Up to 1937 when it was outlawed, Cannabis was used in most commercial painkillers in the United States.
In 1899 aspirin was introduced, and took over the painkiller market when Cannabis was outlawed. However aspirin and other NSAIDS are not as safe as Cannabis causing all kinds of horrible side effects. NSAIDs kill 7600 people per year in the US.
Lets do a quick comparison:
- Used for 110 years
- Kills approximately 500 people every year in the US
- Purchased by children at any drug store or grocers
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Peptic ulcers
- Reyes Syndrome in under 19's when treating fever
- Irreversible liver damage
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Used for approximately 6000 years
- Has never killed anyone in the history of mankind
- Is a Schedule 1 drug in the US and remains illegal in many countries
- Approximately four hours of reduced cognitive ability and short term memory loss
- Paranoia in some first time users ("freaking out")
- Dry mouth
- Bloodshot eyes
- Creative impulse
Cannabis causes no known damage to the human body unlike legal medications
Investigators at Columbia University published clinical trial data in 2007 which showed that AIDS/HIV sufferers who smoked 4 times a day had substantial food intake increases without cognitive impairment. Their conclusion was that smoked cannabis was a clear medical benefit to AIDS/HIV sufferers
A study by Complutense University of Madrid in 2009 has found that THC effectively helps brain cancer cells eat themselves, causing the tumor to shrink. This process is known as autophagy.
A 2007 study by scientists at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, have found that the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) stop breast cancer spreading. The scientists believe it may allow a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy with the same results but minus the unpleasant side effects.
An extensive scientific study in 2006 reported no significant link between smoking cannabis and lung cancer.
Whats more, THC has been found to reduce the growth of common lung cancer tumors by 50 percent and significantly reduces the cancers ability to spread.
Scientists believe that the cannabinoid THC may encourage programmed cell death or aptosis, to kill aging cells before they turn cancerous.
Cannabis has been used since 3000 BC as a recreational and spiritual drug as well as a medicinal one. The first charred cannabis seeds were found in what is now Romania at a ritual site. The most commonly recognised users of cannabis were the Hindus of India and Nepal. The Aryans introduced the drug to the ancient Assyrians, Scythians and Thracians/Dacians.
In 2008, a 2,700 year old marijuana stash was found in a Gobi Desert grave. Tests on the high potency of the stash shows that the ancients may have used the marijuana plant for its phsycoactive properties as well as using hemp for ropes and clothing.
Documentary examining the cases of five chronically ill people who have been prescribed medical marijuana as part of their treatment.