10 Reasons the War on Cannabis is Dying – Fast

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American Voters

As much as I dislike American foreign policy and its effect on people all around the world, you can’t deny they have something right in their country if they can suddenly legalise cannabis because enough people want to. Sadly it seems in places like the UK and other European countries that change does not happen, even if enough people want it. The UK for example is apparently a democracy but seems more like a dictatorship to me.

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Medical Evidence

Many people don’t like to hear it because they have been brainwashed by the media – but it’s looking like cannabis can have a far superior effect than pharmaceutical drugs on several debilitating illnesses including cancer, crohns disease, diabetes, epilepsy and many more. It’s beginning to sound like cannabis is an amazing anti-ageing drug that can be helpful to all of us in achieving balance in our body chemistry.

Our governments are frankly starting to look a little genocidal to me – by keeping this  medicine away from humanity. To quote Chris Rock – ‘Government don’t give a fuck about your safety.  They sell guns in Walmart!’ and ‘They don’t want you to use your drugs, they want you to use their drugs.’  He’s right.

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Success of  Portugal’s model

An undisputed success in reducing drug related crime and helping addicts, Portugal decriminalised all drugs and the country is still there, functioning perfectly well – apart from the economic troubles shared also by its neighbours. Aften ten years of sense, drug abuse is down by half.

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Economy

With the world economy baulking, people are looking for new revenue streams. In America there will be an estimated $1.5 billion of legal cannabis sales this year – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Cannabis is a huge part of many economies – it’s time to take it under our wing – and let people benefit from this amazing plant.

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Acceptance

As time passes and we see facts – such as mental hospitals NOT being full of cannabis users – people NOT dying from lung cancer after extended years of cannabis use – you start to question some of these ‘facts’ presented by such disgusting publications as the Daily Mail and also our government departments.  What we do see are Olympic champions using cannabis without issues.

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Success of commercial cannabis medicines

Despite the fact that nobody can afford the massively expensive cannabis extract, Sativex (which by the way is legal in the UK, but if you made your own it would be illegal – see Chris Rock quote above) it is being accepted by some countries.

All it is is a cannabis extract with a bit of peppermint. And of course it works well for many illnesses, but try getting a prescription. The injustice of this cannot go unnoticed. And oh look – the company that makes it is now has a patent to use cannabis extract to treat cancer. 

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The Internet

Without the internet we couldn’t share videos and medical papers how we can now. This has made a huge impact on the science of cannabis – with people able to find out evidence from research papers themselves instead of listening to the constant stream of bullshit flowing from our governments about cannabis.

The net is also a great place for activism – online petitions and a whole new world of information is available at our fingertips.

8

Dr Bob Melamede and Professor David Nutt

I love Dr. Bob. He’s a scientist in America who tells the truth about cannabis. And he really does know the truth – I urge you to take a look at some of his videos here.  Professor Nutt is the english scientist who speaks the truth about drugs (and was fired because he spoke the truth). These men should be proudly saluted for standing up for science and not being beaten down by the system which is so clearly set up to work against them.

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Pressure groups like NORML

NORML in the US are a brilliant organisation with thousands of pages online full of scientific facts about cannabis. And they have created change.

NORML UK are just getting going and if they only make half the impact the Americans have they will have done an awesome job. I wish them luck in their difficult quest – please do your best to support their important work.

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Evidence of utter utter failure

More and more police are coming out the woodwork with their stories of drug war failure. We cannot ignore them any more. It just doesn’t work. It has failed.

The House I Live In‘ a recent documentary by Eugene Jarecki demonstrated how the drug war affects whole communities of people. Mostly black.  And ‘Breaking the Taboo‘ another film has made some impact.

We even have ‘Law Enforcement against Prohibition‘ – police officers who want to see the end of this inhumane senseless bullshit often racist war on people. It has to stop. Now.

 

 

What is the best way to make cannabis oil?

by Dr Arno Hazekamp

What is Cannabis oil?


Concentrated cannabis extracts, also known as Cannabis oils because of their sticky and viscous appearance, are increasingly mentioned by self-medicating patients as a cure for cancer. In general, preparation methods for Cannabis oil are relatively simple and do not require particular instruments. The purpose of the extraction, often followed by a solvent evaporation step, is to make cannabinoids and other beneficial components such as terpenes available in a highly concentrated form. Cannabis oil is usually taken orally, by ingesting a small number of drops several times a day. Please find here some information on the question whether cannabis can cure cancer.


How is Cannabis oil prepared?


Various methods have been described for the preparation of Cannabis oil. The most popular method, as described by former (skin)cancer patient Rick Simpson from Canada, suggests the use of naphtha or petroleum ether as a solvent for the extraction. Following the success of Simpson oil, a number of related recipes have sprung up, emphasizing small but significant changes to the original recipe. Examples include focusing on safer solvents such as ethanol, or preventing exposure to organic solvents altogether, by using olive oil.

What is naphtha or petroleum-ether?


In general, petroleum-ether and naphtha refer to very similar products, even though different names may be used around the world; e.g. in some countries naphtha is equivalent to diesel or kerosene fuel. Both solvents are a mixture of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs), often available in a wide range of qualities. All the solvent components should be considered harmful and flammable, and some of them, such as hexane and benzene, may be neurotoxic. Both naphtha and petroleum-ether are considered potential cancer hazards according to their manufacturers. Moreover, products sold as naphtha may contain added impurities (e.g. Coleman® fuel) which may have harmful properties of their own.

Are residual solvents a health risk?


Although Cannabis oils are usually concentrated by evaporating the solvents that were used for extraction, this does not completely eliminate residual solvents. As a result of sample viscosity, the more concentrated an extract becomes, the more difficult it will be to remove the residual solvent from it. In such a case, applying more heat will increase solvent evaporation, but simultaneously more beneficial components (such as cannabinoids or terpenes) may be lost as well. The use of non-toxic solvents should therefore always be advised, so that potential residues are not harmful to health.

What is the best and healthiest way to prepare Cannabis oil?


Recently, an analytical study was performed to compare several generally used preparation methods on the basis of cannabinoids, terpenes, and residual solvent components. Solvents tested included ethanol, naphtha, petroleum-ether, and olive oil. Based on this study, the following recommendations can be made:
 

  • As extraction solvents, ethanol and olive oil were shown to perform the best, extracting the full range of terpenes and cannabinoids present in cannabis plant material very efficiently. Additionally these solvents are safe for consumption.
  • Unfortunately, pure ethanol also extracts large amounts of chlorophyll from cannabis material, which will give the final extract a distinct green, and often unpleasant, taste. Removing chlorophyll by filtering the ethanol extract over activated charcoal was found to be effective, but it also removed a large proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes, and is therefore not advised. Additionally, in many countries consumption-grade ethanol is an expensive solvent, as a result of added tax on alcohol products.
  • Of the solvents tested, this leaves olive oil as the most optimal choice for preparation of cannabis oil for self-medication. Olive oil is cheap, not flammable or toxic, and the oil needs to be heated up only to 100°C (by placing a glass jar containing the product in boiling water for 1-2 hours) so no overheating of the oil can occur. After cooling down and filtering the oil it is immediately ready for consumption. As a trade-off, however, olive oil extract cannot be concentrated by evaporation, which means patients will need to consume a larger volume of it in order to get the same therapeutic results.
  • Preheating of cannabis to ‘activate’ (decarboxylate) the cannabinoids may result in loss of terpenes as a result of evaporation. If the full range of terpenes is desired in the final Cannabis oil, dried buds and leaves can be used directly for extraction, without preheating.

About the author


Dr Arno Hazekamp is a phytochemical researcher at the Department of Plant Metabolomics of Leiden University, The Netherlands. He also coordinates the R&D program at Bedrocan BV.

What is difference between indoor and outdoor weed?

Jorge Cervantes knows good weed when he sees it

Jorge Cervantes knows good weed when he sees it

A lot is the answer – a hell of a lot.

Having spent quite a few years now living in Spain, I can tell you that actually, outdoor weed is a lot better than indoor weed.

During my time here my head has been blown off a couple of times by some outstanding weed. Both outdoor grows. And, I have managed to smoke the indoor equivalent of some strains for instance Big Buddha Blue Cheese.  Grow this plant outdoors and you will understand the power of the sun on your high.  I have tried the indoor version of the same strain and while nice, it doesn’t even get close.

Nowhere near. The outdoor version was almost like taking some kind of class a drug. This outdoor cheese high was like nothing I had experienced before. A much more deep and full high than I have ever found with indoor.

The other outstanding one was some Mazar (I think) grown in a friend’s garden. Blew me away for hours, in a good way – still able to function OK but was very very stoned indeed in a way I hadn’t been before in 20 years of smoking.

These experiences have convinced me that cannabis grown outdoors is far superior to its indoor cousins.

Science also agrees.

Indoor cannot produce all the terpenes that outdoor can – and outdoor grows generally produce more CBD.