Cannabis sativa plant
Cannabis sativa plant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that every month is advocating awareness of some kind. That every month it is important to know the facts on why awareness is needed for whatever the new month is about. Now it just depends on what it is that needs awareness and how you look at it.

April does have a lot of awareness topics for the month, and it is now official that April will be National Cannabis Awareness Month.  So what is the potential of Cannabis? Well, what we know at this time that is that this cannabis plant has been associated with the human race for more than 10,000 years.

History is proving the facts about this plant through its use in medical ways. Cannabis is not only a deep botanical compound, it also has potential for so many uses that a revolution is being created as we speak for the future. By having a National Cannabis Awareness Month it helps shine light on what can be taught by the growth of this plant. That there is a such a vast untapped potential for this green genus of a cannabis plant. So what is good about the plant?

In today’s times, more and more people are starting to question what is truth and what is a lie about marijuana. The facts are beginning to outweigh the hype on this medicinal herb. The fact is, we need to prove that cannabis aka marijuana is not a gateway to next drug of choice. Now these days, cannabis is being given to help those who are fully addicted to alcohol to stop their addiction to drinking and other medical issues.

Also the Federal laws are changing in regards to cannabis. That even this week the plan is to re-evaluate what the restrictions are for medical marijuana. That the decision on the drug could come as early as June. The reason for this is because members of Congress and agencies would like to draw up plans on how to expand the amount of growers that are able to grow cannabis for medical and research purposes only.

Even President Obama has put it out there that medical marijuana should be determined by the States. He said in his Scientific Integrity memorandum that with regards to Medical Marijuana, “The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions.”

Now look at what scientists have proven on the value of medical Cannabis. Voices from all over America (and the world) are speaking loud and clear about the use of Cannabis. The Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, MD stated that “The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”

At this time there are 23 Legal, Medical Cannabis States, of which D.C. is included in these numbers. There are 9 states pending on whether to consider Medical Marijuana and there are 16 States that have laws that are specific about Legal Cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD is one of the ingredients that is found in Cannabis. Well, one out of 400 to be blunt (*wink wink*) and that is not psychoactive. States are allowing the use of CBD extract that is an oil form. That has low counts of THC. That is being used for treatment for epilepsy or seizures for very ill adults and or children. Not all use of cannabis is for “getting high.”

Besides epilepsy and seizures it is also being used in the treatment of AIDS. It has been stated that “Patients receiving cannabinoids (smoked marijuana and marijuana pills) had improved immune function compared with those receiving placebo. They also gained about 4 pounds more on average than those patients receiving placebo.” Per Donald Abrams, MD, et al. Also, that the testing was on a short term effects of cannabinoids with patients with HIV-1.

With these times in need of medical marijuana there is no reason to put cannabis on the criminal list of shame. The facts are that cannabis is a plant, not a man made pill. It takes a different route than what most medical practices are doing to treat and care patients.

The facts are proving that medical cannabis are working for those who are in need. That at these times at a newer age of dawn and science, we should deny those who are in need unless we as humans want be cruel in denying medical treatment for those are really in need. It is also hindering the state by not allowing the state to grow by the taxes. It denies the state to grow for better economic and does not allow the freedom of growth for medical marijuana growers to have a normal business.

As this month is about awareness for Medical Cannabis we should point out that by allowing research for this little green plant allows the path of knowledge for the potential for medical benefits. That, it seems to be common sense and could bring scientists and doctors closer to find discovered. At this point doing nothing is not helping matters at this time and the statement knowledge is power even should be used. This plant is and could help others in ways that most would not have never thought if nothing is done. So lets look to the future for growth for Medical Cannabis.