Letter – Pot benefits can’t be ignored

They did it!

The federal government legalized cannabis. The stodgy old senate wasn’t that stodgy. In fact, two conservative senators had to excuse themselves because they stood to gain from the new law. The rest took their principles to the vote and decreed that the elected body was expressing the will of the people in this matter.

I watched a long CBC segment with a reporter who had been following the issue for a long time. She said that Canada was the second country to legalize it. Uruguay was the first but she stated we are two very different countries.

I heard somewhere that pot is legal in North Korea, too. That makes sense, if you are living in an oppressed country where the dear leader has rules for everything right down to acceptable haircuts. You need all the help you can get. Note to Donald Trump.

Apparently, we are quite radical is this respect. I blame Rick Simpson and the Internet. Simpson is the man who was growing cannabis. At one time he was busted with over 1,000 plants in his yard. Using these plants he would manufacture the oil that now bears his name, and give it away. It is world famous and supposed to be extremely effective.

Back to the law. First, they passed it instead of dragging it out. A note to all the anti-pot activists – this does not mean that you will now have to smoke dope just like having a liquor outlet in town does not mean you have to spend your days getting drunk. This is a choice that I applaud from the medicinal angle.

The second thing I applaud is they are not permitting edibles – yet. Cannabis apparently tastes as bad as it smells, so to make it more palatable people make gummy bears and candy – cookies – whatever with it. Leave it as it is and the kids will not be tempted to get into mommy’s medicine.

What I don’t like is the setup regarding medicinal cannabis, which I have a prescription for and would one day like to actually test drive. It is a CDB oil which is very high in some plants and does not get you high but it is proving effective for everything from childhood epilepsy to bone health to Chrohn’s.

The present system makes it ruinously expensive and it’s not covered under any drug plan. I am not sure covering it is a great idea. It just hides that cost under a different rock and hurts everybody on that drug plan.

There are people who advocate juicing the leaves. That is outlined in a book entitled ‘Juicing Cannabis For Healing’ by Katie Marsh, subtitle ‘How I Achieved Almost Complete Remission of Chronic Pain by Juicing Fresh Marijuana Leaf’. It is jam-packed with information. She has Rheumatoid Arthritis.

One cannabis doctor states it should be treated like a vegetable. Humans have their own endocannabinoids that regulate the body. He posts that people may develop a condition called Chronic Endocannabinoid Deficiency Syndrome. The phytocannabinoids in the plant can step in and pick up the slack.

There are over 80 substances found in cannabis that are found no where else. This may explain why cannabis is everywhere people are, the ancients healers took it along.

Whatever your opinion of the subject, Trudeau the Younger has done it.

Eva Sartorius,
High Prairie


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