For The First Time Ever, The Federal Government Is Referring To Marijuana As Medicine

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by Justin Gardner

A profound shift in the federal government’s stance on cannabis was marked by subtle changes made this month to one webpage. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, now has a webpage titled Marijuana as Medicine. Prior to March 2017, it was titled Is Marijuana Medicine?

Apparently, they feel the question has been answered. The timing of NIDA’s update is very curious, as there are signs from the Trump administration that a crackdown may be coming on states’ cannabis legalization progress made over the last few years.

The Department of Justice is now headed by rabid prohibitionist Jeff Sessions, who cites falsehoods and Reefer Madness propaganda when discussing cannabis. Only a few days ago, Sessions said cannabis “is slightly less awful” than heroin – a mind-boggling display of ignorance. Trump chose to keep Chuck Rosenberg as head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), who said medical cannabis is “a joke” and oversaw the department’s decision to keep the plant as a Schedule 1 drug with “no medicinal use.”

Perhaps this stunning level of denial – in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of cannabis’ ability to treat a variety of ailments – prompted NIDA to make their change. Twenty-eight states have legalized medical cannabis in some way, eight more have legalized its recreational use, and more states are set to join the list. They aren’t doing this on a whim; decriminalizing medical use is an acknowledgment of cannabis’ power as medicine.

Some would argue that the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services 2001 patent 6630507 called “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” was a tacit acknowledgement of medial cannabis. But still, no government agency admitted the obvious conclusion.

In 2015, the federal government unwittingly admitted cannabis is medicine in 2015 when the National Cancer Institute supported a study finding that cannabis kills cancer cells. Now, with the revised webpage title, NIDA appears to have moved beyond a reasonable doubt.

The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.

Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use.

The webpage now has an informational box on CBD and Childhood Epilepsy. This is a rather dramatic inclusion, as cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very promising treatment for childhood epilepsy. At the Dec. 2015 meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, the largest study presented there confirmed the astounding benefits of medical cannabis to treat seizures.

There is now a better explanation of cannabinoids, making a distinction between those naturally derived from the plant and those manufactured in a lab. NIDA also acknowledges the “state-approved medicinal use of marijuana,” and says “continued research [on cannabinoids] might lead to more medications.”

Indeed, we are only just beginning to unlock the secrets of the body’s endocannabinoid system, and using cannabis to stimulate this system for relieving inflammation which is thought to be the cause of many diseases.

Interestingly, the NIDA update also removed a link to WhiteHouse.gov regarding state laws, because the Trump administration removed the White House page explaining state cannabis laws. It appears that talk of respecting states’ rights may be just another Trump lie.

Kudos to NIDA for taking a step in the right direction and being the first federal entity to explicitly acknowledge cannabis as medicine.

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  • Son Athens

    Great! It’s about time!

    Now if only they could stop being terrorists, murdering innocent people at church, soccer games, weddings, sitting on their toilets. Stop being terrorists. Stop faking mass shootings/car attacks/spork attacks for your various agendas like gun control or conditioning the sheeple to hate Muslims. Stop funding terrorist nations like Saudi Arabia and Israehell. Stop arming/creating terrorist groups like ISISrael. We know you create them so you have an enemy, and you can follow them into the nations you want to bomb and murder their elected officials. Stop raping children in your pedo sex sting blackmail operations, run by the Jewbies. Stop propagandizing us with your trannie bullshit, your gay bullshit, your hate-Muslims bullshit.

    Death to Israehell. Death to Zionists. Death to Terrorists.

    True Patriot, KL

  • cmb

    Addiction at your own risk! Try magic mushrooms instead 🙂

    • David E

      Cannabis isn’t addictive! And the best mushroom experiences are achieved by smoking some about an hour after taking the shrooms.

      • cmb

        sorry – met people who admit addiction

        • Clementine

          The difference between mental addiction and physical addiction is massive. Everyone is mentally addicted to something… i.e. cell phone, facebook, shopping, knitting, reading… daily life is full of mental addiction. Physical addiction is a completely different situation. Marijuana is not physically addictive.

          • cmb

            True, but is easy for people to become mentally addicted. I avoid video games for that same reason

          • David E

            Let me explain this issue to you. Before the drug war, “addiction” meant that the body becomes physically ill if the substance is withdrawn. The drug warriors spent the first twenty years of the drug war claiming cannabis was physically addictive. When it became manifestly evident that this was not the case, the drug counseling centers invented “mental” or “psychological” addiction, which is of course a non-sequitur phrase. The mind does not become ill, either, when a substance is withdrawn and for some substances it works better when it is withdrawn, without doubt in the case of alcohol.

            Because they needed to justify their treatment of cannabis users, psychological addiction was invented out of thin air. Is it habitual? sure. But countless activities are harmless and habitual. There is no such thing as “psychological addiction.”

            Use of the phrase suggests brainwashing and approaching the drug war on the drug warrior’s terms.

            It is, in essence, the same thing as claiming someone “likes” something. The only time it is of concern is when they engage in an activity in a compelled manner to the point it interferes in day to day functioning. Cannabis does not do that in anyone I have seen. The people who get stoned and lounge around doing nothing are the same people who lounge around doing nothing when they don’t have any weed to smoke as well. They are just lazy. Industrious people smoke weed and get on about their business.

          • cmb

            I have no preference and I have met people who swear they would rob to feed their addiction to pot. you sound like all the neurotic pot smokers who spend so much effort defending their drug of to the point it becomes clear your not rational.

          • David E

            go with the brainwashing and fake science, then. Your choice.

        • David E

          You have met dumb brainwashed pot smokers if that is the case.

        • Arrow

          It’s a mental thing.

          • cmb

            sure, addiction is still is

    • I’m about to do that soon! Every few months… but like David E said, no addiction with cannabis. Been using it for over 20years and can stop whenever I want, just need to taper off slowly so it doesn’t interrupt my sleep.

      • cmb

        have met people who admit to dependency.

        • David E

          Like I said above, you have met shills and brainwashed idiots.

          • cmb

            AND???

        • Arrow

          I admit having been addicted to pussy. It took a 12 step program to fix that one.

          • cmb

            Dating should have fixed that

          • Arrow

            I was just crazy about that stuff.

        • Psychologically you can be dependent on anything.

          • cmb

            yes, hence why I avoid video games, gambling, etc just like pot

          • Yeah, but video games and gambling don’t cure cancer and prevent illness… or all but cure MS like it does with my other half.

          • arahn

            even a blanky or teddy bear or…

  • David

    Jeff Sessions needs to get a clue. Marijuana has never killed anyone directly by it’s consumption. Alcohol on the other hand the Graves are almost endless. so which drug is more dangerous Sessions? Sessions will be sure to keep Alcohol legal so every single Alcoholic in America has a right to drink themselves to death & keep the profits coming for the Alcohol Industry & Big Pharma.

  • David E

    Sessions is not displaying ignorance. It is ill-will. His evil seeks to destroy countless Americans’ lives and it is willful and purposeful and informed.

    • Many still think that the government is just stupid, it’s not, it’s a calculated profit & killing machine.

      • David E

        Absolutely. Ignorance ceases to be an excuse when actions are repeated over and over despite learning the consequences to the people they harm. Even stupid people learn and if they do not overtly desire those harmful consequences, they stop the harmful behavior. An exception is found for dumb people harming themselves.

  • Clementine

    Enlightened people do not grease the profit wheels… plain and simple. This is about power, greed, and subjugation, keeping the people sick and dependent. Glad to see some eyes are opening.

  • RMS1911

    The government used to give out weed to some patients.

  • Jimmy Yost

    I’m no pothead (in fact I don’t like the pot high) yet I find it to be interesting that while Sessions is supposedly an outspoken Christian, with his take on pot he makes Jesus a liar for saying that there is nothing that goes in a man’s mouth that can defile him but that it’s what comes out of a man’s mouth that defiles him (Mark 7:14-23). So with his willful ignorance regarding those verses of scripture Sessions makes himself a hypocrite just like the Pharisees who hated Jesus.

    With all this being said, everything coming out of Sessions’ mouth regarding the evils of pot defiles him because it violates scripture. Furthermore, his prohibition of pot aligns him with the Spirit of Antichrist (i.e. the counterfeit Christ/do-gooder spirit) who seeks to inspire his human minions to want to tell others what they can and can’t do. It’s the selfrighteous top-down-control Pharisee spirit manifesting through yet another do-gooder. It always turns out to be very unfortunate for the citizenry of a country when people like that get into positions of power (as they go about trying to legislate their concept of morality).