By Hampton Sides, Appearing in National Geographic
There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.
In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B.C. The Chinese were using cannabis as a medicine thousands of years ago. Marijuana is deeply American too—as American as George Washington, who grew hemp at Mount Vernon. For most of the country’s history, cannabis was legal, commonly found in tinctures and extracts.
Last year, the press and marijuana-legalization opponents gave a lot of attention to a study suggesting that daily marijuana causes abnormalities in the brain. New research, reportedly using better techniques, indicates that claim and other reports of cannabis-caused changes to brain structure simply aren’t true.
NHTSA concedes that detection of the total THC metabolites in urine only indicates prior THC exposure, and that predicting the effects of marijuana based on THC concentrations alone is also inadvisable because detection time is well past the window of intoxication and impairment….
The Healing Center Medical Clinic (THCMC) provides professional and confidential medical cannabis evaluations and education in Anchorage, Alaska. It is our goal to create a comfortable and stress-free environment for patients that wish to acquire their medical cannabis recommendation and ID card. We are able to answer questions and extend our knowledge to inquiring patients, however it is important to understand that our doctors are consulting with patients solely about their qualification for medicinal cannabis.
There are more than 60 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids in the marijuana plant. Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body. There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system and more; both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid (such as the THC produced by the cannabis plant) activates a cannabinoid receptor. Your body also has naturally occurring endocannabinoids that stimulate your cannabinoid receptors and produce a variety of important physiologic processes, far beyond that of the traditional “highs” associated with THC. What is amazing is that your body is actually hard-wired to respond to cannabinoids through this unique cannabinoid receptor system; research is still ongoing on just how extensive their impact is on our health, but to date it’s known that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, cravings, pain, anxiety, bone growth, and immune function.
Medical Cannabis can provide benefits for a wide variety of ailments and conditions including but not limited to:
- Severe and Chronic Pain
- Migraine headaches
- Cancer Chemo or radio therapy
- Chronic nausea/vomiting
- Anorexia (loss of appetite)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Seizure disorders (Epilepsy)
- Gastric Esophageal Reflux
- Cerebral palsy
- Hepatitis C
- Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Nail Patella
- Chron’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
- Repetitive Sprain Injury (RSI)
- Cumulative trauma disorder
- Carpal Tunnel
- Muscle Spasm
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Some might argue that the U.S. Constitution delegates powers to the feds to arrest MMJ providers because of the schedule 1 status of cannabis in the Controlled Substance Act . However, the CSA’s schedule 1 requirements are: “1) Schedule I.– (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. (C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.” Clearly, cannabis doesn’t qualify on B and C, and the Merck Medical Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment clearly states that cannabis is not physically addictive, so it doesn’t meet criteria for A either.
Conclusion: The power to regulate MMJ is not delegated to the federal government because it does not meet their own criteria to be a schedule 1 drug. Therefore, they have no power to regulate it and must reclassify or remove it from the list. Isn’t it ironic that tobacco meets all three criteria of the CSA Schedule 1, and yet, tobacco companies are instrumental in preventing the consumption of the non-addictive, medically safe and effective cannabis (visualize outstretched politician’s hands)? Meanwhile, tobacco, which clearly meets all three criteria of a schedule 1 drug (A) highly physically addictive, B) no medical use, C) not safe even when used under the directions of a physician and in fact proven to cause cancer), is legal, sold for a hefty profit, and the profits consequently used to influence the decisions of politicians making laws. When will the Fed arrest Big Tobacco???
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