A Welcome Edition

Here is an interview in which Ethan Russo, MD,  discusses the Indica/Sativa controversy in  a new journal edited by Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. And here are  links to all the articles.  We’ll have more info about this welcome addition to the literature in the days ahead.  

O’Shaughnessy’s online (the site you’re on) and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians site are undergoing big changes  as a new wordpress “theme” is being implemented.  Apologies to anyone who has had trouble ordering the print edition.

Back in the 1990s I continued to use Pagemaker as the lay-out program for a weekly I was editing at UCSF because nobody could explain to me what advantages Quark or InDesign would provide. I could have laid out the New York Times with Pagemaker. The day came when Pagemaker was no longer “supported” —not by Adobe, the manufacturer, nor by our printer in San Francisco— and I had to switch to InDesign. Everyone called it progress but I called it planned obsolescence. 

This time I’m not putting up any Luddite resistance. Our new wordpress theme will enable people to read our material on phones and tablets, and  I know I should be glad. But as info is conveyed in ever-smaller bits, the editor loses the ability to put things in context visually as s/he lays out a page.  Reading little bits of info on a phone screen jibes perfectly with the single-issue approach to politics. Reductionism rules. 

Can’t you say anything positive?

Bernie Sanders!  He’s from Brooklyn, 74 years old, and has had gout and a hernia operation.  So the Senator is my homeboy, my ageboy, my toeboy, and my groinboy. And as a democratic socialist, he’s also my pinkboy.

Here’s another man after my own heart: Peter Wohlleben. 

And here’s who Sanders and Wohlleben and you and me are up against (from the NY Times January 22):

Monsanto on Thursday stepped up its defense of Roundup, a widely used weed killer, by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide, from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens… The company said it filed the suit against the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and the agency’s acting director, Lauren Zeise, in California state court. The state agency said in September that it planned to add glyphosate to the list after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as a probable human carcinogen last March. Monsanto has disputed the assessment, citing numerous studies deeming glyphosate safe. In its lawsuit, Monsanto describes the International Agency for Research on Cancer as an “unelected, undemocratic, unaccountable and foreign body.” It says that the lack of oversight violates the company’s right to procedural due process under state and federal law. The agency did not comment, as it had not seen the suit. Roundup is used by farmers worldwide and generated $4.8 billion in revenue for Monsanto in the 2015 fiscal year. Questions about the safety of the herbicide have dogged Monsanto for years.

Palindrome: From palin, meaning “again” and dramein, to run… Example: “Yreka Bakery.”