Mississippi's Marijuana Legal Pot Farm At Ole Miss
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Mississippi's Marijuana Legal Pot Farm At Ole Miss
Posted by CN Staff on February 16, 2010 at 05:39:58 PT
By Chris Joyner
Source: Clarion-Ledger
Oxford, MS -- It's the smell - pungent and slightly citrusy- that first greets visitors to Mahmoud ElSohly's office on the University of Mississippi campus.Next are pictures lining the hallways of the bright green plants ElSohly has researched for 35 years as chief cultivator in the nation's only legal marijuana farm. The University of Mississippi Marijuana Project provides marijuana by the bale to licensed researchers throughout the nation.
They study the drug through a federal contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Marijuana is grown in a field, nurtured in an artificially lit "grow room," analyzed in labs and stored in drums in two bank-style vaults."It's a complicated plant," ElSohly said.It's complicated not only in its chemical composition but also because of the political and cultural baggage it carries.Around the nation, policy makers are struggling with legalizing the drug for people who need its medical benefits while lobbyists push for even greater legalization."It's a very controversial issue and a very emotional issue," he said. "This is an illegal drug, a controlled substance. If this was milk thistle or any of these other herbal drugs, it would be no problem making this available or an extract available."Although he says he never has smoked it, ElSohly is a marijuana fan. He is an informed believer in the medical properties of THC, the chemical in the plant that produces a psychoactive "high" but also is being used to give relief to people with chronic ailments such as cancer or Parkinson's disease.Marijuana, he says, is a true wonder weed that, broken down into its chemical components, can be used for both constipation and diarrhea, he said. ElSohly and his colleagues have spent years studying and isolating the plant's medical effects.The federal contract pays the university about $480,000 during growing years - less on off years - to provide the cannabis to researchers. Ole Miss has been involved in marijuana research since 1968 and the NIDA contract dates to the mid-1970s. Snipped   Complete Article: Clarion-Ledger, The (Jackson, MS)Author: Chris JoynerPublished: February 16, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Clarion-LedgerWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by Paint with light on February 16, 2010 at 23:52:35 PT
I have seen some doctors do some amazing things and some are really dedicated but there are some who always remind me of the old joke:What is the difference between God and a doctor?God never thinks he is a doctor.Legal like alcohol...or milk thistle....or milk.
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on February 16, 2010 at 12:51:22 PT
milk thistle
yes SC, milk thistle is one of the heavyweights of herbal medicine. In European trauma wards it is often given for many types of poisoning.  It's restorative effect on liver tissue is well-documented.many issues with medical MJ are the same as herbal medicine. Western-brainwashed doctors hate that they can't control dosage. they hate the lack of a single isolated pure chemical. I once saw a practicing herbalist, someone who had gone to school for it. She was growing her own yams for menopause-reltated symptoms. She said she was in a big struggle with her doctor over it, she said after much arguing and giving him clinical studies he finally accepted that wild yam root is an effective medicine. Then he couldn't stand the fact that she was growing it herself!doctors are brainwashed to be control freaks in medical school. They just get used to being taught and told what to do for so long I think somewhere along the line they stop thinking. Probably during the 4 years of non-stop memorization, that is probably what breaks most people down.or maybe it's carrying the huge backpack to the bus stop every day when you're in kindergarten, that's probably when it starts. I can't even believe the kids in my neighborhood, they look like they're on a 10-day camping trip. It's warped, they really look like slaves to me.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 16, 2010 at 10:20:37 PT
Storm Crow
Equal with Milk Thistle and other medicinal herbs sounds good to me too. An herb is an herb. Herbs are legal.
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Comment #6 posted by Storm Crow on February 16, 2010 at 10:00:30 PT
"Equal with Milk Thistle"? (And all other medicinal herbs!)By the way, milk thistle is good for liver problems. It has been used as a treatment for amanita (Deathcap) mushroom poisoning, which is often fatal, and also acetaminophen poisoning. Milk thistle contains silybin as its active ingredient. A friend with Hep C uses it daily and believes it really helps!
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Comment #5 posted by Sam Adams on February 16, 2010 at 07:43:00 PT
They call me Dr. Schwag!
Nice fluff story on the grower of what is quite possibly the worst cannabis in the world!Congratulations buddy, you're number 234,593! yeah! Quality is job one! For everybody else!his comment on milk thistle is almost Freudian - it's partly because of him and his racket, his greed for one easy career, that medical patients around the world are NOT able to order up cannabis sativa or cannabis indica tincture from Herb Pharm, just like Milk Thistle.This guy is a living testament to what happens when you defeat the free market forces of supply and demand and have the government control "non-profit" growing of medicine.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 16, 2010 at 07:24:50 PT
My they look like M&Ms.
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Comment #3 posted by Brandon Perera on February 16, 2010 at 07:01:58 PT:
color coated seeds top banner on the homepage, should wait a few seconds before it pops up. But the seeds look different /: dont know what to say about them
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Comment #2 posted by Brandon Perera on February 16, 2010 at 06:59:17 PT:
Complicated to them
The cannabis plant is a unique plant that can cure or not cure. They created these seeds that are called weight buZZsters and if a skinny person was smoking it an then didnt eat anything all day. Just seen color coated seeds for the first time also. They like to complicate stuff and not dedicate money for research of the plant. Not nearly enough has been done for the research. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on February 16, 2010 at 05:46:12 PT
Complicated Plant?
"It's a complicated plant," ElSohly said.Why is it complicated? It's a God Given plant that benefits people. It makes them feel better and smile. How is that complicated? The drugs they advertise on TV are complicated and dangerous.
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