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.”

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My Religion is Science, Therefore I Believe Cannabis to be Sacred–Does anybody have an issue with that?

With the recent release of a University of California study proving cannabis (marijuana) to be a safe and effective medicine for various ailments including chronic pain, any and all laws limiting the availability of this medicine to the general public have been severely called into question.  As if they hadn’t been already.

The state of California is now on the brink of full decriminalization due, in part, to the headaches involved with attempted “medical marijuana” legislation.  Meanwhile, there are a growing number of individuals attempting to claim that cannabis is a part of their religious/spiritual practice.  So far, the courts have continued denying that cannabis can be a legitimate part of one’s spirituality/religious practice–yet the Attorney General’s office effectively condones its use as medicine, and science has proven this to be a very wise decision.

However, some overzealous officials continue persecution of medical users despite federal guidelines suggesting they no longer waste public funds chasing medical marijuana patients where the herb has been recognized as medicine.  A move which seems counter-productive if the “drug warriors” involved are attempting to display the value of their services to the public and perhaps keep their jobs.  Instead of focusing their energy and funding on far more dangerous drugs like meth and heroin, they have gone directly against the administration’s instructions along with overwhelming support for the plant  from both the public and the media.  Then there’s the religious aspect.

Followers of Rastafari who have fought for their rights in court have been repeatedly told that their faith in the plant is either insufficient or insincere, or both.  Members of various other churches which see the plant as divine have enjoyed similar treatment, but now a very lucky few of their fellow citizens have had their right to use cannabis confirmed by no less than the U.S. Attorney General’s office–thanks, according to the memo, to a severe lack of funds and the profound realization that it makes no sense to spend public dollars chasing after cancer patients and the like for choosing their own medicine.  Wow.

When you think about it, that is actually a huge step:  the people in charge finally recognize what a colossal waste of time and resources the drug war has become.  They also recognize that the culturally accepted use of this particular ‘drug’ is not a significant threat to the surrounding community–a direct contradiction to the rationale previously used in court to justify the denial of first amendment rights to so-called “marijuana religions.”

There can no longer be any serious claim at a “compelling interest” to keep certain people from using the same exact ‘drug’ as others who are allowed to use it for a different, ‘legitimate’ reason.  Beyond that, where can you draw the line between medicine and spirituality–or even between science and religion?

Personally, I believe science to be an advanced form of religion itself–exhibiting the same debilitating “orthodoxy” which has plagued organized religions for thousands of years.  That being said, I also rely heavily on the findings and theories of scientific study to help me better understand the world in which we live.  Science may not be able to prove and/or explain everything, but in my opinion it is one of the best generally applicable tools we have at our disposal.

When the scientists come out and tell me that cannabis has proven therapeutic value, I’m apt to believe them.  What’s funny is when cannabis is proven to have therapeutic value (which recently happened and was subsequently reported to the California state legislature), it also means that cannabis no longer meets the stringent requirements for being classified as a “schedule I narcotic.”

Unless they are prepared to declare science an insincere and insignificant belief system, Congress needs to bite the bullet and finally end this ludicrous attempt at prohibition which has been crippling our nation and the rest of the world for at least seventy-five years.

My religion is science, therefore I believe cannabis to be sacred.  If any individual or government entity has got a problem with that, I’d love to hear it.

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