Harvard Study: Smoking Cannabis Actually Improves Brain Function

Don’t believe the hype – cannabis is not a gateway drug, it is a medicine. From helping people naturally relieve their anxiety to literally curing cancer (over 100 studies have validated this), the plant is incredibly therapeutic. Because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, however, marijuana is still illegal in many U.S. states.
Fortunately, new findings from a study published in Frontiers In Pharmacology seem to support arguments for its decriminalization. Preliminary investigations by medical researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University indicate that pot actually improves cognitive performance.
For the study, entitled “Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Executive Function,” behavioral scientists tracked 24 certified medical marijuana patients over a three-month dosing period. The patients were repeatedly measured for cognitive proficiency through a series of intelligence tests, including… Continue reading

Study: Cannabis Users are Generally More Successful & Happy

A new study debunks yet another marijuana myth that stoners are lazy and unmotivated.

Data firm BDS Analytics conducted a detailed survey of cannabis consumers living in California and Colorado and found that pot users tend to enjoy higher incomes and an overall higher satisfaction with life in general, reports Civilized.

In a report titled “Cannabis Consumers are Happy Campers,” BDS surveyed 2,000 California and Colorado adults, with a quota of 1,200 people who have used marijuana within the past six months.

“One theme that clearly emerges from the research is the overall healthy well-being of cannabis consumers… when compared to ‘acceptors’ (people who do not consume cannabis but might consider it) and ‘rejecters’ (people who do not consume cannabis and would not consider it),” the report reads.

Researchers found that the average annual household income among California cannabis consumers is $93,800, compared to $72,800… Continue reading

Inaugural Tennessee NORML Litter Pick Up Event is a Success

Tennessee NORML would like to thank the 10 volunteers who came out for our first adopt a highway litter pick up event! Our Communications​ Director Susan Daniel was joined by Melody Cashion, Ashley Williams, Phoenix Gillies, Rayanne Coppernoll, Alex Kimpel, Timothy Mills, Jennifer​ Mills, Geraldine Jett and Robert Ralston.

These “Norml Tennesseans” spent four hours walking the sides​ of a 2 mile stretch of highway outside of Murfreesboro picking up trash by hand, and collected 29 bags of trash in total!

They​ braved the heat, humidity and bugs to help us clean our designated section of highway 231 in Christiana. Due to their help, we have now qualified for the installation of signs on both ends of that 2 mile stretch between mile markers 4 through 6 that say Tennessee NORML volunteers have adopted it,and it should be in place 6-8 weeks from now.

These awesome ladies and gentlemen received… Continue reading

Cannabis Crackdown Could Backfire According to Officials

Changing perceptions of marijuana and possible job and tax money losses could thwart Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plans to crack down on the drug, two former U.S. attorneys said Thursday at a pro-marijuana gathering in Aspen.

“Nothing gets you unelected quicker than people losing jobs,” said Bill Nettles, former U.S. attorney for South Carolina. “Putting people out of work is bad politics.”

Nettles, who left his post a year ago, and Barry Grissom, who left his job as U.S. attorney in Kansas in April 2016, spoke Thursday at a legal seminar put on by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws at The Gant.

Republicans like to talk about job creation, but if a threatened crackdown on states that have legalized recreational marijuana starts to eliminate jobs, Sessions and President Donald Trump could have a problem, Nettles said. Same thing goes for a reduction in tax money for… Continue reading

As Opioid Epidemic Rages CDC Tells Doctors: Ignore Cannabis Usage

The CDC recently instructed doctors to stop routine testing of pain patients for marijuana use. The costly tests have dubious health benefits, high potential legal ramifications for the patient, and could actually increase overdose deaths.

Of major importance is that medical marijuana availability seems to cut painkiller overdose deaths by 25%, researchers have found, because cannabis allows pain patients to take less opioids or stop taking them altogether.

Cannabis — an alternative to pills for some patients — also has no lethal overdose level, while painkiller overdoses kill about 19 Americans — per day.

California NORML reported this week that new CDC guidelines tell pain doctors to stop testing their patients for THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis. Marijuana testing of pain patients is routine, and often used to force patients to either quit marijuana, or face the loss of opioid painkillers to… Continue reading

Three New Scientific Studies That Debunk Cannabis Myths 

Fear-mongering headlines claiming that Cannabis use causes birth defects, heart-attacks, and psychosis are common in the mainstream media. But newly published scientific evidence makes it clear that what is often portrayed as ‘conventional wisdom’ is really nothing more than ‘reefer madness.’

Pot Not Likely to Make You Psychotic There exists “minimal evidence” to support an association between cannabis use alone and the onset of psychotic symptoms in young people, according to data published online in March in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry assessed the relationship between drug use and the onset of psychotic symptoms in a cohort of 4,171 young people ages 14 to 21. Authors reported that “neither frequent nor early cannabis use predicted increased odds of psychosis spectrum classification” after researchers adjusted for potential confounders (e.g., concurrent use of other substances, comorbid psychopathology, and trauma exposure).… Continue reading

TN Congressman Fleischmann Says Cannabis is a Dangerous Narcotic, Doesn’t Want Legalization

Apparently Chuck thinks that he knows what we Tennesseans need more than we do. Isn’t his job to represent the will of the people over his own? Here’s a copy of his letter in answer to a Tennessee constituent who asked him to support the federal decriminalization of cannabis.

“Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017. I appreciate you taking the time to reach out to me, and I am honored to represent you in Congress.

As you may know, H.R. 1227 was introduced by Representative Thomas Garrett and referred to the House Judiciary Committee as well as the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on February 17, 2017. This bill decriminalizes marijuana at the Federal level and allows states to regulate marijuana as they deem fit.

As a conservative and supporter of the Constitution, I understand the desire to reduce the… Continue reading

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