What happens when rich people visit a dispensary

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“I’m quitting life to become a burrito”

17 Signs Your Love Of Burritos Is Getting Out Of Hand

Burritos are warm. Burritos are soft. They’re also delicious and available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and flavors. In short, burritos are a top contender for most perfect food in the world. It’s probably a three-way tie with coffee and chocolate.

So it comes as no surprise that the burrito has some pretty dedicated fans. People who will eat burritos at any time, and in any setting. People who’ll brave the wilds of gas station and food truck burritos just because they can’t say no to these delicious stuffed tortillas. These are the type who think burritos should be their own food group and get very testy if you suggest their texts contain too many burrito emoji.

Are you one of these slightly-obsessed burrito lovers? If you identify with more than three of the struggles below, it may be time to spend some time away from burritos. We’re just not sure this relationship is healthy anymore…

http://distractify.com/humor/2016/01/06/beth-loves-burritos-too-much

I thought this was interesting

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/diet-infertility-father_568aa720e4b06fa68882e836

“I was surprised that we found such poor semen quality among young men ages 20 to 25,” the lead author of that study, Dr. Niels Skakkebaek of the University of Copenhagen, said in a statement. “We found that the average man had more than 90 percent abnormal sperm. … It appears that we are at a tipping point in industrialized countries where poor semen quality is so widespread that we must suspect that it results in low pregnancy rates.” …

So, what is causing this high percentage of abnormal sperm? Could it be plastics? Hormonal drugs in our water and food supply? Fracking chemicals?

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2015/01/29/denmark-gears-up-for-fight-against-fracking/

And if men who live in Copenhagen have such high rates of abnormal sperm, what must the rates be like for men in America (the fracking capital of the world)?

What a dickhead sounds like

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ben-carson-gay-activist_568bef6de4b06fa68883a4f2

Carson, whose poll numbers have slipped in recent weeks, has made no secret of his opposition to LGBT rights. In a March 2015 interview with CNN, he argued that prisons prove that people can choose to be gay.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay,” Carson said. “So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

It’s hard to believe this guy’s a neurosurgeon. I don’t care how good he is at surgery, I wouldn’t want him operating on my brain. It’s like he creates his own logic…

I suppose this is an example of an ideology (belief) being stronger than fact. Or maybe Mr. Carson chooses to be ignorant about these issues…

Either way, he’s a dickhead.

Winter Sucks, But Close Up Photos Of Snowflakes Will Blow You Away

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/douglas-levere-close-up-snowflakes-fire-and-cie_568d422ee4b0a2b6fb6e2837

They say no two snowflakes are alike, and Buffalo photographer Douglas Levere wants to prove that each is exquisite in its own way. With a son on the way, in 2006, Levere was looking for a way to decorate the child’s nursery. He stumbled upon Kenneth G. Libbrecht’s zoomed-in photos of snowflakes and was inspired…

Gary Johnson for President?

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-01-06/gary-johnson-will-seek-white-house-as-libertarian

Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who ran for president as a long-shot Libertarian Party candidate in 2012, said Wednesday he would once again seek the White House…

Johnson recently quit his job as CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a Nevada-based marijuana products and licensing company, according to Politico. An avid outdoorsman who has climbed Mount Everest, Johnson won the governorship as a businessman who had never held elected office and became famous for vetoing some 750 bills.

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Looks like Bill Clinton, huh? Would you say that the Clintons are also Libertarians? I’d say they’re more Libertarian than Democrat.

Cannabis-based chewing gum

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cannabis-axim-idUSKBN0UI17H20160104

AXIM Biotechnologies Inc, a small, Manhattan-based company with ties to the Netherlands, says it has a trump card in its quest to develop a cannabis-based chewing gum to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

The company says it will be able to price its gum cheaper than a major competitor after securing a “significant” discount on cannabis made available by the Dutch government, which has a policy of promoting the drug for medicinal use.

To be sure, AXIM has a long way to go before its Medchew Rx gum – still in the pre-clinical stage of development – will be a viable alternative to an under-the-tongue spray developed by GW Pharmaceuticals Plc.

That spray, called Sativex, is already approved in 27 countries – though not the United States, where cannabis remains prohibited under federal law.

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, or MS, which affects about 400,000 people in the United States. About 80 percent of patients suffer from spasticity, a condition often treated with the muscle relaxant baclofen.

Existing oral therapies offer limited relief from spasticity and pain and come with side-effects such as muscle weakness. Botox, an injectable alternative, offers localized treatment and is costly.

Provided treatment is regulated, cannabis could be therapeutic for MS patients, said Dr. Paul Wright, chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.

“I do believe that there’s a role for it,” he said, “but I am fearful of the potential for abuse.”

AXIM’s gum and GW’s spray are both designed to offer more consistent relief than artisanal products derived from cannabis that are smoked or eaten and are legal only in parts of the United States.

A typical British patient takes four sprays of Sativex daily at a cost of about 5.56 pounds ($8.24). But state health systems in some countries, including GW’s home market, do not consider the drug sufficiently cost-effective to justify coverage…

For its part, GW – a pioneer in the development of natural cannabis-derived medicine – has no immediate plans to source cannabis from the Netherlands. The company grows its own plants at a secret location in England.

“Breeding our plant is something that’s absolutely essential to our competitive position,” said GW spokesman Stephen Schultz.

AXIM, which started out in the organic waste business before reinventing itself last year, hopes its mint-flavored gum will be on sale in the United States as early as 2017.

This will depend on whether the Food and Drug Administration grants an accelerated development timeline that would allow it to leapfrog GW, which is waiting to discuss with the agency if and how a late-stage study for Sativex will proceed…

If Sativex is anything like Marinol, it won’t be strong enough to help very many people. And I’ve taken baclofen in the past, which is a mild muscle relaxer. If the treatment is only for spasticity, then these drugs might help more MS patients. But treating chronic pain with these drugs is like treating pain with anticonvulsants, which only help a small number of patients.

Will Sativex “offer more consistent relief than artisanal products derived from cannabis that are smoked or eaten”? The consistency of pain relief from certain drugs will depend on the person (and the drug’s delivery system), but is Sativex better than plain ‘ol bud? For pain relief, no. But for relief from spasticity? I don’t know.

And doesn’t it tell you how stupid the opioid war is when a doctor is afraid that patients will become addicted to a high-CBD chewing gum? How stupid is that?