Sativex is super strong, concentrated cannabis. Nothing more, nothing less. GW Pharmaceuticals would have you believe that it’s a “pharmaceutical” product because according to its research that’s what patients prefer. As the GW spokesman puts it, “It’s a pharmaceutical solution, formulated with the ability to deliver a precise dose and with stringent standards of quality, safety and efficacy”.
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Addiction is unlikely with cannabis used as a medicine. The recommended dose is usually lower than that for recreational use. High dosages of medicinal cannabis taken over a longer period may lead to addiction. Quitting may then cause withdrawal symptoms, such as mild forms of restlessness, irritability, insomnia and nausea.
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The dangerous consequences of ending Cannabis prohibition are far reaching and permanent. Loosing the war on drugs could have devastating effects on the fabric of society. This list presents some of the complex issues we face, if Cannabis prohibition is repealed.
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Endocannabinoids are a group of lipid compounds (fatlike) that are produced by some invertebrates and all vertebrates including humans. Their classification is based on their biological activity, which is often similar to that of the main psychoactive phytocannabinoid (plant cannabinoid) delta-9 tetrahydrocanabinol (THC) found in the marijuana plant.
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“What about the children?,” is one of the persistent refrains we hear from the cannabis prohibitionists, so let’s examine some factual information regarding cannabis and the children. In order to understand the potential impact of cannabis use on children, or anyone else, it’s necessary to first examine the endocannabinoid (marijuana from within) system and how it impacts all of us.
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Every vertebrate, from the time of conception till the time of death, literally has all body systems homeostatically regulated by endocannabinoids (marijuana-like compounds produced by the body). Illnesses are biochemical imbalances, failures of homeostasis. By being alive, all organisms suffer from the common biochemical imbalances that underlie aging and all age-related illness, including autoimmune, cognitive, cardiovascular diseases, as well as cancers.
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It must be remembered cannabis can be a powerful drug with a powerful effect on some people. The CIA used it as a truth drug in experiments. “The doors of perception” can be opened, but then you have to handle what you saw, or saw through!
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Considering that under prohibition cannabis users live with the fear of losing their job and maybe their family, and getting a lifetime criminal record or even a jail term, it’s a wonder there isn’t a higher incidence of psychosis in society. Added to this, there is no effective regulation and no quality control of the product, just a black market where anyone of any age and mental state can easily purchase cannabis, often more easily than they could purchase alcohol or tobacco.
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This is just the sort of opinion that got Nutt sacked. It is a little over a year since he was fired from his post as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, for publicly stating that alcohol and tobacco were more harmful than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis.
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In the areas of health and medicine the use of Hemp could lead to dramatic improvements in society. Cannabis or Hemp seed is one of the richest sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant based form of the essential fatty acid omega 3.
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