Saturday, 22 August 2015
Medical marijuana is NOT herbal medicine
It's just not.
Cannabis derived products look like herbal medicine to some, but that is simply because of the way herbalism itself has been twisted and corrupted. Cannabis derived products are drugs - but then so are most of the supplements sold these days - and so although I have nothing (much) against pot per se, I am increasingly outraged by the mainstream hoax surrounding it.
It's wrong on so many levels I hardly know where to begin, but I think it best to point out that the fingers reaching into the marijuana jar belong to Big Pharm/Big Herb and yes, Big Brother too. The Powers that Be see opportunity here - and it's not just in the cash value of the products, which is considerable in itself.
It's about control of everything that we put into our bodies, and by extension, our minds. They want to control the message of marijuana. Worse, this is the thin edge of the wedge. Once they control pot, they will have more ammunition to go after the other medicine plants.
It is already illegal in many places to sell comfrey for internal consumption, which is ridiculous and impossible to enforce - for now. But as the practice of licensing medical pot growing expands, it will "make sense" to government and to the sheeple that any and all medicinal plants should be left only to the experts. There will come a day, I guarantee it, when there will be licenses required to grow many more plants.
In fact, the rules in Great Britain have become positively draconian, summarily putting many excellent herbalists out of business. If they don't have the "correct" education certificate, they may no longer dispense the products they've been making for decades. It is a terrible loss.
My despair over this issue is not only about control, it is about the deception involved. I have yet to see an illness that medical marijuana is not cited to relieve. This is so much hooey, of course, cynical marketing of the magic bullet that the public craves, and it's working. It's simply wrong. There are some ways it might - might - be appropriate, but in most cases there will be another of the medicine plants that is more so. Not only in terms of effectiveness but in safety.
Ah, safety, the one thing no one talks about when it comes to pot. I'm not talking about the levels of THC here, I'm talking about the drenchings of antifungals and pesticides which are essential to green house grown plants of any kind, but especially this one. Take any cannabis product and you are ingesting these things as well. I could go on for many, many paragraphs on this one topic alone, but I will spare you and mostly myself, the grief. For now, you see, the laws in place would make it dangerous for me to tell you what I know - and how I know it.
I have made a point of not even researching the legalities of what I do now - chatting with y'all about my experience with dandelion is one thing. Making and selling dandelion root tincture may well be illegal, if not now, then likely soon. Ignorance of the law would be no excuse if I'm raided of course, but I ignore it all because it is meaningless and wrong.
Herbal medicine is people's medicine - actually, it's God's - and it's about integrity, not what is legally required. I have not, nor will I, ever cut corners, diluted or used poor quality materials, not because I'm afraid of what would happen if I did, but because it would be immoral. No law can touch the heart, and if you buy from a big distributor of anything, there is no heart there.
Learning to harvest and make our own remedies is heart-based healing. Medical marijuana as it is touted today is not. If you want to grow your own of any herb, I say have at 'er. We each have our own allies and if cannabis is one of yours there will be no judgement from me. I advocate for the plants themselves; I want to see them treated with respect and yes, love. I'm just as outraged by how Echinacea and St John'swort have been whored out by Big Herb as I am by what is happening to pot.
However, cannabis is one of our teaching plants. All plant medicines change our consciousness on subtle levels, marijuana is far more obvious about it. This change in consciousness is the point. Healing of the spirit requires it. The plants - all of them - speak to spirit.
The message of marijuana is a mirror. It gives us the opportunity to see ourselves more clearly by enhancing our personality traits. Smoking pot doesn't make you paranoid, it brings out your natural paranoia - if you have it - hence it only having that effect on some. It doesn't give everyone the munchies, either; in some people it will destroy the appetite. It is a mirror, and if you are someone who uses it, you might want to look into that mirror it is offering you. But the pot grown commercially is a fun house mirror. You will see a distorted version of you; the you who, like the plant, is twisted into a sickening conformity. Consistent exposure to the poisons marijuana now contains is dangerous to health AND it can and will destroy the spirit. The spirit of the plant we once knew as a teacher is now more of a demon than most of us would be willing to admit.
Medical marijuana is a whore, not a healer. It is a seductive tool of those who care nothing for hearts or spirits, but only control and cash.