The federal government is allowing sick people to die when it knows that cannabis could save them.
The DEA still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance—meaning it supposedly has “no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.”
But all the way back in 2001, the US Department of Health and Human Services filed a patent (awarded as #6630507 in 2003) for cannabinoids, the chemicals in cannabis that make it such an effective medicine.
The abstract of the patent says:
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”
So the federal government says that cannabis has no medicinal value, but then quietly patents cannabinoids for their medicinal value? It’s an outrage!
Even worse, while the government drags its feet on rescheduling cannabis, it’s approving dangerous, addiction-causing drugs. A new form of super-Vicodin that contains up to five times the amount of hydrocodone as previous pills was recently approved by the FDA over the objections of addiction specialists and watchdog groups. The new drug—sold under the name Zohydro — does not have time-release protection, so it can easily be crushed up and snorted or injected. Zohydro was approved after only one twelve-week trial that left many observers skeptical about its effectiveness in treating chronic pain.
“When you talk to pain specialists in our field, they will all tell you one indisputable fact—opiates are lousy drugs to treat chronic pain,” said one FDA committee member who voted against approval.
Even worse, five of the 300 people in the clinical trial died.
So the federal government is approving a drug that contains five times as much of a highly addictive chemical that is known to kill people, but it refuses to allow the use of medical cannabis, even though it clearly knows the benefits of this natural, non-lethal medicine? The government has blood on its hands, and it must be held accountable.
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, MSN, CARN, the co-founder of Patients Out of Time, says, “It is ridiculous that the DEA gets away with practicing medicine without a license! People are suffering and people are dying because our government is playing games. Scientists have discovered a complex molecular signaling system throughout our bodies that keeps us in balance and protects us from stressors. It is called the endocannabinoid system and to put it very simply, cannabis can feed this system to help us get healthy and stay healthy.”
It’s high time we told the federal government that we know about its criminal behavior. Stop pretending you don’t know that cannabis is a life-saving medicine. Stop caving to Big Pharma and approving unsafe, unhelpful drugs. Stop letting Americans die by denying them the help they need. What you’re doing is tantamount to murder, and you must be accountable for your actions.
Please Note: This is Part 1 of a Three Part blog series.