The plaintiffs, including an Iraq War veteran, a child with a seizure disorder and an ex-NFL player, claimed that the CSA’s classification of cannabis as a Schedule I substance is so “irrational” that it violates the U.S. Constitution.
I know a woman. Her name is Paula. I have known her since I was in the 7th grade. When I first met her she was friends with my older brother. They would hang out together working on school projects and she even made a few appearances to our house for supper and a visit. Even though I was younger than her by five years, she still lit my fire.
Skip ahead to the 80’s and you will find that Paula and I had a chance meeting. It was completely unexpected for both of us and, even though it was brief, it would lead to our first date a few months later.
That first date took place in the month of September of 1985 and we would end up seeing each other every night after that until January, 10th of 1986. The next day, which happened to be January 11th, I watched as she walked down the aisle with her father. When they reached the front of the church he handed her over to me and we became a happily married couple.
Today it has been just over a month since we celebrated thirty two years together. As with any marriage that stands the test of time we have had our good times, bad times, and even times when we questioned why we were still together, but through it all we have remained a happily married couple as we promised each other on a cold day in 1986.
The reason I have taken the time to explain the success of our marriage is because she is the one to nominate me for this fantastic award along with the opportunity to spread my success on to other writers. It is an honor for me and I love my wife for including me.
First an explanation of the award.
The Liebster Award recognizes and celebrates bloggers, their content, skill, and contribution to the blogging community. The rules for accepting a nomination are:
Acknowledge the blogger who nominated your blog.
Answer the questions.
Nominate 11 bloggers to encourage them.
Ask them 11 questions.
Let them know you have nominated them.
Now on to my questions supplied to me by Paula, the person who nominated me for this award. What or Who got you started on your current path? … Our journey through life happens on multiple paths at the same time. I believe we are all “Spiritual Beings made of white light on a human journey”. My current path is a mix of Spirit and the mundane and I have had many mentors with both. The most important of the two would be my current Spiritual side which began with a reading from a very wise man who would become my Godfather. The “what” would be the lightning that happened thirty days later and became the reason for what I believe in.
- What’s number 1 on your bucket list and why? … That is an interesting question and the answer is an easy one. The number 1 thing on my Bucket List is to complete my Spiritual journey. That will consist of two major steps I must take on the path I began 17 years ago. Once those steps have been achieved I will be able to say #1 has been completed. There is a direct link from this answer to the answer for the first question.
- What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time? … Prospect and mine for gold, gemstones, and any other treasure of value. I was raised to love time spent in the wilderness and sustain myself on all levels while there. Today I feel most comfortable in a gold mining camp, in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by like minded people, all doing the same thing. Finding and getting gold.
- If you had 10 minutes with the leader of your country, what words of wisdom would you impart? … Wow only 10 minutes ? What I have to say to him would take more like 30 minutes but with 10 minutes in mind I would talk really fast. I would explain to him how taking cannabis and hemp off of the FDA schedule would be a God send to millions of people all over the country. I would continue on with my opinion of how wrong he is with some of his Twitter posts when it comes to Foreign Affairs and other sensitive subjects. I would quickly add how gutting the EPA is not a good idea and how some of the things they protect are important. I would end with a quick thank you for all the good he has created and how he keeps the American public in his best interest.
- Why did you start your blog? … I needed a place to put all of the things I like to write about in one place. I needed space to RANT, and last but not least I love the idea of people sharing stuff that other people have written or shared themselves.
- What is your favorite time period, i.e. 1800’s Wild West, Roman Empire, etc. and why? … This is an easy one due to my love of gold. There was a time in our past that saw the beginning of exploration of the west and the Great North. My favorite time period would be when gold was so plentiful that a person could walk around on a gravel bar by a river or small stream and pick up a gold nugget laying on top of the gravel and rocks. Sometime in the late 1700’s or early 1800’s.
- If I come visit, what local delicacy are we eating? … Since I live in the mountains and love to hunt my food you will be dining on a large variety of dishes from fresh trout caught in a local stream to deer jerky made from last years hunt. From squirrel and rabbit to groundhog and rattlesnake. If you have any sensitivities it might be best to call ahead.
- Are you majorly left-brain (rational) or right-brain (artistic)? Or maybe you’re both? … I am a little bit of both although my wife might tend to disagree. I have all of the “alphabet diseases” like ADD, ADHD, and even a few they haven’t figured out letters for. When I was a kid they didn’t have all those letters to describe a child’s behavior. When a child misbehaved they were punished. Today they are given a title and some narcotics so they fit in better.
- Do you have any phobias? … I guess after being dead three times about the only fear I have is the one I was born with. The fear of falling. We all have it and if you want to test yourself for it do this… Sit on a straight back chair and lean back on the rear legs. Find the spot where you are about to topple over backwards and go past it. Catch yourself just before falling backward. That knee jerk reaction of a fear of falling is one we are all born with.
- What area of your life needs work, or are you happy with everything? … The area of my life that needs a lot of work is my health problems. My back and neck are in pretty bad shape thanks to a life of driving truck and a couple catastrophic accidents. Recently I experienced a sudden, unexplained weight loss and I have been working on that with the hope that a good core will help my back.
- What’s your favorite snack? … I have one that is good for me and I have one that is in the junk food category. I love a fresh ripe tangerine or blood orange and it is a dead even tie between a Payday candy bar and a Snickers.
My 11 Nominations
- The Accidental Revolutionary
- Cristian Mihai
- Roxy Bentsen Faulkner
- Sweta Ojha
- Prospector Jack
- Body of a Sinner Mind of a Saint
- Curt Mekemson
- Anthony Martinelli
- Jon Rappoport
My 11 Questions
- If a Genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be ?
- If you had your choice of countries to visit for an entire year where would you go ?
- Who is your favorite author and why ?
- Sight, hearing, smell, and speech… you have to give up one for a year. Which one do you pick ?
- Where in the world would you be if you were sitting on your favorite beach ?
- Dog, cat, bird, fish, other, multiple species, or no pets… which one do you pick ?
- You have invented a time machine. It only works in one direction. The past. What year are you going to set on the dial to travel to and why ?
- You have a choice for a new place to live. You have to pick one. Are you moving to the coast, the desert, the plains, or the mountains ?
- You just won $10,000,000. in the lottery. Who is the first person you share the big news with and why ?
- Do you know how to swim, and if the answer is no, do you plan to learn ?
- From one of my favorite movies… Red pill or Blue pill ?
Recreational marijuana becomes legal to buy Saturday in Nevada, but that doesn’t mean anything goes in the place where most people think anything goes.
In a speech Tuesday, John Kelly promised that DHS, TSA, ICE and CBP would all take a hard-line stance on what he called a “potentially dangerous gateway drug.”
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” John Kelly also told host Chuck Todd that “arresting a lot of users” wasn’t the right solution to the country’s drug problems.
There are many fascinating things to know about tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive in cannabis. While much of the mainstream conversation revolves around whether or not THC is safe to consume, these conversations often miss highlighting some of the odd and unique characteristics of this plant molecule. For all of the cannabis enthusiasts out there, here are six random things you should know about THC.
1. THC is a fat
Did you know that THC is a lipid? Lipids are fat molecules, and cannabis contains a lot of them. Since the primary active compounds in cannabis are fats, this means that they like to hang out in your fat after you consume them.
After inhaling cannabis, THC is absorbed by the lungs and then enters the bloodstream. From there, the psychoactive quickly makes its way to the fatty tissues it likes to call home, including the brain.
It is this quality that prevents THC from quickly exiting the body after consumption, which is why the average cannabis consumer can test positive for the herb for around 30 days after consumption.
For more information on how long THC stays in your system, check out the full article here.
2. A bunch of THC is released with fat burning
Okay, this THC discovery is a bit surprising. There is some evidence that after an intense event which burns through a lot of fat, such as heavy exercise or rapid weight loss, levels of THC may be released back into the bloodstream.
There are some reports of ex-cannabis consumers testing positive for THC simply because they lost a lot of weight prior to testing.
On a more somber note, in 1997, a report highlighted anecdotal autopsy reports which showed abnormally large quantities of THC in the blood of drowning victims, who must have burned through significant amounts of fat before passing away.
Other research suggests that something as simple as 25 to 35 minutes of exercise in a cannabis consumer can elevate blood plasma levels of THC. Interestingly, one study shows that the larger a participant’s BMI, the more THC could be detected after exercise.
3. Most THC comes out in your poop
So, THC gets itself into the bloodstream, then is stored in your fat cells where it is re-released into the bloodstream over time. But, where does THC go after that?
While it’s possible for a heavy cannabis consumer to test positive for cannabis metabolites in a urine test for up to 77 days after abstaining from the herb, most THC and THC metabolites are excreted in bowel movements.
In fact, it is estimated that more than 65 percent of THC consumed is excreted in the feces, whereas only 20 percent is excreted in urine.
Many people hoping to fake a drug test take advantage of this fat by consuming fruit pectin, a natural fruit fiber that theoretically forces more THC out through the stool rather than in urine or blood. However, there is no data on just how effective this method is in actuality.
4. Small amounts of THC can be found on you even if you don’t consume
Interestingly, there may be a lot of THC floating around out there that you don’t even know about. Trace amounts of the cannabinoid are excreted in sweat, as well as in skin and hair oils.
When you shake hands with a cannabis consumer or touch things that they have touched, there’s a good chance that very tiny amounts of the herb can show up on you as well.
Some researchers in Germany think that this may be one of the reasons to argue against hair testing as a way to detect cannabis consumption. The standard theory suggests that cannabis ends up in the hair by transfer through the bloodstream.
However, these researchers have found some evidence that makes them question the standard beliefs about hair testing. In a tiny 2015 study of just two people, researchers tested hair growth during a time that each participant was given a controlled dose of a synthetic THC.
Hair grows at a fairly consistent rate in most people, meaning that each centimeter of hair provides a snapshot into your daily habits. After being treated with THC for 30 days, the researchers tested the participants’ hair. Surprisingly, they did not detect much of the stuff.
Even more surprising, when the researchers tested hair from a time the participants’ did not consume cannabis, compounds from the plant were present.
This lead the researchers to conclude that a good amount of the THC on the hair and the surface of the skin comes from external sources, like the environment and contact with the plant and those who love it.
5. Plants and fungus with similar compounds have been found
Interestingly, other plants and some types of fungus have been found to contain compounds similar to THC. Black truffles, delicacies that can sell for $800 or more, have enzymes needed to create anandamide, the same THC-like compound that humans produce naturally.
Japanese and New Zealand liverwort, which are non-flowering plants, have also been found to contain compounds with similar actions to THC. These compounds are perrottetinene and perrottetinenic acid.
While the psychoactivity of these plants is questionable, the perrottetiene seems to activate the same cellular pathways that THC does, according to recent research.
Researchers have also genetically engineered yeasts that can produce the enzymes that create THC. Since the cannabis plant is illegal, this yeast might be a way for scientists to legally create natural THC that can be used for the large-scale production of medicines. However, this research is still in its early stage.
6. THC taps into our natural bliss pathway
Have you ever wondered why consuming cannabis feels so good? Well, THC just-so-happens to tap into our body’s natural bliss control. As mentioned above, THC replaces a compound called anandamide (AEA) in the body. The word Ananda is Sanskrit for bliss, making anandamide our natural bliss molecule.
Both THC and anandamide bind to the same locations on cells. As it turns out, THC latches on to these cell sites for a little longer than anandamide, which is perhaps why the cannabinoid seems to have such a strong effect on the mind and body.
Anandamide was only discovered relatively recently, and there is still much to learn about the molecule’s role in the body.
However, a few interesting tidbits about the compound are known. Anandamide helps maintain mood, tells you when you’re hungry, is partly responsible for that feel-good high after exercise, and has many other key functions in the body.
A certain few who have won the genetic lottery have genes which hinder the breakdown of AEA. This may make these lucky folk naturally a little more chill and less anxious than the unfortunate majority without the needed gene mutations