Tuesday, September 29Urban Hippie

Author: Sirius J

Research: Major Step Toward a Real Cannabis Breathalyzer

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have made a major breakthrough in the struggle for making a roadside-capable cannabis breathalyzer. By measuring the vapor of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s active component that get you high, a device that measures blood-THC levels may soon become a reality. In the first years of legalization in states like Colorado and Washington, cannabis smokers were fearful at the thought of a marijuana breathalyzer. As time has gone by, it’s safe to say that we agree one has finally become a necessity for police around the country. Using mysterious impairment signs, specially trained officers have been handing out DUI’s left and right to people who have never smoked in their lives. Not only that, but at-the-time-sober stoners

Study: Smoking Pot Not Associated with Weight Gain in Later Life

Cannabis is commonly prescribed to increase appetite, but evidence conflicts over its long-term effect on BMI and obesity. A new longitudinal study adds a crucial piece of evidence for toppling the long-standing myth that smoking weed causes weight gain. The study surveyed adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19, and then followed up again with the same people over 20 years later. They asked if they had ever smoked pot, their cigarette and alcohol intake, as well as their height, weight, physical activity and other potentially confounding factors. Researchers found those who smoked pot were not more likely to gain weight later in life than those who didn’t, and those who started smoking as adolescents had the smallest increase in BMI than any other group, even after adjusting other facto