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Irrational Cannabis Policy - Dr. Anden

The history of cannabis reflects the history of human culture.

From humble beginnings in the remote plains of Asia and Africa, both plant and people have spread their seeds across the globe. For more than 6000 years, Cannabicae was hailed as a first line medicine for as many as 600 different humans ailments, free to use based on best practices of times and observational “studies”.  With the develop of patent-for-profit pharmaceuticals and restructuring of medical training to the scientific method in the early 1900s, traditional herbal and natural treatments lost popularity. Easy to preserve a one ingredient standardized dose pill, like aspirin, than deal with the complexity of plant medicines having hundreds of ingredients and variable effects. Then the life-affirming cannabis plan was vilified and criminalized for blatant racist and socioeconomic biases in the 1930’s, targeting Mexican immigrants,. southern blacks, then during the 1960’s War on Drugs, targeting inner city blacks  and counter culture revolutionaries. The rise of Big Industry and Big Pharma put profits for the 1% over the health and prosperity of the Nation.

The real crimes are the racial injustices inflicted on good American Citizens, their families and community’s, and the withholding of a ubiquitous powerful medicine from people in need.

Humans had more simple cultures thousands of years ago, hunt and gather, sleep and eat cooperate and survive. They had more leisure time than we do now. Time to study the natural world, time to find food and medicine

Modern humans thrive on data and technology, careers and processed foods, power and money.

We willingly take synthetic chemicals into our bodies everyday.

So, we come to the real victims of irrational cannabis policy.

The poor cannabis plant, just waiting to help.

The suffering patients, seeing better medicine

The incarcerated minorities, their lives taken away.


Words Matter - PA Black

It’s important to recognize why and how we use language. Sometimes, we choose words out of habit, or from generations of societal teachings. When it comes to culturally sensitive topics, language choice has the power to hurt or heal individuals, and communities as a whole.

In the medical cannabis community, we strive to use clinically acceptable language, to respect the medicine as well as the patient. Examples include:

· Cannabis – The scientifically appropriate term for the botanical. Commonly used names such as “marijuana”, “weed”, “pot” can not only have purely recreational connotations, but also originate from racially derogatory slang.

· Taking medicine vs using- In any other area of medicine, we refer to the action verb “taking” as opposed to “using”. It is well known in our society to refer to an individual who engages in illicit substances as a “user”, and the action of “using” these illicit substances. We take medicine; therefore, we take cannabis.

· Delivery Method- This refers to how medicine is taken into the body. Possible delivery methods for medical cannabis include: tinctures, edibles, inhalation through low temperature dry vaporizer, or topical balm/salve. These methods of medicine delivery are not considered “paraphernalia”, the commonly misused term to describe items associated with the use of illicit substances.

We are confident that as we continue to be more intentional with our words, we can help integrate the language of medical cannabis into the mainstream medical community, and reduce the stigma associated with it.


Cannabis vs. Alcohol

/In the US, 86% of people aged 18 or older report drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime, and 55% report they drank in the past month, with more than half of those people reporting binge drinking.

Regular and heavy alcohol use can lead to a variety of detrimental social, psychological, and physical effects, including developing Alcohol Use Disorder (addiction/abuse), risky behavior such as driving while intoxicated, economic burden/stress, and premature death or disability. Alcohol related death is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

There are many reasons why people drink alcohol regularly. These include social interaction, to escape problems, to become intoxicated or drunk, or for relaxation, In addition, some people drink because they are struggling with mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, trauma history), and haven’t found a satisfactory treatment regimen.

Medical Cannabis, now a legal treatment option in the state of Utah, can be very beneficial for people who are at risk for developing Alcohol Use Disorder, especially for those struggling with mental illness. CBD, a predominant compound in the cannabis plant, has been proven to reduce the intake of alcohol, as well as improve alcohol related liver damage.

Whole cannabis flower is also very beneficial in managing anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms, and insomnia. Unlike alcohol, cannabis related death is extremely rare and you can bet this is always the safer option.