Nixon Ruined Marijuana For Everyone. Here’s How.


Episode 4 of 5 Check us out on iTunes! Please Subscribe! In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon labeled marijuana a schedule 1 drug making any medical research on the drug almost impossible. So what do we know? + + + + + + + + Previous Episode: Is Weed Actually Bad For You?: + + + + + + + + Sources: American Academy of Ophthalmology Reiterates Position that Marijuana is Not Proven Treatment for Glaucoma: “The American Academy of Ophthalmology – the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons – is reminding the public that it does not recommend marijuana or other cannabis products for the treatment of glaucoma." Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets: “There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever. In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B.C. The Chinese were using cannabis as a medicine thousands of years ago." Cannabis Reduces Tumor Growth In Study: “Previous studies have suggested that cannabinoids, of which tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one, have anti-cancer properties. In 2009, researchers at Complutense University in Spain found that THC induced the death of brain cancer cells in a process known as 'autophagy.'" Cannabis: “Cannabis is a generic term used to denote the several psychoactive preparations of the plant Cannabis sativa. The major psychoactive consituent in cannabis is ∆-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)." The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacotherapy: “The recent identification of cannabinoid receptors and their endogenous lipid ligands has triggered an exponential growth of studies exploring the endocannabinoid system and its regulatory functions in health and disease." Here are the Countries Where Marijuana Is Legal in Some Form: “The global tide concerning marijuana legalization is slowly turning. Amsterdam, with its famous coffeeshops where smoking cannabis is OK, was once the international city most associated with legally smoking marijuana. But more countries are passing legislation either decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana in some form." Turning Off Pain's Pathways: “Easing pain is practically synonymous with practicing medicine, and since before the days of Hippocrates, doctors have sought the best ways of doing this—to find compounds that not only ease the pain, but do so as fast, effectively, and as long as possible—and without any unwanted side effects." Marijuana Isn’t a Pain Killer—It’s a Pain Distracter: “One of the chief arguments for the legalization of medicinal marijuana is its usefulness as a pain reliever. For many cancer and AIDS patients across the 19 states where medicinal use of the drug has been legalized, it has proven to be a valuable tool in managing chronic pain—in some cases working for patients for which conventional painkillers are ineffective." Study: Smoking pot doesn’t make you anxious or depressed: “New research published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found that using marijuana as an adult is not associated with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder." + + + + + + + + DNews Plus is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics like AI, string theory and Mars exploration. DNews Plus is also offered as an audio podcast on iTunes. + + + + + + + + Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Twitter + + + + + + + +