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Medicines, Sources and Cannabis

By Activist Cat Dec 7, 2010

According to recent reports -

Every year 1.5 million people are sickened or severely injured by medication mistakes, and 100,000 die.

According to a 2007 study by Furberg and colleagues, 4 of the top 10 deadliest drugs are the strong opiate painkillers like oxycodone.

The fifth deadliest drug is acetaminophen, available one over-the-counter. It can cause irreversible and sometimes fatal liver damage in doses that are not much higher than the effective dose. Roughly 400 deaths and 42,000 hospitalizations occur each year due to acetaminophen overdoses.

Darvon and Darvocet, a mild opiate drug have been found to be no more effective than aspirin— yet they can cause heart damage.

86 million people suffer chronic pain. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) more than 1/3 of Americans suffer a chronic pain condition at some point in their life. In a 1998 guide on directions of pain research by the NIH, and still in today’s economy as noted in a NIH January 2010 document, the economic impact is 100 Billion Dollars a year.

In the document “Medicinal Plants at Risk“, by Emily Roberson, Native Plant Conservation Campaign Director of the Center for Biological Diversity, she points out that “Over centuries, cultures around the world have learned how to use plants to fight illness and maintain health.” She also states “In the United States of the top 150 prescription drugs, at least 118 are based on natural sources, 74% from plants, 18% from fungi, and 3% from vertebrate species such as snakes or frogs. She credits Ecology Society of America 1997 with these facts.

She also reports estimated sales of non-prescription medicinal plants from1.5 to 5.7 billion dollars annually in the United States and 22.4 billion in sales worldwide. Since her sources for these figures are from 1994 and 1999 sources it stands to reason these figures do not include sales from cannabis dispensaries. Roberson also points out that between 50,000 and 80,000 flowering plants are used medicinally worldwide and 1,500 of those are facing extinction caused by habitat loss and over harvesting. Experts estimate current extinction rates is causing the loss of at least one potential major drug every two years.

With that in mind, how does it reasonably stand to prohibit the use of cannabis as medicine since so many medicinal benefits have been proven to be effective with far less toxicity and body damage compared to pharmaceutical chemicals. Prior to 1937 and the misleading of congress to outlaw cannabis and hemp 1/3 of our medicines were based on cannabis including some forms of inhaling the smoke. In all the history of the plant - No one ever died from cannabis/marijuana.

A 2006 report from the Pediatrics Department at Vanderbilt University characterized endocannabinoids as "an emerging concept in female reproduction." They found a "cannabinoid sensor" mechanism to influence crucial steps during early pregnancy. The endocannabinoid system actually modulates the stress to the woman's body. The Vanderbilt research termed the "endocannabinoid signaling in pre-implantation embryo development and activation." They found the endocannabinoid anandamide, is necessary for a fertilized egg to attached to the lining of the uterus using CB1 receptors that are on the fertilized egg. The conclusion was that throughout pregnancy and during nursing the endocannabinoid system delivers relief and neuroprotection to mother, fetus, and baby.

In an other resent study, Mortality Within the First 2 Years in Infants Exposed to Cocaine, Opiate, or Cannabinoid During Gestation - pediatrics.aappublications.org A total of 2,964 infants were drug-tested at birth to see if they were positive for drugs - cocaine, opiates and cannabis were studied and compared to drug free infants. During the first two years of their lives, 44 babies from the original group died. The death rates were :

"No drugs at birth" deaths....... 15.7 deaths per 1000 live births

"Cocaine positive" deaths.......17.7 deaths per 1000 live births

"Opiate positive" deaths.......18.4 deaths per 1000 live births

"Cannabis positive" deaths.... 8.9 deaths per 1000 live births

The "cannabis positive" infants rate of death is almost half of what the "No drugs" infants death rate is! When it comes to failure to thrive, cannabis shows a significant improvement in the outcome.

If the body is low on cannabinoids, just as with any other deficiency, the body does not function correctly since the endocannabinoid system regulates all other systems in the body. Misinformation has done much damage over the last 73 years as has the war on a plant and those who use it. Cannabis has continually been shown to be a remarkable anti-inflammatory which could be of great help to the 86 million people that suffer chronic pain. No one ever died from cannabis/marijuana though much suffering has taken place from the prohibition of it. It is time to end this travesty.

 

 

Why The FDA Needs To Reschedule Cannabis

by Activist Cat

Cannabis has been shown to be effective for pain relief. Researchers have found many of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenoids are active components of Cannabis and effective in relieving pain. According to the National Pain Foundation and the CDC ( Center for Disease Control) one out of every four Americans, 76.2 million people, live with chronic pain. Other reports claim the figure is 86 million people suffering chronic pain. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) some studies suggest more than one third of Americans suffer a chronic pain condition at some point in their life. This is a huge portion of the population and the financial impact is overwhelming. Pain not only negatively affects the lives of those in pain, it also largely impacts the US economy. In a 1998 guide on directions of pain research by the NIH, and still in today’s economy as noted in a January 2010 document, the economic impact is 100 Billion Dollars a year. This figure is derived from the health care costs, disability payments, and the cost of lost wages and lost productivity. Approximately 14 % of employees take time off due to pain conditions. Pain is caused by such a wide spectrum of conditions that pain management has become a branch of medicine.

For Pain the FDA is on the record saying that “drugs such as Vicodin, Percocet, Darvocet, and Acetaminophen are safer than medical marijuana.” Not if one is allergic! Vicodin, Percocet and Darvocet contain some dangerous substances, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and propoxyphene. The side effects can be found in searches at Drugs.com and other sites including the manufactures website. Yet on June 30, 2009, an FDA advisory panel, by a narrow margin, voted to advise that the FDA remove Vicodin and Percocet from the market due to a high possibility of overdose from narcotic and acetaminophen products, and concern of liver damage from the acetaminophen ingredient. Roughly 400 deaths and 42,000 hospitalizations occur each year due to acetaminophen overdoses.

I have not been able to find anything showing anyone ever hospitalized due to a cannabis/marijuana overdose. No one ever died from cannabis/marijuana.

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To Be A Patient Patient . . . ?

Am I supposed to endure the nightmare of side effects
from one chemical pharmaceutical drug to another,
in effort to manage the symptoms
and if I am patient enough perhaps
there might be relief and some quality of life
all the while knowing
cannabis aids my endocannabinoid system
providing healing and relief of the symptoms
giving me the quality of life I so desire.
-- K. Day 
 
A must see documentary - "Waiting to Inhale" best seen at this link

 

UN Town Hall Meeting Speech on Right to Health in Los Angeles California May 2010

Anand Grover - UN Special Rapporteuron the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health- Read his report to the United Nations here

 

 

Why The FDA Needs To Change it's Stance on Cannabis

by ActivistCat

More studies have been done proving the medicinal effectiveness and safety of cannabis/marijuana than any other organic or chemical substance, manmade or found in nature known to man. Cannabis has been shown to be safe and effective for, but not limited to :

AIDS wasting syndrome and other ailments, Alzheimer's and pre-Alzheimer's disease, anorexia wasting, arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer and chemotherapy side effects, Crohn's disease and other digestive ailments, cramps, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, inflammation, migraine, multiple sclerosis, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual syndrome, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal injury, stress, stroke, Tourette’s syndrome, and many rare diseases for which there is no know cure or treatment. It is effective for many mental conditions which include but not limited to attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar, and depression. Cannabis is effective for use as an antibiotic, antibacterial, anti-viral, as a healing agent, or as an adjunct to many other medical or herbal treatments. It has been proven and shown to kill cancer cells and the latest research actually explains how cannabis kills cancer at the cellular level.

There are 30 million people suffering with rare disease in this nation. Cannabis may not be fitting for all of them, but for many it is. There are 1138 rare diseases in the National Organization of Rare Disease index. There are of the over 6000, rare diseases with no known cure. Many of the treatments available of the handful of diseases, which have so called treatments, have side effects that can cause many detrimental additional health problems, some fatal. These patients have little to no hope or chance for any form of recovery. If cannabis helps any of these patients with no available treatment or health damaging treatments how can they be denied? Read Article

Request to Reschedule Cannabis

Written and submitted by K. Day

Backed up with documentation, explanation, insight, and history, the request was submitted to the FDA, DEA, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Attorney General. Read Article

 

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Stephen DeAngelo of Harbourside Health Center and Steph Sherer, director of Americans For Safe Access
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