We have been told for nearly a century nothing good ever comes from cannabis. It leads to sloth-like behavior in some, ‘the munchies’ in others. It even induces homicidal-mania in a few, if the movie ‘Reefer Madness’ is to be believed.
Let’s talk about the first one, sloth-like behavior, while that may be a negative in a normal person, ‘downers’ or substances that slow one’s motor functions are the prescribed treatment for anxiety and attention deficit disorder. The common prescriptions for these ailments are Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, all powerful Narcotics. Narcotics which have side-effects like physical dependence and memory loss. Whereas cannabis can treat these same ailments with little to no side effects at all, possessing no risk what so ever of physical dependence.
The next supposed negative effect of cannabis is that it causes some to eat like gluttonous pigs. I can think of several ailments where inducing an appetite is crucial to keeping a person alive, such as those with anorexia, cancer patients, and AIDS sufferers. Cannabis is one of only three currently approved treatments for inducing an appetite, and is the only one without negative side effects. The other two treatments are variants of Human-Growth-Hormone (HGH), side effects of which includes facial hair on females, and breasts on males.
There are several serious ailments where cannabis is the only known effective treatment; Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Dravet’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hepatitis C, Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s, & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among many others. Cannabis has even been shown to stop the spread of most forms of cancer. Most all of these ailments are fatal, and considered untreatable, at least in states that prohibit cannabis. Countless people have had to up-end their lives and move to Colorado or Oregon simply to get the best medicine for their children.
I personally know dozens of veterans suffering from PTSD, I myself was even diagnosed with PTSD by the VA from a Mortar attack I was on the receiving end of in 2007. Cannabis is the most effective treatment my fellow Marines have found that helps their PTSD. Drugs like alcohol and prescription narcotics only make the suffering worse. Several Vietnam veterans I know have told me they would be homeless, or worse, taken their own lives, had it not been for the antidepressant effects of cannabis.
Anyone who claims to love the military, claims to be patriotic, and claims to care about the plight of our veterans, while at the same time, denying them the right to consume a plant that makes their lives more manageable, is a hypocritical coward. Until you live with the pain they suffer you have no right to even comment on what they use to treat it.
I do not believe most people are trying to deny children with epilepsy, grandfathers with Alzheimer’s, or veterans with PTSD treatment out of a malicious intent. But I do think many were turned against cannabis as the result of a coordinated government propaganda partnership with the pharmaceutical industry (big pharma). Big pharma spends more money lobbying than any other industry, to the tune of $3 billion since the start of the millennium. That is over $1 billion more than the next biggest lobbying industry. When you spend that much in Washington, you gain a lot of friends.
Big pharma would rather sell you expensive narcotics, like Oxycotin at $4 per pill, something that you will require for life, billing either your insurance or the government, than allow access to a treatment you can grow in your backyard.
Do not hold your breath on the government letting up on the anti-cannabis propaganda anytime soon, over half of our elected leaders except money in one way or another from big pharma. We, free thinking people have to demand our right to cannabis back, not wait for the government to give it to us.
In 2014 over 28,000 people died from prescription drug overdose, according to the CDC. Legal narcotics kill more people than guns, including suicides by gun. Do you know how many people have died from cannabis in the last 100 years? Zero.
Which side are you on, that of the prescriptions narcotic peddling government, that allows our veterans, elderly, cancer patients, and epileptic children to suffer needlessly? Or do you accept God’s gift to all of us, and want to help me get our easy access to cannabis back?