We haven’t had many of these in a while — but they used to be pretty common fare, until the public stopped falling for them.
In the New York Times: What Advocates of Legalizing Pot Donâ€™t Want You to Know by Alex Berenson
Federal surveys also show that rates of serious mental illness are rising nationally, with the sharpest increase among people 18 to 25, who are also the most likely to use cannabis. The surveys and hospital data cannot prove that marijuana has caused a population-wide increase in psychosis, but they do offer intriguing evidence. […]
Many people are arrested for marijuana possession, but very few end up imprisoned. […] But advocacy groups donâ€™t view decriminalization as an acceptable compromise. […]
Worse â€” because marijuana can cause paranoia and psychosis, and those conditions are closely linked to violence â€” it appears to lead to an increase in violent crime. Before recreational legalization began in 2014, advocates promised that it would reduce violent crime. But the first four states to legalize â€” Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington â€” have seen sharp increases in murders and aggravated assaults since 2014, according to reports from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Police reports and news articles show a clear link to cannabis in many cases. […]
As Americans consider making marijuana a legal drug, it would be wise to remember the choices that fueled the devastating opioid epidemic. Decades ago, many of the same people pressing for marijuana legalization argued that the risks of opioid addiction could be easily managed.
A half-million deaths later, we have learned how wrong they were.
Marijuanaâ€™s risks are different from opioidsâ€™, but they are no less real. Letâ€™s remember that hard truth as we listen to promises that allowing the use of this drug will do no harm.
Am I getting out of touch? I don’t remember hearing about this guy, and yet apparently he’s writing a book: “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.”
Except for two non-fiction books, Alex Berenson writes spy novels. Pot is really out of his genre, as well as his grip on reality.
Jacqueline Basha Berenson, MD, his wife, is a forensic psychiatrist and researcher at Columbia University. She may be the inspiration for Alexâ€™s hit piece on cannabis, and that may be due to what appears to be an OD death of her brother, Joseph Basha, in Hong Kong in 2011:
Alex Berenson is the named author, but thatâ€™s likely due to his books being best sellers, not because heâ€™s a drug expert.
So we end up with a familiar scene. Jacky, a professional psychiatrist, but certainly not a molecular psychiatrist, needs a scapegoat to blame for her brotherâ€™s OD death, and like hundreds of others have done, she blames marijuana because itâ€™s been called a gateway drug.
Columbia University has been the stomping ground for quack psychiatrists such as Dr Robert DuPont, and his trusty sidekick Kevin Sabet. The caliber of the propaganda certainly sounds as if it came from Kevin, so a connection may exist.
As for Yale graduate and author Alex Berenson, based on his vitae, I would color him CIA.
Again, how the hell does someone gateway to what hadn’t been invented or discovered? They can’t. Prohibition is the only causal connection. Reefer Mad Gossip only prevents citizens from getting medicinal relief and a less inebriating harmful way to relax and reduce stress. Get the fuck over it Raspberry!
Darryl Strawberry is Against Marijuana Legalization,
Calls it a Gateway Drug
Origin and History
3400 BC opium poppies Mesopotamia
1805, morphine and codeine were isolated from opium
1874 Heroin was synthesized from morphine
Cannabis Timeline – Kikoko
Cannabis cultivation goes back some 12,000 years,
making it one of humanityâ€™s oldest crops. Archaeological finds from another pre-Columbian people known as the Mound Builders, who lived in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions of North America between 3000 BCE and the 16th century, show evidence of the cannabis plant being used for textiles, as medicine and in rituals.
The endocannabinoid system could be extremely important in preventing, managing, or even treating certain chronic conditions.
@DdC and Servetus
My mum’s brother in law used to be a Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Officer until 2012 when he retired. For those who don’t, I was brought up in Hong Kong when it was a British colony until 1997 but immigrated to New Zealand in 1994 with my parents to New Zealand. The Hong Kong Police themselves are corrupt, you know sometimes after the Cannabis raids when they take the confiscated Cannabis back to the Police Station, they help themselves to some of it.
Not just a fossil, a coprolite.
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Unfortunately, the NYT has been the long-time home of drug prohibitionism, dating all the way back to the beginning of the last century:NEGRO COCAINE “FIENDS” ARE A NEW SOUTHERN MENACE; Murder and Insanity Increasing Among Lower Class Blacks Because They Have Taken to “Sniffing” Since Deprived of Whisky by Prohibition.
By EDWARD HUNTINGTON WILLIAMS FEB. 8, 1914
The evident tradition of the NYT’s willful ignorance about illicit substances, why they were made so, and the consequences of keeping them so has seemingly remained intact. The late Abe Rosenthal, the Executive Editor of the NYT from 1977 to 1988 penned many of the Times articles excoriating cannabis over the decades prior to his demise, is no doubt smiling in Hell.
To give a hint to the depth of journalistic prostitution the Times was willing to stoop, one need only view the phone conversation between Rosenthal and then-Drug Czar Berry McCaffrey, who unbeknownst to Rosenthal, recorded the call.
Notice the craven collusion between one of the top members of the 4th Estate and the very bureaucrat he’s supposed to keep an eagle eye on while keeping an ethical distance from.
(Notice also the willingness to be an accessory to de facto social engineering of the public to further government aims and policies, i.e., WRT altering the public’s perception of tobacco usage.)
This pattern of traditional media enabling, aiding and abetting of government policies regarding illicit substances is but a small part of that corrosive collusion (like that which led to newsreaders cheerleading government propaganda to gin up support for the Middle Eastern Wars) that is the hallmark of traditional media outlets, and is largely why I get my news from alternative media sources, and have since 2002-2003.
Caffeine, a popular but legal recreational street drug, has been discovered to have both mental and physical therapeutic benefits. Sergi FerrÃ©, Manuel DÃaz-RÃos, John D. Salamone, and Rui Daniel Prediger, published their findings in the Journal of Caffeine and Adenosine Research:
Food and Drug Administration officials confiscated CBD products from an Arizona smoke shop, the store’s owner said.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted, “#FDA treats products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds as we do any other FDA-regulated products. These products are subject to the same authorities and requirements as FDA-regulated products containing any other substance.”
Maggots crawling all over the NYT piece…
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia tweeted, “CBD products remain illegal and are an increasing problem and puts public at risk because products have not been proven safe or effective. Health claims, proper labeling & warnings critical for public safety like all other products. SERIOUS ISSUE.”
This video on the use of Rick Simpson Oil combined with chemotherapy for Stage IV pancreatic cancer is pretty awesome.
I’ve been looking at the work of Israeli scientist, David Meiri, of the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research. He’s at the Israeli version of MIT.
Meiri has lab equipment that allows him to identify cannabinoids and terpenes and he uses his lab to study the 36 available cannabis flowers prescribed by doctors in Israel.
In at least one case (this is in vitro, i.e., Petri dish) he found a chemovar killed cancer when it was an ethanol-based extraction but NOT when it was the same thing in CO2 extraction (e.g., like Epidiolex or Sativex). He also found that sometimes the acidic form worked against the cancer and the decarboxylated version did not, and visa versa.
He found that chemovars that worked against breast and ovarian cancers didn’t touch prostate cancer. He found that chemovars that helped kill prostate cancer didn’t touch other types.
Cannabis and cancer is an extremely complex subject. The odds that any individual patient gets matched with the best cannabis genetics is totally random at this point. Success stories are dependent on luck. However, with a really, really well-stocked dispensary patients have more options and a better chance to find the right chemovar(s).
He studied a chemovar known to help with epileptic seizures that suddenly stopped working. He found that clones from the same mother plant, planted at the same time and conditions at different locations produced radically different cannabinoid and terpene profiles. In this case, the grower claimed identical THC/CBD ratios in the plant that had quit working for the epileptic patient. Identical THC/CBD ratios but widely varying ratios of other cannabinoids and terpenes.
With just four clones from the same mother he found that for example THCV a cannabinoid helpful for diabetes, that there were high levels of THCV, medium levels, low levels and zero THCV.
David has a 90-minute video you can find at the Society of Cannabis Clinician’s website video library. It’s pretty cool stuff and worth checking out if you have the time. If you do, there’s also a cool video by PhD Christina Sanchez of Spain on cancer I’d recommend as well.
Tobacco just upstaged marijuana as the alleged gateway to harder drugs:
And it gets worse. Whereas marijuana can have an anti-cancer effect, and results in cancer cell apoptosis in vitro: Cigarette smoking may contribute to worse outcomes in bladder cancer patients
The science points to giving up tobacco and consuming marijuana instead.
Alex Berensonâ€™s book, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, hit the shelves today. Itâ€™s worse than anyone imagined. His deceased brother-in-law, Joey Basha, isnâ€™t mentioned. However, Berenson does give credit to his wife for her inspiration to write the book:
Yes, violence, thatâ€™s what the man said. Using post hoc arguments he shows marijuana causes people to become violentâ€”citing the most discredited pot propaganda in existence.
The violence he associates with schizophrenics and the mentally ill who smoke marijuana, and who afterwards commit violent, horrible crimes, such as mass murder. Other cannabis violence he attributes to dealer ripoffs in black market transactions. None of it proves a direct, organic link exists between marijuana and violence, but by listing many dubious connections, he infers it.
Berenson takes quotes from prosecutors and police officers. He adopts every myth that comes along that supports his thesis, for instance, he talks about increases in cannabis purity resulting in a more dangerous product.
One of the researchers Berenson discusses includes Robin Murray, a Scottish psychiatrist who set out with others to prove marijuana causes violence. Almost every page of Berensonâ€™s book contains feeble attempts to revive discredited presumptions about pot. Here Alex quotes Dr Nora Volkow in his defense:
Berenson even defends Harry Anslingerâ€™s attitudes toward marijuana:
Alex Berensonâ€™s book is little more than a feeble attempt to revive reefer madness, and maybe make some money at the same time. He neednâ€™t bother. He and his wife exhibit enough madness to fulfill the needs of every prohibitionist on the planet.
Berenson resurrects HARRY ANSLINGER’S GORE FILE
MARIJUANA REVOLUTION by John Sinclair
It might seem strange to a lot of people to spend so much time and energy â€” and so many pages â€” on the subject of marijuana, which is after all only an innocuous naturally-occurring weed that people smoke to get high. But whatâ€™s even stranger is that an increasingly frightening number of people are being ordered to spend inconsiderable amounts of time (9Â½ to 10 years in my case) in penitentiaries and prisons simply for smoking this weed in America these days. People who do smoke marijuana are probably pretty much aware of the things I want to say in this article, but for those who canâ€™t understand what all the commotion is about, maybe my remarks will be helpful.
It just doesnâ€™t seem to make any sense to have so many people smoking and praising this weird little weed marijuana, and it makes even less sense to see these people attacked so viciously by the purveyors of â€œlaw and order.â€ But once some basic facts concerning marijuana use and marijuana repression are established, it seems to me that the whole issue will become much clearer, and that we can finally move to rectify the situation which is now so confusing.
â€œReefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.â€
~ Harry J. Anslinger
(1892-1975) Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, first Commissioner of the Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) (1930-1962, 32 years), US Representative to the United Nations Narcotics Commission
There is no link between psychosis and cannabis.
One of the hardest hitting arguments against cannabis is that it â€˜causes psychosisâ€™. It doesnâ€™t â€“ researchers have been looking for links for nearly 90 years and has found no link at all.
When you see some mad politician, high on power and money, ranting like a lunatic that â€˜cannabis causes psychosisâ€™, remember this article and suggest kindly he sees a psychiatrist about his megalomania and paranoid delusions. Letâ€™s now go into a little depth.
Violence? It’s true, and I’ve got the body count to prove it. Why in just the last year alone I killed three house flies and two Redwood spiders. The horror…
Here’s what Robin Murray -mentioned above -was saying about his concerns back in 2004.
Good write-up by Murray, who appears to be honest about his topic. His information indicates anyone with schizophrenia is likely to have an adverse reaction to marijuana, or any other psychotropic substance, as their brains are likely to process the chemicals differently. The effect can be tested and the numbers determined by research. It doesnâ€™t imply cannabis causes schizophrenia, however. Psychosis remains little understood, but progress is being made every day.
Recently, today in fact, Robert Yolken, M.D. and researchers at Johns Hopkins revealed a link between Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, herpes, mononucleosis, mono, etc.) and schizophrenia. They found that people with schizophrenia were 1.7 to 2.3 times more likely to have increased levels of some EBV antibodies compared to non-schizophrenics.
None of the anecdotal stories in Alex Berensonâ€™s book implicate mono with schizophrenia. Obviously, no one could know of the mono link at the time.
mho Cannabis is a supplement for the ECS, not a “drug” treating symptoms. It feeds the ECS that intern deals with the symptom.
I talked to a Cannabis Medical Card doctor about Ganja and Schizophrenia. He was under the impression it was bad and increased symptoms. I ask him why some patients find relief and if it might be the various strains. That Indica may prove better than Sativa and without a menu of choices many in outlawed states have to use what is available. Plus the fact that NO doctor in the US has ever sat in an ECS classroom in Med School. It is also a rather new phenomina since nothing I know of has been said in 12,000 years of use. Before prohibition made it worthy of inclusion.
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I talked to a Cannabis Medical Card doctor about Ganja and Schizophrenia. He was under the impression it was bad and increased symptoms. I ask him why some patients find relief and if it might be the various strains. That Indica may prove better than Sativa and without a menu of choices many in outlawed states have to use what is available. Plus the fact that NO doctor in the US has ever sat in an ECS classroom in Med School. It is also a rather new phenomena since nothing I know of has been said in 12,000 years of use. Before prohibition made it worthy of inclusion.
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Facebook is addictive in the same way former Drug Czar Bill Bennett is addicted to gambling. Thatâ€™s according to research from Michigan State University by Dar Meshi and colleagues from Australia:
A deficiency in decision making certainly fits with what we know about Bill Bennett. Itâ€™s critical that we now have a test for the problem that could prevent people such as Bennett from ever assuming a position in government, or the dark side.
Kevin Sabet and Alex Berenson will want to extend Dr Meshiâ€™s findings to establish that Facebook usage by young people causes them to develop schizophrenia and commit violent crimes. Data shouldnâ€™t be hard to cherry pick.
Hmmm, no one else recalled that “Reefer Madness” was originally named “Tell Your Children”?
A member of the National Academy of Sciences committee that crafted a comprehensive marijuana report is taking issue with the way author Alex Berenson characterized its findings in his new book and related media appearances.
Check out the comments (retweets)
Ziva Cooper @zivacooper Jan 9
In response to the recent @NYTimes editorial on cannabis and as a committee member on the @theNASEM #cannabis and #cannabinoids report we did NOT conclude that cannabis causes schizophrenia.
Tell Your Children
Author David Bienenstock joins Bruce, Ben, and Alyssa to talk about Alex Berensonâ€™s Reefer Madness Redux act.
The New York Times Got Duped Into Printing Reefer Madness
… “Berenson goes to some lengths to claim that he is not a propagandist and Tell Your Children should not be compared to Reefer Madness (forget for a moment that the original title for the film was literally Tell Your Children). But there is no reason we should give Berenson the benefit of the doubt when he cherry picks and manipulates data. Our society has been deeply damaged by pot fearmongerers like Berenson, from the impacts on criminal justice to the delayed FDA-approved therapies that can clearly help people to just regular folks being denied a safe buzz from pot.
I believe that legalization is the only sensible way to treat pot, but how exactly we legalize and regulate is a complicated question. We need people to be critical about our policy decisions, and we need scientists to keep studying what happens when we smoke pot (and if they keep looking, they will likely keep finding new benefits). But people like Berenson who merely have a book to sell and donâ€™t care who they damage in the process donâ€™t deserve to be listened to. And the media blitz surrounding Berensonâ€™s book clearly shows how much East Coast media circles need to learn about pot.”
The cerebellum is the center for the brainâ€™s reward and preference circuitry. Based on mouse studies, the new discovery points to inherent brain defects rather than cannabis as an initiator of psychoses:
Unlike cannabis/psychosis studies, the shambling zombie of psychological research, that discovery could be incredibly significant, and lead to new therapies. At the very least, provides a means of understanding the reward systems that help maintain the behaviors we see in patients.
Unlike cannabis studies, which continue to only find weak correlations, this has implications for treatment.
More Evidence: Cancer â€œCommits Suicide By Eating Itselfâ€ After Exposure to Cannabis
Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, first reported in 1998 that TetraHydroCannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell suicide while leaving healthy non-tumor cells alone.
Cannabidiol-induced apoptosis is mediated by activation of Noxa in human colorectal cancer cells
These results suggest that that CBD has important implications for the potential treatment of human CRC.
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Author Alex Berenson lists the names of the medical and science professionals he conferred with to write his book. Uncharitably, he tells his readers they can look up their information and details on the researchers and their work if theyâ€™re interested. So I did. Below are the results.
Itâ€™s clear why Mr. Berenson didnâ€™t include details about the professionals he lists. He cites people whose research in most cases is old, inconclusive, irrelevant, or presumptuous. Most of the researchersâ€™ agendas are anti-cannabis, while calling for more research to tackle the many unknowns not acknowledged. In the end, Berenson manages to prove that even by cherry picking researchers it doesnâ€™t work to make his case against cannabis.
Alex Berenson: â€œPsychiatrists, researchers, and scientists who shared their knowledgeâ€” in person, over the phone, or via emailâ€¦â€â€” included:
Seth Ammerman, pediatrician, Seth Ammerman on the AAP’s stance against marijuana legalization
Sven AndrÃ©asson, former Swedish professor and currently vice president of Novavax, a pharmaceutical company: Cannabis and schizophrenia. A longitudinal study of Swedish conscripts, shows correlation but not cause for psychosis.
Louise Arseneault, MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Center, King’s College London, Causal association between cannabis and psychosis: examination of the evidence: â€œCases of psychotic disorder could be prevented by discouraging cannabis use among vulnerable youths. Research is needed to understand the mechanisms by which cannabis causes psychosis.â€
Jacob Ballon, researcher, says cannabis psychosis may be due to a genetically altered CB1 receptor, Schizophrenia and cannabis: â€œOne particular genotype has been most clearly linked to people with disorganized type of schizophrenia; a type more characterized by inability to maintain activities of daily living than with positive/psychotic symptoms. This variation has also been seen in people with the amotivational syndrome due to marijuana but not with psychosis due to amphetamine (speed, etc.) or other drug use. However, this genetic variation is merely an association and not yet determined to actually be a testable risk factor for schizophrenia. The role of cannabinoids will be the subject of much further research over the upcoming years.â€
Sagnik Bhattacharyya, researcher, Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis, referring to CBD.
Mary Cannon, researcher, says research is needed to understand the mechanisms by which cannabis â€œcauses psychosis.â€ Causal association between cannabis and psychosis: examination of the evidence
Marta Di Forti, cannabis potency fear mongerer, Marta di Forti explains her research into recreational cannabis use
Cyril Dâ€™Souza says cannabis is absolutely addictive Yale Psych Prof Warns Against Legalization
Amir Englund, researcher, pot potency fears, Cannabis: The science behind super-strength skunk, says high potency â€œskunkâ€ leads to psychosis.
Seena Fazel, researcher, Substance abuse as a risk factor for violence in mental illness: some implications for forensic psychiatric practice and clinical ethics; Fazel claims use of illicit drugs is likely to cause criminal offenders to re-offend.
Tom Freeman, Senior academic Fellow, Kingâ€™s College London, investigates marijuana and its comorbidity with psychosis, Treatment of cannabis related problems, wherein he presumes without evidence that psychosis is one of the problems.
Wayne Hall, Prof. UNWS Sydney, claims marijuana is as addictive as heroin. On The Daily Mail’s reporting of cannabis research
Julie Gazmararian, Implications of prescription drug monitoring and medical cannabis legislation on opioid overdose mortality. â€œWhen combined with the availability of medical cannabis as an alternative analgesic therapy, PDMPs [prescription drug monitoring programs] may be more effective at decreasing opioid-related mortality.â€
Robert Heinssen, researcher who promotes idea of cannabis psychosis links, Scientists are learning to predict psychosis years in advanceâ€”and possibly prevent it
Kevin Heslin, researcher, Trends in Emergency Department Visits Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders, 2006â€“2013, noted an increase in ED admissions for marijuana over a 7 year period.
Shelaigh Hodgins, clinical psychologist. â€œIn the 1990s, Shelagh Hodgins evaluated the risk factors of adolescents who abused psychoactive substances. This was achieved by using national records documenting criminal acts, health care, employment, and poverty levels.â€
John Huffman, Clemson Univ. chemist who created synthetic marijuana, How this chemist unwittingly helped spawn the synthetic drug industry
James Kirkbride, Univ. of Bristol Researcher, If cannabis caused schizophreniaâ€”how many cannabis users may need to be prevented in order to prevent one case of schizophrenia? England and Wales calculations
Emily Kline, proponent of claims that marijuana leads to psychosis, The Effects of Marijuana in First Episode Psychosis
Matthew Large, researcher, Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis: A Systematic Meta-analysis, concluded that a correlation exists due to some incidences of early onset of cannabis smoking and later psychosis.
Bernard Le Foll, addiction researcher and pot fear monger, Toronto, says marijuana is clearly addictive for 5 percent of all users: Is marijuana dangerous? Should it be legal?
Valentina Lorenzetti, marijuana researcher, Australian Catholic University School of Psychology; her research produced inconclusive results.
Michael Lynskey, New Zealand addiction specialist, gateway theorist, Escalation of Drug Use in Early-Onset Cannabis Users vs Co-twin Controls
Erik Messamore, MD, PhD, pot critic, Mania, Bipolar, Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia: What Are The Differences? What Is The Overlap?
Nathaniel Morris, resident mental health physician, pot critic, A Doctor’s Take on Pot
Valerie Moulin, psychiatrist, Cannabis, a Significant Risk Factor for Violent Behavior in the Early Phase Psychosis. Two Patterns of Interaction of Factors Increase the Risk of Violent Behavior: Cannabis Use Disorder and Impulsivity; Cannabis Use Disorder, Lack of Insight and Treatment Adherence
Robin Murray, Guardian op-ed, A clear danger from cannabis — Murray criticizes Univ. of Bristolâ€™s Dr. David Nutt for not conclusively blaming marijuana for psychoses.
Olav Nielssen, psychiatrist, Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis: A Systematic Meta-analysis
Mark Olfson, psychiatrist, gateway theorist: Cannabis Use and Risk of Prescription Opioid Use Disorder in the United States.
Elyse Phillips, Effects of prenatal marijuana exposure on neuropsychological outcomes in children aged 1â€11 years: A systematic review
Aneta Lotakov Prince — worked for several years at the LA Public Clinic, complained she and staff couldnâ€™t stop patients from using marijuana: book section
Genie Roosevelt, The Continued Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Unintentional Pediatric Exposures in Colorado
Russell Russo, top orthopedic surgeon in New Orleans. He offers … Smoking synthetic marijuana leads to self-mutilation requiring bilateral amputations.
Melanie Rylander, University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus Department, Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Assistant Professor. The association of cannabis use on inpatient psychiatric hospital outcomes. Conclusion: â€œPatients presenting with psychotic symptoms and cannabis use require shorter inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations. This study is the first to quantify this observation and highlights the need for future clinical decision-making tools that would ideally correlate cannabis use with the degree of potential need for expensive and scarce mental health resources, such as psychiatric hospitalization.â€
Phil Silva, New Zealand, founder of the world-famous Dunedin study. … The study says that cannabis use under 18 is a “huge” risk.
Scott A. Simpson, University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus Department SOM-PSYCH, paper: Psychiatric and medical management of marijuana intoxication in the emergency department.
Christian Thurstone, MD: named an Advocate for Action by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in October 2012 for his â€œoutstanding leadership in promoting an evidence-based approach to youth substance use and addiction.â€ Thurstone, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is the director of one of Coloradoâ€™s largest youth substance-abuse treatment clinics.
Jim van Os, Dutch professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Public Mental Health at Utrecht University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, who wrote: â€œSchizophreniaâ€ does not exist
Nora Volkow, Director of the NIDA, wants to win the Nobel Prize for her work on dopamine channels as the singular alleged cause for drug addictionâ€”itâ€™s not.
Cathy Wasserman, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, University of Washington, and George Wang The Continued Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Unintentional Pediatric Exposures in Colorado
Names (but not their info) from â€œTell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violenceâ€ (pp. 229-230). Free Press. Kindle Edition.
But thus has it ever been…
The prohibs count upon the general ignorance of the public regarding scientific research on cannabis, knowing that few of the public have the time or inclination to fully research the sources the prohibs claim as vindicating their positions.
And so, they often engage in editorial sleight-of-hand, claiming studies proven inaccurate (like the Zhang study) by later ones (like the Tashkin study) as being valid, knowingly and with intent to deceive. Which is, in turn, part-and-parcel with their adherence to their Straussian ‘noble lie’ concept regarding ‘protecting youth from drugs by any means necessary’, itself a cornerstone of anti-drugs propaganda.
With such a rationale, prohibs can excuse themselves for any amount of mendacity they feel is necessary to further their ‘noble’ cause, And in doing so, they expose their true natures. (“We ought to kill all the druggies!” is a sentiment often expressed in numerous comment sections on the Webpages catering to such people.) No wonder so many of them would have made good commissars in the old Soviet Union; they’ve certainly got the right attitude for the job.
Joe Biden: “White America Has To Admit There Is Systemic Racism”
Of course our Joe makes no mention of his own contribution to “systemic racism,” namely his ramping up of the drug war in the 1980s and 90s and the consequent mass incarceration of Americans of color.
A reminder of just what a racist, prohib shithead Biden really is…
January 18, 2019
â˜› Potential 2020 Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Calls Marijuana Legalization â€˜Nonsensicalâ€™
â€œBloomberg is out of his element and has no credibility on this issue due to his track record of ruining lives,â€ NORML political director Justin Strekal told Marijuana Moment.
â˜› Mike Bloomberg on Drugs last updated: Sep 12, 2018
â˜› Legalize Pot, But Donâ€™t Normalize It May 21, 2018
Its hard to figure why a grown man would fear my blue jeans.
â˜› Judge ‘increasingly doubtful’ of feds’
lawsuit against hemp farm
But after U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart made a motion seeking to test the hemp, Chambers delayed his lifting of the injunction to give defendants a chance to respond to Stuartâ€™s request.
Tax paid Power trippin Ganja superstitious DA Persecuting legal Hemp farmers because he never learned about pollination.
â˜› US Attorney Mike Stuart @USAttyStuart 5 Dec 2018
Looking forward to invite-only marijuana symposium next week. Facts not propaganda. Facts about Colorado. Facts about ecology & environment. Facts about health. Facts about black market. FACTS!Public deserves facts & policy makers, media, law enforcement should know the facts.
A federal judge denied a request from the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia to extend a stay on a ruling allowing the transport and sale of industrial hemp.
Legalizing Marijuana Is â€˜The Stupidest Thing Anybody Has Ever Done,â€™ Michael Bloomberg
Portland Awards $60,000 In First Equity Grants For Two Local Black-Owned Cannabis Businesses
BudTrader.com , â€œlargest online cannabis marketplaceâ€ and has been dubbed the “Craigslist of weed,” will offer free medical marijuana to government workers who canâ€™t pay because of the shutdown.
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On MLK day Joe Biden apologized for promoting the drug war while a senator. He blames his mistake on the â€œexpertsâ€ who made up ill-conceived, racist, and bigoted lies about drugs, particularly crack cocaine.
Perhaps better than an apology, Mr. Biden might want to call for holding those people accountable who lied to not only him, but to Congress and American citizens. Meanwhile, the CSA law that allows so-called experts to lie about drugs still exists.
â€œIt all just sounds like 2020 is getting closer,â€
Matt Elrod is trying to reason with Alex Berenson.
As an aside, I was pleased to see that Berenson’s book, the current version of Reefer Madness… Tell Your Children, is no longer showing as the #1 Best Seller at Amazon. It’s now the Best Selling New Release. Prohibs are loving the book.
Alex Berenson: Pot is not a cure-all medicine â€“ I told the truth and the backlash has been incredible
Starting at 3:30: â€œâ€¦ Iâ€™m not a prohibitionist â€¦ I think full national legalization is a mistake â€¦ it creates a business community that promotes use of the drug â€¦ prohibition is a meaningless term.â€ â€” Alex Berenson.
What about prohib, prohibitch, or prohibidiot? Are those meaningless terms as well?
“…it’s more neurotoxic than alcohol.”
Fuck you Alex, you’re just a fear-mongering ass. Tell your children? How about TEACH your children how to tell the difference between propaganda and facts?
As had been noted here for a very long time, as the political support for prohibition wanes thanks to demographics, the more demonstrably irrational the prohibs will become. As their position becomes more untenable, the prohibs will let out of their ideological attics the very worst examples of their kind, what I call the ‘crazy uncles’.
Right on cue, here’s Mr. Berenson, seemingly clueless as to the historical connotation of his book’s subtitle and its connection to failed propaganda, spouting canards as facts and practically daring his opposition to call him out on it…when in fact, science has already settled the matter. Like I said, clueless.
Mr. Berenson’s (and by derivation, all the prohibs) problem is exactly the same as that of the traditional media upon which he is now reliant upon to spread his disinformation: they’ve lied too many times and only the mentally retarded (yes, I’ll use that word) would believe him or them.
Sad to see putative adults behave in such a fashion, but there it is, for all the world to see. What the prohibs used to keep in the attic for fear their equivalent of Brandeis’s …’men of zeal, without understanding’ would turn off the public thanks to their near-wide-eyed, foam-flecked antics has finally been loosed from their confinement, out of sheer desperation. It’s only a matter of time before they say something or do something so preposterous that everyone laughs at them, and that laughter will be the end of them.
@DdC, Kaptinemo, Servetus and etc
I emailed Alex Berenson telling him how stupid and naive he is. I literally told him when it comes to serious illness like cancer, diabetes, obesity and etc. Many people use Cannabis Oil for serious healing or even the cure effect. I even gave him the following quote from the PDF called the Rick Simpson Protocol:
What is smoked marijuana good for from a medical point of view?
From a medical point of view, smoking cannabis hemp has limited medical value when compared to ingesting the oil. Smoking pot can often have an effect on blood sugar levels for those with diabetes and it can also help reduce ocular pressure for people who suffer with glaucoma. We all know of hempâ€™s ability to reduce nausea and smoking this substance will often help combat the pain associated with many medical conditions. Even simply smoking a good indica strain does tend to make a person relax, which in itself can be quite beneficial. Smoking pot can help reduce the symptoms of many conditions such as MS and is often very beneficial to those with spasmodic conditions. There is no shortage of evidence which clearly shows that even smoking hemp can do much to help the well-being of countless people worldwide. But, from my point of view, why just reduce the symptoms when a cure or much better control for the problem may be possible if the medicine is taken properly in the form of an oil?
There is little comparison between smoking hemp and ingesting hemp oil. Smoking is the least effective method of using hemp as a medicine. The healing power of hemp is magnified many times when the concentrated essential oil of the hemp plant is produced. If you want to see the real medicinal magic in this plant, start ingesting high-grade hemp oil. When one starts ingesting the raw, unburned THC and its associated cannabinoids, medical miracles are often the result.â€ Rick Simpson, Natureâ€™s Answer for Cancer
The email reply from Alex Berenson I got this morning was that he stated the Rick Simpson Oil is snake oil, the testimonials of people using Cannabis Oil to cure Diabetes, Cancer and etc are lies and that Medical Cannabis or Cannabis Oil is of limited value and he does not want to debate it.
Good work, Alex. Youâ€™ve shown that Berenson is easily provoked into making stupid comments.
Apparently, Mr. Berenson, who now sees himself as someone qualified to practice medicine without a license, missed the following bit of critical medical information:
Use of the term â€œsnake oilâ€ to describe a cannabinoid condensate such as Simpsonâ€™s Oil is entirely inappropriate. Itâ€™s the sort of thing prohib Kevin Sabet would say.
Oncologists have obviously decided that cannabinoids have a strong probability of being an effective cancer treatment for a wide range of cancers and patients, while exposing the patient to no harmful side effects as some anti-cancer drugs do. The decision to medicate wonâ€™t be up to ersatz doctor Alex Berenson, whose writing and behavior is a stunning example of the Dunning-Kruger effect.
It would be great if you could post the entire content of Mr. Berensonâ€™s email. Itâ€™s hard evidence heâ€™s full of it.
Berenson has no more interest in truth than Sabet. They haven’t rode the Gravytrain this long by informing the people with facts. If the FDA hasn’t tested it, it is not medicinal. That is the bottomline of their argument. Arbitrarily and Capriciously, politically placing it as a Schedule#1 status also indicates it has no medicinal value and therefore not acceptable to receive tax dollars for research. Science be damned, or rather buried. Don’t confuse the situation with reality or actual people’s testimonies. You’ve been around long enough to know they have no morals, ethics or scruples.
As for “toking” Mr_Alex. It is a Preventative, an expectorant to ward off the future need of Simpson’s Oil. Opening smaller capillaries in the lungs and brain that oil can’t reach. So comparing it to oil or vapes seems more of a one up competition. If your ECS is saturated by toking or oil, that is the medicine. Toking will get into the system faster than digesting. I’ve never tried Simpson’s Oil and haven’t had a cold since 1969.
Mr_Alex, first off, my kudos; engaging prohibitionists has always caused me no small degree of pathos when you realize they believe that tautology is a substitute for reasoning. They endlessly repeat their irrational canto regarding the need for maintaining cannabis prohibition as if it were a magical incantation to ward off evil spirits. It’s quite irritating, but the irritation turns to horror when you realize such people can vote.
As anyone who has ever tried will tell you, no amount of factual information can sway a prohibitionist into questioning their faith…for that is exactly what you are doing.
Shorn of labyrinthine complexities, to question the rationale of prohibition is to engage in questioning everything they hold dear to themselves, challenging not only their world-view but their very own raison d’Ãªtre, their entire reason for existence, itself.
They see themselves as modern-day Horatiuses at the bridge, defending all that is sacred from all that’s unholy, whose see issues such as ending cannabis prohibition as being part of the war of (superhero echo chamber voice effect) GOOOOOD versus EEEEEVILLLLL. And, of course, they believe themselves to be wearing the ‘white hats’. If that seems to be dismissively cartoonish, well, it models much of their thinking.
I am always reminded that the history of every prohibition shows that that religious fanatics can always be found walking point for them. And also, let us not forget that the secular, so-called ‘progressive’ version of said religious fanatics can also be found in the vanguard of any prohibition, due to their conceit of ‘knowing better’ than those they seek to control; Professor Whitebread’s US who seek to control THEM. Both sorts have ‘renounced the use of reason’, and to argue with such is pointless.
So, great job in trying to be the rational ‘adult in the room’, but in the end it will come down to an ever growing demographic (cannabis consumers) that crosses nearly all other demographics manifesting its power by force via the ballot box. We don’t really need to waste effort in engaging them, now. Time and numbers are on our side.
Both Kevin Sabet and Alex Berenson have rediculed the idea of Cannabis Oil being used on serious health problems like Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease and etc when it has been done by the Ancient Chinese during the Han to Ming and Qing Dynasties in Ancient China. I provoked Alex Berenson into those comments because he had to be challenged over it. Kevin Sabet in the past has been given the chance to debate Professor Raphael Mechoulam from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Instead not only did Kevin Sabet turn it down, he basically said that Raphael Mechoulamâ€™s research is based on Snake Oil. The same offer was offered to Alex Berenson as well but he also said the same thing as Kevin Sabet
Bloomberg’s Mother Calls Michael
â€˜Stupidest Thing Ever Doneâ€™
Careful Mr Alex,
Over Exposure to Both Cultist’ Kevin Sabet and Alex Berenson produce a reaction. It usually develops 12 to 48 hours after exposure and lasts two to three decades. The severity of the rash depends on the amount of exposure that gets under your skin. A section with more exposure on it may develop a rash sooner. Avoid direct contact with the propagandist’ to be safe.
Just saw this after the Warriors game…
Raidersâ€™ Warren Wells: Did a scary cult derail his career?
Heart wrenching new film pins some of the late wide receiverâ€™s problems on Synanon
The Story of This Drug Rehab-Turned-Violent Cult
Is Wild, Wild Country-Caliber Bizarre
Children of Synanon
An acclaimed Tucson drug-treatment program went suddenly, mysteriouly bankrupt. Administrators blame the board of directors. But others are questioning the administrators and their history at the notorious drug-treatment empire known as Synanon.
The Dark Legacy of a Rehab Cult
The head-shaving recovery cult of â€œSynanonâ€ was a substance-abuse treatment pioneerâ€”and a model for some more recent deviant AA groups.
â€œItâ€™s a technique to break down the personality. Itâ€™s a fascist therapy that makes the person totally outer-directed and dependent on the group. Then they can build up a new personality that isnâ€™t drug oriented.â€
Prohibition has been selling Snake Oil to the rubes for 100 years.
Kevvie’s use of the term to smear opponents of his views is obviously “projection.”
Kevvie, you’re unwell, maybe you should try some Simpson Oil? Might help with the weight problem too.
Kids are being molested in the name of the drug war again: https://twitter.com/fox5dc/status/1088464929181630465?s=21
Marijuana is off the hook for causing psychotic episodes.
Researchers Wikus Barkhuisin (Univ. of London), Mark J. Taylor (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden), et al., made a connection between regular tobacco smoking in adolescents and paranoia. Naturally, the connection is deemed genetic:
The tobacco research gives Alex Berenson a green light to attack the tobacco industry. Something tells me he wonâ€™t.
i don’t know if anyone has posted this link.https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/1/14/18175446/alex-berenson-tell-the-truth-marijuana-psychosis-violence so here is a good article about berenson’s book
Gosh, you know you need a remedial course in the creation of effective hysterical rhetoric if yours doesn’t even pass muster at Vox.
Alex Berenson bets heavily on a 1987 paper attempting to unravel the chicken-or-egg question of which came first, the psychosis or the cannabis.
If a genetic component prompting psychosis is the culprit, then the use of marijuana becomes irrelevant to those who donâ€™t have the same gene morphology. The existence of such a gene in Berensonâ€™s discussions is postulated but never mentioned:
It turns out such a gene likely exists. It was discussed in a research paper in 2012, but additional investigation of the discovery was not followed up:
Mr Berenson does not reference the Kingâ€™s College AKT1 gene study. No mention is made of the AKT1 gene anywhere in the book, nor the name Dr John Krystal. Genetics is discussed in relationship to schizophrenia in only six short sections of the work. Despite this, â€œSir Robin MacGregor Murray and Dr. Marta Di Forti (one of the authors in 2012)â€”a husband-and-wife team who live in London and are two of the worldâ€™s leading experts on cannabis and psychosis,â€ both from Kingâ€™s College, are given attention, along with some criticism certain Kingâ€™s College researchers received from the marijuana lobbies.
Alex Berenson failed to examine or discuss the one study that could prove him and his wife wrong about cannabis leading to psychosis and violence. His term paper gets an â€œFâ€.
Katie Way, currently a contributing editor at Cannabis Now, does a takedown on Alex Berensonâ€™s book in a piece sheâ€™s written for The Nation:
A rebuttal of this magnitude appearing in The Nation is a sign of bad things to come. Alex Berenson may have trashed his entire writing career due to an ill-advised attempt to spoof the public about cannabis. Imitators take note: no one is going to read your new spy novel if youâ€™re a prohibitch.