The Rise and Fall…and Rise of Marijuana in America

The NY Times interviews Emily Dufton,  author of this latest exploration of cannabis in America:

“Only the weather seems to change more frequently than marijuana laws have in recent years. The constant flux around governance of the drug, whether for medical or recreational use, is kept churning by impassioned activism on all sides of the debate. In “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America,” Emily Dufton tells the story of how those activists have won and lost their battles over the past several decades.”

Read the interview here.

Marijuana As A Sexual Aid? Here’s What The Experts Say

“According to the study, non-users said they had engaged in sexual intercourse between five and six times in the previous month. But daily marijuana smokers reported having intercourse about seven times over that same period. The frequency was somewhere in between for people who smoked marijuana less often, on a weekly or monthly basis. They reported having sex more than abstainers, but less than daily users.

For every group, the more marijuana use that they reported, the more sex they reported as well,” Eisenberg said. “So that … made me think that there could potentially be some biologic explanation here.”

Get the whole story on The Fresh Toast.

Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines

Evidence in favor of medical cannabis vs traditional pharmaceuticals is growing: “The largest survey on cannabidiol or CBD usage to date found that women were more likely than men to use CBD and once they started using it, were likely to drop their traditional medicine.”

Read more in Forbes.

Robert Plant, Party of One. (With Friends, Too.)

The NY Times reviews Robert Plant’s new album. Read about it here.

1 Out Of 4 Cancer Patients Are Turning To Cannabis

A team of researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle, Wash., surveyed 926 cancer patients and found that roughly 25 percent of them used cannabis as a medicinal therapy in the past year. The results were published on Monday in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

The groundbreaking study concluded:

“This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use. Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.”

Read the entire article on Fresh Toast.

Tom Petty’s Last Rolling Stone Interview

In his only sit-down interview on his final tour, he talked loving the Heartbreakers, hating “Zombie Zoo” and why he was having so much fun onstage. Read the interview here.

Cannabis for Nausea and Vomiting

In doing some research for a relative who’s going through chemo, we found this excellent article by noted cannabis journalist Gooey Rabinski. The article gives a good overview of the best ways to use cannabis for nausea and appetite stimulation. Read all about it here.

Review: Roger Waters Flays Modern Dystopia on First Rock LP in 24 Years

“‘Picture a shithouse with no fucking drains/Picture a leader with no fucking brains,’ snarls Roger Waters near the start of his first proper rock LP in nearly 25 years, unsubtle as a hammer between the eyes.” Read the entire Rollingstone review here.