A Narco Polo comic by former inner-city teacher and public defender, Rob Arthur. Here’s a snippet from Rob’s website:

The Science

One way in which creativity can be described is the ability to find new and novel connections between concepts. In scientific terms the ability to find connections between words is called semantic priming. A 2010 study published in Psychiatry Research found that the use of marijuana induces a state of hyper-priming. (9) When presented with an activation word, subjects reacted faster to distantly-related words when high than when sober. (For a neuroscience journalist’s take on this study go here.) The flow of loose associations promoted by marijuana is a real phenomenon.

Credit goes to Jason Silva for introducing me to this study. His article on marijuana’s “butterfly effect” on thought can be found here.

Cannabis History – India

Cannabis has a long history of human use whether through consumption or for more industrial purposes. It is a plant that can have a use in almost all aspects of our lives. It is a spiritual and religious tool, medicine, food, textile, source of entertainment, and many other things. This blog series intends to give glimpses into just how prevalent cannabis is in cultures all over the world. There are records of its use in countries all over the world only further proving its cultural significance. The oldest recorded use of the cannabis plant can be found in the Hindu sacred texts called The Vedas, and that is why we will begin in the country of India.

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So my blog post went up last night and I have to say I’m super excited! I hope you like it!

its crazy people say weed is so bad and it causes lung cancer but it actually helps you reduce tumor size because cigarettes cause cancer because tobacco is radiated and marijuana isnt not only does it help prevent lung breast and cerebral cancer but the thc helps prevent deposits in the brain which can lead to Alzheimer, it helps patients who have irritable bowel syndrome because it combats their nausea and diarrhea it is a great and safe alternative to Ritalin which actually does way more harm to A.D.D patients than weed does helps prevent seizures because it is a natural muscle relaxant, it helps patients of multiple sclerosis live a normal life by blocking muscle spasms and neurological symptoms that come with that disease it helps treat glaucoma and migraines it improves appetite it sedates the user making them completely harmless almost every scientist or philosopher who have made a great contribution to mankind did it while stoned you name it we probably have it because of one of the people society has deemed useless because of their marijuana use everything from the mapping of human genome to duplicating dna and even creating the atom bomb have come from smoking weed so remind me again why this shit is illegal?
—  Harold (theasianelvis.tumblr.com)
The Birth of Bubba Kush

Sometime in the 1970s, the Hindu Kush arrived on the shores of America. The strain takes its name from the rugged, 500-mile-long mountain range that extends from Afghanistan into northern Pakistan. But this story isn’t about a South Asian indica grown with loving care by tribal families for aeons upon aeons; it’s about Florida stoners and progressive growers who sought to create great buds, but had no idea what genetics they were even dealing with.


Psychosis 'link' to potent cannabis

Smoking potent cannabis was linked to 24% of new psychosis cases analysed in a study by King’s College London.

The research suggests the risk of psychosis is three times higher for users of potent “skunk-like” cannabis than for non-users.

The study of 780 people was carried out by KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

I’m posting this to keep things balanced, but have to reiterate this isn’t comparing ‘skunk-like’ cannabis to other strains of cannabis, it’s comparing it to people who don’t smoke at all.

It’s also worth pointing out that whilst some say cannabis causes psychosis, some say it’s the other way round.