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Beckley Foundation’s Research on Cannabis

March 3, 2015 Cannabis

Cannabis is among the most studied psychoactive substances in the world. However, the hundreds of thousands of journal articles on this substance tend to focus on the ‘problematic’ aspects of the drug’s social life from the perspectives of psychiatry, epidemiology, criminology, etc. The policies of prohibition have played a central role in instigating this bias. […]

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Comment: Politicians don’t have the guts to support us in public

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Politicians will say many things privately but never dare utter them in public, especially when in office. Only when they are out of power do they reveal their true feelings. And this is no truer than the when addressing the ‘D’ word – drugs. Support the regulation of drugs and your career could be over. Or could it?

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A Fresh Approach to Drugs – the UK Drug Policy Commission Report

October 15, 2012 Cannabis

The Beckley Foundation welcomes the report of the UK Drug Policy Commission published this week, a culmination of 6 years of in-depth analysis into all aspects of UK drug policy. The Commission, comprised of a distinguished multi-disciplinary panel of experts, has reached many of the same conclusions as those emerging from the work of the Beckley […]

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Cannabidiol inhibits THC-elicited paranoid symptoms and hippocampal-dependent memory impairment

October 11, 2012 BF Scientific Publications

Amanda Feilding is one of 14 authors on a new study which supports the idea that high-THC/low-CBD cannabis products are associated with increased risks for mental health. Click the link to download the full PDF from the Journal of Psychopharmacology Click here to download the original article and access the FULL PDF document In this […]

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L.A. City Council votes 14-0 to ban medical marijuana shops

July 25, 2012 Cannabis

In the latest attempt to regulate what many say is an out-of-control proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, the City Counted voted 14-0 Tuesday to ban pot shops. Under the ban, each of the 762 dispensaries that have registered with the city will be sent a letter ordering them to shut down immediately. […]

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Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana

July 10, 2012 Cannabis

By Stephen C. Webster Thursday, July 5, 2012 A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Mortality Risk In Patients With Psychotic Disorders

June 14, 2012 Cannabis

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 29, 2012 The use of cannabis is associated with lower mortality risk in patients with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, according to a forthcoming study to be published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. (Read the abstract of the study online here.) The use of cannabis is associated […]

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Pelosi criticizes Obama’s medical cannabis crackdown

May 10, 2012 Cannabis

Minority House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi Condemns Obama Medical Marijuana Crackdown original article Nancy Pelosi had Obama’s ear after he won the White House in 2008. Will he listen to her now? “I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to […]

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Review of Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate

July 12, 2011 Beckley Press

A glowing review of the Beckley Foundation’s book “Cannabis Policy: Moving Beyond Stalemate” has been published in POP News (here), the newsletter for the Canadian Institute of Population and Public Health, one of 13 Institutues that comprise the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The review was written by Dr Brian P Emerson This article reflects […]

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Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs

February 23, 2011 Cannabis

A study by Amanda Reiman at University of California, Berkeley examined drug and alcohol use, and the occurrence of substitution among medical cannabis patients. Previous research in this field has suggested that medical cannabis patients might be using more alcohol than non patients, and might also have a higher instance of alcohol abuse than the […]

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