Update: I received a very nice note from Rose Eveleth, the Editor in Chief of Scienceline:
Just popping in to explain what happened to the post. Scienceline is a project of the NYU School of Journalism’s SHERP program. It’s completely run by the students, and we just had our official changeover from last year’s class to this year’s class, and in that changeover there was some confusion about the process for posting. We have a system that stories go through before they go up, and the story went up before the last round of copy editing (the final check for grammatical errors) had been done, so I spoke with Sarah (the fabulous author) and we agreed to take it down, have it officially copy edited, and then put it back up. Sorry for any confusion this might have caused.
We’ve posted the story again here: http://www.scienceline.org/2010/11/whats-in-your-weed-2/
Kudos to Scienceline and Rose for being so helpful, and for the excellent article.
There was an interesting article yesterday at NYU’s Scienceline called “What’s in Your Weed?”
The original address was http://www.scienceline.org/2010/11/whats-in-your-weed/ but that page is no longer available.
Basically, the article discussed the notion of the importance of CBD’s to the positive value of marijuana â€” an issue I’ve been very interested in seeing researched further. Unfortunately, criminalization has meant that the content of marijuana has been pushed toward higher THC without regard to CBD’s and their value.
The article reported on a recent study by Valerie Curran that compared marijuana users based on the content of their pot.
It turned out the kids smoking weed containing lots of the chemical cannabidiol (CBD) could remember details of the story just as well stoned as sober. Meanwhile, those smoking the low-CBD marijuana fit the stereotype of the forgetful pothead.
The findings fit into a growing library of data demonstrating the possible health benefits of CBD, which is naturally found in marijuana. CBD appears to fend off cancerous tumors, prevent diabetes and epileptic seizures, and protect nerve cells from degradation. It doesn’t combat the effects of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a “high,” and can even prevent anxiety.
I don’t know why the article is no longer there, and I’ve written them to ask. Perhaps there was some item that they wanted to research further before printing.