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MEDICAL MARIJUANA: MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

BY: Natalie Gray

 

Medical marijuana or MMJ has been used for decades now to help people afflicted with serious medical conditions that include, but are not limited to glaucoma, cancer, epilepsy, AIDS, and MS (Multiple Sclerosis). As one of the most effective agents that help people cope with chronic pain, medical marijuana offers patients relief from extreme discomfort by alleviating their symptoms.

 

Understanding the Science Behind Medical Marijuana

Understanding the science behind the effectiveness of marijuana is important in order to dispel these myths and make a well-informed choice about what it truly offers. When administered under the supervision of a qualified and competent doctor or medical practitioner, medical marijuana reduces the pain and nausea that various health problems cause. Scores of people believe that medical marijuana is extremely addictive, and it increases the dependency on the drug.

 

Research indicates that there is no evidence to support this belief because to start with, medical cannabis does not even have any chemicals that may trigger addiction in people who use it as a part of their treatment process. Then there are other misconceptions that MMJ may also lead to the use of hard drugs such as cocaine and like the former, this is also just a misconception. While medical marijuana can be smoked like a regular banana kush, this is not the only way that it can be used.

 

There are mainly two types of cannabinoid receptors; CB1 and CB2 that trigger a cascade of biological events within them. While the former type is mainly found in the nerve cells of the brain and is responsible for the mind altering effects of cannabis, the latter is found all over the body and it could be the prime suspect that triggers the biological effects of these cannabinoids on the other parts of the body apart from the brain. So, designing suitable drugs based on the active ingredients that are found in hash oil may be important for the treatment of cancer.

 

 

 

Medical Marijuana As Alternative Medicine

Right from prescription drugs and pills that contain synthetic forms of medical marijuana to other alternate treatment methods, cannabinoids such as THC can be delivered to the body without smoking MMJ. The marijuna seeds, flowers and leaves can be soaked in a mixture of alcohol to extract the cannabinoids in marijuana. This infusion can either be added to drinks and food or absorbed through skin patches and in this form; it takes MMJ as little as a half hour to produce the desired effect. The active components can also be transferred into cooking oil and butter by simmering the plant in them for several hours. This is usually used to bake cookies and brownies or make other types of food that a patient might find appetizing.

 

Thought there are tests that show that Medical cannabis can cause short term memory loss in some patients who are undergoing treatment, the truth is that the effect is only temporary. Medical marijuana neither reduces their intelligence nor does it affect their long-term memory. Though medical cannabis is an all-natural substance that is obtained from plants, the misconceptions about it are quite controversial and baseless.

 

 

 

 

Medical Marijuana Works at A Fundamental Level

It is amazing that smoking cannabis works so much better than many pharmaceuticals, which are always absorbed through the proper medium. By setting a plant on fire, inhaling the resulting smoke, and blowing it out, much more relief can be found than ingesting a pharmaceutical substance that decades of research was put into.

 

The fact that smoking cannabis works better than pharmaceuticals is a testament to its place as humanity’s greatest medicine, but what really matters are the effects people have been having with extract medicine. There is an entire movement working to spread the truth that extracts are capable of curing/eliminating or completely controlling serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Crohn’s, chronic pain, IBS, hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, mental disorders, and more.

 

Cannabis works against so many conditions because it functions at a fundamental level, restoring balance to all body systems. Since all disease is an imbalance of some kind, cannabis is the best herb for restoring balance.

 

Bottom Line

Cannabis is one of the most medicinal plants in the world, and when prepared into extracts, its true power is released. The main problem with the medicinal cannabis movement at this point in time is its focus on smoking marijuana, or even vaporizing it. The bottom line is that’s not the right way to use cannabis as a medicine, as effective as even that can be., and its effects greatly exceed what smoked marijuana could ever achieve. Medicine is not intended to be absorbed in a low concentration through the lungs, it is supposed to go through the digestive system in a highly concentrated form.

 

 

 

Natalie Gray is a Biochemical Engineer. She works in the Research and Development team that focuses on the design and construction of unit processes. She is a recreational marijuana supporter and her love for organic chemistry brought her to medical cannabis. She grows her own flowers, working on different projects and study everything above and under cannabis roots.

 

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REBLOG: Do you still need proof that marijuana cures cancer?

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This article presents facts indicating the government and big corporate pharmaceutical companies have known since 1974 that cannabis cures cancer, but continue to fight to keep it illegal.  The drug companies pay lobbyists to court the government, and then give them huge campaign contributions in order to keep marijuana illegal.  These pharmaceutical companies are stealing from our pockets while they continue to legally push toxic sludge that is killing us at a rate higher than cancer.  Why would they legalize it when they will lose maximum profits?

Look at the facts “between 1988 and 2009, pharmaceuticals enjoyed profits 3 to 37 times the all-industry average, depending on years, while investing proportionately less in R&D than other high-R&D firms. Costs of pharmaceutical drugs have successfully flown below the radar in much of the current healthcare debate, with producers managing to obstruct alternative sourcing as well as payment cuts” strose.edu/Business/Pharmaceutical%Profits

They do not want you to use marijuana because this would reduce your need for their pharmaceutical toxins.  They are already noticing a dramatic shift since 16 of the 50 States are recognizing Medical Marijuana.  Recent news indicates that “Lilly reported profit of $858.2 million, or 77 cents a share, down from $1.17 billion, or $1.05 a share, a year earlier. Excluding items, earnings would have been 87 cents a share, above the mean Thomson estimate of 81 cents a share. ”wsj.com

Pharmaceutical companies will argue and refuse to validate the fact that they are losing profits because of marijuana. These companies claim that marijuana is not making an impact but THC, and CBD’s are far more beneficial than just a cure for cancer.

Cancer statistics provide insight into the cancer increase that our country experienced during the years of Marijuana Prohibition.  Since the early 1990’s strides were made for patients to obtain this valuable medicine without persecution, or prosecution.  Since making marijuana available to patients our country has noticed marked decrease in cancer related diseases since marijuana efforts have taken our country by storm.

Research proves that since “1996 Medical Use Legalized in California, California voters passed Proposition 215 allowing for the sale and medical use of marijuana for patients with AIDS, cancer, and other serious and painful diseases. This law stands in tension with federal laws prohibiting possession of marijuana”,pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dope/etc/cron.html.

The issues are based on lies and not scientific fact and the evidence does not support that marijuana usage can, or will cause any mental, physical, or other related health problem, or condition.  In fact the research provides insight recognizing marijuana as a valuable tool in prevention, detention, and spread of cancer giving it a highly deserved honor of providing substantial health benefits.

People are healthier, happier, and calmer and it is because of compounds inside marijuana.  These compounds are called CBD (Cannabinoids), and THC-Delta 9 (Tetrahydrocannabinol).   The combinations of these compounds are saving lives across the country.  Our politicians continue to argue, lie, and prevent people from accessing this valuable medicine.

When we look back into the past 20 years of our history we will notice that in “1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act – Mandatory Sentences, President Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, instituting mandatory sentences for drug-related crimes. In conjunction with the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, the new law raised federal penalties for marijuana possession and dealing, basing the penalties on the amount of the drug involved. Possession of 100 marijuana plants received the same penalty as possession of 100 grams of heroin. A later amendment to the Anti-Drug Abuse Act established a “three strikes and you’re out” policy, requiring life sentences for repeat drug offenders, and providing for the death penalty for “drug kingpins” pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/dope/etc/cron.html.

The debate regarding the death penalty sentencing really concerns most medical marijuana supporters.  The death sentence for alternatively treating your symptoms with a harmless, highly debated, misunderstood weed is seriously disturbing.  What is even more disturbing is that there are people on this earth still believe that alcohol, and prescription drugs are the answer to health.  The problem is the crazy politicians who support this crazy sentence.  In fact one such crazy politician is Newt Gingrich who openly “proposed the death penalty for marijuana — for possession of marijuana above a certain quantity of marijuana — and yet he is among 100 million Americans who smoke marijuana,” Johnson told MSNBC’s Alex Witt over the weekend” huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/gary-johnson-newt-gingrich-marijuana-hyprocrisy_n_1146739.html.

How can people possibly choose to debate the medicinal value of this herb?

Why is it ok for a person to be addicted to prescription pain killers, when we know that these synthetic pills are deadly, and “The CDC study found that enough narcotics are prescribed every year to medicate each and every adult in America every day for a month” foxnews.com/health/2011/11/01/prescription-drug-deaths-skyrocket.  These statistics prove that people still find themselves running to the Doctor to obtain a prescription for these toxic mixtures of death.

People are just so quick to reach for a pill for pain.  They do not realize how seriously harmful these medications are for the human body.  We are continuously reminded of these dangers daily.  Just turn on the television and it won’t take long for a prescription commercial to tell you about the symptoms this miracle pill can cure.  They have pills for everything now.  Television sponsors are happy confess that life is awesome and they owe it all to this prescription pill.

These prescriptions are legal but more harmful than marijuana.  Still don’t believe this to be true?  Research will prove that  “From 1997 to 2007, the milligram per person use of prescription opioids in the U.S. increased from 74 milligrams to 369 milligrams, an increase of 402 percent.5 In addition, in 2000, retail pharmacies dispensed 174 million prescriptions for opioids; by 2009, 257 million prescriptions were dispensed, an increase of 48 percent.6 Further, opiate overdoses, once almost always due to heroin use, are now increasingly due to abuse of prescription painkillers” whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ondcp/policy-and-research/rx_abuse_plan.pdf

Legalization efforts are necessary if we are to continue to benefit from the compounds of this medicinal plant.  Marijuana has many benefits, and people should have the right to choose between deadly synthetics, and a harmless plant.  Shouldn’t we? Please email your opinion to Vivian@Qventerprises.com.

Vivian I Curl, Marketing Specialist, Network Marketer, Health, Science, and Nutritional Research Columnist, Published Poet, Communication Major.

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