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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Life Changes
« on: March 19, 2016, 09:43:30 pm »
Tell me more about this CBD of which you speak.


Basically, my understanding is, the primary active parts of weed are THC and two cannabanoids, CBDs. THC is the only one the US is permitted to study, so we don't knoe a lot about the others. However, medical patients reports all of the known benefits without the paranoia or euphoria that THC provides.

High CBD bud is a lot like a muscle relaxer/Valium. I was worried I'd miss the high, and I'm not sure I can give it up 100%, but the CBD removes most of my symptoms. It feels like nothing in the way ibuprofen feels like nothing, it's the absence of symptoms that's the thing.

I could be wrong about a few of those points, I'm not well versed, but I know what I like.

There are weird restrictions that are hard to get around, like; researchers can get pure THC oil, but not CBD or whole cannabis oil, for studies using rats in self-administration. Inhalation studies with rats (as opposed to IV studies, which researchers hate because nobody injects marijuana!) require using oils rather than the whole plant, for practical reasons involving not setting your lab on fire.

The CBD honey sticks definitely take the edge off the anxiety and the unsettled ache, but without messing me up or flat-out numbing me the way Xanax does. Interestingly, endocannabinoids are a mediator in the stress response, but nobody is exactly sure what exogenous CBD is doing because it doesn't seem to be targeting the same receptors.

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I feel like I must have missed the setup to this joke, because I really don't get it. Why are we making fun of people?

Garland got nominated to the Supreme Court and we were joking at the office about what a bland, unobjectionable person he is, and it kinda got out of hand. Figured hyperbolic boringness might be entertaining for the spags here.

Ah, I see.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Life Changes
« on: March 19, 2016, 09:25:31 pm »
I went through a similar experience a few years ago - I went from drinking pretty much every day to a couple of years alcohol free by essentially swapping it out for weed.

I get annual urine tests at work that I am 90% sure are just for sugars etc but I  not taking the risk so I have 3 months in a year weed free - I am currently in that phase of the year.

For me, it is tempting to let being high become a constant during my waking hours and that's probably not an ideal situation. There are definitely drawbacks in cognition when being high becomes your new normal and then, when you arent, I become anxious and have no appetite for a couple of days.

When I can indulge again, in April, I plan on exercising a little more moderation and seeing how that goes.

Yeah, I don't like to be in an altered state during the day at all, it makes me useless. Fortunately I'm a total lightweight, so I can get by on like 1/4 of what a veteran stoner would consume.

I've had too much to drink many times since my son died, including last night and the night before and the night before that, and I need to break that habit before it sets in. I made it through my first year of school despite brutal near-daily hangovers, but I don't want to go back to that even if I could fumble through 400/500 level biology in a sickly daze. The last thing the kid would have wanted is for my life to be derailed over this.

I'm very glad that you already see the need to not try using alcohol overmuch. It's great for ventilation of repression, but actually a VERY BAD antidepressant. You need strong neurons to recover and re-write the reflexive thought patterns that are going to just keep hurting no matter what for a long time yet. I won't go so far as to say pot will inherently help with this, but it's better than booze on almost every level healthwise.

Well, I am a neurobiologist, so if I didn't know these things it would reflect pretty poorly on the $100k sunken into my education so far.

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I feel like I must have missed the setup to this joke, because I really don't get it. Why are we making fun of people?

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Bring and Brag / Re: Thinking about LMNO's alcohol thread...
« on: March 18, 2016, 04:58:36 pm »
I like it.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Life Changes
« on: March 18, 2016, 04:57:18 pm »
That's one of the things that made me stop back in the day.

Personally, it's because I was smoking way more than I needed.

Like, instead of enjoying a few fingers of scotch, I'd down half a bottle. But with weed.

I've found that I can portion edibles in a more manageable way, and I've gotten old enough I don't need to prove anything to anyone.

Some people don't seem to have an internal brake when it comes to mind-altering substances, whether they are cigarettes or coffee or alcohol or weed. I am one of those people as well. Edibles help me reach a point of "stable high" that permits me to function and sleep almost normally, while minimizing my alcohol intake.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Life Changes
« on: March 18, 2016, 04:54:51 pm »
The experiment is still going strong, and as far as I can tell, the results are still promising.

One of the more amazing things I've learned is that I think I've spent the majority of the past decade suffering a low-grade hangover, which I "normalized" into the common state of things.

:news:

I'm an idiot.

 :lulz: Been there.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 18, 2016, 03:06:01 am »
Continuing my obsession with human error, I picked up "On Being Certain: Believing you are right even when you are not".

That sounds pretty interesting.  Is it?

So far, so good. I just started it though.

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...drives a sensible older car because he thinks buying a new one is a waste of money
...pays double the minimum payment on his credit cards
...calls his mom and dad every week just to check in
...doesn't pay attention to fashion because he doesn't understand it
...greets everyone with a smile because you never know who needs one

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Is Facebook dead lately or am I just really unpopular? I remember when I used to get a bunch of new notifications everyday, but now it's like barely a few each week.

I don't even know because Facebook changed its algorithms a few weeks ago such that it is now useless for anything but groups. My feed is such a clusterfuck that I gave up on it.

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Hello there, new guy!

I see we have a fair accumulation of new guys happening. This strikes me as good.

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... is very, very happy.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: March 17, 2016, 05:33:43 pm »
Continuing my obsession with human error, I picked up "On Being Certain: Believing you are right even when you are not".

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