We have heard for a long time that “Marijuana isn’t medicine”, and we continue to hear it to this day. The FDA repeats this mantra regularly. Yet this seems to fly in the face of more and more mounting evidence. In addition, there is something I have also heard for a long time that seems to fit this situation. “You can’t simply sprinkle sugar on bullshit and call it a cupcake”. Yet this is what the FDA seems to be doing when it comes to this issue…
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
– Frank Herbert
From one side of the FDA’s mouth you hear “Marijuana isn’t medicine” yet at the same time they are proclaiming this, they are approving drugs like Syndros in July of 2016. Syndros is a liquid form of Marinol, a drug derived from cannabis and approved back in the 1980’s by the FDA. So, what gives? Why would the FDA say one thing and do another? Many people are shocked by the answer.
It’s not just three approved cannabinoid drugs that bring this issue to light, it is the fact that the FDA has also approved several other cannabinoid-based drugs for various stages of study. The plain and simple fact is cannabinoid-based drugs can have tremendous effects for people suffering from a range of disorders, including many forms of epilepsy. Yet at the same time, while knowing this, the FDA has conspicuously approved ZERO studies on the plant itself. Why? Patentability and the pockets of the big pharma companies. The FDA’s job is to watch out for the American public, not the drug companies. Yet on this issue, it is becoming more and more clear the FDA may be looking out for the drug companies more than the public.
To put it simply, you can’t patent cannabis and no one or company can own a plant they did not create. Trying to evaluate a plant that can not be patented by drug companies not only doesn’t make financial sense for them, it creates great potential for discovering medical benefits that surpass available patented medicines from a plant they can’t patent. Even though cannabis may have positive health benefits for up to half the population, the drug companies pay big money every year to keep it illegal on the one hand, while researching cannabis derivatives they can patent and profit from on the other. Unfortunately, most of middle America is caught in the landscape between this greed for profits and fear of cannabis becoming legal. Do you think that might be an overstatement? If so, there are some folks I would like you to meet:
This is the Ragsdale family from Fairway, Kansas. They can only be described as medical refugees, sacrificing almost everything to keep their child healthy.
The first time Gavin had a seizure, he had just turned 3. It was a grand mal seizure, the kind where people convulse uncontrollably due to irregular activity in the brain. Melissa Ragsdale, Gavin’s mother, had never seen a seizure before. Little did she know, she would witness her son have thousands of seizures over the next five years.
Gavin is 8 now. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his mother. Ragsdale says Gavin needs cannabis to treat his Doose syndrome epilepsy, a generalized form of epilepsy that causes a total of six different seizure types that occur in virtually all parts of his brain, because recommended pharmaceutical medications only made it worse. The Ragsdale family and others have hope that recently introduced legislation may help clear the way for their family to be reunited.
Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Don Young, R-Ark., filed a resolution on Friday known as the RE.F.E.R Act that would prohibit the federal government from taking punitive action against people in states that have laws permitting the use of cannabis for medical or recreational use. More specifically, it would prevent the federal government from funding efforts to “detain, prosecute, sentence, or initiate civil proceedings against an individual, business or property that is involved in the cultivation, distribution, possession, dispensation, or the use of cannabis in accordance with the law or regulation of the state or unit of local government in which the individual is located.”
When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Ragsdales are far from the only family affected by this policy of keeping beneficial medication away from parents. If you still think cannabis isn’t a medicine then please watch this video and become familiar with Jayden David and his father Jason. This six minutes could change your view of cannabis as a medicine forever, this is Jayden’s story…