The National Institute on Drug Abuse updated their website recently, pertaining to marijuana. While it still states clearly that:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.”
It follows by saying that there are now 2 FDA-approved medications containing cannabinoids in pill form. These drugs, dronabinol (Marinol) and nabilone (Cesamet), both of which contain THC. There is also a drug used in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe called
There is also a drug used in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe called nabiximols (Sativex). Sativex is a mouth spray containing THC and CBD, used to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. In addition, a new creation called Epidiolex, is a CBD-based liquid drug is intended to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy, though it has not yet undergone clinical trials.
NIDA states that THC increases appetite and reduces nausea, and may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control spasms. It also states that CBD is useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.
Most of this is common sense for those in the medical marijuana community. Though NIDA states on a linked page that the effects of marijuana can include paranoia and the worsening of symptoms of schizophrenia, CBD is a treatment for these exact conditions. Strange how they can do that, say one thing, say the opposite, and still be credible.
The big change on their page is that they cite
“…recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one cell culture study suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation (Scott, 2014).”
This recent study conducted by a group of scientists at St. George’s University, London, was published in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal in November.
“The benefits of the cannabis plant elements were known before but the drastic reduction of brain cancers if used with irradiation is something new and may well prove promising for patients who are in gravely serious situations with such cancers in the future,” Dr Wai Liu, Senior Research Fellow and lead researcher on the project.
So What Is Going on With Medicine?
The hypocrisy here is what it has been for hundreds of years. The birth of the medical profession was one of the causes of the mass executions of witches in Medieval times. Those with the knowledge of Nature’s remedies were viewed as a threat to the control over the masses sought by the educated medical class. It is also worth noting how this persecution allowed the dominance of men in a field formerly presided over mainly by women, stripping them of power.
Any healing must be controlled, because it allows independence. Without their control of our health, suddenly they cease to have purpose, and value. This is also a reason for control of power sources, religion, land, guns, media, and free speech.
The irony in controlling marijuana as a medicine is that most of our medicines come from natural origins.
Opium, Morphine, Aspirin, Atropine, Ephedrine, Quinine, Emetine, Digoxin, Tubocurarine, Reserpine, Artemisin, Vinblastin, Menthol, Cocaine, Papain, Tetracycline, Salacylic Acid, Capsaicin, Senna, Cortisone….. The list goes on and on.
The fact that we can be healed by a plant is dangerous to these companies that would rather take the plant, synthesize it into a pill, and charge lots of money for something that could be grown at home.