In two years alone, a lot of change has occurred in the attitude towards marijuana.
The first state to legalize, Colorado, has seen great results and many other states are following in the same direction. Medical marijuana is legalized in 23 states, and many will follow suit. A national poll revealed that a big majority of Americans support its legalization, and for medicinal use.
Their has been many reports from The Free Thought Project, that shown cannabis can treat many health illnesses. In fact, its reduces the severity, and even eliminates epileptic seizures. It is a nice sight to watch it help a child in need of relief.
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Society is becoming aware that the war on marijuana is typically a war against the people by law enforcement. All of it does nothing but extort millions of dollars and restrict freedom. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) rakes in big money from the confiscation of cannabis plants. It also gives local law enforcement the right to perform extortion through Civil asset Forfeiture.
Human rights abuses are finally being exploited, and law enforcement is becoming desperate-looking to find justification of their unlawful actions. They know well that their excuses for reefer madness is lacking in logic and reasoning.
Our fight to have marijuana legalized is still going on, and the momentum is building each year. Arguments for its legalization are much more convincing as we are witnessing a deadly heroin epidemic occurring in our country. The arguments are well-rounded, but needs to be re-examined as we head towards legalization. Owner of Halcyon Organics, Daniel Macris, believes “recreational use” isn’t perfect, and hinders efforts for full-on legalization.
“Recreational cannabis use” is the most detrimental phrase our industry faces today. Over half the U.S. population supports “recreational use” of cannabis. Unfortunately, those whose don’t support recreational use, oppose it vitriolically. “Recreational cannabis” is exactly what the opposition is fighting to prevent. The flip side to this is that over 80% of Americans support medical cannabis use and over 85% support freedom in healthcare decisions. All of these statistics are trending upwards.
In the South, “Recreational cannabis use” is a non-starter and a debate that cannot be empirically won. On the other hand, “Medical cannabis use” is a debate we win. And we don’t need to manipulate our messaging to change the debate, we need only to correctly identify ‘medicinal use.’”
The main point to the argument is that there needs to be a better understanding of the endocannabinoid system, which is imperative to many life-supporting functions.
The National Institute of Health reported in 2006 that:
The recent identification of cannabinoid receptors and their endogenous lipid ligands has triggered an exponential growth of studies exploring the endocannabinoid system and its regulatory functions in health and disease… In the past decade, the endocannabinoid system has been implicated in a growing number of physiological functions, both in the central and peripheral nervous systems and in peripheral organs.
More importantly, modulating the activity of the endocannabinoid system turned out to hold therapeutic promise in a wide range of disparate diseases and pathological conditions, ranging from mood and anxiety disorders, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, neuropathic pain, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury, to cancer, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, stroke, hypertension, glaucoma, obesity/metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, to name just a few.
There has been a significant increase in studies that are examining the extracts of cannabis and the medicinal uses/effects. They also focus on the endocannabinoid system with modern technology, to show the mechanics behind the medicinal effects of marijuana, and its effect on the system. We are even finding that cannabis was utilized in ancient healing methods and was successful.
There are ways to remove the psychoactive/non-psychoactive components of cannabis we are finding. Cannabidiol (non-psychoactive component in marijuana) is extracted from marijuana and is used to treat epileptic seizures.
With new technology, we can determine which phytocannabinoid has the most benefit against certain diseases, and find out how much is needed for optimal results. Macris has spoke and interviewed with many people who found that cannabis is effective in treating chronic illnesses, than the pharmaceutical drugs they were prescribed. “It makes me relax,” “It helps me sleep,” “It calms me down,” “It helps me think,” “It helps my stomach calm down,” and “It helps me talk to people,” are some ways people have felt cannabis has helped them with.
Pharmaceutical companies specifically target sleep disorders, inflamed bowel syndrome (IBS), anxiety, ADHD, and social anxiety because they have government approval to do so. “Recreational cannabis users are using cannabis for medical purposes, they just don’t realize it,” says Macris.
When anyone calls themselves a “recreational user,” they should reconsider and go by as a “therapeutic user.” In that, the push for decriminalization would become more effective, because the term “recreational” can mean it will be abused like alcohol and other drugs. Our government will always keep that distinction, even when they choose to tax “recreational” use more than it does for medicinal usage. With all of our support gaining, it won’t diminish under the push for medical use.