Why is it that when states adopt medical cannabis laws, alcohol consumption goes down and there are fewer traffic fatalities? This study from the Journal of Law and Economics examines the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic fatalities, which is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 5-34.
Scientists noted that the first full year after coming into effect, legalization of medical cannabis “was associated with an 8–11 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.”
Authors write that “legalization is also associated with sharp decreases in the price of marijuana and alcohol consumption, which suggests that marijuana and alcohol are substitutes.” They conclude “alcohol is the likely mechanism through which the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities.
There’s a wealth of laboratory evidence that compounds in cannabis kill cancer cells in a variety of ways. Even very low concentrations of cannabinoids have anti-cancer effects, and all cannabinoids have extremely low toxicity. The doctors in this video discuss how it is whole plant cannabis and not pharmaceutical drugs based on the plant’s chemistry that will seize the day and out perform the patented products of pharmaceutical corporations. Right now, federal laws and regulations prevent the study of cannabis in humans in the United States. Let’s do what needs to be done and study this plant in humans – the lives of our loved ones are too short to have politics and religion interfering with our god given right to use this plant to help ourselves and those we love. Here is some information from the National Cancer Institute that you might find interesting on the use of cannabis for helping cancer patients: http://goo.gl/XXsUf
A proper cannabis recommendation requires more than just a few minutes of a doctor’s time, and includes information on cannabinoid content, strain selection, and delivery methods. If you’re not getting this information from your doctor, you’re not getting a real cannabis consultation and are missing information on the full value and healing potential of the plant.
Join me at the largest free speech event on the planet, Seattle Hempfest 2013. Because of it’s low toxicity and broad effectiveness, cannabis has a huge role to play in 21st century medicine. I am excited to announce that I will be speaking on the medical panel for the third time about the benefits of topical, raw and low-psychoactive applications of cannabis for chronic pain. Come to Hempfest and educate yourself about the myriad of benefits offered by the Cannabis plant including medicinal, scientific, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other benefits and applications. There will be lot’s of live music and other festivities too. It’s fun and it’s FREE!
I’ll be speaking at the Peter McWilliams stage on Friday, August 16 at 5:40 PM; on the Medical Panel on Saturday, August 17th at the Hemposium stage at 11:50 AM; and on Sunday, August 18th at the Seeley stage at 12:50 PM. Here is a list of the full speaker schedule and Hempfest map.
Topical cannabis reduces pain in just 20 minutes after application, broadens range of motion, and does not give patients a head high. Additionally, cannabis helps patients use less harmful medications such as opiates, and in terms of toxicity, it is by far the safest of all the pain medications.
For those of you interested in cannabis as a treatment for migraine headache, here’s an interesting video. Dr. David Bearman discusses the early historical use of cannabis for migraine in the United States. Enjoy, -Dr. Jake Felice