Louis Armstrong first tried cannabis in the 1920’s and used it throughout his career, including before performances and recordings. He referred to cannabis affectionately as “the gage,“ a common parlance of the times.
“We did call ourselves the Vipers, which could have been anybody from all walks of life that smoked and respected the gage,” he said when describing his relationship with cannabis to biographer Max Jones.
“That was our cute little nickname for marijuana…We always looked at pot as a sort of medicine, a cheap drunk and with much better thoughts than one that’s full of liquor.”
The stage-four cancer patient didn’t leave her hospice bed. Her pain was etched across her face, and the opiates she had been prescribed made her sluggish and unable to even stand up. That was, until she met Jennifer Lujan, the founder of “Weed for Good“, a new start-up that provides free weed to low-income patients in the Bay Area.
Lujan explains that the patient was apprehensive of trying medical cannabis – she had had a negative experience in her youth – but once she started applying a high-CBD, low THC trans-dermal cream, everything changed. She has been able to cut out half of her opiates.
“She’s laughing again. I saw her for the first time outside of her hospital bed,” Lujan says.
“We see patients like this every day,” she adds.
If you haven’t read it yet, Prop 64 seeks to “legalize marijuana and hemp under state law” and “designate state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry.” It also spells out taxes and other details of the proposed sea change.
Much to do has been made over all of this. Unless you’re one of the folks either in the Humboldt hills growing or banging down doors in the halls of Sacramento, it can feel hard to make sense of what’s really happening. In laymen’s terms, here are a few things to consider as the campaign for cannabis all plays out over the next 90 days.
Tipping the Scale in Favor of Medical Cannabis Over Prescription Drugs; a Perfect Storm in the Making
There’s an interesting dichotomy occurring in the United States. There was a time when many Americans didn’t give much thought to prescription drugs. Doctors prescribed them, patients took them. But while pharmaceuticals have been a primary resource for pain relief and treatment of disease, we’re beginning to see more patients chose medical cannabis over prescription drugs in states where it is legal.
What’s motivating them? If you’ve been watching the trends, you could say there’s a perfect storm brewing based on three factors: growing prescription prices, fears associated with opioid addiction, and the support and acceptance of medical cannabis therapy.
States that have already legalized are seeing a large number of their consumers be older generation users, who may have stopped for a while, but are trying out marijuana again since the passing of legalization. In fact, some retirement communities in Colorado and Oregon have encouraged their residents to obtain medical marijuana access to help with their ailments.
That being said, there is still a lot of room for research on the health benefits of marijuana. Much of the research currently completed are performed with weaker strains that have been bred out of the typical marijuana marketplace.
With research and data being clouded by restrictions from the DEA, voters must rely on outdated information and personal experience when weighing the pros and cons of allowing marijuana to be sold in their community.
Administration of extremely small amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) – both cannabis compounds – is effective in treating and preventing nausea, and stimulating appetite, in those going through chemotherapy, a new study has found. The study was published in the journal Psychopharmacology, and published online by the National Institute of Health.
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