The Cannabis Discussion

High Life

Over the past five years there has been a concerted effort to legalize the use of cannabis in many states and local communities. The arguments are varied and range from treating medical conditions to recreational use. While there is strong sentiment on both sides of the argument, there is one facet that does not get much attention. And that is the outside-in mindset of our nation. Whether a person uses a prescription medication, over-the-counter drug, alcohol, illicit drug, or food to placate an internal need by masking or treating it, they have ignored the miracle that lies inside him or her. The true “high” life comes from above down inside out.


So what about the use of “natural” cures for illnesses? There are thousands of natural sources for remedies and treatments. The primary reasons people seek these avenues are:

  1. They don’t want to use prescription drugs.
  2. There tends to be less harmful side effects.
  3. It is more aligned with their philosophy.

So what should you do? The answer to that question is unique and can only be answered by you. As a general rule, make sure you explore all of your options and don’t make a decision from a fear perspective. Make your decisions from confidence and make sure your are well-adjusted by your chiropractor.

A drug by any other name is still a drug

DC Cannabis

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The FDA defines a drug as: something intended in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in man or other animals. Furthermore, it can be defined as: a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. The AMA has an unlikely partner in the redefinition of marijuana as a drug. The Vote Hemp Coalition is working with the AMA to get the Federal Government to redefine marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug. Schedule1 drugs are defined as having no medicinal value.

The argument presented by both parties is that cannabis has many varied uses for the treatment of conditions or diseases. This may very well be true and research is pointing in that direction. But the philosophical and ethical discussion about the overuse and abuse of all medication must be raised. Why are people becoming so dependent on medications rather than change their lifestyle? Are we a sicker or healthier country today than we were 30 years ago? Are we depending on lifestyle drugs for our lifestyle? According to research published by the Rand Corporation in December, the answer the the questions is, “yes.” Looking into the future, will these decisions enhance our longevity and well being or have long-term detrimental impact?

The power that made the body, heals the body

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