Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: A21, Australia 21, Cannabis Blends, Cannibas, Crime, Decriminalise Cannabis, Ecstasy, Illicit Drugs, IQ, IQ Test, Pothead, Potheads, Teen Smokers | Comments Off
Another national report into the use of illicit drugs has recommended decriminalising cannabis and ecstasy via a government controlled program aimed at helping to curb addiction.
The report offers an alternatives to our current prohibition stance on illicit drugs, in this latest report by a group of futurists, academics and prominent Australians from the social research group Australia 21, the authors emotively push the line, “The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen.”
The report seems to be pushing the point that “By defining the personal use and possession of certain psychoactive drugs as criminal acts, governments have also avoided any responsibility to regulate and control the quality of substances that are in widespread use. Some of these illicit drugs have demonstrable health benefits.
The group argues that illicit drugs should be controlled, taxed and scorned in much the same way governments deal with tobacco and alcohol.
The report also argues that decriminalising soft-drugs like cannabis would have some effect on household crime? Saying that a substantial proportion of Australia’s street and household crime is a direct consequence of the trade in these drugs…
NOW THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE! A pot head with the ability to get off the couch and burgle someone’s home? Lifting the phone to dial for a pizza is about the most movement I’ve EVER seen a pothead under the influence motion toward! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Biology, Cankler Science News, Chemically Engineered | Tags: Cannabis, Cannabis Blends, Marijuana, Maryjane, Skunk, Synapses, Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, University of Bordeaux | Comments Off
In their latest übercool posting, the journal Cell is reporting that researchers have discovered how maryjane – marijuana – disrupts short term memory. The researchers have picked-up on previously overlooked brain cells that have a crucial role in memory formation. The drug impairs users’ working memory – the ability to retain and use information over short periods of time. Neuroscientists Giovanni Marsicano of the University of Bordeaux, France, and Xia Zhang of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research now show that this common side effect occurs because of a previously unknown signalling mechanism between neurons and non-neuronal cells called astrocytes.
The psychoactive ingredient of marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol – THC. Using microelectrodes implanted into the brains of anaesthetized rats, the researchers found that the compound weakens the connections, or synapses, between neurons in the hippocampus, a structure that is crucial for memory formation. Read the full article »»»»