Holy Mary Mother of Healing

Holy Mary Mother of Healing

Mary Jane has long been a common nickname for the buds of the cannabis plants, fairly obviously derived from the Spanish-sounding word “marijuana,” which was popularized in the 1930s by the head of the fledgling Narcotics Bureau Harry Anslinger, in his villainous attempt to harness the power of anti-Mexican racism in service to prohibition. But to thousands of adherents of the Brazilian Santo Daime religion, “Santa Maria” is not just a slang term for weed,…

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Ruminations on Forbidden Vegetation

Ruminations on Forbidden Vegetation

Pro-herbal supplement voices often claim that the marketplace has a bias in favor of Big Pharma while being less open to herbal medicines.   The late, great, social commentator and humorist, Bill Hicks, once said of cannabis prohibition, “…but how can you make nature against the law?…Isn’t that kind of …unnatural?” The same innocently logical thought has occurred to many of us drug-law reformers. It’s cold comfort to remember that many other members of the…

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Can I Light Up on the Way to Enlightenment?

Can I Light Up on the Way to Enlightenment?

Insights into the Yoga-Cannabis Contradiction Cannabis-friendly yoga is getting as hot as “hot yoga” once was, grabbing press attention across the U.S. However, it’s undeniable that an overwhelming majority of “yogis” are anti-cannabis. This makes some of their alarming condemnations every bit as unsubstantiated and biased as anything Nancy Reagan ever put out, with extra helpings of mumbo jumbo. Here’s a typical example from the popular webzine, Elephant Journal, in an article titled “Marijuana and…

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