Police leadership has issued a directive to all units – including the Hawks – to immediately cease arresting people for the private use, cultivation and possession of cannabis, the Mail & Guardian reports.
The directive, which the Mail & Guardian has reportedly seen, has been sent to all officers, and will be in effect until Parliament decided what to do about the country’s cannabis laws.
On 18 September the Constitutional Court upheld that it should be legal for citizens to cultivate and consume marijuana for personal use in private.
As part of the judgement deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo took the view that it should be left to Parliament to decide on the quantity of cannabis that an adult person may use, possess or cultivate for it to amount to ‘personal use’.(more…)
THC and CBD: the ultimate pairing.
Weed is the second-most popular recreational drug on the planet used in some form by more than a quarter-billion people worldwide in 2016. Despite its varying legal status, many people feel that cannabis use improves their life in more ways than one. Some pot-smokers even believe the “devil’s lettuce” makes them a better person, but that’s another post for another day.
All introspection aside, if this sounds like you, then you don’t really fit the “stoner” stereotype…but here’s a little secret: most stoners don’t. But most stoners also aren’t aware that their weed is only giving them half the benefits that cannabis has to offer.
Cannabis is a wonder of nature and has been used by thousands of cultures, for thousands of years, for thousands of reasons. Only recently, in the last 50 years or so, did scientists finally discover cannabinoids: the main ingredients of cannabis. Everyone knows of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol because it produces the mood-altering and euphoric effects that make cannabis users feel “high.”
But THC is just one of the more than 113 cannabinoids produced by this unique plant – and it’s the only psychoactive cannabinoid.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is another compound found only in cannabis plants, but its effect is way off from that of THC. CBD can’t make you stoned by itself, but millions of people have added CBD to their daily regimen because of what it can do. From alleviating social anxiety and road rage to relieving the symptoms of arthritis and cancer pain, CBD can be found in medicine cabinets, gym lockers, and stash bags alike.
So why all the hype over a cannabinoid that can’t even make me high?
CBD does have everyday practicality for people with anxiety, chronic pain, and a boatload of other conditions that put a drag on quality of life. But this only begins to scratch the surface.
CBD is a miracle of nature, plain and simple.
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(Article Source & Credits: High Times)
A new clinical study reports that cannabis acts as a bronchodilator, meaning that it dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, increasing airflow to the lungs. This peer-reviewed study was published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. It claims that cannabinoids protect the lungs from constriction and can be quite helpful for asthma patients.
The study compared the effects of six cannabinoids – THC, CBD, CBG, CBC, CBD-A, and THC-V – on contractions of the guinea pig-isolated trachea and bronchoconstriction induced by nerve stimulation in anesthetized guinea pigs. A team of researchers at the King’s College London, led by Raj Makwana, discovered the following:
Only Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] inhibited TNF-α-enhanced vagal-induced bronchoconstriction, neutrophil recruitment to the airways, and citric acid-induced cough responses.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin [THC-V] partially inhibited the TNF-α-enhanced nerve-evoked contractions, whereas the other cannabinoids were without effect. (Source)
This is great news for those with asthma, who often suffer from bronchoconstriction, the constriction of the airways in the lungs, nose and mouth due to the tightening of surrounding muscles. Because of this, an asthma attack limits a person’s oxygen intake. Low-level inflammation can also be found in bronchi and bronchioles of asthma sufferers.
Over the last few decades, we’ve come to better understand the role of cannabinoids on the human body. Cannabinoid receptors are present throughout the body. This explains why people can benefit from cannabis in so many different ways.
(Article Source & Credit: Waking Times)