This week’s news round-up is full of good news. The UN appointed a new Secretary-General with a strong history of supporting harm reduction rather than criminalization, a study on cannabis and strokes showed promising results, and teens are becoming more educated about cannabis. Do you have more good news to share? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
1. Cannabis, Tobacco, Alcohol Use, and the Risk of Early Stroke (American Heart Association) — The results of a large population study of Swedish men found that there is no correlation between using cannabis and suffering a stroke.
2. How to Combine Yoga and Cannabis: A Beginner’s Experience (Leafly) — Was getting fit one of your New Year’s resolutions? One of the keys to following through is to find a way to enjoy exercising.
4. If You Do One Thing In 2017 For Your Health, Look After Your Endocannabinoid System (Huffington Post) — We still have a lot to learn about the endocannabinoid system, but it turns out that using cannabis isn’t the only way to support it.
5. United Nations Appoints Leader Known for Decriminalizing Drugs (High Times) — The grassroots cannabis movement can take some credit for fighting for the will of the people and putting pressure on leaders worldwide to change how cannabis is regulated. António Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal who was instrumental in decriminalizing drugs in that country, was appointed U.N. Secretary-General.
6. Four Lessons Alcohol Prohibition Should Teach Us About Cannabis (Leafly) — Prohibition does more than just make it difficult for people to access a specific substance. (Not that it does a terribly good job of that.) It also has notable effects on the economy, public health, and the justice system. Unfortunately, those effects are almost always harmful.
7. Does Cannabis Help Cystitis, The Painful Bladder Syndrome? (Herb) — Cannabis offers relief to people suffering from interstitial cystitis by fighting pain, insomnia, and inflammation. While there currently isn’t a cure for interstitial cystitis, cannabis may improve the quality of life for people dealing with it.
8. America’s $6.7 Billion Marijuana Habit, Mapped (Washington Post) — Americans spent an estimated $6.7 billion on cannabis in 2016, but that number is expected to be even bigger in 2017 as more states legalize cannabis.
9. Kids’ Perception of Marijuana Harm Isn’t Decreasing… It’s Becoming Accurate (High Times) — Years of the war on drugs and “Just Say No” created an endless supply of misinformation. As prohibition ends, teens are learning accurate information about cannabis, but underage use is still falling.
10. Fake News Brings Back Reefer Madness; Plus 7 Factual Studies to Share (Kindland) — Fake news, or more often lazy news that doesn’t bother to fact-check, is a widespread problem. It’s important to think critically and do a little research before accepting anything as fact.
11. Judge Rules Insurance Company Must Pay for Injured Worker’s Medical Marijuana (High Times) — The verdict on one court case in New Jersey is the first of its kind and has the potential to set a precedent.
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