Are we currently witnessing a shift in the winds of change, is the medicinal industry about to do a full 360 where cannabis as medicine is concerned?? In the USA during the time period from 1850 to 1936, cannabis extract was used as the primary medicine for more than 100 separate illnesses and diseases as listed in the US pharmacopeia... one plant over 100 separate uses. In 1937 this began to subside with the Federal restriction of use and sale of cannabis mainly due to the introduction and passing of the marijuana tax act. The US Pharmacopeia dropped cannabis as medicine altogether in 1942.
In 1951 and 1956 respectively, the legal stance against cannabis possession became harsher with the passing of the Boggs and Narcotic control acts which subsequently brought prohibition under federal law with the controlled substances act of 1970 making cannabis a schedule 1 controlled substance. President Nixon was in charge at this time, an urban myth perhaps, but there are many articles online claiming Nixon ordered a massive investigation into cannabis to show how truly dangerous a plant it is. Truth of the matter is the results were the opposite to what was expected, cannabis is a beneficial plant, subsequently cannabis prohibition began.
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Something I was unaware of is the fact that California became the first state in America to allow legal access to and use of botanical cannabis for medicinal purposes under physician supervision under the Compassionate Use Act, all the way back in 1996, well over twenty years ago!!!
The US government has a bit of a strange stance on the plant, on the one hand they claim it’s a dangerous schedule 1 drug that has no medicinal value whatsoever... yet on the other hand the US government owns Patent 6630507 – ‘Cannabinoid's as antioxidants and neuroprotectors’. In this digital day and age, there is far more baloney to sift through online but one thing’s for sure, whenever faced with the government rhetoric or official stance on anything, please take it with a pinch of salt.
With the current rise in deaths in the US from synthetic opioid's crisis, the last fifteen years has seen this figure rapidly increase from around 3,000 deaths per 100,000 to a staggering over 10,000 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants attributed to synthetic opioid over doses. These drugs are being concocted in man made laboratories, what do we do, we simply create more of these drugs and have them readily available.
The US government seems more than happy to prescribe you known dangerous drugs which are causing epidemics over freely available extracts derived from a plant.
The hemp & cannabis plant are both full of cannabinoid's, our brains have a complex endocannabinoid system of receptors hard wired into it, do you need any more proof that we humans are meant to have a relationship with these magical plants and not demonise them.
Imagine that... A plant that just needs water, sunshine and tlc, no chemical enhancement, no cutting with other compounds no clandestine labs. With all the other states that have been following suit and legalising recreational or medical cannabis, are we finally heading back to an era of truth, with these medicinal plants once again becoming the main treatment for over well in excess of 100 different ailments, and maybe even totally legality... Not if the pharmaceutical companies have anything to say on the matter that is, money is their drug of choice!!!