Cannabis, aka ‘Marijuana’ or ‘Hemp’ has been at the forefront of many political discussions for decades. It becomes an even larger debate when you put the word ‘Medicinal’ in front of it. Many people believe doctors and scientists are the only ones who should have any real say in whether or not Cannabis is effective as a medicine. Problem is, the only people who have any real say in that area right now, are politicians.
Since 1972, many people have been fighting against the system to get Cannabis reclassified. You see, the US Government has Cannabis listed as a Schedule 1 Narcotic, under the Controlled Substances Act that was implemented under Nixon’s ‘War on Drugs’. Many American politicians claim that all drugs under the Schedule 1 classification have one important thing in common. They have no known medicinal use, whatsoever. These same people claim that Cannabis cannot be used as a medicine and has no business being considered a medicine. How true is that claim?
Well, for starters lets not forget about Marinol, which is approved by the FDA. Marinol is just synthesized THC, the active ingredient in Cannabis that produces the ‘high’.
Millions of people are sitting in jail for using Cannabis raw, but it’s ‘perfectly fine’ to use the plant if the Government and the corporations they support (in lieu of bribes) take most of the medicine out of it and charge you an arm and a leg for it.
Also keep in mind: The US Government also holds a patent on Cannabis and it’s medicinal properties. US Patent 6630507 states unequivocally, that cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including: autoimmune disorders, stroke, trauma, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and HIV dementia. The patent, awarded in 2003, is based on research done by the National Institute of Health, and is assigned to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Do you fully understand how insane that is? How can they hold patents claiming it works as a medicine, while claiming it has no medicinal value? This is the issue. We have mountains of evidence that it works as a medicine for a myriad of health problems. Continue reading