WAR ON DRUGS

When Meth Was Medicine: Big Pharma Amphetamine Ads from the Days of Better Living Through Chemistry

Methamphetamine today is widely considered a scourge, its users portrayed as toothless trailer park trash and twitchy tweakers. It's the stuff of meth labs and drug raids, but it wasn't always like that.
READ MORE: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/when-meth-medicine-big-pharma-amphetamine-ads

Why The Government Is Afraid Of Psychedelic Drugs

Some great stuff has been conceived of while on psychedelics: while on LSD, Francis Crick conceived of the double-helix shape of DNA, Steve Jobs cites LSD as one of the major influences of his life's work, and some biblical scholars think the Bible may have been written with the aid of some magic mushrooms. So why does the government hate the stuff? Especially as more research is coming out that says that psilocybin (the active ingredient in mushrooms) does wonders for the terminally ill and MDMA may be the key to curing PTSD.
READ MORE: http://www.cracked.com/podcast/why-best-treatment-ptsd-may-be-illegal-drug/

Inside The World Of Microdosing With Magic Mushrooms & LSD

Microdosing is an emerging trend among young professionals, particularly amongst the Silicon Valley set. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it means to take small amounts of psychedelics during the day in order to enhance focus, creativity, patience, and connection to others. The purpose is not to get high — — a microdose is roughly one tenth of what would be considered a full dose — and the benefits certainly seem to greatly outweigh any potential side effects.
READ MORE: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/10/05/inside-the-world-of-micro...

Seriously, Fuck Off! FDA Approves First-Ever Synthetic THC Oil

The US approved the first-ever synthetic THC oil as a treatment for serious health conditions such as AIDS and cancer. Yet, it is still listing cannabis as a Schedule I drug that “has no medicinal value and a high risk for abuse”, despite evidence to the contrary.

Contradicting the United States’ official stance on that cannabis doesn’t provide any real medicinal benefit, federal health agencies in the US have approved synthetic versions of cannabis’ psychoactive components for the treatment of various health conditions in recent years.
READ MORE: https://www.zamnesia.com/blog-fda-approves-first-ever-synthetic-thc-oil-...

Could Medical Cannabis Break the Painkiller Epidemic?

A body of research suggests yes, but scientists are having to fight red tape to study whether medical marijuana could substitute for opioid drugs.

Six days before Prince died, the iconic pop star was hospitalized after possibly overdosing on Percocet. His death on April 21 involved overdosing on another painkiller, fentanyl. Both are among the prescription opioids that alleviate the pain of millions of Americans every year—often at the price of their needing ever greater amounts and the risk of overdose. The U.S. “is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Prescription opioid overdoses killed more than 165,000 Americans between 1999 and 2014, and the health and social costs of abusing such drugs are estimated to be as much as $55 billion a year.
READ MORE: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/could-medical-cannabis-break-t...

Coca-Cola, Cronyism, and the War on Drugs

It is well-known trivia that the original formula for Coca-Cola contained cocaine, but the lesser known history of Coca-Cola has other interesting components involving the government, cronyism, and the War on Drugs.

The first federal drug law was the Harrison Narcotics Act passed in 1914, which criminalized the unlicensed sale of cocaine and opium products. But this is not why cocaine was removed from Coca-Cola. In fact, the cocaine alkaloid was removed from the formula for coke in 1903 due to pressures from negative press against cocaine use. To avoid angering and alienating a consumer base, the company removed the narcotic component of their product.
READ MORE: http://monetarywatch.com/2016/08/coca-cola-cronyism-war-drugs/?doing_wp_...

Treasury vindicates Cannabis Party

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms.

The Treasury memo, released to lawyer Sue Grey under the OIA, shows that legalisation of cannabis would save the taxpayer $400m and would earn $150m in taxes annually. A total revenue of $550m.

The memo undermines the credibility of the police's drug harm index, which tries to justify prohibition by focusing on cannabis related harm to society.

However, these Treasury figures prove that law enforcement is actually responsible for the vast bulk of this harm to society.

For, the first time a government department has admitted that legalisation of cannabis will actually save the public hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

The Cannabis Party leader Julian Crawford said the treasury figures agree with his party's own estimates and prove that legalisation will add around $550m to the public purse each year.

Study: Cannabis Oil Mitigates Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s-Induced Dementia

The administration of liquid cannabis extracts containing THC is associated with the mitigation of various symptoms of Alzheimer’s-related agitation and dementia, according to observational trial data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Israeli investigators assessed the use of cannabis oil as an adjunct pharmacotherapy treatment in ten Alzheimer’s disease patients over a period of several weeks. Researchers reported that drug administration was associated with a significant reduction in patients’ symptom severity scores. Specifically, cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy, and delusions.
READ MORE: http://reset.me/study/study-cannabis-oil-mitigates-symptoms-of-alzheimer...

Myths About Psychedelics Debunked

Rick Doblin, the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), debunks traditional myths about psychedelics.

Rick Doblin: Myths About Psychedelic Drugs from The Dish on Vimeo.

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