I respect everyone’s opinion as long as they can respect mine and as long as they allow me to express my own opinion, I do not have to agree with others; but I do not like anyone to force their opinions, ideas, or beliefs on me.
I know a million (I may be exaggerating a little) people who smoke pot — oh no, excuse me! — Cannabis is the ‘new’ name for the ‘marijuana’ of my day, but I think the thing is getting a little out of control.
I read that Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of Cannabis that seems to have a wide range of therapeutic benefits. CBD is naturally occurring in the Hemp plant and according to the United States’ own government patent #6,630,507, it supports the nutritional health of aging bodies.
Cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants; for example, in limiting neurological damage following stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
A legal alternative to prescription drugs for almost any ailment and it’s legal in all 50 states without a prescription! That is how they advertise these CBD “Gummies” without prescription that they claim are now legal nationwide.
“CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a prominent naturally-occurring Cannabinoid component found in Cannabis that comprises up to 40 percent of the plant and helps to regulate your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). CBD is by far the most studied natural Cannabinoid,” they said. Well, if the Cannabidiol is so good, so great and so legal, why it is that so many people die?
If the Cannabidiol is so good, so great and so legal why doesn’t the government, that is so generous, so noble and so thoughtful, not take control of the marijuana (oh, excuse me, the Cannabis), and offer it to all those people who are dying of Cannabis-treatable illnesses?
I am one of those who believes that the cure for cancer already exists; that the government already has the cure for cancer, call it Cannabis or any other name or number they want to give to it.
I have to make it clear that I do not believe that Cannabis cures cancer; it may help with the pain that cancer inflicts, and it may reduce it, but in my opinion it does not cure the illness. If they refuse to acknowledge that the cure for cancer already exists, at least they can provide people with something to reduce pain and other side effect of the disease.
The cure for cancer most likely already exists, but it is not in the best financial interest of the government and its allies to bring it out; I don’t know if I may be too cynical, too wrong, or both, but I have not heard of any big government bigshot or their immediate family member dying of cancer. If I am wrong, I would love someone to bring it to the light of day to prove me wrong.
Right now, our own Managing Editor is suffering the pain of seeing her older sister in constant pain, day and night, for the last two months because the government refuses to release the cure that many people need to live a little longer painlessly.
Pharmaceutical companies, labs, and many other related companies and doctors and hospitals make a living at the expense of cancer patients; do we honestly think that we are going to give up that “wheel of fortune” for the benefit of the sick people of this nation? No!!
If it is true that the body’s own “endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates everything from relaxation, to eating, sleeping, inflammation and even cognitive function, [then, in] a nutshell, your ECS is [responsible] for making sure your entire body is working optimally,” then the government needs to stop being greedy and make it available to those who need it at a very, very, very reasonable price.
My brother was prescribed a one-month supply of a medicine that his doctor believed would has been good for him, and the one-month supply had a cost of $2,186 and the pharmacist just smiled as he stated the price to his long-time customer.
Maramis, our Managing Editor, went to pick up the one-month supply for her sister and the man at the counter told her the cost was $8,168 for 30 pills that look so ordinary — something like the little round pain pills that start with “A,” but they are not pills for pain at all. They are pills for a very targeted type of cancer. And yes, as you can imagine, some insurance companies have trouble paying for such pills, but if you want them, they actually will expect you to pay for them out of pocket. But are there any guarantees that come with that huge price? No, not a single one. Yet the list of possible side effects that can cause death from taking those pills (yes, aside from the death that will ensue from the cancer itself) goes on and on.
Luckily, on her salary working for the Las Vegas Tribune, it would only take her about one half a century to buy that one-month supply… but hold on! Her sister would have to take that pill every day for the rest of her life! I’m sure, based on that detail alone, they hope all those who receive that prescription for that pill will have their life extended many, many months to come.
I believe that the government needs to become a little humanized and allow the cancer cure to be made available to those who have contributed to the betterment of our country and the improvement of our lives.
If Cannabinoids are really as good as they say they are, that substance should be made available to those who need it and not at an astronomical price; if the Cannabinoids are not doing what their promoters claim, then the government should control the liars and just allow those who want to smoke old-fashioned “marijuana” to do so to alleviate their pain, without having to suffer from the lies and hypocrisy of the false hope-givers. There is enough pain and suffering for those dying from cancer without adding to their misery for the sake of some false, cancer-cure purveyor’s profit.
We need to keep a close watch on those who have become the El Chapo Guzmans of this era; the ones who, up to now, were honest members of our community, before they became — legal or not — the new drug dealers of our time.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.