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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, […]

Scissor Sisters: Running The Best All-Girl Trim Crew In Northern California

Scissor Sisters: Running The Best All-Girl Trim Crew In Northern California

by Amanda Bushwacker It’s that time of year again, when migrant farm workers everywhere prepare for the annual marijuana harvest. You may think of us day-laborers as hippies, entitled rich kids who gave up on college sophomore year to slum around the Emerald Triangle trying to earn cash to supply our nag champa and organic […]

Teenagers: The Medical Marijuana Patients You Don’t Hear About

Teenagers: The Medical Marijuana Patients You Don’t Hear About

by Julia Peterson Right after college I started working at a medical marijuana doctor’s office in San Francisco’s SOMA district. I did patient intakes, where I asked intrusive questions to strangers about their medical histories, their medical records, and why they wanted to use medical marijuana. I met elderly people with chronic pain and veterans with […]

Smoke Pot, Lose Weight?

Smoke Pot, Lose Weight?

In 2005, a team of medical researchers at the University of Florida published a small study which seemed to turn cannabis science on its head. Examining the charts of female adults who had been referred for obesity/weight management over a 12-month period, they found a clear inverse correlation between Body Mass Index (BMI, a common measure of […]

Roadside Cavity Searches: Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves, Again

Roadside Cavity Searches: Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves, Again

An Open Letter to Director Steven McCaw, Texas Department of Public Safety Read: Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves After watching yet another roadside body cavity search for marijuana by Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers on national television, I have to point out the obvious. These searches are not outlier events but they call into […]

How And Why You Should Talk To Strangers About Marijuana

How And Why You Should Talk To Strangers About Marijuana

Sometimes I get really sick of talking about pot, but then I remember why I need to. I have been immersed in the marijuana world for awhile now and it is easy for me to feel like all the things I know about marijuana are common knowledge; it wasn’t illegal until 1937, it cannot kill […]

Could They Be Saved?

Could They Be Saved?

I must confess to a sense of profound discomfort. The feeling began as soon as I heard of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have both her breasts removed as a preventive mastectomy, and has increased up until this very moment. I knew I had to write about this urgent public health issue, but every possible commentary […]

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

The field of psychology is abuzz this month because our manual for diagnosing clinical disorders is being re-released and will be chock-full of modifications (DSM-5). The proposed changes are particularly relevant to my own work because the newest edition is reorganizing how we diagnose cannabis related disorders. The most notable change is the addition of […]

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

PHOTO: by Alx Bacca, me at 18.  I usually do not want to talk about having Crohn’s Disease. It is just a reality I have lived with for nine years, but never exactly dinner table discussion or an amusing anecdote shared with friends over drinks. It has been not just a major inconvenience in my life; […]

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Blessings to you Mary Jane Doe, I’m a vegan Earth mother with a cornucopia of organic foods and natural remedies filling my kitchen and home. I’ve been taking the sacrament of high CBD Cannabis for my pain for years and it has been working great. (I used to be a long-distance runner until my knees […]