Documentaries & Talks
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The Science of Medical Cannabis for Arthritis
With Jason McDougall, (PhD) and others. Hosted by The Arthritis Society and Dalhousie University. Sponsored by Bedrocan
The Pharmacology of Cannabis Cannabinoids and Terpenes by Dr. Ethan Russo
Understanding the Pharmacology of Cannabis. Dr. Ethan Russo speaks about the science of Cannabis Cannabinoids and Terpenes at the Cannabis Hemp Conference and Expo (CHCE).
Ethan Russo: History of cannabinoid-based medicine
"The history of cannabinoid-based medicine: From pre-history to modern cannabinoid-based drugs" by Ethan Russo.
11/05/2018. II CANNABMED CONFERENCE. Barcelona’s College of Physicians (COMB)
David Casarett: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana
Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic's hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don't -- and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.
“The Scientist” is a documentary that traces the story of Dr Mechoulam from his early days......as a child of the Holocaust in Bulgaria, through his immigration to Israel, and his career as the chief investigator into the chemistry and biology of the world’s most misunderstood plant. Dr. Mechoulam ascertained that THC interacts with the largest receptor system in the human body, the endocannabinoid system (ECS). For further information please visit: http://mechoulamthescientist.com/
Reefer Madness (1936) [Enhanced]
This unabashed propaganda film is most popularly known as Reefer Madness, but originally known by the title Tell Your Children, a dead giveaway, has become a cult classic of comically bad cinema due to its dated, alarmist views on the dangers of "marijuana addiction" and the exaggerated symptoms thereof. After the onscreen prologue that declares "Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace," Reefer Madness launches into a case study of clean-cut WASP couple Bill (Kenneth Craig) and Mary (Dorothy Short), high schoolers who play tennis and drink tea on the back porch. Their friend Jimmy (Warren McCollum) introduces them to a pot dealer named Jack (Carleton Young), who invites Bill up to his den of inequity, where stoned ne'er-do-wells laugh fiendishly, dance, and play the piano. After one joint, Bill is hooked, and his life begins to plummet down the tubes -- he starts flunking school and becomes a promiscuous regular in Jack's apartment. When a worried Mary tracks Bill down, she too is given a joint and begins giggling uncontrollably while being aggressively fondled by the bizarre addict Ralph (Dave "Tex" O'Brien). When Bill bursts out of the bedroom to tangle with Ralph, hallucinating and blacking out, Mary is accidentally shot. This prompts a string of guilt and calamitous occurrences, including several more deaths and courtroom sentences to mental institutions, all because of the devil weed. The film ends with the ominous warning, "The dread marijuana may be reaching forth next for your son or YOURS!"
The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy | Josh Stanley | TEDxBoulder
Josh will sift through the propaganda, fear and greed encompassing medical marijuana. Recently featured on CNN, Josh and his brothers developed a non-psychotropic strain of marijuana which is drastically reducing seizures for many pediatric epilepsy patients in Colorado. With millions facing life-threatening illnesses, Josh outlines the hurdles needed to effect social change and maps a path toward helping those who desperately need revolutionary medicine.
Medical Marijuana: A Conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, joined Dr. Staci Gruber, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, for a discussion on medical marijuana. Gupta spoke of his experience studying the effects of medical marijuana and recounting stories of patients using the substance for its health benefits. Gupta described how his opinion has changed on the subject as a result of these encounters and the growing evidence to suggest its potential ability to treat neurological problems. Gupta and Gruber also spoke to the concern of giving medical marijuana to children and whether there are lasting negative effects of marijuana usage, both medical and recreational in adolescents under the age of sixteen.
Inside America's Billion-Dollar Weed Business: The Grass is Greener
In a city with dispensaries as common as coffee shops, Denver is undoubtedly the epicenter of the legal marijuana movement. And if you’re in the business of bud, it’s a good place to be: Colorado accounted for a third of the country’s 2.7 billion dollar marijuana market last year. But with being America’s fastest growing industry, comes growing pains. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which has led to conflicting state laws, restrictive regulations, and endless problems for cash-only marijuana business owners and operators. VICE News meets the investors cashing in on the green rush and finds out how fractured marijuana laws are causing the American market to miss out.
W5: The high times of pot revolutionary Tommy Chong
With Canada on the cusp of cannabis legalization, an icon of the legalization movement is riding the wave of weed entrepreneurship. W5's Kevin Newman sits down with actor, comedian, and Canada's 'Grandfather of Pot' Tommy Chong.
The Endocannabinioid System: A Look Back and Ahead
Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., who is considered “the father of cannabis research,” will present the inaugural Mechoulam Lecture, which will commemorate the groundbreaking discoveries that have made contemporary cannabis science possible. Dr. Mechoulam is professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the Institute of Drug Research at Hebrew University in Israel
Medical marijuana research comes out of the shadows
It was an unprecedented meeting of the minds and it happened at Harvard Medical School. The subject of April’s confab? Medical cannabis. Researchers suspect cannabis can do so many things, from fighting cancer to easing concussions and Crohn’s disease. There are still tight restrictions but weed is increasingly coming into the scientific mainstream. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.
Marijuana: The Latest Scientific Findings and Legalization
California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada became the latest states to legalize recreational marijuana, bringing to 28 the number of states that have okayed the drug for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. Even more states have rules that allow certain kinds of cannabis extracts to be used for medical purposes. At the same time that state legalization is increasing, the Trump administration is signalling that it may ramp up enforcement of federal drug laws, even when they come into conflict with state laws allowing recreational marijuana use. State and local governments may find themselves on uncertain legal ground. Meanwhile, policymakers navigating this new landscape are also working largely without the benefit of a solid foundation of scientific evidence on the drug’s risks and benefits. In fact, a new National Academy of Medicine report describes notable gaps in scientific data on the short- and long-term health effects of marijuana. What do we know about the health impacts of marijuana, and what do we still need to learn?