FDA fast tracks a marijuana-derived drug to treat seizures


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CBD, or cannabidiol, has been making big news as of late, largely thanks to the plant compound’s ability to help children with severe seizure disorders. But, CBD that comes from the cannabis plant is highly prohibited under archaic federal laws that refuse to even remotely acknowledge the plant’s health benefits. As is typical of the hypocritical federal government, while the DEA slaps the cannabis plant with Schedule I drug labeling, the FDA is fast-tracking a marijuana-derived drug straight from the bowels of Big Pharma.

The product, named Epidiolex, is said to be a “purified CBD solution,” and on April 19, 2018, an FDA panel voted unanimously to recommend it be approved for the treatment of seizures in two disorders, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. As Live Science reports, the panel looked at several studies of Epidiolex to reach their conclusion.

Live Science points to a recent clinical trial of the drug, noting that the product successfully reduced seizure frequency in patients by up to 50 percent. According to study leader Dr. Orrin Devinsky, the product is 99 percent CBD and is unlike the products commonly available at dispensaries around the U.S. “It’s not something that you can get by smoking marijuana. It is a very specific pharmaceutical-grade product,” Devinsky insisted.

Is it better if it’s “medicine”?

But, as some might wonder: Is whatever GW Pharmaceuticals synthesized in a lab actually better than a whole-plant CBD product?

Firstly, in the clinical trial of Epidiolex, it was not tested against any kind of whole-plant CBD product that is currently being used to treat seizures in medical marijuana states. How can GW Pharmaceuticals really claim their product is better, when it hasn’t been put to the test?

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And as is par for the course these days, the clinical trial was “supported” by the product’s manufacturer — which always raises serious questions about the legitimacy of their findings.

Pharmaceutical propagandists want you to believe that only their products are safe and effective, but there is evidence to the contrary. Beyond the sham of “FDA approval,” science has shown that CBD isolates (like what GW Pharmaecuticals is pushing) are actually less effective than a whole plant extract.

A team of Israeli researchers have shown that CBD isolate comes with a bell-shaped dose response — and whole plant extracts can easily out perform it. That is to say, these products have a narrow window of greatest efficacy — and after that, the benefits taper off. Sometimes higher doses even become less effective than lower doses. But, extracts made from the whole plant do not seem to exhibit the same kind of restricted use. The synergy that occurs between CBD and other cannabinoids (of which there are hundreds) seems to play a role in the overall therapeutic capacity of CBD. So while a high-CBD strain of cannabis may be preferential, eliminating the presence of other cannabinoids entirely (as GW Pharmaceuticals is trying to do) may be shortsighted.

But concerns about Big Pharma trying to take over the medical cannabis industry do not end with a reduction in health benefits, unfortunately. If the FDA approves this drug, and the others like it that are sure to follow, there will be “no reason ” for marijuana prohibition to come to an end — at least in the eyes of corrupt federal agencies.

It is truly disgusting that an entire plant can be so demonized — while an entire industry stands to profit from synthesizing it. If cannabis is such a risk to public health, then why is it literally being used to create medicine? This is not the first time that the industry has made millions off of prohibition; even though marijuana’s psychoactive compound, THC, is highly illegal, Big Pharma has made drugs out of that, too.

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Illinois Police Just Claimed if Marijuana is Legalized, They’ll Have to Kill Their Police Dogs

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Chad Larner,  the training director of the K-9 Training Academy in Macon County, Illinois said in a recent interview that police departments throughout the state may have to euthanize drug dogs if marijuana is legalized. Larner said that it would be abusive to retrain the dogs and that it could even be impossible. He also said that the dogs are trained to not be social because that is what the job requires.

According to The Pantagraph, Because many K-9s are trained not to be social so their work won’t be affected, Larner said a number of dogs would likely have to be euthanized.”

Other police in the state seemed to have similar feelings on the subject.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Petrilli of the Normal Police Department said that it would be “impossible” to retrain the dogs.

“At this point, they’re trained on five different odors. Once they’re programmed with that, you can’t just deprogram them. I think the implications of that would be huge,“ Petrilli said.

However, it is actually possible to retrain the K9s, as many police departments in Washington have shown.

Legalization activist Dan Linn of NORML thinks that the police are just making empty threats to scare the public.

“The idea that legalizing for adults to have an ounce on them will equal … all these dogs being euthanized, that seems kind of ridiculous and hyperbolic,” he said.

Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett complained that this would make the dogs useless to the department, and would be a victory for drug dealers.

“The biggest thing for law enforcement is, you’re going to have to replace all of your dogs. So to me, it’s a giant step forward for drug dealers, and it’s a giant step backward for law enforcements and the residents of the community,” Buffet said.

In 2016, Buffett’s personal foundation reportedly invested $2.2 million in training for K-9 units throughout 33 counties across Illinois.

It is strange that one of the excuses that they have for not wanting to retrain the K9s is that it would be abusive, but to train them to be vicious and keep them as attack dog slaves is extremely abusive in itself. There are likely millions of dog owners, trainers, and rescuers who would be willing to show these animals a loving home so they can grow to be social again.

The use of dogs in police business is inhumane both for the animals, and the suspects who they are often unleashed on. Our society shuns animal abusers and people who raise dogs specifically for fighting, and rightfully so, but how are police dogs any different than an attack dog that a street gang breeds to be as aggressive as possible, for the purpose of winning money in dogfights and intimidating rivals?

In many cases, these animals are often treated as nothing more than disposable weapons by the police that are in charge of caring for them. In fact, it is sadly common for police officers to get accused of animal cruelty for abusing or neglecting their dogs.

Just this we The Free Thought Project reported that an officer was caught on video abusing his own search dog when the animal failed to signal for drugs at a traffic stop. It is also common for police to leave their dogs in hot cars for extended periods of time until they die.

One police officer in Georgia killed three of his dogs, one by leaving it in a hot car, and two others by shooting them. Officer Daniel Peabody of the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, buried the first two dogs in his yard and was eventually caught when he killed the third.

When police dogs retire from official duty, they are supposed to return home and live with their handlers, but this is not always the case. In the state of Illinois where this controversy has happened, some officers reportedly dropped their dogs off at shelters after they were retired.

If any other organization was caught treating animals like this on such a regular basis and were admittedly raising them to be aggressive, there would be massive public outrage and calls of animal abuse, but the police are allowed to be abusers so situations like this are often overlooked or ignored.

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CNN Highlights Concerns Marijuana Legalization Is Increasing Crime

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Smoking marijuana found to have the same weakening effect on the blood vessels as cigarettes


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Cannabis’s health benefits have helped it gain approval for medicinal use in several states, but it’s important to keep in mind that this does not mean that it’s perfectly healthy when smoked. In fact, if you’re smoking it, you might want to hear what researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, recently discovered. (Opt for a liquid form of hemp extracts to avoid the risks associated with smoking it.)

According to a new study, marijuana smoke causes the same straining effect on blood vessels that smoke from cigarettes does. The UCSF scientists reached this conclusion after exposing lab rats to secondhand marijuana and tobacco smoke.

After being exposed to either kind of smoke for just one minute, the blood vessel function of the rats was impaired by around 50 percent. Although the effects are short-term in nature, the researchers believe that repeated exposure causes the long-lasting damage and cardiovascular health problems that cigarette smokers often experience. Over time, arterial walls become damaged permanently, which can lead to stroke, blood clots, and heart attack.

In addition, they found that the rats who were exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke still suffered these effects 90 minutes after their exposure. The rats who were exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke, on the other hand, managed to recover their normal blood vessel function in just half an hour. While the researchers aren’t sure why this is the case, they point out the results aren’t entirely unexpected.

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Matthew Springer, said: “When you burn dry plants, you get thousands of chemicals that are very, very similar, whether it is smoke from wood, tobacco, or marijuana, and many of them are toxic.”

Springer said he got the idea for the study after people started smoking marijuana around him in the crowd at a Paul McCartney concert in San Francisco. He ran into a few roadblocks when he tried to launch the study. For example, because marijuana is illegal under federal law and his research is federally funded, he had to use government-approved cannabis and carry out the study on rats instead of humans.

Smoking anything – natural or not – is bad for your health

Unfortunately, many people believe that smoking marijuana is safe because it is “natural.” While it may come from a plant, smoking anything involves inhaling toxins produced by the smoke. In fact, marijuana is grown using herbicides, pesticides and fungicides; is that what you want to put in your lungs? KNBC-TV reported that 93 percent of the samples they collected from 15 dispensaries across four counties in Southern California tested positive for pesticides.

In states where marijuana is legal, most people smoke it at home or in public, potentially exposing those around them to these effects. In California, more than half of consumers use medical marijuana by smoking dried buds in bongs or pipes, or rolled up in papers.

How to get the benefits without the risks

There is a simple way to avoid this problem, of course. Taking it in the liquid form, like CBD oil, gives you all of the benefits of medical marijuana without the risks of smoking it. Liquid cannabis extracts do not contain the carcinogens in smoke, and they also have a more diverse array of cannabinoids. That’s because some cannabinoids, like CBD-A, are destroyed by the heat of smoking. Liquid extracts preserve the therapeutic nutrients found in cannabis, and they are safer and more convenient methods of delivery.

Even if you don’t smoke marijuana yourself, keep in mind that this study involved secondhand smoke exposure. The next time someone lights up around you, you might want to keep your distance. If it’s someone you care about, you might want to mention this study and enlighten them on the virtues of CBD oil.

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72 Year Old Grandma Shot Dead As SWAT Raided Her Home To Arrest Her Son For Marijuana

Michael Anthony Livingston, 50, was suspected of selling a plant that is legal in some form in well over half the country. Because the other half of the country still violently and callously kidnaps, cages, and kills people for this plant, however, Livingston is in jail and his mother is now dead.

Geraldine Townsend, 72, was shot and killed this week as a Bartlesville SWAT team executed a search warrant to bust Livingston for the alleged sale of marijuana.

When the heavily armed and likely militarized men kicked in the door to their home, Townsend, likely not knowing who her home invaders were, picked up a pellet gun and fired off two pellets. A Bartlesville officer then shot and killed her.

“While taking Livingston into custody officers heard shots, and two officers were struck with some type of projectile,” Hastings said.

Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings said the 72-year-old pointed “some type of high-powered pellet handgun” at officers who were forced to return fire. Townsend was struck in the chest and later died at the hospital.

Livingston, the subject of the search warrant, was arrested as he watched his mother get shot in the chest and bleed out on the floor of their home.

As Tulsa World reports, 

Four officers had entered the house in the 1600 block of South Maple Avenue in Bartlesville to serve a drug-related search warrant when the shots were fired about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Livingston and the address were allegedly tied to the sale of drugs.

One officer returned fire, striking Townsend in the upper body. Bartlesville police did not identify the officer who discharged a service weapon. Townsend allegedly shot one officer in the leg and another in the face with the pellet gun.

Emergency responders transported Townsend and one officer she shot to a local hospital. Police initially said her condition “appears to be critical.” Townsend died there from her injuries, Hastings said.

The investigation of the shooting has now been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and “no further details can be released,” according to Hastings.

After the raid, the only drug recovered by police was marijuana. According to court records, Livingston was booked into the Washington County Jail on complaints of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of eavesdropping equipment.

While many people will justify the death of the 72-year-old woman by claiming that her son was breaking the law and she also broke the law when she fired at the officers in her house, it is important to examine the scenario objectively by looking at the morality of the situation versus the legality of it. Legality does not equal morality.

If we look at all the charges brought against Livingston—not a single one of them involves a victim. Had this man actually harmed someone, rest assured it would have been listed. However, all of these charges stem from the sale of a plant.

Had Livingston lived in Colorado, he could have had the potential to be considered a model citizen who is aiding the local economy by selling a plant that is revolutionalizing the state. Instead, because he was in Oklahoma—where marijuana is viciously attacked by drug warriors—he is sitting in a cage with a $500,000 bail and his mom is dead.

This is what the drug war does. It turns entrepreneurs into criminals, puts cops in harm’s way while turning them into home invaders, and kills otherwise entirely innocent grandmas who try to defend their home from would-be burglars. Every minute that this failed and immoral war continues is a travesty of justice and an insult to humanity.

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New Memo to Prosecutors Reveals Law Allowing Gov’t to Execute LEGAL Marijuana Growers

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To make America great again, Donald Trump announced last month that he will be moving forward with his plan to execute people for selling drugs. Without any critical thought or scientific approach, the president completely ignored all the data and instead opted for the police state as a solution to the opioid epidemic currently ravaging the nation.

“We can have all the blue-ribbon committees we want, but if we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time. Just remember that. We’re wasting our time. And that toughness includes the death penalty,” Trump exclaimed before he was met with applause.

As his supporters cheered on the wholesale state-sanctioned slaughter of people for conducting voluntary interactions, their applause were also unwittingly supporting the murder of legal marijuana growers.

Last week, after the president’s most tyrannical speech, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to the nation’s federal prosecutors urging them to seek the death penalty in cases involving large-scale drug traffickers. The memo highlights a little-known federal law that allows the US government to execute anyone who grows more than 60,000 marijuana plants.

As the Denver Post points out, Sessions’ memo talks largely about opioids, but federal law contains no such drug-specific limitation on prosecutors’ power. Trace the law’s meandering route through federal statutes and you’ll come to this conclusion: Anyone convicted of cultivating more than 60,000 marijuana plants or possessing more than 60,000 kilograms of a substance that contains marijuana could face death as a punishment.

While it is entirely unlikely that the US government would start executing legal marijuana growers, the fact remains — it is one of their options.

“I think it’s still very theoretical,” said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor who specializes in marijuana law and in the death penalty, according to the Post. “I don’t think anyone thinks the federal government is going to seek the death penalty against a state-licensed business. But what it highlights is this enormous disconnect with federal and state law.”

Although most marijuana growers are secretive about how many plants they cultivate at a time, Sam Kamin was asked how many he estimates to pass the benchmark of 60,000. “There are many,” he responded.

The Free Thought Project also spoke with a marijuana grower who owns operations in California, Nevada, and Colorado. Speaking on the condition of anonymity — for likely reasons — our source tells us that he grows twice that amount.

According to the Post, in June, the last month for which this data is available, there were nearly 1 million marijuana plants under cultivation by Colorado’s state-licensed cannabis businesses. In California, one of the biggest dispensaries is building out a farm it expects will grow 100,000 plants at a time. And Smith said laws in states that have more recently adopted legal marijuana but limit the number of sales licenses available have probably increased the number of super-sized pot grows in the country.

The idea that the US government claims the right to murder you for growing an arbitrary number of plants — which research shows can potentially solve the current opioid epidemic — speaks to the dangerous idiocy and tyranny within the state.

Although Sessions marching innocent pot farmers down death row is unlikely, the fact remains that it is one of their options.

“What Sessions is reminding us,” Kamin said, “is that losing your life is at least statutorily possible.”



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Thanks to Marijuana Being Illegal, People in Illinois are Now Bleeding from Their Eyes

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Illinois — The cultivation, trafficking, sale, or possession of marijuana is a crime in Illinois under the state’s Controlled Substances Act. While being caught with less than ten grams will only get you a citation, those caught with more than ten grams will face heavy fines and years potential behind bars. The prohibition of cannabis in Illinois has led to a black market in which very dangerous substances have risen to fill the void left by government extorting, kidnapping, and caging people for this beneficial plant.

The state is now realizing the detrimental effects of prosecuting people for possessing a plant as teenagers and adults alike are suffering from horror movie-like side effects from the dangerous chemicals pumped into the market solely due to the fact that marijuana is illegal.

While the government calls this dangerous chemical “synthetic marijuana,” in reality, “spice” or “K2” and all other forms of this chemically sprayed lawn clippings designed to give users a high, has nothing at all to do with marijuana other than the fact that they sometimes react with the same receptors as marijuana.

Spice is not derived from nor based on thc. And, in fact, it is a cocktail of hundreds of different chemicals manufactured and sold, according to the Illinois Department of Public health.

Side effects include hallucinations, psychosis, dizziness, stroke, seizures, kidney failure, heart attack and death, reports the Center for Disease Control.

In all of human history there has never been a single recorded death from the use of cannabis. However, the side-effects of this chemical that filled the void created by the prohibition of this safe plant include death and now, it is causing its users to bleed from their eyes, ears, and noses — like something out of a horror movie.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning about synthetic “weed” known as “spice,” “K2” or “Mind Trip” on March 27. At that time, there were six people who reported “severe bleeding” after taking the fake pot since March 7, according to the state department. However, it has since gotten worse.

By March 29, that number grew to 22 people, and according to some reports, by Friday, more than 32 people have reported bleeding from the eyes, nose, and ears thanks to this synthetic garbage being peddled across the state in marijuana’s place.

“This bleeding is not expected,” Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at an Illinois hospital, told the Chicago Tribune, “at least in such a significant population so quickly.”

Synthetic drugs popping up across the country is a direct market reaction to the war on drugs.

Because psychoactive drugs that humans have used for centuries have been banned by most modern governments, people turn to synthetic attempts at mimicking the high. Just as Spice has emerged to supposedly mimic cannabis, meth became sought after to mimic cocaine and when meth was banned, flakka came in to fill the void.

But the difference is, Spice, flakka, and often times, meth cause psychotic symptoms, bodily damage and death, whereas cannabis has never caused an overdose and has well-recognized medicinal value. Cocaine and its synthetic counterpart, meth, sourced from the black market, which is laced with other unknown chemicals, can cause overdose and death.

As TFTP reported last month, a 20-year-old woman walked up to the South Main Chapel in upstate South Carolina and began prying her eyes from her head using her own fingers. As good Samaritans and first responders tried to stop her, she fought them off successfully and is now permanently blind. She was likely on one of these synthetic compounds as she admitted to smoking “marijuana that was laced.”

We should have learned the lesson that prohibition only causes greater harm, during the miserable attempt at alcohol prohibition from 1920 to 1933. When government attempted to ban alcohol, its production and distribution shifted to the black market, and people suffered and died.

Reports of blindness and death were common as people attempted to make their own alcohol but failed to realize the dangerous by-products that can be produced. Bootleg alcohol fueled violent criminal gangs exploiting prohibition for financial gain. We are seeing the exact same scenario play out today.

There will always be demand for psychoactive drugs, and there will always be supply to meet this demand. If government attempts to ban substances, making it a little harder for some people to get things like cocaine, they will synthesize some other, more dangerous substance.

If prohibition continues, bleeding from the eyes may just be the beginning. For anyone who’s ever watch videos of flakka-induced rages on YouTube, the drug war could very well bring on something that looks like a zombie apocalypse.

Indeed, if we truly want to prevent these horrifying incidents from occurring, the time to end the drug war is now.

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Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol, Says Police And Crime Commissioner


By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Authorities in the US may be cracking down on the illegal use of marijuana, but officials in New Wales are encouraging the habit. Recently, Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones shared his viewpoint on the matter — and it will probably surprise you.

As The Daily Post reports, Jones called for steps to be taken to control the sale of illegal substances, including marijuana: “I want to see drugs controlled and sold by responsible retailers similar to off-licences that sell alcohol. I don’t see a difference between the use of alcohol and the use of cannabis.”

This isn’t the first time Jones has revealed his opinion to the public. Last year, the former policeman also said that the current war on “drug crime” has totally failed.

The response to Jones’ declaration has been mixed. Here’s what science has to say about it:

Overdose

Typically, alcohol is not life-threatening. However, when someone consumes too much alcohol, the substance can be fatal. According to the CDC, nearly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year.

Marijuana, on the other hand, has been responsible for 0 overdose deaths. According to one study, in order to overdose on marijuana, you would have to smoke between 238 joints and 1,113 joints in one day. Even Snoop Dogg would pass out before he accomplished the task.

Crime Rates

Which substance puts others most at-risk? Well, that would be alcohol. According to this study on marijuana use and intimate partner violence, couples who use marijuana had lower rates of intimate partner violence in the first 9 years of marriage.

Learning & Memory

The research is clear — impaired memory often accompanies binge drinking. In this study, over 50 percent of frequent binge drinkers said they blacked out and forgot where they were (or what they did) at least once in the past year. And, in an email survey, college students reported that after getting “blackout” drunk, they did things they cannot remember, including driving drunk, having unprotected sex, or engaging in risky behavior.

Pertaining to marijuana, studies have shown that teens who smoke marijuana may be at a greater risk for problems with memory and learning later in life. However, the studies remain inconclusive about how much cannabis use impairs memory and learning.

It seems the former policeman has a point. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

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A Spiritual Perspective On Smoking Marijuana That’s Important For The World To Consider



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I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being.

As I got older and I finally tried cannabis for the first time, and then a few more times after that as years went on, I started to realize it actually brought my state of being and clarity down. The tough part was trying to explain that to others when having conversations about how these substances don’t produce a true experience of higher consciousness, but more so give you a glimpse in a sense.

Before we go on, I want to bring something up. The challenge with this topic is that we tend to get very emotional and rigid about it. Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I’m not here to do that. I’m simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly thrive. So for a moment, set aside your own hard coded beliefs and just be open to what this article is shining light on.

Societal Cannabis Culture

For the most part society either breaks down into people who judge cannabis as a drug that is for ‘stoners’ and are very against it. These people tend to believe there are no positives to cannabis. On the flip side are the people who feel cannabis is an amazing wonder plant that can do no wrong, and that the “highs” it provides expand the mind and we experience peace.

The truth is, cannabis has good aspects and not so good aspects to it. And while the positives can be really helpful for a very small subset of people on this planet, smoking it is one of the worst ways to use cannabis health wise. Not only that, society is using its medical benefits to turn attention away from the addiction many users have to it. This is a tough pill to swallow and makes many people aggressive and angry when I bring it up, but it’s true. In a big way, but not all the time, we are using cannabis as a society to help cope with feelings deep down that we want to shut off or hide from. As a note, we are also using food, TV and other things in the same way, but right now I want to focus on this reflection.

Cannabis can assist people with autism, people who have seizures, and in some cases it may have helped people cure cancer. There are benefits that can come from this plant being used in a proper medicinal way, but we must remember to look at the downsides that come from regular cannabis use that many simply don’t want to acknowledge.

A Note On Legalization

First off, I do not believe the plant ever needed to be illegal to begin with. In fact I’ve done much research on how it became illegal and it really had more to do with protecting an industry more than anything else.

That said, there is something to consider here that many of us aren’t looking at too clearly when it comes to what legalization really means. It means that powerful people are going to be the ones who profit most from it, that’s why it’s becoming legal. Not only that, but the reason it is taking so long is so they can get in place the many aspects required to make sure they achieve what they want: stripping medicinal aspects out of the plant profiles, controlling the seeds, and ultimately feeding society cannabis focused solely on creating a THC based ‘high’. This is no different than controlling alcohol and feeding it to society in the ways we currently do.

The cannabis industry is worth over $40 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crop in the U.S. after corn. As stated in a powerful article by GQ, “And even though weed is still federally forbidden, it sounded like whoever was behind BioTech Institute had spent the past several years surreptitiously maneuvering to grab every marijuana farmer, vendor, and scientist in the country by the balls, so that once the drug became legal, all they’d have to do to collect payment is squeeze.”

Humans should be able to make choices as to what they want to do to themselves and their bodies i.e. smoke cannabis or consume alcohol, but I believe greater education needs to be placed behind both and ultimately: we must start looking at the real reasons as to why we use both of these substances so often.

Looking At Cannabis Differently

I see that in many ways the use of cannabis is making the average user numb, in the same way alcohol does. I’ve used cannabis before, in a number of ways -smoking, edibles etc. I’m not saying the feeling is the same for every single user, but I’ve also been around thousands of cannabis users in my lifetime while they were high and you notice the same ‘vibe’ virtually every time. Perhaps there are varying degrees, but for the most part it numbs us out and sometimes quiets the thoughts to create a calmness. Is this like meditation? No, but it can be confused as that. I know, I’ve been there too.

Below is a video of a perspective on cannabis I feel is very important for us to consider. Let me be clear, I’m not saying there isn’t medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I’m saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up. I am inspired to help create a world where we can truly empower ourselves form within, move beyond our mind and egoic challenges that help us grow and do just that – grow. But if we continually bury our challenges in substance, we won’t.

I believe it’s time we come to the uncomfortable truth and face the fact that as a society we have not done the greatest job in encouraging one another to truly explore, express and move beyond many of the emotional challenges life’s experiences have provided us, that are there for our growth. Think about it, do we want to just cope through life? Or do we want to truly move beyond our stuff? There is SO much suffering we can prevent by making it a societal norm to work through our challenges on a deep level. This is where I believe we must go.

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Lost relationships, divorces, losing jobs, feeling unloved, lack of confidence, depression etc. All of these things are not here so that we can use bandaids everyday to cover them up and get through them, they are here for us to learn more about ourselves, grow and evolve as people and as a society. To create a world where we can truly thrive. To get there, we must begin to face our challenges.

I made this choice 10 years ago when I started to discover meditation and inner reflection, and although I wasn’t a user of substances like alcohol or cannabis, I would use food to cover up my emotions or I would distract myself with TV, whatever worked. But I can share from experience, the incredible changes that come from shifting those stories within and gaining true empowerment will change everything in your life, and everyone can do it.


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