Cannabis

PBS “Clearing the Smoke”: The Science of Cannabis

MontanaPBS’s new documentary, Clearing the Smoke, reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body to treat nausea, pain, epilepsy and potentially even cancer. Extensive interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and skeptics detail the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis.

Renowned Cannabis Activist Dr. Lester Grinspoon

Renowned Cannabis Activist Dr. Lester Grinspoon featured in Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis (MontanaPBS)

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Are You There God? It's Me, Gidget, Religion

Spunky Gidget Links In Zalkin

Posted 12/9/2015, and backdated to original thread date:

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Mr. Zalkin,

I have been considering reaching out to you regarding my own personal experience with the Watchtower. I’m 33 years old, and was baptized as a JW at 12 years of age. I married ‘a brother’ the night before I turned 17, and subsequently was abused for the four years of marriage.

During that time, while still underage (living in North Carolina), I was raped. When I returned home, my husband immediately called the elders and it became a judicial committee. They “handled it” the same way they handle pedophile cases. I was reminded (as I had already been told in regards to my husband’s abuse) that contacting the police “would bring reproach upon Jehovah’s name” and it was “discerned” that in my case, it was not rape, since I could not recall whether or not I had screamed or said “no”. (It is assumed that I was drugged as I was not fully conscious, hence difficulty with remembering details to satisfy the elder’s questions.)

They reproved me for the rape, and later I was disfellowshipped for being unrepentant when I kicked out my abusive husband who continued abuse, including raping me himself that night (to prove that he still claimed me as wife, instead of exercising his ‘right’ to divorce me).

I don’t know what is and is not a legal case but I wanted to offer my support, and my ‘case’ if there should be one, in the fight against the Watchtower’s horrific handling of children in the congregation who have been abused. I understand your cases focus on pedophila, and mine is different, but just in case it’s something that could be used against this awful organization, I wanted to reach out to you. Continue reading

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Cannabis, Neuroscience

Survey of Kids and Cannabis

Photo by CNN.

84% of the parents surveyed reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking cannabidiol-enriched cannabis.

Severe childhood epilepsies are characterized by frequent seizures, neurodevelopmental delays, and impaired quality of life. In these treatment-resistant epilepsies, families often seek alternative treatments.

In the December 2013 issue of the journal Epilepsy and Behavior, Drs. Porter and Jacobsen from Stanford University investigate the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

The survey was presented to parents belonging to a Facebook group dedicated to sharing information about the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis to treat their child’s seizures.

Nineteen responses met the following inclusion criteria for the study: a diagnosis of epilepsy and current use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis.

Thirteen children had Dravet syndrome, four had Doose syndrome, and one each had Lennox–Gastaut syndrome and idiopathic epilepsy.

The average number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) tried before using cannabidiol-enriched cannabis was 12.

  • Sixteen (84%) of the 19 parents reported a reduction in their child’s seizure frequency while taking cannabidiol-enriched cannabis.
    • Of these, two (11%) reported complete seizure freedom
    • eight (42%) reported a greater than 80% reduction in seizure frequency
    • six (32%) reported a 25-60% seizure reduction.
  • Other beneficial effects included increased alertness, better mood, and improved sleep.
  • Side effects included drowsiness and fatigue.

The survey shows that parents are using cannabidiol-enriched cannabis as a treatment for their children with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Calming Jayden’s Seizures from Ariana van den Akker on Vimeo.

Because of the increasing number of states that allow access to medical cannabis, its use will likely be a growing concern for the epilepsy community. Safety and tolerability data for cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use among children are not available.

Objective measurements of a standardized preparation of pure cannabidiol are needed to determine whether it is safe, well tolerated, and efficacious at controlling seizures in this pediatric population with difficult-to-treat seizures.

Keywords: Cannabidiol, Dravet syndrome, Epilepsy, Intractable, Medically refractory seizures, Pediatric, Side effects, Treatment-resistant

Brenda E. Porter, Catherine Jacobson, Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 29, Issue 3, December 2013, Pages 574-577, ISSN 1525-5050, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.08.037. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1525505013004629)

Photo by CNN.

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Cannabis,

Botany of Desire : Cannabis

Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world, seen from the plants’ point of view of four familiar species—the apple, the tulip, cannabis and the potato.

Watch Full-Length Program on PBS. See more from BOTANY OF DESIRE.

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Culture, Religion

1914

“Jehovah’s prophetic word through Jesus Christ is: ‘This generation [of 1914] will by no means pass away until all things occur.’ (Luke 21:32) And Jehovah, who is the source of inspired and unfailing prophecy, will bring about the fulfillment…”

“Just as Jesus’ prophecies regarding Jerusalem were fulfilled within the life span of the generation of the year 33 C.E., so his prophecies regarding ‘the time of the end’ will be fulfilled within the life span of the generation of 1914.”

“…Yes, you may live to see this promised New Order, along with survivors of the generation of 1914—the generation that will not pass away.” —The Watchtower May 15, 1984

The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom
1914: The Generation That Will Not Pass Away

It’s 1.9.14 at 19:14.

… the babies of that generation are now 70 years old or older. And others alive in 1914 are in their 80’s or 90’s, a few even having reached a hundred. There are still many millions of that generation alive. Some of them ‘will by no means pass away until all things occur.’” —The Watchtower May 15, 1984

I wonder if any of them are still alive? I think of them often and wonder.

UPDATE: I was informed that all these witnesses have passed away. (See image below)

“a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away”

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