Can cannabis treat mental illness? Scientists need more proof

By Melissa Pandika As cannabis use becomes more widely accepted, the wellness world has zoomed in on the potential healing properties of a class of compounds in the plant known as cannabinoids, including, most notably, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD in particular has been touted as a “calming” compound with the potential to alleviate a host of mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. But according to research published in The Lancet Psychiatry on October 28, we still don’t know enough about the function of cannabis to treat mental health conditions, which means the risks of doing so may outweigh the benefits. The review and … Continue reading Can cannabis treat mental illness? Scientists need more proof

What it’s like to get high and eat nachos at America’s first cannabis cafe

BY MORGAN SUNG Aesthetically speaking, Lowell Cafe is like any other West Hollywood restaurant: the nachos are vegan, the outdoor patio is lined with live plant walls, and the dappled sunlight sets customers up for a perfect boomerang of them ripping a bong. Stylized as Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe but also referred to as Lowell Cafe, the restaurant is the first of its kind in the United States. Part dispensary and part eatery, guests choose from an extensive menu of pre-rolled joints, ounces of flower, vape pods, and dabs. Customers can also snack on a variety of dishes designed to compliment … Continue reading What it’s like to get high and eat nachos at America’s first cannabis cafe

The whole-planet view

A Huichol culture yarn painting from Zacatecas, Mexico. Photo by Charles Mahaux/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Psychedelics offer a sense of expansive connectedness, just like astronauts have felt looking back to Earth from space Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist, and the clinical lead of the Psilocybin for Depression trial at Imperial College London. She is interested in the theme of ‘connectedness to Self, others, and the world’ as an important aspect of psychedelic treatment. Sam Gandy is an ecologist, writer and speaker. He works as a collaborator with the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London. He is interested … Continue reading The whole-planet view

What Happens To Your Body “One Hour” After Drinking Alcohol According To Science

DRINKING alcohol can take its toll on the body – it is a depressant, which means it slows down your body’s responses in all kinds of ways. But what really happens when people have a drink? On average, experts say it takes about one hour for your body to break down one unit of alcohol – although this can vary depending your age, weight and metabolism. Alcohol can cause physical health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease and cancer. Dr Clare Morrison, GP has explained how alcohol works. “After you drink alcohol and it enters your body, the … Continue reading What Happens To Your Body “One Hour” After Drinking Alcohol According To Science

STUDY LINKS AUTISM TO CHEMICAL IN PROCESSED FOODS

John Vibes, Truth Theory Waking Times A study published by researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF), suggests a possible connection between autism and processed foods. The research was published in June of 2019 in the journal, Scientific Reports, and focused on one specific preservative known as propionic acid (PPA), which is ubiquitous in processed foods. PPA is used to extend shelf life for a variety of different food products, and is also used to prevent mold in most processed breads and cheeses. The study pointed to potential cellular changes that occur when the chemical is present and researchers also observed … Continue reading STUDY LINKS AUTISM TO CHEMICAL IN PROCESSED FOODS

Here’s What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Roofied

ILLUSTRATION BY ARIANA VILLEGAS by ALLISON STUBBLEBINE Breaking down everything you need to know There’s plenty of literature online covering how to avoid being roofied at a bar or otherwise—don’t leave your cup unattended, don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know, et cetera, all to avoid having Rohypnol or other date rape drugs slipped into your drink. But things happen, and even the utmost precaution won’t stop someone with bad intentions. During my sophomore year of college, I went to a club with my best friend, had a single drink, and blacked out as the result of being drugged, … Continue reading Here’s What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Roofied

Ozzy Osbourne is a genetic mutant, DNA research proves

Scientists have studied rocker Ozzy Osbourne’s genes, and as suspected he’s got super-boozer DNA. Alamy Stock Photo By Hailey Eber In 2010, when scientists at Knome Inc. were looking to study a remarkable human’s DNA, they didn’t ring up Steve Jobs or Beyoncé. Instead, the Cambridge, Mass.-based human genome company reached out to Ozzy Osbourne. They wanted to know what genes had kept the rocker alive through decades of heavy drug and alcohol abuse. Their findings did not disappoint. They discovered a never-before-seen mutation that may explain Osbourne’s ability to consume alcohol in great quantities and several genetic variations that predisposed … Continue reading Ozzy Osbourne is a genetic mutant, DNA research proves