Free online cannabis book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by #JackHerer. This is the book that started the hemp revolution. More than 600,000 copies have been sold to date. Jack wanted this information to be available to everyone, so he published the text of the book here on the internet for free. Great resource –> http://goo.gl/oLVr9
No other pain relieving medication is less toxic than cannabis, even aspirin or Tylenol. This is why cannabis as medicine could be an excellent choice, even for animals. As humans become more attuned to the benefits of a cheap, natural pain reliever that doesn’t have death as a side-effect, some forward thinking vets are doing the same thing for our four legged friends.
Dr. Doug Kramer, a California veterinarian is among a growing number of experts who believe that cannabis can help canines cope with painful conditions. During an interview with Vice, he told the magazine that some dogs do not respond to pain killers, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medicine, and that cannabis can be an alternative option to help relieve suffering.
Dr. Kramer first considered marijuana for animal treatment when one of his clients inquired about obtaining medical marijuana for her pet when other more toxic medications stopped working. Kramer also tried the treatment on his cancer-stricken Husky named Nikita. He said that the marijuana improved her quality of life and put off her inevitable euthanasia by helping with her pain and stimulating her appetite.
While speaking to the news organization Mother Jones, the cannabis friendly doctor also mentioned that people have used cannabis for treating their pets’ inflammation from arthritis. He said one woman even gave her horse marijuana-infused butter to treat the hoofed mammal’s case of laminitis, a foot disease that causes painful swelling.
Irv Rosenfeld is the longest surviving medical marijuana patient alive today. He is a hero and pioneer for many in the medical cannabis world. Although this video is a little dated, it is an excellent framing of the issue of medical cannabis. Mr. Rosenfeld testified before the State of Michigan Committee on Government Operations on Tuesday November 28th, 2006
This study’s findings rebut the repeated claims from prohibition supporters that the passage of medical cannabis laws increase teen use.
Scientists “found no evidence of intermediate-term effects of passage of state MMLs (medical marijuana laws) on the prevalence or frequency of adolescent nonmedical marijuana use in the states evaluated.” Again from the study: Difference-in-differences estimates suggested that passing MMLs (medical marijuana laws) decreased past-month use among adolescents … and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use. … [These] estimates suggest that reported adolescent marijuana use may actually decrease following the passing of medical marijuana laws.”
Medical marijuana laws do not increase teen use, rather it is the social use of cannabis in a black market setting that contributes to teen drug use. Legal cannabis is the best way to protect our children from the black market.
There has been a lot of concern about the health hazards of smoking cannabis as medicine. Luckily, you don’t have to smoke cannabis to get medical relief. Cannabis vaporizers give the same biological effect as smoking, but without harmful toxins.
Cannabis vaporizers allow patients to inhale steam, and not the smoke of active cannabinoids including CBD, while avoiding harmful smoke toxins. To do this, vaporizers heat cannabis to well below the temperature where fire and smoke are produced. And even though there is no smoke, the benefits of CBD, THC and other medically active cannabinoids are inhaled by the patient, with none of the carcinogenic tars and noxious gases that are found in smoking.
Many medical marijuana patients who find smoking cannabis irritating report effective relief inhaling through vaporizers. Patients who are concerned about the respiratory hazards of smoking are strongly advised to avoid smoking and use vaporizers.
As a note on cannabis smoke and cancer, there exists no epidemiological evidence that marijuana smokers face a higher risk of smoking-related cancers. For further information on this interesting topic, see these links here, and here.
©2011 J. F. Felice, ND
From the LA TIMES
MEXICO CITY — Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, was one of the earliest and most prominent voices in favor of legalizing marijuana here. Now he says he would also become a grower.
Fox, who is known for provocative statements, argues that legalizing and regulating marijuana production would deprive violent drug traffickers of their profits. And then legitimate growers would naturally take over production, he says.
“I am a farmer,” Fox told reporters this week at his Fox Center in central Mexico’s Guanajuato state. “Once marijuana is legitimate and legal, I can do it.”
The millions of dollars that marijuana production generates should be going to business entrepreneurs and the Mexican tax base, the former president added, and not to the likes of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel and one of the world’s top fugitive drug lords.
“Marijuana with adequate controls and with legalization can perfectly well be an operating, legal industry [in Mexico] that would take millions of dollars away from the criminals,” said Fox, who was president from 2000 to 2006 for the conservative National Action Party.
At least three years ago, Fox became one of a number of former Latin American leaders to advocate some form of decriminalization of marijuana and possibly other drugs — a position adamantly opposed by the U.S. government.
His latest statements, which were carried in the Mexican media Thursday, came as the Organization of American States debated at its annual general assembly alternative approaches to a drug war that many member nations feel has become too violent with little progress.
Several countries were advocating a shift in emphasis to public health measures rather than jailing and police action. The meeting in Antigua, Guatemala, winds up Thursday, but it was not clear there would be consensus on final recommendations regarding drug policies.