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Cannabis Is A Wonderful Thing

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Two days ago, I found this marvellous image of Hunter S. Thompson which reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to write about for ages.

Cannabis is a wonderful thing.  We spend so much time having to engage in intellectual, scientific, medical, moral and human rights arguments that we forget to tell the truth.  We forget to say what’s good.  We forget to advance the wonderful, beneficial, delightful, life-enhancing qualities of this amazing plant.   Cannabis is good.  It does you good.  It’s done so much good for me in my life and for so many people that I know.  It opens hearts and minds and understanding.  It reveals truth and beauty and music and conversation and the joy of existence on our beautiful planet.

Now, I can even substantiate this with science.   Cannabis has been treated with reverence and as a religious sacrement by some yet demonised and reviled by the forces of darkness and evil.  The positive benefits of God’s herb, known to mankind for thousands of years but shrouded in mystery and superstition,  are now revealed by science as an integral part of the universe.  The Endocannabinoid System (ECS), only discovered in 1988 but now known to be fundamental to life, is the reason that the natural supplement of the plant is a good, good thing.  A nutrient that can benefit us all.  See here.

The ECS, present in mammals, fish, reptiles and birds, is now known to be vital in pain relief, sensation, appetite, taste, weight control, mood, memory, motor skills and fertility.  Contrary to the idea that each pull on that joint kills millions of brain cells, in fact the ECS facilitates neurogenesis, the birth of neurons.  In 2003, the US government registered US patent no. 6630507 for cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants for limiting neurological damage following stroke or physical trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.

Cannabinoids have been shown to have analgesic, anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsant, anti-tremor, anti-psychotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-emetic and appetite-stimulant or appetite-suppressant properties.

Is it any wonder that cannabis has been used as a medicine for thousands of years? Is it any wonder that millions of us have known instinctively for so long that cannabis is a wonderful, beneficial, health-giving plant?

Cannabis really is the wonder drug that the hippies rediscovered in the 1960s.  It really does offer so many benefits to mankind.  However much the prohibitionists lie and dissemble and spread fear, uncertainty and doubt, the truth is out.  Science now knows what we knew all along.  Cannabis is a wonderful thing!

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  1. Great article, love the HT pic…but the ECS was discovered in 1988. Is the ECSN something different?

    Ervun Dargan

    October 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    • Thank you. Corrected!

      Peter Reynolds

      October 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

  2. [...] unknown wrote an interesting post today Here’s a quick excerpt Cannabis is a wonderful thing. We spend so much time having to engage in intellectual, scientific, medical, moral and human rights arguments that we forget to tell the truth. We forget to say what’s good. … [...]

  3. Hi Peter, could not agree with you more. How long will this stupidity last ? The people in the future will laugh at us for allowing this nonsense. (Criminalizing weeds)
    Lou

    http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/

    talesfromthelou

    October 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

  4. Thanks for this Peter, damn straight. Even the politicians who support decriminalisation or legalisation of activities involving cannabis stick to the mantra: “prohibition is the wrong way to reduce drug use, regulation is the right way”.

    Why do they assume drug use must be reduced, when certain drug use provides such wonderful benefits?

    Ed

    October 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

  5. Very nice. Thank you for sharing. I will have to keep peeking in on you now. ;)

    Peace, Slaine

    Slaine

    October 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

  6. You know what, you make a damn good point Peter.

    Like you say, the battle is raged for so long now that you do have to take time out to smell the flowers every so often. Anyone who fights the corner of cannabis is in danger of over study almost.

    For me, I now look at cannabis as a friend whom I have to be protective over. It has had its name sullied so many times and the crying injustice of this all is just how wrong prohibitionists have got it; they have become catalysts that proportion blame in a way that a child would when it hurts its knee… better to blame the floor and stamp your feet than admit you’ve tripped up.

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    October 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  7. There is a contradiction that Cannabis is deemed to be a Class C Drug; but tobbacco is as equally addictive and damaging, and (with some people) equally halucenagenic, and yet freely available.

    Whilst the Government (of whichever colour) have demanded the ban on cannabis is maintained; why haven’t they banned cigarettes, cigars and hand rolling tobbacco completely?

    Oh, of course, they make too much money in taxes from it: silly me.

    The Debt Collector

    October 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    • Nicotine is more addictive than heroin. This is a scientific fact. Cannabis is not addictive at all. To be classified scientifically addictive a drug has to produce tolerance (more needed to get the same effect), physical withdrawal symptoms and continuance (despite negative effects). Even extended and consistent cannabis use produces no physical withdrawal symptoms. Certainly, high-THC strains may produce compulsive, cocaine-like behaviour but in no sense is cannabis addictive in the same way as heroin.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

  8. I agree with you on that Peter. Cannabis is an amazing herb!

    Architect

    October 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm

  9. Debt Collector, you said:

    “Cannabis is deemed to be a Class C Drug; but tobbacco is as equally addictive and damaging…”

    Equally addictive and damaging? Please jettison the propaganda, and realise the following established facts:.

    Tobacco is highly addictive. Cannabis is not addictive at all.

    Tobacco kills half of its users. Cannabis has never killed anyone.

    Tobacco has no health benefits whatsoever. Cannabis promotes better health for a massive variety of conditions.

    This makes criminal sanctions applied to cannabis users a sick, perverse joke. The government devastates lives and families by incarcerating people for long periods in prison, for using a safe, healthy drug. Tha is nothing less than kidnap, justified by fanatical ideology and lies.

    Thousands of people rot in jail for activities with much safer alternatives to drugs we buy in the supermarket. Government knows this is unfair, and so the refusal of politicians to acknowledge the uncontravertible evidence betrays a monumental state protection racket: smashing the slightest hint of competition to the alcohol and tobacco industries.

    Ed

    October 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    • Ed,

      If Cannabis is NOT addictive, why is it so many people keep smoking it and never give up?

      The same argument can be applied to tobacco which is also a plant which is smoked, and as you rightly say IS adddictive.

      There are alot of substances out there which are used for good reason, but are indeed addictive. I only got rescued from Phenobarbiton (now a class A Drug), but given out like sweeties between 1927 and 1975, until it was found to be very addictive. There are many who were prescribed the drug, and although their epilepsy has stopped, will never be able to get off Phenobarbitone.

      So yes, I am anti-drugs what ever form they are in, whether it be vegitation being burnt or a chemical concotion made in a Laboratory.

      However I do agree with your comments about the Government jumping on the band waggon, because of the money they make out of the VAT raised on selling “remidies” which are purely a Placeboes for things like the common cold, , since it is not a drug that cures a cold.

      Drugs and me, no a good subject to mix.

      The Debt Collector

      October 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

  10. I like to wheel this video out when addiction is mentioned:

    Jason (HomeGrown Outlaw)

    October 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    • Jason,

      As Craig Revel whatisname would say, that is FAB-U-LOUS!

      Peter Reynolds

      October 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

  11. it also causes ‘couch lock’ and really can screw up a kid.
    decriminalized for sure! legal yes!
    regulated and taxed no. b/c that means some asshole on madison ave will market to kids ala tobacco and joe camel.
    it will also ruin the ’boutique’ nature of the current production.

    deepseareflections

    October 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    • Scientists call it the “amotivational syndrome”. It’s a fallacy. Some kids are just lazy.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      • I love it how whenever this debate is brought to light, everyone starts ranting and raving about “what of the children!” while sitting there drunk, with their kids.

        I’ve never come across anyone who think we should legalize cannabis for children. Just like we don’t let them drive, fuck, drink, smoke, work, go to space or rent a fucking movie.

        Bonkers

        December 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

  12. Re ‘not addictive and more needed to produce tolerance’. No physical withdrawls for sure, but the more u smoke the higher your tolerance.
    Try not smoking for a week, then take a giant bong hit and try to balance your checkbook.
    You will also be amazed how vivid your dreams are if u stop for week.
    I challenge any regular smoker to take off a week. See if you can do it.

    deepseareflections

    October 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    • I have taken a week, a month, a year off, many times.

      http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/cannabis/

      Sure, cannabis produces tolerance. The point is, to be “addictive” in scientific terms, it has to meet all three criteria. Otherwise it’s just hysteria and excuses. We all have weaknesses and imperfections. Stop blaming them on a simple, natural plant.

      Peter Reynolds

      October 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    • You said: “Try not smoking for a week, then take a giant bong hit and try to balance your checkbook.”
      I don’t want to speak for anyone else but I actually perform better with Thc in my system. I remember a fellow at school that was lit up 24/7. That year he went on to become his class valedictorian at his law school.
      I find quantum physics absolutely fascinating, yet I have a difficult time focusing on the subject. Thc allows me to absorb the information and enjoy it.

      talesfromthelou

      October 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      • I have many similar experiences Lou. When I was in the ad business and had a particularly difficult brief to crack, my art director and I would often take ourselves off somewhere to concentrate and cannabis was a useful tool. I still do it today. The trick is to get into the task first, then get stoned. If you get stoned first then it often is difficult to focus.

        There’s some interesting implications in this for the work that’s now being done in using cannabis to treat ADHD and PTSD.

        Peter Reynolds

        October 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

  13. while on the subject of scientific research on the beneficial effect of drugs . . .

    duncanr

    October 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    • Trust you Duncan.

      You’re a star!

      Peter Reynolds

      October 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

  14. Even if it’s the fragrant cane of the Old Testament (NIV); even if it’s a more likely candidate for soma/haoma than the boring stimulant ephedrine, I have to object to the use of God in your paean to cannabis.

    Certainly, it does have the most delicious fragrance; certainly its effects are exquisite and enhancing and energising and euphoric, but even the most enlightened states of consciousness do not constitute evidence for the existence of a creator.

    chrisasmith

    October 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    • Chris, I do not define God as a creator but as creation. My God is a collective consciousness and energy that pemeates and connects everything in all dimensions and senses. Perilously close to “The Force”, I know but I’m just a hippy like the rest of them. Glad you feel the buzz too man.

      Organised religion?

      Pah!

      http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/the-evil-of-organised-religion/

      Peter Reynolds

      October 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

  15. Peter Reynolds

    October 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

  16. Cool video Peter! This is going on my blog!
    Lou

    http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/

    talesfromthelou

    October 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  17. Hi Peter

    I’m from BBC’s Inside Out and we’re making a programme looking at the legalisation of cannabis in the UK.

    I was looking to get in touch with NOel McCullugh today if you had a cotnact number for him?

    Regards

    Toby Strutt
    07951 223964

    Toby Strutt

    October 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

  18. Hi Peter. The day after. Wow! So close. Damn stupid Americans. I am disgusted. Not only of the Prop 19 defeat but also of the return of the Barbarians (republicans). This is how I put it:
    Lou

    http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/village-idiots-of-the-planet/

    talesfromthelou

    November 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

  19. Great article, Peter and many good points made.

    I read somewhere earlier on about MMJ law being a Trojan horse for legalisation for everyone. As you know, Peter, I am afraid that if MMJ law happens in the UK, that it would be pretty darn hard to move on to cannabis general legal.

    Many people are of the opinion to give precedence to MMJ users. I am not. The government’s insistence to keep cannabis illegal in the UK is a double whammy both for medical and recreational users of cannabis alike.

    And what are the dual messages that UK gov is sending to us?

    1) That unwell people cannot use cannabis – they must use pharm meds for pain relief

    2) That recreational users cannot use cannabis – they must use “approved” recreational drugs, such as alcohol.

    I strongly object to BOTH of these UK gov’s premises – they are both evil alike.

    I will only ever campaign for the use of cannabis FOR ALL USERS. We do not need to establish an hard-to-shift Ivory Tower of MMJ law card circumvention in the UK. I truly believe that we need to keep cannabis use free from the medicine cabinet of “doctors” “nurses” and “prescriptions” speak. This is my dearest wish, but I doubt that it will happen. We can but hope and work to this end.

    Many of the California MMJ card holders voted against Proposition 19, so as to keep MMJ law as the de facto law in California, because they were frightened by the mom and pop growers into believing that their medicine was at risk, if Prop 19 would pass. Truth of the matter is that the California growers did not want their clandestine, lucrative, tax-free industry to pass into other hands, such as those of Richard Lee.

    As I am busy telling people over there these days: “Welcome to the Machine” USA Fed gov is rubbing their hands together now. Bad times ahead for all.

    The UK Campaign continues.

    Jayelle Farmer

    November 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm

  20. Excellent article Sir, as are your comments on the Telegraphs website today.

    This debate needs more facts and less hysteria.

    Howard Marks was once asked “But surely Mr Marks, you have to accept that cannabis causes irrational reactions in people”

    To which he replied with out pause, “Yes, but only in the people that don’t use it”

    soldini

    December 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    • Thank you Soldini

      Peter Reynolds

      December 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

  21. Hi Peter, greetings from Canada! Hope all is well with you and your loved ones. Just want to let you know, in case you missed it, that California just signed a bill decriminalizing marijuana for amounts under an ounce ! One good bill the Terminator signed. It’s not enough but it’s a good start.
    lou

    http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/possessing-1-ounce-of-pot-no-longer-a-crime-in-california/

    talesfromthelou

    January 2, 2011 at 2:08 am

    • Happy New Year to you and yours Lou.

      Peter Reynolds

      January 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

  22. Hi Peter, thought you’d like this: One step closer to decriminalization in Canada:

    http://talesfromthelou.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/ontario-judge-declares-criminalization-of-pot-unconstitutional-2/

    talesfromthelou

    April 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm


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