The thing that eats away at most marijuana support seems to be the fact that, after decades of research, the ability of the active constituents found within cannabis (THC, Cannabinol) to completely destroy cancer cells in the lab is firmly established in scientific literature.
For example, here is a link to a molecular biologist explains how THC kills cancer cells. If you do a google search for scholarly peer-reviewed studies on cannabis and its ability to fight cancer, you will find hundreds of publications.
Not only does cannabis have the ability to destroy cancer cells (without heating the plant; when you do this you change its chemical composition and lose many of its medicinal benefits), it also has a wide array of other healing potentials that have been seen to treat epilepsy, depression, Chron’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many more.
Though it’s clearly a medicinal substance, it can still be abused just like anything else. It makes absolutely no sense at all why cigarettes and alcohol remain legal, despite their clear detrimental impact on human health, but marijuana remains illegal, with absolutely no strong evidence proving that it can be as harmful as those other substances.
It’s important to keep in mind that, although the fact that marijuana is illegal is, in my opinion, absolutely ridiculous and unjustifiable, there are still some concerns when it comes to smoking it that should be pointed out. With all of the support for the legalization of marijuana, we still can’t assume that it’s just safe for anybody to inhale via smoking. You can find out more in the article linked below:
In the video below, the well-researched Joe Rogan shares a number of points as to why marijuana is and has been illegal for so long.
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To understand how cannabis became so stigmatized, you have to understand something about a plant that is very similar to cannabis, but different enough that making it illegal would be preposterous: hemp.
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Hemp is a plant available to us today that could be grown in pretty much any soil, could thrive without the use of pesticides, and could be farmed with very little maintenance, and this magical plant could be used for a very large number of necessities and goods we use today, but we are doing nothing about it.
Hemp looks very much like marijuana and is technically in the same family of plants. But unlike modern maryjane, it does not contain anywhere near the amount of THC needed for someone to get high if they were to smoke it. The funny thing is, in the United States, hemp is just as illegal to grow as marijuana is. But how can this be? If we can’t get high from it, then what’s the problem?
In the past, hemp was used for many things: clothes, cars, plastics, building materials, rope, paper, linens, food, medicine, and so on. In fact, it used to be mandatory in the United States for farmers to grow hemp if they had the land. You can find out even more about hemp here.
The fact is, hemp was very popular throughout the 1800s and 1900s because it was incredibly useful and easy to grow, and its derived products were so long lasting. But one day that all changed: it became illegal and so did its friend cannabis (marijuana). How did this happen?
For more information on the history of hemp and why marijuana is illegal, you can read this article.
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