Monday, September 28, 2009
Lies, Tax and Profits.
There are many misconceptions about marijuana, it's a natural herb, anyone who uses it can easily stop at any time, and stopping doesn't result in withdrawal symptoms.
There is also a common fallacy that using marijuana increases the tendency of an individual to start taking other drugs like heroin and cocaine.
However, statistics have shown no proof of this, there is proof however that it can lead to a desire to eat chocolate.
Marijuana is not addictive, unlike alcohol, tobacco or heroin.
Marijuana is known by many to be a drug that makes one start taking other more dangerous substances, but this is not the truth.
I recently heard tobacco being called a gateway drug by drug councillors, as once kids start smoking cigarettes they usually start drinking alcohol.
Cocaine is the clubbers drug of choice as it allows you to stay awake for hours and drink even more.
The chance of marijuana leading to other drugs increases only when drug dealers sell marijuana together with other substances; which is a good argument for legalising.
Another misconception is that marijuana causes brain damage, however there are no established links between marijuana use and death of brain cells.
In the anti weed campaign it is often said that marijuana can cause psychiatric problems.
In my opinion psychiatric symptoms are often there, just not diagnosed before marijuana use.
Consider the horrible side effects of much prescribed medicines such as opiates that are incredibly addictive.
Drugs that damage the kidneys and liver, and what about the dependency on sleeping tablets and tranquilizers and other muscle relaxers.
What about the side effects from morphine, diazepam, baclofen and blood thinners and drugs that reduce blood pressure.
The drugs that doctors prescribe have horrendous side effects look at the medicines for MS.
The drug companies are as far as I can see drug dealers who want us all to be dependant on them for life that is why they do not concentrate on finding a cure for MS.
One of the benefits of marijuana is pain relief (neurologists in The Netherlands advise it as the best pain relief) it helps with spasticity, gives a good appetite, helps sleeping, good for relaxation and other benefits.
There is alot of negative publicity about marijuana this is because the other drug dealers, the drug companies and the alcohol and tobacco companies have the franchise and want to keep it that way.
In the past physicians have used the plant for helping with headaches, insomnia and gastrointestinal disorders.
It was considered a sedative it was even used to aid in child birth and went on to aid in the treatment of inflammations, ear pains and oedemas.
In 500 B.C. the plant was used as a textile plant for fabricating cloth and manufacturing paper.
In Medieval times the plant was used as a diuretic, anti-epileptic and an anti-inflammatory.
In the 19th century Marijuana was considered to be useful in treating headaches, melancholy and insomnia.
Queen Victoria used it for menstrual pain.
Today marijuana is extremely helpful to aid in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, depressions, neuralgias, rheumatism, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, ulcer, cholera, cancer, epilepsy, bronchitis, asthma (because of the property of bronchodilator), and gonorrhoea.
It has also been used in relieving epilepsy convulsions, multiple sclerosis and spasms.
And it used to aid in the side effects of chemotherapy by relieving dizziness and nausea.
So why such an important plant illegal?
Why are so many people being punished and jailed every year, many just because they are trying to get relief from their painful ailments?
Alcohol, which along with tobacco is really addictive is allowed, these are the drugs which are legal.
Marijuana is more useful than alcohol but yet it is illegal.
The government has found a great way of lining their pockets by heavily taxing alcohol and tobacco.
The Alcohol and Tobacco trade is legal and therefore not only tolerated by the Government, who gives it great support, but also protected.
The perceived competitor marijuana is heavily penalised and briefed against in order to maintain the profitable status quo.
Alcohol and tobacco have no benefits only negative effects.
So why are they legal and marijuana, are which has 100’s of benefits, is not legal.