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Myth and counterpoint based on research
Ever felt inundated with the marijuana rhetoric wafting about? What is true and what is farce? As it turns out, marijuana has been and continues to be researched. It is time now to pay attention, and change the rhetoric. If things are going to be repeated so it is remembered, let it be useful.

The U.S. government has given contradictory messages regarding marijuana (cannabis sativa) a federally banned substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811), YET, as of 2003, it claimed Patent #6630507 for cannabis sativa because of its usefulness in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases while keeping the user safe. The Patent reads. “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NDMA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in treatment of a variety of oxidation associated diseases (e.g., ischemic, age related, inflammatory, and autoimmune). The cannabinoids are found to have application as neuroprotectants…” Since patents are for inventions not for what occurs in nature, a( natural item can be patented especially if separated into components and types. Individual strains of Cannabis researched effects on medical conditions/states were offered as evidence to gain the patent.

Surgeon Generals of the USA Jocelyn Elders, Jerome Adams, Jesse L. Seinfeld, and David Satcher have gone on the record supporting medical marijuana. >>For fun or a waste of time, compare the federal law banning cannabis sativa and the application for a patent of the same and enjoy how the two government documents contradict each other. One can get you in prison the other can tax you if made legal. <<

`Myth or Fact?

Myth 1: “It is a gateway drug! Smoking pot will lead to heroin and cocaine.“

The Institute of Medicine summarized research into marijuana that debunks the gateway assumption, “There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.”

Analysis of drug use showed a coincidental sequence of multiple drug users having had weed prior to other harder drugs but “gateway” rhetoric proponents conveniently omit that marijuana has often been preceded by underage alcohol and tobacco usage. In fact, a study done in Switzerland amongst a sample of adolescent subjects showed that marijuana use is not always preceded by cigarette use or vice versa. However, they did also find that teens who solely used marijuana function better than those who solely used tobacco. The marijuana only users are more socially driven and show no more psychosocial problems than an individual who abstains from both tobacco and marijuana.

Common Myth 2: “It is perfectly healthy, unlike legal tobacco based cigarettes!”

Well, legal cigarettes with tobacco and nicotine are definitely unhealthy, but marijuana being “perfectly” healthy is a bit of a stretch. Legal cigarettes cause 1 in 6 deaths in the U.S and causes 87% of lung cancers. Also diseases of the teeth, gums, and tuberculosis (Tobacco Almanac). Illegal Marijuana, Cannabis Sativa, is comparatively healthier. Notwithstanding, it is not like it’s a health food. When smoked, it does damage lung cells. Excessive use shows memory difficulties similar to a head injury patient.

Common Myths 3 &4: “Weed is addictive.” vs “Marijuana is not addictive.”

Unlike dopaminergic receptors, anadamide receptors neither diminish nor multiply…got that? = Once the marijuana “buzz” chemicals are depleted the receptors go back to normal functioning.

One would experience virtually NO physical withdrawal symptoms as is seen in drugs which do the opposite–like Heroin, Ice, Crank, Oxycontin, Codeine, Morphine, other drugs including alcohol. Cannabis is not addictive. Indirectly the nervous system can “miss” getting high especially coupled with psychologically positive responses. So, in that one can become psychologically addicted to anything such that the body can respond after consistent use ceases, a form of withdrawal occurs though not chemically. This rare withdrawal-like circumstance is not as bad as the withdrawal from actual controlled substances.

Common Myths 5: “Cannabis should be used for all medical conditions.“

Well, not really. AIDS patients can be placed at higher susceptibility to illness from the disease caused immune system deficiency, and marijuana increases this possibility. It also quickens the development of HIV into AIDS.

However, it does have MANY useful medical functions:

1. Multiple Sclerosis, Crohns, Glaucoma, Cancer, & Arthritic patients use it for pain, spasticity, depression, relief of condition-specific symptomatology

2. Increase in appetite for those who are dangerously underweight (i.e., munchies)

3. Decrease in stress from the “mellow” mood

4. Sleep

5. Pain reduction

6. Ease of seizures and recurrence with the use of canaboid CBD oil

7. Targets to kill cancer cells while normal cells are unharmed


Marijuana subjected to a myriad of studies answered a number of questions, but the general public is not exposed to the results. There is a need for a comprehensive statement about marijuana and health. Here is one:

Marijuana is intoxicating and capable of being smoked or cooked into food. Oil can be extracted and ingested without the intoxication. The active ingredient is THC (delta-9-trans-tetrahydrocannabinol) which is similar to the body’s own endogenous cannabinoid. Smoking can cause lung cell damage, and decrease in memory if used extensively. Moderate use does NOT cause irreparable damage to the body. Cannabis is impossible to overdose from. Unlike other intoxicating substances, cannabis does not affect sex cells leaving future generations genetically unscathed. It cannot directly cause death, but should give pause to HIV positive and AIDS patients. It has many medical benefits. It is safer than all legal and illegal drugs.


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