Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Topic: Marijuana

2 cannabis compounds can stop Covid, says US natural products study. Other scientists sceptical

Researchers in Oregon say two cannabinoid acids commonly found in hemp varieties of cannabis can bind to spike protein of coronavirus and prevent infection of human cells.

‘Why no arrests like Aryan Khan drug case’: Traders want MP cops to act against Amazon officials

On 14 Nov, MP Police filed case under NDPS Act after seizing 720 kg marijuana in Bhind. It was supplied through Amazon, which said in earlier statement it would probe the seller.

Kids of marijuana-smoking, vaping parents could be prone to respiratory infections, study says

Authors of the US study note this is just an observational analysis that establishes a correlation between parents who smoke marijuana/vape and their children, & requires more evidence.

‘Joint for jab’: Washington state is using marijuana as bait to get more Americans vaccinated

US President Biden has set a target of 70% of Americans being vaccinated by 4 July. To that end, states have been encouraged to get creative to convince citizens to vaccinate.

Family of Dalit ‘marijuana dealer’ in UP alleges police assault killed him, demands action

Family stages protest at Grand Trunk road in Naurangabad Monday, claim Ravi Kumar died shortly after a police raid on his house Sunday night during which he was allegedly assaulted.

Amsterdam wants to restrict tourists from its marijuana shops

Amsterdam is home to 166 coffee shops that sell cannabis, and most wouldn’t be needed if the plan were in effect. Local cannabis demand would support only 68, according to a govt study.

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.

Karnataka wants to tweak narcotics law in state as it cracks down on drug rackets

The Karnataka govt has approached legal experts to close loopholes in the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act that allow accused to get away on technical grounds.

Rhea Chakraborty held in drugs case — here’s legal history of cannabis, weed, hash in India

Cannabis is the most consumed psychoactive substance in India after alcohol, and its use was legal until 1984. Its calming effects have made it one of the most commonly used plants.

Rhea Chakraborty’s media trial shows Indians confuse drug addicts with criminals

To read a giant mastermind in the WhatsApp chats of an emerging actor like Rhea Chakraborty is just plain ignorance. Who do we blame?

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The BMW i4 eDrive40. Photo Credit: BMW

Ukraine crisis gave auto sector a crude shock. See how India is responding

The PLI scheme as well as other sops for manufacturing, show that despite some public missteps, government is trying to coax manufacturing into India.

Indian refiners scout for oil deals ahead of EU ban on Russian crude imports

European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.


File photo of a BrahMos firing by a Su-30 MKI | Credit: IAF

IAF to increase Sukhois armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with over 500km-range

The IAF currently has 40 SU-30 MKI with BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.