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things you didn't know about cannabisThe majority of America has either decriminalized cannabis, or legalized it for medicinal purposes

It’s almost hard to believe when you consider how strong prohibition continues in most parts of the country, but 27 states in the U.S. have either decriminalized cannabis possession, legalized possession and state-licensed retail sales, legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, or a combination of the three.

Cannabis is an ancient substance

The cannabis plant isn’t new, and neither is its usage. For example; pounds of cannabis have been found in Chinese tombs dating back thousands of years. Going even further back, cannabis is said to have co-evolved with humans, which is likely why it contains such intense medical value for our species. This indicates that the cannabis plant has followed us through most, if not all, our existence.

Cannabis may reduce infant mortality rates

In a drastically important, yet widely under-publicized study examining thousands of infants, those who had cannabis in their system had nearly half the rate of mortality; 8.9 deaths per 1,000, compared to 15.7.

To some, especially those unfamiliar to cannabis as a medicine, this may sound a little far-fetched, but the numbers stand strong, and the study is the most comprehensive we have on the issue. We truly hope we see more in the future.

The federal government sends out hundreds of cannabis joints to patients ever month

To many legalization advocates this is nothing new, but to those who haven’t heard it before, it’s a shock. As part of a short-lived federal medical marijuana program (yes, the hypocrisy is thick as mud), four people who were grandfathered in receive 300 pre-rolled cannabis joints from the government every month. And they have for years.

The program’s initial existence, and the government’s continuation of supplying these joints, adds an odd layer to the current war on cannabis that sees the feds putting people in prison for years for far less than the 300 joints they supply to these individuals every month.

America is the only “developed” nation that doesn’t permit the growing of industrial hemp

Over 30 nations across the world allow for hemp to be grown as an industrial commodity. According to congressional research, America is the only “developed” nation in the world that doesn’t allow it; although we allow for the sale and production of hemp products.

Hemp can be used to clean up nuclear disaster sites

A process called phytoremediation is used to clean areas suffering from immense nuclear contamination, by using plants to absorb the toxins out of the soil and water.  Hemp can be used effectively in this process, and has been used to clean contaminated soil around the world, at locations like Chernobyl.

Cannabis was once listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia

Cannabis was used as the primary ingredient in a variety of tinctures and concoctions prescribed by doctors for a myriad of maladies from 1850 up until 1942, when it was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia – much to the protest of many physicians, including the American Medical Association.

Medical marijuana reduces suicide rates

Recent studies have shown states that have legalized the usage of medical marijuana have seen a significant decrease in suicide rates. The most heavily impacted group were males aged 20-29, which saw an 11% decrease. In these same states, there was also a decrease in traffic fatalities.

Hemp oil can be used to fuel cars

Although many people are aware of hemp’s use for things like clothing and rope, one capability is often overlooked: the plant’s ability to be processed into effective, environmentally-friendly biofuel. Hemp oil could easily replace most petroleum products, and it can even be used in place of gasoline to fuel vehicles.

The U.S. government owns a patent on marijuana compounds

Definitively hypocritical, and a sign that the government knows it’s lying and eventually wants the monopoly over cannabis as a medicine, the feds have patented multiple cannabis compounds, and cannabis related pharmaceutical drugs. One such patent is for cannabis to be used as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.

Your body produces its own endocannabinoids

Our body is made to accept cannabis as a therapeutic and medicinal substance. As humans, we have our own endocannabinoid system, as well as receptors; the primary reasons it’s so useful as a medicine, and why humans get such a euphoric reaction from it. Breast milk, for example, is said to contain heavy amounts of naturally-produced endocannabinoids.

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6 Comments

  1. Google Researcher on

    Most prohibitionist weren’t physicians they were just regular uninformed folks. Big business such as the timber, textile, and pharmaceutical industries pushed to make cannabis illegal. (I could name a few specifically) The truth is, if cannabis was utilized for its vast array of commercial products, it would create an industrial atomic bomb!
    You can read a great informational article here http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/marijuana-conspiracy-reason-hemp-is.html

    The truth
    is, if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial
    products, it would create an industrial atomic bomb! – See more at:
    http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/marijuana-conspiracy-reason-hemp-is.html#sthash.PGC9TmWy.dpuf
    The truth
    is, if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products,
    it would create an industrial atomic bomb! – See more at:
    http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/marijuana-conspiracy-reason-hemp-is.html#sthash.PGC9TmWy.dpuf
    The truth
    is, if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products,
    it would create an industrial atomic bomb! – See more at:
    http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/marijuana-conspiracy-reason-hemp-is.html#sthash.PGC9TmWy.dpuf
    The truth
    is, if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products,
    it would create an industrial atomic bomb! – See more at:
    http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/marijuana-conspiracy-reason-hemp-is.html#sthash.PGC9TmWy.dpuf

  2. These are the kind of articles that need to be published REGULARLY for the general public. Advocates should already know this stuff but your average bible belt soccer mom doesn’t. Can you imagine the reaction if more people knew about the bio-fuel capabilities alone?

  3. alfred e newman on

    pot receptors didnt get there in the last 5000 years that took tens of millions of years, and its not just, us all animals and some fish .we are hardwired for pot

  4. Cannabis was removed in part because of political, racial and industrialist forces, not because of evidentiary based properties intrinsic to the plant itself. After prohibition was repealed, the government was able to maintain bureaucracies previously applied to alcohol by applying them to cannabis because minorities were the primary users of the plant and had no political power to counter those decisions. Cannabis is illegal because non white people scare white people.

  5. I like, but just a few things… Cannabis was here before our existence, i don’t feel this statement is accurate… “This indicates that the cannabis plant has followed us through most, if not all, our existence.
    Also with this quote, “when it was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia – much to the protest of many physicians, including the American Medical Association.” I thought prohibitionist fueled the removal from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, and many physicians protested to keep it, to include the AMA. Clarity.

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