Sunday, April 27, 2008

2nd Annual Anti-Prohibition of Cannabis March!

For those of you that don't know, this year the 2nd Annual Anti-Prohibition of Cannabis March will be taking place on the 10th of May at 2.30pm starting at the Garden Of Rememberance. Last years one had a great turnout considering the weather but by the looks of it we'll have an even bigger one this year! Basically what's happenening is we want to promote responsible use of cannabis by adults and show the public that cannabis users are not criminals! Below are a few answers to frequently asked questions about cannabis. Hopefully these will answer questions people have and maybe even convince you to come along and support! Even if they don't maybe the big session afterwards will!!!!!


Q: Is cannabis harmful to health?
A: No, not pure cannabis. See The Lancet and Judge Young, The Merck Manual, LaGuardia, Wootton, Shafer, Jamaican Studies, Costa Rica Studies.

However it depends of course on the manner of consumption.Eating cannabis is the safest way to consume it ,vaporising it is also much safer than smoking as there is no burning,the THC is simply boiled off and enters the lungs as a vapour rather than as smoke.

Q: Is cannabis a drug?

Q: Is cannabis poisonous? / Is there a fatal dose? A: No. It has been established that there is no conceivable toxic amount of cannabis for human beings. Medicinal substances frequently have a dosage above which death may follow after consumption. This quantity is known as the LD-50 rating - that is the dose above which 50 per cent of animals tested have dies. It has never been possible to give enough cannabis to an animal to kill it. It is estimated that the LD-50 for cannabis is around 1:20,000, which means that an average human would have to be given at least 20,000 times as much cannabis as is contained in the average joint or spliff. Based upon the dosage supplied to patients on the NIDA program in the USA, this would mean consumption of some 1500 pounds in weight of cannabis within 15 minutes to induce death. This of course is impossible and cannabis can accurately be described as non-toxic.
The figure of 20,000, sometimes quoted as 40,000, was based upon research carried out in the laboratory on mice using concentrated THC.

Q: Does cannabis intoxicate?
A: Not in the sense of losing control, which is what intoxication does. Toxins produce intoxication; cannabis is not toxic. The word "intoxicate" is semantically incorrectly applied to cannabis.

Q: Is cannabis THC?
A: Tetrahydrocannabinol is one of hundreds of cannabinoids in cannabis. THC is not cannabis, cannabis is not THC.

Q: What are the effects of cannabis?
A: We'd like to simply say 'take it and see' but that would be a crime! Cannabis relaxes alpha waves produced by the brain. The effect is usually mild, relaxing and pleasant. Any undesirable or unpleasant effects or high dosed or in the novice wears off as the cannabis wears off. It can produce giggles, increase concentration, stimulate appetite, help sleep etc. Many artists and sportsmen use cannabis. We must be careful to distinguish between the effects of pure cannabis and those of the dubious quality substances often sold on the street, which may contain drugs.

Q: Does cannabis damage the reproductive system?
A: No. This false claim was based on the work of Dr Gabriel Nahas who experimented with cells in Petri dishes. The scientific community has rejected Nahas' generalisation from the laboratory dish to human beings. Studies of humans have failed to reveal any damage. Moreover we all know plenty of people who have used cannabis for years and they all have plenty of normal, healthy children. See also Greek Studies.

Q: Does cannabis damage the immune system?
A: No. Again there is no evidence. Two studies in 1978 and one in 1988 showed that cannabis actually stimulates the immune system.

Q: Is today's cannabis more potent than in the past?
No. It is about the same. In the past delays in analysis effected results. Potency cannot be determined by the amount of THC alone. The most potent form of cannabis that was probably that sold as 'American Cannabis' in the 1920's.

Q: What does cannabis smoke contain?
A: Over two thousand different chemicals, none of which produces harm. Compared with coffee, which contains over 800 volatile chemicals, only 21 of which have ever been tested on animals and 16 of those caused cancers in rats.

Q: How many convicted annually?
A: In 1994 there were over 72,000 convictions in the UK. This was 83% of 'drugs' convictions. This costs hundreds of millions of pounds.

Q: How many people die as a result of cannabis use?
A: None. Ever. It is not toxic, there is no overdose.

Q: Is cannabis addictive?
A: No. It is habit-forming only in the sense that it is natural to wish to repeat a pleasant experience. There is no withdrawal. One simply returns to whatever state one was in before consumption. See LaGuardia, Shafer.. But we must remember that those people with addictive personalities can come to psychologically depend on anything, and those using cannabis to ease their suffering may depend upon it as a medicine. This does not mean that the hundreds of millions of people worldwide are cannabis addicts.

Q: Does Marijuana Use Cause Long-Term Cognitive Deficits?: Four letters in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 May 2002

Q: Is cannabis a 'gateway drug'?
A: No, otherwise the 5 million smokers of 1991 would be addicts of other drugs by now. The situation in Holland has confirmed that cannabis use does not lead to drug use. In any case a huge percentage of the population takes drugs of one sort or another. The fact that a lot of heroin users previously took cannabis does not suggest that most cannabis users will ever take heroin.

Q: Do you advocate the use of cannabis?
A: We would like to be able to advocate the medicinal use of cannabis in preference to many prescribed drugs, as well as advocate the preferred use of cannabis for hard drug users. Unfortunately if we did this we would be subject to arrest for incitement.
What we are totally in favour of is information,education and mature thinking.We do not encourage people to smoke cannabis anywhere in our printed material nor do we discourage them.We are in favour of rational,minformed freedom of choice.

Q: Some doctors, nurses and drug workers frequently tell us that they see people, especially young ones, who suffer from mental problems due to cannabis. Surely legalisation would increase the numbers?
A: These problems do not seem to occur in the East where cannabis has been used for centuries. Nobody would deny that a certain percentage of society suffers mental problems, understandable maybe under the pressures that western society often puts people under, and specifically applied to cannabis users under a legal system which threatens them with arrest. It is more likely that these cases are mentally nor ill people who use cannabis, rather than the case of cannabis causing the illness. We must remember of course that all of these cases apply to banned cannabis - how sure are we that it is pure cannabis that has been used, and can we be sure that no dangerous illicit drugs have been used
But the essential question is: should the law punish people who suffer mental illnesses if they consume cannabis? Should it punish those who use cannabis at all. Surely ill people need help, not fines and prison.
It also appears true that cannabis may help bring some of these problems to the surface where they can be recognised and dealt with.

Q: When was cannabis made illegal?
A: In the UK in 1928. As a result of the mis-classification of cannabis as a narcotic.

Q: How many cannabis users in the world?
A:: An estimated 600 million - probably far too low.

Q: Is cannabis fat-soluble? Does it stay in your system?
A: Yes, for from 14 to 40 days. But this is long after any effect has worn off and it causes no harm.

Q: What are the other uses of cannabis?
A: Besides social use and medicinal use, as a fibre for paper, rope and cloth, as a building material and board for furniture, packing material, animal bedding, foodstuff, prevents land erosion, to make plastic, paints, varnish, and sealant, as a fuel, as a lubricant etc. See here.

Q:: What are the dangers of smoking cannabis?
A: Mixing it with tobacco.
Getting arrested.
Health hazards from impurities.
Being offered drugs.
Becoming a social outcast = persecution.
Conviction = criminal record, banned from USA, Australia etc.
All prohibition created problems.

Q: Is cannabis at all dangerous?
A: Of course, everything has some danger. You can drown in water, air starts fires, and you can choke on a sweet. Cannabis is about as dangerous as the same sized piece of wood. You could hit somebody with a large lump. However, cannabis was described, by DEA Administrator Judge Francis Young, as one of the safest of substances.

Q: Is decriminalisation a step in the right direction? A: No. Decriminalisation is simple turning a blind eye to small time users or growers. It simply avoids the real issues of control. Cannabis quality could not be tested. We want the weed to be free. We want it sold by reputable dealers with their profits taxed. We do not want limits on the amount possessed or amount of plants cultivated.

Q: What about synthetic cannabis?
A: Research is continuing to produce medicinal cannabis substances that do not give a high when consumed. Cannabis is a holistic plant - the whole plant is necessary. Synthetic 'drugs' such as Nabilone are considered virtually useless compared with natural cannabis and can have unpleasant side effects such as depression. Cannabis usually alleviates depression.

Q: In third world countries the poor and unemployed are seen sitting smoking cannabis, they never seem to get anything together and remain poor. Isn't this an effect of cannabis? That is, does the use of cannabis a-motivate?
A: No. The reverse is true. Because they are poor and unemployed they have time to sit and smoke. Cannabis grows wild in many of these countries. They smoke it because it helps them stay happy in their positions. In the same countries many working people smoke cannabis. You do not see them on the streets because they work and smoke at home. The same is true in Britain.

Here's a link from last year's one!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Shameless Promotion

Just thought you should all see this band, Fusion Family they're called. I hear they (like myself) smoke the old reefer from time to time. Check them out on and follow the instructions on the video for 'Smokers and Jokers' to download the tune!

And here's 'Weed Operation' :

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chechnya:The Unreported War

Today most media companies report the vast majority of conflicts that occur around the world. Most cases of ethnic cleansing and genocide are usually reported on by the media on a daily basis, as is the case with the Darfur region and the Palestinian conflict to name but a few. However, there is one particular region that most people know very little about and despite there being a bloody conflict which is ongoing, the situation in the Chechen Republic Of Ichkeria.

Chechnya has attempted to assert it's independence from the Russians every time the former superpower has faced political uncertainty. Ever since the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 there has been attempted uprisings by the Chechen people to secure their right to national sovreignty. In the aftermath of the second Word War, Stalin deported most of the local Chechen population to Siberia and Kazakstan. This, he said, was to punish the Chechen people for their supposed assistance to the Germans. In actuallity, the Germans never mad it to the border with Chechnya.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of the states controlled by the USSR broke away from Russia and for their own states, such as Georgia and Kazakhstan. Boris Yeltsin, the then leader of the new Russian Federation, declared that Chechnya had no right to seceed under the new constitution. This was mainly due to the fact that Checnya had a vast oil infrastructure which Russia was not prepared to give up. This would lead to the outbreak of the First Chechen War.

The First Chechen War lasted between 1994 and 1996. It was started by the Russians in order to deny Chenyna's right to independence and in order to hold onto the precious oil reserves. Although the Russian military forces were extremely well equipt, they were unable to establish a proper foothold due to the expertise of the Chechen guerilla fighters. Due to widespread demoralisation on the Russian side, Boris Yelsin called a ceasefire in 1996 and eventually signed a peace treaty. Casualties were extremly high on both sides but due to the banning of many reporters from enetering Chechnya, it is difficult to obtain an accurate figure. Some say there was a combined figure of 46,500 deaths but others say these figures could be nearer the 100,000 mark.

The Second Chechen War began for two main reasons, the first being the Chechen rebels assisting neighbouring Dagestan in asserting it's independance. In August of 1999, the mudjahadeen leader from Chechnya, Shamil Basayev, led a small group of militants in order to remove the Russia presence from the area. They were eventually pushed back by Russian bombardment. During this time, starting on the 4th of September 1999, a series of bombings shook Russia. These bombings took place on various civilian targets such as apartment blocks and a shopping mall. 300 people, mostly civilians, were killed in these attacks. The Russian government immediatly blamed Chechen seperatists for the attacks, however the leaders of the movement vehemently denied this. Many people speculate that these attacks were carried out by the FSB (formerly the KGB) in order to have a valid reason to invade Chechnya once again. Many people, such as U.S. Senator John McCain and former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko(The Russian murdered recently in England) believed this to be true.

The day after the bombing of an apartment block in Russia, the invasion began. Russia launched a massive air campaign and literally bombed Chechnya out of all recognition. Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes and many were killed. After the former head of the FSB, Vladamir Putin, became prime minister of the Russian Federation on October 1st 1999, he declared the Chechen president and parliament illegitimate. Instances of the Russian military targetting civilian targets were widespread, such as the cluster-bombing of the village of of Elistanzhi, which killed 48 people, mostly women and children. After almost 6 months of bloody fighting, the Chechens were pushed back and in February 2000 the Siege of Grozny occured.

During the Siege of Gronzny, bothe sides suffered heavy losses and the city itself was basically leveled by Russia artillery and airstrikes. In 2003 the United Nations described Grozny as the most destroyed city in the world. The main fighting itself ended in late April 2003 when the now president Vladamir Putin established direct rule over Chechnya and the resistance withdrew to the mountains. Putin then put in Akhmad Kadyrov as the interim head of the newly established, pro-Russian Chechen government. During the so-called elections, independent monitors claimed there was widespread intimidation by Russian soldiers and by Kadyrov's personal militia. Many of the supporters of the true Chechen government chose to boycott the election.

The war still continues in Chechnya to this day with operations being carried out against Russian forces and pro-Russian militias daily. Unfortunately, there seems to be an increase in and Islamic element to the conflict as Checnya is a predominantly Muslim country. This can be seen in the recent use of suicide bombings and in tragedies such as the Beslan School siege and the theatre siege in Moscow. However, isn't it odd how these two events recieved huge media coverage, yet the ongoing denial of the Chenchen peoples' right to national sovreignty and the genocide of there people goes widely unreported?

If you want to know more about the conflict in Chechnya I strongly suggest you watch 'Dispatches: Chechnya, The Dirty War'.

Link to it here :

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Colleges (Nob Nation)

Seeing as the probability of me returning to 3rd level edumacation is very high at present, I thought I'd share this hilarious recording about colleges in Ireland.

Mmmmm... That's GOOD satire.

Hilarious Election Pics

And my personal favourites:

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Óglaigh na hÉireann

This may seem like a trivial matter, but to me, this is an extremely important issue. The name 'Óglaigh na hÉireann' is usually translated as the 'Volunteers Of Ireland' or more literally 'Warriors Of Ireland'. The name was originally used by the Irish Volunteers (the men and women who orchestrated the 1916 Rising) and later on by the Irish Republican Army(IRA) during the Tan War and subsequently in the Civil War between the IRA and the Free-Staters.

Unfortunately with the help of their British buddies' guns and weapons, the Free Staters won this war and drove the IRA underground. After securing the 26 county Free-State (and abandoning our people in the 6 counties to a violent sectarian regime)the free staters proclaimed themselves the only legitimate army in the 26 counties and, later on, the only true army of the republic by taking the name 'Óglaigh na hÉireann' and designating it to the 26 county 'Defence Forces'. Then, by placing it in the educational system and the history books, embedded it into the mindset of the next generation and so on.
Now this to me is extremely insulting, as the men and women of 1916 surely did not fight and die so their good name could be used by a partitionist and opressive joke of an 'army'.

The recent recruiting campaign by the Free-State army aroused my anger as the name Óglaigh na hÉireann was used so often. The bottom line is that Óglaigh na hÉireann was founded to remove the illegal occupation by the Brits and to establish a 32 county socialist republic as entailed in the 1916 proclaimation and ratified by the first and second Dáils. This is what Óglaigh na hÉireann continues to try and achieve to this day.

To conclude, Óglaigh na hÉireann are actively engaging the British establishment on a daily basis, they are not on a peace keeping mission in the Congo.

I'm such a conformist.

Well looks like I'm the latest edition to the world of blogging. I guess I'll be using this blog to rant, bitch and moan about a vast array of topics, which if you know me, you'll probably have some idea of what these things are.
I'm currently in the great city of Vancouver in Canada at present, recovering from a double vodka and cranberry juice bender last night. Once I think of shit to rant about, I'll get posting.