Cannabis, also known as marijuana, from the Mexican Spanish marihuana, and by other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. It is the subject of much controversy.. and punchlines. | Photo: Archives
I've been pursuing a rare and illegal elixir for many years, an elixir created from the cannabis plant, known as Rick Simpson Oil. Its medicinal effects allegedly contain the power to help heal skin cancer as a topical, and help heal internal forms of cancer when ingested. Rick Simpson Oil is also reported to heal many other alignments, perfect for people sensitive, or unwilling to use chemical based prescriptive medicines.
But medical studies of Rick Simpson Oil are non-existent, drug law legalities, trademark rights, and a good dose of proper mistrust of the for-profit healthcare industry has prevented such studies . I soon found a website created by Rick Simpson (www.phoenixtears.ca) that shows how to make Rick Simpson Oil, and it was then that I realized I would not be using Rick Simpson Oil. The process is way too complicated for me, and I don't know of any skilled practitioners making the oil where I live, that I trust. With all the risks involved, I evaded my pursuit for Rick Simpson Oil, and moved on to finding less complicated ways of receiving the healing benefits of marijuana.
What I have discovered since that time, were numerous articles (some cited below), from well-established institutions, that all show the beneficial impact marijuana molecules have in healing human diseases and other conditions - from pancreatic and prostate cancers, to Multiple Sclerosis, to diabetes prevention, to managing post traumatic stress disorder, along with other numerous conditions; all helped by marijuana intake.
|Is marijuana illegal because humans decided to heat it up beyond a certain temperature?|
rtunately for most people, the most commonly learned ways to use marijuana is to smoke it or vaporize it, the latter being the better. These forms of marijuana intake chemically alter the marijuana properties once heated beyond a certain temperature, and release unique compounds. Depending on your condition, consuming marijuana by vaporizing it, or smoking it, or eating it after it has been cooked in an oil, may not be best for you. Even though there is plenty of benefit to gain from the psychoactive properties (THC) and the pain relieving properties (CBD), which are released when marijuana is heated above 130 degrees Fahrenheit, there is also plenty to be gained from consuming raw marijuana.
I found medicinal marijuana practitioners juicing the raw marijuana buds and leaves to create tonics to be mixed with other juices, and when ingested, act as a preemptive measure actively fighting disease daily. Fresh raw marijuana juice also does not contain the active THC compounds, and does not inebriate the patients ingesting the medicine, making it a more suitable way of consumption for people not looking to get high.
So why is marijuana still illegal? Is it illegal because humans decided to heat it up beyond a certain temperature, to release psychoactive compounds which are kick-ass? There are literally hundreds of plants that when smoked or stewed to make teas, will send you on a high, and they are all legal. Why are we ignoring the tremendous benefits marijuana brings to the many species who consume it on planet earth, including humans?
Maybe it's time you reconsider your own stance on marijuana, and join the millions of other citizens already fighting to legalize responsible marijuana use across our Republic.
|Cannabis, also known as marijuana, from the Mexican Spanish marihuana, and by other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. It is the subject of much controversy.. and punchlines. | Photo: Archives|
'Cannabinoids Induce Apoptosis of Pancreatic Tumor Cells via Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-Related Genes' / Arkaitz Carracedo, Meritxell Gironella, Mar Lorente, Stephane Garcia, Manuel Guzman, Guillermo Velasco, and Juan L Iovanna / International Journal of Cancer / February 2008 vol. 122 issue. 4, pages 742-750
'Inhibition of human tumor prostate PC-3 cell growth by cannabinoids R(+) – Methanandamide and JWH-015: Involvement of CB2' / N Olea-Herrero, D Vara, S Malagarie-Cazenave, and Diaz Laviada / University of Alcala / British Journal of Cancer / August 18th 2009 vol.101, pages 940-950
'Targeting CB2 cannabinoid receptors as a novel therapy to treat malignant lymphoblastic disease' / Robert J. McKallip, Catherine Lombard, Michael Fisher, Billy R. Martin, Seongho Ryu, Steven Grant, Prakash S. Nagarkatti, and Mitzi Nagarkatti / Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Medicine, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond / Journal Of The American Society Of Hematology / July 15, 2002 vol. 100 no. 2, pages 627-634
'Decreased prevalence of diabetes in marijuana users: cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III' / Tripathi B Rajavashisth, Magda Shaheen, Keith C Norris, Deyu Pan, Satyesh K Sinha, Juan Ortega, and Theodore C Friedman / Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Molecular Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. Omics Biotechnology, Inc, Lawndale, California, USA. Office of Research, Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California, USA / U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health / January 31, 2012
'Multicenter,Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerbility of THC:CBD Extract and THC Extract in Patients with Intractable Cancer-Related Pain' / Jeremy R Johnson, Mary Burnell-Nugent, Dominique Lossignol, Elena Doina Ganae-Motan, Richard Potts, Marie T Fallon / Journal of Pain and Symptom Management / February 2010, vol. 39 issue 2, pages 167-179
'Smoked cannabis for chronic neuropathic pain: a randomized controlled trial' / Mark A Ware, Tongtong Wang, Stan Shapiro, Ann Robinson, Thierry Ducruet, Thao Huynh, Ann Gamsa, Gary J Bennett, Jean-Paul Collet / Canadian Medical Journal / October 5th, 2010 vol. 182 no. 14
'Randomized, controlled trial of cannabis-based medicine in central pain in multiple sclerosis' / David J Rog, Turo J Nurmikko, Tim Friede, Carolyn A Young / Journal of Neurology / September 2005
'A preliminary controlled study to determine whether whole-plant cannabis extracts can improve intractable neurogenic symptoms' / Derick T Wade, Philip Robson, Heather House, Petra Makela, and Julia Aram / Oxford University / Clinical Rehabilitation / September 2003 no. 17, pages 21-29
'Cognitive and clinical outcomes associated with cannabis use in patients with bipolar I disorder' / Raphael J Braga, Katherine E Burdick, Pamela DeRosse, Anil K Malhotra / Psychiatry Research Journal / July 2012
'Smoked Cannabis Proven Effective in Treating Neuropathic Pain' / Mark Wallace M.D. / University of California, San Diego Center for Medical Marijuana Research / Web Article