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Free the Weed!

Free the weed!For years during my misspent youth all I knew about cannabis was that it made you feel good when you smoked it, it was a great social drug with the obligatory passing round of the joint at parties, and best of all it wasn’t physically addictive at all. So you could have a high old time on it, get a good night’s sleep in, and wake up for work the next morning no problem and have complete function of mind and body (unlike some other drugs I could mention; some legal, some not)..

The older I get though, the more I’m learning just what a wonderful and diverse plant cannabis is, which in turn has got me scratching my head wondering why on earth this plant has got such a bad rap over the last 100 years or so. It used to be a widespread commercial plant until it was outlawed over 100 years ago by the governments of the day, and that is where our dependence on fossil fuels began. If it had been kept as a commercial plant we would almost certainly be running our industries using hemp oil products, our cars would be run on the same stuff, meaning far less pollution of our planet caused by the over-mining of the scarce fossil fuels. Not to mention the wide application of cannabis in the medical field.

However, becuase this plant was made illegal all those years ago the scientific applications surrounding this plant have been very much restricted, and as the years have rolled by the world populous as whole has been brain-washed by the powers-that be into thinking that this plant is evil and oil is king. It’s all to do with money and control, and it’s only been recently that certain medical breathroughs are becoming apparent – a cure for Alzheimers? Assisting in easing, and even reversing the symptoms of Diabetes? A help for Bulimia and HIV sufferers? A potential aid for various cancers? Yes, there is scientific evidence out there backing up all these claims. So why oh why are we not going hell for leather trying to use this plant to help the human race?

I personally see the mindset surrounding the vilification of cannabis changing within our lifetimes. As fossil fuels continue to dwindle, people will be looking for a replacement to run our industries and power our cars, and commercial hemp will almost definitely feature in a big way. My hope is that people power will prevail and the people in charge will have no option but to listen to the masses. And of course with all this medical breathroughs in the use of marijuana to treat various ailments will be properly explored…it’s just a shame that we are leaving it so late.

Free the weed and everything else will follow!

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Medical Facts from Across the Pond

I found this medical facts chart at http://medicalbillingandcodingcertification.net a bit earlier, it makes for interesting (but slightly scary) reading. Over-medicated America seems to be firmly in the clutches of the drug pharma companies. Obviously not all prescription drugs are bad for you, there has been some amazing medical breakthroughs over the years, but at what point does helping the patient get better turn into profiteering and prescribing unneeded medicine just to keep the drug company’s shareholders happy?

Anyway have a close read of the following chart and see if you agree with me that this is a very sad story. What’s even more un-nerving is that what happens in the US usually comes over the pond to the UK not long after, so will we be seeing over-prescribing of pointless drugs here? I actually think it’s already happening to a certain degree. I know a few GPs, they are my friends, and they all get visits on a regular basis by very glamourous reps from the large drug companies with the sole view of aggressively promoting and pushing their drugs, with cash incentives for the GP of course. Some have caved in to this cash carrot, while others stick dogedy by the hypocratic oath they took and only prescribe medicine when it is genuinely needed by the patient.

Overmedicated America
Created by: MedicalBillingandCodingCertification.net

All this just to line the pockets of greedy pharma execs and their equally greedy shareholders. It makes me sick when you think about the implications this has on the people who rely on their GP to give open, honest and impartial medical advice.