Legendary singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge is not only a cancer survivor, but a true believer in medicinal marijuana as a recovery solution. Cannabis has been extremely helpful when dealing with nausea, and a lack of appetite due to chemotherapy. She knows the ravages of serious illnesses, and what the people suffering from these illnesses experience. Since the release of her new album, she has taken the opportunity to speak out about the importance of medicinal marijuana, and why it should be legalized in every state.
She has made it clear that medicinal marijuana did not make her high, it made her feel normal. As a result of suffering from long term damage to her gastrointestinal system, she has no tolerance to any form of acid. Marijuana settles her stomach almost immediately, and she can't imagine not having cannabis around for relieving her pain.
Approximately 6,000 Americans will try marijuana every single day of the year, and almost 15 million will use marijuana at least once a month. Although Ms. Etheridge suffered from cancer, she stated she was grateful, because it made her wake up. She realized how lucky she has been to be a survivor, and also knows that others need someone to stand up and fight for them.
By speaking about her experience with cancer and chemotherapy, she wants others to understand the intensity of the pain, because your body and cells are dying. Your hair falls out, you are nauseous all the time, and have absolutely no appetite. She says that everything hurt – light hurt, sound hurt, all she could do was lay there. It is a horrible place to be, and any form of solid relief should be recognized, marijuana should be recognized!
Due to chemotherapy, other areas of your body will not operate properly, including constant diarrhea. Not wanting to use heavy drugs such as Vicodin, she reached out and tried medicinal marijuana, and believes this was the absolute right choice. She said the nausea was gone instantly, and marijuana relieved her pain more than prescription drugs.
When asked if she was afraid she would become addicted, she replied – no. You do not get high, you get normal. She found she could actually get out of bed and see her kids. Getting high has absolutely nothing to do with it, getting relief has everything to do with it.
Her marijuana mixed with other ingredients, processed into butter, run through a vaporizer, or spread on her food.
She firmly believes that anyone who is registered to receive medicinal marijuana should get it. If it helps someone, who is anyone else to judge, or say what these patients should, or should not use or do. People who are using medicinal marijuana are not harming anyone, and we as a society should not be playing judge.
More and more patients are using medicinal marijuana for illnesses ranging from cancer, to multiple sclerosis, to AIDS. Cannabis is less toxic, and does not have the side effects so common with drug treatments. More people who suffer from pain are opting for marijuana instead of heavy pain killers such as Vicodin. Marijuana relieves pain, nausea, vomiting, and the list goes on and on. Every state in the country should see this, and stop trying to classify it as an illegal drug.
There are 23 states that do allow medicinal marijuana, due to the outstanding findings brought forward by various medical institutions. Although the health benefits of marijuana have been proven over and over, cannabis is still considered a controlled substance, and possession and distribution is illegal in the U.S.
There are two leading companies in the U.S., Cannabis Science, Inc., and Medicinal Marijuana, Inc., fighting for FDA approval for medicinal purposes in all states. Researchers face an up-hill-climb in order to obtain enough medical cannabis for research. Although the FDA has approved many cannabis research trials, the Drug Enforcement Administration will not grant those licenses.
The U.S. Attorney General made it clear that there will be no legal actions taken in order to prosecute patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers, who comply with state laws for medical marijuana. Some patients that reside in states where marijuana is not allowed as a medicinal aide, fear they will have to get their marijuana on the black market.
California has allowed medical marijuana since 1996, and other states have passed similar laws since then. A poll taken in 2010 showed 81% of Americans believe medical marijuana should be legal in the U.S. As of June, 2014, New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, but it cannot be smoked, it can only be vaporized with a medicinal marijuana vaporizer pen.
With the number of states that have legalized medicinal marijuana, patients should not have to resort to the black market anytime soon. Meanwhile, more states need to step up to the plate and legalize medical marijuana. People, such as Melissa Etheridge, have discovered the benefits of cannabis, and people with many illnesses have found incredible relief. Why are there still state legislatures and the entire U.S. government walking around with blinders on?