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June 10, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Cannabis for Alzheimer’s disease

Originally posted on Patients for Medical Cannabis:

A Molecular Link Between the Active Component of Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia among the elderly, and with the ever-increasing size of this population, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are expected to triple over the next 50 years. Consequently, the development of treatments that slow or halt the disease progression have become imperative to both improve the quality of life for patients as well as reduce the health care costs attributable to Alzheimer’s disease. Here, we demonstrate that the active component of marijuana, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), competitively inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as well as prevents AChE-induced amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation, the key pathological marker of Alzheimer’s disease. Computational modeling of the THC-AChE interaction revealed that THC binds in the peripheral anionic site of AChE, the critical region involved in amyloidgenesis. Compared to currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer’s…

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April 30, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Cannabis: the fabric of Japan

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History of Cannabis in Japan:

Originally posted on Patients for Medical Cannabis:

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by Jon Mitchell

An increasing number of states in the U.S. are easing policies on cannabis prohibition but little discussion has taken place in Japan on the potential benefits of adopting a similar approach. As various locations around the world celebrate annual April 20 marijuana festivals, we examine the country’s historical and cultural links to the much-maligned weed.


When Junichi Takayasu was 3 years old, a picture book about ninjas changed his life forever. What fascinated him most, however, wasn’t the assassins’ stealthy skills or secret gadgets but their usage of a very special plant.

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April 27, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Hash It Out

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A simple little ditty from the #steeldrumlife series.

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In the studio having fun!

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April 8, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Dusty Cat Pan

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Meow meow meow…

Originally posted on Steel Drum Life:

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April 2, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

GoPro Bass Guitar mount for a performance of “Disaster”

Nice water bottle and Saxamaphone!

I finally attached a GoPro sticker mount to my bass. This will be the view for a while. I hope it doesn’t leave a sticky goo if I decide to remove the mount.

This recording of “Disaster” is from the third performance of our first week. “Disaster” is from from the musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.

I am performing bass with a bunch of cool cats like:

Martin Lang is the Director
Phil Carillo Music Director, and playing drum set as well.
Anthony Crespo on piano
Alex Sadnik on reeds
Paul Curtis on reeds
Mark Bush on trumpet
Adam Gerling on trumpet
Taylor Covey on trombone

March 18, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Rehearsing “Disaster” from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Bosco High

Did I forget to mention I am working on a two week run of a musical? I am learning lots! It feels good to be playing in a small group of horns… like big band!

We are starting our second week this Thursday the 18th of March. Performances will last until the following Sunday the 22nd.

The actors/students are very excited and express gratitude to us musicians all the time. They are a polite and well behaved group of students focused on doing their part well. We are all grateful for that.

This is the song titled “Disaster” from the musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”.

Here we are at the rehearsal run through, the night before opening night.

I’m performing bass with a bunch of cool cats like:

Martin Lang is the Director

Phil Carillo Music Director, and playing drum set as well.

Anthony Crespo on piano

Alex Sadnik on reeds

Paul Curtis on reeds

Mark Bush on trumpet

Adam Gerling on trumpet

Taylor Covey on trombone

February 13, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Steel Drum Life Video 6: “IPhone Only”

“IPhone Only”.

February 3, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

this Week in Cannabis (2.2.15)

February 1, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

Juicing Raw Cannabis for Highest Health Benefit

January 25, 2015 / Joseph's Healthy Bass Blog

New Steel Parade Video: “One To The Two”

 Steel Drum, Bass, and Drums grooving on this tune.

“One To The Two” – 1/22/15

I made up the bass part by thinking of what I wanted to play at the jam before I got there. Without knowing what we would be jamming, I decided to just come up with a part that had a strong quarter note pulse. Keeping it low and fat is just what I like (normal).

I am grateful to be part of these videos. Click here to see some older videos: Steel Parade’s Steel Drum Life videos. Nu Pan Groove did a great job editing this one!

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