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Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the dopamine-boosting compound in marijuana that, technically speaking, “induces euphoria” — science jargon for “gets you high”. It also happens to work on the brain region involved in psychological addiction. Now, a team of researchers has identified a substance that blocks THC’s dopamine effect. Why is that important? Let’s have a grown-up discussion about weed.
The United States Border Patrol busted a would-be Mexican smuggler attempting to float across the border on a 20kg marijuana raft. In fact, he made it across the border, but didn’t get to land. The AP reports that he was just 600 metres from shore before getting busted. Where there’s a weed, there’s a way.
It’s an honest mistake, thinking that marijuana and industrial hemp are one and the same. And in some ways they are: both are species of the genus cannabis, they both have the iconic five-fingered pot leafs, and both are widely sought after the world over. But aside from their outward appearance, they two have very little in common, including where it counts the most.
Even as the body of evidence of cannabis’ potential as a potent medical precursor grows (especially with the development of CBD-rich strains), smoking it is not without long-term side effects. And we’re not just talking about munchie-induced weight gain either. A number of recently published studies suggest habitually getting high not only kills your motivation, it might even alter your brain chemistry. Specifically, the part that makes you want to get off the couch.
Let’s be real here, it was only a matter of time before the world got a vending machine for pot. Medbox, the company that produces these $US50,000 units, is ramping up and attempting to place them in dispensaries around the US. Consumers can’t walk up to a Medbox and feed it their cash, but they can tell the clerk in a state-licensed dispensary what they want.
Border fences are really tall, so it’s not like you can just throw your packages of marijuana over them. No, you’d need something like a weed-apult or, better yet, a weed cannon to heave them over the wall.