March 1, 2013
from WakingTimes Website

Spanish version

 

 

 

The majority of America

...has either decriminalized cannabis, or legalized it for medicinal purposes

 

Itís almost hard to believe when you consider how strong prohibition continues in most parts of the country, but 27 states in the U.S. have either decriminalized cannabis possession, legalized possession and state-licensed retail sales, legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, or a combination of the three.

 

 

A breakdown of states that have

decriminalized cannabis or legalized it for medical purposes.

 

 

 

 

Cannabis is an ancient substance

 

The cannabis plant isnít new, and neither is its usage.

 

For example; pounds of cannabis have been found in Chinese tombs dating back thousands of years. Going even further back, cannabis is said to have co-evolved with humans, which is likely why it contains such intense medical value for our species.

 

This indicates that the cannabis plant has followed us through most, if not all, our existence.

 

 

A Chinese tomb

where pounds of cannabis was found.

 

 

 


Cannabis may reduce infant mortality rates

 

In a drastically important, yet widely under-publicized study examining thousands of infants, those who had cannabis in their system had nearly half the rate of mortality; 8.9 deaths per 1,000, compared to 15.7.

 

To some, especially those unfamiliar to cannabis as a medicine, this may sound a little far-fetched, but the numbers stand strong, and the study is the most comprehensive we have on the issue.

 

We truly hope we see more in the future.

 

 

A chart on the study from examiner.com.

 

 

 

 

The federal government sends out hundreds of cannabis joints to patients every month

To many legalization advocates this is nothing new, but to those who havenít heard it before, itís a shock.

 

As part of a short-lived federal medical marijuana program (yes, the hypocrisy is thick as mud), four people who were grandfathered in receive 300 pre-rolled cannabis joints from the government every month. And they have for years.

 

The programís initial existence, and the governmentís continuation of supplying these joints, adds an odd layer to the current war on cannabis that sees the feds putting people in prison for years for far less than the 300 joints they supply to these individuals every month.

 

 

Four people receive

a monthly canister of joints from the U.S. government.

 

 

 

 

America is one of the only "developed" nations

...that doesnít permit the growing of industrial hemp

 

Over 30 nations across the world allow for hemp to be grown as an industrial commodity.

 

According to congressional research from 2005, America is the only ďdevelopedĒ nation in the world that doesnít allow it; although we allow for the sale and production of hemp products.

 

 

America is the only ďdevelopedĒ country

to outlaw hemp production

 

 

 

 

Hemp can be used to clean up nuclear disaster sites

 

A process called phytoremediation is used to clean areas suffering from immense nuclear contamination, by using plants to absorb the toxins out of the soil and water.

 

Hemp is one of the most effective plants for this process, and has been used to clean contaminated soil around the world, at locations like Chernobyl.

 

 

The process of phytoremediation.

 

 

 

 

Cannabis was once listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia

 

Cannabis was used as the primary ingredient in a variety of tinctures and concoctions prescribed by doctors for a myriad of maladies from 1850 up until 1942, when it was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia - much to the protest of many physicians, including the American Medical Association.

 

 

Legal cannabis tincture from over a century ago.

 

 

 

 

Medical marijuana reduces suicide rates

 

Recent studies have shown states that have legalized the usage of medical marijuana have seen a significant decrease in suicide rates. The most heavily impacted group were males ages 20-29, which saw an 11% decrease.

 

In these same states, there was also a decrease in traffic fatalities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hemp oil can be used to fuel cars

 

Although many people are aware of hempís use for things like clothing and rope, one capability is often overlooked: the plantís ability to be processed into effective, environmentally-friendly biofuel.

 

Hemp oil could easily replace most petroleum products, and it can even be used in place of gasoline to fuel vehicles.

 

 

This car has traveled

over 13,000 miles on strictly hemp fuel.

 

 

 

 

The U.S. government owns a patent on marijuana compounds

 

Definitively hypocritical, and a sign that the government knows itís lying and eventually wants the monopoly over cannabis as a medicine, the feds have patented multiple cannabis compounds, and cannabis-related pharmaceutical drugs.

 

One such patent is for cannabis to be used as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.

 

 

Click above image

The government owns the patent to cannabis

as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.

 

 

 


Your body produces its own endocannabinoids

 

Our body is made to accept cannabis as a therapeutic and medicinal substance.

 

As humans, we have our own endocannabinoid system, as well as receptors; the primary reasons itís so useful as a medicine. Breast milk, for example, is said to contain heavy amounts of naturally-produced endocannabinoids.