Here’s What Marijuana Looks Like Under The Microscope

Now you can see how cannabis appears to the scientists who study it, thanks to a book called ‘Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica’ by Ford McCann. The book features over 170 images of cannabis in its full glory, taken with optical and scanning electron microscopes. Continue reading »

Sisters Of The Valley: Fascinating Portraits Of Nuns Who Grow Marijuana

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This fascinating series by photographers Shaughn Crawford and John DuBois tells the story of a group of nuns who spend their days harvesting weed. The “Sisters Of The Valley” grow weed according to the moon cycles to make various healing tonics and remedies. The sister’s produce a wide range of products that are meant to treat everything from back pain to arthritis and even scar tissue. Of course, all products are organic and pesticide free. Continue reading »

America’s First Zazzz Marijuana Vending Machine Opens in Seattle

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A view of the screen of a ZaZZZ vending machine that contains cannabis flower, hemp-oil energy drinks, and other merchandise at Seattle Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Seattle, Washington February 3, 2015. Vending machines selling medical marijuana opened for business in Seattle on Tuesday, in what the company providing them billed as a first-in-the-state innovation that it expects to expand to other cities and states where pot is legal as medicine. (Photo by David Ryder/Reuters)
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Colorado Dedicates $8M for Medical Marijuana Research to Understand Benefits

Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana’s medical potential – a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug’s negative health effects. The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Some of the studies still need federal approval. Though the awards are relatively small, researchers say they’re a big step forward. While several other federal studies currently in the works look at marijuana’s health effects, all the Colorado studies are focused on whether marijuana actually helps.

Among the projects poised for approval Wednesday:

– Two separate studies on using marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder ($3.1 million)
– Whether adolescents and young adults with irritable bowel syndrome benefit from marijuana ($1.2 million)
– Using marijuana to relieve pain in children with brain tumors ($1 million)
– How an oil derived from marijuana plants affects pediatric epilepsy patients ($524,000)
– Comparing marijuana and oxycodone for pain relief ($472,000)

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In this February 7, 2014 file photo, Matt Figi hugs and tickles his once severely-ill seven year old daughter Charlotte, as they walk together inside a greenhouse for a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which was named after the girl early in her treatment for crippling severe epilepsy, in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado is poised to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot’s medical potential. Among the research projects poised for approval on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, are one for pediatric epilepsy patients, and another for children with brain tumors. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP Photo)
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Merry Marijuana!

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In this photograph taken on Thursday, November 20, 2014, bud tenders Maxwell Bradford, back left, and Emma Attolini display buds in the shape of Christmas trees that are on sale for the holiday season in a recreational marijuana shop in northwest Denver. The nascent marijuana industry in Colorado is targeting holiday shoppers with special deals much like traditional retailers offer. (Photo by David Zalubowski/AP Photo)
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Washington Welcomes Marijuana

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Julian Rodriguez, of Everson, Wash., holds his two-gram packet of recreational marijuana outside Top Shelf Cannabis, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Bellingham, Wash., on the first day of legal sales in the state. (Photo by Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
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