cepted medical use". Opioids, stimulants, psychedelics and a few antidepressants now populate this list of substances that can put you in jail for possessing without a prescription.

The notion that marijuana has no

'medicinal benefits' is preposterous, actu- ally. Since time immemorial it has been used as a panacea ('cure-all'). In fact, as far back as 2727 B.C., cannabis was re- corded in the Chinese pharmacopoeia as an effective medicine, and evidence for its use as a food, textile and presumably as a healing agent stretch back even further, to 12,000 BC.

When it comes to cannabis' medical

applications, cannabis' 'healing proper- ties' is a loaded term. In fact, it is ex- tremely dangerous, as far as the medical industrial complex goes, who has the FDA/ FTC to enforce it's mandate: anything that prevents, diagnoses, treats or cures a dis- ease must be an FDA approved drug by law, i.e. pharmaceutical agents which often have 75 or more adverse effects for each marketed and approved "therapeutic" effect.

Indeed, the dominant, drug-based medical system does not even acknowl- edge the body's healing abilities, opting for a view that looks at most bodily suffer- ing as fatalistic, primarily genetically based, and resulting from dysfunction in the mechanical design of a highly entropic 'bag of enzymes and proteins' destined to suffer along the trajectory of time.

And so, an at least two trillion dollar

a year industry stands between you and access to the disease alleviating properties of this humble plant.

As Emerson said, "a weed is an herb

whose virtues have yet to be discovered," and yet, by this definition, cannabis is not a weed, but given that is has been exten- sively researched and used for thousands of years for a wide range of health condi- tions, it should be considered and re- spected as a medicinal herb and food. Sadly, the fact that the whole herb is non- patentable is the main reason why it is still struggling to gain approval from the pow- ers that be.

Let's look at the actual, vetted, pub-

Multiple Sclerosis Tourette Syndrome Pain

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Brachial Plexus Neuropathies Insomnia

Multiple Splasticity Memory Disorders Social Anxiety Disorders Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cancer Opiate Addiction Anorexia

Bladder Dysfunction Bronchial Asthma Chemotherapy-induced Harm Constipation Crack Addiction Dementia Fibromyalgia Glaucoma Heroin Addiction Lymphoma Nausea

Neuropathy Obesity

Phantom Limb Spinal Cord Injuries Endotoxemia Myocardia Infarction (Heart Attack)

lished and peer-reviewed research - bullet proof, if we are to subscribe to the 'evi- dence-based' model of medicine - which includes over 100 proven therapeutic actions of this amazing plant, featuring the following:

Oxidative Stress Diabetes: Cataract Tremor Cardiac Arrhythmias Fatigue

Fulminant Liver Failure Low Immune Function Aging Alcohol Toxicity Allodynia

Arthritis: Rheumatoid Ascites

Atherosclerosis Diabetes Type 1 High Cholesterol Liver Damage

Menopausal Syndrome Morphine Dependence Appetite Disorders Auditory Disease Dystonia

Epstein-Barr infections Gynecomasia Hepatitis

Intestinal permeability Leukemia Liver Fibrosis Migraine Disorders Oncoviruses Psoriasis Thymoma

Moreover, this plant's therapeutic

properties have been subdivided into the following 40+ pharmacological actions:

Analgesic (Pain Killing) Neuroprotective

Christen Duke, ANP-C Christen Duke, ANP-C

Christen Duke, ANP is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years experience in adult medicine. Using a natural, holistic approach, she encourages and assists people to maximize their health through optimal nu- trition, supplementation, and bio- identical hormone replacement. She continues to expand her mas- tery of other integrative issues. Christen’s goal for her patients is for them to live healthy lives feel- ing their best.

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