The seasons are changing. Fall’s bright gold leaves have given way to the deep green of pines. The mountain has gained a light dusting of snow, with more to come tonight. Where last year’s fire blackened the hillsides, the seemingly dead oak trees have sent up a multitude of green shoots. While the families affected by the fire are in the slow process of rebuilding their homes and their lives. Two new homes now sit where, last year, there was nothing but ashes. By this time next year, there will be more homes rebuilt, as life begins to return to almost normal.
Since major disasters seem to be hitting everywhere, I am going to remind all of you, once again, to have a “Go Bag” with a few changes of clothes, a jacket, comfy shoes, a couple weeks’ worth of your medications, hygiene items, little address book, some cash in small bills, a few granola bars and a bottle of water. I also have a Sudoku magazine and pencils, and a deck of cards in my “Go Bag”, so I can pass the time if I’m stuck somewhere for a while. Being prepared for an evacuation can make the difference between having a merely stressful time, or a really horrible one! OK, enough with my nagging at you- on to the List.
Last year, it became impossible to keep up with all the changes in URLs, whole sites going down necessitating replacing their articles, and other changes, for literally thousands of studies. So I have cut things back to just the most recent studies and news items for most subjects. If you want the older studies, they are still available online in the pre-2022 versions of my List.
When it comes to medical conditions, the newest studies and articles are what the majority of folks want, so I am focusing on 2020 onward to give you the very latest information. There are a few exceptions that still have the older information, such as the sections on CULTIVATION, CLASSIC STUDIES, the HISTORY sections, and the WAR ON DRUGS. There‘s just too much older, but interesting stuff in them to be ignored.
My List is divided into three major sections that you open to access the STUDIES, the NEWS articles and a MINI-DICTIONARY. The sections all have an index that makes navigating my List a lot easier. To get the index to show up in the PDFs, you need to click the little ribbon-shaped icon on the right. In the WORD version, you’ll need to click the list-like “browse the headings” icon on the far left.
If you are new to my List, I suggest that you take a moment and just scroll on through the index, just to see what’s there. I have put everything in both WORD and PDF formats, so you can choose the format that you prefer. And please feel free to share my List with your friends! The whole idea behind my List is to educate everyone, so they can make an educated choice about cannabis.
NEWS – This is a good place to start your education about cannabis. The first thing you will see is “Beginners – Start Here”. There is a lot to learn about cannabis and these articles will give you the basics and a bit more.
In this section are articles from newspapers, magazines, blogs, 1st person stories, and even a few editorials and letters from medical publications. This section will also introduce you to various cannabis-friendly sites. Interest in cannabis, and especially CBD, has peaked lately and even just with more recent articles, there are over 550 pages of links for you to explore in the NEWS section.
For those of you who are more interested in studies, the news articles can definitely be worth reading. Since many studies are “pay-walled”, the articles often give details not available in the short, but free abstracts.
STUDIES – This section has the studies, abstracts and scholarly articles about the cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system. Even after the “Covid slowdown” that hit research (and just about everything else), studies are now coming out at a remarkable rate. Although I would like to have just full studies for you, I have included many of the more interesting short abstracts since many libraries and colleges have free access to the “pay-walled” studies. There are over 2,000 pages of links that I have sorted into sub-sections and subjects to make researching easier.
The MINI-DICTIONARY – This little section has plain language definitions for some the new words you will run across in the STUDIES and a few of the NEWS articles. You might want to print this section up just so you don’t have to jump between windows to find a definition. There are only 29 pages, so if you print both sides, it’s not too unwieldy.
As of today, 48% of the states have legalized adult use of cannabis, while 76% of the states allow various levels of medical use. Both Canada and Mexico have legalized adult use. Isn’t it time that our government do the same?
Poll after poll has shown that the majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing adult use, while only a rapidly shrinking minority opposes it. We need to start reminding some of our “less enlightened” politicians that the concept of legal cannabis is far more popular than they will ever be. Unless they wake up to that fact, they may have little hope of getting re-elected!
Well folks, this is getting way too long, so I’m just going to leave you with this little quote from the late Carl Sagan.
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
Wishing peace and love to all,