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Mississippi Cannabis Coalition

​Marihuana the Forbidden Medicine; Lester Grinspoon, M.D. , Jame B. Bakalar

  • When I began to study marihuana in 1967, I had no doubt that it was a very harmful drug that was unfortunately being used by more and more foolish young people who would not listen to or could not understand the warnings about its dangers. My purpose was to define scientifically the nature and degree of those dangers. In the next three years, as I reviewed the scientific, medical , and lay literature, my views began to change. I came to understand that I, like so many other people in this country, had been brainwashed. My beliefs about the dangers of marihuana had little empirical foundation. By the time I completed the research that formed the basis for a book, I had become convinced that cannabis was considerably less harmful than tobacco and alcohol, the most commonly used legal drugs. The book was published in 1971; its title, Marihuana Reconsidered, reflected my change in view.
  • At that time I naively believed that once people understood that marihuana was much less harmful than drugs that were already legal, they would come to favor legalization. In 1971 I confidently predicted that cannabis would b e legalized for adults within the decade. I had not yet learned that there is something very special about illicit drugs. If they don't always make the drug user behave irrationally , they certainly cause many non-users to behave that way. Instead of making marihuana legally available to adults, we have continued to criminalize many millions of Americans. About 300,000 mostly young people are arrested on marihuana charges each year, and the political climate has now deteriorated so severely that it has become difficult to discuss marihuanan openly and freely. It could almost be said that there is a climate of psychopharmacological McCarthyism. 
  • Hemp is meant to be part of our food chain and our bodies were meant to consume it. We have a system within us known as the endocanabinoid system which functions with cannabinoids. As a society, we have been deprived of phytocannabinoids, until recently.
  • History of Hemp, Early 16th century European settlers grow industrial hemp in the United States., Hemp trade plays a pivotal role in the War of 1812., In the mid 1700's George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams grow hemp and lobby for commercial hemp production., In 1776m The Declaration of Independence is drafted on hemp paper., Hemp becomes a staple crop in 1800's American agriculture., By the early 1900's medical hemp is widely available in American pharmacies and general stores. 
  • The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is one of science's newest and most exciting discoveries. The ECS regulates a variety of biological processes, like relaxation, eating, sleeping, certain inflammation responses and even cognitive function. In a nutshell, your ECS is responsible for making sure your entire body is working optimally no small task!
  • Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body. However, while The Endocannabinoid System performs different tasks, experts believe that the overall function of the ECS is the regulation of homeostasis. What we know is that if this system becomes deficient, a number of medical problems will follow.
  • It is difficult to succinctly describe a complex system like the ECS, but what's important to know is that there are two main types of cannabinoid receptors -CB1 and CB2-on cells throughout the body. They are most abundant in the brain and immune system respectively. Your body should naturally make its own cannabinoids ( endocannabinoids like anandamide and 2-AG) that share a similar chemical structure with plant-based cannabinoids like CBD, but due to the modern deficiency of hemp in our diets, this process does not operate at its full potential.
  • When a person ingests Hemp CBD Oil or  other cannabinoids, these cannabinoid receptors are activated. Research indicates that when you supplement your ECS with non-toxic, non-habit forming cannabinoids, you may create a healthier endocannabinoid system and , almost certainly, a healthier you. 
  • The cannabinoids attach to the CB2 cell receptors and cause the cancer cells to commit suicide without harming the healthy cells surrounding the cancer cell with no side effects.