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COOL News: New Medical Uses for Marijuana, LSD, Psilocybin, Ketamine!

Could Ecstasy, LSD and magic mushrooms one day be legitimate prescription medicines? It sounds unlikely, but doctors and researchers in the US and across Europe believe it is possible and that new science will prove the case. Second chances are rare in science. In the Fifties and Sixties, hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, were hailed as the magic bullet to everything from alcoholism to migraine. But they became caught in the crossfire of the cultural wars of the times. Western politicians banned the use of psychedelics in research once they started to be used recreationally, and became associated with flower-power and the counter culture. The drugs were dangerous; the science was flawed; the researchers biased. But a comeback has been under way for more than a decade. A new generation of researchers say that psychedelic drugs can treat conditions such as addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and a type of headache called cluster headache.
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COOL News: Prescriptions for pot

Note: August 22, 2007  The Phoenix
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COOL Archives: Proponents Praise Marijuana Relative for Its Balance of Nutrients

According to the latest research, there are about 45 nutrients that humans can't live without, and which their bodies can't manufacture: 21 minerals, 13 vitamins, eight amino acids and two essential fatty acids. No single food has them all. But when a food is discovered that is a rich source of several essential nutrients, such as hemp seed, it makes nutrition news.

Its promoters bill hemp seed as the soybean of the new millennium. In addition to containing vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin), hemp seed, like the soybean, is a vegetable source of complete protein, having all eight amino acids. Hemp oil (pressed from the hemp seed) is, according to many, the best source of the two essential fatty acids (or EFAs) we can't live without: omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid and omega 6 linoleic acid.

What makes it the best source? Although other vegetable oils (flax, canola, soybean and walnut, for example) contain these same fatty acids, hemp seed oil contains them in an optimum ratio of 1 to 3 (one omega 3 to three omega 6s).

In addition, hemp is the only edible seed oil that contains omega 6 gamma-linolenic acid. In "Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill," Udo Erasmus writes that hemp seed oil's "unusually well-balanced profile means that one could use it for a lifetime without ever suffering EFA deficiency.

"The emphasis on reducing fat in our diets (the just-updated USDA guidelines say fat should supply only 30 percent of daily calories) and the sudden increase in low-fat and fat-free food products can make it hard to get enough essential fatty acids.

"We can go overboard and get our fat intake too low, so the challenge is to reduce fat but keep our essential fatty acids up," says Bruce M. Chassy, assistant dean at the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chassy agrees that "hemp oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids." But no food is perfect, Chassy says. Hemp oil is cold-pressed (extracted at low temperatures) and must be refrigerated (or frozen) and consumed quickly or it will become rancid. In addition, hemp oil cannot be used for frying or sauteing, because heat destroys the oil's nutritional components and can make it indigestible.

Fresh hemp oil is green (from chlorophyll and carotene) and has an appealing nutty flavor. As for hemp seeds themselves (often called "hemp nuts"), Chassy is reserving judgment.

"I have a hunch it's a fairly decent protein, and this stuff is not unfairly billed as nutritious," Chassy says. "But we have not been eating this long enough to know if there are any anti-nutritional factors. That's a reasonable question to ask of any new food, and we need research to answer it.

"Proponents of hemp seed cite its high-quality protein and its digestibility. It is incorporated into granolas as well as snack chips.

Before people started marketing hemp seed oil and hemp nuts, there was hemp rope for the world's navies and, of course, marijuana, which has unfairly contributed to hemp products' image problems. Edible hemp comes from a different plant than the intoxicating variety.

Hemp seed is the fruit of the cannabis plant, which includes three main varieties: Cannabis sativa, C. indica and C. ruderalis.

C. sativa,or hemp, is grown for its fibers and seeds, and can be used to make more than 25,000 different products including textiles, paper, paint, biofuel, particle board, cordage, cosmetics and food. It has little to no tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the intoxicating substance. C. indicais another story: Its dried leaves and flowers are smoked for their narcotic effect; hashish is extracted from the resin of this Indian hemp. C. ruderalishas varying amounts of THC.

By Nancy Ross Ryan
The Chicago Tribune
July 12, 2000

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COOL News: Dying California Woman Denied Right to Use Medical Marijuana!

Here's a new, precendent setting case, where a woman was denied her medical mj even though she is dying.  Because this case was in California, it really sets back the medical mj movement there!  So religious use is going to have to be the way to go for those who must have their medicine.  For those who are unaware, treating medical patients with marijuana can be a part of FAITH HEALING, and thus protected by the Religious Freedom Act!

SAN FRANCISCO: A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a California woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive is not immune from federal prosecution on drug charges.

The case was brought by Angel Raich, an Oakland mother of two who suffers from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other ailments. On her doctor's advice, she eats or smokes marijuana every couple of hours to ease her pain and bolster a nonexistent appetite. Conventional drugs did not work, she said.

The Supreme Court ruled against Raich two years ago, saying that medical marijuana users and their suppliers could be prosecuted for breaching federal drug laws even if they lived in a state such as California where medical pot is legal.

Because of that ruling, the issue before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was narrowed to the so-called right to life theory: that the gravely ill have a right to marijuana to keep them alive when legal drugs fail.

Raich, 41, began sobbing when she was told of the decision and said she would continue using the drug.

"I'm sure not going to let them kill me," she said. "Oh my God."

The government has said it could not guarantee that Raich or other seriously ill patients using medical marijuana would not be prosecuted. Over the years, the government has raided dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries, mostly in California.

The case is likely to reach the U.S. Supreme Court, but each time the high court has taken up the issue of medical marijuana it has ruled against allowing the sick and dying to use the drug.

The latest legal wrangling once again highlighted the tension between the federal government, which declares marijuana an illegal controlled substance with no medical value, and the 11 states allowing medical marijuana for patients with a doctor's recommendation.

Voters in 1996 made California the first state to authorize patients to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. At least 10 other states followed suit.

Source: AP

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COOL Archives: Spices~ Exotic Flavors and Medicines


One of the most popular of the hot-tasting spices is ginger, which is obtained from the root of Zingiber officinale. The plant is indigenous to southern China, from whence it is spread to the Spice Islands and other parts of Asia, and subsequently to West Africa and to the Caribbean. India is now the main producer and exporter. Extracts of ginger are used in foods, condiments, baked confections, candies, beverages, cosmetics and perfumes. It is common to find it in many supermarkets for use in food preparation or as an herbal medicine. China produces a ginger which is particularly suited for confectionery, whereas Japanese ginger lacks the typical aroma. Pickled ginger (gari or sushoga) is always used as a condiment for sushi. Overall, ginger products vary considerably in taste, pungency and smell, while the root varies in consistency, depending on the country of origin and the variety of the crop.Useful PartsThe rhizome contains the spicy parts.Medicinal PropertiesThe main constituents in ginger are phenolic compounds such as gingerols and shogaols, and sesquiterpenes such as zingiberene. These and other compounds are extracts found in ginger oleoresin. The main pungent flavor chemicals are the gingerols, which are not volatile. Recently, studies have suggested it is of value as an anti-emetic; however, it should probably not be used in nausea of pregnancy, since its safety has not been established. There is less convincing evidence to support claims that ginger is an antioxidant, with cancer preventing properties, or that it has anti-inflammatory benefits in arthritis. In large amounts, it appears to inhibit platelet aggregation.
Historical View"Traditionally, the warming and aromatic properties of ginger led to its use for numerous indications. It is a digestant and carminative, and was used for dyspepsia and bowel colic. It is a general stimulant, being one of many spices that are regarded as being aphrodisiacs. Ginger has been recommended as an expectorant and it is traditionally used in teas or soups to treat colds or bronchitis. Many traditional Chinese medicines contain ginger, and its use generally appears to be safe.

“Ginger possesses stimulant, aromatic, and carminative properties, when taken internally; and when chewed it acts as a sialogogue. Externally applied it is rubefacient. The stimulating, aromatic, and carminative properties render it of much value in atonic dyspepsia, especially if accompanied with much flatulence; and as an adjunct to purgative medicines to correct griping.”

Note: Source: Many more spices can be found here; http://unitproj1.library.ucla.edu/biomed/spice/index.cfm?displayID=27
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