She was complaining to me that she wished there was a natural, homeopathic or herbal medicine which would help her with her nerve pain and not have any side effects. I immediately suggested marijuana. Despite actually being a natural, homeopathic and herbal medicine, her voice rose with indignation saying that pot was an addictive drug with dangerous side effects. It ills brain cells and she would never take that. I told her that Steve Jobs was a pot smoker. Look what it did to his brain.
It is amazing how Harry Anslinger's lies about this natural, homeopathic and herbal plant have endured over the decades despite medical research and thousands of my and your neighbors and friends "testing" it on a daily basis. They themselves, in secret, have been proving the lies to be wrong. It is easy to beleive a lie when so many people say it is so.
I looked up my friend's nerve pain medication and here are the possible side effects:
difficult or labored breathing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, , chills, cough, diarrhea, difficulty with swallowing, dizziness, fast heartbeat, hives, itching, joint or muscle pain, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, skin lesions often with a purple center, skin rash, sore throat, unusual tiredness or weakness, accidental injury, bloating or swelling of the face, blurred vision, numbness or pain in the hands, change in walking and balance, clumsiness, confusion, delusions, dementia, difficulty having a bowel movement, difficulty with speaking, double vision, dry mouth, fever, headache, hoarseness, lack of coordination, loss of memory, lower back or side pain, painful or difficult urination, weight gain, seeing double, sensation of pins and needles, shakiness and unsteady walk, problems with muscle control or coordination, unusual weight gain, anxiety, bloated or full feeling, chest pain, cold sweats, coma, feeling of discomfort or illness, loss of appetite, loss of bladder control, loss of strength or energy, muscle aches and pains, muscle twitching or jerking, muscle weakness, nausea, nervousness, nightmares, noisy breathing, pain passing gas, rhythmic movement of the muscles, runny nose, seizures, shivering, slurred speech, sweating, trouble sleeping, twitching, uncontrolled eye movements, vomiting, thoughts of suicide, suicide.
Here are the side effects for marijuana:
munchies, mellow, sound sleep.
I shared with her my two experiences with marijuana. Personally I would never smoke it. I wouldn't do that to my lungs and beside that, I can't stand the smell of smoke and hate to be around people who do smoke. So my first experience with marijuana was when I was in Washington State. I went camping up to a glacier and since marijuana is legal in WA, at the suggestion of a friend, I purchased a few doses in pill form and took one before I went to sleep on the glacier. I slept the whole night through while my hiking mates suffered the whole night freezing in the 20 degree temperature. I took one final pill on my return flight back to NY. As my plane took off I put my head down. Six hours later I awoke to the sound of the pilot saying "We are making our final decent to Albany . . . " This stuff is amazing.
It is too bad when my mother was suffering from nerve pain, her options were a concoction of three pain medications and one antidepressant or, as an alternative: morphine. All that suffering she endured and at the expense to the insurance company could have been avoided if marijuana were legal. You can bet that if she were alive today and still in that amount of pain, I would personally risk arrest and prison to find her relief from all the pain and suffering she endured in her final years.
For those who beleive in the fairy tales passed down by word of mouth, I am sorry you have been lied to and you beleive those lies; survival of the fittest. Go ahead and take those lab created pills with all those aforementioned side effects. For those of you wondering why marijuana was given a bad rap in the first place, our first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, who was in the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies, alcohol and tobacco distributors, and the lumber and print media industries, he made up stories about it. Coming out of the prohibition, marijuana couldn't be taxed and was cutting into alcohol and tobacco sales. Both the government and above mentioned industries were losing money. His facts changed regularly and despite the scientific findings in LaGuardia report, issued the following quotes:
...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.
Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.
There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.
Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men.
Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.
You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother.
Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.
Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.
Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with white female students smoking marijuana and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result pregnancy.
Two Negroes took a girl fourteen years old and kept her for two days in a hut under the influence of marihuana. Upon recovery she was found to be suffering from syphilis.
Yup, your call. Hopefully it will be to your elected representative demanding that marijuana be made legal AND, everyone languishing in our prisons today for past pot possession will be released and their records sealed or expunged. Hey, it is your tax dollars keeping them there at $30,000 per person per year. It all started with Harry Anslinger. Who will it end with?