Cannabis – Herb or Drug

Cannabis herb or drug? That is a question of much debate. Merriam – Webster defines herb as:
      “a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season – a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities.” This definition really answers the question. 

cannabis herbCannabis is a seed producing, flowering plant that dies off at the end of a growing season. There are many varieties but three species, Indica, Sativa, and Ruderalis. Hemp is a variety of the Sativa species which has different values not generally associated with medicine. 

Some may bring up the point that the DEA has marijuana listed as a Schedule 1 drug. That means, according to the DEA, cannabis has NO medicinal benefits.  The United States of America used cannabis in medicines to treat numerous medical conditions until the 1900’s. Illnesses including mental disorders, gout, cholera,  hydrophobia, and insomnia. The cannabis herb was also used to treat respiratory conditions like asthma by smoking it. Even more recently, studies suggest that inhaling either the smoke or vapor could help patients with COPD. The THC component has shown signs, in laboratory tests, to even kill cancerous tumors.

What are Drugs

Drugs, according to Wikipedia, are any substance other than foods that when inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, absorbed via a patch on the skin or dissolved under the tongue causes a physiological change in the body. A pharmaceutical drug is a chemical substance used to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose a disease or to promote well-being. These definitions may be boring but help us to understand the plant called cannabis.

Based upon these definitions and findings we can conclude that cannabis is an herb with drug-like qualities. The concern that marijuana has psychoactive effects should be no reason to keep it from those that choose to use it. Caffeine is found in countless beverages as well as chocolate also having the psychoactive properties in it. I see no value in banning caffeine, do you? Yet caffeine has no real medicinal value. Your comments and questions are always welcome. Please share your thoughts.

6 thoughts on “Cannabis – Herb or Drug

  1. Wow, love it! I grew up in Canada and spent most of my adult life in BC where medicinal marijuana is legal. I used a product called ‘Sativex” accidentally (for real, lol) at a dance temple event.

    For the first time in years, I felt literally no back pain while dancing. I honestly was never sure if the benefits of pot were real before I experienced the freedom from pain myself.

    I am a total advocate for people having access to natural medicine to support their health and well-being. I now live in Iowa so don’t have access to the pain benefits of medicinal marijuana and it had drastically reduced my quality of life.

    Thanks for putting this information together!


    • Thank you, Joy
      I am glad the information was appreciated. It is something of ridicule and misrepresentation. I hope to be a part of the constitutional reform of cannabis, especially for medicinal use.


  2. Interesting article. Nicotine and caffeine are much more addictive than cannabis. Cannabis is also much safer than either of those. Yet, acquiring nicotine or caffeine is legal and you can buy it at your local shop.

    • Thank you for visiting our site Elmien. You are absolutely correct about the safety of cannabis. Why are substances that pose more risk to human health ok for human use? This is what we need to constantly be asking our congress people. After all, they do work for us!


  3. I have used Cannabis oil and tea for my cancer treatments the last 3 years. It has surely helped me more with my stage 4 cancer than any chemo or radiation therapy has. The fact that US classifies Cannabis as a drug with no medicinal benefits is a joke!

    • Thank you so much for that comment. I have a page for Testimonials and I would love for you to give us your testimonial for posting.

      Again, thank you,

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