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“Cannabis is a treasure trove of healing.”

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the father of cannabis science is an organic chemist and professor of Medical Chemistry, at Hebrew University. He isolated and elucidated THC and has led the field of cannabis research for the last 45 years. 


SAFETY QUICK FACTS

  • Cannabis is one of the safest and most versatile herbal medicines on the planet! There are no recorded deaths as a result of cannabis over-consumption.

  • The lethal dose of marijuana has never been quantified because it is so high and humanly impossible to achieve but is estimated to be over 800 cigarettes in 15 minutes. Death at that point would be as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning not from the components of the plant. 

  • Medically speaking cannabis has a LOW toxicity profile. There are no serious lasting side effects. There are certainly risks and side-effects to consuming marijuana but they are milder than those of most prescription drugs. 

  • Smoking marijuana does NOT cause lung cancer. In fact there is substantial research that smoking cannabis imparts a preventative effect on lung cancer. 

  • There are very few known drug interactions with cannabis. 

  • Cannabis supports the body as an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and anti-spasmodic


CANNABIS SCIENCE QUICK FACTS

  • Cannabis is one of the most pharmacologically active plants on the planet with over 400 different chemicals.

  • THC is the psychotropic component of cannabis and must be heated to become active.

  • More research exists about the safety and efficacy of cannabis as medicine than 95% of FDA approved medicine.

  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services holds patents on cannabis as a neuroprotectant and an anti-inflammatory.

  • Cannabis is less addictive than any other drugs, medicines, herbals and even coffee!


HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Medical cannabis policy should be based on science, NOT fear, greed, racism and politics. 

Cannabis has been used throughout the world for healing, spiritual and recreational purposes for over 5,000 years without a single recorded death attributed to overconsumption. 

Cannabis was introduced to the U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP) in 1854 and from 1854 to 1942 cannabis preparations were listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. Highly regarded companies like Eli Lily, Parke Davis and Squibb produced many prescription drugs with cannabis as an ingredient. At one time there were over 2000 different medicines sold in the U.S. made from cannabis. Those drugs addressed everything from pain, to anxiety, to insomnia and stomach problems. In 1971, cannabis was classified by the Controlled Substances Act as a schedule 1 drug meaning it has NO known medical use. Yet the federal government holds two patents on components of the cannabis plant as an antioxidant and a neuroprotectant. 

These patents not only outline how these components can be used to address serious medical concerns but also how to change disease progression for conditions like Alzhiemer’s, traumatic brain injury and cancer to name a few.  

President Nixon was the first to commission federal research into cannabis. The report widely known as the Schafer Commission Report but formerly titled Marihuana a Signal of Misunderstanding suggested that cannabis be removed from Schedule 1 and recommended legalization up to 1 ounce. The report stated:

  • “Cannabis was brought into narcotics framework because of unfounded assumptions about its ill effects.”

  • “Considering the range of social concerns in contemporary America, marihuana does not in our considered judgment, rank very high. We would deemphasize marihuana as a problem.”

President Nixon ignored the comprehensive medical report and promptly passed legislation to fund the War on Drugs that continues today based in politics NOT science. 

To date we have more research and clinical evidence about the safety and efficacy of cannabis as medicine than 95% of FDA approved medicines. 



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