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Thinker13
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Posted 03/09/12 - 2:44 AM:
Subject: The Weed Controversy
It was Holi in India.It has been traditional in India to consume Bhaang(Indian Hemp, Cannabis Sativa) on the occasion of some festivals like Holi and Shivaratri. I read some articles about Bhaang and other drugs.

I came across this interesting article: www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/b...botany/Cannabis/index.html

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Marijuana was intentionally introduced to North America in Jamestown (1611) as a fiber plant, used primarily for ropes and canvas sails and for paper to print Bibles (the Gutenberg Bible and many others were published on hemp paper; what would Rev. Falwell say about marijuana Bibles?), and in many states marijuana occasionally grows as a weed, spread by birds. Many famous documents, including early drafts of the Declaration of Independence and writings of Thomas Paine, were scribed on cannabis paper. Hemp farming was done by Thomas Jefferson and many other famous individuals of colonial times, our domestic hemp industry helped our ancestors become economically independent of Mother England, and hemp was at the center of debate between the North and the South in fights by Webster and Clay over tariffs. Regardless of that legacy, in the United States the first marijuana laws were enacted in 1900, presumably because the liquor lobby did not want competition, even though from 1840-1900 more than 100 papers had been published in Western medical literature for using marijuana to treat various illnesses and discomforts. The League of Nations opposed the drug in 1925. The great blow to U.S. use of marijuana as a medicine came with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which became law following a massive campaign by Harry Anslinger, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who accused marijuana to be an addictive drug, causing violent crimes, psychosis, and mental deterioration. The film Reefer Madness was part of that campaign. That law levied a tax of $1 per ounce for industrial or medical purposes and $100 per ounce for other uses, and tax evasion was punishable by stiff fines or prison terms. That legislation made marijuana a major financial liability for anyone dealing with the plant, and all legitimate uses of marijuana and hemp were essentially stopped economically.

Several books have chronicled the legal and political actions that followed passage of the 1937 law against the use of marijuana. Early on Major LaGuardia of New York City established a commission of physicians to investigate claims made by Anslinger against marijuana; in 1944, that commission published its findings that there is no proof of links between marijuana and crime, antisocial behavior, sexual overstimulation, etc., but the U.S.F.B.N. denounced that report. The U.S. government staunchly defended its policy while later secretly giving contracts to companies to identify military uses of cannabis. In 1970, under President Nixon the Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, which assigned psychoactive drugs to five schedules, and cannabis was assigned to the most restrictive one, Schedule I, meaning that it has no medical use, a high potential for abuse, and cannot be used safely even under doctor's supervision. Remarkably, drugs like cocaine and many opiates were placed on schedules with less restrictions, even though many of those are both deadly and highly addictive. Beginning in 1972, legal challenges began against the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, basically to reclassify Cannabis as a Schedule II drug, so that marijuana could be used for some medical uses. To date, the U.S. government through its agencies has blocked and avoided hearings and sidestepped judgments favoring the reclassification of marijuana, while many states, beginning in 1978 with New Mexico, have attempted to decriminalize possession for medical or personal use.





The United States government has refused to accept testimonials and anecdotal evidence for cannabis, insisting that none have been scientific studies, done with large samples and acceptable placebos, while the government has during the same period broadly blocked attempts by researchers to conduct the necessary research that undoubtedly would show that many claims are authentic. One group of individuals fights any legitimate use of marijuana from the standpoint of stopping use of all psychoactive drugs, which is, in general, deleterious to modern society. List here many millions of frustrated or angry adults whose children or relatives have been forever changed by the drug culture. One foe to marijuana is the pharmaceutical industry, which stands to lose billions of dollars in annual income if cheaper alternatives are prescribed, on the hemp plant which cannot be patented. Other foes to marijuana are those who insist that patients should not be taking a medicine that creates a high and is addictive, suggesting that the medical use of marijuana is a veil covering attempts by victims to have a good time. The simple fact is that most patients who use marijuana or other narcotics to relieve chronic pain or sickness do so without ever experiencing hallucinations, those associated with recreational drug use. It is not true that marijuana is fatal, there being only a couple cases of death by ingestion in the world (India), none in the United States, unless you include vehicular manslaughter and suicide committed under the influence of marijuana (a minute fraction as compared with alcohol).




My questions are:

In spite of having many proofs that tobacco and liquor are more (or at least equally) dangerous to health than Cannabis, why they're allowed whereas the latter is banned?

Why any research showing that cannabis is good for health meets outright rejection?

How something which was not dangerous started getting so heavily opposed in the twentieth century?


Is it a grand plot of pharmaceutical agencies and liquor mafias?


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Posted 03/09/12 - 9:37 AM:

Here is something if you like conspiracy theorys, but I think this one has some foundation and sounds plausable. Many years ago the fibers from the hemp plant were used to make rope and it was very good rope by all measures. Then one of the large chemical mfg's developed nylon fibers and developed the technology to manfacture rope, but hemp had the market tied up so they looked at the drug use and got the growing and importation of hemp and any thing from the hemp plant banned, based on the drug use.

There are similar stories about trucks and the railroads, the production of dairy products, and other food products, so it fits the way the US government works, and many other countries follow the US lead it part because of all the 'foreign aid' at stake.
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Posted 03/09/12 - 2:05 PM:

Yup, blame Dupont.

It was also a matter of cost. At the time, processing hemp was very costly in terms of labour, whereas new synthetic materials were getting cheaper and cheaper. However, we were just on the verge of a hemp revival of sorts, as new technology had been developed to mitigate those previous high labour costs in hemp production, but all that got stalled and killed.

Cannabis seed and seed oil is very healthy for us, and there are some that claim cannabis flower oil (high concentration of THC) can cure cancer, with studies showing that THC does attack and destroy cancer cells. So aside from industrial use in fabrics, paper, rope, and biofuel, it has great food and medical potential. Of course, these uses relate to different strains of the plant. Heavy 'drug' strains are not good for industrial uses, even if they have medicinal use.

Its all been a matter of competing economic interests and lobbying by special groups. Marijuana as a recreational vehicle was on the fringe of society back in the day, and thus its banning only impacted certain social groups, whereas alcohol was a national standard and an integral part of western civilization from the days of Noah.

The controversy is why does restriction and limitation persist to this day when we can demonstrate the value of this plant and forcefully negate and reject all claims to it being a narcotic and dangerous 'drug'?

Money is again the answer.

The war on drugs in the US and abroad is fake. It means that in the US they crack down on anyone who gets too rich buying and selling drugs. And abroad it means using the military to destroy or control competition at the source. Our western nations are essentially big time drug dealers, make no mistake. Let's not forget the Opium wars. Things haven't changed much.

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Posted 03/10/12 - 6:40 AM:

thedoc wrote:
Here is something if you like conspiracy theorys, but I think this one has some foundation and sounds plausable. Many years ago the fibers from the hemp plant were used to make rope and it was very good rope by all measures. Then one of the large chemical mfg's developed nylon fibers and developed the technology to manfacture rope, but hemp had the market tied up so they looked at the drug use and got the growing and importation of hemp and any thing from the hemp plant banned, based on the drug use.


Hmm, very murky business, I must say. disapproval



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There are similar stories about trucks and the railroads, the production of dairy products, and other food products, so it fits the way the US government works, and many other countries follow the US lead it part because of all the 'foreign aid' at stake.



To a T.
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Posted 03/10/12 - 7:01 AM:

Monk2400 wrote:
Yup, blame Dupont.



Cannabis seed and seed oil is very healthy for us, and there are some that claim cannabis flower oil (high concentration of THC) can cure cancer, with studies showing that THC does attack and destroy cancer cells. So aside from industrial use in fabrics, paper, rope, and biofuel, it has great food and medical potential. Of course, these uses relate to different strains of the plant. Heavy 'drug' strains are not good for industrial uses, even if they have medicinal use.


There has been traditional use of Cannabis Sativa in India associated with lord Shiva and Sufis. The usage goes back to Vedas. In the Atharvaveda this plant is mentioned to have special quality of being capable of releasing anxiety. There have rarely been cases of addiction or death with Cannabis Sativa ( None that I have noticed in particular in my life-span.) Compare this with liquor and Tobacco--every other day I read about deaths from poisoned alcohol or violence because of alcohol. It makes things slightly clearer about the world wide games being played by pharmaceutical agencies.

Those links are very informative. I have read of trials in India where some Ayurvedic doctors have tried to defend themselves against the usage of Cannabis Sativa.


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Posted 03/10/12 - 7:42 AM:

There is a Gateway Drug Theory which suggests that some drugs like tobacco, alcohol and Cannabis pose a risk of being first step for harder illicit drugs. It has also not been corroborated with experiments.
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Posted 03/10/12 - 1:28 PM:

What Do Long Distance Running and Marijuana Have in Common?

Endocannabinoids are the answer!


The investigators wired up college students and put them to work in the gym, and found that “exercise of moderate intensity dramatically increased concentrations of anandamide in blood plasma.” The researchers break the runner’s high into four major components. Exercise, they say, “suppresses pain, induces sedation, reduces stress, and elevates mood.” Some of the parallels with the cannabis high are not hard to tease out: “Analgesia, sedation (post-exercise calm or glow), a reduction in anxiety, euphoria, and difficulties in estimating the passage of time.”

There are cannabinoid receptors in muscles, skin and the lungs. Intriguingly, the authors suggest that unlike “other rhythmic endurance activities such as swimming, running is a weight bearing sport in which the feet must absorb the ‘pounding of the pavement.’” Swimming, the authors speculate, “may not stimulate endocannabinoid release to as great an extent as running.”


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Posted 03/10/12 - 1:39 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:
There is a Gateway Drug Theory which suggests that some drugs like tobacco, alcohol and Cannabis pose a risk of being first step for harder illicit drugs. It has also not been corroborated with experiments.


Of course not because it's a ludicrous idea.

Smoking a cigarette has no inherent impact on one's desire to smoke a joint. At best you might say that if you have smoked something in the past, you might be more amendable to smoking something in the future.

The reality is that drugs swirl around in our culture in a recreation environment. And this is emphasized all the more because of prohibition and negative attitudes and stereotypes. The fact is that in a 'party' atmosphere one is more likely to run into alcohol, cannabis, exstacy, cocaine, mushrooms, LSD, and more. And more so when one is in adolescence, in the 'experimental' years. But whether one partakes is always, in my experience, a matter of the individual's attitudes and perceptions of the substances beforehand. I've seen lots of ppl who drink that would never touch 'drugs', and plenty who would only do coke occassionally, or only smoke weed and not drink booze, etc.

Further, lumping all these items together under the label of public enemy number 1, does us all a great disservice. Even tobacco can be used ceremonially and ritually without any abuse. Same with alcohol. If alcohol is such a gateway, for example, why aren't all them Catholics who take the eurachrist now raging weed heads? laughing

Its like this snip from the Simpsons, where Homer addresses the Flanders kids, helping them distinguish between 'drugs' and 'DRRRUUUGGSSS!!'

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Posted 03/11/12 - 1:07 AM:

Monk2400 wrote:
What Do Long Distance Running and Marijuana Have in Common?

Endocannabinoids are the answer!



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This is a good piece of information Monk2400; but I am not able to access that link; it just redirects me to my Facebook home.
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Posted 03/11/12 - 12:25 PM:

Just found this piece on a website


Sweden Legalizes and Regulates Cannabis


12/19/2011Stockholm, December 19


- The Swedish Parliament has approved a law which will regulate the growing, usage and trade of cannabis. This is according to the Health and Social Services of Sweden, Jonas Grönhög, who was quoted, "We don't want to make the same mistakes which the USA has done, we do not want to be prohibitionists because the war on drugs has been lost long ago. It is better to prevent marginalization of young people than jail them for soft drugs usage which are comparatively harmless. If we allow the sale of alcohol, there is no reason to ban the soft drugs no longer." Cannabis products are going to be available in the pharmacies in Sweden as non-prescription medicine since April 20 in 2012 and customers more than 18-year-old can buy 10 grams at once. Growing for personal usage will be tolerated up to 200 grams of dried marijuana and larger amounts stay illegal. It is likely that this will target the Police resources on more serious crime, especially on organized crime, drug trafficking and trafficking in human beings which have been increased for lack of the Police resources in recent years.
Source: 420 Dagbladet, Stockholm, December 19 2011



This website has many other useful links related to the matter in the hand on this page


Cannabis, Marijuana, HempPsychedelics Psychedelics Alternative Medicine[Making hemp illegal: 1. Provides make-work for a vast army of "law enforcers" who then are available to be used for other social control work. 2. Protects the market share of numerous well organized lobbies: alcohol makers, plastics and chemical manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and cotton growers (still a powerful economic force in America 200 + years after the Civil War.) 3. Gives fascist minded politicians yet another way to control the population 1 4. Keeps the money in Dope Inc. 5. Makes it easier to suppress a good medicine (see: Suppress alternatives).
Cannabis as a psychedelic should be treated like a true plant ally, and with respect for it can give you great insight, feelings of beauty and love, connect you to Nature, animals and people deeply, as well as hugely enhancing your sexual feelings (especially if you have suppressed them), as well as giving you visions of your True Way. The downside is it can get you addicted to tobacco, stimulate negative emotions and drama games, be a huge de-motivator, and most frequent users are Cannabis as a psychedelic should be treated like a true plant ally, and with respect for it can give you great insight, feelings of beauty and love, connect you to Nature, animals and people deeply, as well as hugely enhancing your sexual feelings (especially if you have suppressed them), as well as giving you visions of your True Way. The downside is it can get you addicted to tobacco, stimulate negative emotions and drama games, be a huge de-motivator, and most frequent users are Pyjama people.]


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Posted 03/11/12 - 1:57 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:



This is a good piece of information Monk2400; but I am not able to access that link; it just redirects me to my Facebook home.


ooops, try now.

http://addiction-dirkh.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-do-long-distance-running-and.html?spref=fb
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Cannabis Cures Cancer Website is a very detailed testimony of various persons who were healed because of Cannabis.
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