Fox News: Are You Cannabis Deficient?

For several years I have postulated that marijuana is not, in the strict sense of the word, an intoxicant.
As I wrote in the book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009), the word ‘intoxicant’ is derived from the Latin noun toxicum (poison). It’s an appropriate term for alcohol, as ethanol (the psychoactive ingredient in booze) in moderate to high doses is toxic (read: poisonous) to healthy cells and organs.
Of course, booze is hardly the only commonly ingested intoxicant. Take the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen (Tylenol). According to the Merck online medical library, acetaminophen poisoning and overdose is “common,” and can result in gastroenteritis (inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract) “within hours” and hepatotoxicity (liver damage) “within one to three days after ingestion.” In fact, less than one year ago the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for tougher standards and warnings governing the drug’s use because “recent studies indicate that unintentional and intentional overdoses leading to severe hepatotoxicity continue to occur.”
By contrast, the therapeutically active components in marijuana — the cannabinoids — appear to be remarkably non-toxic to healthy cells and organs. Further, they mimic compounds our bodies naturally produce — so-called endocannabinoids — that are pivotal for maintaining proper health and homeostasis.
In fact, in recent years scientists have discovered that the production of endocannabinoids (and their interaction with the cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body) play a key role in the regulation of proper appetite, anxiety control, blood pressure, bone mass, reproduction, and motor coordination, among other biological functions.
Just how important is this system in maintaining our health? Here’s a clue: In studies of mice genetically bred to lack a proper endocannabinoid system the most common result is premature death.
Armed with these findings, a handful of scientists have speculated that the root cause of certain disease conditions — including migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and other functional conditions alleviated by clinical cannabis — may be an underlying endocannabinoid deficiency.
Now, much to my pleasant surprise, Fox News Health columnist Chris Kilham has weighed in on this important theory.

Are You Cannabis Deficient?
via Fox News
If the idea of having a marijuana deficiency sounds laughable to you, a growing body of science points at exactly such a possibility.
… [Endocannabinoids] also play a role in proper appetite, feelings of pleasure and well-being, and memory. Interestingly, cannabis also affects these same functions. Cannabis has been used successfully to treat migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and glaucoma. So here is the seventy-four thousand dollar question. Does cannabis simply relieve these diseases to varying degrees, or is cannabis actually a medical replacement in cases of deficient [endocannabinoids]?
The idea of clinical cannabinoid deficiency opens the door to cannabis consumption as an effective medical approach to relief of various types of pain, restoration of appetite in cases in which appetite is compromised, improved visual health in cases of glaucoma, and improved sense of well being among patients suffering from a broad variety of mood disorders. As state and local laws mutate and change in favor of greater tolerance, perhaps cannabis will find it’s proper place in the home medicine chest.

Perhaps. Or maybe at the very least society will stop misclassifying cannabis as a ‘toxic’ substance when its more appropriate role would appear to be that of a supplement.

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  1. I have a serious question: Why are people coming to this web site and posting negative comments? Are we going to your houses and imposing our will on you? NOOOOOOOOOO, so if you don’t agree that’s fine but don’t come in here and shove your BS down our throats. I am a free Amercian, that does not give my the right to be an anal jerk. So, please stay off the site with your BS.

  2. Truth: Ansligner started it, Nixon bolstered it, Ronnie and Nancy gateway demonized it and Bush Sr. classified as a DANGER. For them that’s fine, but for me no one has the right to tell me what I can and can not use as medicine. Tramadol a pharmie pill nearly killed me. There isn’t a single pharmie painkiller I can take. Side effects are horrible. Cannabis has never almost killed me. Side effects??? NONE!!!! Prohabition kills everything in it’s path. To all you parents out there: “Oh, if it’s legal, our kids ,our kids will be in danger.” The only danger to children are lazy parents. Be a parent. Send Lil Johnny to the store for beer and smokes he will come home empty handed. Send him out for Marijuana he will need a dumptruck to bring home what he scores, drug dealers don’t ID you!!!!!! Legalize and tax!!! The answer for people whom choose to grow their own charge them a $50.00 yearly fee license like cars tabs problem solved!!!!

  3. It’s very obvious that some people are “Sheeple” and have fallen hook-line-and-sinker for the “Reefer Madness” Propaganda perpetrated on USA residents for more than 60 years! PROPAGANDA is the correct term for the years of ANTI-marijuana campaigns in this country, similar to the McCarthy Era of Communist smearing.
    Indeed, it is hard for a department, company, etc. to have to give up $million$ for drugs not sold, prison cells not occupied, and special law-enforcement units that would face serious reductions in funding, or complete elimination WHEN Cannabis is finally legalized, again, in the very near future. These above things WILL happen as more people use Medical Cannabis instead of dangerous drugs, people are not arrested and incarcerated for mere possession (MORE than a rapist or murder gets!). Has anyone searched the internet for the COUNTRIES that have now legalized marijuana??? It is becoming very obvious that the US is politicizing this issue, and it is becoming very embarrassing for the “greatest nation” to be so stupid. But then again, when you have congressmen getting kickbacks from BPDC to keep them in power, and family members that are alcohol magnates, of course you would not want marijuana getting legal foothold. But then, Sheeple cannot not see what they are not told from “authority figures”.
    But what really fries me, is that since 1998, our own NIH (National Institutes of Health) has filed for and received TWO PATENTS ON THE MEDICINAL USES OF CANNABIS. So, WHO speaks with FORKED TONGUE? The FDA, of course: How can the FDA say that cannabis has “no” medicinal value, when their own branch of Federal Government (NIH) now OWNS two patents on its MEDICINAL USE? I WANT TO SEE AN ATTORNEY TAKE THIS TO COURT TO RELEASE PRISONERS WHO ARE INCARCERATED FOR POSSESSION AND USE WHEN THEY HAVE MEDICINAL NEED FOR IT.
    BTW–I helped to bring in marijuana back in college, gradually let it go as I became “more responsible” –family, kids, jobs, etc., then 3 years ago, in HORRIBLE pain from many years of medical mis-diagnoses resulting in my entire bone and cartilage structure falling apart; I am totally intolerant of BPDC drugs which give me instant diarrhea (thank God!)–I went to see some friends illegally smoking pot, and I tried it for the first time in YEARS, and within minutes, I was PAIN-FREE! I got my cannabis medical license and get the BEST results by using cannabis-infused TINCTURES: 4 drops under my tongue every 4 hours–my blood pressure drops to that of a teenager, I have ZERO BONE PAIN, it stimulates my appetite so I can eat enough to thrive, it makes my body “hum” (NOT to be confused with “high”) and feel good, it relaxes my tense muscle spasms, and it also makes me sleep soundly and deeply.
    Add up all the drugs that I am NOT buying from Big Pharma Drug Companies (BPDC) and you see the fear. But WAIT! HOW many PATENTS are held for Cannabis??? Ahhhhh, yes! I see the BPDC have beat everyone to the punch and are grabbing medical cannabis patents by the truckload! Go ahead! Do a GOOGLE PATENT SEARCH for “cannabis” and see what you get! Should silence ANY gripes that marijuana has “no medical benefits”. When Big Pharma companies patent something, that mean it has medicinal use. Period! They are simply waiting for it to be legalized en masse. Do they know something WE don’t?
    FYI–I do not “smoke” cannabis, and I do not get “high” — it is IMPOSSIBLE TO GET HIGH USING A CANNABIS TINCTURE! You may get anxiety, but NOT HIGH! PERIOD! Just more proof that anti-cannabis people have ZERO CLUE as to what marijuana is all about–just their FEARS from their brain washing resurfacing. BTW–recent peer-reviewed studies have concluded that cannabis DOES help PTSD, which I believe nay-sayers have because of their Reefer Madness brain-washing. I’m a mid-60’s female, so I have been around the block a few times.
    I bought Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? last year at a Cannabis Health Fair in Boulder–OUTSTANDING BOOK! EVERYONE IN AMERICA SHOULD READ IT–IT IS 100% ACCURATE. I am currently watching a dear friend of mine drink himself to death to try to control his pain (perpetrated by medical surgeries gone bad), and his severe PTSD (from military horrors); he used to smoke cannabis in his teens, but because he is 100% disabled vet, he is in total fear that they will “zap” him with their once-yearly blood testing, so he refrains from using cannabis. THIS IS THE TRUE INJUSTICE BEING DONE WITH THESE ARCHAIC LAWS PROHIBITING CANNABIS FROM BEING USED FOR MEDICINAL USE! People killing themselves with alcohol (and legal drugs) when they could be revitalizing their bodies with cannabis use.
    Read the book and shut up.

  4. @Holy Cow I concur totally! The problem in legalization is in essence due to the millions that pharmaceutical and other companies make. I have been suffering from excessive stress over the years and I ended up 3 times in the hospital directly with cardiac pains as a direct result. I then made the necessary changes to my lifestyle and the doctors prescribed drugs… which just created more problems… After months of trying with different drugs I decided to try cannabis while I was on business in Amsterdam… and guess what… My stress dissapeared and I had none of the side effects I get from drugs the next day… I am now thinking of ordering some seeds from online websites such However they informed me I could not germinate or grow the seeds! as they only sell them as souvenirs. In the end I have two options either grow cannabis myself or buy it in the criminal circuit.Both are not really an option! So the government is forcing me either to engage in criminal activities or to get expensive drugs that have side effects. The law is indeed very archaic!

  5. B.C. Mounties have busted what amounts to a marijuana grow op on steroids — 23,000 plants, some measuring as tall as a teenager.
    The RCMP say officers had been monitoring Carpenter Lake near Lillooet, northeast of Vancouver, since last year after seeing some suspicious activities on the lake.
    When they checked again last weekend they spotted marijuana plants growing along the shore and eventually found a total of 23,000 plants ranging up to 1.5 metres in height.
    The massive outdoor grow operation was on Crown land and included a sophisticated watering system with pumps, gravity fed water lines and kilometres of hoses.
    Police say the plants were mature and would likely have been harvested within the next few weeks.
    No one was on the property at the time and no arrests have been made but the RCMP say they are still investigating.

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