Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cannabis is Powerful Medicine

After living through decades of the War on Drugs, even though laws have changed in a majority of States, there is still a stigma attached to one of the most healing herbs on the planet: cannabis. 
Cannabis was the most widely prescribed medicine until the early 1900's, and has never caused one single death.  Before cannabis prohibition laws were passed in 1937, the American Medical Association stated the world would be denied a potent medicine if it were illegal.  However, when the Marijuana Tax Bill was up for a vote in Congress, Representative Vinson blatantly lied by saying the AMA was behind the bill.
The AMA knew then what we are rediscovering now.  Cannabis is one of the safest, most powerful healing herbs on the planet.  It is known to help with a variety of ailments, including and not limited to epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, nausea, stress, PTSD, migraines, anorexia, depression, arthritis, and chronic pain.

For the past three years, I have volunteered at a medical cannabis dispensary here in Washington State.  I have personally met countless patients who have had success with cannabis.  Local cancer centers routinely send patients our way. 
One patient, Joanna, first started using cannabis for her incessant migraines.  She also has a genetic mutation that limits her body's ability to uptake serotonin and dopamine, causing her tremendous depression.  Once she started using cannabis, her migraines were less frequent and she was able to feel her emotions for the first time, which made her more empathetic and less depressed than she had ever felt before.
Another patient, who will remain anonymous, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an invasive and aggressive form of cancer that is extremely difficult to fight.  She ingested cannabis oil by mouth along with chemotherapy and radiation.  The cannabis oil drastically reduced her pain during treatment.  When the time came to remove any remaining cancer after treatment, her doctors were shocked to find there was absolutely no sign of cancer left in her breasts. These results are common.
Another patient's doctor measured the total size of his tumors to be 6mm.  He started a cannabis oil regimen, ingesting it by mouth, and his tumors shrunk by a third.  He had to stop taking the oil for an upcoming drug test for his job, and his tumors increased in size again.
We have a large number of retired veterans who successfully use cannabis to help with their PTSD. 
Many epileptic patients have drastically reduced the number of seizures they suffer from.  Some have gone from having 10 or more per day, down to one or two per month.
I've met plenty of patients who have reduced the amount of prescription painkillers they take by using cannabis.  Opioids alone caused over 165,000 deaths between 1999 and 2014.  Cannabis has never killed anyone in thousands of years, and can reduce or replace the need for opioids.  Considering the harmful side effects of prescription drugs, it seems like common sense to use a safe, effective herbal medicine instead.

There is a genuine need for medical cannabis in our world.  It is not the harmful gateway drug that propagandists would have you believe it is.  It is a plant that has successfully reduced suffering for and healed people for thousands of years.  Now that a majority of states have legalized medical cannabis, it is the ideal time for you to consider replacing some of your harmful pharmaceuticals with this powerful medicine.


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