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Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]

Chobani Yogurt And US Air Force Fiasco Exposes Dark Underbelly Of The Drug War

Chobani Yogurt And US Air Force Fiasco Exposes Dark Underbelly Of The Drug War

by Chris Conrad It’s easy to understand why Chobani added hemp seeds to its Blueberry Power Flip brand of Greek yogurt. Hempseed is an amazingly nutritious and meaty fruit. It has a crunchy texture, a nutty flavor and a wide array of essential fatty acids, essential proteins and minerals, as well as some rare digestive […]

Dissecting Sanjay Gupta’s New View On Marijuana

Dissecting Sanjay Gupta’s New View On Marijuana

Ladybud Magazine Managing Editor, Angela Bacca, and I sat down to discuss Sanjay Gupta’s CNN Special on medical marijuana and why he changed his opinion on it. It also touches on a topic I recently discussed on the myth of the “marijuana withdrawal.” MARYJANE DOE: I just watched the Sanjay Gupta better-than-the-typical-mainstream-hit-piece on CNN, and I […]

This Is (Really) Your Brain On Drugs

This Is (Really) Your Brain On Drugs

PHOTO: Rachael Leigh Cook “Your Brain On Drugs, Any Questions?“ We have all seen the “this is your brain on drugs” commercials. I call them the “egg” commercials. There’s an egg, and a person says, “This is your brain.”  Then the person cracks an egg into a skillet and says, “This is your brain on […]

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

Its street names, appearing first in Europe around 2004 and in subsequent years on the streets of the United States, evoke cosmic experiences in far-off places: “K2” references the world’s second-highest mountain without any hint of the tranquility in the name of its taller neighbor, Everest; “Spice” alludes to the sci-fi novel Dune with its compelling descriptions […]

Are Contaminants In Cannabis A Serious Concern Or A Manageable Side Effect Of Prohibition?

Are Contaminants In Cannabis A Serious Concern Or A Manageable Side Effect Of Prohibition?

Toxins and pesticides in legal marijuana have been in the news lately.  “Alarmingly high” pesticide residuals were found in cannabis tested at the Werc Shop, a cannabis analytical lab in Pasadena, California. Are contaminants in cannabis a “serious concern” or a manageable side effect of prohibition? The Werc Shop study, published in the Journal of […]

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 […]