Before you buy Medical Marijuana - What you should know about it?

Bob Chien
Bob Chien July 21, 2019

Why was Marijuana Ever Considered Bad?

We shouldn’t deny our history—otherwise, we’re doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again.  We know that the hemp plant was already in use in China in the year 8,000, and possibly 12 millennia ago, in 10000 B.C.E. 

It became extremely valuable because of the high oil content (nearly 45%) of its seeds, which was used in some of the earliest lamps.  Meaning that human civilization could continue past sunset, and start before dawn. It is a plant full of nutritional value, making it a valuable part of the early human diet.  It contains durable Bast fibers for producing some of the earliest recorded fabrics for shelters, clothing, and even the first shoes.  Most importantly, it has a solid, core which was used to make the first suspension footbridges.

This was vital because early humans gained regular access across mountainous passes, rivers, and other geographical features, expanding their domain.  As a result, they had better food requiring less hunting, and could finally settle down in an area with enough leisure time to develop language and art.  It mainly helped to kick-start humanity to become deep thinkers. And this was just about when we settled down to some serious agriculture.

Its properties of creating an altered state of reality did not go unnoticed, of course.  Early people interpreted it as a way to visit to ancestors, to interpret portents and understand the future, or to feel euphoric.  Its buds or flowers were thus often reserved for ceremonial use only. Seeds and leaves were a regular part of our diet.

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It was a Miracle Plant

Historically marijuana has been an accepted part of world culture and was only declared "evil” by the U.S. Government at the end of the Prohibition Era.  Many Alcohol Investigators needed work during the aftermath of the Depression.

 Up until 1935, you could still buy cannabis extract in any drugstore.  This label reads: “from flowering tops of Cannabis Sativa Indica).  Alcohol 60%. Physiologically tested.”

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  The early Roosevelt government (1933-1945) did such an excellent job of slandering the plant that it took 80 years to recover from the damage.  We’ve turned the corner in the 21st century.  It's now on its way back to the full acceptance marijuana enjoyed for the previous 10-12 millennia that we have been using it.

 Before 1935 it had been the default treatment for asthma because inhaling its smoke opened up one’s collapsed or congested bronchial tubes.  It substantially increases lung function, including self-cleaning cycles. This helps to explain why regular marijuana smokers don’t have the “dirty lungs” we see in regular tobacco smokers.

It Seems Right for Me

 There are several reasons you might wish to obtain medically prescribed marijuana.  It is a carefully monitored substance, with rigid health regulations surrounding it.  It is now seen as both a medicine and a recreational substance, similar to alcohol. Unless you grow it yourself and have complete control over it, you should stick to reputable, regulated sellers.

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The triggers for this new acceptance were several cases of children with Dravet’s Syndrome, an intractable form of epilepsy, resulting in almost continuous seizures.  The one that got the most attention was young Charlotte Figi, having four seizures per hour, all day, every day, since the age of two. One marijuana extract, called CBD [can-a-bid-I-ol], was shown to completely cure the seizures—permanently.  Suddenly, compassionate legislatures began the legalization process in the U.S. for medical use.

Taking a better look at the plant, scientists began asserting that it had incredible potential.  They said it wasn't harmful, and began to cast doubt on the government-commissioned studies that called it a “gateway drug."  Now it is legal in many jurisdictions for any use—in some cases, entire countries—like Canada.

 Significant scientific research supports many medical uses, such as helping HIV/AIDS patients regain their appetite and preventing nausea to help keep food down.  Some strains relieve intraocular pressure or the classic glaucoma problem.  Some strains at specific doses can cure insomnia (sedative), while other strains in different does can do just the opposite, increasing focus and alertness.

Some strains are useful for treating chronic pain, epilepsy, other seizure pathologies, while others treat sleeping disorders, paranoia, psychosis, anxiety, muscular sclerosis, neurologic dysfunction, and even prevent memory loss.

The Takeaway

This plant is diverse in its uses, and need not be “smoked” to be effective.  Medical marijuana, stripped of its government-imposed “evil” status, is finally being welcomed back into the community, and new uses are being found all the time.

Whether you use its components like CBD or cannabidiol [can-ah-bid-I-all] to treat epilepsy with no "high," or THC, aka tetrahydrocannabinol [tet-rah-hy-dro-can-ah-bin-ol], to restore appetite, or eat the leaves and seeds for nutrition, marijuana probably has something to offer you.

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