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Author Topic: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal  (Read 2192 times)

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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2016, 05:59:25 pm »
Marijuana wins big!

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November 9, 2016

While the outcome of the presidential election may be contentious, one thing is certain: marijuana is a big winner!   


In the most momentous Election Day in history for the marijuana policy reform movement, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition, and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws. In Montana, voters approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers and improve its existing medical marijuana law.

The only dim spot is in Arizona, where the legalization initiative is currently losing 48% to 52%, albeit with tens of thousands of additional ballots to be counted. (Sadly, the measure is likely to lose when the counting concludes in nine days.)

The number of states where marijuana is legal for adults doubled last night — from four to eight — and the first TWO states in the South made medical marijuana legal.

We’re proud of the voters in these states and want to thank all the donors, citizens, elected officials, organizations, and businesses that came together to bring about these victories.

Rob Kampia
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Re: Plants Which are BOTH Nutritional and Medicinal
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2017, 02:06:07 pm »
Reporter’s notebook from Colorado: Health or a high

Jan. 1, 2017, 7:19 pm by Elizabeth Hewitt 

https://vtdigger.org/2017/01/01/reporters-notebook-colorado-health-high/

Agelbert NOTE: It's a great article, being both informative and educational about how it works in Colorado with Cannabis (nice pictures too!).

Of course, there is the obligatory, and thoroughly inaccurate, view of a medical doctor about "not having a sufficient body of knowledge about the health benefits of Cannabis". THAT is a bold faced lie. These Quacks that dispense prescription CRAP by the pharmaceutical industry, directly causing over hundred thousand deaths A YEAR, want to get all huffy about "studies" when they are bad mouthing Cannabis. Will the REAL "snake oil" (i.e. the A.M.A.) salesmen ever admit the insidious conflict of interest that makes them favor profit over patient? NOPE.   

HYPOCRITES! The biggest impediment to the FULL legalization of Cannabis is the mens rea duplicity and mendacity practiced by the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry with regard to Cannabis biochemistry. 

Anyway, outside of the silly comments by the Medical Doctor, the article is a good read. Since it was posted on a Vermont webs site, expect a lot of back and forth from Vermonters on the issue.  

There are some enemies of Cannabis here in Vermont that never fail to spout disinformation for the purpose of demonizing Cannabis. But some very well educated Vermonters are always there to politely correct the record, so to speak. 
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New ginger species discovered in African mountains

Alexandra Gerea March 28, 2017

Scientists working in the rugged Kabobo Massif in Congo have identified a new species of ginger, bringing the number of unique species in the area to eight, with five more being currently under study. This highlights the importance of preserving the site, which is one of the most diverse in Africa.


African landscapes have numerous biodiversity hotspots. Though they are not as famous as their counterparts in South America for instance, conservation is just as important. Who knows what valuable plants and medicines await discovery? Depicted here, the Rwenzori Mountains (not a part of this study).

Fifty shades of ginger

You might have thought ginger is a single plant, but there are actually fifty species of ginger spread throughout Africa and Madagascar. Both people and wildlife eat the fruits of many such plans, and the roots are also consumed, though to a lesser extent.

This particular plant has been called Aframomum ngamikkense, after one of the peaks in the Kabobo Massif. Its habitat is confined to 1,500 – 2,500 meters, occurring only in some isolated patches. However, in these patches, it’s very abundant. The plant was discovered during an expedition conducted by researchers from Trento Science Museum and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with subsequent genetic analysis revealing that it’s a new species. Several frog species and a pangolin are being currently analyzed to confirm whether they too are previously undiscovered species. While scientists are aware of the special biodiversity in the area, it was surprising even to them to see just how rich their findings were. Andrew Plumptre, WCS Senior Scientist, commented:
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Journal Reference: A new species of Aframomum (Zingiberaceae) from D.R. Congo.


“While mountains are known to encourage speciation, it is uncommon to find so many unique species at one site, particularly when we have only made biodiversity surveys over a period of about four months.”

Scientists from WCS have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif. Image credits: A.J. Plumptre/WCS.

They hope that this boon of biodiversity will help conservation efforts in the massif. So far, a total of 558 terrestrial vertebrates and 1,410 plant species have been documented in the area since the 1950s, but civil war and an overall lack of security prevented virtually any conservation effort. The Kabobo Natural Reserve had its boundaries formally approved in December 2016 by the Provincial Governor of Tanganyika Province and while this is a laudable first step, it is still only a first step.

Now, a conservation plan has been devised for the Kobobo Massif, combined with the nearby Ngandja Reserves and Luama Katanga Reserve, which together cover 2,683 square miles (6,951 square kilometers). Deo Kujirakwinja, WCS Project manager in Kabobo, believes both internal and external efforts are vital to the sustainable management of the reserve, and identifying new species can go a long way to that objective — drawing international attention to the importance of the area and harboring a sense of pride in nearby communities.

http://www.zmescience.com/science/biology/ginger-species-congo-28032017/





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Ginger family

Zingiberaceae  or the ginger family is a family of flowering plants made up of about 50 genera with a total of about 1600 known species[2] of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes distributed throughout tropical Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

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