Cannabis / Marijuana, STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Legalization Trend Reveals Cannabis as Curative and Benign
By Staff News & Analysis - October 07, 2014

Cannabis dissolves cancerous tumor in young infant, deemed a 'miracle baby' by physician … Instead of opting for chemotherapy and radiation in an attempt to shrink an inoperable brain tumor, the father of an eight-month-old baby pushed for alternative treatment with cannabis oil. – Natural News/FitLifeTV

Dominant Social Theme: Cannabis is for hippies and losers.

Free-Market Analysis: In the past half-century or so, cannabis has been identified by the mainstream media as a "drug" that is used mostly for recreational purposes. But that's not so, as we can see from the above article excerpt.

What's being rediscovered about cannabis is just how useful, therapeutic and curative the plant the can be. New uses are being discovered – rediscovered – for cannabis on a regular basis now as the stigma falls away.

Here's more:

The baby's physician, Dr. William Courtney, was initially skeptical early in his career about cannabis as medicine but has since seen such impressive results that he's now a staunch advocate for its use. "They were putting cannabinoid oil on the baby's pacifier twice a day, increasing the dose…

And within two months there was a dramatic reduction, enough that the pediatric oncologist allowed them to go ahead with not pursuing traditional therapy," said Dr. Courtney in an interview with The Huffington Post.

At four months, the tumor was completely gone. And after eight months of treatment, the brain tissue was considered completely normal. Dr. Courtney notes that the successful application of cannabis to heal means that "this child, because of that, is not going to have the long-term side effects that would come from a very high dose of chemotherapy or radiation… currently the child's being called a miracle baby, and I would have to agree that this is the perfect response that we should be insisting is front line therapy for all children before they launch off on all medications that have horrific long term side effects."

Cannabis has a wide range of reported therapeutic uses — from cancer to asthma, as well as from neurodegenerative diseases to autoimmune disorders. Several U.S. states have recognized the beneficial healing aspects of cannabis and have therefore made it available for medicinal purposes.

… The National Cancer Institute alone has documented 25 studies on the exceptional power that cannabis possesses to halt the progression of cancer. In animal tests, two forms of liver cancer — hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma — decreased when cannabis was given.

It's great news that mainstream medicine is starting to rediscover the curative effects of cannabis.

Now comes word – relayed in this article and others – that "benign tumors in … the pancreas, testes, uterus and mammary and pituitary glands, were diminished … Several reviews also found that cannabinoids appear to encourage cancer cell death (apoptosis), while preserving normal cells."

New research apparently shows that cannabis is effective with breast cancer and colorectal and lung cancer as well. RawFoodWorld.com reports that medical marijuana is proving to be "less addicting than prescription drugs." The article provides us a brief history of cannabis from a medical standpoint:

Chinese Emperors used it for its healing properties and bringing balance to the body. The Book of Exodus referred to cannabis as a valuable source of anointing oil. Egyptians used it for glaucoma, enemas, and inflammation. People throughout history have used it and even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew their own hemp gardens.

Today, more and more states are legalizing medical marijuana and recent studies have shown that deaths from opioid overdose have fallen sharply as a result. States that allows medical marijuana see a drop in opioid deaths.

Those suffering from chronic pain find that medical marijuana is a natural and safer form of pain treatment than mainstream drugs. One study found that as little as three puffs of marijuana daily for 5 days helped those suffering from chronic nerve pain and they could also sleep better.

There are some who think of medical cannabis somehow as a dangerous gateway to drug use, yet many do not realize that prescription drugs actually have far greater potential for addiction. In the UK, for example, 1 million people are said to be addicted to over-the-counter and prescription drugs, which is significantly more than the number addicted to illegal drugs.

This last point is especially important because it emphasizes a kind of double standard when it comes to cannabis versus pharmaceutical compounds. It's well known that Big Pharma is based on synthetic composites designed to mimic the health benefits of natural plants. These are created because one cannot patent a natural curative.

Today, pharmaceutical companies are engaged in a race to create various brands of synthetic cannabis. According to reports in Forbes and the UK Guardian among other publications, the synthetic composite is causing health problems that may not be found when using the plant itself.

As decriminalization and legalization continues and expands, doubtless further applications of cannabis and cannabis extracts will be discovered and applied. A "drug" that has long been demonized will become increasingly useful and sought after.

After Thoughts

Wider applications of cannabis will probably see far more beneficial effects than negative ones.

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