Laws Based On Science Don’t Prohibit Symbiosis, Do They?

When I recently discovered that our government considers Ayurvedic medicine a legitimate “whole health system”, it changed my perspective on everything I thought I knew about our government.  Not because of anything other than my own ignorance; however, this has now led me to a simple yet utterly profound realization:  OUR GOVERNMENT PROMOTES THE USE OF CANNABIS AS MEDICINE, LIKELY WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING IT!

Fact 1:  The National Center for Complimentary Alternative Medicine (NCCAP) states the following on their website:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ayurveda

Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered a CAM whole medical system. Many therapies used in Ayurvedic medicine are also used on their own as CAM—for example, herbs, massage, and specialized diets.

Fact 2:  The use of cannabis for it’s medicinal properties has been inextricable from the entire history of Ayurvedic medicine and many other “whole health systems” that are still popular today.  We may now have a “hot debate” over this particular herb and its uses here in the states, but this is what the folks in India have to say on the subject:

http://www.indianmirror.com/ayurveda/cannabis.html

    • The most valued property of hemp is its percentage of essential fatty acids, which is higher than any other plant in the world.
    • Among its various uses, it is an antibiotic for gram-positive bacteria, relieves nausea induced by chemotherapy and has been used to treat glaucoma.
    • The principal use of Hemp in medicine is for easing pain and inducing sleep, and for a soothing influence in nervous disorders.
    • It is useful in neuralgia, gout, rheumatism, delirium tremens, insanity, infantile convulsions, insomnia, etc.
    • The tincture helps parturition, and is used in senile catarrh, gonorrhoea, menorrhagia, chronic cystitis and all painful urinary affections.
    • The resin may be combined with ointments, oils or chloroform in inflammatory and neuralgic complaints.
    • Seeds and leaves are used to treat old cancer and scirrhous tumors.
  • Few plants have a greater array of folk medicine uses: alcohol withdrawal, anthrax, asthma, blood poisoning, bronchitis, burns, catarrh, childbirth, convulsions, coughs, cystitis, delirium, depression, diarrhea, dysentery, dysmenorrhea,epilepsy, fever, gonorrhea, gout, inflammation, insomnia, jaundice, lockjaw, malaria, mania,mennorhagia, migraine, morphine withdrawal, neuralgia, palsy, rheumatism, scalds, snakebite, swellings, tetany, toothache, uteral prolapse, and whooping cough. Seeds ground and mixed with porridge given to weaning children.

Fact 3:  Fatty acids, like those found in abundance within all forms of cannabis, are essential to brain function and are well-proven to help stimulate new brain growth.  Those interested in helping people with serious brain injuries and conditions like PTSD are now being advised (by our government and health professional alike) to promote the use of fatty acids in the following manner:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23032313 (National Center for Biotechnical Information)

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ingestion as a TBI Prophylactic.

Abstract

Given the hazardous nature of combat operations and training exercises (e.g. airborne operations) conducted by the United States military, servicemembers are at high risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Since the beginning of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, almost a quarter of a million servicemembers have sustained a TBI.1 A large number of TBIs are a result of the concussive forces generated by improvised explosive devices (IED). A smaller number are a result of penetrating head wounds. Others may be caused by activities resulting in powerful acceleration, deceleration, or rotational forces. Therapies for treating TBI thus far have been limited. Much of the research conducted to date has focused on post-injury pharmacological interventions.2 Additionally, better protective equipment could help in preventing TBIs; however, these issues are outside the scope of this paper. A relatively new area of research is investigating prophylactic measures taken to lessen the effects of TBI. One such measure involves nutritional interventions and their effects on TBI severity. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to elucidate the potential benefits of omega-3 fatty acid intake as it relates to TBI severity.

Shall I repeat the question, or what is it that I’m missing here from the premise that our government is promoting the use of cannabis without even knowing it?  By the way, I credit this sudden burst of mental clarity and “enlightenment” solely to the use of Ayurvedic medicine; particularly the copious amounts of hemp milk (chocolate) which I have now been consuming for the past several months.  Every time credible scientists measure it, cannabis helps promote brain cell growth; even when smoked.  How long can our entire justice system ignore these (relatively) simple facts?

New, Bonus Fact:

Chairman David Howard, R-Park City, a former FBI agent, criticized marijuana as “a joke.”

“This stuff is disguised as medicine,” Howard said. “It makes you delusional. It is psychologically addicting and physiologically addicting and it absorbs in your fat cells, which is the most dangerous drug there is. This is not a drug. It’s a poison.”

Welcome to the Jungle

Despite all of the mounting crises we now face as a nation and as a planet, our capitalist system continues to churn out an incredible array of technological wonders which can easily stifle one’s own imagination.  Cell phones, televisions, computers and even now automobiles have been undergoing a drastic evolution; and yet, much of our lives seem relatively unaffected by the trappings of the twenty-first century.

The internet has begun to fundamentally change the way we communicate, learn and do business; but fast food still tastes like fast food and the cost of living continues to go up much faster than wages.  Luckily, more new technologies are on the way which are guaranteed to make our lives much more sustainable, cheaper and enjoyable.  They even promise to make the food we eat taste better, and be far healthier for us.

On average, produce consumed in the United States travels 1700 miles “from farm to fork.”  While this is a testament to the efficiencies of our farming, preservation and transportation industries; it is also a terrible waste of precious resources–namely, petroleum, which is also typically used in the chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides employed by profit-hungry capitalists.

There is little doubt that petroleum is largely responsible for the incredible pace of our society’s evolution thus far, just as there is little doubt that we must replace petroleum with a sustainable, ecologically responsible fuel if we wish to continue inhabiting this planet in the manner we have become accustomed to.  But if we are able to eliminate the need for this particular use of petroleum (or other fuel) in the short term, rather than waiting to find and develop a replacement for petroleum; then we will be in far better shape than we are now–on a few different levels…

In order to fully replace our imported produce with a fresh, organic and local supply we will need to build skyscrapers filled with plants and dedicated workers.  Believe it or not, some plans to do that very thing are underway in various cities throughout the world; although it will likely take ten years or more before these types of buildings are commonplace.  The good news, however, is that there are a number of technologies available right now which can be used by anyone with a little extra space and a bit of cash.

Up until recently, the “grow light” industry has been relatively small; supported mainly by those attempting to grow plants which are currently illegal.  Due to the nature of our ill-conceived prohibition, the inflated street value of certain plants has enabled a great deal of technological advances in the art of indoor gardening.  There are now a wide range of soil-less growing options and energy efficient lights to choose from–making it far easier, and cheaper for people to build their own indoor gardens–or even buy kits which come complete, in virtually any size you can imagine.

Beyond the benefits of healthier and far tastier produce, the plants themselves help to clean the air and sequester carbon–at least temporarily.  Plus, once the equipment has paid for itself there are only electricity and nutrient costs to worry about; meaning that in the long run, it is far cheaper to grow your own produce than to buy it at the supermarket.  It’s a good way to save money, help the environment and improve your health at the same time.

There are already a wide variety of manufacturers, kits, and even custom designers who have installed urban gardens all throughout the world.  Below are a few examples of what is possible, and what is practical:

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