The story of Cannabis and the governments’ fight against it is a story of abuse of power in favor of money and to the harm of the people who need urgent treatment. In fact, the US Government had all the information needed to create the perfect cure for cancer since 1974 but did everything they could to hide it.
They literally stopped all research on the effects of Cannabis and never gave scientists the opportunity to create the remedy out of the already existing ingredients – cannabis and its cannabinoids!
Shockingly, the US Government bans the use of Cannabis altogether even with evidence stating its curative properties. Even with the recent reemergence of facts that support the beneficial use of Cannabis, it is still treated as a hallucinogenic substance in many countries.
The US have labeled Cannabis as a Schedule 1 Narcotic, along with Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, MDMA and other harmful substances. According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. The main reason for scheduling Cannabis in this category is the presence of THC, which they treat as a hallucinogenic substance.
The FDA are well aware of the benefits of THC and instead of supporting the use of the herb, they create synthetic variants that cost a lot of money for research and come with staggering prices. The FDA’s view on Cannabis does not differ greatly from that of the DEA, treating Cannabis as a drug which cannot be used in medical treatment.
On their website, their answer to the safety of Cannabis for medical use states: “The FDA has not approved any product containing or derived from botanical Cannabis for any indication. This means that the FDA has not found any such product to be safe or effective for the treatment of any disease or condition.
Study of Cannabis in clinical trial settings is needed to assess the safety and effectiveness of Cannabis for medical use.” However, this statement does not stop them from trying to develop synthetically derived THC, which is the primary reason for the negative treatment towards Cannabis.
The site also states that “The FDA approved variants of THC are Marinol and Syndros which include the active ingredient dronabinol, a synthetic delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is considered the psychoactive component of Cannabis and Cesamet (also FDA approved), contains the active ingredient nabilone, which has a chemical structure similar to THC and is synthetically derived.”
For your information, Marinol costs around $702 USD for a supply of 60 capsules, and Cesamet costs from $3.49 to $13.99 USD per capsule! This means that in order to be treated with a synthetic THC, you will need to give an arm or a leg in exchange for something which can be much cheaper!
In fact, Cannabis plants are very resilient and versatile plants which can grow in abundance and in different climatic conditions without a large change in their properties.
This means that harvesting and extracting the needed ingredients from the plant, along with the creation of suitable medications would cost less money and thus the price of the medications would lower significantly.
So why would you try to create a synthetic derivation from THC, when there is an already existent natural source, and all of that in favor of the pharmaceutical companies which are funded for the research of unnecessary and less efficient alternatives?
The US Government decided that Cannabis is too good for their people and too risky for their pockets.
It all dates back to 1972, when Richard Nixon gives the Medical College of Virginia the green light to start a research on the effects of Cannabis on the health.
The research results, which came out in 1974, showed that a right amount of certain ingredients in Cannabis was the perfect cure for cancer, being able to fight the cancer cells while reinforcing and rejuvenating the healthy cells.
The study showed that some of the active ingredients in Cannabis were able to inhibit the growth of cancer cells by up to 75% and a significant reduction in the same time.
However, this study was done on mice and the results showed a promising start in the development of the perfect cure for cancer if tests were done on human subjects. This, of course, never happened.
You can find the full study issued in 1975 here.
These results were taken away and hidden from the public, and in 1976. the DEA restricts all public research on cannabis and gives exclusive rights to (and to the benefit of) major pharmaceutical companies for the research on Cannabis and the creation of synthetic alternatives to THC which will not possess the psychoactive effect of being ‘high’.
Another fact that shows that the US has known about the benefits of Cannabis and did nothing about it is the 2003 patent on the effects of cannabinoids.
In 2003 the US patented the results from research on cannabinoids. In the abstract, the patent states that “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism.
This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.”
You can find the patent information here.
While the real solution stays hidden and rejected both by the DEA and the FDA in favor of the trillions of pharmaceutical profits over the years, people are forced to go through painful, nauseating and fatal chemotherapy treatments which cost a lot of money and are rated with a 1 in 5 mortality rate.
The governments need to redefine their views on priorities and personal gain for the good of those who need urgent attention and help with an already existing solution instead of needless and expensive cancer researches that bear no results and benefits to the well being of the people.
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