Category: Second Column

Happy Hanukkah, Monica Lewinsky

  http://www.os-extra.cannabisclinicians.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Happy-Hanukkah-Monica.m4v By Fred Gardner. California voters legalized marijuana for medical use on November 5, 1996. Bill Clinton was re-elected as President that same day. California’s Republican attorney general, who had led the opposition to Prop 215, flew to Washington, DC,  and urged federal officials to prevent the new law from being implemented.  Clinton didn’t authorize an armed crackdown, but he did set in motion a civil suit to close down Dennis Peron’s San Francisco Cannabis Buyer’s Club, Jeff Jones’s Oakland CBC, and four other Bay Area dispensaries. It was a classic example of liberal “triangulation.” If Clinton had...

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Cannabis Roots (More Research is Needed)

Cannabis Roots: A Traditional Therapy with Future Potential for Treating Inflammation and Pain By Natasha R Ryz, David J.Remillard, and Ethan B. Russo in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. August 2017 Introduction: The roots of the cannabis plant have a long history of medical use stretching back millennia. However, the therapeutic potential of cannabis roots has been largely ignored in modern times. Discussion: In the first century, Pliny the Elder described in Natural Histories that a decoction of the root in water could be used to relieve stiffness in the joints, gout, and related conditions. By the 17th century, various...

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Neuropsychopharmacology January 2018

The table of contents forwarded by Stephen Robinson, MD, reflects the Faustian Bargain made by leading researchers with respect to cannabis. No longer able to deny beneficial effects, they pay exaggerated attention to the possible harms, notably Cannabis Use Disorder. The editorial overview  by Drs. Margaret Haney and Matthew Hill provides an informative summary of ECS research, and can be downloaded in full. Unfortunately, many of the papers the authors summarize give the Devil —a card-carrying Prohibitionist— His due. For example “Outside of the role of endocannabinoids, however, cannabis itself is also a drug of abuse, and preclinical models...

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New Hampshire to Dr. Konopka: ‘Computerize or Die’

As reported by Ars Technica’s Cyrus Farivar November 5: An 84-year-old doctor in New London, New Hampshire, appeared in state court Friday in an effort to regain her medical license, less than a week after closing her office on October 28. State authorities claim that—because Dr. Anna Konopka doesn’t have a computer, much less know how to use one—her organizational skills are lacking, according to the Associated Press. “The problem now is that I am not doing certain things on a computer,” she told the news service. “I have to learn that. It is time consuming. I have no...

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Helichrysum italicum

“Immortelle” is a good name for a plant supposed to have anti-aging properties, and Croatian farmers are trying to grow commercial quantities. According to a November 24 New York Times story by Joseph Orovic, “About five years ago, cosmetics manufacturers and the essential oils industry started using a rare extract from the flower — known as the curry plant for its spicy aroma — as a critical ingredient in high-end creams, ointments and tinctures, sold for their purported rejuvenating powers.” The Latin name,  Helichrysum italicum, isn’t inherently commercial but it reminds us…  In making the point that plants other...

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