Little Known Cannabis Facts – Show 67

Welcome back to Weeducated! It’s time for Little Known Cannabis Facts and I know it’s been forever since the last one, but we’re still continuing with our History of Cannabis Timeline. I want to do a quick recap because it’s been forever since our last one. We started this all the way back in 10,000 BC. We’ve talked about cannabis and the cavemen, the Scythian, the Egyptians, the assassins. We’ve talked about the first drug laws in the world and in America. We’ve talked about how for most of human history cannabis has been recognized as a beneficial and even necessary plant for humanity. It’s only within the last couple hundred years that we’ve treated it as the devil. There are some incredibly fascinating and important facts that anyone who considers themselves a cannabis advocate should know. If you haven’t heard the history to this point, I HIGHLY recommend going back and listening to the older episodes. You can hear all of them by going to lkf.weeducated.com.

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But, I digress. So, moving on….If you do somehow possess the memory of an elephant and remember the last episode, we left off in the 1930’s and 1940’s in America. We talked all about Harry Anslinger (the then head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics) and his campaign against musicians and even Hollywood. If you’ve been a fan of the show for a while now, you know Anslinger was a real peach.

Ok, I might have lied about part of that. He sucked. He sucked so hard. He singlehandedly did more to demonize marijuana than anyone else in American History. He rose up through the ranks via customs and eventually landed the director role for the newly formed FBN. His tenure in this role was largely defined by his approach to drug users. The whole idea that drug users should be “punished” originated with him and his office. Oh, side note, that old show, the untouchables? In real life, those were his agents. Zealots on a mission to eradicate the scourge of drugs and alcohol and their users. Anyway, Anslinger created policies and media campaigns against marijuana based on anecdotal information, bad science and a sense of self preservation. You see, his entire department and thus, his position of power, was all dependent on the “drug war”. We didn’t call it that back then, but that’s certainly where it originated.

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Now, he did this in the face of medical science. It might surprise you to know that originally in this country the American Medical Association OPPOSED the first legislation banning cannabis. Several states outlawed cannabis as part of their general poison laws and surprisingly, the AMA stood against these laws. Their stance was that cannabis was an incredibly helpful and useful plant with many positive qualities.

Now this is where we’re going to pick up this time. As I said, Anslinger never let a silly thing like Science stand in the way of his agenda and the 1950’s were no different. Also, let me set this up a bit….the 1950’s were riddled with crime, mostly of the organized variety. And unlike earlier in the century, most drug addiction wasn’t accidental. And a lot of the addiction was to heroin. AND we were smack dab in the middle of the Korean War and the cold war. Damn those commies. So Anslinger, true to form, capitalized on the fear associated with these issues.

Well, at least after the medical community stuffed him, that is. So here’s how it went…

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There was a new law proposal for the books, the Boggs Act. The Boggs act is where our current iteration of drug policy comes from. We started with a “war on drugs” and when that didn’t work well enough, we made harsher penalties and more extreme punishments. Enter the Boggs Act. It basically QUADRUPLED the penalties for drug possession and use (btw this is where the crazy shit like death penalties for cannabis originates). And of course, before its passage, there were hearings.

Ok, so anyone familiar with Anslinger knows he’s famous for lots of bullshit quotes, but one in particular, stands out. Here goes…”Marijuana, in its users, causes criminality, insanity and death.” He spouted this EVERYWHERE. It was submitted into evidence by him during the hearings for the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, the country’s first anti-marijuana law. And he used it over and over and over after that. In newspaper columns, in radio addresses, everywhere.

Here’s where things get interesting. So as part of the hearings for the Boggs Act, a doctor who ran one of the government’s narcotic rehabilitation facilities testifies and tosses Anslinger’s argument on its ass. He basically gets up on the stand and says, Ya…marijuana? Actually we KNOW it doesn’t cause criminality, insanity or death. Oh…and it’s also not addictive. We know that too.

So what’s Anslinger to do? He’s already been bitten by his own words once (ahem, insanity defense- if you don’t know what I’m talking about listen to past episodes. And believe me, it’s worth it..a government official even turns into a BAT because of cannabis). Anyway, so what is he to do? The whole argument he’s been making for years was just completely destroyed by a DOCTOR..a professional…someone you can trust. Well, this is Anslinger we’re talking about here so it barely even phased him. In fact, this one act…this one lie, has been perpetuated for the better part of seventy years. And it’s one of the most common misconceptions about cannabis today. The gateway theory.

That’s right. Anslinger is such a smooth operator, he gets up there and agrees with the doc… ok ok ok, maybe it doesn’t cause insanity and death, but I personally believe it has something in it that causes criminality…I’ve seen it. And maybe it isn’t addictive, but it is “the certain first step on the road to heroin addiction”. The end.

Yup. No science. Nothing to back this claim up..Nope. He doesn’t explain or back that up in any way. Just blatant uneducated opinion spouted as fact. Personal opinion presented as fact. And what’s wrong with that, after all? Who doesn’t want personal self-preserving opinions to shape our nation’s law and policies?

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*sigh* Ok, well that’s where I’m going to leave off but there’s more to this story. In fact, next time we’re going to be talking about how Anslinger capitalizes on the Cold War to further his anti-marijuana agenda. Yikes!

As always, all sources and references can be found by going to lkf.weeducated.com. Stick with us, we’ll be right back!

By rubylexi • March 5, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis Recipes and Cooking – Show 67

Cannabis Infused Bacon Wrapped Egg Frittata

This show’s Cannabis Recipe is easy and delicious. It also shows how versatile your cannabis recipes can be. Who thinks to medicate eggs? Gourmedd. That’s who. YUM.

Cannabis Infused Bacon Wrapped Egg Frittata

Ingredients

  • 1lb Bacon ((this can be any kind of bacon, turkey, etc))
  • 10 Large Eggs
  • 3 sprigs Chopped Basil
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 3 medium slices Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Cannabis Medicated Coconut Oil ((for the oil recipe, go to oil.weeducated.com))
  • Garlic ((to taste))
  • Salt and Pepper ((to taste))

Directions

Step 1
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Coat muffin tin with infused coconut oil. Cut bacon in half and line muffin tin with bacon covering entire cup.
Step 2
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Beat eggs with all chopped ingredients. Oil, and spices. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until eggs are firm.
Step 3
Cut bacon in half and line muffin tin with bacon covering entire cup.
Remove from cups and flip onto cookie sheet. Broil for a few minutes to crisp up bacon on cups! Serve and enjoy!!!

 

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Cannabis Law Tips – Show 67

Sorry Sheila Polk, Bill Montgomery and Mark Brnovich – Marijuana Does Not Negatively Affect the Brain

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According to a recent study and a report issued in The Journal of Neuroscience, marijuana use is not associated with structural changes in the brain. Investigators from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Louisville in Kentucky assessed brain morphology in both daily adult and adolescent cannabis users compared to non-users, with a particular focus on whether any differences were identifiable in the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, and the cerebellum. Investigators reported “no statistically significant differences … between daily users and nonusers on [brain] volume or shape in the regions of interest” after researchers controlled for participants’ use of alcohol. “[T]he results indicate that, when carefully controlling for alcohol use, gender, age, and other variables, there is no association between marijuana use and standard volumetric or shape measurements of subcortical structures,” researchers reported.

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The study’s results failed to replicate well-publicized findings reported in the same journal in 2014, purporting to associate cannabis use by young adults with changes in brain morphology. Authors of the new study theorized that the contradictory results were likely because of previous researchers’ failure to adequately control for the effects of alcohol, which “has been unequivocally associated with deleterious effects on brain morphology and cognition in both adults and adolescents.”

Researchers concluded that “[I]t seems unlikely that marijuana use has the same level of long-term deleterious effects on brain morphology as other drugs like alcohol. … The press may not cite studies that do not find sensational effects, but these studies are still extremely important.”

Full text of the study, “Daily marijuana use is not associated with brain morphometric measures in adolescents or adults,” appears in The Journal of Neuroscience. Thanks to Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, paul@norml.org., for this information.

Findings of another risk assessment study published in the journal Nature: Scientific Reports, conclude that health risks associated with the use of cannabis have likely been “overestimated” while the dangers associated with the consumption of alcohol “have been commonly underestimated,” An international team of investigators from Germany and Canada performed a comparative risk assessment of various substances – including alcohol, tobacco, opiates, cannabis, and cocaine – based on their level of toxicity following human exposure. The authors reported that cannabis possessed the lowest risk of any of the substances assessed while alcohol possessed the highest risk.

These results “point to a risk management prioritization toward alcohol and tobacco rather than illicit drugs,” the authors concluded. They added that cannabis’ low risk categorization suggests a “strict regulatory approach rather than the current prohibition approach [would be more logical and beneficial].” In other words, they believe that cannabis should be treated like a prescription drug.

Thanks again to and for more information please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin of exposure approach,” appears online here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311234/

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Cannabis Music – Show 67

This episode of Cannabis Music we talk about one of my all time favorite bands, Blind Melon. Well, sort of. They did a cover of a Hoyt Axton song, called “The Pusher”. And actually there have been several covers of this song, including one by Steppenwolf. Anyway, it’s a really cool song that recognizes the differences between weed and other ‘drugs’. It was written in the sixties and made quite a stir at the time, for reasons that will become clear once you hear the lyrics. I was originally going to play the Blind Melon version but I think the original is definitely harder to come by. And since that’s kind of the point of this segment (to expose you to music you may not have otherwise heard)….well…Plus Hoyt Axton is amazing and everyone should know and love him. Ok, I’m done. Without further blabber on my part, enjoy The Pusher by Hoyt Axton!

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Cannabis Events – Show 67

Ok ok ok. I know I’ve been on a Colorado kick lately. We talked about Smyoga last time and movies and B&B’s. But there’s another one I think is just awesome. Wanna know how to roll a joint? How about how to roll sushi? Well, learn both…at the same time! Colorado’s Green Labs has started offering the classes and the next one is March 7th. So. Badass. More information can be found here.
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And that’s not all.

This episode of Weeducated Events also takes us to the Grand Opening of Hempful Farms Cafe and Shop. That’s right, we have an awesome new cafe and store in the state that helps to promote the cultural shift needed to fully legalize cannabis. Oh and it’s a really cool place. With really great food. And really cool peeps. That helps too…. Press play now to hear all about it. However, suffice it to say, you should go show these folks some love. They really are doing a cool thing in a really unique way. More information about them can be found on their website, here.

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Here’s what their website says:

My story is a unique one and will one day be read in a book, a novel maybe even a series…..but for now, we are here to help you “Start your day in a Hempful Way!” Our concept derived from our wanting to live healthier and share what we have learned with others. We bring to the table 20 years in the “industry”, both of them and now we have a concept we believe will take off very quickly.

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Cannabis Product Review – Show 67

This episode of Weeducated Product Review takes us to the Grand Opening of Hempful Farms Cafe and Shop. That’s right, we have an awesome new cafe and store in the state that helps to promote the cultural shift needed to fully legalize cannabis. Oh and it’s a really cool place. With really great food. And really cool peeps. That helps too…. Press play now to hear all about what we thought. However, suffice it to say, you should go show these folks some love. They really are doing a cool thing in a really unique way. More information about them can be found on their website, here.

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Here’s what their website says:

My story is a unique one and will one day be read in a book, a novel maybe even a series…..but for now, we are here to help you “Start your day in a Hempful Way!” Our concept derived from our wanting to live healthier and share what we have learned with others. We bring to the table 20 years in the “industry”, both of them and now we have a concept we believe will take off very quickly.

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Cannabis Culture – Show 67

This episode confirms a brand new segment, Cannabis Culture! The goal is to go out and talk to real folks on the streets to answer those standing questions that exist in stoner culture. (Who gets greens? Which way do you pass?) This week we go out the Grand Opening of Hempful Farms Cafe and Store to ask the folks there the questions listed below. Some of the answers we got were hilarious and others were pretty surprising, to me at least. Check it out…

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Episode Sixty Seven Cannabis Culture Questions:

  1. How do you spell Marijuana?
  2. Is it ok to green your own bowl?
  3. Is it customary to smoke a bowl with someone who brings you a bag? Is it necessary?
  4. How many grams in an ounce?
  5. What are all the names you can think of for Marijuana?

Feel free to chime in with your own answers in the comments below!

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Cannabis News – Show 66

It’s time for an all new episode of Weeducated and this one brings big changes with it! We announce those changes on this episode but as you expect, we discuss a battery of stories from around the world. We report on a new story that may allow for cannabis on Mars…WHAT?! And the proposed changes to VA docs and their ability to recommend cannabis as a treatment option for our veterans. We also give a rundown of the grand total collected by Colorado in marijuana related taxes and business fees for 2014. And it’s a huge number….staggering even.

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We debunk the crazy story that broke in the UK about super skunk and the claim that one in four new serious mental disorders is linked to cannabis. And on its heels, the story of the newsreader who tried cannabis for the first time and said it was worse than being in a war zone. We give you ammo to debunk both. Stupid yellow journalism. Get WEEDUCATED people! Speaking of getting Weeducated, we also cover the two new studies that show we don’t need to be as afraid of changes in brain structure or driving because of cannabis as the opposition would have you believe. And we leave off this episode by talking about some of the Cannabis Heroes that are out there fighting the good fight and changing minds…weeducating, if you will. You definitely want to hear this episode so go ahead and press play already!!

Does Cannabis Really Cause One in Four of All New Serious Mental Disorders?

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Reefer madness is upon us again, with media reports on a new cannabis study suggesting that a couple of puffs on a joint will inevitably lead young people to psychosis.
It’s nonsense. While it’s true that the study shows skunk to be dangerous, it also found milder forms of cannabis, like hash, to be completely harmless. These findings do not disprove the case for drug law reform: they make it.

Newsreader Jon Snow: Smoking high-strength cannabis ‘more terrifying than war zone’

Newsreader Jon Snow has described taking high-strength “skunk” cannabis as more terrifying than working in a war zone. The presenter today admitted to trying the drug in a blog post – all in the name of science. He said it took him to the “darkest place I have ever been” during an experiment at a lab near University College Hospital, Euston. Writing on the Channel 4 News website, the presenter said: “I felt as if my soul had been wrenched from my body. There was no one in my world.
“I felt I had lost all control and had only the vaguest awareness of who I was and what on earth I was doing.
“I cascaded into a very, very, dark place, the darkest mental place I have ever been.
“I was frightened, paranoid, and felt physically and mentally wrapped in a dense blanket of fog.”
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Astronauts could grow CANNABIS on the Red Planet, hints British Mars One finalist

A budding British astronaut has indicated that astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars might be able to grow cannabis aboard their spaceship.
Ryan MacDonald, a physics student at Oxford University, is one of five Brits named among the finalists for the Mars One mission, which will send a team on a mission to settle on the Red Planet.
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Bill Would Allow VA Docs to Recommend Marijuana

A new bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would allow doctors employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend marijuana as means of medical treatment to veterans that suffer from certain medical conditions, such as: serious physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
Do to federal laws current VA policy prohibits doctors from recommending marijuana for medical use.
Nearly 20% of veterans returning from the Middle East are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or PTSD; all of which are notoriously difficult conditions to treat. A study published recently in the Annals of Epidemiology found that the suicide rate among these veterans is 50% greater than the national average.
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Colorado pulls in $76M in marijuana taxes and business fees for 2014

DENVER — Colorado finally learned Tuesday how much tax revenue it collected from recreational marijuana in the first year of sales, and the haul was below estimates — about $44 million. The release of December sales taxes gave Colorado its first full calendar year of the taxes from recreational pot sales, which began Jan. 1, 2014.
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Federal Study: THC-Positive Drivers Not More Likely To Be Involved In Motor Vehicle Crashes 

Drivers who test positive for the presence of THC in blood are no more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes than are drug-free drivers, according to a federally sponsored case-control study involving some 9,000 participants. The study, published Friday by the United States National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), is the first large-scale case-control study ever conducted in the United States to assess the crash risk associated with both drugs and alcohol use by drivers.
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Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated With Changes In Brain Morphology

It was less than a year ago when the mainstream media was chock-full of headlines like this one: “Brain changes associated with casual marijuana use in young adults, study finds.” The alarmist headlines were in response to a controversial paper published by researchers at Harvard University and Northwestern University which alleged to have found differences in brain morphology in a cohort of 20 college-age marijuana users as compared to 20 non-users. The study’s investigators attributed the differences to subjects’ cannabis use.
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Earl Blumenauer Is a Total Badass

US Representative Earl Blumenauer is demanding to know who in the federal government intimidated an Oregon bank that had promised to work with legal marijuana businesses. Oregon’s MBank made headlines last month when it announced it would be taking marijuana-related business in Colorado, where legal marijuana retailers struggle to find banking services. MBank has been taking deposits in Washington, the other state where recreational pot is legal, and has been serving Oregon-based medical marijuana dispensaries since September.

So is Mason Tvert…In case you didn’t know

 

By rubylexi • February 25, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis Events – Show 64

So I think it’s funny. There are folks of the opinion that cannabis users are using to escape their reality. We’ve all heard it. But we also all know that we don’t escape with cannabis, we enhance. We choose cannabis because in many situations it makes an experience more complete. And this mentality is being born out in Colorado with all the ingenuity that has emerged. There were cannabis art events, cannabis movie theaters, cannabis bed and breakfasts…..But this one might just be my favorite….
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CANNABIS. YOGA. Event better? They’re calling it Smyoga. Hilarious.
So awesome.
Also don’t forget about the Marijuana Investor Summit in April!

 

By rubylexi • February 11, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis Product Review – Show 64

In this episode of Cannabis Product Review, we discuss an upcoming cannabis strain that Ruby’s dad is sure to love. It’s coming to us from her dad’s doppelganger, Tommy Chong. He recently announced he is developing a new strain called “Chong Star”. Hilarious. And we can’t wait to try it!!

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Now that the era of cannabis prohibition is finally coming to a close, the famous stoners of bygone eras are stepping away from their bongs, wandering out of their man caves and looking to cash in. Bob Marley’s descendants may be trying to brand a strain of weed named after the famed reggae singer, but L.A.’s own Tommy Chong is thinking a big more broadly. Yes, his own strain — “Chong Star” — is in the works. Read more….

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