C A N N A B I S:
  MEDICAL REALITY 
  VERSUS 
AUTHORITARIAN BRUTALITY


        by Ian Williams Goddard

        Of all governmental outrages, perhaps none is as 
        illogical, tyrannical, inhumane and fallacy founded 
        as is the prohibition of the god-given herb cannabis, 
        also know as "marijuana."

        With a referendum for medical cannabis access on the 
        ballot in California, politicians are back in the news
        claiming once again that cannabis has NO medical value
        and thus access to it must be barred by force. The fol- 
        lowing freely flowing fountain of facts lays this gov-
        ernment funded pharmacological fraud to rest forever.


        CANNABIS: THE MEDICAL REALITY

        Classified by the DEA as a "Schedule One" drug, can-
        nabis is defined as extremely dangerous possessing 
        NO MEDICAL VALUE. This classification stands in  
        sharp contradiction to the medical reality.

        A Brief History of Medical Cannabis

        For thousands of years prior to its prohibition in
        the 20th century, cannabis was used as a medicine 
        throughout the world [1]. During the 19th century, 
        sold by major drug companies such as Eli Lilly, 
        Squibb, Parke-Davis, Smith Brothers, and Tildens, 
        the potent extract of cannabis was one of the
        top three most prescribed medical agents in the 
        United States [2] [3]. 

        Until the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, cannabis, being a 
        powerful topical analgesic, muscle relaxant, anti-
        inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic agent, was found 
        in virtually all fistulas, corn and mustard plasters,
        muscle ointments, and fibrosis poultices [3]. 

        UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA listed cannabis until
        1942 [4], after which it was removed under political  
        pressure. The U.S. PHARMACOPEIA recommended cannabis
        for the treatment of over 100 illnesses, such as:
        fatigue, fits of coughing, rheumatism, asthma, 
        delirium tremens, migraine headaches, and the cramps
        and depression associated with menstruation [3].

        UNITED STATES DISPENSATORY [5] also listed cannabis 
        as a useful medicine. The 1851 edition states:

             The complaints in which it [cannabis] has 
             been specially recommended are neuralgia,
             gout, rheumatism, tetanus, hyrdophobia, 
             epidemic cholera, convulsions, chorea, 
             hysteria, mental depression, delirium 
             tremens, insanity and uterine hemorrhage. 
        
        In 1890, Dr. J. Russell Reynolds, Fellow of the Royal 
        Society and the Physician in Order to Her Majesty's 
        Household, stated in the journal LANCET that cannabis 
        is ``one of the most valuable medicines we possess [4].'' 
        He prescribed cannabis to Queen Victoria for PMS [3].

        In 1898 Sir William Osler, Professor of Medicine at the 
        University of Oxford, stated that for migraine headaches, 
        cannabis ``is probably the most satisfactory remedy [6].'' 

        The 1931 medical text, A MODERN HERBAL [7], states:

             The principal use of Hemp in medicine is 
             for easing pain and inducing sleep, and for 
             soothing influences in nervous disorders. 
             It is useful in neuralgia, gout, rheumatism,  
             delirium tremens, insanity, infantile 
             convulsions, insomnia, etc. 

             The tincture helps parturition, and is used 
             in senile catarrh, gonorrhea, menorrhagia, 
             chronic cystitis and  painful urinary 
             affections. An infusion of the seed is useful 
             in after pains and prolapsus uteri. The resin 
             may be combined with ointments [ to remedy ] 
             inflammatory and neuralgic complaints. 

        The "no known medical value" claim looks like yet 
        another govt Big Lie. However, as the text continues, 
        we can see that cannabis does have an "evil" downside:

             It can produce an exhilarating intoxication... 
             hence its names ... 'increaser of  pleasure,' 
             'cementer of friendship,' etc. [ god forbid ]


        Medical Cannabis: the 20th Century

        During the 20th century cannabis has been discovered 
        to be an effective treatment for many more ailments. 
        For example, based on major research, Dr. Van Sim 
        concluded that  ``marijuana ... is probably the most 
        potent anti-epileptic known to medicine today [8].'' 
        More powerful than standard anti-epileptic drugs, 
        cannabis totally eliminated epileptic seizures in 
        children not responding to legal drug therapies [9]. 

        But of course, as our benevolent Drug Czars remind us, 
        healing the sick and aiding those who suffer could 
        "send the wrong message to children." Let the children
        suffer and seizure in silence, just don't kill our
        prison proliferating pot prohibition pogrom.

        Dr. Robert Hepler, neuro-opthalmologist with the Jules
        Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, published a major study 
        in the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 
        in 1971 demonstrating that cannabis lowers intraocular 
        pressure in the eyes [10]. Glaucoma, a leading cause 
        of blindness, is a condition in which intraocular 
        pressures build up causing optical damage. Cannabis  
        has been proven to reduce these pressures far better 
        than legal drugs, allowing glaucoma patients to keep 
        their vision so long as they use cannabis regularly. 

        Several of the eight patients who legally receive 
        cannabis from the govt under the compassionate IND 
        program do so for the treatment of glaucoma. Yet, 
        thanks to cannabis prohibition and the fact that no 
        more patients will be allowed into the compassionate 
        IND program, most glaucoma patients will be forced by 
        law to slowly go blind, all in the name of keeping 
        peaceful and productive people in prison.

        Research at the Harvard Medical School published in 
        the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE [11] demonstrated 
        conclusively that cannabis is the most effective anti-
        emetic, or anti-nausea, agent available. It has been 
        used in this regard to eliminate the violent nausea 
        and vomiting experienced by cancer patents undergoing 
        chemotherapy. Cancer ward workers have been known to 
        turn a blind-eye on cannabis smoking in the hospital.

        Based on extensive anecdotal evidence, cannabis, with 
        its known appetite-stimulating effects -- described by 
        users as "getting the munchies" -- is known to counter 
        the "wasting syndrome" of full-blown AIDS. During this 
        syndrome an AIDS patient, loosing all appetite, quickly 
        loses weight in a free-fall to death.  In case after 
        case, AIDS patients have totally reversed their weight 
        loss with the use of cannabis, snatching them from the 
        quickly closing jaws of death, giving them a powerful 
        fighting edge over this devastating disease.

        Yet the Department of Health and Human Services, which 
        oversees the compassionate IND program, chose to slam 
        the door on hope by ending this program after receiving 
        a flood of cannabis-access requests from AIDS patients.  
        
        The DEA and other agencies funded studies at the 
        Medical College of Virginia looking for evidence that 
        cannabis causes health problems.  Instead of finding
        problems, the researchers made a breakthrough when 
        they discovered in 1975 that cannabis showed powerful 
        anti-tumor activity against both benign and malignant 
        tumors. The DEA and NIH quickly defunded the studies 
        and prohibited any future cannabis/tumor research [3].
        
        In 1988 the DEA's own conservative judge, Francis 
        Young, after hearing medical testimony for 15 days 
        and reviewing hundreds of DEA and NIDA documents that 
        argued against medical cannabis, concluded that [3]: 

          ``Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically 
                  active substances know to man.'' 

        Nevertheless, even in light of the overwhelming body 
        of evidence proving beyond doubt that cannabis is 
        medically safe and effective, DEA Director John Lawn 
        ignored Judge Young's advice and decreed that cannabis 
        remain classified as a Schedule One drug -- extremely 
        harmful and useless. This official classification is 
        a pharmacological fraud fodded off by govt force.

        The medical wisdom of the ages and hope for the future 
        crushed under the brute-force of tyrannical govt power. 
        That is the face of tyranny. Let the sick and blind  
        suffer and slowly die that the police state, its  
        bloated bureaucrats and people-pulverizing prisons 
        might prosper and proliferate like a plague. Such 
        is the victory of evil over good.

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--------REFERENCES-------------------------------------------------

        [1] Marijuana: The First 12,000 Years, Plenum Press, 1980.
        [2] Marijuana: Medical Papers, Medi-Comp Press, 1973.
        [3] The Emperor Wears No Cloths, Queen of Clubs Pub, 1991. 
        [4] The Consumers Union Report: Licit & Illicit Drugs,
            p. 405. Consumers Union, Mt Vernon, New York, 1971. 
        [5] United States Depensitory. 9th ed., 1851, p. 310-311.
        [6] Principles and Practice of Medicine, D. Appleton, 1916.
        [7] A Modern Herbal, Dover Publications, 1931, reprinted 1971.
        [8] The Great Drug War, Macmillan Publishing, 1987.
        [9] FEDERATION PROCEEDINGS, "Antiepileptic Action 
            of Marijuana-Active Substances," 1949, 8: 284-5.
        [10] JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, "Marijuana 
             Smoking and Intraocular Pressure," 1971 Sep 6;217(10):1392.
        [11] NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, "Antiemetic Effects 
             of Delta-9-Tetrohydrocannabinol in Patients Receiving 
             Cancer Chemotherapy," 1975, 293:795-7. 

For more info on medical uses of cannabis visit:

    http://www.natlnorml.org/medical/

(c) 1996 Ian Williams Goddard - (*) free to copy nonprofit w/ attribute.
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