Joe Rogan said it best. The only reason why marijuana is illegal is because of economics. If marijuana was made legal it would cost pharmaceutical and alcohol companies billions of dollars every year. If marijuana was legal it would be able to help treat a number of debilitating diseases and improve daily life for millions of people around the world. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is funded by alcohol companies. Alcohol is a sanctioned drug!
Ten illness can be treated by marijuana
- Marijuana can be used to treat and prevent glaucoma. According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye. “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.”
- Marijuana helps reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improves lung health. In January 2012, a study was published in Journal of the American Medical Association which said marijuana does not impair lung function and it can even increase lung capacity.
- Marijuana can help control epileptic seizures. Charlotte Figi suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome and a strain of marijuana called “Charlotte’s Web” has decreased Charlotte’s seizures from 300 a week to just one every seven days.
- Marijuana can decrease anxiety. In 2010, researchers at Harvard Medical School suggested that that some of marijuana’s benefits may be associated with reduced anxiety.
- THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. A study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute suggests that marijuana may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2006, the study published in the journal of Molecular Pharmaceutics found that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques are what kill brain cells and cause Alzheimer’s.
- Marijuana helps ease the pain associated with multiple sclerosis. GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) has developed a drug derived from cannabis called Sativex which helps patients who suffer from marijuana.
- Marijuana relieves arthritis discomfort. In 2011, researchers said that marijuana alleviates pain, reduces inflammation and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
- Marijuana might be able to eliminate Crohn’s disease. A study in Israel showed that smoking a joint significantly reduced Crohn’s disease symptoms in 10 out of 11 patients. Marijuana caused a complete remission in five of the patients.
- Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD. The Department of Health and Human Services recently signed off on a proposal to study marijuana’s potential as part of the treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Marijuana reduces some of the pain and nausea from chemotherapy and stimulates appetite.
How did marijuana become illegal?
In 1861, a farmer from Bologna manufactured a decorticator which processed hemp in a cost effective manner. Many people believe it was invented in the United States in 1935, however, it was not. A decorticator made it very easy to produce products from hemp. The decorticator was about to revolutionize the way hemp related products were made and a magazine called Popular science published an article which said, “Hemp the new billion dollar product,” on the cover.
William Randolph Hurst owned a paper mill and was very well connected with high ranking officials in the government. Hurst started printing stories about a new drug called marijuana, which was a type of Mexican wild tobacco. The stories would say that, “Blacks and Mexicans would smoke it and rape white women.”
Congress ended up making marijuana illegal without even realizing they were making hemp illegal.