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Monday, August 5, 2013

Is cannabis really as evil as it's made out to be?


Legal drugs such as nicotine and alcohol are widely accepted by the establishment as a mild drug but cannabis or also called marijuana, pot, weed, grass, ganja etc is seen as an evil drug that destroys lives. But why does the establishment feel so threatened by the use of cannabis as a recreational drug?
 According to Dr Ernest Wilder-Smith author of “The causes and cure of the drug epidemic”, one often fears what we do not understand. The alcohol problem it the worst drug epidemic civilisation faces and still there is an extraordinary fear of marijuana. The fact is of course the establishment has legalised its own particular drugs alcohol and tobacco, while forbidding the milder social drug cannabis. Alcohol is often given out free as a reward for a job well done, but when someone dares to light up a joint, they are immediately the outcasts.
People don’t get physically dependant or addicted to marijuana as is the case with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  It is agreed that alcohol causes not only serious medical problems and personality changes, cirrhotic livers, but also traffic accidents, violence and poverty, but the authorities won’t put it on the prescribed list because it will be against the will of the people.  I once interviewed a travelling judge who told me in the 35 years he was a judge he never heard cases in court such as murder, rape, child and wife abuse as a result of using cannabis, but mostly because of alcoholism.
Cannabis are used as medication for cancer patient to relieve the side effects of cancer treatment as well as for chronic pain, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, depression, asthma, rheumatic diseases, and Chron’s disease to name a few. I used marijuana after my son died to help with the depression and anxiety attacks I suffered. I was too terrified to take any of the psychiatric medicines available because it intensified the anxiety and depression I had during the acute stages of my grief. I still use this as a recreational drug on a regular basis. Not every day but more like once a week or even only once in two weeks. There are specified doctors who are allowed to prescribe marijuana as medication to people suffering from the aforementioned illnesses. I am by no means advocating the use of pot but there are many benefits of using this instead of other mild altering medications and or alcohol.
"Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality...Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death...In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity...In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume...Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." - DEA Administrative Law Judge, FL Young, United States of America 1988