Monthly Archives: May 2015
Ain’t that a kick in the teeth for prohibitionists! Vaporizing cannabis into your system actually creates new brain cells(neurogenesis). The only harm that befalls a cannabis consumer is when he/she has contact with representatives of prohibitionists. If you take a walk down along the Vltava river in Prague(Czech Republic), you will often see people smoking pot. Besides looking like they are enjoying themselves, there is no difference between them and their alcohol drinking counterparts, at least on the surface. In reality, alcohol is dehydrating and ever so slightly poisoning the body. Cannabis is like a boosted health supplement that also gets you intoxicated. That high feeling that you get is the physical sensation of new brain cells being born.
So the fact is, organically grown cannabis is healthy for you. Another fact is, the state is continuing to keep cannabis illegal, even though they know it is healthy for you. They are jailing and harassing anyone who dares to think for themselves. Once you understand that pot is healthy for you, and that it can help sick people, you have two choices. Pretend you don’t know anything and look away, or get involved.
We are in the middle of a very interesting period of history. Western societies believed themselves to be civilized and advanced. Yes our modern technology is amazing, but what about our human rights? We have the choice of many different products, but we are also being actively observed by the state. Gay peoples rights are not respected and racism hasn’t been defeated. The internet is challenging this mode of thinking however. Once isolated, now the will of the majority can be understood and acted on. This means we are on the path to cannabis legalization. We will cut out racism and eventually unite around common sense and decency. These things will eventually happen but when your grandchild asks you about it, what will you say? You were one of the people that pressurized the government into acting quicker or you went along with the unthinking majority and let sick people suffer? Each of us must star in our own movie. We each can do so much by acting together. We have gone along with an old fashioned version of life for long enough. It is time to take control. Get active within your local community. Help other people to get active as well. Together we can build a beautiful tomorrow, but it requires taking action against the conservative forces in society today!
The US Senate has just voted to allow doctors prescribe medical marijuana for injured army veterans. Post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) is a real problem for returning soldiers. War is a horror show and these brave souls got front row seats! Cannabis is an effective treatment for this problem. Up until now, soldiers with PTSD would swallow fistfuls of anti-psychotic drugs, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and mood boosters. All of which have severe side effects. Finally these people will have legal access to a natural, powerful medicine without side effects.
It is amazing to watch America embrace cannabis. Only two years ago they would think about invading a country that allowed cannabis and now look where we are. The rest of the world needs to follow this example. You don’t just get PTSD from war, any traumatic event can cause this serious problem. Cannabis helps people cope and finally accept these memories. It does this in a non toxic, health promoting way. There is no valid argument left against cannabis, so lets all drop the bullshit and legalize it!
Is cannabis a life or death subject?
Yes it is. In American states that have adopted medical cannabis the rate of accidental pain medication overdose deaths decreases by 25%.
Crohn’s Disease can kill and yet it can be easily treated with pot.
Our political leaders send men and women off to war. The effective weapons, armor and training lets them do their job and then get back home. The armor they wear however, doesn’t save people from the gruesome horror show that is war. Every day army vets make the choice to kill themselves. Post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) is a silent killer that doesn’t show up in combat statistics. Cannabis is an effective treatment for this man made problem. The current treatment for PTSD involves pumping vets with a cocktail of anti psychotic medication and tranquilizers. Over time, this toxic medication leads to other illnesses directly caused by the chemicals used to treat PTSD. It is cruel to send men and women off to war, it is even crueler to deny the psychologically injured soldiers a safe treatment to help them cope.
Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells. Since 1974 the US government knew this but suppressed the information. Compounds in the plant regulate your cell’s work. Cancer cells keep dividing and growing which eventually leads to death. A normal cell is programmed to kill itself if there is a problem (Apoptosis), cancer cells don’t know they are damaged so they just keep multiplying into tumors. When cannabis enters a cell it refocuses the cell to act properly. So cancer cells do as they should and die, leaving healthy cells to continue their work. This is an amazing natural break through for medicine. This is the cleanest way to treat cancer and instead of President Nixon being the guy who saved the world from cancer, he hid the information and expanded the war on drugs. He is a disgrace to humanity and a fine example of political behavior.
Small doses of cannabis are an effective treatment for depression and anxiety.
Are there not more important issues for activists to deal with?
We live in a crazy world. Poverty, crime and cruel indifference all shadow a planet that could be paradise. At the very heart of the world’s problems, is corrupt political leaders. Look at Nigeria, it is a country of immense wealth, but its people live in utter poverty. Their political leaders are bribed by western oil and gas companies. Funds that should go to education and healthcare get stolen at the top and spent on new palaces in South Africa and penthouse apartments in Paris. In western societies, our leaders are just as corrupt but we don’t call it a crime, we call it lobbying. A politician will tell you what you want to hear and then cash lobbyist checks to do the exact opposite. They do this over and over again and for some reason we keep falling for it.
We need to end this cycle of dishonest government. One of the greatest lies that our dear leaders tell, is that they hold sacred the public’s health. This is clearly not important to them because they allow pollution, literally on an industrial scale. They are paid by corporations to promote food that is toxic, medicine that can kill and all the while cut funding for projects that can help benefit the health of society(state run schools are cutting physical education for example).
Cannabis is non toxic. It does not kill people. Sugar, tobacco and alcohol kill an alarming number of people each year. There is no public safety issue with marijuana so we must presume that its prohibition is part of the political lying game. Until we hold our leaders to account, they will continue their double speak nonsense.
Cannabis is at the heart of society’s problem. We have had information within government for decades about the medical uses of marijuana but nothing was done about it. We need governments that can be trusted to act for the good of society. Prohibition has set back the scientific examination of the plant. We have to retrain our political monkeys to do what is right, not what is in their personal best interest.
Is it not going to be legalized anyway, so why bother getting involved?
The system is humming along nicely the way things are. Police get easy crime fighting statistics and politicians get an easy sales pitch to older voters that are not aware of the new scientific data on cannabis. If we don’t make it politically important to politicians they simply won’t do anything. Politicians only care about re-election. Cannabis legalization will save lives, but in doing so they will disrupt the pharmaceutical, alcohol and law enforcement industries. These are powerful actors that will try at every turn to stop legalization. Until we are all involved in creating a better society, we will have to make do with the one we have.
Ok, how do I get involved?
First off, that’s the spirit! Activism is societies way of communicating with power. Staying informed is important. Joining a group that promotes legalization is always a good place to meet great people who care about the world. Encod.org, Norml and Patients for Safe Access are just a few of the many groups that are trying to help. Join in the debate online. Help organize events. Fighting for cannabis, is a fight for human rights and justice. The plant has a bewildering number of uses. It can replace petroleum and plastics. We need the plant, not to get high, but to save the planet. Imagine instead of drilling in the arctic, we just grew our oil. Cannabis can do this. Cannabis activism is a beautiful journey, one filled with sweet people and high ideals. Praguepot urges everyone to get involved. Together we can make the world a better place.
Anyone living in Europe knows that we are in the midst of a financial crisis. Unemployment is high and voters are starting to experiment with the extremes of the political spectrum. There is also a very clear north south divide. The industrial, prudent north and the relaxed, economically disadvantaged south. Germans want Greeks to work more and pay their taxes. Greeks want to tell northern banks to go fuck themselves. As you can see, we are one charming little family. If we are to survive as a group and move past this economic test then we had better come up with new ways of keeping the bloc together.
The south of Europe has beautiful beaches and an easy way of life. Having lived in Spain, I know first hand what an amazing country it is. Friendly, smart people living in the California of Europe. Unemployment in Spain is crippling. 50% of people under 30 are unemployed. This is going to have serious long term effects for their society so they should start tackling it any way the government can. If Europe was to legalize cannabis it could be grown year round in the south. The employment and tax revenue are a persuasive argument. If the cannabis is organically grown then it can be a powerful medicine that can replace toxic pharmaceutical alternatives. Cannabis is a health supplement. A tiny daily dose can dramatically increase your health.
Besides the health, employment and tax benefits, legalizing cannabis will also free up police so they can get on with the important job of safeguarding society from violent crime. With one imperial stroke of an EU pen, a new 60 billion euro industry can be born. Couple this with the scientific and medical research and we will all wonder why it took so long to legalize. Cannabis is safe and healthy for you. There are no valid argument left on the prohibitionist side. They are simply saying no because they don’t have the imagination to move along with the current scientific research. This is a shame for sick Europeans that must further stress their delicate bodies with toxic medication that substitutes for pot.
I am full of hope for us. We have something that can be of so much benefit to society if we would only evolve our thinking a little bit. With activist groups like Encod.org we are trying to move the European Union towards its new green field. I know people within the movement say that reform will take time. But we are a new society. Technology has switched us all on and we can now communicate effectively. 60 billion euros is falling into the hands of the black economy every year in Europe. A well regulated, southern grown cannabis product would be an amazing improvement on todays situation. 70% of drug arrests are for cannabis. When the dust settles on this cannabis health debate, praguepot wagers that cannabis is as significant a breakthrough as stem cell research. That is a big claim that is backed up with the beginning of solid scientific research on the herb. Cannabis is good for Europe and our European cannabis activists are not going to stop until we have our cannabis human rights respected.
The beauty of a human soul isn’t held within a country’s legal system. Souls must find their own way to sing sweetly. We were born free but somewhere along the way we have become enslaved. Justice is dying. My fellow cannabis brothers and sisters are being oppressed. We love the herb, I think it is a messenger from Mother Nature, but that is just me. All of our civil rights have been destroyed the moment a government knowingly punished someone for a healthy lifestyle choice. Organically grown cannabis is healthy for you. The science is too strong to deny anymore.
The Jews that were slaughtered in the second world war holocaust did as they were told. They gave up their rights, their possessions and then their freedom. Since that war they have said over and over not to forget. The trouble is, fascism has many faces. Today fascism is in the strict adherence to the rule of law. Don’t walk on the grass, don’t smoke the grass, don’t feed the homeless, don’t listen to your inner voice, listen to the police megaphone declaring the truth according to brute strength. The rule of law is a spiders web.
When old Jewish people tell us not to forget their holocaust, they are talking about the battle that each human being must face. If I witness injustice, I am part of the problem the moment I decide not to act. Our governments are too powerful. As cannabis activists, we want our civil rights respected. We are not going to obediently get into stinking trains this time. Freedom is worth fighting for. Civil disobedience is your duty when laws are unjust, and don’t kid yourself, these laws that seek to strangle us are unjust. Rivers shouldn’t be polluted, food shouldn’t give you cancer. It is time for change. First look within. You are perfect. You were born with the loving strength and knowledge of all that has gone before you. It is time to stand up for your rights.
American infrastructure/society is rotting from the inside out. Police aren’t trusted, education is declining, healthcare is for profit only and now it is becoming lethally obvious that America’s infrastructure is rotting too. Who would have thought that bending to the will of giant, faceless, profit seeking organizations would eventually destroy the American dream. Capitalism is good, but capitalism requires businesses that can’t sustain themselves to go broke. The American financial system was broke, but the tax payers bailed out those institutions. So the reality is, we no longer have a capitalist system in America. We have a post corporate take over of society, society!
Short term economic goals do not stabilize and enhance society, they bleed that society to death. Our government’s inability to stop these economic psychopathic organizations brings us to the present moment. Pollution and corruption are the norm. Science based arguments are sneered at. Cannabis is healthy, non toxic and fun so our government bans it? We could allow some wiggle room if we could see the greater good for society but there are only greasy lobbyist foot prints at the political doors of power. Trains are a useful, alternative to individual transport. Train technology, bridges and roads have all had their budgets cut so corporate tax loop holes remain. Welfare for the people is bad but welfare for the corporation is good? This is not a clever or sane argument. It is just another example of the perversion in American society.
If we cut money out of politics, and actually look at the rational, evidence based solutions to our problems then train crashes and cannabis prohibition can be left to history. America was not created to facilitate maximum corporate profit. It was a place for free people to live as they saw fit. The declaration of independence was written on hemp paper at a time when cannabis cultivation was seen as a positive, natural tool for society. Once we drop the cannabis prohibition delusion, and the lies and nonsense that goes with it, then we can begin to be honest with ourselves and refocus on growing a strong middle class that don’t have to ask their government which hand they must use to wipe their asses with! Short term economic gain is not a sustainable strategy for society. That is the blueprint of what a virus does. Eventually a virus kills its host. Global warming is the beginning of that death. If we can’t take a step back and do what is right for the country and our shared planet then we are dead men/women walking. A few hundred years from now it will be war then death then another moon like planet with nothing but profitable dust flying in the lifeless wind.