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In Dr. Mercola's article How Metabolic Therapies Prevent and Treat Chronic Diseases he says "ketones have potent neuroprotective effects and enhance brain function." In the TED Talk below Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of Neurosciences at the National Institute of Aging, says the same thing. I strongly suspect that cannabidiol (CBD) will make fasting easier and/or provide additional benefits to the fasting since CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects. It's something I hope to try in the near future.
5 Ways CBD Affects Your Brain, at https://www.leafscience.com/2017/03/30/5-ways-cbd-affects-brain/
United States patent on "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants", at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6630507.PN.&OS=PN/6630507&RS=PN/6630507
They can ban dispensaries as businesses open to the public as well as the smoking of cannabis (marijuana) in public places, but they cannot ban the personal cultivation on private property or the delivery of marijuana when it's done in private if it's made legal to do so by the Wisconsin legislature. It will then become a substantial right protected by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitutions. See, for example, Article 1, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution which says:
All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This means if the government enacts a law giving its citizens the right to use cannabis as a medicine to preserve their health (and life) it rises to the level of a constitutionally protected right.
If the Marinette council was really interested in acting in behalf of the public for their safety and welfare, they would be making a major effort to promote educating the public on how to use cannabis as a natural health supplement in a nonintoxicating way (in raw form) and flooding the community with the strains of hemp that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and so low in THC it's not psychoactive as permitted under the Wisconsin hemp bill. See 2017 Senate Bill 119, at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/100.pdf. CBD counteracts THC intoxication and addiction. See WHAT IS CBD? and Cannabidiol for the treatment of cannabis withdrawal syndrome: a case report. It also has many benefits as a natural health supplement and a medicine as pointed out in section 15(1)(d) of Wisconsin's hemp bill.
The only education provided is the lying to young people about the harms of cannabis and bullying them with threats of criminalization and punishment should they try it. Naturally, many rebel and use it anyway. Cannabis use has steadily increased over the years because of this bad education and punitive laws that have turned cannabis into a "pot of gold" for gangs, mafias and others interested in making a quick buck with a willingness to take a risk.
Along with taking away business from law enforcement and Big Pharma, the alcoholic beverages industry stands to lose a chunk of money should cannabis become totally legal in Wisconsin. This was recently pointed out in Cannabis and Alcohol – Substitute or Complement? where the author cited a recent study that showed a 15% decrease in alcohol sales in states that have legalized cannabis. I'm sure this would be intolerable to Marinette businesses who make a substantial profit selling alcohol.
Who or what is behind the ordinance makers actions? The peddlers of alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals are notoriously opposed to cannabis (marijuana). They don't want the competition regardless of whether their products are much more harmful than cannabis. The public health and safety is not their concern. Profits are the driving force in their case. On the other hand, law enforcement - which includes judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and corrections - also see a loss of money and authority (power over others) with the end of cannabis prohibition. The public health and safety of the community is not their concern either.
Unless the proposed ordinance includes a similar ban on tobacco and alcohol it has a discriminatory bias, and, therefore, is unconstitional. And yes, if legislators enact a law permitting the public to grow marijuana in their homes and on their property and use it as they see fit, that law will take precedence over any city ordinance to the contrary - especially where substantial rights are at stake. When these so-called public servants expend time and effort devising an obviously unconstitutional ordinance that will not contribute to the safety of the public, they waste taxpayer money. They should instead consider conducting a survey to see what are the city residents opinion on this matter. May be the ordinance itself could be put up for a vote. Democracy!!
Another concern is that the Marinette ordinance makers were influenced by the news of Michigan's successful efforts in their petition drive for legalizing cannabis through the ballot box in next year's election. Michigan Vote on Legalizing Marijuana Is Likely in 2018. It's unfortunate that Wisconsin citizens don't have the same right to put cannabis legalization on the ballot like Michigan and other States where the citizens have brought about laws requiring medical marijuana and full legalization.
It's becoming more and more clear that the public must learn the lesson of the recent political and corporate scandal exposed by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post. See Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/. As the Michigan Vote on Legalizing Marijuana Is Likely in 2018 article mentions, it's the opioid makers who heavily fund opposition to the marijuana legalization efforts. Too many people are overcoming their addictions to dangerous opioids and other pharmaceuticals and finding relief from serious medical conditions with cannabis instead of with their drugs.
The only solution is make Big Pharma pay dearly so it won't do it again. But, I doubt that's the plan for the lawsuit mentioned above. The huge sum of money obtained from the litigation will sound big to the public, but in reality it will be small to Big Pharma because its profits are so huge. Another solution is to use that money to make medical marijuana more available and acceptable to use in place of pharmaceuticals. The competition from medical marijuana will encourage Big Pharma to produce better and safer drugs.
The writer of the above article clearly lacks moral insight into opioid crisis. He gets his big fat check for writing sophisticated lies for conservatives and corporations. Legalization doesn't mean free reign to turn opioids into a marketable product like alcohol and tobacco. It would mean providing certified addicts with a pure, measureable dose of heroin at clinics by qualified health providers at a price cheaper than the drug companies sell their drugs and cheaper than the local gangsters sell their product.
England experimented with such heroin programs back in the early 1980s showing great success until the US government applied diplomatic pressure to have the experiment shut down. See Junk policy. Other European countries are also currently using heroin-assisted treatment. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin-assisted_treatment. The advantages to these programs are huge. People don't die from overdoses, don't spread disease, and don't commit crimes to obtain heroin. Such programs can also provide education and counseling. Under these conditions, opioid addicted people can be functionable members of society.
We need to stop listening to people such as this writer who doesn't mind supporting drug companies that kill people for profit and cripple families and society in the process. We need to start listening to honest cops who tell the truth about the War on Drugs and its social costs to the public and advocate ending prohibition such as Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) (formerly called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Otherwise, we'll continue to experience the same political and corporate corruption we recently sufferred as exposed by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post. See Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress, at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/.
The Young Turks making perfect sense as usual.
What disappoints me about this opinion is there's no mention of the 60 Minutes revelation of the ex-DEA agent that the opioid crisis is being fueled by the drug industry and Congress, and how can we legitimately prosecute the Cassie Nygren's of this country under these conditions? This reminds me of the biblical story of the woman caught in adultery described in John 8:1-11. Jesus was forced to advocate no punishment for the woman because the religious leaders of Jerusalem had so greatly corrupted the law during their rule as to render it unenforceable. Obviously, they had only brought the woman and not the man who engaged in adultery with her. So much for equal justice under the law. There's also the matter of what Jesus was writing in the dust for all to see. Many of today's Bible scholars believe he was writing down the sins of the woman's accusers deserving of severe punishment under the law. They had good reason to leave quickly without casting a stone! See What was Jesus writing in the dirt when the Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery?
I'm also reminded of a story I read along time ago by a writer whose name I've forgotten (I think it was James Baldwin). The story is about two thieves brought before a judge in France in the late 1800s. One had stolen a small amount of food and the other had embezzled a large sum of money from his employer. The judge imposed a light sentence of 6 months on the man who embezzled the large sum, but imposed a harsh sentence of 5 years on the man who had stolen a small amount of food. The judge explaining his decision right out told the man he would've received a lighter sentence had he stolen more. Even today, I think judges, prosecutors, and police tend to indentify with those criminals who have great power, influence and money or who have committed the greater crime.
And, so it's the same with the War on Drugs. The worst offenders get the lighter sentences if caught and prosecuted at all. Big Pharma and Congress won't be prosecuted for creating the opioid epidemic which has claimed many lives - even though they interfered with the administration of justice thereby causing a crime against humanity. President Trump was even about to make Rep. Tom Marino his Drug Czar until he recently withdrew. Trump still calls him a "fine man and a great Congressman" in spite of the fact that he took money from drug companies to push the legislation that made it easier for the drug companies to pour excessive amounts of opioids into communities unchecked. See Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/‘60 Minutes’ investigation
Another youth killed because of marijuana prohibition. Reading between the lines, I believe the young man more than likely self-medicated with marijuana because it was safer and more effective than prescription drugs for his autism, ADHD, and for the greater stresses he was subjected to as a result of these conditions. May be Wisconsin law makers will take a closer look at the pending legislation to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational purposes due to tragedies such as this. Such legislation should be expedited due to the numerous social harms of marijuana prohibition and the many social benefits to be gained from legalization.
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Green Flower has many excellent articles on cannabis below are a couple I found very informative.The Rise of CBD Has Led to a Medical Cannabis Revolution
Neuroscientist Dr. Michele Ross says she believes everyone can benefit from ‘vitamin weed’, or daily cannabis oil use. “Cannabis is the key to unlocking preventative medicine,” says Dr. Ross. “It helps protect your DNA from damage so it can actually slow down the aging process. I think everyone should use cannabis oil, you should learn about it, you shouldn’t be afraid.”
What a liar! Law enforcement has never been successful against the drug problem at anytime during history. It has only exacerbated the problem. And, he doesn't have any plan for holding drug companies accountable for their deliberate misrepresentation of their drugs as safe and not addictive. The “holocaust in slow motion” as David Simon describes the failed War on Drugs in "The House I Live In" will continue unchecked under AG Sessions. What a national tragedy!
And, of course, he "gets it" that we shouldn't legalize marijuana which can be used to treat pain safely and lessen the need for opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Senator Hansen might consider running for Govenor on a platform of making the pharmaceutical industry pay for the damage they've done. As I mentioned below, it will require educating the public to use alternatives to opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticals in order to successfully hold pharmaceutical companies accountable.
President Trump's promise to spend a lot of time and money on the opioid crisis will most definitely fail if that time and money is misdirected into the hands of the pharmaceutical and medical industry — the very actors responsible for the crisis. The only responsible solution is to direct the effort and funding into educating the public on alternatives to opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticals. At the top of the list, should be educating the public on how to grow and use cannabis as a medicine and how to use it without becoming intoxicated. The cannabis education should be a part of a holistic program based on the lifestyle change ideas of Dr. Roger Walsh. http://cannabisasmedicine.info/8TLC/index.html. Other alternatives to drugs, such as those recommended by Dr. Mercola, could be taught as well. Prescription for Change — How to End America's Opioid Addiction.
The super rich and their supporters — which make up the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis — are not likely to consider alternatives to drugs and programs based on these alternatives that will actually work. Their greed and addiction to power and wealth is in direct conflict with our need for optimal health and well-being. Chris Hedges, Dr. Matte and Michael Moore's interview with Tony Benn in Sicko clearly show the problem we face (videos below). It will take a major mass movement with democratic action to extricate ourselves from the parasitical relationship we're locked into with the super rich.
It won't be over until we stop relying on law enforcement's arrest of a few doctors and pharmicists at the street level and start focusing on the real reasons why people are using these drugs. Is our society too stressful and painful because of the breakdown in family ties and cultural identity along with a serious lack of spiritual connection and direction that so many turn to drugs as a means of coping with daily life? This is what professor Bruce Alexander, an addiction specialist, says on his website and in his books. http://www.brucekalexander.com/. The problem is more a social issue than an individual disorder that requires political and economic change as professor Alexander points out on his website.
I would add that a good start in the right direction would be to legalize cannabis along with funding cannabis education programs in the community to show people how to grow and how to use cannabis as medicine in place of dangerous pharmaceuticals. These programs could also teach people the 8 therapeutic lifestyle change ideas of Dr. Roger Walsh which could show people ways to strengthen family ties and spiritual connections and how to live healthier and happier lifestyles. See http://cannabisasmedicine.info/8TLC/index.html.
Healing Addiction Through Community: A Much Longer Road Than it Seems?, by Bruce Alexander, at http://www.brucekalexander.com/articles-speeches/healing-addiction-through-community-a-much-longer-road-than-it-seems2
More crafty neo-nazi propaganda in my opinion. Big Pharma is a major cause of the opioid epidemic, yet they're kept right in the driver's seat to profit off the epidemic through the prescribing of more bad drugs. This is a crime against humanity that will only stop when there are major changes in social conditions along the lines of what was done in Portugal as well as major funding of medical marijuana education programs designed to teach people to replace opioids and other dangerous pharmaceuticl drugs with cannabis they're taught to grow themselves.
The shelter in Port Huron has a good idea; however, something much stronger is needed. Providing homeless people addicted to opioids and other hard drugs access to medical marijuana along with the counseling and 12 step program would definitely have a greater impact. A San Francisco based homeless project is working on strategy to provide the homeless access to medical marijuana as a harm reduction effort to counter overdoses and the spread of disease. See Homeless Activist Using Medical Cannabis To Fight Addiction. Hopefully, this idea will spread to other homeless shelters as more people suffering from addiction issues are forced into the ranks of the homeless.
If you watch the American Addict documentary below, you'll quickly understand the Wisconsin Attorney General probe is all horsecrap to fake out the public trying to make it look like they're actually attempting to do something to restrain the Pharmaceutical industry when they're not. They never have in the past and they don't plan to in the future. The money is too big and too good to them.
Notice how in American Addict they cover psychiatric drugs right along with opioids. Psychiatric drugs are also addictive, cause severe side effects and overdose deaths. The newsmedia rarely mentions psychiatric drugs and keeps them separate from the opioids as if the opioids were the only problem. In American Addict 2 they describe this problem how the public is being deliberately mislead on the dangers of psychiatric drugs.
Growing Your Own Cannabis is Therapeutic in Itself and could easily fulfill a number of the 8 therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLCs) discussed on the Cannabis & Lifestyle Change page. Growing it as a service for others and spiritual involvement being big ones.
Another excellent article by Dr. Mercola. In the article Drugged Driving Now Causes More Fatal Crashes Than Drunk Driving, notice his statement:
"Honing in on how the legalization of marijuana may impact road safety without saying a single word about the impact of opioids is just reprehensible. We cannot continue sweeping the matter of opioid overuse and addiction under the rug and simply point fingers at marijuana."
The article below fails to mention the psychiatric drug epidemic that preceded the opioid epidemic. See, For example, Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. These drug epidemics were due to the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and the corruption of the units of government designed to protect the public from dangerous drugs and epidemics of this nature. By failing to describe the bigger picture, it's made to appear as if the opioid epidemic was accidental and can be avoided in the future with minor reforms and better drugs. Without major changes, we'll be doomed to suffer more of the same.
Project CBD recently came out with a new article supporting the use of cannabis in raw form for obtaining the medicinal benefits of THCA. See Dosing THCA: Less is more. The article explains how using raw cannabis for its THCA will not cause intoxication. It's when we dry out cannabis and smoke it that we experience the psychoactive, intoxicating effects. Dr. William Courtney explains this in the video below.
Others are exploring cannabis as food:
The Shocking Benefits Of This Incredible Superfood, at http://fitlife.tv/the-shocking-benefits-of-this-incredible-superfood_original/
Report: Eating Raw Weed Prevents Bowel Cancer, Fibromyalgia and Neuro-degenerative Diseases, at http://www.organicandhealthy.org/2016/10/report-eating-raw-weed-prevents-bowel.html
More twisted anti-marijuana thinking influenced by corporate controlled newsmedia. Here the opinion rests on a study published by a psychiatric journal with an interest in publishing articles slanted in favor of finding psychiatric conditions where they don't exist and supporting the sale and use of dangerous psychiatric drugs that kill and cripple more than 42,000 people yearly. See Pot use, abuse more likely in states with medical marijuana laws, study shows and Making A Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry have a very strong interest in stopping the spread of marijuana that is increasingly being used safely and effectively in place of their dangerous drugs.
Marijuana is also being used in place of opioid pain killers or along with them in order to reduce there use. This has resulted in fewer overdose deaths and improvements in quality of life. Also, it appears that youth and adults are starting to replace alcohol and tobacco with marijuana - a much more safer substance. A marijuana habit is much less destructive and much easier to get over than alcohol and tobacco. Nobody dies from an overdose of marijuana as the above opinion fails to explain. In other words, if a child accidently takes a large dose of marijuana thinking it's candy they will most certainly live to tell about it. But, if they get into their parents pain killers or psychiatric drugs, they'll likely wind up dead from overdose as has happened in too many cases.
What's good is that the public is waking up to the fact that marijuana is much better than corporate drugs and they're democratically voting it in where ever they can. The bad part is elected policy makers are blocking the will of the people in those states that don't permit voter initiatives - like Wisconsin for example.
People need to continue educating themselves through alternative news sources that are honest and accurate in their reporting.
I'm real curious as to who is behind the opposition groups to the recreational marijuana effort in Michigan and why their spokesman wouldn't say who they are as stated in the article. The usual is Big Pharma as well as Big Alcohol and Tobacco. Law enforcement (prosecutors, judges, lawyers, corrections and associated businesses) also stands to lose a lot of money (or business) as well.
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There has been a rise in medical cannabis use in the elderly as treatment for many age-related ailments - especially pain management. And, of course, this increases longevity and quality of life.
What's needed on the Michigan ballot initiative for recreational marijuana is support for CBD educational programs for those voters who are not interested in recreational use. Not everybody gets high and some are only interested in good medicine. Possibly recreational marijuana tax money could go to fund such programs.
I've written politicians in support of such programs and have put some of these letters on this website at http://cannabisasmedicine.info/PoliticianLetters/index.html. I think I've outlined what a good CBD program should look like in those letters.
It's quite obvious that prosecutorial resources are being wasted by the war on drugs. In Marinette that amounts to the witch hunt for the small time drug dealer/addict. If Brey has had a change of heart because of his Sabbath keeping religion which warns against persecuting the poor, the downtrodden and the sick (Psalm 82:2-4) it's a good thing that he's finally jumped ship. What I find objectionable is the local news media's failure to present the truth of the matter.
Here the defendant was denied his constitutional right to put on the defense of necessity to a charge of cultivating marijuana which carried the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. The judge's action was the same thing as denying the defendant access to the effective assistance of counsel necessary to prepare a defense.
This reminds me of the cases where defendants are being denied the use of medical marijuana while on probation; thereby, forcing the defendant to use dangerous and ineffective painkillers and other pharmaceutical drugs. In the case described in the video, I'm sure he'll be forced to take chemotherapy and radiation therapy, both very dangerous and ineffective.
Appeals court to decide if probationers can smoke medical marijuana ("Without marijuana, Rudoi said, Magyari is forced to take highly addictive and deadly opiate painkillers to treat his ailments")
Judge rules lawyer Ed Czuprynski can use medical marijuana on probation ("Czuprynski said he doesn't care for pharmaceutical painkillers, as they don't work well for him. In his capacity as a lawyer, he's seen many people become addicted to opiates as well, he said.")
In the Menominee case below, the wise thing to do would be to permit the nonpsychoactive strains of medical marijuana that are high in CBD for people with drug addictions. Research shows the high CBD strains are useful for treating addictions - especially for people who are self-medicating for pain, anxiety and depression. See What is CBD? and Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
The Young Turks make excellent point on governmental bias in favor of drug companies being able to sell inferior synthetic THC products with side effects while denying the public the right to grow their own cannabis for medicine. It's all about giving the drug companies the ability to make large profits some of which comes back to the government.
Below are two paragraphs from the article I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened, I felt are key to the problem.
The DEA, meanwhile, has the power to set production quotas for some opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, produced for sales. It could have used this power, as it did during past drug crises, to limit the supply of these dangerous drugs. But Frydl pointed me to data that showed that the agency has since at least 1999 let the quota for opioids rise and rise and rise — effectively relinquishing a tool it could have used to limit the rapid growth of opioid use.
Much of this is the result of aggressive lobbying from pharmaceutical companies. Over the past decade, opioid producers and suppliers have spent more than $880 million at the federal and state level lobbying lawmakers to stop new regulations on their drugs, while calling on policymakers to actually loosen access to painkillers. That’s eight times as much as the gun lobby spent on its causes, according to Mother Jones.
The opioid epidemic is clearly due to corruption and corporate money influencing government decision making. Obviously, this problem needs to be addressed through the political process and by taking pain management out of the hands of pharmaceutical companies and doctors, and putting it into the hands of educators teaching alternative and natural health solutions.
The same day Governor Scott Walker signed the bill legalizing the possession of CBD oil in Wisconsin, another article appeared on the WBAY news website entitled Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs describes research scientists efforts to discover new drugs to combat pain that are not as addictive or deadly. When it came to cannabis the author stated:
"And then there's marijuana. A cannabis extract is sold as a mouth spray in Britain for nerve pain and other problems from multiple sclerosis. But cannabinoid research in the U.S. has been hampered by marijuana's legal status. A special license is needed and most researchers don't even try to obtain one, said Susan Ingram, a neurosurgery scientist at Oregon Health & Science University."
"She is studying cannabinoid receptors in the brain, looking at how pain affects one type but not another. Such work might someday lead to drugs that relieve pain but don't produce a high or addiction."
It should be noted that cannabidiol (CBD) is not addictive and doesn't produce a high and is clearly what scientists should be looking at for treating pain and for treating a variety of other medical conditions. The article about Governor Walker's signing of the CBD legislation also described CBD as not psychoactive and useful for treating pain and other medical conditions. It should also be noted that Wisconsin residents can seek a doctor's permission to possess CBD oil for any medical condtion - not just seizures.
The public needs cheap and easy access to CBD. This will come only when the public can grow it and make their own medicine. It's also funny to me that the newsmedia hasn't recognized the US government's findings and patent on Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs
Another anti-marijuana propaganda film by Big Pharma and corrupt law enforcement, who reap huge financial rewards and attain high levels of power through waging the war on drugs. What they won't tell you is that those same people who claim they first started out on marijuana before graduating to opioids is that they first tried cigarettes, alcohol, and other prescription drugs. Just being exposed to our prescription pill popping culture with all the pharmaceutical/medical industry propaganda (advertising) is a gateway to opioids and other dangerous drugs. Exposure to alcohol and tobacco industry propaganda will achieve the same gateway effect on our children and youth. These type of films thrive on being deceptive and arousing emotion. Don't be taken in!
It troubles me that my community expresses such concern about opioids while law enforcement plans to put the small medical marijuana providers out of business under the new law on medical marijuana dispensaries contrary to the intent of the citizens when they voted for medical marijuana. Here we have medical marijuana, a safe alternative to opioids and other dangerous prescription drugs and law enforcement intends to clamp down on production and distribution. Again, it's cracking down on the little guy while protecting the worst offenders in our society.
Dr. Mercola recommends the high CBD strains of marijuana that won't get you high or stoned as one of many alternatives to opioids. See, for example Prescription for Change — How to End America's Opioid Addiction.
I had previously thought Governor Walker had signed the CBD legislation into law. This is my error. I saw it on WBAY channel 2 news this morning.
Here it's pointed out by a former judge that, if prohibition against marijuana is successfully ended, the war against all drugs will end as well. This is amazing and makes total sense. The Culture High is an excellent documentary and a must watch for all those concerned about ending the war on drugs as soon as possible (See full documentary below).
I really liked this video. CBD oil should only be considered a limited tool to get you over the rough times for many conditions such as major anxiety issues. The man should try raw cannabis as advised by Dr. William Courtney in his video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlsBGXNxJYU.
Lifestyle change as mentioned, at http://cannabisasmedicine.info/8TLC/index.html, is going to help in the long term in my opinion. My big concern when it comes to cannabis as medicine is that people will achieve some remarkable results right away but not feel the need to change their lifestyle. For instance, a 2 pack a day smoker with lung cancer might use Ricky Simpson oil as mentioned in Run From The Cure reverse the cancer and still continue to smoke and eat a bad, carcinogenic diet of junk foods and unhealthy meats. This is only likely to bring that cancer back again.
Notice how the man in the video doesn't complain of any harsh side effects from CBD such as addiction and intoxication. If he would've been taking benzodiazepines which are commonly prescribed for anxiety conditions, he would've likely been complaining of the psychoactive effects of the drug and the life threatening withdrawal symptoms.
CBD OIL FOR ANXIETY | 2-MONTH UPDATE & SIDE EFFECTS, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-ZKsjgflWE
An excellent description of the unreasonably prejudicial mistreatment of people addicted to drugs (you can see the full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjyvRQFbseQ). I, however, would disagree with bringing so-called modern medicine with its arsenal of drugs to bear on treating drug addiction since it's a lifestyle problem requiring a fundamental change in thinking and habits. Drugs such as antidepressants, methadone and suboxone (which Dr. Potee calls good medicine in the video) are dangerous drugs that are also inflicting great harm on the public. See footnotes. We now have the non-psychoactive strains of cannabis that don't produce intoxication or other negative side-effects that can safely replace these dangerous psychiatric drugs. See What is CBD? and Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence (page 37 says: "CBD has been shown to be a safe compound in both animals and humans, which is of critical importance from a therapeutic point of view.").
Addiction Is Not a Brain Disease, https://psmag.com/addiction-is-not-a-brain-disease-65ee78eb42b1
Addiction is not a disease — and we’re treating addicts incorrectly, http://nypost.com/2015/07/12/addiction-is-not-a-disease-and-were-treating-drug-and-alcohol-addicts-wrong/("The disease theory has powerful forces behind it, has money behind it.")
I searched "3 children died from marijuana overdoses in Colorado" but could not find any info on these marijuana deaths. After Dr. Potee's video was posted on 6/2/16 (see full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDJ5CiSTmg), The Denver Post mentioned it was suspected that a 11-month old child may have died from a marijuana overdose but were unable to find conclusive proof this was the case. http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/25/colorado-kids-emergency-room-visits-marijuana-increased/.
After watching the above videos and the Impact of Legalized Marijuana where Dr. Potee expressed her views against marijuana, I strongly suspect she is one of many doctors being paid by Big Pharma to speak against marijuana and promote pharmaceutical drugs. She strategically avoided discussing the many health benefits of marijuana used medicinally and its obvious superiority over pharmaceuticals. She never mentions that children and teens who are forced to use pharmaceuticals all day every day suffer both physical and mental decline as well as difficult to beat addictions from these substances. See Lesson 5 - Pharmaceutical Drugs - From The War on Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCkxNFk6sIY. Dr. Potee mentioned nothing about this.
In both the marijuana videos, Potee points out that alcohol and tobacco use amongst teens is falling. She blames the falling rates on marijuana's rise in popularity. Shouldn't this be looked at as a good thing or a positive development? Here the kids are giving up the more dangerous drugs! Why not now focus on why students feel a need to get stoned on marijuana? I think this can be found in the horrible prison like conditions being inflicted on students in the schools. See The War On Kids, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kP02lxpX2E.
Big Pharma is currently very worried about losing big money due to medical marijuana use. As a result, I think you'll see more Dr. Potee's arise to save Big Pharma interests. Potee works in drug treatment and makes big money dishing out methadone, suboxone, and antidepressants. This is exactly where Big Pharma wants to take the country's addiction problem - more addiction.
Here’s how legal pot changed Colorado and Washington, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/13/heres-how-legal-pot-changed-colorado-and-washington/?utm_term=.585f42eb0b66 ("Marijuana legalization appears to have had little impact on traffic fatalities")
Dose of Reality: The Effect of State Marijuana Legalizations (Cato Institute), https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/dose-reality-effect-state-marijuana-legalizations
Here's a couple of medical marijuana articles I missed. I'm surprised to see these articles in our conservative local newspaper. Probably won't hear too much about this topic in the future. The marijuana's medical benefits article was likely a response to the article on the GOP softening on medical marijuana appearing in many Wisconsin publications about a month previously. See In Wisconsin, signs of GOP softening on medical marijuana.
Too bad the young man in the article doesn't have ready access to high CBD cannabis for his epilepsy. If CBD works for children with severe cases of Dravet's syndrome, just think how much better it will work for common epilepsy. Even though it's now legal to possess CBD with a doctor's certification in Wisconsin, it will likely be tough to find a doctor who will give such a certification - especially for anything less than Dravet's syndrome.
It looks like we may be shifting to fight a new enemy in the never ending war on drugs. Methamphatemine! I just wish that law enforcement, the newsmedia, and politicans could for once get it right and focus on the true cause of drug addiction. Economic stress on families and individuals, prison-like public schools, and law enforcement strategies that aggravate the problem instead of helping it need to be investigated. Most of all, I see the the pharmaceutical/health industry to be the main problem. They pump out a variety of dangerous psychoactive drugs that are the true gateway to drugs like methamphatemine, cocaine and heroin.
Take for instance, Ritalin. Ritalin is a stimulant drug similar to methamphatemine and cocaine that's currently being pushed to parents with children who have a variety of behavoial issues. Some experts have seen Ritalin and similar drugs given to children as gateways to stronger, more dangerous stimulants such as methamphatemine, cocaine and tobacco. See the links below.
One website, Ritalin and Cocaine: The Connection and the Controversy, points out that:
ADHD children are typically taken off of Ritalin when they reach adulthood. Interestingly, these individuals seem to be more prone to cocaine addiction. Why is that? Because Ritalin and cocaine are similar drugs, it's possible that ADHD adults are unknowingly using cocaine as a replacement for Ritalin. In other words, it may be an attempt to self-medicate. Cocaine may help individuals with ADHD focus and feel calm and in control.
Methamphatemine is a stimulant the same as cocaine.
Now that we have new strains of cannabis that are non-psychoactive and capable of treating a wide variety of conditions such as ADHD we should be moving as quickly as possible to this new medicine before giving children these dangerous, toxic, gateway drugs that leave them crippled for life in too many cases. See ADHD.
Dr. Peter Breggin says we train our children to become psychiatric drug or street drug addicts when we give them Ritalin and similar substances. In the video below, Dr. Breggin describes how Ritalin stunts children growth - including brain growth when the drug is forced on them on a daily basis.
RITALIN LEADS TO OTHER DRUGS, http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/ritalin/leads-to-other-drugs.html
I was surprised to see the article above in our local newspaper paper admitting to the corrupting influence of the pharmaceutical industry and allied health groups on our government's decision making process. The article says:
In trying to combat what they see as the reckless overprescribing of opioids, lawmakers are up against powerful adversaries. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity last fall found that pharmaceutical companies and allied groups spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2006 through 2015.
I doubt, however, that you'll see this admission too much in the future. I also believe the magnitude of the corruption and the sums of money involved is much greater than reported. The newsmedia and advertising agencies themselves certainly receive substantial sums. Then you got to consider who are the people investing in these drug companies? Could it be lawmakers, judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials themselves? I think it's probably pretty easy for officials to fool the public into thinking they're serious about ending drug addiction while making a substantial profit off of the process in a symbiotic, exploitative and predatory fashion.
Conspiracy, racketeering dismissed in HFM, http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/2017/02/23/charles-szyman-civil-lawsuit-conspiracy-racketeering-holy-family-memorial-manitowoc/98327768/
Officials: Overprescribing linked to deaths, http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/local/2015/11/07/doctor-overprescribing-deaths/75312268/
Dr. Mercola's latest article in support of medical cannabis entitled Medical Cannabis — A Vastly Underutilized Therapeutic Option? really explains the great need for its use - especially for people suffering from pain. He also decries the DEA decision to reclassify cannabidiol (CBD) as a Schedule 1 controlled substance as a step backward.
Wisconsin politicans should take some pointers from Dr. Mercola while they craft their legislation to make CBD legal and give the people the greatest possible access to it in order to encourage its use in place of the high THC strains of cannabis that produce intoxication and pharmaceutical drugs that are the true gateways to harder drugs. Wisconsinites clearly have a strong constitutional right to easy access to CBD and their political representatives have a clear duty to pursue CBD legislation in their behalf. See Wisconsin Constitution, Article 1, Section 1 (Declaration of Rights).
The ability to use CBD in its raw form through juicing and blended smoothies and in edibles created to make its consumption pleasant as well as more effective is absolutely necessary. For instance, using CBD in raw form through juicing and smoothies makes it possible for greater dosages to be consumed resulting in a much more effective medicine. See Raw Cannabis Advantages. Turning CBD into edibles such as coconut oil, a super food with many health benefits, gives CBD a greater impact as well as makes consumption easier. See, for example, Canna Coconut Oil and Discover The Powers And Pleasures Of Cannabis Infused Coconut Oil. In the later article the author says:
When coconut oil and cannabis are combined, the health benefits can become especially powerful. Some cancer patients have reported high levels of success when using a combination of cannabis and coconut oil.
I base my belief that CBD is now legal to possess in Wisconsin because Governor Walker supported the bill which went to his office around March 8th. See http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/bill-to-ok-possession-of-cbd-oil-heads-to-scott/article_0f3b903c-a9aa-5e7f-ad38-585c146e596a.html. Even if Gov. Walker didn't sign the bill into law it would become law after 6 days under Wisconsin law and we've heard nothing about a veto. See http://wiana.com/how-a-bill-becomes-law-in-wisconsin/.
Also, from my reading of the bill that went to Gov. Walker, any person can possess CBD for any medical condition if a doctor provides a certification. It's not just for children with Dravet's syndrome or severe epilepsy. The Wisconsin Senate Bill 10 says:
"(b) An individual may possess cannabidiol in a form without a psychoactive effect if the individual has certification stating that the individual possesses cannabidiol to treat a medical condition, if the certification has an issue date that is no more than one year prior to the possession, and if any expiration date provided by the physician in the certification has not passed."
The law appears to say any person may possess CBD for any medical condition if they have certification from a physician. I suspect that many physicians will assume the law was made for only children with Dravet's syndrome because of news accounts describing CBD as being for children with Dravet's syndrome.
The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants, https://breggin.com/the-proven-dangers-of-antidepressants/
Five Reasons Not to Take SSRIs, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201001/five-reasons-not-take-ssris
Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?, http://www.naturalnews.com/049137_Germanwings_depression_antidepressant_drugs.html
Methadone and Suboxone
Methadone: A Major Driver of Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths, http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/03/methadone-a-major-driver-of-prescription-painkiller-overdose-deaths/
Most States List Deadly Methadone as a 'Preferred Drug', http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug
The Dangers of Long Term Suboxone Use, http://www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com/the-dangers-of-long-term-suboxone-use (Maryland Addiction Recovery Center treats suboxone addiction)
Addicted to a Treatment for Addiction, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/opinion/sunday/addicted-to-a-treatment-for-addiction.html?_r=0
How many children die from accidental overdoses to methadone and suboxone when they discover them and think they're candy?
Toddler Poisoned by Prescriptions, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/children-overdose-parents-medications/story?id=12423751
It's certainly way more than one black child every now and then in a bad neighborhood, http://fox6now.com/2017/01/27/police-investigate-death-of-2-year-old-boy-in-milwaukee-found-unresponsive-by-mother/
 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
That cannabidiol and hemp seed oil have the ability to provide relief for maladies, without psychotropic effect.