BBC Video: Cannabis and Human Evolution

While not necessarily ground-breaking science to longtime observers of cannabinoid research and cultural anthropology, the BBC video below (with about 45 seconds of pro-reform advocacy added), featuring US taxpayer-funded medical research conducted just up the road from NORML’s Washington, DC offices at the National Institute of Mental Health is very well done.

Question: When will a major American (or Canadian) media outlet cover the fascinating and ever-emerging science of cannabis as well as the BBC has?

43 thoughts

  1. This is shockingly good video but mentioned in the later part of the vid. it states ” to lobby politicians to legalize Marijuana “. It’s the trillion dollar Pharmaceutical political contributions that is preventing legalization . Now we know whose really running this Country , it’s money from Pharma .It’s called ; Bribery

    Senators Phamaceutical Contributions

    Max Baucus, MT D $261,020
    Richard Burr, NC R 301,898
    Orrin Hatch, UT R 262,950 No
    Joe Lieberman, CT I 199,540
    Mitch McConnell, KY R 225,900
    Arlen Specter, PA
    D 353,550 Yes

    Importation is illegal. Advocates of legalizing it say that American consumers would save $100 billion over 10 years, as competition would force prices down for prescription drugs. The pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration say drug safety would be jeopardized. When importation was proposed as an amendment to health care overhaul, the Senate rejected it — 51 for importation and 48 against, with 60 needed to approve.

    And if you look at the Maplight analysis, you’ll find—little surprise here—that senators voting nay have averaged 66 percent more in campaign contributions from Big Pharma than senators who voted yea. The difference: $85,812 vs. $51,803, spread over the period Jan. 1, 2003, to Aug. 12, 2009. Not a lot of dollars if you prorate it, but it is consistent.

    Maplight earlier ran the numbers on a couple other pharma-related votes—a Senate Finance Committee vote on Medicare drug prices three months ago and, in a less refined analysis, a 2007 Senate vote on an earlier prescription drug bill.

    Political scientists have devoted years to debating the potential links between votes and money. The predominant wisdom: money doesn’t move votes, it follows them. Donors tend to give to lawmakers who already are on their side.

    The Maplight data don’t settle that debate. What they do point out, however, is the enduring relationships between lawmakers and interest groups, and the monetary cement that helps them bond.

  2. This part of the documentary is very informative but for the most part the entire documentary is just disinformation and propaganda. Focusing on negative, ill effects of cannabis. Quite disappointing if you watch the whole thing.

  3. This is a really good presentation. The results are explained clearly, the implications and relativity of the results are clear as one could hope for, and the recap at the end was a perfect fit for the delivery of the content as a whole. This sort of scientifically explained and image result with commentary on what you are seeing will make larger strides in public awareness than a half presented rant by a cannabis fan. Thank you for posting this, I will be sending the link to friends and family.

  4. theres obviously some money involved in prohibition but more so i think the government is too high and mighty to admit their 60 year prohibition policy is a fucking failure. it has literally not accomplished anything good and the Government has nothing to say for that, so they keep trying to throw more money at marijuana prohibition and lo and behold it still does not work.

    I also have a suspicion that the DEA is somewhat to blame for keeping the pressure on the Government as this is their jobs stake. If weeds legalized they’re job will become a lot harder or they may have to find new ones.

    What the hell is the point of a drug enforcement agency though? This should be left to the police and the states from a legal point of view. Ether way this is going 60 years and it wont get better. The only answer is to legalize. Whether you like weed or not, legalizing it will be better for everyone except the jail owners,dea and government- as they will be embarrassed when their shitty prohibition finally comes to an end, more so to benefit society and not the other way around

  5. BBC special on Cannabinoid Receptors…below an article by Steve Kubby, Sierra Times …A new study published in Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells. It is hard to believe that the knowledge that cannabis can be used to fight cancer has been suppressed for almost thirty years , yet it seems likely that it will continue to be suppressed. Why? According to Cowan, the answer is because it is a threat to cannabis prohibition . “If this article and its predecessors from 2000 and 1974 were the only evidence of the suppression of medical cannabis, then one might perhaps be able to rationalize it in some herniated way. However, there really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” Cowan notes. Millions of people have died horrible deaths and in many cases, families exhausted their savings on dangerous, toxic and expensive drugs. Now we are just beginning to realize that while marijuana has never killed anyone, marijuana prohibition has killed millions.

    You really needed to read the article under the video at youtube to tie in the alleged fact that prohibition has killed millions.

  6. As I have posted before,I believe that within 10 years of cannabis legalization,our cancer rates in America will drop from the present rates of 1 in 3 chane for contracting cancer to a 1 in 7 chance,,,,or more.

  7. “The other side” does not seem to want an honest debate, let alone being interested in medicinal properties of cannabis. The age of the internet is making freedom of speech and many people are calling for the madness to stop.

    Until there is an honest debate, which there is no debate really, the government knows they will be proven wrong. End Prohibition!

  8. anon- If and when it becomes legal the DEA and other government agencies will most likely be smoking it too in their off time. That is when its controlled, regulated, and taxed.

  9. That was badass i was thinking about the idea of being more evened out when you smoke and the long term affects. But I didnt know how true it was.

  10. As always, mankind’s problems are self-inflictd violations of God’s will. Cannabis prohibition is a disasterously destructive case in point. If God did not want people to have the option of consuming cannabis, he would not have gifted people with free will in his image or created cannabis. Cannabis should be re-legalized immediately, prohibitionists brought to justice and drug “war” reparations paid in full to all wronged by the current un-Godly, Unconstitutional, failed policy.

  11. Wow! I had an unexplained seizure which got me kicked outta the army and the doctors didn’t know what caused them since I wasn’t diagnosed with epilepsy. They put me on pills that made my gums bleed of all things, and I still suffered from another seizure. Eventually I said fuck the drugs. Ill just smoke lotsa good weed, since I read here on NORML that it helps with seizures. It’s obviously worked for me since I have been 100% seizure-free for almost 3 years, I finished school and have a futuristic job 🙂 I thank God everyday for this miracle plant, the tree of life. And I know there’s hundreds of thousands of unfortunate people who are in the same dire situation, and they are the ones we all fight for. After watching this I know exactly how the herb has healed me and countless others. So let the Truth be known and lets all do our part to BREAK THE CHAINS. Much Love.

  12. Speaking of MONEY. $209,900,000,000.oo, yes that is billions of dollars, is spent in the U.S.A. every year on cancer TREATMENT. I wish they would spend 1/10 of that on research into the curative properties of cannabis. I KNOW there is a CURE for cancer in the cannabinoid compounds of the cannabis plant. How do I KNOW this you ask? I KNOW this because I have treated Basal Cell Carcinoma, (skin cancer), with cannabis oil, and low, and behold the lesions went away, and in the two years since they went away, they have not returned. I also have Stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer, and am consuming cannabis oil oraly, along with conventional treatment. I had consumed cannabis oil once a day for 30 days prior to my first conventional treatment. Blood work was done, and it showed a PSA,(Prostate Specific Antigen) Value of 708.3. This is astronomically high. I stopped taking the cannabis oil the day before this blood work was done. I recieved a Zometa Infusion, and a Leuprolide injection a week after the blood work. On my next visit, apprx 30days later, blood work was done again. The results of this blood work showed a PSA Value of 13.8. My doctor had never seen such a dramatic drop. She consulted a colleague, and he stated he had only seen this once in his career. Can cannabis enhance the efficiency of conventional cancer treatments? It would seem so, but who knows since the fed won’t allow serious research into the possibility. I guess they would rather see us die at a rate of over 500,000 people every year in the US.Population Control? Take action, write your government officials, ALL OF THEM “NOW”

  13. When we talk about the ONDCP, we should include David W. Murray, Chief Scientist, as the biggest fabricator of lies in the world. He may be a Chief, but he sure ain’t no scientist. Science is supposed to “The Truth.”

  14. Ironman,the pharmaceutical companies have been searching since 1974 for the chemical compounds in cannabis that treat cancer,of course to make a pill that they can sell you. As far as I know they are still having problems,because when they try to synthesize the compounds suspected of doing the curing,without the buffering and interaction of the other chemical compounds
    found in cannabis,they either don’t work or have dangerous side effects.
    I have never heard of any studies on the cancer blocking attributes of cannabis except statistical studies.
    When you think about it,the pharmaceutical companies don’t want to block cancers,it cuts into the %40,000
    per treatment for chemo. With America now having a 1 in 3 chance of contracting some form of cancer,cancer treatments are a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies.

  15. Corr: $40,000 per chemo or more

    PS. The last thing big pharm wants is a cancer blocking medicine you can grow in your yard.

  16. Do you understand now why , Rubio ,Marco , Feinstein , Boxer , Bush , McCain , Meg Whitman , most if not all Senators are so much against Marijuana ?…and do you think , Rubio & Marco are not going to speak out against Marijuana ?

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  17. “Weather” you believe in intelligent design or evolution? Spell-check can’t stop you from using the wrong word…..

  18. I really like the video, I think the Unated States should strongly reconsider changing the Marijuana laws, They will let the people drink alcohol and sometimes its good and cold. But they want allow an adult Man of Woman feel free to smoke pot in the privacy of there own home. That will always cause conflict among the people. Lets focus more on using renewable energy and taxing and selling pot,it would make more profit than oil.

  19. @J #23

    You know what they’re trying to say so whats your point? Focus more on the message and your impulse to question an individuals credibility based on his/her legibility. Dong this won’t hinder your own message from taking on meaning. I know. How dare someone write if they can’t use “proper” “grammar.” If you are capable of processing a few words that are spelled incorrectly then you should have no problem in the message and not the messenger. Me thinks you must have a problem with both.

  20. Great video!

    However, whoever “created” the music over the text at the end, should be ashamed of themselves. That ‘music’ was built with basic loops from GarageBand, the loops that come with the program.. its obvious. Really?!

    If you care about your message get more creative.

    Legalize already! Unbelievable..

  21. i agree with the millions out there, reduce drug dealers, getting rich. navy grows it for nylon rope by the millions of acres,and probably smoke have the buds before they make rope. my aunt has glacoma, smokes a joint with me, society calls me low life piece of shit , then i have to pee in a cup… wheres the justice.god grew the plant, man made meth, which one are you gonna trust. how do you think the indians made peace…i truly respect the doctors,science is great. and it will also help the aids patients. the government is just stingy.they make a drug bust, coviscate$15,000.00 in one bust the money goes to the city, but we are always in a deficient crisis. now whos pocketing the money. amen to the doctors and jesus christ.

  22. PS, you must haven’t watched the entire video(probably none of it, you just have your stance and want attention for it). It clearly states that it gives people a euphoric feeling and can get rid of anxiety. The only thing that could be against cannabis usage is that it says it may increase anxiety in people under the age of 21.

  23. Bill Hicks – Drugs and Evolution

    Marijuana smokers who don’t also use tobacco have no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers are slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference? does not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

    THC (Cannabinoid) achieves this wizardry by binding to protein receptors on a cancerous cell’s surface. Once attached THC induces the cell to make a fatty substance called ceramide, which prompts the cell to start devouring itself. “We see programmed cell death,” Velasco says. What’s more, noncancerous cells don’t make ceramide when they come into contact with THC. The healthy cells don’t die.
    Biochemists Guillermo Velasco & Manuel Guzmán
    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain,? Tel: 34-91394-4668

  24. I am proof of everything said about cancer studies and the use of certain plants to slow or stop the growth of certain cancer cells. I have waited decades to be in the time of finally seeing these rediculious laws be changed in the name of humanity.

  25. I really wish Marijuana Laws would change, My son died of cancer at the age of 18. If the politicians would see the people who are on chemo therapy. Maybe they would realize the agony they go through and by smoking marijuana some of that agony could be relieved. If they would get their heads out of their ass and read the research that is out there that says it is a medical plant that has been used for generations in other countries for all sorts of ailments. But no they would rather spend millions of tax dollars on prohibition. Well prohibition didn’t work for booze and it’s not working for marijuana either.

  26. The tides are changing as far as the public opinion about cannabis. More and more states are legalizing cannabis for medical use. I have personally seen someone who benefited greatly from using Cannabis during Chemo for Breast Cancer. I have also had a great deal of relief from my anxiety as a result of using cannabis. We’ll see what happens this November with Prop 19 on the ballot in California…

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  28. Ok, so, since cannabis is, in fact, such a remarkable plant, with so many medicinal applications, why should we “tax and regulate” it like tobacco and alcohol? Medicine shouldn’t be taxed, and it shouldn’t be regulated unless it is harmful.

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