It's 420 Time

Dispelling the Myth                                                        Author:            H2

Ganga, chronic, grass, weed, herb, mary jane, sticky-icky-icky, nugs, trees, pot, smoke, joint, kind buds, dank, blunt, reefer, bud, dope, the Holy Herb, cannabis and finally marijuana....

If you have never smoked chronic, how can you summarily decide that marijuana is bad or harmful to you? 

I was once so brainwashed by the prohibition and stigmitization of marihuana (as it was spelled in the library Encyclopaedia and resources that I used in grade 11).  In fact I had never even experienced a close encounter with this miracle plant until I was old enough to know better and young enough not to care (20 y.o.).  During the time of my first encounter, I was subject to the usual elation and giggle fest that most beginners experience when turning the endocannabinoid system on.

The human body (as well as other living beings) have built in receptors found in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells through-out the body.  These receptors make up the natural cannabinoid system that works to maintain the bodies healthy internal environment affecting every aspect of our bodies and minds.   These receptors act when they are subject to the compounds found in Marijuana.  That's right, compounds like THC (item # 9 in "Pineapple Express" the movie), CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC and hundreds of others that are being deciphered by scientists as this article is being written. 

Yes, scientists have been studying the medical effects of Marijuana on the human body since the 1960's.  Raphael Mechoulam was the first to discover and isolate THC; He has said that he expects the components of Marijuana to "work better in concert".

Since that time, other scientists are experimenting with rats first giving them cancer then curing them of it.  Yes, these rats were on the verge of death, flowers were delivered....then through the grace of the scientists that infected them, they were given a concoction of THC, CBD, and a traditional pharmaceutical by Manuel Guzman; a Biochemist with over 20 years of study on Cannabis.  After studying the rats, it was determined that cannabis has a deadly effect on malignant tumour cells, causing them to "commit cellular suicide".   Of course this study was on rats and there is much work to do in order to extrapolate this information and apply it to humans.

So why do the educated in our health care system still turn to traditional pharmaceutical drugs that eventually cause grave harm?

I am still trying to figure this out, however based on the stigmitization of nearly a century, this natural plant is still viewed with doubt and mistrust by some in our medical communities.  Narrow minded doctors that would rather create a society of ill people relying on meds to cure when the real harm of these chemicals is being overlooked or is simply unknown!

Raphael Mechoulam, Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets, (National Geographic, June 2015, cover story), Posted on You Tube.

Manuel Guzman, See footnote 1


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