Author: Fred Gardner

How do you say “CBD” in Hebrew?

In a video that aired June 27, Reuters’ Tara Cleary reported on the availability to patients in Israel of a CBD-rich strain of cannabis. We expect a CBD cover story in Time Magazine taking exactly the same angle —“The pot that doesn’t get you high!”— within a year.  The transcript follows. Reporter: These cannabis plants in northern Israel are taking the “silly” out of smoking pot. Tikun Olam, the company responsible for them, has found a way to produce cannabis without the side effect of getting stoned. What? Marijuana without a “high” —but that’s pointless, no? Well, not quite —with this plant,...

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Issa v. Holder

By Fred Gardner All my life I would have sympathized with the Black man being hounded by a vicious Caucasian (who happens to be the richest man in the United States Congress). But watching Attorney General Eric Holder taking verbal abuse from Rep. Darrell Issa last week, all that came to mind were lines by Martin Niemoller, a German Presbyterian pastor who spent seven years in a concentration camp: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak...

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The Doctors Who Believed Their Patients

Have you heard of our law called Prop 215? Passed by California voters just saying what we mean Marijuana eases pain and grief There’s many a condition for which it brings relief But the State could not wait to cover up its ears Long-robed judges said the wording isn’t clear The cops and D.A.s held a council of war In secret to dis-implement the new law [wpspoiler name=”Lyrics” ]Have you heard of our law called Prop 215? Passed by California voters just saying what we mean Marijuana eases pain and grief There’s many a condition for which it brings...

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Lucky, the Lab Mouse

You get Seniority If Death you can avoid The lab was up to me I chose “Cannabinoids” Heard it’s a fun house Where a little lab mouse Can par-tay Click to listen [wpspoiler name=”Lyrics” ]You get Seniority If Death you can avoid The lab was up to me I chose “Cannabinoids” Heard it’s a fun house Where a little lab mouse Can par-tay Pass that new compound Over to me doc Then I’ll swim around You can punch the clock I ain’t cynical Life’s a clinical trial For mouse or man I’ll do anything Science might require balance on...

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Discovery has yet to discover…

From Gary G. You may have seen this article in Discovery about drugs targeting CB1 and CB2. Here’s the link: http://discovermagazine.com/2011/nov/18-how-pot-cocaine-hunger-intersect-in-brain Hadn’t seen it, thanks for sending. O’Shaughnessy’s broke the Rimonabant story in ’04. Actually, we broke it in advance of its unfolding, which is a neat trick. If Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer, had heeded our warning, they would have saved three-quarters-of-a-billion Euros…  Martin Lee’s piece about research focusing on the CB2 receptor was a scoop, too, in 2009. Discovery is way behind on the story. Note that the reporter and the Discovery editors who reviewed the piece are still defining THC as “the active compound in marijuana.” Scientists like Xi have to work the addiction angle into their investigations in order to get funding from NIDA. What a waste of energy and intelligence. What a corruption of science...

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Add Plants Worth Pushing

Indigo Rose (The Purplest Tomato) There’s a new tomato in town, Indigo Rose. She gets her dark skin from from high levels of anthocyanins —flavonoids that contribute purple pigment to eggplants (and Cannabis), red to grapes, blue to blueberries. Anthocyanins are potent anti-oxidants. If you have access to some soil in a place that gets sun, it’s not too late… Indigo Rose tomatoes are for sale as starts in 4-inch pots from Kassenhoff Growers. Look for their booth at the farmers market across from the Grand Lake Theater Oakland on Saturdays, and the farmers market at the DMV Parking Lot on Sunday. Kassenhoff plants are beautifully healthy and ready to take off. The Indigo Rose was “developed by Jim Myers at Oregon State University using traditional plant breeding techniques,” according to the Johnny’s Catalog. In the accompanying photo they look like big Bing cherries (which are also high in anthocyanins).  Some hip dispensary ought to buy a thousand seeds (price: $10.15) and give out packets. Kassenhoff Growers got their Indigo Rose seeds from Fedco, a co-op in Maine that  tries to exclude genetically-modified seeds from their product line. “We all share the reality of genetic drift,” says a sad riff on the Fedco website explaining why they can’t guarantee that every seed they sell will be GMO-free. “To help ensure the purity of our seed, we have for the...

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June 4

From Gary G. You may have seen this article in Discovery about drugs targeting CB1 and CB2. Here’s the link: http://discovermagazine.com/2011/nov/18-how-pot-cocaine-hunger-intersect-in-brain Hadn’t seen it, thanks for sending. O’Shaughnessy’s broke the Rimonabant story in ’04. Actually, we broke it in advance of its unfolding, which is a neat trick. If Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer, had heeded our warning, they would have saved three-quarters-of-a-billion Euros…  Martin Lee’s piece about research focusing on the CB2 receptor was a scoop, too, in 2009. Discovery is way behind on the story. Note that the reporter and the Discovery editors who reviewed the piece are still defining THC as “the active compound in marijuana.” Scientists like Xi have to work the addiction angle into their investigations in order to get funding from NIDA. What a waste of energy and intelligence. What a corruption of science...

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