The human race has used the cannabis plant for its different uses since time began, with countless references to it in every ancient culture.
It is only since 1937, very recently in terms of civilization, that this natural plant has been deemed illegal to utilize. It seems baffling that something that grows naturally on our planet has been made illegal, but that is what the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 did, and later the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 made the punishment for using it even greater.
Thankfully, as time passes it seems that the public, and indeed doctors are coming round to the realization that cannabis has many therapeutic properties. There has been over 20,000 published studies, and 2,100 since 2011 that have investigated the effect cannabis has on the body, in a scientific way.
Because of this change in perception, there are currently 20 states and the District of Columbia where medical marijuana is legally distributed.
Joycelyn Elders, MD, former US Surgeon General, wrote the following in a March 26, 2004, article titled “Myths About Medical Marijuana,” published in the Providence Journal:
“ The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”
Ray Cavanaugh, PhD, National Director of the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC), says something similar n his 2002 article titled “The Plight of the Chronically Ill,” posted on the AAMC website:
“Many of the chronically ill have successfully sought relief with the use of medical cannabis, an age-old remedy that now shows real scientific efficacy. Hundreds of thousands of the sick have replaced disabling narcotics and other psychotropic medications with nontoxic and benign cannabis. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Folks with spinal injuries able to give up their walkers, AIDS patients able to gain weight and keep their medications down, cancer patients finding relief from the terrible nausea of chemotherapy, chronic pain patients once again functional with their consciousness restored from narcotic lethargy, and folks once disabled from crippling psychiatric disorders and addictions, returned to sanity and society with the assistance of a nontoxic herb with remarkable healing powers.”
The American Nurses Association (ANA) are on board too, this is from its Mar. 19, 2004 “Position Statement: Providing Patients Safe Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” posted on the ANA website:
“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.”
Medical marijuana has been tested and proved positive in helping with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and moderate autoimmune disorders including multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, and has shown to be beneficial in cancer studies.
As an alternative to smoking, it can be mixed with coconut oil and taken in tablet form. The combination makes the marijuana easy for the body to absorb when it gets to the liver.
Coconut oil's fatty agents are great for delivering the cannabinoids into the body, not to mention the stand-alone benefits of coconut oil, which is rare as it contains lauric acid which is scarcely found in nature and its referred to as a 'miracle' ingredient.
Source : organicandhealthy.org