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Medical Marijuana & Health Care Economics

People have CB1 receptors in the brain. The body makes Anandamide to bond at CB1, and if you smoke marijuana that is where the THC likes to go.


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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Everybody needs Cannabinoids to be healthy. When your body does not produce sufficient cannabinoids, you need to supplement with medical marijuana to be healthy. When President Obama stops DEA raids on medical marijuana everything gets better: Health Care Costs, Medicare & Medicaid, PTSD Veterans, Auto Immune, Autism, ADHD & Chronic Pain Conditions. By encouraging scientific research, Obama will allow cannabis nutraceutical products to help everyone (when federal law allows), without the Pharmaceutical Industry or taxes or the VA.

This is ALL True. It is happening right now. Part of the solution to all these issues, exists in medical marijuana states. It is time to connect the dots of medical marijuana and the issues facing America today. We need to live, think & plan sustainably. We must create eco-friendly, economically sustainable solutions because Washington does not have any answers.

We are part of the solution. But we do not want to go to jail. We are not legalization activists, drug dealers or gang bangers; we are eco-entrepreneurs: aging baby-boomers, PTSD Vets, old hippies with advanced degrees and/or years in alternative health care. We are ‘out to save the world’; ‘what would Jesus do’ folks.

As part of State Medical Marijuana Programs, individual patients (such as myself) have developed cannabis products (home remedy- cookies or brownies or oils) that have dramatic effect on cancer, heart disease, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Tourette syndrome, PTSD, chronic pain, Meth & other addictions, depression, autism, ADHD, and many more. Yes, I have personally helped Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients with all these conditions. My ‘No-High, healthy, Angel Oil Cookies’ allows medical marijuana benefit without smoking or intoxication.

There is no group or network but I am not the only cannabis herbalist doing this right now. The DEA agents are just following orders; Obama will change those orders. Just leave us alone. Perhaps some problems exist with medical marijuana laws but we are not the problem. We are the solution. Barack Obama is acting like Ronald Reagan, allowing states rights on Medical Marijuana. We have ‘voted with our feet’. Send the DEA after Meth and we can help everyone.

Endogenous Cannabinoids- Every body needs Cannabinoids

Endocannabinoids are substances produced from within the body. Similar to a diabetic that does not produce enough insulin, those that need medical marijuana have damaged or weak production of endocannabinoids. A search of Google and a visit to Wikipedia will convince you every human has cannabinoids. Every creature from the dinosaurs to humans has cannabinoid receptors. Unlike alcohol, nicotine, meth or other drugs, a health body makes the cannabinoids it needs. People are sick because they can not make the cannabinoids they need.

Your body has CB1 receptors in the brain and the body makes Anandamide to bond at CB1, and if you smoke marijuana that is where the THC likes to go. CB2 receptors are primarily found in the Immune system and body makes 2-AG to bond to the CB2 receptors, which are found primarily in the Immune systems. As THC breaks down, the metabolite cannabinoids bond to the CB2 Receptors.

Simultaneous use of multiple cannabinoids affecting the CB2 receptors in the Immune System may explain why medical marijuana works and why cannabis is difficult to study in laboratories. Labs do not have multi-species cannabis grows to get different cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are produced as needed by the body rather than stored, making them difficult to study.

Plant Cannabinoids- Every body likes them; some bodies need them

Plant Cannabinoids only come from hemp (marijuana) plants. These cannabinoids (just not THC) are present in Hemp Oils or Hemp Foods. Until 70 years ago, plant cannabinoids were a staple of every pharmacy and part of a healthy diet. Then, Reefer Madness, the Tobacco Lobby and Big Pharma….. and sick people are criminals.

The body prefers Plant Cannabinoids over Endogenous Cannabinoids. When you consume Plant Cannabinoids, they displace Endogenous Cannabinoids. The Marijuana High occurs during this transition. However, for those with damaged endogenous cannabinoids that have regular use of Plant Cannabinoids, these patients do not really get high; only comfortable & relaxed.

Use of Alcohol overpowers the Plant Cannabinoids; increasing impairment and decreasing the health benefit. Most people’s negative experiences with marijuana are preceded by alcohol consumption; they failed to observe the old stoner adage- Bongs before Beers; NOT Beers before Bongs.

Plant Cannabinoids are part of a regeneration nutrition that is needed by a portion of the population. We design products & dosage for patients health condition and age.

Health Care Costs- PTSD, Medicare & Medicaid

Without cannabinoids, these people can not work, they get sicker and health care costs go up. With proper treatment, the chronic conditions get better, health care costs go down and they go back to work. If a medical marijuana patients have damaged or weak production of endocannabinoids, it would be cheaper to get them feeling healthy and back to work and maybe helping others; rather than putting them in jail.

Let’s call it Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome (CDS). How many people have damaged or weak production of endocannabinoids? How many people have Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome? Dr. Richard W. Noble saw Cannabinoids as an effective treatment but we did not have a legal method of production. Prior to his death, Dr. Noble set me on the path to find how to develop Angel Oil as a treatment for Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome.

Dr. Richard Noble, MD (RIP) speculated that Cannabinoid Deficiency affects 20-30 percent of the population. Dr. Noble included many aging conditions, arthritis, obesity and auto-immune disorders. Dr. Noble agreed with David E. Comings, M.D. (Tourette Syndrome and Human Behavior) that said many auto-immune and behavioral conditions were linked to a common unidentified, genetic issue. Dr. Comings linked Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, OCD, Depression, Eating Disorders, Hyperactivity, Stuttering, Tics and more. Dr. Comings had not found a common explanation. We feel the connection between all these conditions is Cannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome. Why? Because properly administered Cannabinoids make patients with these conditions better.

This 20-30% with CDS approximates the percent of the population are that uses marijuana regularly. They are self medicating; forced to deal with criminals because they have to survive and live normal lives. They need a better source of Cannabinoids than smoking BC Bud that they get from a dealer that probably sells other drugs.

Veterans with PTSD are helped with Cannabinoids. My friend and colleague, Dr. Philip Leveque, has written extensively in Salem-News.com about veterans and medical marijuana. Marijuana helps PTSD. Yes, Cannabinoid therapy is the answer to PTSD. Helping PTSD Vets is something we can do about the War now.

If you reduce the Health Care Costs of 20-30% the population and help PTSD Vets, it will add up fast. It costs nothing to find out if Cannabinoid therapies are effective in reducing health care costs. How much savings? Too many variables to calculate. But billions saved with healthier, happier people; everybody wins.

Big Pharma vs. Little Farma

If a person can not afford health care, they can produce their own cannabinoid medicines in their backyard and make cookies in their kitchen. Marijuana has never killed or even hurt anyone; neither will home-made cannabis medicines. Does anyone really care if old hippies are smoking marijuana and eating cookies? What does it cost anyone?

It costs the pharmaceutical industry. They can not get a patent on natural products, so they are trying to produce synthetic cannabinoids that can be patented. They do about the same thing; but they are just one cannabinoid. Synthetic cannabinoids are not as effective and very expensive. We, medical stoners know synthetic cannabinoids are a joke. Let Big Pharma try….God makes better cannabinoids than Big Pharma.

It is time to connect the dots of Medical Cannabis. By allowing the development of cannabinoid medicines, we can make people healthier, reduces Health Care Costs to the benefit of everyone. Just lets us help each other; without the federal government’s help or inference.

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Peter Kennedy is a 40 year Medical Marijuana User & Martial Artist & Mr. Mom. He is an MBA that studied Economics at Notre Dame. He operated his computer software business until an accident disabled him. In order to restore his health, he developed Angel Oil and uses cellular renewal nutrition; he has fully recovered. Peter now works in the bio-tech industry. Contact via email- info@cannabisangels.com.




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Burlwood Barry November 17, 2012 11:05 am (Pacific time)

article mentions president Obama on June 7th, 2008. obviously the admins of this website smoke meth, not marijuana. their loss!


Phil Lane April 22, 2010 9:43 am (Pacific time)

look i have been smoking since the age of 12 and im now 18. marijuana has been in or around my life since i was a child. ive had family members that have gotten addicted and died from perscription drugs that the FDA finds perfectly fine to give to people. there are so many health benefeits to marijuana that i see no reason why alcohol and perscription pills can be legal and cause death, while marijuana has never harmed a single soul. i'm a very christian person and attend church every sunday and i follow the word of the bible as follows in Genesis Ch.1 Verse 29, "...and i give to you all seed bearing plants to use to your abundance." Legalize it for sure.


Zadie November 6, 2009 8:13 am (Pacific time)

I know marijuana affects the memory and you emotion area.... but any ways if doctors give it out for old people why cant we smoke it on our own with out sombody saying stuff.... it wont kill us it will rot our brain but shyt its good.... Its like candy its so good but u eat too much your teeth will rot or other stuff. cops smoke tooooo. shout out 420


Anonymous April 3, 2009 7:34 am (Pacific time)

I just want to say to all those small minded people who do not belive medical marijuana is needed to think of all the perscription drugs you are putting into your and your kids bodys. I say God made weed man made drugs who the hell do you trust!


Suruh March 18, 2009 10:14 am (Pacific time)

marijuana is good and doesnt harm you so legalize it!! LA Love.


gangaman March 1, 2009 2:21 pm (Pacific time)

BONG HITS FOR JESUS!!!


hin yu January 28, 2009 9:28 am (Pacific time)

i think it should be leagal


myosoma December 17, 2008 11:01 pm (Pacific time)

Just look at how much medical research is being done on cannabinoids, and the US Patent in 2003, and you can figure out that- yes, weed is an inexpensive medicine that is being hijacked, much like raw almonds and raw milk.


CAM November 16, 2008 9:15 pm (Pacific time)

It is a shame that the true benefit of marijuana is not seen. Yet so many are suckered into taking all of these dangerous prescription drugs that are so freely prescribed.


d November 1, 2008 11:17 am (Pacific time)

You are not an honest person. Marijuana freezes the soul, which causes the high, detached, cynical point of view. It harms people. It causes lethargy and also arrogance, which is well demonstrated by the propogandanda written by the article's writer.


Anonymous August 3, 2008 11:36 pm (Pacific time)

I HIGHLY recommend the documentary movie "Grass." Documents how one man's apprehension became the shameful multi-billion dollar "war on drugs". What a waste of resources that could have been used to actually benefit this nation's people. Don't remain silent and VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Brinna July 21, 2008 10:15 pm (Pacific time)

The validity of what this article says is borne out by the fact that the US Govt itself holds a patent on the medicinal use of cannabinoids (derived from cannabis) for the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including stroke, trauma, auto-immune disorders, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It patent no. 6,630,507 and the assignee is the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. So, though the government may claim that cannabis has no medical value, they were smart enough (or hypocritical enough) to take a patent out on it.


Anonymous July 8, 2008 6:03 pm (Pacific time)

You don't NEED marijuana to live. What a stupid thing to say.


sts July 8, 2008 8:35 am (Pacific time)

when obama stops DEA raids? what color is the sky where YOU live?


charles hatfield July 8, 2008 1:42 am (Pacific time)

fight for your rights fight for your freedom

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