No law on cannabis was ever written or enacted based on real evidence or a single fact about the plant. As written into in our nation's Declaration of Independence, government derives "their powers from the consent of the governed." The government(s) had no authority to take control of the plant, and their doing so was not based on any scientific or real evidence but done so on deceit of the people and Congress itself for the greed of a few. Congress has repeatedly continued the lies by enacting additional laws based on those lies instead of real evidence or studies done, including a law requiring the ONDCP to oppose legalization regardless of any science or health benefits. It was in fact Congress who acted arbitrarily and capriciously in regard to cannabis and the oppressive laws enacted regarding a plant.
There have been few times when the people demanded change, slavery and alcohol prohibition being two of those times. Cannabis prohibition has led to another form of slavery through the prison system. We have reached a tipping point once again where the people of the nation demand laws be changed for the betterment of society as a whole. Report after report for decades have displayed the total failure of the current cannabis and drug policy. Every peer-reviewed or government study ordered has come to the same conclusion, that cannabis does not belong in Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act, and it is a safe substance. Now science has explained the damage to the health of the people, so that the cannabis policy is no longer tolerable and must immediately be changed.
It is far wiser of a government to realize grave errors in a rush to judgement due to overwhelming heat and false testimony and an awakening in the light of scientific facts than to continue the path of society destruction with the war of cannabis. The social experiment has proven an utter failure with many unforeseen casualties. Patients around the globe have found treating the cause of their disorder far more helpful than treating the symptoms. As a nation we should embrace a new health science and eagerly learn all we can. The DEA's refusal to change the schedule of cannabis which would allow more scientific studies, displays pure ignorance and arrogance. The most wonderful thing about hanging out with a bunch of autistic people is when you realize there are so many other ways to think it opens your mind to so many alternative ways to look at things, see it differently, and gain another viewpoint. It was a most wonderful gift of enlightenment and opening of mind, and something as a nation we must do about cannabis. It is ancient medicine as well as new medicine and science.
To say we are as a society all too ignorant to know our own bodies and how we feel is an over reach of any government. Withholding the key to homeostatic wellness by keeping cannabis illegal forcing citizens to consume chemicals to treat symptoms instead of cannabis to treat the cause is not only immoral it is murder by slow poisoning. Attempts to break apart the compounds of cannabis, separating the various cannabinoids in attempts to use them as a single cannabinoid for therapeutic purposes is where the pharmaceutical industry is making a huge error in cannabinoid medicine. Just as Marinol was not the answer it was intended to be. The cannabinoids work together, as a system.
Genesis 1:29 "And God Said I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed, it shall be food for you". If god did not want this plant on the earth it would not be. Despite all that governments have done over the last 75 years to try to remove it from the earth, it still proliferates. — "And the other side of the river was the tree of life, the leaves of the tree were the healing of the nation," — Revelations 22:2. Let the healing begin, the planet needs it. Let the stigma end, the people need it.
We update, revise every aspect of out lives. We know more now than we ever did. Why is this one important health issue treated like this in todays world? No one should have a gun in their face from law enforcement, be arrested, humiliated, degraded or treated as a subculture for their choice of medicine and health needs.
Congress must immediately remove Cannabis from the CSA and Single Convention Treaty. We have American Medicine and it works for many, yet there are other widely accepted forms of medicine. Medical cannabis is considered holistic medicine in many areas of the country. It has always been a part of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Korean medicines. Cannabis was widely used as medicine in this nation until 1937. Now science understands the connection between the plant and humans, it is time the nation accepts cannabis medicine as a science. In addition to American Medicine we currently have Chiropractic, Holistic, Herbal and Ayurvedic medicine being practiced here. There is room for cannabis medicine, the practice of medicine based on the endocannabinoid system and using cannabis to treat it. To say we are a free nation and forbid the only natural homeostatic substance that can actually heal people is an oxymoron.
Governments have shown a complete failure in regard to cannabis, respect for it's amazing healing properties and other beneficial uses. Therefore Cannabis must be returned to the people and removed from the controlled substance schedule allowing for it to be consumed fresh and raw as a food and dried for medicine and a safe relaxant.
The Pharmaceutical industry provides chemical compounds to treat symptoms. Cannabis is not a medicine in the same sense as pharmaceutical medicine. It does not treat the symptoms, it treats the cause. The cause of various ailments, disease, disorders, boils down to one thing, the ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is not working properly due to a deficiency of cannabinoids. Science has proven exogenous (external) cannabinoids, which only cannabis produces, act identically to endogenous cannabinoids, those our bodies make naturally. No amount of pharmaceuticals can boost the ECS. Only cannabis can do that by means of the cannabinoids.
As Raphael Mechoulem, the man who originally discovered THC in 1964 and has been studying cannabis ever since, whose team discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1987, states, "There is barely a biological or physiological system in our bodies in which the endocannabinoids do not participate". Since the discovery of anandamide in 1992, over 3500 publications have reported new data on the biological role of the endogenous cannabinoid system. Our bodies run on cannabinoids, some people don't produce enough, like a diabetic with insulin. When the body's own endocannabinoids are diminished, this causes a function issue within the body's systems.
For example Choukèr et al concluded:
"Stress and motion sickness in humans are associated with impaired endocannabinoid activity". This point is diagnostically of extreme value and should be used as a diagnostic tool. Every parent knows if their child suffers motion sickness. This should be the first warning sign that the individual's ECS has a deficiency and may well cause other health issues. I have yet to find one cannabis medicine patient that did not suffer motion sickness. If the ECS cannot function appropriately to balance the body's system when the body is in motion, there is much more is going on in that body which is unseen by the naked eye, and most likely unnoticed by the individual. This is in part because it is a minor differentiation and in part because they are unaware. If a person has a dysfunctional ECS they cannot be fully unaware of what true normal feels like. Their normal is off kilter from the get go. Chances are the child suffering motion sickness has additional problems with health, or brain/learning/social issues and/or sensitivities. These are all a signal that the ECS is involved and something is off balance which may cause further health issues. When all works correctly, there are no issues, the person is healthy. When the ECS cannot balance the systems the body reacts and the individual's health is at stake. Science has also learned that the activity of the ECS decreases the progression of brain aging. The neuroprotectant properties of cannabis actually protects the brain from Alzheimer's Disease, extreme damage from strokes, and from damage in seven out of the eight areas of the brain that suffers damage from binge drinking if cannabis is consumed during the binge.
The ECS is a critical modulator of physiological functions not only in the central nervous system but also in the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine network, the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract, the reproductive system, in microcirculation, and most important the cytokine network, which is the source of inflammation and the cause of nearly if not all disease. Science is learning that the cytokine network is also the cause of most if not all, mental health issues and disorders such as Autism. We also know cannabinoids kill cancer.
It occurs so often that the conclusion of medical studies are, "Our study suggests that targeting the endocannabinoid system might be useful for," then lists the biological disorder. Obviously with that being the conclusion of studies on nearly every disease or disorder, the only intelligent conclusion anyone can come to is that the endocannabinoid system is involved with everything. Rather than continuing on the path of creating disorders and diseases from a lack of cannabinoids in the diet, we must make cannabis available to protect the health of people. Insisting we play guinea pig to the pharmaceutical industry any longer while chemists try to conjure up some synthetic concoction to manipulate the endocannabinoid system is no longer acceptable. We have what is needed to treat the endocannabinoid system, and that is CANNABIS.
Though the DEA and FDA want to claim concern over the other components in cannabis, the truth is known that the flavonoids and terpenoids also have healing properties. As for anything else in cannabis that may cause concern, it is a widely known fact that cannabis has never caused any permanent damage to organs which most pharmaceuticals can and do. In the 5000 plus year history of the plant if there were any significant problems we would know about it, so to ignore the known facts is an insult to the American people.
The FDA regulates patented medicine. The DEA has a set of criteria to which they that they assign any controlled substance schedule change. Fact is they cannot use those same criteria on cannabis with the known science. The DEA's criteria is based upon having available studies displaying identical for a control group, knowing well they stand on the fact they have never allowed the studies to be done. However, the fact that science shows the body's need and use of cannabinoids for nearly every biological function clearly demonstrates that by doing so they are maintaining the status quo — creating patients, or one could easily say with the known science, they are in essence killing off citizens.
Until science develops the ability to measure the functions of the ECS the DEA's standards cannot possibly be used when classifying cannabis for the simple reason that physiologically cannabis' effects on each individual will vary depending on the level of endogenous cannabinoids and functionality of the individual ECS. Cannabis is a plant and not eligible for a patent. Therefore the DEA's argument is wrong and the FDA has no authority over cannabis as medicine.
By continuing to keep cannabis illegal the government is denying citizens an essential nutrient for health, causing health problems for many people, putting the citizens as stake on the plates of the stakeholders, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical profession, the FDA, the insurance companies, and all their stockholders. While we are a capitalist society, to create diseases for an industry to feed on by maintaining an illegal status of a plant that science has proven repeatedly to be a necessity for homeostasis is unacceptable by any government and no different from feeding the Christians to the lions. It is a genocide.
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