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Luis Guzmán Grows Community and Cannabis

By Andrew Ward
Despite his commitment to improving the lives of people and bettering their communities, most only know Luis Guzmán as an elite character actor in Hollywood. It’s true, his complex range has enhanced characters in several TV series and films like Boogie Nights, Traffic and Carlito’s Way.
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7 Female Characters Who Literally Lit Up the Screen

By Andrew Ward
In recent years, cannabis use by women in the media has been on the upswing. No longer are they relegated to bit roles and one-dimensional parts, as today’s female characters come in all walks of relatable life as they top billings. From the comedic to the gut-wrenching, both film and...
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Researchers Look at Cannabis and Music

By Andrew Ward
Music and cannabis go hand in hand. From speakeasy-era jazz to the stoney '60s to the modern cannabis movement, kicking back with some tunes has always been a preferred choice for consumers. That’s right, even the earliest folks were getting down to whatever the jam of the day was back...
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New Studies Reveal How Cannabis Can Treat Different Types of Pain

By Andrew Ward
Despite a small handful of researchers who still discount cannabis analgesia, more studies continue to roll in that reaffirm cannabis' potential for providing pain relief.  Among the latest research, a thesis from Auburn University's Master's student Julio Alejandro Yanes analyzed 66...
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Kentucky Racehorse Busted for CBD

By Andrew Ward
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission plans to knock one forward-thinking trainer off his high horse.  Last September, state regulators received a drug test for an undisclosed racehorse that produced a positive CBD result. Racing stewards will now run more tests and meet with the...
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Speech Tool Might Help Identify Candidates for Shroom Therapies

By Andrew Ward
To say that psilocybin is a hot topic in research may actually be an understatement at the moment. Scores of studies have been undertaken in recent years to delve into how the naturally occurring psychedelic compound may treat a range of mental health conditions. Today, it is one of the most...
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The Prohibited Pill that Might Save Athletes' Lives

By Andrew Ward
Concussions have the potential to affect us all, and in sports, the chances increase exponentially. While high collision sports such as football, soccer and hockey tend to get the most recognition, any contact sport can lead to concussions. Despite this fact, up to 57 percent of...
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Johns Hopkins Suggests Reclassifying Psilocybin as Schedule IV

By Andrew Ward
Analysis from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine provided psilocybin advocates with some potentially excellent news. Research into the drug's safety and abuse potential concluded that Schedule IV status, which includes medications like sleeping aids, might be a more appropriate...
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Poll: Americans Would Rather Prohibit Alcohol Than Cannabis

By Andrew Ward
If given the option of only one or the other, more Americans would prefer legal cannabis over legal alcohol. That's according to an American Addiction Centers survey of 1,004 participants aged 18 to 80 on diverse topics concerning cannabis and alcohol   The headlining question? If you...
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Low-THC Legalization Is Pissing Off the Italian Mob

By Andrew Ward
In December 2016, Italy unintentionally approved the production and sale of industrial canapa, which contains low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Molto bene, Italy. The law left room for entrepreneurs to take advantage of the market by selling low-THC cannabis flower,...
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Herbal Medicine Study Puts Risk in Perspective

By Andrew Ward
Those who support prohibition tend to justify their position by listing all the potential risks, which they say includes cannabis-induced mania. But if that's grounds for banning generally safe substances, the prohibition list should be much, much longer.  The Australian study "Mania...
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Centralia: Exploring Pennsylvania's Graffiti Highway and Ghost Town

By Andrew Ward
Across the world, many once-bustling cities sit like ghost towns being consumed by the Earth. These formerly vibrant communities boasted thousands of residents centered on a boom market or the major road going through town. Over time, the market demand altered, as did major highways that...
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I Got Drunk and Took CBD for my Hangover

By Andrew Ward
The majority of conversations around cannabidiol (CBD) push beyond general inquiry or definition. Thanks to continuing education, public awareness is skyrocketing. The word is out: CBD can improve the lives of patients, and do just as much for recreational users. CBD oil is employed by a range...
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Talking Beats and Buds with Electronic Artist Louis Futon

By Andrew Ward
After years of creating some of electronic music’s more refreshing funky beats and flips, Louis Futon finally released his long-awaited debut album, Way Back When, on February 22. A project two years in the making, his first LP received scores of praise in the early days after...
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Education Up and Unemployment Down in Cannabis-Friendly States

By Andrew Ward
The worries over legalized cannabis are slowly eroding with each new round of facts and figures. Civic data curated by LiveStories looked into trends and figures around Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington post-legalization. The review found that education and employment numbers...
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Cannabis Might Have its Roots in Europe

By Andrew Ward
Current conventional wisdom points to Central Asia as the origin of cannabis before being introduced to Europe and the rest of the world—"current" being the key word. That's because a recent study examining fossil pollen studies (FPSs) from the European Pollen Database showed that Europe may...
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Making CBD According to the Cycles of the Moon

By Andrew Ward
Cultivating crops based around the cycles of the moon is a practice that dates back to the early ages of farming. Apparently cultivating cannabidiol (CBD) this way is no exception, and the process is now in the early stages of being patented.  Filed by Christine "Kate" Meeusen of...
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Ginseng May Help Bring Your High Down

By Andrew Ward
Ever get too high? Not just a tad-over-your-comfort-zone high, but Earth-shatteringly high? If so, you may have experienced what some call cannabis intoxication.  You reach this state through an overload of psychoactive effects from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and may experience panic...
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LSD-Assisted Hypnosis Might Become a Thing

By Andrew Ward
A study published in the July edition of the Journal of Psychopharmacology delved into the commonalities and therapeutic implications surrounding psychedelics and hypnosis. Clément E. Lemercier of AlternatiMed and Devin B. Terhune from the University of London conducted the study to explore...
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Psilocybin Makes People Feel Better and Smoke Less

By Andrew Ward
A June 2018 University of Wisconsin study found that high doses of psilocybin evoked positive subjective effects in healthy volunteers. Twelve healthy participants took part in the study, and each were given three oral doses of the psychedelic four weeks apart in a supervised setting. The...
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Ron Funches Talks Podcast, Sour Diesel and Pro Wrestling

By Andrew Ward
Ron Funches is one of the most noticeable voices in American comedy today. The upbeat, lovable, sweet man that giggles like a Japanese princess (his words) is a performer who managed to make big changes in his personal life while retaining his notoriously positive persona. In his early...
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Why Researchers Are Getting Zebrafish High AF

By Andrew Ward
Studies into hallucinogens like ayahuasca have been on the rise in recent years, and apparently zebrafish make for excellent test subjects. South American tribes have long used the prohibited brew for spiritual purposes, and it's picked up steam lately as a possible aid for people suffering...
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Study: Prohibition Is Driven by Morality, Not Risk

By Andrew Ward
Cannabis opponents worry that the plant is a dangerous gateway drug, right? Well, not exactly.  According to a 2017 study that delved into political and moral views on cannabis, morality was the primary driver behind prohibition, while the associated risks made no impact whatsoever.
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Felipe Esparza Translates the Comedy Hustle

By Andrew Ward
Felipe Esparza is like the raptors in Jurassic Park: He threw himself at every angle of the fence before finding his way—and a career in comedy. Winner of Last Comic Standing in 2010, Esparza can now be seen on his HBO and Netflix stand-up specials, heard on his live...
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Janet Varney Talks You're The Worst, Podcasts and Pragmatism

By Andrew Ward
Janet Varney, a multi-hyphenate in comedy, voice actor and more, is a testament to the benefit of keeping our minds and options open throughout our lives. Some know her best as Korra from The Legend of Korra and the flawed and layered Becca Barbara on You’re The Worst, while...