endocannabinoid system

Messing with Cannabinoid Receptors Can be Fatal

Messing with Cannabinoid Receptors Can be Fatal

In January, the University Hospital of Rennes in France released a statement indicating that one person had died and five others were hospitalized following a drug trial. In the weeks that have followed, it has been discovered that the drug being tested was designed to block necessary processes in the human Endocannabinoid Signaling (ECS) system. […]

Legalize Food: An Honest Approach to Cannabis Legalization

Legalize Food: An Honest Approach to Cannabis Legalization

Four years ago this month, I was preparing to enter an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at Union Institute and University; my December was consumed with reading philosophy and required theory. I often stopped reading (each time my head would nearly explode) and wondered if I had lost my mind taking on this graduate program. The components […]

The Aspiring Lives of Neurons: Women, Their Babies and Cannabis

The Aspiring Lives of Neurons: Women, Their Babies and Cannabis

“Of course it is safe to smoke pot in pregnancy, just take look at Jamaica”! This type of comment perpetuates an “herban legend,” circulating specifically among those in the “it’s safe” camp. The reference to Jamaica is to the commonly quoted work of anthropologist Melanie Dreher PhD RN, who in 1989 conducted a small, qualitative, […]

Why Don’t More Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana?

Why Don’t More Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana?

Yesterday I was at an appointment with a new doctor for a surgical consult, and within the first two minutes of our conversation, he said “I think medical marijuana would really benefit you. Are you interested in learning more about it?” For someone who lives in a state like California, this may seem old hat. And […]

Cannabis Beats Placebo: CBD Promising for Treating Brain Damage in Preemies

Cannabis Beats Placebo: CBD Promising for Treating Brain Damage in Preemies

Earlier this year against the advice of many, I submitted an abstract to present at the International Cannabinoid Research Society’s 2014 Symposium. Not only was this Social Scientist selected from among over 300 other doctoral students, the remainder having the required Endocannabinoid Science experience I simply do not have, but I was one also of […]

The Female : Cannabis Relationship

The Female : Cannabis Relationship

IMAGE: “Daydream,” Andrew Wyeth Women have long kept their health lore confined to their close female communities.  Until the late 19th century, birthing was the domain of women and they carried this, as well as other women’s health knowledge, forward.  Natural birth control (often herbs) had to keep secret.  There is lore that women once […]

Could Cannabis Really Be an ‘Exit Drug’?

Could Cannabis Really Be an ‘Exit Drug’?

PHOTO: Kara Allyson [Names of some individuals in this story were changed at their request.] When Joe hit rock bottom, he knew it. At age sixty, he’d been drinking since he was sixteen and his liver was a mess. Every time he tried to quit in the past, he failed. “But this time was different,” […]

Acupuncture and My High Horse

Acupuncture and My High Horse

I was skeptical about acupuncture for most of my life. I’d never had a serious injury or illness, and therefore hadn’t experienced the shortcomings of western medicine firsthand. Somehow acupuncture was something I considered quackery, matter-of-factly filed away in my mind along with chiropractic and reflexology and homeopathy. My reluctance to accept it as legitimate […]

Operation Normalize: Ruining Marijuana’s Bad Reputation

Operation Normalize: Ruining Marijuana’s Bad Reputation

By Karen Livreri  Cannabis has been given a pretty bad rap over the years, and wrongfully so. Cannabis, marijuana, weed, pot, or as I prefer to call it, ‘Peace Bloom’ has been run through the mud. There are many theories and some facts as to why, but regardless of the cause, it’s an undeniable fact that […]

Retired State Police Officer Leading Charge to End Drug Prohibition

Retired State Police Officer Leading Charge to End Drug Prohibition

PHOTO: Ed Roper Photography Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is a 5,000-member organization, with 75,000 public supporters, representing cops, judges, prosecutors, FBI/DEA agents and prison wardens who want to legalize and regulate all drugs after witnessing the horrors and injustices of the War on Drugs. Neill Franklin, LEAP’s Executive Director was in Philadelphia last week to speak […]