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How Research Scientists Get Free Illegal Drugs from the Government
On an obscure webpage that looks like it's been barely updated in the last decade there's a link to download a PDF with the unassuming name of "NDSP Catalog." Click it and you'll find pretty much every drug you can dream up: meth, cocaine, ... [Read More]
Friday, February 27th | Posted by Phungushead | 1 Reply
Banned weight-loss drug could combat liver disease, diabetes
A drug the U.S. government once branded “extremely dangerous and not fit for human consumption” deserves a second chance, a study of rats suggests. Researchers report that a slow-release version of the compound reverses diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an untreatable condition that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Diabetes has already become an epidemic. And up to 30% of people around the world may have a lesser known but related metabolic illness, NAFLD, in which lipids—the family of molecules that includes fats—amass in the liver. Although the extra fat often causes few problems, about 10% to 20% of people develop nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a serious illness in which inflammation and scarring can provoke cancer and liver failure. So far, there are no approved ... [Read More]
Friday, February 27th | Posted by Pondlife | 0 Replies
The Psychedelic Renaissance: From Here to Eternity
The idea of a Psychedelic Renaissance — as captured in the title of Ben Sessa’s book The Psychedelic Renaissance — is growing in the health professions, and as a Feb. 9, 2015, article in The New Yorker phrased it, current clinical research is "part of a renaissance of psychedelic research," so we see the phrase is catching on in the general culture too. To me, Psychedelic Renaissance is more than a guide for psychotherapeutic practices, more than the inauguration of an era of experience-based religion, more than an enrichment of academic and artistic fields; it can be an embarkation port to a realistic and expanded view of what our minds are and what they can become. Health dominates current policy discussions, but as psychedelics’ other domains... [Read More]
Friday, February 27th | Posted by Phungushead | 1 Reply
Do Men and Women Experience Cannabis differently?
Do Women and Men Experience Cannabis Differently?

One of the reasons we encourage cannabis patients to experiment with various strains for their ailment is because we have seen different strains work for different people. Perhaps you have a potent strain you like to medicate with that your friend feels no effect from at all. What makes one person paranoid could relax another simply because each person has different brain chemistry and body fat distribution. Taking this further, we might ask the question: “In general, is the experience of medicating with cannabis different for men than for women?” After all, men and women have different hormone profiles and different fat distribution patterns as well, right? This is exactly the question we hope to tackle today, although we’d like to remind readers that when we say “male” and “female, we are talking about... [Read More]
Friday, February 27th | Posted by cren | 0 Replies
Here’s What Happens To Your Brain When You Give Up Sugar For Lent
Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania – the “Chocolate Capital of the World” – doesn’t help either of us.

But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave up sweets for Lent. I can’t say that I’m following in his footsteps this year, but if you are abstaining from sweets for Lent this year, here’s what you can expect over the next 40 days.

Sugar: natural reward, unnatural fix

In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” In order for us to survive as a species, things like eating, having sex and nurturing others must be pleasurable to the brain so that these behaviours are reinforced and repeated.

... [Read More]
Friday, February 27th | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
10 Powerful DMT Journeys—From Ego Deaths To Unconditional Love
For young people in the late ’90s, access to unbiased information on drugs was hard to find. Our teachers, whether they believed it or not, said all drugs were bad. D.A.R.E programs told us stories of falls from grace, psychotic breaks, and brain damage, which frightened some, and increased curiosity in others. (As Scientific American reported in December of 2013, data collected regarding D.A.R.E. shows “that the program does little or nothing to combat substance use in youth.”) Thankfully, in 1995, when Amazon, EBay and Craigslist got their start, so did a website called Erowid. Erowid’s motto describes the site as “an online encyclopedia that ... [Read More]
Thursday, February 26th | Posted by Phungushead | 1 Reply
Abused, Imprisoned Vietnamese Slave Away in UK's Cannabis Farms, Lawyer Claims
LONDON, - Criminal defence lawyer Philippa Southwell points to the thick ring binders that line her desk in a small office above a bookie's and fast food joint in south London.More folders are neatly stacked on the floor, in a bookcase and a metal filing cabinet, a hint of her growing caseload.

In recent years, Southwell has specialised in representing a particular kind of client: the mainly young men and boys who are trafficked to Britain from Vietnam to labour in cannabis farms. Often from poor families, many regard the West as a gateway to prosperity. Others leave weighed down by a duty to provide for parents, brothers and sisters back home. The Home Office (interior ministry) estimates there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in... [Read More]
Thursday, February 26th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Washington D.C. Goes Pot Legal This Thursday--Though Political Grumblings Continue
The city that brought America government shutdowns and all-night filibusters is set to make pot legal on Thursday. But by the time the chaos over implementing the law is settled, most everyone in the District of Columbia might wish they were smoking some.

Residents voted overwhelmingly in November to allow growing and possessing small amounts of marijuana. But Congress, using its oversight authority over the nation’s capital, inserted a provision into a massive December spending deal that prevented the local government from enacting the law. A dispute over the meaning of “enact”... [Read More]
Thursday, February 26th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
Opana Tied to HIV Outbreak, Indiana Health Officials Claim
LOUISVILLE — A quickly spreading outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana is being linked to injection of the powerful painkiller Opana — raising concern among health officials across the region and nation as they face an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Indiana state health officials said Wednesday that they have confirmed 26 cases, and four more preliminary cases, since mid-December, most linked to Opana injection and a few spread through sexual transmission. Officials said this is the largest HIV outbreak the state has ever experienced in one region.

"Addicts use and misuse needles," said Karyn Hascal, president of The Healing Place in Louisville, which serves Southern Indiana addicts. "When you have... [Read More]
Thursday, February 26th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Woman Fed Two-Year-Old Methadone So He'd Sleep and She Could Smoke Crack, Court Hears
A toddler died after being given methadone by his mother so she could smoke drugs, a court has heard.

Kelly Emery, 34, from Birmingham, is alleged to have given her two-year-old son the heroin substitute to "knock him out" while she took crack cocaine. Fenton Hogan died in July 2013, and a post-mortem examination revealed he had ingested methadone at least twice before his death. Ms... [Read More]
Wednesday, February 25th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
UK Town of Lincoln to Ban Use of Psychoactive Substances
The City of Lincoln Council plans to ban people using new psychoactive substances (NPS) - more commonly known as legal highs - in the city centre.

In a report prepared for councillors, Lincoln was said to be "well known across the Midlands for having a ready and cheap supply of these substances", and the issue was causing "major concern" to police and the local authority.

Under a plan going to a council vote today, the taking of these legal highs would be banned within a public area of the city with police able to seize any prohibited substance - including ... [Read More]
Wednesday, February 25th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 3 Replies
Two Years In, Most Colorado Residents Still Happy With Their Legal Marijuana Choice
After two years of experience with marijuana legalization, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds, Coloradans are at least as likely to support that policy as they were when voters approved it.

Amendment 64, Colorado's legalization initiative, passed with support from 55 percent of voters in November 2012. According to the new poll, 58 percent of registered voters think that was a wise decision, while 38 percent disagree, compared to the 45 percent who voted no in 2012. The poll's margin of error is three percentage points.

A majority of Coloradans has consistently supported legalization since the 2012 election. Quinnipiac put support at 58 percent in February 2014 and at 54 percent in August 2013, April 2014, and July... [Read More]
Wednesday, February 25th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
Drugs-Forum Staff Interview with MrG

MrG

Member since 2006
Staff member since 2008

This is the tenth of a series of interviews with members of the Drugs-Forum Staff.

You can find a listing of all of them here:
Exclusive Staff Interviews - Your Questions Answered!

Stay tuned, new ones will be posted regularly!


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Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Phungushead | 1 Reply
Is Kosher Medical Marijuana Coming to New York's Orthodox Jews Soon?
Orthodox Jews in New York might eventually be able to celebrate the high holidays – actually high – under doctors’ orders.

With collaboration from a Colorado drug firm and a Jewish group that offers kosher certification, cannabis could be available to Orthodox Jews in the Empire State by next year. The group, the Orthodox Union, could offer certification to start selling legal, edible marijuana with a kosher... [Read More]
Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
It's Tuesday and Recreational Marijuana Is Legal in Alaska. So What States is Next?
It officially became legal to consume and grow marijuana in Alaska on Tuesday.

That means the state is the third to legalize the drug in as many years, but it is hardly the last. Voters in Oregon and Washington, D.C., have also approved legalization, and advocates plan to take advantage of shifting public opinion to target other states this year and next.

Here’s a look at how the patchwork of existing laws compare, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which played pivotal roles in passing some of the legalization laws.

... [Read More]
Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Shocking Results Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk Study A Must Read
TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS
Research Note
Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk

This study of crash risk found a statistically significant increase in unadjusted crash risk for drivers who tested positive for use of illegal drugs (1.21 times), and THC specifically (1.25 times). However, analyses incorporating adjustments for age, gender, ethnicity, and alcohol concentration level did not show a significant increase in levels of crash risk associated with the presence of drugs. This finding indicates that these other variables (age, gender ethnicity and alcohol use) were highly correlated with ... [Read More]
Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Diverboone | 4 Replies
Smoking Pot 114 Times Safer Than Drinking Booze, New Study Suggests
It's a long-held belief, not just among stoners, that marijuana is the safest drug. A new scientific study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311234/) comparing the risks associated with various drugs backs this up, and proves that ... [Read More]
Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Were Raves More Dangerous Because of the War on Drugs?
The war on drugs is rife with unintended consequences: from increasing racial disparities in the criminal justice system to exacerbating international drug cartel violence.

A 2014 paper published in Contexts suggests that a decade-old anti-drug policy may have had the unintended consequence of making party drugs, like Molly or ... [Read More]
Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Alaska Goes Pot Legal, and Here's the Guidelines
JUNEAU - Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes marijuana:

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Alaskans voted 52-48 percent in November to legalize marijuana use by adults in non-public places. Possession and transportation of up to an ounce of marijuana, and growing up to six plants, half of which can be mature, is legal as of Feb. 24. The state has nine more months to create regulations for a commercial marijuana industry whose pot will be sold and taxed.

BUT WASN'T POT ALREADY LEGAL IN ALASKA?
Yes and no. A 1975 Alaska... [Read More]
Tuesday, February 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Gym teacher at N.J. middle school had child porn, guns, 'major' pot farm
A gym teacher at the Costley Middle School in East Orange ran a major indoor marijuana farm in his home, which was discovered when police executed a search warrant as part of a child pornography investigation, state authorities said today.

Justin Bozinta, 37, of Roselle, who is also the head wrestling coach at East Orange Campus High School, was arrested Friday after allegedly uploading child pornography to a Google+ photo account using a computer at a school facility, the Attorney General's Office said.

Authorities said the investigation began with a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which indicated that images were uploaded from an IP address in a school district facility using an email... [Read More]
Monday, February 23rd | Posted by Rob Cypher | 0 Replies

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