average of 3,743 exposures each year, or approximately 10 calls every day.

Cannabis reduces headache and migraine pain by nearly half
Inhaled cannabis reduces self-reported headache severity by 47.3% and migraine severity by 49.6%, according to a recent study. The study also found no evidence that cannabis caused 'overuse headache,' a pitfall of more conventional treatments. The researchers did see patients using larger doses of cannabis over time, indicating they may be developing tolerance to the drug.

Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain
For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial -- and a less dangerous -- alternative, according to new research.

In states where recreational marijuana is legal, problematic use increased among adults and teens
Problematic use of marijuana among adolescents and adults increased after legalization of recreational marijuana use, according to a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Some CBD products may yield cannabis-positive urine drug tests
A small study concludes that caution is warranted for users of 'high CBD, low THC' cannabis products.

Cannabis use disorder is declining among young adolescents and young adults
The prevalence of cannabis use disorder decreased in 2002 to 2016 among frequent users. Changes in social attitudes and the traits of frequent users may explain the decline, according to researchers. This is one of the first studies to examine the general health profile of people using cannabis daily or almost daily and the trends in the prevalence of cannabis use disorder in this population.

Of all professions, construction workers most likely to use opioids and cocaine
Construction workers are more likely to use drugs than workers in other professions, finds a new study.

Insufficient evidence that medicinal cannabinoids improve mental health
The most comprehensive analysis of medicinal cannabinoids and their impact on six mental health disorders -- combining 83 studies including 3,000 people -- suggests that the use of cannabinoids for mental health conditions cannot be justified based on the current evidence. This is due to a lack of evidence for their effectiveness, and because of the known risks of cannabinoids.

Teen marijuana use may have next-generation effects
A new study shows how a parent's use of marijuana, past or present, can influence their child's substance use and well-being.

The frostier the flower, the more potent the cannabis
Cannabis flowers with the most mushroom-shaped hairs pack the biggest cannabinoid and fragrance punch, according to new research.

Potential therapy to treat detrimental effects of marijuana
A new study using a preclinical animal model suggests that prenatal exposure to THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, makes the brain's dopamine neurons (an integral component of the reward system) hyperactive and increases sensitivity to the behavioral effects of THC during pre-adolescence.

Cannabis study reveals how CBD offsets the psychiatric side-effects of THC
Researchers have shown for the first time the molecular mechanisms at work that cause cannabidiol, or CBD, to block the psychiatric side-effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

Older adults with COPD more likely to use synthetic cannabinoids
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that's often associated with a variety of health problems, including chronic muscle pain and insomnia. Psychoactive drug classes, like cannabinoids, are often prescribed to help reduce pain, promote sleep and decrease breathlessness. A study has found that older adults with COPD were twice as likely to use prescription synthetic oral cannabinoids compared to older adults without COPD, raising safety concerns.

Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals
Bisexual women had higher rates of past-year and daily marijuana use compared to heterosexual women, and gay/lesbian women were also more likely to report daily marijuana use and past year medical marijuana use than heterosexual women. While previous research has explored the association between state-level medical marijuana laws and marijuana use and MU disorder among the general US population, this is among the first to explore this relationship for lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals.

Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use
As growing numbers of people are using cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study reports that prescriptions are not backed up by adequate evidence.

Gene linked to autism undergoes changes in men's sperm after pot use
A specific gene associated with autism appears to undergo changes in the sperm of men who use marijuana, according to new research. The gene change occurs through a process called DNA methylation, and it could potentially be passed along to offspring.

New breathalyzer can detect marijuana
A team has developed a breathalyzer device that can measure the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in marijuana, in the user's breath. The breathalyzer was developed using carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes of carbon 100,000 times smaller than a human hair. Nanotechnology sensors can detect THC at levels comparable to or better than mass spectrometry, which is considered the gold standard for THC detection.

Teens are using a highly potent form of marijuana
Nearly one in four Arizona teens have used a highly potent form of marijuana known as marijuana concentrate, according to a new study. Among nearly 50,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders from the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, a biennial survey of Arizona secondary school students, one-third (33%) had tried some form of marijuana, and nearly a quarter (24%) had tried marijuana concentrate.

Cannabis flower is an effective mid-level analgesic medication for pain
Using the largest database of real-time recordings of the effects of common and commercially available cannabis products in the United States, researchers found strong evidence that cannabis can significantly alleviate pain, with the average user experiencing a three-point drop in pain suffering on a 0-10 point scale immediately following cannabis consumption.

Spending on illicit drugs in US nears $150 billion annually
Spending on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine fluctuated between $120 billion and $145 billion each year from 2006 to 2016, rivaling what Americans spend each year on alcohol, according to a new study.

Cannabis-related poison control calls for Massachusetts kids doubled after medical pot legalized
After medical marijuana became legal in Massachusetts, cannabis-related poison control calls involving the commonwealth's children and teenagers doubled, according to a public health investigation.

Marijuana may boost risky effects of drinking alcohol
Compared to people who only drank alcohol, those who used alcohol and marijuana simultaneously were more likely to drink heavier and more often, according to researchers. They were also more likely to experience alcohol-related problems -- like impulsive actions they later regretted.

Adults who mix cannabis with opioids for pain report higher anxiety, depression
Not a good mix: A researcher has found that adults who combine prescription opioids for severe pain and cannabis report elevated anxiety and depression symptoms, with no increased pain reduction.

Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths
A new study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths.

Cannabis' effects on brain neurochemistry
A new study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain's prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for psychosis who regularly used cannabis.

Antioxidant compound from soybeans may prevent marijuana-induced blood vessel damage
Marijuana exposure damages cells of the inner lining of blood vessels throughout the heart and vascular system. In studies with human cells and arteries from mice, a compound found in soybeans blocked the damage and may have potential in preventing cardiovascular side effects of marijuana use.

More women using cannabis daily before and during pregnancy, research finds
The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data.

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