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CBD drops reduce the quantity of infantile spasms

Posted by Simon Pharmahemp on July 31, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

“One should never give up. Somehow you have to believe that there is always something more that could be done and that things can always turn for the better.


How CBD affects infantile spasms

Maša is an 8-year old girl who has spent her entire young life living with so-called infantile spasms or convulsions, which first started to appear when she was a 5-month old baby. At that time she received her second vaccine and ever since then the spasms have been a part of her everyday life. As if that were not enough, her immune system collapsed and she was infected with a chickenpox virus when she was 6 months old, and soon after that she was also diagnosed with encephalitis. Since then her parents have invested tremendous efforts into improving the quality of Maša’s life, but despite all their attempts, her progress was extremely slow, if there was any progress at all to begin with. Her development came to a halt, therefore she needs constant care and attention of adults. She is unable to do anything by herself. During the day, while her parents are at work, a nanny looks after her, feeds her, changes her clothes, talks to her and works out with her. It goes without saying that caring for a child such as Maša requires a whole person, and, as Maša’s mother admits, doing all that while having a regular job is exhausting.


Spasms are the greatest difficulty

Maša’s mother explains that spasms occur several times a day. Mostly during night time or in the morning. “This happens with the majority of children who suffer from this syndrome,” she says. “The spasms start appearing sometime after 2 o’clock in the morning and then they continue to repeat until eight or nine o’clock in the morning. Sometimes there’s also one occurring during the day.”

Spasms are difficult to predict. But the mother knows that they are bound to happen if the girl wakes up: “She wakes up because there’s a spasm about to be triggered. However, we cannot predict whether it will happen in two minutes or in half an hour, but we are certain that it will happen for sure because Maša has woken up.” Ultimately that means that her sleep is disturbed and sleepless nights are not just a part of hers but also of entire family’s everyday life. There are days when everyone sleeps peacefully until 7 a.m. Those are the days when Maša’s sleep is not disturbed by spasms at night. But that only means that they are about to happen somewhat later, during the day.

The frequency of Maša’s spasms varies. “We have ups and downs,” her mother says. There are good days with only one or two spasms occurring. Then there are days with a series of up to six spasms taking place. Their duration also varies. Sometimes they are as short as some ten seconds, but sometimes they can last for over a minute. They differ greatly in their intensity, therefore they always have a different effect of exhaustion on her. Sometimes she is more tired, and sometimes less. Occasionally these spasms can be so light, they could go completely unnoticed with someone unfamiliar with this syndrome. In such cases Maša simply calms down and sits completely still for a few seconds, until the spasm is over. On the other hand, there are also situations when such powerful spasms flush over her body that she is unable to control her movements.

Countless sleepless nights have, of course, taken their toll. “The fact that she rarely sleeps undisturbed throughout the night is the reason why she is unable to make any progress whatsoever. She is constantly tired,” Maša’s mother concludes and presents a somewhat broader context: “The trouble with the spasms is that every time Maša succeeds at learning something new – either with the help of physiotherapy or some other therapies – all of that is somehow erased by spasms, keeping us at status quo all the time.”

Searching for solutions in alternative approaches

Since Maša first started experiencing impediments in her development at the age of 6 months, her parents have tried with numerous therapies. “We tried with physiotherapy provided to us by national healthcare system, as well as with occupational therapy. After that we also tried with plenty of other alternative approaches, from osteopathy to reflexology and homeopathy,” the mother explains. Up to the age of four Maša underwent some form of therapy practically every day, which summed up to as much as seven therapies a week. Sometimes her parents would take her to see various specialists abroad as well. They were all putting in maximum effort to stimulate Maša’s progress. But every time there was even a slight prospect of success, they were back at square one again. Despite all attempts there was no progress in the girl’s development. “After all we’ve tried, there should have been a turnaround in her condition, but it just can’t seem to happen. We seem to be stuck in one place more or less all the time.” Nevertheless, the mother admits, they have come to see the girl improve her attention, she looks at the family members with a slightly better focus. She has her own way of communicating with them, sometimes she even smiles at some of them. But of course her parents and her brother would wish for things to be different. They would prefer to see Maša more involved in family activities and to be able to communicate with them better.

Maša’s parents are convinced that if they could somehow stop her spasms, that would give way for some concrete progress. They believe that her condition is not permanent and irreversible, and they still have hope for improvement. The tiny steps forward that Maša has already done, nevertheless indicate that progress is possible after all. Her attention is increasing, her flexibility has also improved, she has become more confident in her movements, and she has better control of her body. Still, these small steps forward are happening very slowly.


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Maša’s parents are also noticing that the spasms do not exhaust her anymore as they did when she was younger. It is difficult to say whether this is mainly the result of CBD therapy. However, they see that since Maša started consuming cannabinoids, her spasms have become less frequent and less intense. Prior to CBD therapy, the spasms would exhaust her to such an extent that she would fall asleep after the seizure, but now this is not so much the case anymore. As her mother says, now they go about after the spasms as if nothing had happened.

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Dravet syndrome ??? a rare genetic form of epilepsy where CBD drops were proven to be effective

Posted by Simon Pharmahemp on July 31, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Father enthusiastically admits: »Before one seizure in the period of seven to twelve days occurred, but now there is one in fourteen days. We are talking about at least 20% improvement which for me is fantastic.”


Dravet syndrome. Defined as “a Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI)”, it is a rare and catastrophic form of incurable epilepsy which severely impedes the quality of life of the patient, and which is completely genetic in its origin. It was named after the French pediatrician and neurologist dr. Charlotte Dravet who was the first to describe this form of epilepsy in 1978.

In about 80% of the children the syndrome is caused by a non-inheritable mutation, which is rather considered as a so called de novo or “new” mutation in the child. In most cases it is caused by a mutation of the SCN1A gene which contains the code to create a protein, which helps to control the electrical activity in the brain. Establishing the diagnosis is fairly simple – a DNA test is all it takes.

There is no accurate data on exactly how many children are affected by Dravet syndrome. However, the incidence rate is estimated to be 1 : 16,000 or 1 : 21,000. One thing is certain, though – Dravet syndrome is a lifelong disease and children suffering from it are in constant need of supervision and special care.

According to the data currently available in Slovenia, there are four children known to be suffering from Dravet syndrome. One of them is Nika. The 16-year old was first diagnosed with the syndrome when she was still a 6-months old baby. When she was 7, the doctors ran a few blood tests which were the final confirmation that the cause of her epilepsy was indeed a genetic mutation.

As Nika’s father explains, Dravet syndrome is an incurable form of epilepsy. Various combinations of medicine can only relieve the symptoms. For this reason the family needed to fully adapt to Nika’s condition and accept it as a part of their everyday life. They had to get used to Nika’s seizures which would normally occur every seven to twelve days. Due to her condition, Nika is unable to do many things, therefore she always needs to be supervised by one of her parents.

“In the long run Nika will never be able to become an independent person,” her father explains and continues: “She loves swimming. But if she was to go into the water alone, it would kill her. If a seizure occurred while she was in the water, she would sink. She would drown because she would be breathing in water. In such situations she always needs to be accompanied by someone who can swim well. That means me personally. But I don’t mind. I like to swim with her. If the child is enjoying, we are all enjoying.”

Even the seemingly harmless puddles in the yard present a certain hazard for Nika. Again, if she was to have a seizure and fall into the puddle, she would start breathing in water and suffocate.

Seizures, according to Nika’s father, are difficult to predict. What exactly triggers them, is also still unknown. But since they have been a constant part of Nika’s life for the past 16 years, the parents have learned to closely monitor the girl’s face and recognize the small details, which someone else could hardly translate as signals that a new seizure is about to happen. These signals can be observed perhaps a day or two prior to a seizure, but since they are so very subtle, it is difficult to predict them with 100% certainty. Based on previous experience, Nika’s parents sense them rather intuitively.

“Sometimes the seizures can occur when she is in an extremely playful state or when she gets really excited about something,” Nika’s dad explains. “A seizure lasts for about a minute and a half to two minutes. It is a generalized seizure. A total blackout. Like a gunshot. It happens so suddenly. There might be a sign, giving us a heads up a minute or two before the seizure, but only I am able to see it.”

Since Dravet syndrome is a permanent and irreversible condition which cannot be treated in the long run, Nika’s parents have tried to make her life easier at least to some degree. Last year in the fall they learned about CBD drops which were scientifically proven to have antiepileptic properties. They started to administer a 5% mixture of CBD drops and olive oil to her, and soon they noticed an improvement in her behavior. As the father explains, Dravet syndrome took the greatest toll on Nika’s gesticulation and facial expressions. However, after the initial therapy with CBD drops, her mental abilities as well as here eye contact improved, and the interval between individual seizures increased. “Before, she had one seizure every seven to twelve days, but now there is one occurring every fourteen days. So this is at least a 20% improvement, which for me is fantastic,” Nika’s father enthusiastically admits.

Even an EEG test confirmed that CBD drops were certainly effective. Namely, initial therapy with the drops resulted in better test results as compared to the ones obtained by EEG test prior to CBD therapy. Nevertheless, Nika’s parents wanted to be certain that her improvement was indeed a consequence of consuming CBD drops. For that reason they decided to temporarily put the therapy on hold and had Nika take another EEG test at the end of last year. This time the results were far worse, so the father decided that Nika should continue her treatment with CBD drops. He shared his observations with Nika’s doctor who was eager to find out more. “She mentioned the findings of her colleagues from United States and Great Britain, and then she suggested a therapeutic level which, in that time, was the most suitable for Nika. We are now at the quarter of this level and the results are as mentioned before. So at least a 20% improvement of Nika’s condition.”

The practice of administering CBD drops to patients with epilepsy varies from country to country. In England for instance they tend to increase the therapeutic level by four times, and then slowly decrease it. In the United States they practice just the opposite – they increase the dosage gradually. “I have chosen the American system,” the father explains. “So we are gradually increasing the amount of CBD drops. From a quarter we plan to increase the therapeutic level to a half and, according to current results, we hope that CBD drops will further improve Nika’s condition.”

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Posted by Moffaka on July 18, 2017 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Maryjane removed from the cannabis plant contains medicinal properties which contribute more in mending different sorts of wellbeing illnesses. Having and expending weed drugs without a permit will prompt lawful issues in specific nations. A medicinal maryjane card offers answers for the individuals who need to maintain a strategic distance from potential dangers in life.

Is The Grass Getting Greener

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Cannabis Sustainability

There’s a reason cannabis is widely known as ‘weed’—because it grows like one. In fact, cannabis is such a prolific plant that a vast majority eradicated by the DEA is non-psychotropic ‘ditch weed’ that spread across the rural U.S. when hemp was still an American agricultural staple.

Because of its fast and abundant growth, cannabis requires a high amount of nutrient uptake that depletes the soil and requires often needs fertilizer supplementation. Until the legalization of Cannabis in states like Colorado and California, growing marijuana was often an ecologically unfriendly practice. Illegal growers often set up operations deep in the forest where they would dam streams and literally dump bags of fertilizer into the artificial ponds they created to water their crops.

All this sounds like a lot of environmental doom and gloom, but legalization has changed all that. Allowed to come out of the shadows of criminalized cultivation, the newly legitimized cannabis industry has plunged headlong into tackling the environmental concerns of high yield pot production—something most other new industries of the past cared little to do until forced to do so by the public.

It’s no surprise that cannabis culture, having emerged from the environmentally enlightened period of the 1960s, quickly embraced sustainable practices. Both indoor and outdoor growers have been busily been devising new and inventive ways of lessening the environmental footprint of cannabis cultivation.

Take Kind Love cultivation and dispensary for example—a business that has led the industry in creating one of the cleanest and most high tech grow operations. The company’s advanced air and water filtration systems coupled with the use of organic nutrients produces not only a purer and safer product but also minimizes environmental impact—something we wish big-agro would take into consideration more when growing our food.

Since Colorado cannabis legalization in 2014, business and government have cooperated hand in hand to make adult cannabis use safer and more environmentally friendly. Such a cooperative approach is almost unprecedented in the history of American business and indicates the good will and future prosperity brought by legal cannabis.

For more information on ways that government and businesses in Colorado have worked together to make legal cannabis production a safe and sustainable industry for generations to come, check out the websites for the Denver Department of Environmental Health and the 2016 Cannabis Sustainability Symposium.

Getting recommendations from a doctor to obtain a MMJ card

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Marijuana extracted from the cannabis plant contains medical properties which contribute more in healing various types of health ailments. Possessing and consuming marijuana drugs without a license will lead to legal issues in certain countries. A medical marijuana card offers solutions for those who want to avoid potential risks in life.

Marijuana medical card for treatment purposes

The marijuana medical card shortly known as MMJ allows the patients to use cannabis products for treating different types of health issues. It even helps to buy medications from a drug store anytime for improving the conditions of physical as well as mental problems. Along with that, it enables the patients to seek admission in medical marijuana dispensaries for increasing the quality of life.

Medical marijuana doctors for getting recommendation

People who want to obtain MMJ card must get recommendations from a certified and licensed doctor for overcoming complex issues. A medical marijuana doctor will evaluate the conditions of patients to know whether cannabis is a right option for their health disorders or not. This will help in processing the application forms with ease for receiving a card on time.

How to identify a professional doctor in a location?

Those who are in need of medical marijuana treatments must consult with a highly qualified doctor for minimizing health diseases effectively. The internet today provides the best options for identifying a physician accordingly to generate reports based on the medical records. It even gives ways for evaluating the conditions online after submitting relevant documents.

Acquiring MMJ card with doctor recommendation

The process of acquiring a MMJ card requires approval from a well-qualified physician to gain more benefits. In many cases, a physician will recommend marijuana treatment to patients when they face severe problems in life. It is possible to cultivate cannabis plant after receiving the card.

Developing the living standards with MMJ card

Patients willing to apply for a new MMJ card must focus on hiring services from a well-qualified doctor to achieve the best results. They must learn more about the steps involved in renewal and new card approval with a 420 doctor for meeting all essential needs in a treatment process to lead a healthy lifestyle. The charges might vary in a location which plays a significant role in developing the living standards of a person.

Preparing for a better life with MMJ card

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A Cannabis Vaporizer Definitive Guide

Posted by Michael Jacobs on March 14, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Whether you smoke tobacco or you smoke cannabis, putting fire to your herbs releases all sorts of toxins. Combusting your tobacco or your cannabis isn’t exactly the best way to smoke it. There is a better way, use a dry herb vaporizer. While it can be used to vaporize any kind of herb, dry herb vaporizers are most often used for cannabis. This has led to dry herb vaporizers being referred to as ‘weed vaporizers.’

Why use one instead of smoking? For starters, you are losing a majority of the THC that you want. Poof! It goes, literally, up in smoke. What you are inhaling are unnecessary toxins. As much as 88% of combusted smoke consists of non-cannabinoids. Which means you need more weed to get the amount of THC you crave.

By vaporizing, you are inhaling 95% cannabinoids, a significant difference! This means that it is ninety-five percent smoke and carcinogen free. You need less cannabis to achieve the same feeling you get than you will need if you combust your marijuana.

Convection vs. Conduction

Dry herb vaporizers come in two varieties: convection heat and conduction heat. In the simplest terms, convection passes warm air around an item to heat it up while conduction requires that a heating element touches the item needing to be heated.

What is a convection Vaporizer?

Convection heat allows for the most precise temperature control. Convection herbal vaporizers help to avoid the combustion of your cannabis. Remember, combustion means less THC in the vapor you inhale. Also, convection vaporizers tend to last longer because nothing is coming into contact with the heating element.

What are Conduction Vaporizers?

Conduction vaporizers were more common in the early days of vaporizers. However, combustion was a common result of conduction. Today, conduction vaporizers have a bit more temperature control. The herb or wax to be heated is placed on a small screen, which is then warmed to a certain temperature. Vaporization is fast and potent. However, the product being vaporized can melt into the screen, requiring it to be cleaned or replaced often.

Deciding between the two might come down to purely personal preference. Some people prefer the quick heating of conduction vaporizers while others prefer the slower, and less apt to combust convection vaporizer.

Conduction Vaporizers for Starters

Pax 3 - $274.99 – From the people who brought you the original Pax portable vaporizer, the Pax 3 is compatible with both dry herbs and concentrates. Twice as strong as the Pax 2, it is 25% smaller and 10% lighter than the original.

DaVinci Ascent - $$249.99 – Like the Pax 3, the DaVinci Ascent is compatible with leaves, waxes, and oils. It is sleek and compact, with a digital temperature control system.

Magic Flight Launch Box - $119.00 – A portable wooden vaporizer that employs conduction heating. Available in your choice of walnut, cherry, and maple woods.

Top Convection Vaporizers for Beginners

Wulf Vape Classic - $74.99 – This is a portable aromatherapy unit that promises single hand use. It has three temperature settings, a Lithium-ion recharging battery, automatic shut-off, and direct inhalation.

PUFFiT X Vaporizer - $169.99 – Discreet in that it looks like an asthma inhaler. It uses forced air makes vaporization easier and more consistent. The downside is that the fan in the forced air system can be a little loud.

GPen Elite - $149.95 – A deep, sizable herb chamber meets complete temperature control and LED screen display. Chamber is ceramic and the unit takes only 30 seconds to heat up.

Get the Right Vaporizer for your Tastes

When shopping for your vaporizer, make sure to check out whether it is for dry herb, concentrates, or oils. Some vaporizers are only meant for one or the other. Some will come with various attachments that allow for all three to be vaporized. A good shop employee at a brick-and-mortar store should be able to tell you if the device you want to buy is for dry herb, concentrates, oils, or all three.

Whether you choose to use convection or conduction, vaporization is the future of medical marijuana delivery, especially for people who don’t want to mess with oils, waxes, or THC-infused e-juices. These portable vaporizers provide discretion while also delivering powerful, consistent vapor. Available in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and types, portable vaporizers are at the forefront of today’s medical marijuana market.


Breaking the Cycle

Posted by Jim Hatridge on March 11, 2017 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)

UK Parliament Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the Cycle

Hi, my name is Richard Spooner, I am 33. I am currently unemployed, my profession is catering. I live in Aston, Birmingham. I am a smoker of cannabis, I have also grown cannabis in the past (and received a criminal conviction for doing so). I currently use cannabis to treat a few conditions, they are: asthma, depression, back pain and as of the past two weeks I have been using it to treat the pain I have as a result of breaking my metacarpal bone. I used to use inhalers for my asthma, I have tried medication for depression and I would have used painkillers for pain. I now use none of the above, I don’t need to pay for these prescription drugs (that come with side affects), I can use cannabis to treat all my conditions (which doesn’t come with side effects).

1. Is Present Policy Fiscally Responsible?


I believe that current policy isn’t fiscally responsible. Criminals are making cash hand over fist, at least £6 billion a year!1 This money has been generated yearly for an awful long time, not only has this money not been going into the hands of the UK population, but the government has spent/wasted untold money trying to enforce, unenforceable drug policy. It’s a losing battle.

2. Is Policy Grounded in Science, Health, Security and Human Rights?


I believe that the UK Government currently ignores the advice given with respect to cannabis prohibition. The Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has asked again and again for decriminalisation of drug possession2 (cannabis being one such drug), yet the UK Government ignores this advice. Not only does the UK govt ignore advice given to it by independent bodies, but it goes ahead with steamrolling in new laws, such as when the UK Govt ignored the advice of the ACMD and outright banned Mephedrone. The choice to ban mephedrone wasn’t based on science, health, security or Human Rights but more on knee jerk reactions to sensationalist media reports3 by politicians fearing losing votes or fearing bad publicity in the media. There are mountains of peer reviewed studies4 5 that confirm the efficacy of cannabis in treating many ailments, with this in mind the government still lies about cannabis by stating “cannabis has no medicinal value” (James Brokenshire MP, 2011). The current drug policy is a sham, it aims to protect people, this couldn’t be further from the truth, currently all a child needs to buy any form of drug is a £10 or £20 note. My Human Rights have been trampled on more than once by the police invading my house or arresting me for my personal beliefs, many more of my Human Rights have been violated as well.

3. The Criteria used by the Government to Measure the Efficacy of its Drug Policies


I wasn’t aware there was a criteria used to measure the efficacy of its drug policies. If there is a criteria to follow, then the government clearly aren’t following it. Anyone with an ounce of sense can see that drug policy is causing untold misery to thousands if not millions of people in the UK on a daily basis. I thought that the government just followed media and lobby groups with regards to drug policy.

4. The Independence and Quality of Expert Advice which is being given to the Government


I believe the government is being given sound impartial expert advice by the ACMD, but even though this is the case the government constantly ignores the advice of this body. Professor Nutt was sacked from the ACMD for expressing his views that cannabis, ecstasy and LSD were all safer than alcohol, a fact confirmed by the Office of National Statistics6 and the National Health Service (NHS).7 So why sack a man that is telling the truth and then carry on lying about drugs and their harms? Also Les Iversen (the Chief Drugs Advisor) has highlighted the medicinal benefit/potential of cannabis.8 As I stated, the peer reviewed evidence is being ignored by politicians for fear of losing votes or the having the media jump on their backs, at no point is the government thinking about the UK populace.

5. Whether Drug-related Policing and Expenditure is Likely to Decrease in Line with Police Budgets and what Impact this may have?


Cannabis related offences alone costs the criminal justice system £500 million a year.9 Huge savings could be made if cannabis (and other drug) use was decriminalised. The amount of police resources wasted on apprehending cannabis users is staggering, this money could be spent bringing murderers, rapists and paedophiles to justice, instead of harassing a person for a crime that has no victim. Approximately £200 million would be saved annually by not prosecuting cannabis users, even more money would be saved if you consider decriminalising other drugs such as MDMA, LSD and magic mushrooms.

6. The Cost Effectiveness of Different Policies to Reduce Drug Usage?


Year on year the UK government has endeavoured to try and limit mans use of illicit drugs, including cannabis, and year on year drug use has risen.10 Humankind has been using cannabis safely and effectively for over 5,000 years, only in recent times has government tried to stop this from happening, to no avail. Countries such as Portugal and Spain have seen the errors of their ways and have decriminalised cannabis—and other drugs—results have shown that instead of cannabis use increasing it has actually decreased. So I would say that the current policy is not cost effective, and it amounts to burning tax-payers money.

7. The Extent to which Public Health Considerations should Play a Leading Role in Developing Drugs Policy


I believe that there are no health considerations with regards to drug policy. Cannabis can treat multiple ailments, MDMA and LSD can treat such issues as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, research into these areas is hindered by the government, again, not because of health concerns, but because of the fear of losing votes and the potential backlash from the media (not the people, the media).

8. The Relationship between Drug and Alcohol Abuse?


I don’t personally see a relationship between drug and alcohol abuse. Back when I was young I used to drink plenty of alcohol, I didn’t drink alcohol because I was using cannabis, ecstasy, LSD, magic mushrooms or other drugs, in fact when I have used other drugs I have had no need for alcohol. When I reached a certain age, I had settled on which drugs were the ones I wanted to take: cannabis, ecstasy, LSD and Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) being but a few. Alcohol didn’t make it onto my list, neither did tobacco (two legally available deadly drugs). There is no relationship between drug and alcohol abuse.

9. The Comparative Harm and Cost of Legal and Illegal Drugs


“Legal” drug deaths last year


“Illegal” drug deaths last year


Alcohol: 8,664


Mephedrone: 2


Tobacco: 81,400




Paracetamol: 98


Cocaine: 59


Tramadol: 54


Heroin: 487


Anti-depressants: 157


Amphetamine: 33


Benzodiazipines: 35


So clearly from these figures (from the Office of National Statistics) the harms that are most affecting society don’t lie at the door of “illegal” drugs, but firmly at the door of “legal” drugs. The costs involved with treating “legal” drugs is much more than “illegal” drugs, as confirmed by the Office of National Statistics and the NHS.

10. The Availability of “Legal Highs” and the Challenges Associated with Adapting the Legal Framework to Deal with New Substances


I don’t think that you will ever be able to have legal framework that will control legal or illegal highs, you can write all the laws you like, people will still break them and take drugs. People are only taking legal highs because the quality of street drugs is declining, they also take them because they can’t be arrested for them, which is an interesting point, people are taking these untested chemicals because the normal drugs that got them “high” are illegal and they fear persecution, therefore the government is playing their part in pushing drug users towards dangerous untested drugs with their policies and framework.

11. The Links between Drugs, Organised Crime and Terrorism


Obviously there are links between the above. Cash from one is funnelled into the other two. This in itself is causing untold misery to many people, again its current UK drug policy that puts this cash in the hands of criminals and terrorism, instead of the money from drugs being funnelled into drug education, the NHS, policing, and other productive community needs.


12. Whether the UK is supporting its global partners effectively and what changes may occur with the introduction of the national crime agency.


As stated above, the UK government, through its drug policy is helping organised crime and terrorists make money. Organised crime and terrorism spreads to other countries, this is facilitated by money generated from drugs, so no, the UK government isn’t helping its global partners, it is in fact contributing to the terrorist attacks around the world, and to organised crime.


13. Whether detailed consideration ought to be given to alternative ways of tackling the drugs dilemma, as recommended by the Select Committee in 2002 (The Government’s Drugs Policy: Is It Working?, HC 318, 2001–02) and the Justice Committee’s 2010 Report on justice reinvestment (Cutting crime: the case for justice reinvestment, HC 94, 2009–10).”


The only reason we have a drug dilemma is because of the current drug policy, the drug policy is causing the deaths, addictions and criminal funds that arise. There are alternatives to the current drug policy, as seen in Portugal, Spain and Holland, the problem is that government ignores these at every opportunity.

14. Summary


To summarise, it is current drug policy that is to blame for the current drug dilemma, it isn’t effective in the slightest, it is causing untold misery up and down the country. Children can get their hands on cannabis (or any other illegal drug), it is time that government looked at the alternatives available, there are many models to look at. £500 million could be saved tomorrow by changing the current cannabis policy today, if you go down the tax and regulate path with cannabis (and other drugs) you could generate a further £6 billion (potentially more once cannabis and other drugs are normalised), this could then be used in areas such as the NHS, education, community projects or merely to reduce our debt.


January 2012

Written evidence submitted by Richard Spooner

Why Terpenes Matter

Posted by Jim Hatridge on March 3, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

There are hundreds of compounds in a cannabis plant including cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids (commonly referred to as terpenes). Many people select their cannabis based strictly on cannabinoids levels, usually THC and more recently CBD. But there is an even more important component to consider: The terpene profile.

Terpenes are the essential oils that are naturally occurring in all plants. Just like lavender, rosemary and lemons have a distinct aroma and contain specific medicinal value, cannabis too has a terpene profile that simply put, sets the tone for how it is going to affect you. Throughout history, the Egyptians, Babylonians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans and Chinese have used essential oils and their terpenoids constituents medicinally and now we’re coming full circle as more cannabis users become educated.

That distinct earthy-pine aroma you get when you open a jar of freshly harvested OG Kush vs the sweetly pungent hue you get from Blue Dream are the terpenes. Each terpene delivers unique mental and medicinal benefits.

Beta-Caryophyllene has been proven to activate our CB2 receptors and has been described as a dietary cannabinoid enhancing our body’s natural response to absorb other terpenes, while delivering especially potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-hypertensive qualities. B-Caryophyllene has an added bonus in that it can block the CB1 receptor, reducing the intoxication and sometimes uncomfortable anxiety induced by some strains

Pinene is another potent anti-inflammatory as well as a natural bronchodilator, memory aid and anti-bacterial.

While Mycrene is anti-oxidant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature, and because it potentiates the effects of THC, increasing its potency, Mycrene combined with THC becomes a very potent sedative, perfect for insomnia or high stress situations.

Selecting strains based on terpenes rather than just cannabinoids bring an entirely new dimension when shopping for cannabis. Not only will you find synergistic results for remedying a myriad of conditions such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections, you’ll also be able to intelligently select new strains that are best for your body when your favorite is not available.

If you don’t have the terpene profile of a specific strain, follow your nose. Your body knows what it needs and selecting your strain by smell is the ultimate way to listen to what your body is telling you it needs.


Lemon Diesel Review- Sourced from Cannabisimo

Posted by Neal Michaud on November 27, 2016 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Good evening fellow tokers!


So today I tasked myself with reviewing Lemon Diesel; to satisfy my curiosity about this strain, I turned to SeedsMan to gather some more info.


On their site, SeedsMan says this: "Lemon Diesel is the result of crossing an early 3-way OG (Pakistani x Lemon Thai x Chemdawg #4) with a California Sour mother, itself a cross of a Mexican Sativa with an Afghani plant."


Lemon Diesel close-up. Thanks Cannabisimo!

They also list this strain as "Mostly Indica". That came as a surprise. Lemon Diesel arrived in my Sativa sampler. My guess is that being a hybrid, it may throw some trait one way or another.


So I broke off a few bits, the bud was cured well, and the stems snapped with no trouble. The smell burst forth as I manhandled the buds; I was looking for the flavour, so I didn't bother crushing the bits any further- into The Smite they went.



Weight is always bang on

Lemon Diesel is a complex flavour for me. While toking and exhaling through my nose, I managed to tease out the scent of citrus. Even though having worked in the oilfield, and around diesel equipment, I had a difficult time noticing anything resembling diesel. It could be that I need a second go with the vaporizer, with the buds crushed up a wee bit more. Crushing Lemon Diesel a bit finer did bring out a bit more taste, but still plenty of citrus.


Pipe was up next. Lemon Diesel took to the flame nicely with lots of fragrant smoke. Here, I did notice some diesel, but more as an aftertaste. By this time, I was quite content with the "calm, but alert" effect. Mighty pleasing, no sense of lethargy or couchlock. My mind did wander a bit, teasing out my creative side; along with it came a general sense of well-being.


This is some really nice herb. I would love to hear your experiences with Lemon Diesel


Cheers and positive vibes!


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