- WARNING: Controversial opinion alert
- My take on the cannabis story
- Worried about Alzheimer’s, M.S, arthritis pain, chronic pain, epilepsy, or anxiety? This could be important…
A quick warning before you read on…
Controversial opinion alert!
You may not agree with this but I’m here to give you my honest, upfront views on the latest health issues, so I hope you don’t mind.
And let me start with an idea I think you WILL agree with, as it’s really what The Good Life Letter is all about…
Nature is a bountiful medicine chest of wonders. For thousands of years, human beings have picked leaves, munched on fruits, dug up edible roots and lapped from natural springs.
Even the poisonous stuff… the plants that sting and irritate… they’ve often proved equally important.
When treated or used in small doses they could stimulate powerful physical responses to kill germs, flush out toxins or treat fever.
For MOST of human history, plants, fruits and fungi were really the only medicines that we had available. And many of these ingredients led to medicines we use today.
Okay, so hopefully we’re agreed on that?
Now let’s turn to the many natural wonders of nature that cause intoxication… from mushrooms and cacti to powerful psychotropic herbs.
These have also had a part to play in human society.
In many hunter-gatherer cultures, soothsayers, wise folk and priests use mind-altering substances to go on mental travels and develop ideas about religion and language. They are rites of passage, ways of getting in touch, spiritually, with the land that provides food and shelter.
There is nothing ‘delinquent’ about an Amazonian tribesman who takes a hallucinogenic drug.
And there is nothing intrinsically ‘evil’ about a plant. Except Triffids, of course, but they’re imaginary (I hope).
The West has had a major drugs problem for hundreds of years – yes, I’m talking right back to the opium boom of the 1700s.
That’s because it’s never the plants or fungi that are the problem – it’s how humans treat them and use them in society.
When drugs went bad
We took many of the psychotropic herbs and mushrooms used as medicines and spiritual aids from around the world, processed them, then used and abused them for profit…
The cocoa leaf, fundamental to Andean cultures in South America, was an important stimulant for dealing with heavy work in steep mountains at high altitude.
However, we took that and processed it into cocaine, an addictive drug marketed to the affluent urban west with disastrous social and economic consequences.
Hallucinogens were at the forefront of research into mental health and behavioural therapy… until suddenly they flooded the streets in all kinds of uncontrolled forms, and in the panic ‘LSD’ and other substances were banned – even scientists were not allowed to test them.
Which is a shame, because there is a lot of evidence that when used by professionals in controlled circumstances they could be used to treat depression, addiction and deeply ingrained behavioural problems.
Cannabis is also beneficial but this is widely banned across the globe.
The black market in cannabis has created all kinds of issues – crime, violence and smuggling – as well as problems with strong, unregulated psychotropic products being smoked by kids whose brains are not properly developed yet.
Never mind the fact that people often mix it with lots of tobacco, which has health implications for the lungs.
So by no means am I advocating anybody go out and buy illegal substances.
However, let’s get back to the PLANT itself…
A powerful natural medicine we simply cannot ignore
What happens if we simply look at the cannabis plant as a medicine?
Well, this is the topic raging at the moment in surprisingly powerful circles.
Normally, anybody high up in office tends to run a mile when this subject rears its head. Even if they believe there’s a case for legalising use of cannabis for medical reasons, they want to avoid the public outcry and backlash that can come when it’s in the limelight.
But things might be changing…
The tide of public and political opinion is on the turn…
All over the media right now is the story of Charlotte Cadlwell’s fight to use cannabis oil to treat her epileptic son, a treatment that works like no other she has tried.
The oil is not even very psychoactive.
In cannabis, it’s THC which makes it ‘trippy’. But in the cannabis oil product used by Charlotte Cardwell, the THC is so low she says “you could drink all seven bottles and not get high”.
So here’s a plant that could stop a child having a fatal seizure and yet it’s banned. When Cardwell tried to bring it into London from Canada, it was confiscated.
But as The Daily Mail pointed out (17th June) the sister-in-law of the minister who barred the medicine coming into the country ALSO takes cannabis oil to treat her serious nerve pain.
As my kids like to say…
There’s also plenty of evidence that it can help people with Alzheimer’s control their shaking and slow down the disease.
It can reduce chronic pain and inflammation in arthritis suffers, ease the pain of multiple sclerosis and relieve serious anxiety problems, among many other benefits.
Remember, this is purely using cannabis oil with TINY amounts of THC, so it isn’t like taking a recreational mind-bending drug. You’re not going to turn into The Dude from The Big Libowski or spend a whole weekend staring at old episodes of the Magic Roundabout.
There are so many benefits to cannabis oil that even the Telegraph asked (June 17th) “Is it time to change the law?”
At the moment, the situation is that any cannabis-related product with over 3% THC remains a banned substance…
However, there is plenty of evidence that cannabis oils with even just 0.1% THC can have a positive effect.
With all those health benefits in mind, I’ve got the Good Life research team on the case, looking for a high quality, trustworthy LEGAL product that my readers can try.
And they’ve found something remarkable…
More details here.