Many outside of the Medical Marijuana Community seem to have a certain level of tolerant empathy for the visibly chronic or terminally ill, but beyond that can’t seem to accept the validity of cannabis’ therapeutic use. It seems that some are willing to validate medical cannabis use only in the most dire and obvious of cases, yet refuse to consider it’s broader range of very effective use to many. The prevailing thought of the loudest voices opposed to medical cannabis these days seems to be that unless one is terminally or otherwise severely afflicted, “they don’t need it”, and “they are abusing the system to obtain it, most likely for pleasure”.
There are two aspects to this current state of general intolerance, mentioned above, that I would like to see considered and answered honestly by those who seem to so vehemently oppose it’s wider therapeutic use in our society.
First, however, it must be recognized that in order to fairly consider the issue of cannabis through the proper lens of truth, an intelligent, open mind, exposed to scientifically valid information, must be able leave behind any preconceived notions in order to accurately grasp a true picture and understanding of what cannabis is and what it does. That is to say – Cannabis is in fact an extremely mild herb/flower/plant that induces amazingly few if any undesirable physiological side effects and yet very effectively treats a myriad of varying conditions, wide-ranging symptoms, and ailments.
Assuming that an intelligent person who examines the science based facts can grasp the truth of what cannabis is over what misconceptions they have previously been told, I would propose to ask the following:
Why purposely divert people from using a very mild, very physiologically harmless natural substance to effectively treat what ails them, to using a much more toxic, synthetic option that is often hard on the body, producing side effects and potentially causing toxicity in higher doses? Why under any circumstance would we recommend that? Where is the logic?
Into the framework of the question just asked, insert any condition and commonly accepted/prescribed remedy and see how much sense it seems to make. For example – why prohibit the use of cannabis to treat an occasional headache or frequent headaches (that so many of us in today’s society suffer from due to stress – stay tuned for more on stress in follow-up blog) and recommend instead ibuprofen, sold over the counter to millions daily yet self-proclaimed as possible to induce the following COMMON side effects: Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain.
Nontoxic cannabis can treat a common headache mildly and effectively, with none of the above side effects. In fact, cannabis is recognized to treat many of the common side effects of ibuprofen listed above, as well!
Second, again assuming that people are able to lift the veil of misinformation and see cannabis for the truth of what it is as opposed to the unfounded fears still falsely trumpeted:
Why isn’t it recognized that a responsible adult can manage their use of this effective, mild, therapeutic, non-toxic substance?
At age 16 we allow people to begin operating a motor vehicle on streets where children play and walk to school, assuming with the proper instruction 16 year olds are of an age that they can handle this level of responsibility. At age18 we allow people to vote and go to war where they will handle deadly weapons and make life or death decisions. At age 21, we entrust to young adults the ability to purchase and make responsible decisions in regards to consuming one of the greatest poisons/recreational pastimes of our time, alcohol. Alcohol is recognized to lower inhibitions and impair judgment. It can make an otherwise sane person fly into a rage and start a fight or get behind the wheel of a car and endanger lives. So why wouldn’t we be able to trust that a responsible functioning adult could manage their own responsible therapeutic use of cannabis?
With a clear set of governing rules we would like to pose two questions:
- What is the actual concern about cannabis that holds us back from trusting that an otherwise responsible member of our society can’t or won’t make sound and responsible decisions regarding this mild, non-toxic flower?
- What are the potential, worst case scenarios if someone fails to medicate responsibly? Death? No, it’s non-toxic. Harm to others? A plague on society? We think not. There seems to be a lot of concern in the name of the children. As far as we know, there has been consistent access available in schools and on the streets through black market avenues for the last 40 years or more; medical cannabis has not changed this nor is it likely to.
When we get past all the faulty logic and false premises so popular among those who oppose the general therapeutic and assumed responsible use of cannabis by otherwise responsible adults in our society, the only thing that becomes clear is that the loudest voices are not making sense. The unfortunate part of this moment in time seems to be that because their voices are the loudest, they are being heard the clearest and followed by the masses who don’t dig deeper into the issue, and who assume they are still being told the truth.
So what can we, who do know the truth, do to be heard?
Start speaking the truth that you know to be true, when the opportunity is there to do so. Write a letter to the editor. Tell your physician about the mild yet effective relief you have found. Confide in your pastor. Take strength and courage from the fact that you are one of millions in this world who have been blessed with the opportunity to know the truth, and that you have science and positive experience on your side as opposed to false logic and fear. If we speak the truth calmly, yet firmly and consistently, all of our voices together will eventually drowned out the din of misinformation and intolerance!