30 May Cannabis Is A Wonderful Thing

First published October 2010.

Two days ago, I found this marvellous image of Hunter S. Thompson which reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to write about for ages.

Cannabis is a wonderful thing. We spend so much time having to engage in intellectual, scientific, medical, moral and human rights arguments that we forget to tell the truth. We forget to say what’s good. We forget to advance the wonderful, beneficial, delightful, life-enhancing qualities of this amazing plant. Cannabis is good. It does you good. It’s done so much good for me in my life and for so many people that I know. It opens hearts and minds and understanding. It reveals truth and beauty and music and conversation and the joy of existence on our beautiful planet.

Now, I can even substantiate this with science. Cannabis has been treated with reverence and as a religious sacrement by some yet demonised and reviled by the forces of darkness and evil. The positive benefits of God’s herb, known to mankind for thousands of years but shrouded in mystery and superstition, are now revealed by science as an integral part of the universe. The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), only discovered in 1988 but now known to be fundamental to life, is the reason that the natural supplement of the plant is a good, good thing. A nutrient that can benefit us all. See here.

The ECS, present in mammals, fish, reptiles and birds, is now known to be vital in pain relief, sensation, appetite, taste, weight control, mood, memory, motor skills and fertility. Contrary to the idea that each pull on that joint kills millions of brain cells, in fact the ECS facilitates neurogenesis, the birth of neurons. In 2003, the US government registered US patent no. 6630507 for cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants for limiting neurological damage following stroke or physical trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.

Cannabinoids have been shown to have analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsant, anti-tremor, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic and appetite-stimulant or appetite-suppressant properties.

Is it any wonder that cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years? Is it any wonder that millions of us have known instinctively for so long that cannabis is a wonderful, beneficial, health-giving plant?

Cannabis really is the wonder drug that the hippies rediscovered in the 1960s. It really does offer so many benefits to mankind. However much the prohibitionists lie and dissemble and spread fear, uncertainty and doubt, the truth is out. Science now knows what we knew all along. Cannabis is a wonderful thing!

Peter Reynolds

  • Paula Denise Downing
    Posted at 12:44h, 09 September Reply

    Could not agree with you more, Peter. It is God’s gift to mankind and could cure many ills, if only we would LET IT!

  • Wendy Goodwin
    Posted at 08:06h, 03 August Reply

    Actually it was Professor Raphael Mechoulin and his team in Israel investigating cannabis in 1964 when they extracted THC from cannabis and looked into the effect on the brain, watch his story on U-tube. Nothing happened in the world for over 20 years until US asked him for some and was given 10ml of the precious stuff . At the same time came the propaganda in US closely followed the U.K. after WW1. Mechoulin , in his 80’s is still working on it, and recognized its value in treatment of all medical conditions. The research continues giving hope to thousands of people. Still today when the UK have accepted that cannabis does have medicinal value because of two very brave women and their back-up teams some specialists are not up to date. One women asked her son’s specialist about the use of this cannabis oil for her nearly 18 year old son who has very severe problems and takes seizures as her mother-in-law uses CBD for pain in arthritis. The Specialist said that it was so new that more research was needed so leave it for a year! This is a Specialist who is not up to date in current trends and our GPs are probably the same and another child with Menkes has been told by his Specialist that she will apply for a license when his current Meds. retract. We all know that these pharmaceutical, synthetic drugs can have serious side effects where as the few with cannabis such as dry mouth & dizziness so these doctors are willing to put through these very vulnerable children more suffering than needed. It is vital that everyone is educated about the Endocannabinoid System and how cannabis can help people with a deficiency to allow the body to heal itself.

  • Andy Farrow
    Posted at 08:38h, 04 August Reply

    Simple yet effective description of this ‘life-changing’ plant. Great article, thanks.

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