It’s time to heal the ills of our past. One of the greatest diseases of our past are the lies we have spun around cannabis. Misrepresentation and misinformation about cannabis has created countless harms, many of which still demand healing and repairing.
Demonizing an Herb
Sadly, it is America which began the front line offensive against cannabis. During the Mexican Revolution (1910 – 1911), Mexicans fleeing their country in fear of their lives found an unwelcome neighbor to the north.
One of the little-known habits of Mexican citizens was the use of cannabis, which they fondly named “marijuana.” (The origin of the name “marijuana” is not certain, although in the 1960’s, when cannabis was gaining popularity with mainstream American teenagers, it was also called “Mary Jane,” the Americanized version of marijuana.)
Regardless, the historical and racial significance of this slur has left its negative impact on the plant and its many users. Unfortunately, persons of color have been unfairly targeted and punished throughout the decades.
Sins of the US Government
We can thank our own government for their contribution to the falsehoods spread about cannabis. Perhaps the most infamous and damaging bureaucrat of all time was Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (under the purview of the US Department of Treasury).
Among other notable outrages, Anslinger was unhesitant and unrepentant about his outright racism. He used every possible opportunity to link people of color, criminals, and entertainers (!) to marijuana, creating absolute lies to paint both those people and this herb as dark as possible.
Perhaps the most unsettling example we can offer which best summarizes his personal (and sadly, official) attitude towards cannabis and people of color can be found in this quote:
“Reefer makes darkies think they are as good as white men. There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
Anslinger controlled this bureau for over thirty years, from Hoover to Kennedy. His dark shadow remained for many decades after his departure.
On the fortunate side, we are finally breaking ourselves free of these false shackles of ignorance and hatred.
Since society stopped slamming the door shut against the legalization (and let’s admit it… the enjoyment!) of cannabis, numerous studies continue to prove the medical benefits derived from this miraculous plant.
Glorifying the Herb
Now is the time to stop the disinformation, dishonesty, and dismissal of cannabis.
Instead, we need to glorify this plant which some argue is positively miraculous in its effects and results from use.
A campaign of proven information, backed by honest and documented independent studies, is now earnestly underway to share the positive and therapeutic results which cannabis delivers to individuals suffering from many different ailments.
Undoing generations of disabuse and scare tactics takes time, but we are finally seeing positive results, particularly with younger generations. For instance, most young people no longer consider cannabis a drug nor do they equate it with alcohol.
Addiction Claims Questioned
Finally, claims of cannabis being an addictive drug have been hyped. It is true that a small proportion of users can develop a deeper dependence on it, but the same type of behavior can be found for all type of activities, including:
In each instance, it is the excessive and compulsive behavior, not the thing or activity, which marks an addictive pattern. When such behavior results in adverse effects, treatment may be necessary.
The fact is that instances of addictive behaviors in connection with cannabis use are much fewer than for other substances, especially alcohol, opiates, depressants, and stimulants, to name just a handful.
The better news is that millions of Americans are experiencing firsthand the curative properties of cannabis. While cannabis can and does make many people high and happy, there is so much more this herb is now bringing to improve American life.
The Dynamic Duo of Cannabis: CBD and THC
So what is it about cannabis which makes it so special?
Actually, there are two things about cannabis which shoots it to the top of the list as natural medicines. Specifically, two molecules, CBD and THC, are what makes this plant so unusual and effective.
Each of these molecules bring their own assets to the table of health and wellness. Let’s take a deeper look at each of these properties and discover what they can do for you and your well being.
Nowadays, CBD can be purchased almost anywhere, even in convenience stores where you gas up your car. The reason for its wide availability is that CBD (cannabidiol) contains no psychotropic properties.
This means it won’t make you high.
But that doesn’t mean it won’t make you feel good. In fact, it can make you feel downright great!
Curative Properties of CBD
Here are just a few ways in which CBD can help you feel better…
- Pain Relief – among other things, studies have shown that CBD can relieve pain arising from arthritis and multiple sclerosis
- Combat Cancer – in one exciting study, CBD caused cancer cell deaths in breast tissues, renewing hope in the fight against breast cancer
- Alleviate Anxiety – one study showed people had reduced anxiety over public speaking after taking CBD
- Healthier Hearts – because it lowers blood pressure, CBD is extremely beneficial to the circulatory system and the human heart
- Offset Side Effects – especially for cancer patients undergoing treatments which result in nausea, vomiting, and pain, CBD offers much needed relief
- Reduce Acne – teens can celebrate upon learning that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oils reduce sebum production (which promotes acne growth)
- More Potential Benefits – new studies are being developed daily, including studies in areas such as:
- Antipsychotic Treatment
- Antitumor Effects
- Diabetes Prevention
- Substance Abuse Treatment
Clearly, the world of medicine and health is a better place, thanks to the power and efficacy of CBD in its many forms (liquids, tablets, elixirs, lotions, etc.).
Equal in its ability to positively affect the human body and mind, THC cannot be omitted or ignored.
Granted, most consumers of cannabis containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are looking for a high. But let’s not confuse this with the manic behavior our government (thanks to extremist cranks like Mr. Anslinger and movies like Reefer Madness) tried to push on us for too many decades.
Ironically, few people decry the millions who use alcohol to relax, despite the fact that an estimated one out of every eight adults qualifies as an alcoholic.
Thankfully, people are complaining and worrying less about the millions of cannabis users who enjoy changing their mood through cannabis.
Curative Properties of THC
If THC only offered human beings much deserved relief and release because of its psychoactive properties, that in itself earns it the merit needed to be of value to the consuming public.
But scientists have discovered so many ways in which THC benefits humans. For instance, TCH can help with:
- Glaucoma – one of the earliest studies (1971) of cannabis pointed to its ability to alleviate intraocular pressure caused by glaucoma, which later studies confirmed
- Nausea – this is one benefit shared by both THC and CBD, which makes THC equally helpful for those fighting side effects from cancer treatments
- Appetite Stimulant – for those with little or no appetite, often a dose of THC will spark the “munchies” and whet their taste buds for taste sensations
- Weight Loss – a study including 55,000 subjects found 22% of the non-cannabis smokers to be obese as compared to only 14% of cannabis users
- Insomnia – people who don’t sleep well and wake up feeling unrested are suffering from insomnia, which THC can help significantly
- Muscle Spasms – the American Academy of Neurology considers cannabis an acceptable treatment for multiple sclerosis
- Anxiety, Depression, and Stress – more studies are pointing to the success THC has in alleviating anxiety, depression and stress, like this study from Health Europa
The above list offers indisputable proof that THC does more than make people happy; it can also improve your health and well being in a variety of ways.
And there you have it. Cannabis continues to prove its worth in our culture, offering a natural, wholesome, and chemical-free alternative to prescription drugs which have proven less effective and more addictive.
Even if you live in a state still stuck in the “bad old days” and which unfairly restricts your acquisition and consumption of THC products, just perform a Google search for “CBD online” to find many outlets willing to deliver you the relief you deserve.
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