Why America should vote yes for cannabis
Alcohol and cannabis are not the same but they are the closest we can get to comparing similar drugs. Alcohol is a depressant. It lowers your inhibitions and is toxic for your body. A normal drinking session will damage your liver every time. You can overdose on alcohol. What starts as a good night, feeling confident, turns to a loss of control over your body and mind. A drunk person is 16 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if they are behind the wheel of a car. The morning after in itself can seem like a car crash. Your body is dehydrated. During the drinking session your body has furiously been trying to expel the poison you so hilariously kept shoveling in. Headaches, pain and general misery as your body seeks to rid itself of the built up toxicity of alcohol.
Yes last night was fun, but oh lord Jesus never again. There is no medical benefit from alcohol, unless you count the millions of, surprise, I’m pregnant conversations. Despite the toxic reaction our body’s have to alcohol use the drug is at the very center of our social life. We like altering our state of conciousness. It gives us a temporary reprieve from the stresses of our lives.
When we match cannabis up against alcohol it highlights the odd nature of the legal system. Alcohol, though fun in normal doses quickly puts both the user and public in danger at higher consumption levels. 2am on a Friday night in most English speaking cities will resemble a war zone rather than a party.
If you are reading this blog, chances are you have smoked pot before. If you smoked a Sativa strain you will have experienced a soaring high and an increase in creative thinking and energy. If you consumed the Indica side of the herb then a powerful body relaxation and “couch lock” effect is felt. Both sides promote relaxation and calmness. Scientists carried out an experiment on cannabis’ ability to treat post traumatic stress disorder. Using cannabis, the patients could relive the stressful moments without the associated mental and physical panic. They began to see the event in the past and not living the memory in the present every time they thought about it. Previously untreatable PTSD patients have been cured. I have been at large outdoor pot parties. In direct contrast to an alcohol fueled party you dont see the same out of control mayhem. Usually it is a chilled experience with longer lines for food stalls.
The munchies you get with cannabis is a result of the cannabinoids in the herb. A mother’s breast milk would also be rich in this compound. It triggers our hunger and makes us eat. Great for babies and great for illnesses and their medicines that suppress hunger. Aids and cancer patients benefit hugely from marijuana because their hunger is stimulated. The medical benefits don’t end there. Cannabis is a powerful anti inflammatory substance. Rubbing cannabis oil on arthritic joints eases the pain. Consuming the plant alleviates painful inflammations within the body. THC protects the brain from trauma and even repairs brain cells that have been damaged by alcohol abuse. Properties of the plant also regulate cell behaviour. As we age, our cells don’t always continue to do their specific jobs as well. Over time this creates illness. When marijuana enters our body it affects our nervous system. It improves cell functions. It gets those older cells back on track and promotes health. Cancer cells have forgotten how to die. In normal cells, if they get damaged they commit suicide. Cancer cells don’t die however, they keep dividing and growing until the human is in danger. Cannabis has been scientifically proven to enter these cancerous cells and remind them to die off. The American government knew this since 1974 but the war on drugs was more important to the political career of that crook, president Nixon than saving the public from cancer.
Alcohol is fun at lower doses but is toxic and creates huge problems in society. Cannabis is perfectly safe, fights cancer, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, anxiety and a whole host of other medical conditions. Guess which one of the two is illegal?
We are living in a world where the government says it knows best but the science disproves them. Alcohol is legal, it kills 80,000 people in America each year not including the drunk driver’s carnage. Cannabis is illegal, inspite of the medical benefits and calming effects you get put in a cage with rapists, murderers and hardened criminals when the police find you peacefully enjoying your day with a joint. If you can work out the logic of this please let us all know because I am stumped.
Florida gets to vote on marijuana. Big pharmaceutical companies, alcohol producers and the law enforcement industry are all opposed to cannabis. For each of these industries they will financially lose out with the ending of cannabis prohibition. Police like keeping their tanks and military weapons which are paid for by seizing the assets of a person they catch smoking a joint. It is time for some common sense. Cannabis isn’t evil. It is a gift from Mother Nature and can promote harmony between us. Vote for pot Florida, vote for freedom and common sense.