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Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide

The therapeutic potential of cannabis appears limitless, extending far beyond just relieving nausea or pain in the terminally ill. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, has been studying the molecular activity of cannabinoids for more than 10 years, and during this time she and her colleagues have learned that tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell “suicide” while leaving healthy cells alone. This amazing discovery was somewhat unexpected, as…

New York Readies Restrictive Medical Marijuana Law

While states like Washington, Colorado and Alaska have enacted laws decriminalizing weed, New York is only now moving forward with a plan to legalize medical marijuana. However, when the lawmakers in Albany do finally sign off on the bill, the state’s Health Department has placed so many restrictions on medical marijuana that many of its potential patients won’t be able to get their hands on it. For those who do qualify, another odd restriction dictates that the medical marijuana can’t…

Colorado Marijuana Study Finds Legal Weed Contains Potent THC Levels

This is not your father’s weed. Colorado marijuana is nearly twice as potent as illegal pot of past decades, and some modern cannabis packs triple the punch of vintage ganja, lab tests reveal for the first time. In old-school dope, levels of THC — the psychoactive chemical that makes people high — were typically well below 10 percent. But in Colorado’s legal bud, the average THC level is 18.7 percent, and some retail pot contains 30 percent THC or…

Breweries’ form of support for D.C. voting rights: A pot-flavored beer

First, a disclaimer: There is no marijuana in the beer. That’s what they said. Cannabis and hops are just a lot alike. It only smells like pot. And it might taste a little like it, too. So if that’s what you like — a dank, resinous pint — or if you’re willing at least to try it, this could be your season at the District’s DC Brau Brewing Co. Starting Tuesday — St. Patrick’s Day — the brewery began…