Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been an essential part of humanity's medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. Despite its ancient history, this non-toxic plant still remains illegal in many states and countries. Enforcing these laws in the U.S. also costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 693,000 individuals per year -- far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
In the short video posted below, Joe Rogan explains the true reasons behind the outlaw of cannabis and highlights its many uses before propaganda and greed began to take hold.
Cannabis plants contain unique compounds called cannabinoids. Current research has revealed over 60 different cannabinoids so far, but THC is the most well known and is credited with causing the marijuana high. Modern studies suggests that cannabis is also a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications.
These include pain relief -- particularly of neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) -- nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia. Emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective.
While marijuana plants contain high levels of THC, hemp contains very little of the psychoactive chemical. This single difference is what most rely on to distinguish hemp from marijuana. Hemp produces a much higher yield per acre than do common substitutes such as cotton and requires few pesticides. It has average growing cycle of only 100 days and also leaves the soil virtually weed-free for the next planting. Hemp fibre is even being used to develop new forms of renewable plastic, which has made it a common material in the car parts industry. As legalization spreads across the globe, the opportunities to explore the potential of cannabis will continue to rise.