The end of an epic road trip that lasted close to 6 weeks. We drove an astounding 7,487 miles. Other than Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan (which were just pass-through states) the states and provinces we explored included New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, QuÃ©bec, and Ontario. We rode two passenger ferries, two car ferries, and two funiculars. And we drove across an 8-mile-long bridge. For the most part, we avoided shops and tourists and found some incredible beauty. We camped 11 of the 38 nights (in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Nova Scotia, and Ontario) and stayed in a variety of inexpensive motels and hotels the rest of the time. We spent time on the Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Fundy, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and more rivers, bays, waterfalls and lakes than we can count. We crossed international borders 4 times (and they let me!). We drove to the top of Mount Washington (6,288 feet) and many other mountains. We hiked on everything from easy boardwalks to challenging trails. We saw lots of wildlife and took thousands of photos. We also enjoyed the local culinary specialties as we ate pastrami and bagels in New York, whole belly clams in Rhode Island, chowder in Massachusetts, maple syrup and Ben and Jerryâ€™s ice cream in Vermont, lobsters and wild blueberries in Maine, dulse in New Brunswick, single malt whiskey in Nova Scotia, mussels, potatoes, and black currants on Prince Edward Island, poutine in QuÃ©bec, peameal bacon in Ontario, and much more.
We managed to mostly avoid watching or reading the news the entire time.
Consider this another open thread until I have time to catch up and post something drug-war-related.
Welcome home. Glad you could enjoy Ontario and Quebec in the autumn. I hear the colours are glorious. We missed you, and the thread was getting a bit long, so again welcome.
Meet the new Filipino UN Ambassador:
It just goes on and on:
…and that’s not even the worst of his twitter feed.
I will never look at any Filipino the same again. What viciousness and evil! I had no idea of the depth of depravity possible among them. Live and learn.
And yes… all the people that would take another’s life because of what substance they choose to consume are true monsters. They are without conscience, bloodthirsty and depraved… most certainly including “Virtuous” Bill Bennett, himself.
Welcome back. About that new stain on the rug next to the couch. IT WAS NCN!
Rugstains are all from our passion to reform this senseless war, I’m sure.
Blame Malcolm! It was my mistake to click on the wrong Alex Grey link. Who knew there was porn on the web. You guys know about this?
Now you all know where that delicious custard came from. Yummy!
Welcome back, Pete.
Welcome back Pete. It sounds like you had the trip of a lifetime. Very cool. Good for you!
We love you! Glad you had an epic good time and are home safe and sound.
i’ll second that. good to have you back.
Congress Calls Out DEA For Unilateral Move To Expand The War On Drugs
I like that description: an expansion of the war on drugs. Its going to take a commitment on the part of the congress to move away from the war on drugs, and to engineer a new direction and plan.
That plan should be harm reduction. It should include removal of cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. In an ideal situation, the CSA should be removed entirely in favor of a new plan. One that respects human rights and provides for help instead of imprisonments, punishments, or asset forfeitures.
Scheduling kratom as a schedule one drug is definitely a step in the wrong direction.
Euthanasia NO LONGER NEEDED.
Part of the Medical Cannabis Institute course work is a case history of a 75-year-old woman living in Amsterdam.
She has Lewy Body Disease which leaves her stiff as a board, crying and moaning most of the day. Her kids were upset and grieving over her poor quality of life and were considering euthanasia.
Then the daughter-in-law gave the woman some Istanbul Hashcake. She was up sitting in bed, able to communicate and comfortable.
One dose of a cannabis-based edible and she had significantly improved quality-of-life.
Euthanasia NO LONGER NEEDED.
Lewy Body Disease
by Eda and Daniel DeJong
â˜› Lewy Bodies Treatments
â˜› Yet Another Study Finds That Marijuana Can Help Alzheimerâ€™s Patients
â˜› Treatment of Dementia with Lewy Bodies
â˜› Granny Storm Crowâ€™s List â€“ July 2016
“The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain,” written for Neurology (via The Hollywood Reporter), also details Williams’ private struggle against Lewy Body Disease (LBD), a form of dementia.
It was later determined that, in addition to LBD, the comedian was also suffering from the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Robin Williams’ Widow Pens Essay
Detailing Comedian’s Dementia Struggle 1 October 2016
Was the real terrorist of Robin William’s brain Western Medicine and Schedule I?
Here’s a key part of his wife’s letter in Neurology…”Throughout all of this, Robin was CLEAN and SOBER.”
Cannabis is NO panacea, and it will not cure Parkinson’s Disease. However, what it CAN do is slow it down and offer better quality of life.
It appears that Robin’s Lewy Bodies had a heavy concentration of the part of the brain that processes fear, the amygdala.
I can’t find any evidence that Robin’s doctors mentioned cannabis for his condition. THC is superior to the FDA-approved drugs for memory loss and it could have helped Robin with early tremors, anxiety, depression, and SLEEP.
I’m willing to say that Schedule I TERRORISTS are responsible for the miserable last days of Robin Williams. Grieving family members looking for answers need to question the motivations of their physicians and care-givers.
BTW, if you look at the list of Big Pharma meds they throw at dementia? Who’d want to KILL that CASH COW?
Sobriety from cannabis killed Robin Williams before his time.
It’s important to revisit thelbert’s comment in Pete’s previous blog post ‘Another Open Thread’;
“got alzheimerâ€™s? this might help: http://tinyurl.com/jf8vlfu”
The link is to an article from June 27, 2016;
CANNABINOIDS REMOVE PLAQUE-FORMING ALZHEIMERâ€™S PROTEINS FROM BRAIN CELLS
This key paragraph;
The researchers found that high levels of amyloid beta were associated with cellular inflammation and higher rates of neuron death. They demonstrated that exposing the cells to THC reduced amyloid beta protein levels and eliminated the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by the protein, thereby allowing the nerve cells to survive.[emphasis added]
Dr. Gary Wenk has discussed his view as to why he believes even small doses of cannabis might be all that’s needed to reduce inflammation in the brain and stave off Alzheimer’s disease in this video from 2010;
Marijuana and Coffee are Good for the Brain
Note that Dr. Wenk does not mention amyloid beta protein buildup (plagues) as leading to the inflammation he describes. But, again, this video is from 2010 and I’m sure Dr. Wenk knows now (if he didn’t then) that excess amyloid beta protein is the cause of the inflammation that results in neuron death leading to cognitive issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
With respect to Lewy Body Demetia, from this article;
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Lewy bodies are also found in other brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Many people with Parkinson’s eventually develop problems with thinking and reasoning, and many people with DLB experience movement symptoms, such as hunched posture, rigid muscles, a shuffling walk and trouble initiating movement.
This overlap in symptoms and other evidence suggest that DLB, Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia may be linked to the same underlying abnormalities in how the brain processes the protein alpha-synuclein. Many people with both DLB and Parkinson’s dementia also have plaques(!!!)and tangles â€” hallmark brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s disease.[emphasis added]
I’m not waiting for THC to be de-stigmatized (never have). With one family member who died last year from Alzheimer’s, another who died earlier this year from (suspected) Lewy Body Dementia, another currently in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s, and yet another who was just diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s (in their 50’s) earlier this year, I’m going with to where I think the mounting evidence is headed. So should the first wave of baby boomers who turn 70 this year (and the subsequent boomers right behind them). And, of course, everyone else…
Big Pharma ain’t given up profits for affordable health care home grown in the herb garden.
â˜› Alzheimer: Resveratrol v Cannabis
â˜› Alzheimerâ€™s Caused By Loss of Cannabinoids, Study Shows
â˜› A Day in the Life of A Dementia Sufferer
â˜›High Times for Alzheimers
â˜›Pot Joins The Fight Against Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss
â˜›MARIJUANA SLOWS ALZHEIMER’S DECLINE
â˜›Marijuana may block Alzheimer’s
â˜›Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology by Cannabinoids
â˜›Marijuana’s Active Ingredient Shown to Inhibit Primary Marker of Alzheimer’s Disease
â˜›MARIJUANA SLOWS ALZHEIMER’S DECLINE
â˜›Marijuana may block Alzheimer’s
â˜›Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology by Cannabinoids
â˜›Marijuana’s Active Ingredient Shown to Inhibit Primary Marker of Alzheimer’s Disease
â˜›Dronabinol in the treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimerâ€™s disease with anorexia
â˜›Dronabinol in the treatment of refractory agitation in Alzheimerâ€™s disease
â˜›Effects of dronabinol on anorexia and disturbed behavior in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
â˜›Cannabinoids reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in animals
â˜›Molecular Link between the Active Component of Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology
â˜›THC inhibits primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease
â˜›Alzheimer’s disease; taking the edge off with cannabinoids?
â˜› Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency
â˜› Conservatives Have Larger ‘Fear Centers’ in Their Brains
Will, you are absolutely on the right track with your comment and thinking. I’m sorry to hear that you have family with neurodegenerative diseases.
darkcycle recently linked to a video of a song titled “The dirty fucking hippies were right.” Baby Boomers with a history of continued cannabis use will be okay. Our “straight” peers? Not so much.
Endocannabinoid receptors are DENSE in the nervous system. This is an evolutionary invitation to good health and balance (i.e. homeostasis) through the use of cannabinoids.
Will’s family members are suffering because Western Medicine HATES herbs (see 1910’s Flexner Report). Single-molecules are easy to study and mixtures (e.g. something with 60-to-100 cannabinoids like cannabis) is hard. So science, who is the lazy stoner here? I’d say it’s Western allopathic medicine and their single-molecule (think THC as Marinol) fixation.
The body-count of allopathic medicine is a human rights issue.
On a personal note. My endocannabinoid system isn’t in as good as shape as it could be. Why? Tolerance. The cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) are kind of particular about not being bothered on a regular basis. Too much external cannabis equals a down-regulated endocannabinoid system. The receptors sink into the cell away from the cell membrane where they’re no longer available to be tickled with weed. They sink into clatherin-coated pits within the cell.
Here’s the good news for long-time stoner’s.
Here’s Dr. Kerr from the Medical Cannabis Institute. “The neuroprotection observed with CBD and THC was unaffected by cannabinoid receptor antagonists, indicating it to be receptor independent.”
That means, even hard-core hippies who love to toke and have down-regulated their ECS a bit can still benefit from the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-excitotoxic effects of cannabis. Those three actions are what’s keeping us from developing Alzheimer’s and/or other neurodegenerative diseases.
It’s better to desensitize now and then for better ECS function (i.e., quit for a period) but even for regular users there is a protective benefit.
Hoping for all the best in Texas.
BTW, thelbert might not say much, but he’s a reader with open-eyes and good instincts. Hope his “trichome production efforts are off-the-charts!!!
i’m feeling the love, NCN. and i’ve got a bunch of seeds growing for next year.
“Hoping for all the best in Texas.”
Thanks a lot NCN. After giving it some thought, I think I should expand on part of my previous comment. The family member I mentioned who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease is my younger sister. After the unfortunate news of her diagnosis became more known among family members and friends, I received quite a number of emails and phone calls expressing sympathy and concern for my sister. But, invariably, many of those who contacted me asked a similar question, “Will, your sister is younger than you and has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, what do you think this means for you?” While I appreciate the question and concern, currently there are no concrete familial genetic links that lead to members of a family to get Alzheimer’s because one family member comes down with the disease.
Gender aside, there are two specific differences between my sister and my self relative to her unfortunate diagnosis; 1). my sister suffered a severe concussion at the age of nine (her neurologist has suggested that might be, among other things, a precursor to her diagnosis at a relatively young age). I’ve never had a concussion. And 2). my sister was the ‘straight’ one in our family and never experimented with cannabis, even though she went through the wild cannabis days in the 70’s as I did. I, on the other hand, have enjoyed the cannabis plant off and on for 40+ years. Of course, there’s no way I can claim that I won’t get some form of dementia down the road. But with prior and increasing reports coming out linking certain cannabinoids with suppressed amyloid beta protein buildup and strong anti-inflammatory properties, I just might die from an old age malady other than Alzheimer’s disease. Only time will tell. While my cannabis consumption is probably rather light compared to others who imbibe, I’m amazed at sources describing how low a dose is needed for protective effects.
Here’s a link to an interview with Dr. Gary Wenk from 2014. Amazingly he suggests that the propensity for Alzheimer’s might be able to be diagnosed in people as young as 30(!);
How Smoking Marijuana Might Be The Best Way To Prevent Alzheimerâ€™s Disease
(yeah, from 2014, probably already read by the couch dwellers and included in DdC’s link collection. But I’ll put it here anyway).
Welcome home, Pete. I’m very happy that you had a great trip with all the wonderful memories you made. You were missed, but we all kept a stiff upper lip and kept on keeping on.
Now that you’re back I suppose we’re gonna have to mind our manners again. No more food fights here in the living room. The spot on the carpet? Just slide the end of the couch over to cover it. 😉
An alternative to the throw-down gun— marijuana:
“The fact that police continue to reference drugs as a contributing factor in their decisions to execute people (as was done just last week in the case of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma), means they are either really misinformed about drug use and public safety (scary) or blatantly using drugs to cover their asses when they behave in racist ways, abuse their power and kill someone (even scarier).”
Feinstein views on kratom
I understand that you feel that kratom should not be temporarily controlled as a Schedule I drug. I will keep your thoughts in mind as I continue to monitor the situation. Continued
United States Senator
Welcome back, Pete, to new research results from Ruhr-University Bochum that recognize a newly discovered role of the endocannabinoid system, that of activating sperm during the acrosome reaction:
Makes me wonder if there is any effect on the male during cunnilingus. If the female’s vagina is full of endocannabinoids, could they entice the male with the promise of a high? It would probably be a very mild high, but that might be enough to do the trick.
Timing is everything. If a research survey were to reveal that cunnilingus takes place more frequently when women experience their highest endocannabinoid levels, then we might be able to induce that a cannabinoid biological cycle influences courtship rituals. Women may need to get used to the idea that not only do they menstruate, they cannabinate.
Mom has already taken care of that. In the first few days after giving birth her milk is teeming with endo-cannabinoids. I think that this might be the reason so many men have a penchant for extraordinarily large titties.
I think that the reason so many of us appreciate large breasts is that when we were nursing as infants, the only thing in our entire field of view was a huge breast. We seek to replicate that in our adult lives.
I was a bottle-fed infant, and yet I still seek to replicate huge breasts in my life. I think womenâ€™s boobs are wired into the male brain, like the propensity to learn a language, we seek to fill voids of experience, learning, or consumption. Even women find nice boobs attractive.
Itâ€™s not just cannabinoids. Morphine is provided by mom whose milk concentrates the morphine found in the leafy green vegetables or salads she consumes. Morphine is also a ubiquitous constituent of all plant derived foods, such as cowâ€™s milk. As humans, we have receptors that are specific to morphine, which means we probably require it in trace amounts for some as-yet-unknown reason.
All this leads to mom being a walking, talking, drug factory. Officer, arrest that woman, sheâ€™s lactating.
Here’s a vag I wouldn’t touch or get near in a million fucking years.
Julie Schauer, a retired community-college art teacher from Pennsylvania has contributed the bulk of the money to SAM in opposition to legalization efforts.
An art teacher that hates cannabis has given more than 1.35 million according to an article at Cannabis Now.
Sabet probably had to ask her for the cash to replace his gummy bears that got stolen.
SAM is in trouble with the Fair Political Practices Commission of California:
I’ll bet dollars to donuts that she’s laundering Mel Sembler’s money. If Sembler donates openly Sabet and Kennedy have to spend all their time distancing themselves from Straight, Inc.
The FBI is launching a new database to track how often police use deadly force
As the police state closes in on everyoneâ€™s drug stashes, it pays to know the latest surveillance tricks being brought to us by Big Brother, Inc. From a BBC piece on surveillance practices in Oakland, CA; some of the listed devices are familiar to everyone, some may not be:
Here is what happens to gathered surveillance information:
AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases
Today this newspaper does something it has never done in its 143-year history: endorse someone other than the Republican candidate in a presidential contest.
Since its founding in 1873, The Detroit News has backed a Republican every time it has made a presidential endorsement (three times we have sat on the sidelines â€” twice during the Franklin Roosevelt elections and in the 2004 Bush/Kerry
When the ‘War on Drugs’ got literal, how it could end, and aspiring bad boys of the moment:
Congress Just Gave Up Its Chance To Slightly Roll Back The Drug War
Britain sees the latest attempt to keep the drug war alive using a new twist on the old “What About the Chilluns!” meme. Apparently armies of children are being “groomed” by drug gangs to operate the nation wide distribution of illegal drugs. No mention of course that this is exactly what you’re bound to get when distribution of drugs is handed over exclusively to criminals. The article and video contain gems like this:
“Itâ€™s a growing problem, in just one small area of Essex around Clacton on Sea, police say there are as many as 19 â€˜county linesâ€™ running from Liverpool, London and Manchester.”
The stink won’t get really savoury until we see ITV headlines like “HOT TEENS RUN DOPE AND FORNICATE ON BRITAIN”S LEY-LINES FOR WHITE SLAVERS”.
The FDAâ€™s Rule on E-Cigarettes Will Hurt Public Health
vaping product manufacturers will have to complete many applications because even minor product variations such as different flavors or bottle sizes will constitute a â€œnew tobacco product.â€
California Governor Signs New Criminal Conviction Requirement For Civil Forfeiture
Meanwhile, in sunny Mexico, a new piece by Dawn Paley in the Nation shows a grassroots movement is forming to end the â€œUS-backed drug warâ€:
In 2014 Mexico ranked as the country with the third-most civilians killed in internal conflict, after Syria and Iraq
continued from “another open thread” (now closed)
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up from 84.20 first week of Sept. + 50.02
New Study Determines if Maternal Cannabis Use During Pregnancy Affects Babies
… “Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for the cofounding factors. Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other cofounding factors.”
” To clarify further, the study found that when cannabis is used by itself and sparingly, it poses no threat to the health of a baby.”
I love the smell of Science catching up to Stoners…
Ganja Mothers, Ganja Babies
â˜› Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica:
An Ethnographic Study
From the Schools of Nursing, Education, and Public Health,
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Received for publication Sep 21, 1992; accepted Jun 30, 1993
At 1 month, the exposed neonates showed better physiological stability and required less examiner facilitation to reach organized states. The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers.
Those who have consumed marijuana for a period of years showed no mental or physical deterioration which may be attributed to the drug.”
US Jamaican Study 1974
â˜› Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists…
Wall Street’s Spontaneous Abortionists
Tobacco and alcohol use by pregnant women has adverse effects on the fetus. Tobacco use causes an increase in SIDS and miscarriages. It is estimated that 3700 children die by the age of one month because of complications from the mother’s smoking cigarettes during pregnancy. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a leading cause of mental retardation.
Strong evidence that a woman’s exposure to pesticides in the three months prior to conception or in the month of conception significantly increased her risk of spontaneous abortion.
According to the U.S. EPA, MSMA “can reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer in humans” and is converted in the environment to inorganic arsenic, a known human carcinogen. About 4 million pounds of MSMA is applied every year to golf courses and cotton fields in the United States
â˜› Hemplastic or Fossil Fools Crud
Switching cotton fields to hemp fields would improve: the quality of our soil, the durability of our clothes, the safety of our ground source water, the quality of our air, and the preservation of forests cut for paper (not to mention saving hundreds of thousands of lives prematurely ended by disease caused by pollution) 90 Million pounds of pesticides were used to grow cotton in the U.S.
Time to declare war on Ed Feulner.
CNSNews.com that publishes Ed Feulner’s quackery was founded by “L. Brent Bozell III on June 16, 1998, under the name Conservative News Service and the domain name http://www.conservativenews.org. According to Bozell, the website would “report news …not touched by traditional television news outlets” and “fill the growing news void left by the establishment media in their chase for the sensational.” On its first day of operation the website had 61,000 hits. The name “CNSNews.com” was first used on June 15, 2000.” — wiki
Typical firebrand content: O’Reilly on America’s Race Problem: â€œThe culture that we have in this nation does lead to criminal profiling, because so many young black men are involved in crime.” — Bill O’Reilly
Ed Feulner is the former president of The Heritage Foundation,
a Washington-based public policy research institute.
The Double Standard on Tobacco vs. Marijuana
Itâ€™s not because weâ€™ve learned that the health risks were overstated. Advocates have insisted for decades that pot is no more harmful than tobacco and alcohol. Indeed, many go so far as to claim itâ€™s safer. Unfortunately for them, the medical research does not back them up.
An article by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Now you have to clean the stain on the couch.
Bringing that filth into a decent clean establishment. tsktsk
here’s a thing about trolls: http://tinyurl.com/zovzdd6