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The female cannabis plant which has always been called marijuana, has been cultivated and used by us for centuries. In fact, archaeologists from Central Asia discovered more than 2 lbs of cannabis from a shaman’s grave which was more than 2,700 years old. The pictorial and written proof of use of cannabis has been spread across different cultures, which indicates its wide-ranging acceptance and application for thousands of years.
Classification of Drug Prevents Usage
The Congress first imposed Federal prohibitions to outlaw both the recreational and therapeutic uses of cannabis in the form of the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. The organic compounds in this plant (cannabinoids) were classified by the Congress as Schedule I substance under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act.
The classification simply claims that this plant belongs to the class of heroin. It currently states that states where cannabis is grown has high potential for abusing it. They currently don’t have any accepted medicinal use for it. They also don’t have any accepted safety measures for how the drug is to be used under medical supervision.
On the other hand, methamphetamine and cocaine, which are illegal to be used for recreational purposes, may be consumed under the supervision of a doctor. They have been classified under Schedule II drugs. Valium and anabolic steroids belong to the Schedule III and Schedule IV drug classes. Then there are analgesics (containing codeine), which have been defined as Schedule drugs. This is the most lenient of the classifications.
Supporting Therapeutic Usage
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Federal lawmakers using still using this dated drug classification as a method for defending the criminalization of marijuana. But there’s almost negligible scientific foundation behind this categorization. The fact is that the prohibition was passed more than 75 years ago, and researchers are still studying cannabis’ therapeutic properties.
In fact, there have been more than 20,000 published studies and reviews in the form of scientific literature associated with cannabis plant the cannabinoids it contains. Interestingly, a third of all these studies and reviews were published within the last 4 years. If you use a keyword to search on PubMed Central, you will come across more than 2,100 studies having been performed since 2011. PubMed Central is US government’s library of peer-reviewed scientific research.
The current culture is going beyond the notions and limitations and exploring what our ancestors had known for a long time. Besides, relaxation in state legislation and public opinion are enabling an increasing number of people using medicinal marijuana for different types of medical conditions. Currently, marijuana has been made legal for medical purposes within 20 states along with the District of Columbia.
Although there has been a growing debate at both federal and state levels, an increasing number of people are accepting it because of the growing amount of scientific evidence that shows that marijuana may have potent medicinal benefits which we are foolishly overlooking.
One of the strongest and most notable positive comments comes from Joycelyn Elders, MD who was the former US Surgeon. He made a strong case for marijuana in his article – Myths About Medical Marijuana (published – 2004 in Providence Journal).
According to him, there’s “overwhelming evidence” that marijuana can help in relieving some kinds of pain, vomiting, nausea and various symptoms which are due to illnesses like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis – or due to the harsh drugs at times used for treating these conditions. In fact, marijuana can help in giving relief with outstanding safety. It has lesser toxicity compared to so many drugs which are prescribed by physicians nowadays.
Another stalwart figure who has raised the positive cause of Marijuana is Ray Cavanaugh, PhD (National Director- American Alliance for Medical Cannabis). His 2002 article, “The Plight of the Chronically Ill” claims that so many people who have been chronically ill have effectively received relief through the use of medical cannabis, which is an ancient remedy which is currently showing genuine scientific effectiveness.
According to him, there are hundreds of thousands of ill who have used gentle and nontoxic cannabis in place of the disabling narcotics and various psychotropic medications. In fact, there is too much anecdotal evidence. This includes:
- Those with spinal injuries giving up on their walkers.
- Cancer patients getting relief from appalling nausea due to chemotherapy.
- AIDS patients gaining weight and controlling their medications.
- Patients with chronic pain being able to become functional again after having their consciousness restored from narcotic lethargy.
- Individuals who were once disabled from addictions or crippling psychiatric disorders returning to sanity and normal life in society thanks to this nontoxic herb that has amazing healing powers.
Even the American Nurses Association or ANA has made a positive statement on their website. According to its post titled “Position Statement: Providing Patients Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis” published in 2004, ANA “recognizes” the need for patients to get safe access to therapeutic cannabis/marijuana. The ANA accepts that the plant has been in use medicinally for centuries. Its effectiveness has been proven in the treatment of variety of conditions and symptoms.
In 2010, researchers from the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research reported results from several randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials on the medicinal use of inhaled cannabis. These studies relied on the “gold standard” of clinical trial design laid down by the FDA. They showed that marijuana must become the “first line of treatment” for those patients who suffer from neuropathy and various types of serious illnesses.
Neuropathy is the kind of pain related to various debilitating conditions like
- Spinal cord injuries
- And various other similar incapacitating conditions
These trials showed that marijuana helped in controlling pain at the same levels or at even better levels compared to the currently available medications.
The efficacy of cannabinoids is being studied by scientists worldwide. Scientists have conducted more than 37 controlled studies in Germany since 2005. These studies have covered more than 2,500 subjects, evaluating the effectiveness and safety of marijuana. On the other hand, most of the FDA approved drugs undergo very few trials with far lesser subjects and are still approved for usage.
More recently, there has been a shift in the research work focused on cannabis – from studying its powers in alleviating the symptoms of diseases like nausea linked to chemotherapy to its potential benefits in modification of diseases. Researchers have been able to find that medical marijuana can help in slowing the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease and certain moderate autoimmune disorders like inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Health Benefits of Cannabis & Coconut Oil
Medical marijuana coconut oil infusion in medical marijuana capsules is an effective alternative and therapeutic use of cannabis without the need for inhaling it via smoking. Infusion of cannabis into coconut oil has also been found to enable easier entry into human liver for faster processing.
Coconut oil is the choice here due to its high level of essential fatty acids. This makes it a great binding agent for cannabinoids. The remarkable health properties of coconut oil come as extra benefits. Interestingly, 50% of the fat found in coconut oil is the kind of fat which is rarely found in nature – lauric acid. This is often referred to as the “miracle” ingredient because of its health-advancing abilities. It is a fat that is found in mother’s milk. The fact is that there are only 3 dietary sources where it can be found:
- Palm kernel (high levels)
- Coconut oil (high levels)
- Butterfat (low levels)
When lauric acid enters our body, it gets converted into monolaurin. It is a powerful antiprotozoal, antibacterial, and antiviral substance. As it’s a monoglyceride, it is capable of destroying lipid-coated viruses such as influenza, measles, herpes, HIV and various pathogenic bacteria.
Testimony from Someone Who Used it Successfully
So many people are apprehensive of the cannabis’ therapeutic benefits, but Stan and Barb Rutner don’t have any doubts about its effectiveness. The couple has faced cancer many times and made it through it. During their painful journey, they learned something so valuable.
While Stan suffered from non-Hodgkin lymphoma two decades ago, Barb has undergone two phases of breast cancer. Their cancers went away after treatment, but came back in 2011. Doctors diagnosed cancerous nodes within his lungs. Then they also reported that the cancer had spread to his brain. All this meant that his chances were grim.
During this harsh radiation and chemotherapy treatment, he and his family desired to come up with some natural solution that could help in improving the quality of life and extend his life. When they heard about the efficacy of cannabis in helping relieve the pain and various chemotherapy effects, they were ready to try it. Stan and Barb acknowledge that medical cannabis worked as their golden ticket to life.
Corinne Rutner (their daughter) and her husband conducted research and came up with the solution as coconut oil infused daytime cannabis capsule. Stan was given this capsule for 2 weeks, and he stopped using the oxygen tank which he was using all the time. He started gaining weight, improved sleep, and became stronger. Miraculously, when the performed a brain scan after some months he was totally cancer-free.
This convinced the Rutners that cannabis was a great anti-cancer medicine. John (Corinne’s husband) claims that he has no doubt that cannabis helped in saving his father-in-law’s life from the wasting stages of cancer and allowed him to develop strength and fight the terrible cell malfunction successfully. There are so many people who would claim that radiation and chemo could also have played a role in it, John says that Stan wouldn’t have lived so long to realize if there was no cannabis oil.