Billions of dollars are earned in the pharmaceutical industry every year. Some medicines must be synthesized to be effective, such as HIV meds. These have turned what once was a certain death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. They are a necessary component of the medical industry.
But there also needs to be balance. To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To the pharmaceutical industry, every medical condition requires some patented synthetic concoction. Not true. The current drug epidemic of opioid and painkiller addiction, which can lead patients down a rabbit hole to hell, is an excellent example of this.
With side effects like these, who needs disease?
Not only do many pharmaceutical drugs use lead to addiction, but most have serious side effects. Listen to almost any drug commercial and you will hear that, for example, these might include nausea or vomiting or itching or hair loss. But, they may also include suicidal thoughts, heart or liver disease, and even death. In an alarming number of cases, among the risks listed is worsening of the condition itself that is being treated. Too often, the side effects make the original condition seem preferable by comparison.
There are many plants used to make great all-natural medicines. Aloe vera and cannabis are two such plants, and several parallels can be drawn between them.
Both have been used for centuries for spiritual and medicinal applications, and both are widely renowned topical and oral medicines. Aloe, for example, is most widely known for soothing and helping to heal burns. As a topical ointment for burns, as well as cuts, scrapes, and other minor skin lesions, it is without equal. It’s best in its fresh state and easy to grow, so keep a plant on hand. Cut a stem, open it, rub the gel on the afflicted area, and feel the relief.
Part of what makes aloe great for open wounds is that the plant has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It is actually an effective hand sanitizer and wound cleaner. Most Americans know about the effectiveness of aloe for burns and cuts. Ancient Hawaiians may have even used it to treat arthritis.
Cannabis is also known as an effective topical remedy for skin eruptions; as well as its relaxing, anti-emetic properties and ability to stimulate the appetite. As such, it is most often associated medically with counteracting the nausea and vomiting of chemotherapy and radiation in cancer treatment. However, when ingested, usually in food or tincture, it can be a powerful pain reliever with few side effects, which are very mild in comparison to pharmaceutical drugs. It is also anti-inflammatory and thus effective for joint pain. When ingested, its effects can last up to eight hours or longer.
Garyn Angel, a former financial advisor, had a pal who suffered from Crohn’s and wanted to try using medical cannabis; but he couldn’t smoke it because he also suffered from asthma. And, he wasn’t physically up to the challenge of standing for hours over a hot stove to infuse the cannabinoids from the plant into butter or oil for cooking. So, Angel invented a machine that transformed an imprecise, all-day chore into an automatic push-button solution. The Botanical Extractor made the task ultra simple and far more precise, allowing anyone to create infused oil or butter in an hour or two, with consistent results. Angel then formed MagicalButter.com to provide patients and herbal enthusiasts worldwide with this life-enhancing option.
Infused butters, tinctures, and oils are excellent ways to ingest the plant, making medicine much more palatable. Interestingly, cannabis has been also shown to help lower fasting insulin and glucose levels, which can help prevent diabetes. Cannabis consumers have even been shown to have smaller average waist circumferences than abstainers (“THC-totalers”?). Whether this is due to their frequent substitution of the non-toxic herb for famously fattening alcohol products while relaxing and socializing is not firmly established, but it could be a contributory factor. How much healthier could our nation be if free adults were given freedom of choice in the matter? Only time will tell.
Aloe, too, is thought to help with diabetes, helping to control insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar in some patients. But, as with cannabis, more studies are needed. One major difference between aloe and cannabis is that it’s easy to get studies approved for aloe, since it’s not improperly categorized as a Schedule I narcotic. The Schedule I classification makes obtaining approval for studies nearly impossible, needlessly prolonging and intensifying the suffering of innumerable people from a wide variety of conditions.
Cannabis is still considered by the U.S. government to be a dangerous drug of abuse with no known medical use. This remains true despite the U.S. government having patented cannabis for its known medical use. (If that seems odd, perverse, or demonically twisted, congratulations—that indicates functioning brain cells.)
What if we had a responsible, non-corrupt government that would allow us to find safe, effective, non-toxic medical treatment in the manner we and our doctors prefer? What if medical cannabis had been in the mainstream in the early 1990s? How many lives could have been saved from the raging painkiller epidemic?
It’s time to recognize that government doesn’t always have our best interests in mind when they keep us from being able to use plants as medicine—especially when many politicians’ pockets are being lined with lobby money from the pharmaceutical industry. Keep that in mind when you go to the polls this November.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amber Boone considers writing the cornerstone of communication. She interviews MMA (mixed martial arts) athletes for CombatPress.com and opines on MMA at FightItOut.com. She’s passionate about helping folks tell their stories and making the world a better place, which includes working to win the freedom of Americans to partake of the herb. When not writing or playing beach volleyball, she can be found at her day job—for now. Follow Amber on Twitter @thruthetrees11.