The people should always have Herbal Marijuana

available to them without any constraints from the law.

There are no deaths from Cannabis use. You can’t find one.

 

Dr. Lester Grinspoon - Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

 

... Medical Cannabis has been used for 1000s of Years ...

Cannabis has a history for medical use that spans thousands of years and many cultures. The beginnings of its use by humans are very difficult to trace, because it was cultivated and consumed long before the appearance of writing. According to archeological discoveries, it has been known in China at least since the Neolithic period, around 4000 BCE.

 

The Emperor of China, Shen Nung, also the discoverer of Tea and Ephedrine, is considered to be the first to have described the properties and therapeutic uses of Cannabis in his compendium of Chinese Medicinal Herbs written in 2737 BCE. It showed Cannabis mainly used as a medication for rheumatism, gout, malaria, and absent-mindedness.

 

Until the mid 19th Centrury, all medicines were plant-based - and Cannabis was the most widely used of those plants. To this day, the efficacy of Cannabis remains proven for treating a wide range of medical conditions that modern pharmaceuticals still cannot treat - or they do so with horrendous 'side' effects, that aren't present with Cannabis.

 

... Cannabiology Reports ...

... Cannabis Prohibition ...

 

Prohibition does little to keep Cannabis out of the reach of young persons. In fact, it is easier for them to obtain than alcohol.

 

The experience of the 40-year policy of the Netherlands shows that legalisation actually reduces the number of younger persons using Cannabis, and there is a significant reduction in the number of people progressing to the use of 'hard' drugs.

 

All the empirical evidence shows that Cannabis is not the 'Gateway Drug' that its political opponents have branded it - in fact, the reality is the exact opposite as it has been shown to be effective in treating those with Drug and Alcohol addictions.

... The Science of Cannabis ...

 

The major psychoactive chemical compound in Cannabis is

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (commonly abbreviated as THC).

 

Cannabis contains more than 400 different chemical compounds, including at least 85 other Cannabinoids (e.g. Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), etc.) which combine to give effects different from those of THC alone.

 

There is a growing consensus, based on years of research, that various combinations of these Cannabinoids are proving to be effective treatments for a wide range of medical conditions.

 

 

 

... Cannabis Toxicity ...

The LD50 (Lethal Dose in 50% of the population) for Cannabis in humans is so high that it is immeasurable. It is estimated that a person would have to consume about 15,000 Cannabis 'joints' in 20 minutes to kill them. A physical impossibility!

 

 

 

... Cannabis Mythology ...

There is a common myth purported and perpetuated by the media that Cannabis causes Schizophrenia and other Mental Health Issues. This is patently false...

 

According to the UN World Drug Report 2011, the country with the lowest level of regular users of Cannabis is Singapore at 0.004% the population and the average for the E.U. is 5.472%. (That is a 1,368 times higher rate in the E.U. than in Singapore!)

 

According to the World Health Organisation data from 2004, Singapore has the 7th highest level of Schizophrenia in the World at 311 per 100,000 of population, whereas the European average rate is almost half that with 184 per 100,000 of population.

 

This inverse correlation is repeated for other countries with lower regular Cannabis use than Europe. All the current research into Schizophrenia points to it being a genetic problem.

 

 

 

... The position of Medical Professionals ...

A Survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2013 found that 76% of Doctors worldwide would prescribe Medical Cannabis to their patients if it was legal.

 

One leading Cannabis researcher is Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and who was senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston for 40 years. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychiatric Association.

 

Dr. Grinspoon became interested in Cannabis in the 1960s when its use in the United States increased dramatically. He "had no doubt that it was a very harmful drug that was unfortunately being used by more and more foolish young people who would not listen to or could not believe or understand the warnings about its dangers."

 

When he began studying Cannabis in 1967, his intention was to "define scientifically the nature and degree of those dangers" but as he researched the subject in greater detail he reached the conclusion that he and the general public had been misinformed and misled. He stated:

 

 

There was little empirical evidence

to support my beliefs about

the dangers of marijuana.