Humans have cultivated and used the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant, known colloquially as marijuana, since history was recorded. Archaeologists in Central Asia even found over 2 pounds of cannabis in a 2,700 year-old grave of a shaman.
Written and pictorial evidence of cannabis use is scattered throughout numerous cultures indicating a wide acceptance and use of the plant for thousands of years.
- Federal prohibitions outlawing the therapeutic and recreational use of cannabis were first imposed by Congress with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Later, the plant’s organic compounds (cannabinoids) were classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
This classification puts the plant in the same pool as heroin and states that cannabis possesses “a high potential for abuse … no currently accepted medical use … [and] a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug … under medical supervision.”
In contrast, cocaine and methamphetamine – illegal for recreational use, may be consumed under a doctors supervision and are classified as Schedule II drugs. Examples of Schedule III and IV drugs include anabolic steroids and Valium. Analgesics that contain codeine are defined by law as Schedule V drugs, the most lenient classification.
The Support of Therapeutic Use
There are now more than 22,000 published reviews and studies conclude that the cannabis plant and its cannabinoids have a positive medical effect on a vast array of illnesses and disease. Almost one-third of these have been published in the last 4 years. A keyword search on PubMed Central (the US government library of peer-reviewed scientific research) shows 2,100 studies alone since 2011.
- Today’s culture is now re-discovering what our ancestors innately knew. Public opinion and the relaxing of the rules are leading the way for more people to use medicinal marijuana for a wide number of medical conditions. Cannabis for medical purposes at present, is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
The debate will always continues to boil at both state and federal levels however there has been a strong and growing trend of acceptance related to the growing mound of scientific evidence that indicates cannabis may contain some powerful medicinal properties that we would be naive and stupid to overlook.
In an article named Myths About Medical Marijuana, published in March 26, 2004, Joycelyn Elders, MD, who is a former US Surgeon General, wrote that whilst everyone is suspicious of the marijuana’s therapeutic benefits, one couple, Barb and Stan Rutner were convinced by the efficiency of this plant. They stood many times in the face of cancer and survived to transfer the knowledge gained from their experiences.
Barb was diagnosed with breast cancer, while Stan, 20 years ago was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After treatment, the lymphoma disappeared but in 2011 it returned. Then, he was diagnosed with cancerous nodes in his lungs, but soon after he was told that the cancer is in his brain.
While Stan went through chemo, he and his family wanted to find an alternative natural solution which will prolong his life and improve its quality. As soon as he heard all the positive effects cannabis has over cancer patients, they wanted to give it a try. According to them, the medical cannabis represented a golden ticket for this couple.
After spending so many hours on researching, Corine, the daughter of Rutners, decided that the best choice for her parents would be a cannabis capsule soaked in a coconut oil for a day.
- And, only after 2 weeks of consuming this capsule infused in coconut oil, Stan got rid of his oxygen tank he was tied to all day long before. In addition, he slept better, started to gain weight and his overall health got improved. After few months, the results of Stan’s brain scan showed that he was completely cancer-free.
For this reason, Rutners are firmly convinced that cannabis plant works completely as an anti-cancer medicine. Their son-in-law, John states that his father-in-law would have never lived long enough without cannabis oil.