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Will Marijuana Save the World?

July 14, 2018

(Marijuana. a Lost History. Documentary by Chris Rice) 


A good cannabis high is like opening the shades and letting light stream into a darkened room.

 Our relationship with cannabis goes back to the very dawn of the human species. Pot has been an elixir.  Below Dr, Mercola summarizes Chris Rice's documentary, Cannabis: A Lost History which reveals that marijuana was the source of religious inspiration. I know this is abhorrent to some readers, but if a herb actually helped us be more like Jesus intended, what is the harm?



Medical cannabis is now legal in 30 U.S. states,6,7 the majority of which allow limited use of medical marijuana under certain medical circumstances, although some limit medical cannabis to oils or pills only. Eight states have legalized it for recreational use.


Cannabis: A Lost History  (Footnotes here)

by Dr. Mercola

(henrymakow.com)


Cannabis, better known as marijuana, has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It's been heralded as a "cure-all," revered for its healing properties, particularly for pain but also as a potential anticancer treatment. Marijuana was a popular botanical medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, common in U.S. pharmacies of the time.

It wasn't until 1970 that the herb was declared a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the U.S., a classification reserved for drugs with "high potential for abuse" and "no accepted medical use." Three years later, the Drug Enforcement Agency was formed to enforce the newly created drug schedules, and the fight against marijuana use began. In light of its history as a global panacea for all sorts of ills, its classification as a controlled substance is particularly unjustified.

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As noted in the documentary "Cannabis: A Lost History," written, directed and narrated by Chris Rice, marijuana has been "an integral part of human civilization," featuring in ancient Japanese cave paintings, as well as Chinese and Siberian burial rites dating back to 3000 B.C. Based on the evidence -- especially the discovery that the human body is equipped with a cannabinoid system -- it appears our relationship with cannabis goes back to the very dawn of the human species.

Historical remnants from all around the world also reveal the importance of cannabis in medicine and spirituality. For example, Taoist monks in ancient China burned cannabis as incense, and consumed it with ginseng -- a combination thought to open your psychic centers, allowing you to see the future. Cannabis was also revered as sacred in Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Buddhism.


CANNABINOIDS AND THE CANNABINOID RECEPTOR SYSTEM 


The marijuana plant contains more than 60 different cannabinoids; chemical compounds the human body is uniquely equipped to respond to. The two primary ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the latter of which is the psychoactive component. Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body.

There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system and more; the therapeutic (and psychoactive) properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor. Your body also has naturally occurring endocannabinoids similar to THC that stimulate your cannabinoid receptors and produce a variety of important physiologic processes.

So, your body is actually hard-wired to respond to cannabinoids through this unique cannabinoid receptor system. We still don't know exactly how far its impact on your health reaches, but to date, it's known that cannabinoid receptors play an important role in many body processes, including metabolic regulation, pain, anxiety, bone growth and immune function.1


THE EARLIEST HISTORY OF CANNABIS 


According to the featured video, the earliest written references to cannabis are found in the Chinese Materia Medica, said to be written by Shen Nung around 2800 B.C. The oldest known copy of this book dates back to 50 B.C. Nung is one of three "celestial emperors" revered in the Chinese culture. "Half emperor, half deity, he is said to have ruled over China long before written history," Rice says.

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Nung is credited with inventing agriculture -- including the hoe, the plow, and irrigation -- as well as acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Often depicted draped in leaves and chewing on various plants, Nung was the first pharmacologist, experimenting with and recording the health effects of plants. Nung documented around 100 different conditions that responded well to cannabis, including gout, rheumatism, malaria, and absentmindedness.

Before Nung declared its medicinal attributes, the cannabis plant, called "ma" in Chinese, had been used for centuries in the production of textiles, paper, rope, and pottery. Around 200 A.D., a Chinese physician named Hua Tuo performed the first surgery using an anesthetic -- a formula called Ma Fei San, which translates to "cannabis boiling powder."

For thousands of years, cannabis remained one of the 50 essential plants used in TCM. It was only removed from widespread use in recent times due to its controversial legal status. The film also reviews the history of cannabis in Indian culture. In the Vedas, the sacred text of India, cannabis (bhang) is listed as one of five sacred plants, and the Hindu god Shiva is referred to as "Lord of the bhang," meaning the Lord of cannabis.

According to the Mahanirvana, "bhang is consumed in order to liberate oneself," and liberation is the path to immortality. The ancient Egyptians, Persians and Greeks also used cannabis in a variety of ways, including medicinally and for spiritual upliftment. References to cannabis are even found in Islamic, Judaic and Christian texts, although an error in translation appears to have crept into the Bible along the way. The original Hebrew term "kaneh bosm," or cannabis, is found several times in the Old Testament.

In Exodus, chapter 30, God instructs Moses on how to make a holy anointing oil: "Take for yourself choice spices: 500 shekels of pure myrrh, half as much fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of kaneh bosm and 500 shekels of cassia and mix these with olive oil." In more modern Bibles, kaneh bosm has been translated as sweet calamus. The problem is this plant does not have the properties that the Bible ascribes to kaneh bosm.

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According to the film, a 12th-century painting found in a Sicilian basilica also "appears to show Jesus near a pot leaf." The painting is titled "Jesus healing the blind." Interestingly enough, "modern scientific studies have since proven that cannabis delays retinal degeneration," Rice says.

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CONTINUED- Details of Medicinal Benefits  Cannabis is a panacea. 

Related-  Makow - Does George Soros want us to use Weed to Know God? -------------   Did Christ Use Marijuana?  and here 

First Comment by David C

Thanks for posting the article about the lost history of cannabis!  While the first recorded medicinal use of medicinal cannabis was by Shen-Nung in 2700 B.C., its use likely goes back to the beginning of human civilization, and the human body has evolved equipped with a cannabinoid system. 
 Hemp cord used in pottery was found at an ancient village site from over 10,000 years ago, making it one of the first agricultural crops. Carl Sagan, an avid cannabis user, proposed the possibility that cannabis may have been the world's first agricultural crop, leading to the development of human civilization.  
Cannabis has been used widely all over the world throughout human history, although that fact has been suppressed.  Cannabis is the most valuable plant on Earth, providing food, fuel, medicine, fiber, and thousands of uses - literally everything we need to live healthy,  happy lives.  I'm grateful cannabis has finally been legalized or decriminalized in many places, but consider the regulated system to be criminal, extorting huge amounts of money from farmers, dispensaries, and consumers. It should be unregulated, like other medicinal herbs - the government does not have a right to extort money from growers and users, and already wastes most of the money it takes from us.  Most Cannabis from dispensaries I've tried have usually been inferior to what I grow, and as with food - we can grow better quality than what is available commercially.  
They allow over 100 pesticides to be used on cannabis in this state, which is not tested for, putting people with compromised immune systems at risk.  We should abolish money, and use cannabis as currency to barter because it's something that has real value - hemp was used as money in colonial America, and farmers had to grow cannabis by law at that time, because it was such a valuable crop.  In states where cannabis is available legally now, opioid addiction, alcoholism, the use of allopathic drugs (including psychiatric) has decreased, plus the use of cannabis by teenagers has decreased too.  
Alcohol is the primary "gateway" drug - it makes people lazy and negative, while cannabis makes people positive and industrious.  I've been a legal medical grower since 2000, the year after the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act program began, and plan to grow it for the rest of my life.  

People can grow four plants legally in this state, although only 8 ounces is allowed, which is illogical, so I'm keeping my medical permit.  i'm planning on moving out of the city, because Portland has become "Marxlandia" - a cesspit of groupthink.  I incorporate cannabis into my diet, and my pets food too.  I cured my late dog's mammary gland lymphoma with a homemade coconut-cannabis extract, which allowed us to enjoy many additional years together.  

You can treat almost every ailment with medicinal cannabis, including skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatological disorders.  I'm not surprised you are a cannabis user Henry, because of your wisdom and spiritual nature. Many wise people in the past were cannabis users, and some also users of stronger entheogenic substances, such as; cactus containing mescaline, mushrooms containing psilocybin, DMT, Ibogain, etc.  Ibogaine comes from the root bark of the West African Iboga plant, and is used to cure addiction in other countries, but its use is illegal here. 
 It's telling that the USA is the only country to allow hydrocodone use (99% used only in the USA), where it gets prescribed for every minor pain, turning many people into addicts, but ibogaine, which treats and cures addiction, is illegal, banned and suppressed.  We have a huge problem with alcoholism, opioid addiction, and prescription drug dependence, but hopefully, medicinal cannabis will reverse that trend.  Our society is self-destructing from within because of cultural Marxism, but hopefully, cannabis will help save us, making people wiser and healthier. 

 It isn't surprising that the international banksters have tried to ban cannabis for hundreds of years, because it can provide freedom and healing to an enslaved humanity.  Cannabis can save the world if we let it.   Your website is one of the few I read every day, and while I don't agree with everything, I usually find the articles enlightening.  Thanks for posting this!




Comments for "Will Marijuana Save the World? "

MK said (July 17, 2018):

yes yes it will. I personally have healed 10 people of different cancers + Krohns disease as well.
mk


Michael C said (July 15, 2018):


I have great respect for Dr. Mercola, but reservation about Marijuana in general use. I know persons who use with little apparent negatives but know of some who have described it as a negative in their life. All they wanted to do was sit around and get high. Jesus had no use for such crutches. Great men of God such as Englishman Smith Wigglesworth never touched alcohol. The New Testament admonishes believers, " don't be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit." There is a "high" of a spiritual nature that trumps anything earthly that can be experienced. I have tasted both and the former is really what people crave. To imagine Jesus needing or wanting benefits of pot is unthinkable. He simply did not need them.


Danny D said (July 14, 2018):

I was a long-time consumer of cannabis and have had great moments with the plant, but I recently changed my opinion about it. After having met an artist named Michael Lavery, author of Whole Brain Power: The Fountain of Youth for the Mind and Body, he really challenged my beliefs about the entheogen. Now, I acknowledge the good of the plant, of which there are many, but in our increasingly messed up culture, cannabis cannot be used responsibly.

For many of us, it will end up preventing you from doing what you were meant to do in this lifetime. Its use is insidious; if you try to limit it to once a month, it will slowly turn into twice a month, then once a week, twice a week, and eventually daily each night or even all day long.

Now, if you are an avid consumer of entertainment with a regular day job, perhaps it is okay to relax each night with a bit of pot smoke, but if you are an artist or creative person, the calm it brings can really mess with your craft, workflow, and quality of output.

It is like Stanley Kubrick said, "...drugs are basically of more use to the audience than to the artist...the pervasive aura of peace and contentment is not the ideal state for an artist. It tranquilizes the creative personality, which thrives on conflict and on the clash and ferment of ideas. The artist's transcendence must be within his own work; he should not impose any artificial barriers between himself and the mainspring of his subconscious." Sure, Kubrick is not the image of good health, but his work speaks for itself.

Additionally, for those of us who cannot grow it, the dispensaries sell us increasingly genetically modified strains that act like hard drugs laced with harmful chemicals such as lighter fluid in some of the extracts. Over time, the trips become increasingly bad, yet we (or at least me in particular) still cling to them simply for the altered state it brings, to escape from past traumas or the current moment. For men, the plant decreases testosterone (which may not necessarily be a bad thing, especially if you are a musician or periodically celibate), but my point is: the plant affects everyone differently, and for me specifically, repeated use led to bad short-term memory, decreased productivity with my creative endeavors, shame when interacting with normal people while high, and an affinity/reliance on the substance for activities unrelated to its effects. Plus, all the money I spent on it could have been going to homeless people who need it way more than me.

Once again, I wholeheartedly acknowledge the good of the plant; for people who have never tried it, I would perhaps recommend it to break previous habituations, open your third eye, and connect with more subtle states of mind, but at a certain point, once the plant has taught you what it wished to teach you in the first place, it seems to get sick of you and begins to tell you that you need to let go of it.

The hints come in the form of repetitive bad trips and it doing more harm than good. Admittedly, this may simply be due to the GMO strains available today, but the amnesiac effects exist whether farmed or homegrown. That being said, I still respect people who use cannabis such as yourself, and many lifelong users are often nicer and more wholesome than some "straight edge" folk.

Electronic musicians like Luke Vibert and Aphex Twin are cannabis connoisseurs whose work is fantastic in spite of their lifelong consumption, so I may be wrong, but for some extremely sensitive, slightly asocial people like myself, we are negatively affected by it, especially in this unbalanced and unhinged world we live in. When I see teenage girls smoking it at the beach, I sometimes wonder why they need it to enjoy an already beautiful place and remember that I was once just like that. Perhaps if it wasn't the dark age, we could consume cannabis together and live like those in heaven, but the reality is, it's a jungle out there, and there's a war going on, and we need to fight tooth and nail even if it is not enjoyable to do so. Maybe when I turn 80 or get diagnosed with cancer, I'll start up again, but until then, I need to stay away from it to do what I am supposed to do on this earth. Who knows, I may change my mind in the future, but I have a feeling I'd just end up learning the same lesson I've already learned twice before.


Andrew said (July 14, 2018):


Criminalization of cannabis NEVER made sense. The CIA propagated and popularize The Drug & Sexual Revolution (which included LSD and cannabis which enhance promiscuous SEX) in the 1960s which set the stage for the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 which criminalized cannabis ruining millions of lives in America. Remember the “quiet elite” always control both sides of every conflict. Recently billionaire George Soros put up millions domestically and internationally to legalize cannabis. I believe we should oppose anything Soros promotes. The same goes for Monsanto. In 2016, Monsanto who corrupted US foods with GMO patented the first genetically modified strain of cannabis.

"In addition, Scott’s Miracle-Gro (maker of pesticides and herbicides), whose CEO wishes to acquire the entire industry, is affiliated with Monsanto, while Bayer is connected to UK-based company GW Pharmaceuticals who sells Sativex, a cannabis spray that treats symptoms of MS.

A possible takeover of the marijuana industry by this monopoly means that genetically modified (or synthetic) marijuana could become the norm if corporations have their way.

Monsanto’s recent move to “educate” European farmers on modernized agriculture (GMOs) is seen as an attempt to re-brand GMOs as a safe and inevitable path forward.
Considering this, and the fact that Monsanto and Bayer are currently sharing trade secrets regarding the production of genetically modified marijuana, they seem to be setting the stage for a full-scale corporate colonization of cannabis.

Billionaire George Soros who owns 630,000 shares of Monsanto has put up millions domestically and internationally in an effort to legalize cannabis. But the potential motives of such investments could mean that trouble is on the horizon for the industry.”
See https://herb.co/marijuana/news/gmo/
International study confirms the more cannabis you smoke, the more likely you are to be a loser. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3520257/The-cannabis-smoke-likely-loser-finds-international-study.html


Ruth said (July 14, 2018):

There sure is a lot of fuss made over one little plant. I believe that much of the resistance to its availability comes from the alcoholic beverage industry.


Z said (July 14, 2018):

Henry, it might sound old-fashioned, but there are serious problems with marijuana in any form.

1) Marijuana is very toxic (high in cadmium – the most toxic of the metals). It is also being bred today to be stronger and more toxic.

2) It lowers awareness, reduces memory, and lowers your IQ.

3) It is addictive, no matter what anyone says. It also increases the likelihood of alcohol addiction. Here is a recent study on this:

https://www.rt.com/usa/332874-marijuana-alcohol-addiction-study/

4) Using it opens the body to Entities or discarnate souls.

5) It is often a gateway drug to even worse drug problems, no matter what the proponents claim

6) It is a toxic remedy unless it is a prescription remedy, and then only for a minimum amount of time.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at