Cannabis and the immune system

Weakening of the immune response By “immune response” we mean the defensive capacity of lymphocytes (white blood cells) against infectious diseases, foreign protein substances and probably also against certain forms of cancer. The hypothesis that the use of cannabis damages the immune response is launched, with much journalistic clamor, by G. Nahas with the article …

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Cannabis and psychosis

Cannabis and psychosis

Long-term harm The problem of documentation Cannabis has been classified illegal for no specific scientific reason. We therefore started from a situation in which the harmfulness of this substance was, in some way, a postulate: it is considered harmful simply because it is illegal. It has been so that for some decades the institutions (political, …

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Cannabis: intoxication levels

The effects of cannabis vary greatly depending on the levels of intoxication. In his research, Tart developed a statistical picture of the relationship between levels of intoxication and effects; we summarize here the results. At low levels of intoxication, the typical effects are the modification of sound perceptions and the tendency towards non-noise. At medium …

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Cannabis and the concept of “Drugs”

Is cannabis a drug? To properly frame the issue, a hint to the definition of the concept of “drugs” is essential. From a pharmacological point of view, it is a drug “Any chemical, natural or artificial, that modifies the psychology or mental activity of human beings” (J. Delay). This definition includes, in addition to drugs …

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Cannabis, history, the plant and more

The exact place of origin of cannabis has not been clarified so far, it is generally believed to correspond to Central Asia. While the use of the plant for the manufacture of fabrics is witnessed by finds from the Neolithic era in China (5200-6200 years ago), the medicinal use is documented in a famous writing …

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The new European cannabis phase

1798: Napoleon Bonaparte lands in Alexandria with thirty thousand French soldiers and two thousand cannons. He defeats the Mamelukes’ army near the Pyramids, and conquers Cairo, all through one of those flash wars of which the French general was a specialist. Two years earlier, with a similar military operation, it had conquered the Lombardy region …

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Cannabis status in Contemporary Iran

The question of cannabis through the legal interpretation of religious authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Introduction: Middle Eastern states and the Islamic world are known for adopting strict codes of prohibitions. These apply to sexual norms, such as premarital sex, social practices such as gambling and consumption behaviour as in the case of …

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Cannabis in Iran

Cannabis in Iran: Situated between Afghanistan’s extensive poppy fields and eager Western markets, Iran has an extensive history of domestic opium, alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use dating back centuries. In recent decades, heroin has become more popular. Most recently, the use of methamphetamine has increased and is reportedly in demand across the social spectrum, from …

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From Landraces to the present day. The Importance of starting from seeds grown outdoors

It is called ‘landrace’ or ‘ecotype’, a variety of Cannabis that constitutes a group of populations that in a very long period of time have adapted to the environmental conditions of a given region, or a portion of territory that has a defined microclimate and characteristics. The natural selection, the climatic conditions, the nature and …

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The Plasticity of Cannabis Genome

How do plants adapt themselves to a new environment? We often ask ourselves the problem of having to grow plants whose original habitat is very different from what we are able to offer them: narrow grow boxes with artificial lights or a small balcony disguised in the city. The soil changes, the climate, the waterings …

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