Myths, untruths, arbitrary distinction around artisanal, commercial, medical cannabis ...
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? If you've been thinking about getting a medical referral from a doctor, you've probably wondered what the difference is between the two. Like most people, you associate the word “weed” with illegal activity. However, there is a great wealth of evidence to show that cannabis can help with a variety of chronic medical conditions. It has also been used for centuries by civilizations such as the ancients Egyptians, Hebrews, Chinese, Japanese, Vikings ou Buddhists. Did they really make a distinction between medical and recreational? Are the drinks ultimately all medical? Is this the result of a simplistic view?
William Brooke O'Shaughnessy, an Irish physician, is credited with being the first to bring the medicinal benefits of cannabis use to the West. While working abroad in India in the 1830s he discovered, through experimentation, observation and research, that an herb widely consumed by locals was, among other things, a pain reliever. and a fairly effective anticonvulsant.
Upon his return to Europe in the 1840s, with a large shipment of cannabis seeds, he began to cultivate, extract and create various preparations of this plant. These were then used to treat an abundance of ailments and diseases, becoming so popular that in 1850, cannabis was placed in the United States Pharmacopoeia and became a popular ingredient in most pharmacological preparations before the discovery. drugs such as aspirin in the late 1800s; cannabis has been used by humans around the world for tens, if not hundreds of thousands of years to treat all manner of ailments and diseases.
Before cannabis was banned, any use was considered medical or as having a beneficial effect on health. It's only since the advent of the war on drugs there has been this arbitrary distinction between so-called medical and recreational cannabis use.
This is the same Divisionist tactics and rhetoric that has been used in the debate over the many industrial applications that this plant also has, as authorities continue to proclaim that hemp and cannabis are different plants and therefore should be governed by one. separate legislation. Allowing some parts to profit massively while limiting access to others, why does this sound familiar to you?
The smear campaign against cannabis backed by various industrialists, misguided moral crusaders and easily corruptible governments has ultimately led to the complete criminalization of the consumption and use of any part of the genus Cannabis Sativa L without prior express permission and the acquisition of licenses which are often quite expensive from government services.
In recent decades, however, there has been a resurgence and renaissance in awareness and knowledge about the medicinal benefits and effects of cannabis use, both prophylactically and to help reduce, to relieve and manage the symptoms of a multitude of modern ailments, diseases and disorders.
The first modern medical program was established in California in 1996 with the passage of Proposition 215, also known as the “Compassionate use act of 1996”. This law made it possible, for the first time since the start of the cannabis ban, for a doctor to prescribe a patient for the treatment of a limited number of common ailments such as HIV, or to treat the side effects of toxic cancer drugs and treatments. This ban was later extended to back pain and migraines
Two conditions that have become much more common in previous years, as citizens whose conditions were not on the list of requirements suddenly could have these other conditions to legally access them. It was also the first time that a distinction was made in law between regular cannabis use and the use of “medicinal cannabis”. Two decades later, sovereign states finally legalized cannabis for adult consumption with the passage of the “Adult Marijuana Use Act” or Proposition 64.
This means that people with conditions that could be relieved by cannabis but were not on the approved list can finally legally benefit from cannabis use. This effectively gives all adults access to cannabis and the right to choose whether to use it to help or improve their lives.
Thus was born the roadmap which has since been adopted and followed by many countries, including recently Canada which granted for the first time limited medical access in July 2001 and which then followed the example. of California by “legalizing” its adult consumer market, albeit with 38 rather draconian new laws. “Medicinal cannabis” and medicinal products derived from cannabis have after all been reclassified in the schedules (for most states that have legalized). This reclassification should have allowed citizens to have access to legal cannabis for medical purposes, but in reality the legislation only changed from Table 1 to Table 2 cannabis-based medicines such as the Epidiolex and the "Sativex" and pharmaceutical grade cannabis in its floral form.
Cannabis grown indoors or “street weed” is as criminal as “recreational” cannabis, personal cultivation is subject to the same potential penalties. So it would appear that cannabis may have medicinal value, but only if you buy it from one of their authorized dealers, sorry, I mean “medical professionals”. It has now been a few years since this law change took place around the world and just over a handful have been able to obtain cannabis on a private prescription. In other words, this means that some patients directly profit from the sale of cannabis-based medicines for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or other pain but they do not allow consumers, who already know that 'they can profit from, access cannabis and continue to be criminalized or suffer needlessly, or risk growing their own cannabis or buying it on the black market.
So why is there such a distinction between so-called medical and recreational cannabis? yet they both provide phyto cannabinoids which help to supplement the endocannabinoid system ?
In short, the answer is money, for example, GW Pharmaceuticals is currently the largest producer and exporter of “medical” cannabis in the world, selling its oil in its flagship product Sativex for four times the price of gold. It may help line the pockets of some ministers, GW is allowed to dominate the legal cannabis market and their partners regurgitate into the pulpit the party line that cannabis has “no accepted medical value”. Yet private clinics, like in the UK, are legally allowed to import cannabis from the Netherlands and sell it on prescription, while the average consumer continues to be persecuted for being too poor to afford. a prescription and that he is persecuted if he dares to grow his own cannabis at home.
The flowers sold by these clinic "nicknames" are considered to be "pharmaceutical grade" while the flowers you grow at home are classified as a dangerous street drug which can cause psychosis, addiction and has "no value." medical accepted ”. An example of these products is the Bedrocan from the Dutch company Bedrocan, whose name is rather creative. If I gave you a Bedrocan flower bud and a home grown bud, you couldn't tell the difference between the two.
So why can one be sold to patients for three times the average street price while the other could send them to jail just for owning it? It's the same if you compare, say Blue Dream and Blue Dream CBD, the CBD version has a 1: 1 ratio while the other is a THC dominant with a much lower CBD ratio; yet they look and smell the same. It's like saying that CBD is medical and THC is a dangerous addictive street drug; rhetoric is neo-referential madness promulgated by individuals personally profiting from the public's ignorance of their endocannabinoid system and theentourage effect.
So I ask you, whether in the medical field or in the hobby field, what is the difference when you are the one planting the seed? There is no need to make an arbitrary distinction or to pretend or exaggerate a disease or condition just because it is on the list of approved conditions arbitrarily drawn up by ignorant lawmakers who have no expertise or experience in this area. It is interesting to note that in Canada, the CMA (Canadian Medical Association) recently submitted a proposal suggesting that there is no need to make a distinction or a difference in law for the production and distribution of cannabis. for medical and recreational purposes.
I partly agree, I think the only difference should be in the way they are taxed to offset the cost of people with permanent illnesses and conditions that require high and continuous doses. However, until the system is changed, the easiest and cheapest way to get consistent access to quality cannabis is to grow it yourself.
If you were unaware of the differences between therapeutic and recreational, this article has hopefully lit your lantern. When dealing with chronic pain, you should now know that when considering medical cannabis versus recreational herb, the medical type is your best bet on your journey to better health and well-being. The field of study of “medical weed” looks very promising, and with more research, many people believe this could be one of the greatest medical stories of our time. did not let a dual market emerge, used the herb simply the herb without medical justification
Written and published by Simpa in the issue 141 of Weed World magazine