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RCMP Officer Legally Smokes Medical Marijuana for PTSD

RCMP Officer Legally Smokes Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Pot-smoking Mountie can’t smoke publicly in uniform: RCMP

Cpl. Ron Francis legally smokes marijuana daily while on duty to treat post-traumatic stress disorder

By Evan Dyer, CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2013 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 28, 2013 3:48 PM ET

Mountie can't smoke pot in uniform in public

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RAW Mountie on PTSD and medical marijuana

RAW Mountie on PTSD and medical marijuana 3:10

RAW RCMP on marijuana use on the force

RAW RCMP on marijuana use on the force 2:19

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription thinks he should be able to smoke the drug while in uniform, but the RCMP says he can’t smoke marijuana while in red serge or while wearing his regular working uniform.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles MoreauRCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Moreau said any officer with a medical marijuana prescription can take their medication, but should not do so in while in public in their uniform. (CBC)

Cpl. Ronald Francis serves with J Division in New Brunswick, and received a prescription for medical-grade marijuana on Nov. 4.

‘There’s no policy in the RCMP that prevents me from smoking marijuana. There’s no policy in the RCMP that says I cannot smoke in public. I have the right to smoke it in my red serge.’-Cpl. Ronald Francis

Francis told CBC News marijuana has helped him to calm down and reduces his PTSD symptoms. His prescription allows for three grams a day, which he estimates to be nine to 15 joints, though he said he doesn’t typically smoke that much.

“I get up in the morning, have my coffee and the marijuana. I go at lunchtime, have a marijuana joint, and then again in the evening. That would be my medical regime. But that may change with my tolerance to THC. It may take two joints in the morning, I don’t know,” said Francis.

“I’m just building up my immunity to THC levels, if I was to smoke two I’d probably get stoned to the point that I’m just totally relaxed. I’m still functional. But your nervous system is relaxed, and that makes a big difference,” he said.

RCMP Cpl. Ronald FrancisCpl. Francis said his choice to switch to medical marijuana was a health decision. (CBC)

Francis, who is currently assigned to administrative duties, said smoking marijuana has no negative effect on his ability to be a police officer and that he intends to continue smoking on the job.

“There’s no policy in the RCMP that prevents me from smoking marijuana. There’s no policy in the RCMP that says I cannot smoke in public. I have the right to smoke it in my red serge.”

RCMP says officers ‘should not be in red serge’ while smoking marijuana

But while the RCMP accepts that Francis’s prescription gives him the right to consume marijuana, the force takes issue with members smoking in public or in uniform.

“Definitely a member that has been prescribed medicinal marijuana should not be in red serge taking his medication,” said RCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Moreau. “It would not be advisable for that member, it would not portray the right message to the general public, it’s definitely not something we would support or condone.”

Moreau said the RCMP has a duty to accommodate members’ medical needs, but also has to consider the effect on other members and on public perceptions.

“Because this is relatively new for active members of the RCMP, we are looking at the internal policies to see, how do we set it up? To say, OK, if somebody is prescribed medical marijuana and they have to take it two or three times a day and have to take it at work, where is this going to take place? If it takes place outside, it has to respect the individual but also their co-workers, and it has to respect the Canadian population at large by taking it in a respectful way.”

The RCMP has the right to challenge medical treatments it considers inappropriate, and to seek a second medical opinion, Moreau said, adding that RCMP will evaluate any member who obtains a medical marijuana prescription.

If they are found to be impaired in judgment or motor skills, the RCMP will place limits on the police functions they’re permitted to perform, he said.

Turned to marijuana after trying anti-depressants

Francis said he experienced stress on the job early in his career, while serving the First Nation in Davis Inlet and in his own community of Kingsclear First Nation. He began to seek treatment for mental distress eight years ago.

At first, his doctors prescribed anti-depressants, but he did not feel any significant improvement.

“I started to self-medicate with alcohol. And I said no, this is not me. Why am I doing this? And I was going through treatment for PTSD at the time, and the RCMP did provide treatment, and I thank the RCMP for that.”

But Francis began to read about alternative treatments, including marijuana, and he eventually left the doctor he was seeing at the occupational stress injury clinic. He switched to a different doctor, who gave him the marijuana prescription.

“When I explored it as a treatment for my PTSD, I had to really make a moral decision about it. Because the RCMP and law enforcement, they seem so anti-marijuana, and that’s a hard thing to overcome, so I had to make that decision for my own health. It wasn’t based on my career or anything.

“It was for my own health. In doing that I realized that I have to come first. The organization doesn’t come first, Ron Francis comes first. For my own health. And I’m glad I did that,” he said.

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***Reposter’s note
You will find a number of educational posts on this blog, that I researched and posted after viewing Dr.Sanjay Gupta’s eye opening documentary this summer. As you can see the tide is turning. Cannabis is proving to be the most nutritionally complete vegetable on the planet as well as one of the most beneficial natural or prescription medicine for hundreds of diseases.
As we the general public are exposed to the far reaching health benefits and understand the fact that if CANNABIS is ingested raw and not exposed to heat, there are NO PSYCHOACTIVE EFFECTS, attitude and acceptance will change. I foresee in the not to distant future, that the general public WILL DEMAND the right to grow and use this vegetable as freely as the potato or tomato.***
Below are links to some of the information that opened my eyes to the medicine that so many are denied.
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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis – Magnesium The Wonder Mineral That We All Need More Of

Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms and Diagnosis

Thank You to Realfarmacy.com for this excellent article. Baths in Magnesium salts are one of the best methods for increasing magnesium levels. Trans dermal sprays are also effective. Least effective is taking magnesium by mouth. All minerals are synergistic and should be taken with other minerals for best results.

By Dr. Mark Sircus

Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood.

MagnesiumMost doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Consider Dr. Norman Shealy’s statements, “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and that, “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.

One has to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is really something much more subtle then hunger or thirst but it is comparable. In a world though where doctors and patients alike do not even pay attention to thirst and important issues of hydration, it is not hopeful that we will find many recognizing and paying attention to magnesium thirst and hunger, which is a dramatic way of expressing the concept of magnesium deficiency.

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies; vitally important, yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it

In fact, there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. I remember a person asking, “Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?” Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some principle examples and that is one of the reasons magnesium chloride is so useful.

You know all those years, when doctors used to tell their patients ‘its all in your heads,’ were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it’s for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down, magnesium deficiency will disturb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle ‘twitches’ can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. “Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can’t take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot.”

“Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear.”

“Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations.”

“Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be “uptight.” Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness.”

Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.

One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.

Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy,  an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis.  People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls.  Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.[1]

Another good list of early warning symptoms suggestive of magnesium insufficiency:

  • Physical and mental fatigue
  • Persistent under-eye twitch
  • Tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck
  • Headaches
  • Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness

Possible manifestations of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiousness
  • Irritability
  • Seizures (and tantrums)
  • Poor digestion
  • PMS and hormonal imbalances
  • Inability to sleep
  • Muscle tension, spasm and cramps
  • Calcification of organs
  • Weakening of the bones
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia). Magnesium levels drop at night, leading to poor REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycles and unrefreshed sleep. Headaches, blurred vision, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anxiety are also early signs of depletion.

We hear all the time about how heart disease is the number one health crisis in the country, about how high blood pressure is the “silent killer”, and about how ever increasing numbers of our citizens are having their lives and the lives of their families destroyed by diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other chronic diseases.

Signs of severe magnesium deficiency include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Frequent urination
  • Sores or bruises that heal slowly
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurry vision that changes from day to day
  • Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections

But wait a minute, aren’t those the same symptoms for diabetes? Many people have diabetes for about 5 years before they show strong symptoms. By that time, some people already have eye, kidney, gum or nerve damage caused by the deteriorating condition of their cells due to insulin resistance and magnesium deficiency. Dump some mercury and arsenic on the mixture of etiologies and pronto we have the disease condition we call diabetes.

Magnesium deficiency is synonymous with diabetes and is at the root of many if not all cardiovascular problems.

Magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes and heart disease both; diabetics both need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. In two new studies, in both men and women, those who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care. Until now, very few large studies have directly examined the long-term effects of dietary magnesium on diabetes. Dr. Simin Liu of the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston says, “Our studies provided some direct evidence that greater intake of dietary magnesium may have a long-term protective effect on lowering risk,” said Liu, who was involved in both studies.

The thirst of diabetes is part of the body’s response to excessive urination. The excessive urination is the body’s attempt to get rid of the extra glucose in the blood. This excessive urination causes the increased thirst. But we have to look at what is causing this level of disharmony. We have to probe deeper into layers of cause. The body needs to dump glucose because of increasing insulin resistance and that resistance is being fueled directly by magnesium deficiency, which makes toxic insults more damaging to the tissues at the same time.

When diabetics get too high blood sugars, the body creates “ketones” as a by-product of breaking down fats. These ketones cause blood acidity which causes “acidosis” of the blood, leading to Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), This is a very dangerous condition that can lead to coma and death. It is also called “diabetic acidosis”, “ketosis”, “ketoacidosis” or “diabetic coma”. DKA is a common way for new Type 1 diabetics to be diagnosed. If they fail to seek medical advice on symptoms like urination, which is driving thirst they can die of DKA.

Oral magnesium supplements reduce erythrocyte[2] dehydration.[3] In general, optimal balances of electrolytes are necessary to maintain the best possible hydration. Diabetic thirst is initiated specifically by magnesium deficiency with relative calcium excess in the cells. Even water, our most basic nutrient starts having a hard time getting into the cells with more going out through the kidneys.

Autism and Magnesium Deficiency

When dealing with autism spectrum and other neurological disorders in children it is important to know the signs of low magnesium: restless, can’t keep still, body rocking, grinding teeth, hiccups, noise sensitive, poor attention span, poor concentration, irritable, aggressive, ready to explode, easily stressed. When it comes to children today we need to assume a large magnesium deficiency for several reasons.

1) The foods they are eating are stripped of magnesium because foods in general, as we shall see below are declining in mineral content in an alarming way.

2) The foods many children eat are highly processed junk foods that do not provide real nutrition to the body.

3) Because most children on the spectrum are not absorbing the minerals they need even when present in the gut. Magnesium absorption is dependent on intestinal health, which is compromised totally in leaky gut syndromes and other intestinal problems that the majority of autism syndrome disorders.

 4) Because the oral supplements doctors rely on are not easily absorbed, because they are not in the right form and because magnesium in general is not administered easily orally.

Modern medicine is supposed to help people not hurt them, but with their almost total ignorance of magnesium doctors end up hurting more than they help for many of the medical interventions drive down magnesium levels when they should be driving them up. Many if not most pharmaceutical drugs drive magnesium levels into very dangerous zones and surgery done without increasing magnesium levels is much more dangerous then surgery done with.

The foundation of medical arrogance is actually medical ignorance and the only reason ignorance and arrogance rule the playing field of medicine is a greed lust for power and money. Human nature seems to be at its worst in modern medicine when it should be at its best. It is sad that people have to suffer needlessly and extraordinarily tragic that allopathic medicine has turned its back on the Hippocratic Oath and all that it means.

Resources

  • [2] Red blood cells are also known as RBCs, red blood corpuscles (an archaic term), haematids or erythrocytes (from Greek erythros for “red” and kytos for “hollow”, with cyte translated as “cell” in modern usage). The capitalized term Red Blood Cells is the proper name in the US for erythrocytes in storage solution used in transfusion medicine.
  • [3] J. Clin. Invest. 100(7): 1847-1852 (1997). doi:10.1172/JCI119713. The American Society for Clinical Investigation

Source: GreenMedInfo                                                                                  Image: Cheeseslave

Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-and-diagnosis/#x1jVcSibhL72dzmm.99

WEED: A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special + Additional Food for Thought

 A Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special

Quite an education that is long overdue. I have added a lot more information for you to chew on. Thank You for bringing the gift of your open mind.

If the video is unavailable above just follow this link to you tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z68q-bwGGTg

Dr. Gupta has my appreciation and gratitude for broaching this topic in such methodical well researched documentary.

Ricki Lake also hi-lighted this topic earlier this year and showed us real lives, extremely changed for the better by appropriate use of Cannabis.

Ricki Lake Show Mykayla Comstock Parents BraveMykayla.com – Meet the Martha Stewart of Marijuana

Cannabis is a complex issue. Here is some additional information that really opened my eyes.

THE PARENTS/PEOPLE  IN THESE VIDEOS COULD BE ANY OF US. They were desperate, they listened, learned, took action.

It was information and education that opened their eyes and changed their whole world. THEY ARE NOT CRAZY – THEY ARE JUST MORE EDUCATED IN THE FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS.

What follows is some of the information available out there that really opened my eyes.

A must watch is found at the end of this post is The Best Marijuana Documentary (Canadian)

There is a lot of support in the Medical Community that can not be voiced due to retribution and loss of livelihood. Lets free our Medical Community to use this tool sooner rather than later. There is a lot of support also found in the Policing community as well, and they for the same reasons can not voice it.

The generation graduating today will change this if we do not. They are not afraid of Cannabis and believe it is safe. They will be reaping the legacy of huge health care deficits. They will force the issue out of financial necessity but from the basis of knowledge and science.

Your body makes cannabinoids naturally. It is in mothers milk to help make new born babies become hungry and learn to suckle.

A great article from Natural News, read the full article here,   Cannabinoids, like those found in marijuana, occur naturally in human breast milk

“Cell membranes in the body are naturally equipped with these cannabinoid receptors which, when activated by cannabinoids and various other nutritive substances, protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies. And human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, a specific type of neuromodulatory lipid that basically teaches a newborn child how to eat by stimulating the suckling process.”

Don’t you find it interesting that the human body comes equipped with cannabinoid receptors and that when they are activated, they protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies

Isn’t it also interesting that human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids? We know most babies, when born, are endowed with the benefits of it’s mothers immunities for the first few months allowing the baby a chance to develop it’s own immune system more fully. Does it then,  not also make sense that these cannabinoids might need augmenting when our bodies are stressed by certain conditions like cancer?

We, all human beings come with built in equipment so our bodies can defend and repair itself through the use of cannabinoids.

HMMMMM!

So it would be logical to anticipate that if the body is unable to repair itself due  to being overwhelmed by viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies – giving this substance to the body would enable it to revitalize that defense mechanism ?

Wouldn’t that then  explain the results of many studies over many decades showing a wide range of medicinal benefits to people who suffer from Parkinson’s to Cancer and pretty much every thing in between?.

Yet Marijuana/Cannabis has been criminalized and demonized, denying the public at large a safe effective medicinal solution with no horribly detrimental side effects when used appropriately.

Also very interestingly  – No one has ever died from a Cannabis overdose. The same cannot be said for many of the man made pharmaceuticals which treat the same health concerns.

Cannabis is a VEGTABLE

Raw Cannabis IS NOT PSYCHO-ACTIVE

Cannabis provides highly digestible globular protein, which is balanced for all of the Essential Amino Acids. Cannabis provides the ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids. Critically, cannabis is the only known source of the Essential Cannabinoid Acids. It is clear that all 7 billion individuals would benefit from access to cannabis as a unique functional food.

Alcohol, a large portion of pharmaceuticals, glue, certain permanent markers, various hallucinogenic herbs, aspartame, tobacco etc. are all legal or legal but controlled.

Most street drugs and Cannabis/ Marijuana are illegal.

Of this group only Marijuana/Cannabis can be categorized as non lethal in all dosages.

What do the majority of these substances have in common WHEN NOT USED IN MODERATION:

  • can be addictive ,
  • impact brain development in the frontal cortex in people under  25,
  • cause panic attacks and paranoia.

Addiction Rates

  • Cannabis 9%
  • Heroin 23%
  • Cocaine 17%
  • Alcohol 15%

Deaths

0 attributable to cannabis use in the US in 2005. (http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000145)
79,000 attributable to excessive alcohol use in the US in 2005. (http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/ardi.htm)
22,400 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2005, (http://www.drugfreeworld.org/about-us/about-the-foundation.html)
106,000 of those are the result of prescription drug use  (w.activistpost.com/2013/05/death-by-prescription-drugs-is-growing.html)
 
Drug overdose breakdown
  • Prescription Drugs 45% (Depressants, opioids and antidepressants)
  • Street Drugs Combined 39% (Amphetamine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine)

Conclusions

  • Alcohol is the  second most deadly and the most accessible
  • Prescription Drugs are the most deadly and second most accessible
  • Street Drugs are third most deadly and accessible
  • Cannabis does not cause death
  • Cannabis is less addictive than street drugs or alcohol (no numbers readily available for prescription drug addiction)
  • Cannabis has numerous studies to support use as a medical alternative for numerous more dangerous pharmaceuticals.
  • Billions annually could be reallocated if cannabis was regulated, marketed and controlled similar to alcohol or tobacco.
  • Low THC – high Cannabinoid  strains could be grown without any more oversight than crops like wheat.
  • High THC – high Cannabinoid  strains could be grown with appropriate monitoring and security engaged during late growth stages and processing .
  • A legalized cannabis industry could create billions of dollars in income and a significant boost to jobs. This industry  properly handled could be a huge source of tax income.
  • We would solve many issues and have a multi billion dollar hemp economy as it can be used for 1000’s of products.
  • Proper education programs for young people could be created – give them the whole picture. Regulate high THC content Marijuana/Cannabis just like alcohol and tobacco
  • More youth in the United States drink alcohol than smoke tobacco or marijuana, making Alcohol the drug most used by American young people. (http://www.camy.org/factsheets/sheets/prevalence_of_underage_drinking.html)
  • Alcohol is the most used substance by young people and it has the highest death rate.
  • We are focusing on the wrong substance if the goal is to protect our people, young or older from themselves as alcohol has  much higher death and addiction rates and is consumed by a much larger segment of the population. It does not scientifically show many medical benefits.
  • Only a small minority would abuse Cannabis/Marijuana – they will do that whether it is legal or illegal.
  • Decriminalizing Cannabis would remove the criminal element from profiting, while freeing up resources that could be much better used elsewhere.  Just think how many less jail cells would be needed – the financial windfall from that alone would be staggering.

I, like most of you, have watched people use the recreational substances of alcohol and cannabis. Almost everyone has seen the nicest, smartest people become idiots when they drink more than moderate amounts.

People on an alcohol high (drunk)

  • Engage in riskier behavior
  • Show more dramatic emotional responses ( crying, fighting, are less easy to reason with, become agitated far more readily,
  • Are less coherent, often are unable to follow direct commands
  • Much more likely to have a physical reaction, vomiting, stumbling, falling, unconsciousness,
  • Addiction is very difficult to overcome, severe relapses can pose a huge threat to others

People on a cannabis high(stoned)

  • Are typically happy and easy to get along with
  • May seem more lethargic but in control of their faculties and bodies
  • May not show any noticeable physical reaction
  • Can follow direct commands
  • Addiction can be difficult to overcome, severe relapses typically only  pose a threat to themselves and that threat is the relapse into use.

In the event of a life threatening event, I would much prefer my children be in the hands of someone high on cannabis than someone who is drunk.

It is time to start really looking at the facts.

None of the above mind altering substances are toys for fun and games, whether they are legal or not. It is obvious and incontrovertible through scientific investigation and anecdotal experience that Cannabis causes the least negative impact socially and financially to society and the individual.

When juiced raw it is an unparalleled nutritional powerhouse with no hallucinogenic effects

Scientific studies of cannabis, some dating back decades show very significant medical efficacy.

The US government holds patents cannabinoids.

How is it any longer acceptable and accepted that a more realistic and practical categorization of Cannabis  be denied the populace at large?

How is it that we, as a civilized society continue to allow;

  • Billions upon Billions of wasted tax dollars and man hours on something that has never killed anyone.
  • Millions of patients to be subjected to Pharmaceuticals that further endanger their lives or quality of life due to destructive side effects, but continue to deny them access to a scientifically safer alternative.

THESE ARE QUESTIONS WE EACH NEED TO ASK OURSELVES.

I charge each and every one of you to ask any first responders you know, who they would rather deal have to deal with:

Someone who is using:

  • Cannabis
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Drugs  (Depressants, opioids and antidepressants)
  • Street Drugs Combined  (Amphetamine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine)
  • Or is not using anything but is in a heightened mental state like anger or psychosis.

I suspect you will get he same answer as I did. It was unanimous – the person using Cannabis.

There will always be those who will abuse substances, from mouth washes and aftershaves that contain alcohol to glue and gasoline that you can sniff. People have died from abusing each of those substances. Yet we didn’t make those substances unobtainable legally to the rest of the population. We the general public would never be in a position to compete and take any of that  business away.

On the other hand, if Cannabis were re-categorized, you could grow a marijuana plant in a pot in your apartment window and reap the health benefits. If everybody grew a few plants to juice and keep themselves healthy, that could cut into the profits derived from a lot of different products marketed commercially today,  Other companies would create  legal cannabis products like leaf juice that would still put most of that same money into the economy and health care legally.

If we were so inclined – we could make a number of alcohols in our homes  and grow their main in ingredients without breaking any laws.  Most of us choose not to. I believe the same would true of Cannabis. It being illegal makes it more attractive to the criminal element for it’s profitability.

Prohibition created a huge underground economy, large government enforcement agencies and made would be criminals out of  the general public.  The same has occurred with Cannabis and as you can see from the statistics above, it does a lot less harm. It is long past time to move forward.

Not so long ago many OTC drugs were mainly in the domain pharmacists. There were huge fears what  would happen out here in the real world. The reality is most of us use them as intended and a the few abuse them. Should we really expect anything different from Cannabis.

It clearly is not a cocaine. opium, heroin or ecstasy. Without the cachet and the profit, the criminal element would loose interest.

There could be huge business with so many spin off jobs and businesses. Only a bit of barley, wheat, corn etc goes into  making alcohol. Only a bit of certain plants at a certain point in maturation contain the THC which only becomes psychoactive when heated.

That is why it didn’t warrant the attention of the general public before 1937 and was in the hands of farmers and businesses.

One person, Henry J. Ainslinger, made it his mission to change this and make a name for himself. Others saw an opportunity to protect their interests and got on that bandwagon. Those interests are just as real today so the funding and support of the bandwagon continues.

Today we know so much more – Cannabis is no longer the big scary beast we were told it was. Due to the internet, that knowledge is out here for us all to see. The wheels are starting to fall off this bandwagon state by state and special interests and agendas can no longer keep up.

Soon it will translate to the Federal level as the old guard and their alliances are replaced. As the groundswell grows it will be interesting to see how it is dealt with by leadership candidates.

The various parts of Cannabis being sold through appropriate retailers would allow regulation and control. Pharmacies or liquor stores for the part that contains THC actives. The leaves which contain no THC could be harvested and be handled like wheat grass. The cold pressed oil and the hemp hearts  would go on the grocery shelves and the fiber would go out to industry to make canvas, rope, bio-fuel, pulp and paper fiber, cloth and 1000’s of everyday products.

There is no question, we have to start reducing health care costs. We as a society don’t have the resources to support the needs of our aging society without some major changes. More of us will be needing the solutions cannabis can provide. Many current pharmaceuticals come with costly negative side effects that require even further intervention.  Where possible, we must move to use the most effective, cost effective, responsible, least detrimental solutions. Cannabis is the only possible solution on the horizon that offers major change with an affordable price tag.

Cannabis could put as much legal employment and money into the economy as commodities like corn, wheat. soy,  canola or forest products.  You and I could grow any of these but we don’t bother too unless we have a market or a purpose.  We do buy the end products of these crops from retailers like department stores. liquor stores, grocery stores, pharmacies etc.

Marijuana/Cannabis was once a medicine available to our doctors. It was also a cash crop for the fiber. I know of European Immigrants who came to our area early last century who grew Hemp/Cannabis . Everything  was put to use, People made tea or incorporated Marijuana/Cannabis oil into foods including desserts. The leaf of the plant has no THC but has been shown to have huge stores of beneficial nutrients. THC concentrations were much lower but the cannabinoids were likely similar. The Hemp fiber portion was put to use in so many ways. The crops left the soil in very good condition for the next crop.

How can we get back to where this can be grown in gardens by you and all your neighbors.  Farmers can farm it freely. We can go back to using in our everyday life as a vegetable. Millions of trees could be saved every year, keeping our planet greener. Hemp/Cannabis being an annual crop is a very renewable resource and an excellent bio fuel source. Oil is not a renewable resource – we are using something we can not replace for future generations.

It is time to start considering the legacy we as a society are choosing to leave behind. When our actions serve only ourselves today – we serve no one. When our actions serve others – we provide service to everyone today and in the future.

Forward movement is happening as evidenced by the following article and the Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Ricki Lake and PBS broadcasts.

Note that industrial Marijuana contains very little if any THC – YET IT IS ALSO ILLEGAL TO GROW.

First major hemp crop in 60 years planted in Colorado

“Springfield, Colo., farmer Ryan Loflin on Monday planted the nation’s first industrial hemp crop (Cannabis Sativa) in almost 60 years,” The Denver Post reports.

Suck it, prohibition!

The United States banned the food, fuel and fiber in 1937, and we currently import tons of it, mostly from China. Below, Hemp for Victory, a piece of American propaganda during World War II detailing hemp’s rich history, which goes back thousands of years.

Uploaded on Aug 15, 2010 – Comments that followed the video

Produced by the US Government in 1942…Interesting to learn that Dupont Chemical funded the anti- hemp / marijuana effort. This is because they had patents on new synthetic fibers and Hemp had a new machine that would put them out of business if hemp were to be used for clothes. Dupont also sold – and still does many of the chemicals to wood pulp producers… so we continue to cut down forests… when Hemp could save millions of trees, be used as an alternative bio fuel and the US could easily grow enough hemp to eliminate the need for oil… so Big oil does not want hemp legal either. Neither do the drug companies… they can’t patent it. They would rather keep selling you their drugs. By keeping it illegal the lawyers, courts etc… also make a buck. You can only get high from the female flower – nobody has ever died from smoking a joint. Of course the alcohol and tobacco companies would prefer to keep their monopoly as well. So we have all the BIG Corporate players… against legalizing it. Yet if it were legalized – we would solve many issues and have a multi billion dollar hemp economy as it can be used for 1000’s of products. A few other good films to watch are run from the cure & hemp conspiracy – Google it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kybQTt…

I watched helplessly as my father, uncle, mother in law and father in law died very painfully wasting away from cancer. My great grandmother was tortured by Parkinson’s in her later years. I have an epileptic cousin,  whose life is a nightmare due to epilepsy induced by head trauma.  My husband has to use Oxycontin for pain from damage caused by 3 separate back injuries.

From what I have learned – each and every one of them could have been or could be spared so much agony. It angers me greatly, that we the masses have been and continue to be so duped and denied this natural medicine, this natural herb, this natural fiber and this natural oil,

I have 1 mother, I husband,  5 siblings, 4 children, 5 grandchildren. By today’s statistics, 1 in 3 of us will get cancer – that is 5 of us. I want us to have cannabis as a choice for our therapy so we don’t have to experience the nightmare medical choices for treatment currently available, most of which don’t work any better than they did 50 years ago. I want  the cannabis therapies to be legal, accessible and affordable. Our bodies are made to use cannabinoids – our newborns thrive on them in our breast milk. our bodies use them everyday to keep our brains, bodies and immune functions operating well.

Watching all these people in these videos regain their health and ability to function fully as contributing members of society,  removing them from needing so much of the health care budget, shows not only can they benefit, but potentially every single one of us.

From Diabetes to Alzheimer’s, from Parkinson’s to COPD, from MS to Cancer, from Lupus to Crohn’s, almost every imaginable condition including malnutrition and pregnancy would alleviated or improved by Cannabis in one of it’s various consumable forms. There is now the science from all over the world to show this.

Doesn’t It boggle your my mind, that we as a society, can all get brain washed against our best interest by a few with special interest agendas?

How is it that BIG BUSINESS and individual agendas have run our countries and promoted their twisted version of the facts AND WE LET THEM? Especially, when from all appearances, we the masses are THE BIGGEST LOSERS in this whole scenario.

We as North Americans need to support the Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s, Dr Shakefords and all of the other researchers who are bringing old and new information to light.

Our fore-bearers must be rolling in their graves constantly – watching us fall for the Propaganda – HOOK, LINE and SINKER.

My grandfather was a soldier after WWI, My father and uncles fought in WW11. That is a statement that true for many of us. Cannabis Sativa was grown to support the WW11 war effort.

My father got cancer and the cancer eventually killed him after putting him through extended torture. His brothers all but one died of various cancers – they too suffered unmercifully.

Yet when, they, my family  were dying horrible agonizing deaths from cancer – Cannabis was not a choice. The knowledge of it’s efficacy as a cancer cure and a pain medication were purposely hidden from us under the guise of Cannabis being a horrible drug.  A few involved in GOVERNMENTS, LAW and BIG BUSINESS not just the Pharmaceutical Giants were and continue to be complicit in the effort. That too will change as public opinion forces it to.

There are many effective cancer cures –  you can’t patent them. They are natural to this planet and should be available to every inhabitant. Prevention really is the key. Our bodies create aberrant cells every day. We have multiple defense mechanisms that prevent proliferation and cause those cells to die. Cannabinoids play a very large and crucial role in defending our bodies.

Exercise, hydration, nutrition oxygenation, circulation, detoxification, PH balance, adequate quality sleep, a positive attitude, a supportive belief system are tools for a optimally functioning Immune System. Cannabinoids dramatically improve functioning of a compromised immune system. THC plays a huge role in pain control, aberrant brain function, mood and anxiety reduction.

This blog was created to share information on simple choices that can provide the body what it needs to create better health and wellness. It would be irresponsible for me to ignore Cannabis, when it is clearly a is a scientifically supported solution.

One of those choices for some people will be cannabis in various forms. For Cannabis to be available to everyone who is in need, regulation and laws need to change as well as false beliefs. Education and research will pave the way  for change. Thanks to Dr.Sanjay Gupta and his approach, the lines of communication will be expanded on this topic, getting this message into the mainstream.

Research shows us:

“Cell membranes in the body are naturally equipped with these cannabinoid receptors which, when activated by cannabinoids and various other nutritive substances, protect cells against viruses, harmful bacteria, cancer, and other malignancies.  Human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, a specific type of neuromodulatory lipid that basically teaches a newborn child how to eat by stimulating the suckling process.”

Through lies and false propaganda – THIS CHOICE HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM US. WE NEED TO CORRECT THAT SITUATION sooner rather than later – we owe it to our for-bearers, ourselves and our children.

Get educated, active and involved – no matter your age, race, color, creed, sex, or religion – no matter who you are, this affects your future choices in so many areas.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, stated over a thousand years ago  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”

We need to start embracing his wisdom and reclaiming this treasure from nature for the use and benefit of everyone. On an individual health basis, good natural nutrient rich food, herbs and spices have been a mainstay and remain so.

The list of diseases and conditions that see beneficial results from cannabis therapy in one of it’s various forms is truly staggering. The most effective results are obtained from the real plant.

We, every mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, niece or nephew who has someone in our life who has or is suffering needlessly are the ones who need to speak up and do our part for change to occur.

Change that is long overdue and much needed. It can come about and it will as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow. 100 years from now this prohibition will be looked back upon much like the Alcohol Prohibition. That was changed because of the masses speaking up, so will this situation.

Pharmaceutical companies have created some synthetic drugs but the efficacy is not there and likely never will be.

Illnesses Treatable with Medical Cannabis Therapy

Pain relief

Glaucoma

Spasticity in multiple sclerosis

Alzheimer’s disease

Breast cancer

HIV/AIDS

Brain cancer

Opioid dependence

Controlling ALS symptoms

Crohn’s Disease

Diabetes

http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/resources/illnesses-treatable

Below is a general list of ailments with symptoms or ailments that proponents claim can be treated with medical marijuana.

There may be some duplication from the list above
Acquired Hypothyroidism Hepatitis C,
Acute Gastritis HIV/AIDS ,
Agoraphobia Hospice Patients,
AIDS Related Illness Huntington’s Disease,
Alcohol Abuse Hypertension,
Alcoholism Hyperventilation,
Alopecia Areata Hypoglycemia,
Alzheimer’s Disease Impotence,
Amphetamine Dependency Inflammatory Autoimmune-mediated Arthritis,
Amyloidosis Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD),
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Insomnia,
Angina Pectoris Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED),
Ankylosis Intractable Vomitting,
Anorexia Lipomatosis,
Anorexia Nervosa Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
Anxiety Disorders  Lyme Disease,
Any Chronic Medical Symptom that Limits Major Life Activities Lymphoma,
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Major Depression,
Arthritis  Malignant Melanoma,
Arthritis (Rheumatoid) Mania,
Arthropathy, Gout Melorheostosis,
Aspergers Meniere’s Disease,
Asthma Motion Sickness,
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS),
Autism Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
Autoimmune Disease Muscle Spasms,
Back Pain  Muscular Dystrophy,
Back Sprain Myeloid Leukemia,
Bell’s Palsy Nail-Patella Syndrome,
Bipolar Disorder Nightmares,
Brain Tumor, Malignant Obesity,
Bruxism Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
Bulimia Opiate Dependence,
Cachexia Osteoarthritis,
Cancer  Panic Disorder,
Cancer, Adrenal Cortical  Parkinson’s Disease,
Cancer, Endometrial  Peripheral Neuropathy,
Cancer, Prostate Peritoneal Pain,
Cancer, Testicular Persistent Insomnia,
Cancer, Uterine  Porphyria
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Post Polio Syndrome (PPS),
Cerebral Palsy Post-traumatic Arthritis,
Cervical Disk Disease Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
Cervicobrachial Syndrome Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS),
Chemotherapy Prostatitis,
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Psoriasis,
Chronic Pain  Pulmonary Fibrosis,
Chronic renal failure Quadriplegia,
Cocaine Dependence Radiation Therapy, (Learn more)
Colitis Raynaud’s Disease,
Conjunctivitis Reiter’s Syndrome,
Constipation Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS),
Crohn’s Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Cystic Fibrosis Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Damage to Spinal Cord Nervous Tissue Rosacea,
Darier’s Disease Schizoaffective Disorder,
Degenerative Arthritis Schizophrenia,
Degenerative Arthropathy Scoliosis,
Delirium Tremens Sedative Dependence,
Dermatomyositis Seizures,
Diabetes, Adult Onset Senile Dementia,
Diabetes, Insulin Dependent Severe Nausea,
Diabetic Neuropathy Shingles (Herpes Zoster),
Diabetic Peripheral Vascular Disease Sinusitis,
Diarrhea Skeletal Muscular Spasticity,
Diverticulitis Sleep Apnea,
Dysthymic Disorder Sleep Disorders,
Eczema, Spasticity,
Emphysema, Spinal Stenosis,
Emphysema, Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS),
Endometriosis, Stuttering,
Epidermolysis Bullosa, Tardive Dyskinesia (TD),
Epididymitis, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ),
Epilepsy, Tenosynovitis,
Felty’s Syndrome, Terminal Illness,
Fibromyalgia, Thyroiditis,
Friedreich’s Ataxia, Tic Douloureux,
Gastritis, Tietze’s Syndrome,
Genital Herpes, Tinnitus,
Glaucoma, Tobacco Dependence,
Glioblastoma Multiforme, Tourette’s Syndrome,
Graves Disease, Trichotillomania,
Headaches, Cluster, Viral Hepatitis,
Headaches, Migraine, Wasting Syndrome,
Headaches, Tension, Whiplash,
Hemophilia A, Wittmaack-Ekbom’s Syndrome,
Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, Writers’ Cramp,

Here are few links to some very informative offerings – but there is so much more.

PBS DOCUMENTARY – Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

http://watch.montanapbs.org/video/1825223761/

The Best Marijuana Documentary (Canadian)

LEAF

The Power of RAW Cannabis..avi

Cannabis Facts – Nutrition, (Hemp Oil, Hemp Hearts)

Cannabis International Foundation – A Resource For The Dietary And Medicinal Study And Use Of Cannabis

Learn about the amazing health benefits of juicing raw cannabis (marijuana) leaves

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035759_cannabis_juicing_health.html#ixzz2c3zuVndQ

Circulatory Problems, Lessened Naturally

See the bottom of this post for information on an all natural product that works like Draino for the Circulatory System – The information and suggestions in this re-posted article that follows are excellent but for many it will not make a big enough difference to eliminate or reduce prescription drugs,  but the solution at the end of the post can.

More than 50% of the population will suffer from Cardiovascular Disease.

It is the #1 cause of death and kills more people annually than the next 6 causes combined(Cancer included).

1 out of 2 people who die of Heart Attack or Stroke have no previous symptoms hence the nickname ‘ The Silent Killer’

Circulation problems occur when the blood flow is limited to parts of the body such as hands, feet, brain, heart, and lungs. Plaque builds up in our arteries and causes the restriction of blood flow and hardening of the arterial walls. Some of the diseases that can be caused by this include hypertension, stroke, varicose veins, Raynaud’s phenomenon, blood clots, kidney disease, heart disease, and peripheral artery disease.

Poor blood circulation can impact the entire body, including:

  • Effects upon the brain – poor blood circulation can impact the brain causing fatigue, dizziness, memory loss, and frequent and unexplained headaches.
  • Effects upon the heart – poor blood circulation can have an impact on the heart, causing inability to perform simple aerobic activities like climbing stairs without breathlessness; high blood pressure and cholesterol, and chest pain can be other symptoms. Heart attack and stroke are major risks of poor circulation that remains untreated.
  • Effects upon the liver – symptoms of poor blood circulation in the liver can include lack of appetite or unexplained weight loss, and changes in skin tone.
  • Effects upon the kidneys – poor circulation to the kidneys are typically the result when there is swelling of the hands, feet and ankles. Other symptoms can include fatigue, altered heart rate and rise in blood pressure.
  • Effects upon the limbs – with poor circulation, cramps in the limbs, numbness and varicose veins can appear as symptoms.

Symptoms include :

  • Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in extremities
  • Cold hands, feet, or ears
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Dizziness
  • Dry and/or Itchy Skin
  • Edema
  • Varicose veins
  • Leg or foot ulcerations
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dandruff
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sluggish Memory

Medical problems that can cause contribute to poor circulation include smoking, anxiety, diabetes, high cholesterol, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart problems, anemia, asthma, food allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, eating disorders, and many others. A doctor will need to determine the cause before administering treatment.

Mild cases can be improved with aerobic exercise and diet. A person should exercise regularly and eat a low-fat high-fiber diet. If the person has mobility problems due to a stroke or something similar regular assisted range of motion exercises will help.

Foods that improve circulation are fruits, especially those rich in Vitamin C and lycopene, think citrus, watermelon, and tomatoes, nuts, which are rich in Vitamin B3, garlic, and avoiding fatty and sugary foods.

Diet and exercise should be used at a pace you are comfortable with, in severe cases they should be used in conjunction with your doctor’s plan and advice. Inform your doctor of any changes you are making to diet and exercise.

Source: http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/increase-poor-blood-circulation.html

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My other posts on this topic.

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/tag/cardiovascular-system/ .  Cardiovascular System – The science and real world studies on ProArgi-9+.

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/february-is-heart-month-drink-yourself-to-heart-health/

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