Truth or Fiction

Truth About Medical Marijuana or Cannabis

What is the truth about medical marijuana or cannabis? You have questions, as did I, and we want to address them. We want to find the truth, not some hype regarding this very important issue.

Truth or Fiction, I have heard that cannabis is Highly addictivetruth about medical marijuana addiction

So is it truth or fiction, that cannabis is addictive? Some will say that a schedule 1 drug means that it is very addictive. We hear and see advertisements on the television and paper media for substance abuse clinics about marijuana addiction. 

The truth about medical marijuana is that there is NO clinical documented case of chemical addiction to cannabis. Cigarettes have the addiction problem and they do not offer health benefits, on the contrary. I have heard the comment that some users of cannabis are drawn back to it. That sounds like a craving to me. I ask you, is craving the same as addiction? If that is the case I am indeed in trouble because I would be addicted to my sister’s lasagna, the smell of coffee in the morning, and a warm sunny spring morning.

If cannabis can help cure so many diseases and illnesses, wouldn’t the gov’t promote it?

I am probably like most of you in hoping that would be true. However, our gov’t runs on big money and influenced by many large industries including pharmaceuticals. Big Pharma has many lobbyists running interference. 

The truth about medical marijuana is that big pharma would stand to lose a lot of money if people could heal themselves. Remember the March of Dimes? People stopped contributing when the Polio vaccine was discovered, so the March of Dimes changed their mission from polio to the health of mother and baby. The same is true with Muscular Dystrophy. Jerry Lewis presented a documented proven cure for M.D. to the Association. The M.D.A. reminded Jerry of his non-disclosure contract and was terminated.

You see that there is no money in the cure but loads of money in the treatment of any illness.

Does Marijuana Kill Brain Cells?

This question is found throughout the internet and among family and friends. Some have equated IQ with brain cells. There was a study done in New Zealand of 1,000 people from age 13 to 38. The study group gave the subjects IQ tests at both ages. The study showed that people who became chronic users before age 18 dropped 8 points on the IQ test at age 38. Of thetruth about medical marijuana brain cells 1,000 participants in the study, only 3.8% had a decline in IQ points. Further studies of the data suggested that the difference in socioeconomic status may account for part or all of the difference.

There is little evidence to even suggest that any active component in cannabis when taken in doses suitable for human consumption,  have any neurotoxic effects on the brain. In fact, receptors in the brain as well as throughout the body for these components. These receptors tell us why cannabis is so effective for so many afflictions.

Truth About Medical Marijuana on The Brain

The evidence at this point indicates that marijuana does more good than it does harm when it comes to its effects on the adult human brain.” Dr. Malik Burnett, MD

According to, there is a great deal of information available that proves cannabis can actually help rather than harm the human brain, from stimulating the production of new brain cells to aiding in blocking the cognitive effects of stress. Also in protecting consumers from various forms of dementia, cannabis may benefit the human brain more than previously thought.

The brain growth process is called neurogenesis, and this process continues throughout our whole lives. According to an Italian study published in a 2013 issue of Neurochemistry International, there is yet another component in cannabis known as CBC. CBC actually boosts the functionality and availability of developing brain cells.

So I will answer this question by saying, at this point, I think that we can conclude that the truth about medical marijuana is false to “Does Marijuana Kill Brain Cells?”

Definition Of Psychotropic Drug

The very word, Psychotropic, congers up thoughts and images: psycho, psychotic, or eventruth about medical marijuana psychodelic psychedelic. The DEA lists the THC in cannabis as a psychotropic drug. I certainly would not want to promote something that is that insidious. Let’s look at the definition and determine what is what, for ourselves.

According to Merriam-Webster; “psychotropic – having an effect on how the mind works.” According to; “psychotropic drug, any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior. Also known as a psychodynamic drug.” According to Wikipedia; “A psychotropic drug, psychoactive, or psychopharmaceutical, is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness.”

What Does It Mean 

So according to Merriam-webster, coffee would fall under their definition. Do you knowtruth about medical marijuana psychoactive someone that drinks coffee regularly? I have lived with, worked with, and been around people that are miserable, lethargic, or simply can not function until they had that first cup of joe.  Isn’t that psychotropic by definition? I think that most will agree that alcohol has a real effect on how the mind works. gives us another name to call it, psychodynamic. Their definition says the drug affects not only the mind but emotions and behavior as well. Let’s look at chocolate. Chocolate is on of my favorites. When I eat chocolate, I automatically slow down so that I can savor the flavor. I chill out, so to speak, and enjoy it. Again I ask, doesn’t that fall within the definition since it affects or alters both emotion and behavior?

Now Wikipedia gives another two words to add to the name list, psychoactive, and mytruth about medical marijuana psychodynamic favorite psychopharmaceutical. Their definition includes alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. I think that mood and emotion are pretty much the same, but what about perception. This meaning is so broad that is hard to discuss. I got some strawberries from the store. They were deep red and plump, making my mouth water just looking at them. I had a perception that they were sweet. When I bit into one, my perception changed. That berry was very tart. So by definition, that strawberry had a psychotropic effect on me. Is chamomile a psychopharmaceutical? Many people drink chamomile tea to relax and to go to sleep. That changes one’s consciousness.

So whatever the name

So whatever the name, be it psychotropic, psychoactive, psychodynamic, orpsychopharmaceutical psychopharmaceutical, I think that we can see that it doesn’t mean “psycho” as the name would imply. The THC found in cannabis does have a psychotropic effect in that it will reduce stress and stabilize the mood. It will help with the perception of stressful or conflict situations, allow you to chose a more rational reaction. I have known cannabis to reduce pain and stress enough to allow for a good sleep. I have never known cannabis to cause unconsciousness, other than sleep.

Also, remember that cannabis is a plant. If your doctor wants to prescribe to you a truth about medical marijuana yin/yangmedication derived from cannabis, it is a synthetic chemical substitute. The problem is that it is missing the other components found in the whole plant. My thought is that I would not drink some lab synthesized milk. If it is available in nature, I do not want an artificial substitute. You will need to decide for yourself.

Please leave me any questions that you would like answered or any comments that you might have.

15 thoughts on “Truth or Fiction

  1. Very interesting article. I am all for medical cannabis and feel that it has,and can help a multitude of ailments. I am from Canada and the government is setting legislation for full legalization by April 20, 2017. Should be interesting how that works out here and the affect on the U.S policies on Pot. Thanks again for your perspective. Cheers.

  2. Hey, great information about medicinal marijuana. I know that some of the women I know that have breast cancer have used it to help with their nausea from chemo. another friend has used it in chocolate form to help with anxiety. While I think it is very useful, I do wonder about the method of use – chocolate bars seem perfect but having to smoke something is not without risk. Are there more ways to ingest or inhale?

    • Thank you for the comment and a chance to answer your question. One of the best methods to ingest the medicine is in oil form. On the opening page toward the bottom, I share some information about Rick Simpson. His website shows how he makes the plant material into an oil. It can be used topically, orally or even as a suppository for ailments in the lower GI tract.

  3. I reallyed enjoyed reading your article!
    I have never believed cannabis to be an addictive substains. Everyone I’ve talked to has explained the sensation as a want vs a need. And the government has been making too much money off of sentences and arrests to want to legalize it. However, with the current places making as much money as they are, providing numerous tax income and less criminal activity it may continue to persuade others.

  4. Great post. I read it with great interest. I’ve been a long time supporter of medical cannabis and feel strongly that it should be legalized…but I’m not holding my breath. It doesn’t look like either Clinton (or god forbid Trump) are pro… So until then, I’ll stay in California or another state that issues recommendations.

    My next door neighbors are in start up phase for a cannabis education platform. You may want to check them out. Green Flower Media They are doing big things! (sorry, i’m unable to hyperlink here, so just Google)

    • Thank you Jackie for your comment. That too is my purpose, to educate and get awareness to the medical aspects of cannabis. Thank you for their name and I will look them up.


  5. I know this topic is for thc as medicine. However why are there not as many discussions on THC legalization as recreational as well? It is less addictive than alcohol, tobacco, and caffine. Has less side effects (when not smoked) than tobacco and alcohol. All of which are legal. I feel THC should be legalized along the same lines as alcohol with restrictions on work and driving. I know countless good americans come home and unwind with a cold beer. I would much rather have a few THC gummies.

    • Hi Will,
      Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your comments and even agree with you. My main concern is to get the government to recognise the medical benefits so that would change the schedule. I can only encourage you and all our visitors to contact your State and Federal legislators. I would not be surprised if my legislators know me by my first name. Be diligent and God bless you.

  6. Bruce, I don’t believe dope is addictive. I believe some users are addictive. If it wasn’t dope it would be something else.

    I am please to say Australia has taken a step forward with legalising medicinal marijuana.

    The law is fairly restrictive but is a start.

    There was an excellent program a few years ago called ‘Living with the Enemy’. This entailed a prominent Pro marijuana vs a completely anti marijuana person taking turns in living in each other’s space. Neither was ever going to change the other’s mind, but some information given by the pro guy demonstrated, using actual records, the impact cannabis had on a child’s epilepsy. It dramatically reduces the episodes from minutes apart to days and even weeks apart. So the anti person did accept that there was substance to the medicinal side and research should be done.

    And the real farce is that the original criminalisation of marijuana was instigated by the fabric manufacturers’ to stop the hemp cloth and rope etc competition!

    • Thank you, Helen,
      This is really great news! I am excited for you. Our state has passed the medical marijuana law and it too is very restrictive, but I feel as you that it is a start. Please stop back as I will be adding new articles as well as testimonials.


  7. Good article! I am of the same belief that cannabis is not addictive and it’s pro’s outweigh the cons by tons!! I have been up close and personal and have seen the benefits of medicinal cannabis. I personally use legal cbd’s now for pain. I gave up opiates 5 yrs ago. I am waiting for THC to become available as I have had several cannabis doctors tell me that it would benefit me for my troubles. I am also part of the system due to civil disobedience thru the years! 😉

    • Thank you Dennis for stopping in and your comments. CBD does have its benefits but the THC is what helps the healing. I hope the best for you and hope you can stop back, I add new material as I can verify it.

  8. You have made some very valid points in your article. Your comparison of coffee, chocolate, and chamomile to the definition of psychotropic drug has you right on the money and would not be a popular idea among big pharma. I honestly believe that medicinal marijuana should be decriminalised so that people who wish to use it may do so without fear of prosecution. It’s not fair that a parent can be charged with supplying their child with medicinal marijuana even when the product has clearly helped the child. Keep up the work on getting the word out there.

    • Thank you, Megan. I am interested in trying to get people who are taking harmful pharmaceuticals to understand that there is a natural cure for their ailments. Thank you for your comments. Please share our website with others, that will help spread the word.


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