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The US Department of Justice initially reacted Colorado’s declaration by saying its enforcement policies remain unchanged, adding: ”We are reviewing the ballot initiative and have no additional comment at this time.“
Here are some known, and unknown, facts about cannabis and the other components of this plant.
THC: the active chemical in cannabis, or marijuana, responsible for making its users high.
Tetra = four
hydro = presence of water or watery fluid or of hydrogen
cannibols = cannaboid; a class of diverse chemical compounds that activate cannabinoid receptors
Cooking vs. smoking: It seems smoking or cooking is required to release the THC, as well as for a higher high.
It is Extremly less harmful then alcohol, but does contain more tar than tobbaco per gram but can be vaporized or cooked to greatly reduce the harmful effects.
Space cakes & cookies:
"Space cakes" is a common name for muffins, brownies, and cookies baked with marijuana, which are very popular in the Netherlands, specifically Amsterdam. It used to sometimes be popular to frost these with psilocybin mushroom frosting, but this practice has since been discontinued when psilocybin mushrooms were banned in 2008.
The Good and Bad of Cannabis:
Cannabinoid hyperemesis: This little-known condition, called cannabinoid hyperemesis, is a serious burden to the health care system because doctors often use expensive diagnostic tests and ineffective treatments in an effort to identify the cause of the patient's symptoms and treat them, the researchers said.
Brain damage in youth under 18 years of age: A July 2012 report in Brain reveals neural-connectivity impairment in some brain regions following prolonged cannabis use initiated in adolescence or young adulthood.
Marijuana can cause short-term memory and learning problems, dry mouth, impaired motor skills and red eyes. Within minutes after smoking marijuana, the drug increases the user's heart rate. Heart rates can double in some cases, which is a risk for people with certain heart conditions. Some people may feel relaxed after using marijuana; others may develop anxiety and paranoia. A person's reaction to the drug partly depends on the individual, the strength of the marijuana used and whether the person ate or smoked the drug.
The latest review, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggests that activating the brain’s cannabinoid system may trigger a sort of anti-oxidant cleanse, removing damaged cells and improving the efficiency of the mitochrondria, the energy source that powers cells, ultimately leading to a more robustly functioning brain.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/29/ho...z2BdLCxa1F
Canada, New Zealand and several countries in Europe have approved the nasal spray Sativex, which uses purified cannabinoids derived from marijuana for the treatment of cancer pain and muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two drugs made from synthetic cannabinoids, dronabinol and nabilone, which treat nausea and appetite problems in cancer and HIV patients. Yet the FDA has not approved marijuana in its plant form as a treatment.
I'll look for more good.