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Perception Of Dagga As A Safe Drug Is Scientifically Sound

It has been an excellent year for modern dagga research. Lots of the propaganda and disinformation pushed forward by government paid organizations have been debunked and the latest research continues to debunk many myths people full heartedly believe to be true about dagga.

Propagandists gave us cancer causing carcinogens and we knocked them back by vaporizing. Then along came Dr William Courtney who cured brain cancer in a 9 month old baby with juiced dagga and also reminded us that the THC Acid in dagga does not become active until it has been converted from THC Acid to THC by heating or otherwise smoking dagga.

“Dagga is the world’s most important vegetable” – Dr. William Courtney

Early propagandists told us dagga is most dangerous and could be fatal. Later however the LD50 of dagga revealed that it is physically impossible to fatally overdose on dagga.

In a study done in 2007 by Professor David Nutt he charted the harms and dependence of various drugs including tobacco, alcohol and dagga. Dagga is the least harmful and least dependence producing substance of these three drugs yet alcohol and tobacco is legally available to adults.

In May of 2013 a study found that dagga may combat HIV and we learn of Marathon runner Henry Ngomezulu who cured his HIV with a dagga tea infusion.

In the same month another study revealed that habitual dagga use is not linked to cancer and more studies in the month of May 2013 found that dagga may combat depression, diabetes, brain damage and even reduce the risk of bladder cancer.

In the entire existence of man not a single person have died because of a dagga overdose.

The scientific evidence clearly indicates that dagga is indeed not only safe but is also a beneficial herb & supplement to aid humanity.

Prohibitionist’s Food for thought for; If you really believe dagga is dangerous why do you keep dagga in the wild where any person desperate enough sells without an age restriction?

 

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nutt?

http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/mj_overdose.htm

http://dagga.za.net/2013/07/14/2013-an-excellent-year-for-dagga-research/

http://dagga.za.net/2013/09/26/dagga-tea-cured-me-of-hiv/

Give Children Medical Dagga

To decarb or not; that is the question and also rule of thumb when deciding to give medical dagga to children.

Get to know your Cannabinoids.

THCA is not active THC.

You can think of THCA as the raw plant. It does not give a high if you eat it as a salad or juice the leafs and buds.

It’s only when THCA is heated or burned that it’s converted to THC and becomes active.

I have made a non decarboxylated tincture before and I can tell you nobody will be running around goofed off their heads from THCA.

Vegetable glycerin tinctures are great substitute for alcohol based tinctures.

You need to combine at least a trinity of strains for a SUPER medicine, the more the merrier the saying goes.

If one understand the basics of cannabis, which should be mandatory part of education any person could potentially utilise high THCA content cannabis with high ratio CBDA (Which is the precursor of CBD like wise THCA is the precursor to THC) strains, without the psychoactive effects.

The basic rule of thumb would be to decide if you require active or non-active cannabinoids and then follow or ignore decarboxylation instructions in any recipe whether it’s tinctures or oil or edibles or alternatively you could combine 1:1 ratio of active to non active for a much broader spectrum of cannabinoids.

I would also like to point out, although I have not had personal experience with medical cannabis and patients, there are children with serious terminal life hindering diseases or conditions where the active cannabinoids make life altering improvements.

Also being high is not about being goofed off. At least it’s not my experience. It frees my mind from mental slavery. It’s a medicine for my mind, for the brain & for the soul.

Feeling high is not a confused state of mind but a period of intense clarity, happiness and bliss.

Also I do not condone dagga use by children but as other activist pointed out. Older kids rebel and they will be enticed by prohibition to try dagga or even drink alcohol and smoke tobacco.

While dagga is illegal children have easier access to dagga.

“Would you rather have you kids buy dagga from a stranger or give adults their right to choose dagga over alcohol and tobacco and buy from a responsible “dispensary” or Smart Shop where regulation controls and restrict the sale of dagga to minors like with alcohol.” – Buzz (William Wallace)

Being high is about being responsible.
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Mom Jailed For Treating Child With Dagga

Johannesburg – An Mpumalanga mother who fed her 8-year-old son dagga was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment by the Tonga Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Sophie Fikile Nkomo, 31, of Mangweni village near the Swaziland and Mozambican border, pleaded guilty to possession of dagga, a Sapa correspondent said.
Asked why she was contradicting her plea statement, she told the court she was illiterate.”Your Worship, I didn’t go to school but I know how old my kids are and which grades they are attending at school,” Nkomo told Magistrate Hazel Khoza.

She told the court she had used dagga to heal her son from a chest ailment.

“My inyanga told me to get dagga and cook for my son to drink because he was concerned that my son was not getting better,” she said.

She also apologised for getting into trouble with the law.

Khoza said Nkomo was only sorry because she was caught.

She said the mother of three had exposed her children to drugs.

“You put your son’s life at risk by giving him dagga liquid to drink and you exposed the rest of your kids to drugs at the early age.

“We are on 16 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Children and Women and you play a part of it,” she said.

Khoza said Nkomo’s sentence would serve as a deterrent to the mother of three.

“I will give you a sentence that will make you run away when you come across people holding dagga in their hands or when you see a dagga plant growing in your yard,” said Khoza, smiling.

Nkomo was arrested on 3 December when police found her in possession of dagga weighing less than a kilogram.

The magistrate sentenced Nkomo to two months imprisonment with an option to pay a R2 000 fine.

The sentence was suspended for five years.

“Lady, you are a single mother. I will give you a suspended sentence to go back home and take care of your kids,” Khoza said.

– SAPA
Source
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Mom-tries-to-cure-sick-son-with-dagga-broth-20141210

Busting the Myth That Dagga Kills, in 1 Minute

A former adviser on drug policy believes marijuana kills despite contradicting scientific evidence.

“Saying marijuana has never contributed to death or never killed anyone is like saying tobacco hasn’t killed anyone,” – Kevin Sabet, president of Project SAM

Kevin Sabet, president of Project SAM, told The Daily Signal after speaking at a Heritage Foundation event today on marijuana policy. “In that same way, marijuana does kill people in the form of mental illness, suicide and car crashes.”

The science is sound. Dagga does not cause death.

Marijuana smoking isn’t harmless, but at least it won’t kill you.

 It’s been feared that marijuana smoke, like tobacco smoke, causes cancer and heart disease. The evidence argues otherwise, writes Stephen Sidney, MD, associate director for research for Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., in the Sept 20 issue of The British Medical Journal.

 “Although the use of [marijuana] is not harmless, the current knowledge base does not support the assertion that it has any notable adverse public health impact in relation to mortality,” Sidney concludes.

No Marijuana Deaths in 2 Large Studies

Sidney points to two large studies. The first is from (where else?) California. A large HMO looked at 65,177 men and women age 15-49. Over 10 years, marijuana users died no sooner than nonusers.

The second study looked at 45,450 Swedish army conscripts. They were 18-20 years old when asked about marijuana use. Fifteen years later, the marijuana users were just as likely to remain alive as nonusers.

And since marijuana smoking can’t kill outright — there’s no such thing as a fatal marijuana overdose — short-term use isn’t deadly. Long-term use can’t be good for you. But Sidney notes that most marijuana smokers don’t become long-term users.

One worry about marijuana smoke is that it is inhaled, and held, deep in the lungs. But the typical user smokes only one marijuana cigarette — or less — a day. Tobacco users often smoke 20 or more cigarettes daily. Moreover, tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance. Marijuana, Sidney concludes, is less likely to harm than tobacco.

A 2001 study suggested that marijuana smoking increases the risk ofheart attack in the hour immediately after smoking. But this seems to be the case in no more than one-fifth of 1% of heart attacks — a very rare risk indeed.

More Marijuana Deaths in the Future?

Marijuana users shouldn’t cancel their life insurance policies just yet. Sidney warns that longer-term data may indeed show that marijuana smoking eventually raises the risk of premature death.

And if marijuana is legalized, long-term use may become more common. If this is the case, there certainly will be more long-term effects of marijuana use.

Tobacco naturally contain radioactive element which are mostly responsible for causing cancer.

Tobacco contains uranium, Polonium 210 and Lead 210. Lead 210 has a decay time of over 22.3 years.

Watch misinformed Kevin Sabet relying on pseudo-science below

 

 

Source
Busting Myth Marijuana Doesn’t Kill, In 1 Minute
Marijuana Smoking Doesn’t Kill

Cancer Patient Arrested For Growing Medical Dagga

A woman battling her 5th bout with cancer has been arrested & her medical dagga confiscated by the PE flying squad.

PORT ELIZABETH – On the 15th of November the PE Flying squad, for a second time this year, raided the home of husband & wife, Darryn & Tonya Thomas.

The couple, who are both qualified natural healers and medical dagga care-givers, were first raided at their home in January earlier this year, where police arrested Darryn for possession of dagga and confiscated 93 dagga plants as well as 400 grams of medical grade dagga.

A care-giver, in the medical marijuana business, is a person who grows medical dagga for patients who otherwise cannot grow it themselves. Care-givers do not grow dagga for profit. According to the medical dagga couple they do not sell the dagga. They provide medical dagga to their patients free of charge.

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The police, who knew well that the couple does not sell dagga, waited long enough for the couple to grow more medical dagga before raiding their home a second time.

On the 15th of November police arrested Tonya for possession of dagga and confiscated a large number of dagga pants.

Tonya, who is also a medical dagga patient, is battling her fifth bout with cancer and is at a very critical stage of treatment which if unsuccessful may turn into a more aggressive form of lymphoma.

According to the police officers the dagga plants were not pulled because they have to be sent away for “testing”.

To add to the suspicious behaviour of the police, the only growing equipment confiscated were light reflectors. The growing lamps and ballast were left behind as if to license the couple to grow more dagga for the police to confiscate, without a thought being afforded to the patients who rely on a quality supply of medical dagga, nor is any consideration given to the health and well being of the woman risking her livelihood to assist her patients and herself.

To add insult to injury mainstream news did not report on the injustice towards medical dagga patients, instead one of the officers boasted by uploading a photo of the dagga plants, as they stand in a line-up growing taller by the day at the police office, to social media.

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As the post appeared on officer Ryno te Brugge's Facebook page

Below is an article of the first bust as it appeared in The Herald in January 2014

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Source: Darryn Thomas
Other Sources: Dagga.info

What it’s like inside a recreational dagga dispensary

10 things you probably didn’t know about buying pot legally in America

Got pot?

It’s the question on the minds of many Colorado residents — and on the minds of many visitors to the state. After all, Colorado was one of the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, opening the door to a $1 billion local industry(that’s factoring in the sales of medical marijuana, too). And while Colorado residents can legally cultivate cannabis at home, much of the pot trade — for locals and tourists alike — occurs at the retail level.

In other words, welcome to your neighborhood dispensary.

But what’s it like to visit any of the hundreds of dispensaries located throughout the state? To get an idea, I stopped by one such place — the newly opened Terrapin Care Station, a recreational (as opposed to medical) dispensary in Aurora — while in the Denver area to cover (what else?) a marijuana trade show. And, yes, it was quite a trip, but not necessarily in the expected sense. If anything, a visit to a dispensary is full of surprises that have little to do with getting high. Rather, it’s a study in how marijuana has become a mainstream commodity, but also an extremely regulated one.

With that in mind, here are 10 things I learned from my visit:

1) There’s a lot of security involved

Sure, you might occasionally get carded at a nightclub. But at a Colorado dispensary, you’ll definitely be asked to show photo ID, even if you’re old enough to be an AARP member (I should know — I am an AARP member). And don’t be surprised if the person checking your ID is an armed guard: Dispensaries are often run as cash businesses — many banks are hesitant to take their money since pot is not federally approved — so they usually put extra security measures in place. Oh, and if you don’t like being on camera, perhaps forego the visit altogether: State law requires that dispensaries record who’s doing all the buying and selling.

2) A dispensary is not a head shop

I figured a dispensary might resemble one of those hippy-dippy head shops from long ago — except with the key distinction that the shop could sell actual marijuana alongside the marijuana paraphernalia. But in fact, the dispensaries can be quite professional, even sleek, in their design. I’d describe Terrapin’s atmosphere as high-end pharmacy-meets-high-end cigar shop. Moreover, the dispensary wasn’t located in some sketchy part of town; instead, it was part of a strip mall on a busy suburban stretch. Heck, I even had supper at a Golden Corral across the street right after my visit. (And, no, I didn’t have a case of the munchies. I was just due for dinner.)

3) You’ll need to time your visit (or plan on traveling)

Sure, Colorado state law allows recreational dispensaries to stay open as late as midnight. But cities often take a harder line — Denver, for example, requires they close at 7 p.m. Which means if you have a nighttime craving for marijuana in the Mile High City, you’ll be traveling outside it. That’s why I ended up visiting a dispensary in Aurora — about 15 miles outside downtown Denver.

4) Be prepared to peruse the menu

You might think the selection process at a dispensary would be as simple as picking your weed in joint or loose form. But it’s more complicated than that. A lot more complicated. At Terrapin, I was presented a menu — and I mean a physical menu like you’d find at a restaurant — listing more than 20 types of marijuana available in loose form (with names ranging from “Permafrost” to “Oaktown Crippler”), along with more than 50 types of edible products (cookies, candies, you name it). And that’s on top of yet other products, including concentrates in wax or “shatter” form(shatter is the “purest and most potent” form, according to High Times). Frankly, it can be very confusing for the uninitiated – or those who simply know pot in its classic, pre-rolled joint form. But for old-school types, dispensaries fortunately sell joints, too. 

5) Then again, you can always seek advice from the ‘budtender’

You read that right — a budtender. Like a bartender who serves buds (as in pot). And the professionals behind the counter at places like Terrapin are clearly trained to answer questions. Or more important, they’re trained to ask questions of customers to help in guiding the selection process. Key among them: Do you want a “head” high or a “body” high? Different types of marijuana — the major categories are sativa (head high), indica (body high) and hybrid (just as its name implies) and they’re listed as such on the Terrapin menu — will affect you in different ways.

Apparently, being a budtender requires so much in knowledge, skills and savvy thatcannabis-centric schools teach classes in how to become one. And good budtenders are clearly valued: At Terrapin, I met the “Budtender of the Month” — one David C., who “enjoys long walks on the beach” and “making art and jewelry” when he’s not behind the counter, according to the store’s menu.

6) Get ready to open your wallet

There’s really no such thing as a cheap high. At a recreational (as opposed to medical) dispensary like Terrapin, marijuana in loose form will run about $18 for one-sixteenth of an ounce — the smallest amount that the store sells — and that’s before about 20% in state and local taxes (the store gives locals a break, however). Still, cheapskates can find deals by shopping from dispensary to dispensary. And some dispensaries even offer coupon savings. Also, if you’re doing the math: That one-sixteenth of an ounce will yield about two or three average-size joints, meaning you’ll be paying upwards of $6 per joint before taxes.

7) Like liquor stores, dispensaries have their own version of brown bags

When you make your dispensary purchase, you may feel as if you’re buying a prescription drug rather than pot. That’s because dispensaries are required to put all pot in childproof packaging. But unlike those clear pill bottles at the pharmacist, the marijuana container must not be see-through. My pill bottle (er, pot bottle) was as white as the Colorado snow.

8) There’s no smoking on the premises (or almost anywhere else)

Don’t think you can take a toke in the dispensary. Dispensaries aren’t like bars — or cigar shops, for that matter. You’ll have to enjoy your marijuana outside. But not on the literal outside, because that’s problematic, too. (To quote the Denver Post: “Public consumption is banned, banned, banned and probably prompts more anxiety from public officials than just about any other topic.”) And you can’t smoke in public indoor spaces, either — pot smoking is subject to the same clean-air restrictions as cigarette smoking. Which leaves you the option of smoking in your home, but that still puts tourists in a bind. Still, some hotels have found ways to accommodate smokers, according to the Denver Post.

9) And there’s no taking your pot out-of-state

If you’re an out-of-towner, forget about bringing home any souvenirs. Dispensaries will be the first to tell you that’s strictly forbidden and could result in a trip to jail.

10 But you can always buy a T-shirt

Yes, dispensaries sell more than pot. And more than pot paraphernalia. At Terrapin, they carry T-shirts with the store’s name and logo. And at $15 a pop, they’re cheaper than the pot.

Article first appeared on MarketWatch.com

Russell Brand Answer’s ‘Should People Smoke Weed?’

Russel says he loved smoking weed but then he got confused.

Russell Brand Discuss Drug Policy & Revolution

“Prohibition does not work. What we need is regulation of dangerous substances and to treat addiction like the health issue it is, not as a judical criminal issue. That just exacerbates the problem and places a very potent economy in the hands of criminals so I think it’s a really good example of how our system has no proper relationship with ordinary people’s lives.”- Russel Brand

“Is that because in the book you say it’s an illness and you it shouldn’t be criminalised” – Truthloader Interviewer

43 Studies Show Why Dagga Does Not Cause Cancer

A comprehensive list of studies that describe the treatment of various cancers with cannabinoids. Unlike tobacco, dagga has some chemicals that inhibit many types of cancer cells, effectively cancelling out any carcinogens, and in some cases promoting tumor reduction / elimination.

Lung

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714
http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html

Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.abstract

Prostate Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

Colorectal

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536
http://safeaccess.ca/research/pdf/MD_AndersonCancerStudy.pdf
http://gut.bmj.com/content/54/12/1741.abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25269802/

Ovarian

http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2006/1/1084

Blood

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23584/abstract
http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/70/5/1612.abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18546271/

Skin

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587

Liver

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

Biliary Tract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

Brain

http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/6603236a.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216
http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475.abstract
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.abstract
http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90.abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089/
http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37948
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/64/16/5617.full

Mouth and Throat

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

Breast

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247.full.pdf+html
http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349
http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf+html
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6615.abstract
http://endo.endojournals.org/content/141/1/118.abstract#fn-1

Others

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

Source
The list compiled by patchgrabber on reddit.com

Medicine Control Council Gets The Boot

Medical dagga may soon be at our door step. Dagga dealers are out, new kids on the block – New bill kicks the MCC to the curb to establish new authority…

“The Medicines Control Council needs a new chairperson and a new registrar. Peter Eagles (the chair) and Mandisa Hela (the registrar) need to go.” – Nathan Geffen

The 5th of November 2014 marked the 3rd day of public hearings, held at the National Assembly, regarding new legislation that seek to replace the Medicines Control Council with a new authority on medicines and related substances.

The Medicines & Related Substances Amendment Bill [B6-2014] will establish a new regulatory body, called the South African Health Product Regulatory Authority, that will oversee medicines, medical devices and food stuffs.

The bill is now in a secondary stage of being processed. Public hearings are being held at the National Assembly level. It has yet to go through a third stage overseen by the national council of provinces before it can be signed into law by the president.

Medical cannabis may be at our door step

At this stage we do not have enough information available to say whether the new regulatory body will introduce medical dagga into South Africa.

One thing is certain amendments will need to be made to the Drug & Trafficking Act, and other acts of law, to enable the new authority to venture into the business of alternative dagga medication and marijuana health products such as medicated edibles.

Amendments made to the Drug & Trafficking Act earlier in 2014 have made all cannabinoids illegal effectively making dagga extracts illegal on a biological level.

The Medical Innovation Bill, set in motion by late Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, may pave a way for a single dagga license to be issued to a sole corporate body for the purpose of producing legal commercialised dagga for medical and industrial applications.

While we drown in the red tape and bad legislation, South African medical dagga patients are in despair as they are facing a national medical dagga crisis.

Medical Dagga Informant 😛

Special shout-out to @ZARKA_THC who made us aware of the Bill.

Sources

SA step closer to new medicines regulator

Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill PDF

Medicines Control Council needs new leaders

AgriSA Parlaimentary Update 19 Aug 2014

Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Bill (B6-2014)