Hemp Medicine & Health

What a long and senseless struggle to get medicine to people in need. And the work has just begun. The cracks that are tearing apart the 63 year prohibition are widening. When patients can grow marijuana for medicine, why not farmers growing for hemp purposes as Canada is now doing? Why not research the whole war on Cannabis from the beginning? This is one purpose of this museum, to bring to light the hidden past.

Hemp is a pain-reliever and an effective treatment for anorexia, arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, AIDS, glaucoma, menstrual cramps, migraines, nausea and other ailments. Hemp is a safer substitute for many over-the-counter and prescription medicines. The human brain appears to have receptors for hemp’s active ingredient, THC. And hemp medicine is now legal in California and six other states that have passed medical marijuana bills in some form.

I want to put on my public health hat and suggest that we live in such synthetic times that stress is the number one killer of Americans. Implicated in heart disease, cancers, arthritis, MS, addiction, mental illness, accidents, and on and on, stress can be relieved by Cannabis/hemp/marijuana. Stress related illnesses including mental illnesses are taxing our health care system when a safe, sane, non-toxic medication and prevention exists that could mellow out millions of people and save millions of lives. If we don’t check it out, how will we know? Cannabis/hemp/marijuana has a medical history reaching back thousands of years. It is nothing to be afraid of at this point in history. Join me to proclaim our right to enjoy the natural cycle given us by the Creator, and join me to put an end to our reliance on synthetics and fossil fuels and nuclear madness. We need to end the war on drugs and get on with the pursuit of happiness.

Repression will never work. The more I am repressed, the more I am resolved to fight for freedom of people to use natural cycles. Don’t make the American farmer wait through another four years of dead end synthetic thinking. Write now, show our government that we did not roll over and die. “Free hemp or find another job,” should be our message to elected officials.

HEMP SAFETY: NOT A SINGLE DEATH

If there is one area of hemp history we don’t have to argue about, it is the question of safety of Cannabis. If this Museum offers one miracle statement it is this: Hemp is safe to use! This was not challenged by the Drug Enforcement Administration in which Judge Young worked. It is not challenged by the Curator who smoked the good stuff, medicinal grade Cannabis/hemp/marijuana daily for thirty years. Wouldn’t you celebrate if a senior judge of the DEA said the following about your drug? I’m not against all other drugs, but I am against making the safest recreational drug and safest medicine you can choose illegal, and not able to compete in a genuine free market.
THIS IS THE SENIOR LAW JUDGE OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION SPEAKING, AFTER TWO YEARS OF RESEARCH, HEARINGS, AND REPORTS. AND WE ASK THAT THIS RULING BE REFLECTED IN LAW.

Drug Enforcement Administration Ruling:

“despite this long history of use and the
extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers,
there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest
that consuming marijuana has caused a single death.”

~Francis L. Young, Admin. Law Judge, D.E.A. Docket # 86-22, 1988.

In 1980, a culmination of 8 years of lawsuits by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), led the United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold hearing on the rescheduling of marijuana to allow its use as medicine. For six years this process drug on and in 1986 the DEA requested their own Judge Francis L. Young to commence these hearings which lasted two years. In addition to hearing arguments on the proposed rescheduling of marijuana, it was agreed he would determine: “Whether there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the marijuana plant under medical supervision.” His report on safety “shows the following facts to be uncontroverted (unchallenged).” Excerpts from the record include:

3. The most obvious concern when dealing with drug safety is the possibility of lethal effects. Can the drug cause death?

4. Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects, but marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.

5. This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world.

Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death.

6. By contrast aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.

7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana’s LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is “estimated” that marijuana’s LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately 0.9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.

14. Marijuana’s therapeutic ratio, like its LD-50, is impossible to quantify because it is so high.

16. Marijuana, in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis, marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.

Because it is important in so many ways, including AIDS medication, here is more about hemp as a medicine. (From BACH)

“Medical uses of Cannabis hemp/marijuana include treating back pain, asthma, glaucoma (what President Bush had), epilepsy, cancer, muscle spasms, migraines, tumors, stress, depression, and anorexia. It is an antibiotic and expectorant, useful in muscle ointments and to treat arthritis and rheumatism. Hundreds of other therapeutic uses are likely, but hard-to-get permits are required to use it, and the government banned research into medical use of hemp, so millions of people continue to suffer needlessly, and a valuable herbal medicine with minimal side-effects is held hostage by out-of-date laws. Cannabis users statistically live one or two years longer than non-users. Hemp offers affordable health care for America. Hemp helps children: Medicines based on hemp would be most beneficial to young children, bringing a lifetime of relief and adding years to their lives. Asthma symptoms could be permanently reduced. Hemp eases the symptoms of epilepsy and prevents glaucoma from developing.”

The San Francisco Cannabis Club “The Right to Smile”
Directed by Aron Ranen

The initiative process proved itself valuable in checking Governor Wilson of California, who was not in tune with the Legislature or the people on the subject of medical marijuana, which he vetoed on several occasions.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY

September 6, 1988. The medical emergency is most damning in a free country like the U.S.A. is supposed to be. We have imposed a police state prohibition to protect us from a plant -Cannabis sativa L., when we have known this unchallenged truth for more than 10 years that Cannabis in its natural state is “one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” (Francis L. Young, Administrative Law Judge for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Docket #86-22, Sept. 6, 1988) (SHOWN LEFT) . The amount of suffering, pain, blindness, and so on, brought about by the LACK of this natural medicine is insane. California and Arizona have paved the way for medical use with overwhelming votes at the polls, only to be ignored and rebuffed by the federal government and courts that refuse to put their insane laws and policies to the constitutional test of Due Process.

HEMP AND HEALTH.

Video – Run from the Cure – The Rick Simpson Story

Video – Farther down the Rabbit Hole – “How To Make your own Hemp Oil”

Video – How to Make Hemp Salve

L.A. Times, Wed., Nov.3, 1999. Maine voters on Tuesday, November 2, 1999, approved a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. The referendum authorizes possession and use for specific medical conditions when patients are advised by a doctor that they might benefit from the drug. The list of qualifying ailments includes loss of appetite from AIDS or cancer treatments, and the effects of glaucoma and seizures. Voter approval means the legislation could take effect within 60 days.

INFORMATION PACKET FOR MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS/MARIJUANA IN CALIFORNIA

The people of California passed Proposition 215 in November of 1996, authorizing in law the use of Cannabis sativa [marijuana] for medical purposes ( CA Health & Safety Code 11362.5). Two years later despite one purpose of the act being, “to encourage state and federal governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana,” governments have failed to act. In the recent general elections (1998), five more states have passed laws allowing the use of the plant Cannabis sativa [marijuana] as medicine using various criteria. They will be joining the struggle to get Cannabis to needy patients. The purpose of this packet is to provide some information, guidance, forms, and supporting information for using legal marijuana in the void left by the inaction of governments.

Section 11362.5, CA Health & Safety Code was added to law by the CA initiative process by the people of California.

Below is that complete code addition:

California Health and Safety Code
Section 11362.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

11362.5(a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

(b)(1) The people to the State of California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows:

(A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.
(B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.
(C) To encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients in medical need of marijuana.

(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede legislation from engaging in conduct that endangers others, nor to condone the diversion of marijuana for nonmedical purposes.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no physician in this state shall be punished or denied any right or privilege, for having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical purposes.

(d) Section 11357, relating to the possession of marijuana and Section 11358, relating to the cultivation of marijuana, shall not apply to a patient, or to a patient’s primary caregiver, who possesses or cultivates marijuana for the personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral recommendation or approval of a physician.

(e) For the purposes of this section, “primary caregiver” means the individual designated by the person exempted under this section who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that person. (end)

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For both doctors and patients it might be helpful to attempt to answer the question why try Cannabis [marijuana] for any ailment? I will attempt to answer the question in three parts, dealing with history, safety, and efficacy (does it work).

SAFETY:

In 1980, a culmination of 8 years of lawsuits by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), led the United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold hearing on the rescheduling of marijuana. For six more years this process drug on and in 1986 the DEA requested their own Judge Francis L. Young to commence these hearings which lasted two years. In addition to hearing arguments on the proposed rescheduling of marijuana, it was agreed he would determine: “Whether there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the marijuana plant under medical supervision.” His report on safety “shows the following facts.

Excerpts from the record include:

3. The most obvious concern when dealing with drug safety is the possibility of lethal effects. Can the drug cause death?

4. Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects, but marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented cannabis-induced fatality.

5. This is a remarkable statement. First, the record on marijuana encompasses 5,000 years of human experience. Second, marijuana is now used daily by enormous numbers of people throughout the world.

Estimates suggest that from twenty million to fifty million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible medical reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death.

6. By contrast aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.

7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana’s LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately 0.9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.

9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.

14. marijuana’s therapeutic ratio, like its LD-50, is impossible to quantify because it is so high.

16. Marijuana, in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis, marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.

EFFICACY:

“In determining whether a medical procedure utilized by a doctor is actionable as malpractice the courts have adopted the rule that it is acceptable for a doctor to employ a method of treatment supported by a respectable minority of physicians.

A respectable minority of physicians have accepted marijuana as having a medical use in treatment in the United States for nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy treatments in some cancer patients for spasticity resulting from multiple sclerosis and other causes.” (DEA Docket #86-22).

HISTORY

This 1997 Los Angeles Cannabis Buyers’ Club CERTIFIED CARE-GROWER certificate was offered for sale at a local flea market.

RECIPES FOR EDIBLE HEMP MEDICINES

CANNABIS TINCTURE

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
1 PINT PURE GRAIN ALCOHOL
1 OUNCE ORGANIC CANNABIS FLOWERS

  • Combine 1 ounce Cannabis buds (flowers) and one pint grain alcohol in a quart jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Keep the jar refrigerated.
  • Shake the jar vigorously each day for a month (less if you can’t wait).
  • Put into small brown dropper bottles, and keep in refrigerator.
  • Start treatment with a few drops (3 to 8).
    Tincture strength may vary, but except for the alcohol it is non-toxic.

Do not drive on medications.

TOM’S MEDICINAL CANNABIS BUTTER OR OIL

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
This recipe is from Marijuana Herbal Cookbook, by Tom Flowers, 1995.
“Butter [and oil] extracts are the favored way to concentrate THC for cooking.
Butter extracts are about 80% as potent as the marijuana they are made from.
Butter [and oil] extracts are also inexpensive and easy to make.
They don’t require high grade pot, but they do take some time.”
Prepare dried organic Cannabis indica leaf by crumbling and removing petioles (small sticks).]

  1. Heat: 5 cups of water. Add: 1 cup or 4 ounces of marijuana leaf.
    1. 1 pound butter (2 cups) or 2 cups Veg. Oil.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 1 2 – 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  3. Strain the mix, retaining the liquid.
    A baby food sieve or potato ricer is helpful in pressing out the butter
    and water that remains in the leaf.
  4. Boil 2 cups of water, and pour over the leaf to remove any leftover butter. Press again.
  5. Let mixture set until the butter and water separate.
    The liquid is then put in the refrigerator or freezer.
  6. When cooled, the butter and pot will congeal on top of the water.
  7. Collect the hardened butter extract and refrigerate.
  8. Discard the water.
  9. Add butter to your favorite recipe or spread on toast, etc.

Moderate dose = less than 1 teaspoon.
Three (3) teaspoons = One tablespoon. Sixteen (16)
tablespoons = 1 Cup.

Use cautiously at first.

CANNABIS MEDICINAL MAPLE SYRUP
OATMEAL COOKIES (from the Curator)

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies
1/4 Cup hemp butter made w/leaf
1/4 Cup Powdered Cannabis leaf
See Tom’s Butter (above)
1 Cup flour (organic whole wheat)
1/4 Cup Butter (1/2 stick, organic)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 Cup maple syrup (any grade)
1 teaspoon baking powder (Red Mill Non-aluminum)
2 Eggs (medium, brown)
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1 Cup Old-fashion organic dry oats
2 Cup chopped walnuts (organic)
2 Cup Chocolate Chips (organic)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add oats, nuts and chips and mix well.
  3. Cream butters and egg until fluffy. Add maple syrup and vanilla; mix well.
    1. Stir in dry ingredients.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto a greased baking sheet.
    Bake 8 to 12 minutes. Enjoy!

CAUTION: These are medicinal cookies, keep out of the reach of children, and start small with 1/2 cookie. Do not drive on medications.

Yield: About 3 dozen cookies

RESOURCES

  • LETTERS ON MEDICAL & HEALTH
  • HEMP MEDICAL USES LIST
  • READINGS ON MEDICAL & HEALTH