Monday, August 16, 2010

Are you self-medicating?

Some people say that all cannabis use is medicinal.

Is that going too far?

What do you think?

Here are some things to consider.

It has always been the case, for all species, and for all time, that the earth provides everything an individual needs to prosper. Whether that be abundant game for African carnivores, daily sunlight for trillions of plants, or fruit bearing trees, seeds and vegetables for our selves.

Why would the earth not provide an ideal medicine for many conditions which are common for humans? It would be illogical to assume that such a thing is unlikely.

Cannabis is effective in many ways. As a pain reliever, and an appetite stimulant, to be sure. But it’s also a bronchodilator (as in it opens up the air passages in the lungs making it easier to breathe) and cannabinoids have frequently been demonstrated to have a curative effect on several different forms of cancer.

This much is widely known,and is the main impetus behind recent attempts to make this herb available to patients in many of the states of the union.

But there are more studies all the time and the known efficacy of this plant continues to expand.

It is demonstratively effective in slowing the progression of several degenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, and MS to name only a few.

It kills the MRSA superbug.

For thousands of years, cannabis has also been used as a mood elevator, and as a way of relieving the effects of stress.

Almost any other substance used for this purpose, whether it be alcohol or prescription drugs or the recreational variety, is ultimately, toxic in sufficient quantities.

Cannabis is the safer alternative to all of these things.

It is absolutely wrong to continue the prohibition of cannabis. It flys in the face of logic. It runs counter to the recommendations of just about every study of cannabis prohibition that has ever been undertaken.

And it denies suffering people access to something hugely beneficial for their well being.

In its present form, cannabis prohibition manifests itself as a racially biased war on the poor. Its effect on poor communities, and minority populations is absolutely dire. It achieves no worthwhile results. The number of problem drug users in the United States continues to increase despite decades of this expensive and ugly war on freedom.

The present arrangement works to the benefit of a very few at the expense of the great many. It is immoral, and corrupted from top to bottom.

Rise up. It is time to end the war.