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IMAGE: Movie still from Reefer Madness, 1936.
I recently came under fire and was told to go screw myself (that’s putting it lightly) on Facebook because I advocate and share facts and scientific studies about medical marijuana. The incident was profoundly hurtful, because I have known the person I was arguing with – and respected him – for many years. But it also shed some light on how deeply uneducated the public is about medical marijuana and how truly inadequate these perceptions are. It also brought the realization that people are truly closed-minded to facts they don’t want to believe, no matter how much proof anyone can produce.
The aforementioned Facebook “friend” recently posted this link entitled “Marijuana growers in Mexico are switching to producing heroin poppies as pot prices drop in the US”, with the status: Way to go, weed legalizers!
I commented that I didn’t really see how this was marijuana’s (or marijuana legalizers’) fault; cartels and drug dealers are going to use any resource they have to make that almighty dollar, in my opinion, with or without marijuana legalization.
I also commented that legal painkillers are more dangerous than marijuana. The ignorance in his reply astounded me because he is an educated man, but obviously very uneducated in this subject: “Legal painkillers are NOT more dangerous. You keep believing that liberal claptrap. Or you could use CDB products which don’t have the high but come from the same source.”
I assume he meant CBD, as CBD is a component of marijuana that does not produce the psychotropic effect of getting “high”. All strains of marijuana have various levels of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. It depends on your condition or ailment to which ratios work best for you – and THC, the “high producer”, is clearly more effective at treating certain conditions.
I have been studying Medical Marijuana since around 2007. I know that I still have a lot to learn about the plant but my extensive research on the subject has strongly influenced my dedication to it. I, like Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Bessel, used to believe marijuana was just another drug used as a crutch and any drug would completely destroy people’s lives. That’s why I didn’t use it.
I was so wrong.
In 2007, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and suffered from extreme migraines. I was placed on many drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet, with not much relief…Unless I took more than prescribed, and more and more. This is exactly how addictions starts, which in turn many times leads to overdose.
I went with a recommendation from a friend who suggested marijuana. It worked; it completely eased all my pain and the migraines. But unfortunately, I lived in Texas at the time, a state where medical marijuana is still illegal. So I felt like I had to take the FDA approved drugs that were fed into my system to ease the pain, while killing my liver.
For thousands of years marijuana has been used to treat many ailments around the world. Medical writings on the plant date back to before 3,000 BC, when Chinese writings describe it as a very popular medicine that produces both Yin and Yang.
In fact, even the bible talks about cannabis use:
GENESIS 1 (King James Version):
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
It’s ironic to me that many Christians oppose this medicine that was created to heal us, as I’m not one to say God made a mistake.
Looking at prohibition from a Christian perspective, I believe that marijuana prohibition in the US happened because of two of the seven deadly sins: Greed and Racism. (Racism isn’t exactly one of the deadly sins, but it can be easily associated with wrath. Racism and wrath are both the rage of hatred – that’s racism in a nutshell).
The original American cannabis prohibitionist, Harry Anslinger, thought this herb was the devil, stating “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
As described in Jack Herer’s The Emporer Wears No Clothes, Anslinger and the other hypocrites who started this fascinating lie about marijuana were worried about lining their own pockets and protecting their timber investments, and to top it off they owned the media. Propaganda movies like Reefer Madness only aided the media pursuit in spreading prohibitionist lies more deeply, scaring the public into turning its back on a natural healing herb bearing seed.
I applaud anyone who does their own research to find out the truth. But to see people acting completely closed-minded when confronted with the truth about marijuana is disheartening.
We have seen medical breakthroughs in the last few years, including the use of CBD for childhood epilepsy treatment; this kind of medical evidence is changing many people’s minds about cannabis, slowly but surely.
Medical marijuana has shown so much progress in hundreds of different ailments without any indications of long-term effects. What is even more astounding to me is that we all have cannabinoid receptors in our brains. It makes me wonder if we had been studying this plant as opposed to banning it, what else would we know it helps, heals or cures? We have lost so much time in research and we are losing people in the process.
This fight doesn’t even involve me, because if I want to smoke it, it is bountiful anywhere I go. But the injustice of people suffering has enraged me. Families are picking up to move cross country to legally obtain a natural medicine that is helping thousands. People are still being arrested for “unlawful” medical use.
This leads me back the deadly sin of Greed. If all Americans knew they could grow their own medication in the comfort of their homes, how many millions would be taken away from the pharmaceutical companies?
My closed-minded friend eventually told me to never contact him again; so be it. I would rather lose a closed-minded friend than give up this fight to help our veterans, senior citizens, adults, and children suffering with conditions this plant has already proven to help.
To end my “liberal claptrap,” I say: educate yourself, America, whether you oppose or support the use of marijuana. Know the truth and all the facts before you argue anything. And to all you supporters of medical marijuana and/or legalization fighting the good fight keep moving forward, I got your back. The truth will set us free.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”