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Marijuana, Maybe Not What You Thought
Mexico sends its people [into the U.S.], they're not sending their
best. They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're
bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists.
- Donald J. Trump, American actor (b. 1946)
Trump is merely the latest loud voice to rail against the coming to the
United States by Mexicans fleeing their homeland hoping to find a
better life. At the turn of the 20th Century, Americans with similar
feelings adopted the Mexican Spanish word marijuana for what most of
the rest of the world called and still calls Cannabis. Before the 20th
Century everyone called it Cannabis.
The American campaigners
originally tended to spell it marihuana, which is closer to the Mexican
pronunciation of the word, but eventually the Mexican spelling
Anti-immigrant advocates in the U.S.
expressed their aversion to foreigners invading the land they
themselves had only recently invaded and stolen from native Americans
that they used the newly adopted word marijuana as an expression of the
evil that they claimed the foreigners brought with them.
possible that the U.S. Congress passed laws criminalizing the growth
and sale of cannabis marijuana specifically to discourage Americans who
had neutral feelings about Mexican migrants so that they would
associate the Mexican word for the now-illegal product with migrants
who entered the U.S. illegally? That may seem a strong claim but
prejudiced Congress members have passed many laws in the past to
advance their various bigoted causes.
How strongly did these
politicians feel about turning Americans against Mexicans by making
marijuana seem like a Mexican curse? The only cure for cancer that has
ever been patented in the United States was filed by the U.S.
government itself, in 1937. The government of the country with the
highest cancer rates in the world withheld a cure for cancer rather
than make the all-natural chemical-free plant marijuana acceptable to
the American public. That patent holds today, though many others of
that time have been allowed to expire.
Not all varieties of
Cannabis are alike. C. ruderalis is generally agreed to be of little
value for either recreation or medicine. Though uncommon, it is still
illegal, yet it could be feral so it might be found growing in your
back yard. Illegally, of course.
Etymologists give various
origins for the name Cannabis, but the plant indisputably originates in
Asia. The Chinese used it to relieve various conditions from
constipation to malaria as far back as 2700 BCE. In India it was
considered a sacred plant used for its psychotropic and medicinal
effects. Mind-altering natural products that improve sensitivity and
intellect temporarily are not considered sinful in many cultures and
have been used for that purpose for thousands of years.
is mentioned in the Jewish Talmud. Traces of its pollen or oil have
been found in various tombs of ancient Egyptians, including that of the
famous Rameses II. The nomadic Scythians, who were documented in 450
BCE to have used it in funeral rites by Greek historian Herodotus,
likely brought it to Europe.
But which variety of cannabis? C.
sativa and C. indica are the two best known. But they are often
confused even in modern literature. Some claim that C. sativa has the
most psychotropic ingredient delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in its
sticky resin. Other non-scientists claim that C. indica has the most
cannabidiol (CBD), claimed to be the primary medicinal ingredient and a
Both groups are mistaken. Both varieties are high in
THC and relatively low in CBD. Much research is taking place with CBD
because of its anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is known to be
the starting place for cancer.
Researchers have found that CBD
results in weight loss in their studies of overweight mice. No one has
risked experimenting on humans, despite that fact that the U.S. has the
highest rate of obesity in the world. Nobody knows how to tell if mice
get the munchies.
Then we have what may well be the most useful
subspecies of cannabis, Cannabis sativa L, more commonly known as hemp.
Hemp grows much faster than trees and can be used to make paper (thus
saving forests), clothing, building materials (someone made a whole car
from it) and it can be used to replace oil. Yes, this renewable energy
source could replace the non-renewable oil that is extracted from the
ground and it can even be grown in less than ideal agricultural
That is, if it were legal. Which it isn't in the
USA. Hemp is grown legally in Canada and many other countries. But not
in large quantities that could be exported to the U.S.
Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems and hundreds of articles which are available on the internet.
[Primary resource: Discover, April 2016]
It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's
Epidemic Social Problems