ICYMI: Here are the headlines making news this week on The Fresh Toast.
Because it’s highly abused, there is an expectation that marijuana must be as addictive as heroin, and therefore horribly destructive. But is this true?; Night sweats, day jitters, and the need for weed all pass in a matter of days to a week or so if you experience these symptoms of cannabis withdrawal; and also known as the “father of cannabis research,” Dr. Raphael Mechoulam revealed his latest discovery, cannabidiolic acid methyl ester (EPM301), a few months ago.
Let’s dive into these stories and more as we round up the top five headlines on The Fresh Toast this week:
Far More Potent Than THC And CBD: Dr. Raphael Mechoulam Explains His Latest Discovery
That CBD and THC can help with a long list of conditions from inflammation and anxiety, to depression and nausea, has been known for quite some time now.
In fact, Mechoulam was possibly the most significant academic to shed light on the active principles of the cannabis plant back in the 1960s, when his work at the Weizmann Institute led to the discovery of the human endo-cannabinoid system, crowning him the “father of cannabis research.”
But the 88 year-old researcher’s newest discovery presents cannabidiolic acid as a far more potent compound than CBD or THC — with no known negative side effects.
Does Billie Eilish Smoke Weed?
The fact that Billie Eilish is 18-years-old hasn’t stopped her from breaking all kinds of records. Winning five Grammys and releasing a bunch of Billboard hits that deal with unusually dark subject matter (at least for pop music), Eilish is a hugely successful singer, song-writer and performer, and an embodiment of her generation. She’s an artist who’s politically active, outspoken about issues like body image and animal rights.
Recently, a picture of Eilish circulated that showed the teenager wearing something more revealing than her signature baggy look. (Earlier this year, Eilish explained that she chose to wear baggy clothes because she “hated” her body, which makes this story even more sad.)
Cannabis Withdrawal: How Bad Is It Really?
If you search the internet for “cannabis withdrawal,” you’ll find a few helpful articles from cannabis sites acknowledging cravings, short lived mood swings and trouble sleeping. But mostly you’ll find drug war propaganda that suggests treatment options that can be as severe as physically checking into rehab.
Most cannabis users have had to quit for a period at some time or another in life. Sometimes for a few days, sometimes weeks or even months. Maybe a job came along that conducts hair sample tests, maybe you’re vacationing in a non-cannabis friendly place, perhaps it’s probation or a detox of some sort.
5 Must-Have Marijuana Accessories For Newbies
Experimenting with a new activity is a trial and error process. Not everyone has the proper tools, and by the time you find out what you’re missing, your first crack at a new experience has come and gone, likely a little lackluster. This is the case with cannabis, which tends to be a messy, low-quality smoke session with friends the first time you give it a go.
While items like proper grinders and quality rolling papers are not necessary to smoke weed, they will definitely contribute to a better experience. If you’re new to the plant, a positive experience will greatly impact your relationship with cannabis, resulting in something that’s fun and easy, which is what most people are looking for when they’re first trying it.
Is Marijuana Addictive? Let’s Discuss
Every time you light up a joint or inhale the vapor from a THC-infused vape or crunch down on an edible or put a couple drops of a THC-infused tincture into your coffee, you are effectively becoming part of a statistic: the marijuana addict.
There are so many ways to get THC into your system now, and researchers say that’s the problem. Having so many options, often packaged in such a way that it just seems like ingesting this psychoactive drug is harmless fun with a sort of backhanded illusion of safety, is just the sort of thing that makes anti-marijuana believers think that there is more to see here. They smell coverup. They sense capitalism overreach threatening citizen health. They see a brand new industry jostling with the rules to make a buck.