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Medical Marijuana Therapy 101 for Disbelievers: There's a Lot of Bull Here
Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
How much of the government and media's information on marijuana is actually true?
Cheech and Chong are a treasured act among marijuana users, but how much of what they convince people of, is true?
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - There is so much misinformation in the media about the medical use of marijuana, that getting to the real truth can sometimes be difficult. It should not be the case, but the laws in the United States outlawing this natural plant have created a very difficult atmosphere for research.
All the while millions and millions and millions of Americans and other world citizens have used it, regardless of the law, but they do so with limited guidance, and not much word from authorities other than, "that is illegal, off to jail with you!"
Then you have thousands of portrayals of marijuana use in media over the years, beginning with the ridiculous movie "Reefer Madness" that convinced an entire generation that marijuana transformed people into raving mad killers. Cheech and Chong made it it hilarious, but comedy fails to address the serious side of this plant that arises when police arrest people and courts yank their children, often the safest kids in the world, because they used a plant in some way that was illegal according to some law somewhere.
Last week Salem Police arrested a legal medical marijuana grower who reportedly sold some of the stuff to the wrong person. He was arrested and held on $240,000 bail. His biggest problem was living within a thousand feet of a school. Welcome to the land of the free. Right.
Anyway, this is a brief rundown that encompasses part of what we know about what is true and what is false in the informational wars regarding cannabis.
- Cannabis use is dangerous.
A. No significant harm or deaths in approx. 5000 years of use.
- Cannabis is addicting.
A. Slightly emotionally, not physically addictive, with minimal withdrawl
- Cannabis has NO legitimate medical use.
A. Storm Crow’s list (search it) with medical references disproves this.
- The main effect of cannabis is euphoria.
A. Euphoria is a stimulatory effect on the brain. Cannabis works well on almost ALL body systems.
- Cannabis is a depressant.
A. For some body systems yes, this is called a beneficial modulating or moderating effect.
- Cannabis damages the brain.
A. Cannabis helps with many brain diseases such as epilepsy.
- Cannabis causes breast growth in males.
A. If it did in males it would do it in females. Any takers?
- Cannabis reduces I.Q. (Intelligence Quota = Brain Power).
A. Cannabis in higher doses causes something like alcoholic drunkedness. Don’t use it and take an I.Q. test.
- Cannabis damages the fetus.
A. Extensive tests and studies done in Jamaica conclude this is false.
- Cannabis is used mostly by degenerate races.
A. Presidents Jefferson and Washington, et cetera had cannabis in their gardens!!! The Spanish did bring it to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. They brought it to the U.S.
- Cannabis is used only by very few people.
A. It is estimated that 400,000,000 people in the world use it. In America the U.S. Gov’t estimated 70,000,000 have used it at least once and 20,000,000 use it each month.
- Cannabis is as bad or worse than tobacco.
A. Tobacco tars cause cancer and kill hundreds of thousands every year. Cannabis has never killed anyone.
- Cannabis causes crime.
A. The biggest crime is being caught by scotch drinking cops. This is about 1,000,000 per year.
- Cannabis is as dangerous as alcohol.
A. Cannabis can cause “drunkedness” and sleepiness but does not kill like alcohol does.
- Cannabis is illegal everywhere.
A. Several Foreign Countries and several (14) U.S. States have made Medical Cannabis legal.
- Cannabis causes or promotes disease.
A. Bad cannabis causes Bronchitis or headaches. Good cannabis helps many diseases. See #3.
- Cannabis is harmful in many ways.
A. This is U.S. Gov’t propaganda. Almost none of their claims are true.
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