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Articles on the health benefits of Cannabis, the agricultural benefits of Hemp, and the politics of Marijuana prohibition.

Stand Up for Cannabis – Stand Up for Freedom!

By Wes Annac

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Marijuana legalization is long overdue.

It’s time to stop prosecuting innocent people for the possession of a plant that was clearly put here to help us; it’s basically the same as prosecuting someone for possessing tomatoes. Full of medicinal benefits and spiritual potential, cannabis is a crop that’s meant to be utilized and shared, and we have to stand up for it – and our freedom – if we want the law to change.

Legalization and decriminalization is happening at a decent pace, but we can’t wait around for the government to do it when they’re finally ready, or to do it on their corporate-serving terms. Until politicians know they can profit from it without exposing their hypocrisy in keeping it illegal, they’ll stall its legalization and tell us it’s because of their religious beliefs, the funding of terrorist organizations, or our children’s safety — all while imprisoning the innocent and making loads of money for the private prison industry. Continue Reading – Stand Up for Cannabis – Stand Up for Freedom!

The Culmination of Culinary Cannabis Creations

By Ryan Cristian

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

As American culture progresses, and digresses simultaneously, one issue has proven its resilience against that pesky Federal Government meddling in our affairs; and that issue is one of marijuana legalization. Despite the government’s best efforts to misinform, misguide and outright lie to the public, the slowly awakening American people have made their intentions known when discussing cannabis.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and in Alaska, adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. With this wonderful show of Federal defiance comes more accessibility and freedom for those who might not have had easy access to the plant in the past. With that freedom has come an explosion of culinary cannabis creations.

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Cannabis as Medicine: How CBD (Cannabidiol) Benefits the Brain and Nervous System

By Audrey Lefebvre, RN

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active cannabinoid found in cannabis which, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), does not produce a psychoactive effect in the brain. For this reason, CBD has become a primary focus of medicinal cannabis studies.

CBD has been found to have a wide range of benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels, promoting bone growth, and importantly, protecting the human brain and nervous system from degeneration.

How CBD Protects the Nervous System

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The Top 15 Lies You’re Being Told About Health and Mainstream Medicine

By Marco Torres

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Do you ever question what doctors, nutritionists, institutions and even science tells you about your health, food, environment and lifestyle? You should, because we live in an era of deception and duplicity where the most trusted and valued sources of information are hijacked by much bigger interests than you can imagine.

 The reason they’re failing us is because corrupt governments, corporations and the media are constantly feeding us lies on a daily basis, which through repetition, the public eventually accepts as truth. The internet is one of the last frontiers for truth, informing and educating billions on why our systems of health, agriculture, medicine and many other areas we depend on are failing us.

LIE #1. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Can Feed the World

A lot of food that we eat today contains genetically modified ingredients and usually without our knowledge. Supporters of this technology maintain that it ensures and sustains food security around the world as the population increases. As well as scientific debates on the merits of genetically engineered food, there are equally, if not more important, debates on the socioeconomic ramifications of the way such science is marketed and used.

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Can Medical Marijuana Relieve Migraines?

By Christina Lavers

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

While a small minority has long been singing the praises of medical marijuana, until very recently it has been vilified by the mainstream. Portrayed as a dangerous, gateway drug that kills brain cells [1] and causes untold ills, this natural herb is slowly emerging from the cloud of propaganda and being seen in a more accurate light.

In the United States, cannabis has been criminalized at the Federal level by implementation of the Controlled Substances Act. This Act classifies cannabis, a natural herb, as a Schedule 1 drug—this is the strictest classification, on par with heroin, LSD and ecstasy. For a long time this rigid legislation meant that it was virtually impossible to conduct studies on it without breaking the law. Today the climate is slowly shifting and we are gradually seeing changes to some of the legislation that has long stifled research. While not much has changed at a federal level, at a state level legislation is being amended so that medical marijuana is no longer criminalized. Currently in the US, 21 states have legalised marijuana for medical purposes.

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Can Cannabis Enhance Our Spirituality?

By Wes Annac

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

You hear about psychedelics often in the ‘spiritual’ community. While most people are brought up to believe they’re harmful and should be avoided, some will tell you that they aren’t harmful at all, and that they’re beneficial for the spiritual seeker who wants to glimpse a higher consciousness.

The question of cannabis and spirituality is interesting. Spiritual pursuit draws in people with all kinds of different beliefs on its use, and some people even turn to spirituality to help them stay away from drugs. They embrace meditation and other spiritual practices to raise their vibration instead of getting high, and credit their spirituality for their sobriety. But for others, they say that natural psychedelics enhance their sense of spirituality and bring them closer to what every spiritual seeker seeks. Some are passionate about all of the psychedelics out there, others will tell you all about the power of cannabis/THC, psilocybin (magic) mushrooms, LSD, DMT (commonly used in the Ayahuasca brew), or salvia.

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The Unexpected Effect of Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal, Fifteen Years Later

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Whenever the idea of decriminalizing illicit drugs in the U.S. is raised, there are always those who rant that such a measure would be the downfall of society, drug use would sky rocket and our moral fabric as a country would be irreparably torn. But these claims paint a very different picture from what actually happens in countries where the possession and use of small quantities of drugs — like weed, cocaine and heroin — isn’t a felony or even considered a criminal offense. Instead, drug use is considered a public health issue, not a criminal one.

Portugal is an excellent example of what transpires when drugs are decriminalized. In the face of dire predictions made by drug-policy makers, Portugal took the path less travelled — with surprising results.

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Cannabis Legalization: The Time Has Come for Evidence-Based Cannabis Policy

By Dr. Kelly Neff

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

It is certainly an exciting and unprecedented time to be a cannabis activist/enthusiast, as the public support for the legalization of cannabis is higher than ever! Here in my home state of Colorado, the benefits of legalization to the people and to the state have been astounding, including $125 million raise in tax revenue last year alone, with funds distributed to public education, behavioral health, law enforcement and youth prevention.

Not surprisingly given the success in Colorado and elsewhere, there is now much greater support for legalizing cannabis than ever before – In fact, the support for legalization is now the majority position of Americans.

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The Health Benefits of Hemp Seed … and 6 Delicious Hemp Milk Recipes!

By Elisha McFarland N.D.

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Hemp seeds are a tremendous source of protein, vitamins and minerals. With a wonderful creamy and nutty flavor, this superfood is amazingly versatility; hemp seeds can be used to make butter, milk, protein powder, salad dressings and desserts, they can also be used in smoothies, cereals, yogurt, breads, crackers… well to be honest the list is endless.

One of the main concerns that many people have with hemp seeds is that it may contain THC. But rest assured, they do not. (1)

So why not enjoy the health benefits of hemp seed every day with these 6 delicious hemp milk recipes?

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The Big “If” – What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited?

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The Big “If”

The history of marijuana and hemp prohibition is a dark and shady story with all the makings of a diabolical thriller. In a dystopian world, shady oligarchs institute prohibition in order to benefit their institutions in the short term, leading to the inception of a police state in which sustainable agriculture is ridiculed, shamanic medicine is scorned, and generations are forced into punitive situations as a result of the plant’s contraband status.

Now, I don’t normally dwell in the “what-if’s” and rarely speculate about the “what-might-be’s” either; I think it’s more important to consider the “what-is”. But in fact, if we concentrate on the “what-is”, we can more easily ponder the “what-if” (our potential) and, importantly, more decisively define “what-will-be” (our future).

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Cannabis Infused Coffee – Consumers Grow Wise to Health Benefits of Marijuana

By Marco Torres

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

A hemp-flavored edge to your morning joe?

Talk to anybody about Marijuana Coffee and they may refer to long existing establishments in Netherlands where licensed coffee shops have been serving it to customers for decades. However, the idea has firmly caught on in the United States, where pot-infused coffee is growing in popularity as more consumers are finally becoming informed on the beneficial properties of this amazing plant.

While pot-infused coffee will get you high, it still has to taste good.

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Mexico Rules Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis is a Fundamental Human Right

30th November 2016

By Marco Torres

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The world is slowly but surely turning the page on one of the most fundamental rights we have on this Earth — the right to consume, cultivate and possess a plant. When it comes to cannabis, that right has been stripped away from many populations globally for decades.

Earlier this month [November], just days after voters in the U.S. state of Ohio rejected a proposal to legalize cannabis for recreational use, Mexican authorities ruled that cannabis — whether smoking, consuming or cultivating — is a fundamental human right. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a 4 to 1 vote that banning the consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use violates the human right to free development of one’s personality.

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