Stuff no one wants you to know: Cannabis, Biofeedback, and Nerve Regeneration

Often, our lovely guardians of personal lifestyle, the DEA and the Justice Department, will use their extensive experience with science-y stuff to proclaim that there are ‘no known medical benefits of cannabis’, and recently certain hack doctors with cushy board positions have somehow tried to make the same proclamation.  Around here, at least, these blatant lies are repeated verbatim and without question by the local media; which for the most part is happy to simply play the role of announcer of corporate and political propaganda.  As nothing pisses me off, and I really mean nothing, more than bad science, I would like to give you all these different studies on the effects of the cannabinoid CBD and the compounds related to the metabolization thereof on nerve cells, including the brain.

The gist of all this seems to be that one of the cannabinoids other than THC has a relationship with its receptors that enhances nerve cell regeneration and fosters a natural sort of biofeedback in the nerve cells. This latter effect being at least partially responsible for the ability of cannabis to reduce inflammation. I am on the bus and not really interested in hunting it down, but there is also very legitimate research that indicates some cannabinoids most likely have the ability to slow, and in some case even stop, the mytosis of certain cancer cells. Now, I am unaware if this is the case, but for a substantial amount of time the research on the medicinal value of cannabis in the US was strictly limited to finding a chemical alternative, such as Marinol. Consequently, most research is done overseas, or by rogue doctors in the US (God bless ’em) and generally ignored by the American medical ‘industry’, which is controlled in entirety by the pharmaceutical and insurance industries. When you add to this the amount of influence that both of those latter two industries have on politics, and it is fairly easy to see why so many of our elected officials, doctors, and law enforcers remain ‘mystified’ about the medical benefits of cannabis. The best way around this system has been clear for years, and is the legalization of cannabis. So, come on, let’s just do that already and get on with our lives, which may actually be prolonged with some casual cannabis use.

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Headline: Lyin’ Ass Bitch Lies!

There’s nothing worse than DEA agents, not even grad students. For evidence of this, look no further than Colorado’s new DEA chief Barbra Roach, and yes that is her real last name, and no she probably does not have a sense of humor about it.  Also, she takes some time out of her  courtesy introductive fluff piece in the Denver Post to say:

“By federal law, marijuana is illegal,” she said. “There is no medical proof it has any benefit. People are not taking into account what can happen to those who are growing it. There are homes with mold and water damage in the hundreds of thousands, and there are children in there too.”

So, clearly she is either a lyin’ ass bitch or an idiot, because there’s somewhere around 500 studies that offer ‘medical proof’ that cannabis helps with a wide variety of ailments.  Some of the ailments it has been proven (by actual doctors) to benefit would include Glaucoma, according to the Institute of Medicine; and it has been proven across the globe to decrees spasms in MS patients.  The Scripps Research Institute determined that THC is more effective against Alzheimers disease than the currently available prescription drugs.  Cannabidiol, one of the many components of medicinal cannabis, has been proven to block the metastasis of breast cancer cells.  According to a study done at Complutense University of Madrid, one of the oldest universities in the world, THC can actually kill brain cancer cells. OK, you know what, I am sick of this.  I should probably smoke some weed to get better.  While I am doing that, I think it is important to ask why our government agents assigned to protect us from ourselves feels absolutely no obligation to tell the truth, and instead tells a blatant and self-serving lie in her introduction to the state in our only major newspaper.  Oh, because that’s what the government’s job is: to lie to us so that we will let them continue to rape our nation.