"We in Israel have an opportunity, and vast responsibility, when it comes to international research about medical cannabis. Israel has a government-sponsored medical cannabis program and a convenient regulatory climate for research. We also have the health maintenance organizations, which possess rare databases of precious information about the effects of cannabis on thousands of patients who have undergone that treatment.
Cannabis, Neuroscience

Conditions for Cannabis in Canaan

Governments and drug companies are loath to fund the research needed to bring the drug into general use—Israel offers ideal conditions for such research.

“We in Israel have an opportunity, and vast responsibility, when it comes to international research about medical cannabis. Israel has a government-sponsored medical cannabis program and a convenient regulatory climate for research. We also have the health maintenance organizations, which possess rare databases of precious information about the effects of cannabis on thousands of patients who have undergone that treatment.”—Mimi Peleg Continue reading

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

Happy Anniversary — Your Freedom is Fake

Just pick up a phone and dial.

You might reach Ken Kesey.

Which will they prove true?—that I plotted and scripted the scenes, and thus am crazy, or that they are guilty.

Hint: why not both?

Good thing I don’t believe in an eye for an eye. It’s not like anyone is going to see this anyway. 😉

The Cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Posing for their photograph on location at the Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon 1974 — Mary Ellen Mark

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Neuroscience

PTSD Virtual Reality Therapy Experience

PTSD Virtual Reality Therapy Tools

Link: T2 Virtual PTSD Experience

Based in Second Life. [Side note for self: symbolic modeling? psychoactive space? steven.]

Multiple researchers have declared traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder to be the “signature wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A recent Rand report found that approximately 19% of all Service Members returning from combat theater screen positive for psychological health problems, and of those that screen positive, slightly more than half seek psychological health services. Multiple barriers prevent Service Members from seeking information about psychological health issues and mental health care, including perceived stigma, physical access barriers, and limited resources.

A number of web-based resources aim to educate about post-deployment psychological health issues. Many of these are rich with useful information in the form of text content written by experts, video interviews of other Service Members dealing with similar issues, self-assessment screening tools, self-help exercises, and information regarding accessing care. And while these are great resources, they are also limited with regards to the experience that they can provide to visitors.

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