Review of Smoke Signals from High Times

High Times Review of Smoke Signals

"Hallelujah and glory be to Smoke Signals, Martin Lee’s bodacious new book, which...chronicles everything and everyone worth chronicling in the annals of marijuana—from George Washington, who grew it; to Drug Czar Harry Anslinger, who aimed to kill it; to Barack Obama, who enjoyed getting high on it as a teen."
Posted: February 14, 2014
Smoke Signals wins James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award

Book Award for Smoke Signals

The nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) is pleased to announce this year’s James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award recipients. The recipient in the popular and consumer books category is Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana—Medical, Recreational, and Scientific by Martin A. Lee.
Posted: February 13, 2014
Cannabis and teens

Marijuana Does Not Damage Brain Tissue

A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study. Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period.
Posted: February 12, 2014
Marijuana legalization

Legalization Is Not Enough!

Pot-smokers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your pipe dreams. Marijuana legalization is a beginning, not an end. But what comes next?
Posted: February 11, 2014
CBD for Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and more.

CBD, Alzheimer’s and More

Despite the growing investigation on cannabis medicine for a wide variety of conditions, the actual healing power of the plant has barely been tapped. Learn more about the potential implications of cannabinoids for Alzheimer's disease, neurodegeneration, and more.
Posted: February 10, 2014
Cannabis genotyping and gene sequencing

Sequencing the Cannabis Genome

The Massachusetts-based company Medicinal Genomics had sequenced the entire genome of Cannabis sativa L. How will this impact scientific research and public health?
Posted: February 9, 2014
Cannabis legalization is ending the drug war

Victory for Pot Means Beginning of End of Drug War

With the voters in Washington and Colorado legalizing marijuana, Martin A. Lee argues that the war on pot may be over — and good riddance to decades of bad science, scare-mongering, and harsh laws.
Posted: February 8, 2014
Marijuana doesn't cause lung cancer

Marijuana Smoking and Lung Cancer

You'd think it would have been very big news in the spring of 2005 when Donald Tashkin, a professor of pulmonology at UCLA, revealed that cannabis smoke doesn't cause lung cancer and may prevent respiratory tissue cells from becoming malignant.
Posted: February 7, 2014
Cannabis may shrink tumor growth

CBD, THC, and Cancer

Mounting evidence shows cannabinoids in marijuana slow cancer growth, inhibit formation of new blood cells that feed a tumor, and help manage pain, fatigue, nausea, and other side effects.
Posted: February 5, 2014
CBD and schizophrenia

Pot Compound Treats Schizophrenia

CBD can treat schizophrenia as effectively as antipsychotic medications, with far fewer side effects, according to a preliminary clinical trial. Researchers led by Markus Leweke of the University of Cologne in Germany studied 39 people with schizophrenia who were hospitalized for a psychotic episode.
Posted: February 4, 2014