YES cannabis is a drug

Cannabis - is it a godsend, a panacea -- or a risky seduction,
a slippery slope of avoidance and escapism, a downward spiral
into enervation, impotence, and general bodily decrepitude?


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YES, CANNABIS is a drug. but not approved (by BIG PHARMA)

[The federal DEA has issued stern warnings.]

FLORA : herb bearing seed

herbam adferentem semen

כל־עשב זרע זרע

Genesis 1:29

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

First line (BELOW) is the Hebrew Scripture - with cantillation marks (for pronunciation).
Second line is the same as it appears in your Synagogue Torah Scroll for Rabbi's oral reading.

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים הִנֵּה נָתַתִּי לָכֶם אֶת־כָּל־עֵשֶׂב זֹרֵעַ זֶרַע אֲשֶׁר עַל־פְּנֵי כָל־הָאָרֶץ וְאֶת־כָּל־הָעֵץ אֲשֶׁר־בֹּו פְרִי־עֵץ זֹרֵעַ זָרַע לָכֶם יִֽהְיֶה לְאָכְלָֽה

ויאמר אלהים הנה נתתי לכם את־כל־עשב זרע זרע אשר על-פני כל־הארע ואת־כל־העץ אשר־בו פרי־עץ זרע זרע לכם יהיה לאכלה


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YES, CANNABIS is a drug. but not approved (by BIG PHARMA)

[The federal DEA has issued emphatic warnings to law enforcement.]

Important information

Word of caution from the feral DEA
The Green, Green Grass of Home

What are the side-effects of cannabis?

A tentative admonition for you

The side-effects experienced by the cannabis user are variable and will depend upon the dose, method of administration, prior experience, any concurrent drug use, personal expectations, mood state and the social environment in which the drug is used.

Effects of cannabis include:

Medical uses overview

While cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance, research has resulted in development and marketing of dronabinol and nabilone which are synthetic cannabinoid products.

Marinol (dronabinol) is used for the control of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer and to stimulate appetite in AIDS patients.

Cesamet (nabilone) is used for the control of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of cancer.

Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana)

There are currently eight medical conditions for which patients can use cannabis:

As of July 2014, 23 states and the District of Columbia legally allow cannabis for personal medical use. Rules surrounding the use of medical cannabis (medical marijuana) vary by state. The first state in the union to legalize the medical use of marijuana was California in 1996. States that allow medical marijuana include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. It is important to recognize that these state marijuana laws do not change the fact that using marijuana continues to be an offense under Federal law.

Medical marijuana in the U.S. is controlled at the state level. Per federal law, cannabis is illegal as noted in the Controlled Substances Act, but the federal government has stated they will not actively prosecute patients and caregivers complying with state medical marijuana laws. However, use of medical marijuana outside of the state laws for illegal use or trafficking will not be tolerated by state or federal government.

States with bills or pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana include: Florida, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

CBD Oil or Realm Oil

Several states are now considering or have passed bills to allow legalization of medical marijuana oil (CBD oil or Realm Oil) for intractable seizures in children with Dravet Syndrome. These children can suffer 40 or more seizures per day; the seizures are often prolonged in length. The oil is made a from a special strain of marijuana called “Charlotte's Web” that has extremely low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that leads to the “high”. However, the strain has elevated levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive component that has been shown to have a number of therapeutic benefits, including those that limit seizure activity. The oil is taken in an oral liquid form, not smoked like traditional marijuana. News media has showcased several families from states that do not allow the CBD oil. These families have moved to Colorado from their home states to access the oil legally for their children who suffer from the debilitating seizures. Legislation is currently under review in several states to allow the oil for children with this debilitating seizure condition.

As of June 7, 2015, in addition to the states that allow medical marijuana, 15 states had okayed the use of CBD oil: these states include Utah, Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Illinois.

See Wise Woman

~ wise woman ~

The Sweet Breathing of Plants


Recreational Use of Cannabis

In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington state passed initiatives legalizing cannabis for adults 21 and older under state law. In November 2014, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C also approved recreational use of marijuana. It is important to note that the federal government still considers cannabis a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug. Cultivation and distribution of marijuana are felonies; possession for personal use is a misdemeanor; possession of “paraphernalia” is also illegal. Cultivating 100 plants or more carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years according to federal statutes.

That being said, it is unlikely that the federal government is interested in pursuing individuals complying with state-mandated regulations surrounding legalized cannabis for recreational use, although the CSA law still gives them authority to do so.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has attempted to clarify this issue. On August 29, 2013, the DOJ issued guidance to Federal prosecutors concerning marijuana enforcement under the CSA. The DOJ is focused on priorities, such as:

1- Preventing the distribution to minors

2- Preventing revenues from sale of marijuana towards criminal activity

3- Preventing diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal to states where it is not legal

4- Preventing state-legalized marijuana from being a cover for other illegal drugs or activity

5- Prevent violence and guns in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana

6- Prevent drugged driving and other public health issues

7- Prevent the use of public land for marijuana cultivation

8- Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property

Additional states may undertake or pursue citizen petitions in the future to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Reportedly there may be initiatives for full commercial legalization on the ballot in California and Maine in 2016. According to the Brookings Institute, Presidential years bring out an electorate more favorable to cannabis legalization than the off-year electorate. Other states pursuing legalization may include Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Maine and Michigan citizen voters have also passed legalization of cannabis for recreational use, but state law will likely override these voter referendums; only medical marijuana is currently legal according to state law in these states.

NOTE: A majority of Americans support legalization of marijuana - 52 percent pro versus 45 percent con - (according to findings from a Pew Research Center survey in March 2013). Support for marijuana legalization has increased dramatically since 2010, by 11 percentage points.

Specific city and county laws have been enacted to regulate how citizens and tourists may possess and consume marijuana. Penalties exist for driving while under the influence of marijuana. Someone driving under the influence of marijuana is considered impaired in both Colorado and Washington when five nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood or more of active THC is detected.

For more information see: "Intervention" - Informed tough love. Avoidance & Escapism. (effective therapeutic strategies)

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Cannabis side effects

Long term effects of heavy use can include:

1- irritation to the lungs, risk of developing chronic bronchitis and an increased risk of developing cancer of the respiratory tract (more likely to do with smoking).

2- exacerbation of pre-existing cardiovascular disease, as cannabis use significantly raises the heart rate.

3- decreased concentration levels, reduced short-term memory and difficulties with thinking and learning (resolved if cannabis use stops).

4- decreased sex drive in some people. Chronic use can lower sperm count in males and lead to irregular periods in females (resolved if cannabis use stops).

5- dependence on cannabis - compulsive need to use the drug, coupled with problems associated with chronic drug use.

What should I avoid?

  • Do not drive, operate machinery, or perform other hazardous activities while using cannabis. Cannabis may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired judgment.

  • Do not drink alcohol while using cannabis. Alcohol will increase dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired judgment.

  • Cannabis may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants.

  • Do not use cannabis if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. There is some evidence that women who smoke cannabis during the time of conception or while pregnant may increase the risk of their child being born with birth defects. Pregnant women who continue to smoke cannabis are probably at greater risk of giving birth to low birthweight babies.

  • Do not use cannabis if you are breast-feeding a baby.

  • Symptoms of overdose include fatigue, lack of coordination, paranoia and psychosis.

What other drugs will affect cannabis?

Cannabis may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants.

For more information on Drug Interactions, please visit the (Drug Interactions Checker).


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