byvpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda & Dr. Mark Toomey, Ph.D.onJuly 5, 2012
One of the founders of Ayurveda, Dhanavantari, developed a medical lexicon of the qualities and effects of herbs, including cannabis. According this description, Cannabis is sharp, healing and light in its quality. Being sharp and ‘heating,’ it increases humoral bile and removes humoral phlegm. It also stimulates delusions, slows speech, and raises the heat of the digestive fire. Note, these ancient symptoms are all so common to the cannabis user of today: hallucinations, distortion of speech and cognition and the ‘munchies.’
In Ayurveda, cannabis used as a recreational drug is considered toxic to the mind and body. It has been used for thousands of years as a component in various preparations but not as an isolated herb. In Ayurveda, it is not considered an important herb. However, like any botanical, this herb can have some good effects depending on what you are using it to do. When properly prepared in a synergistic formula and used in minute quantities under the care and direction of an expert, it can aid digestion. The use of cannabis is always in a synergy with other herbs and spices and never by itself. (No such products are sold in the United States)
People ask, why would it be that an herb that has medical use in some cases can cause negative side effects in other cases? According to the Ayurvedic texts, medicine properly used becomes nectar and improperly used becomes poison. When marijuana is used in ways not prescribed or intended (for example, in does and for periods of time not prescribed), it can cause a host of imbalances and side effects including stimulating delusions and slowing speech.
“Recreational use of marijuana creates ama,” says Jadgish N. Vaidya, director of Maharishi Ayurvedic programs at Lancaster Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts. “It impairs digestion and intellect, it upsets hormonal balances, and it can be addictive, in the tradition view of Ayurveda.” The classically trained Vaidya or Ayurvedic expert adds, “It is not a path to enlightenment. Enlightenment is the moment-to-moment awareness of totality; the full inner and full outer value of awareness. Not the loss of awareness.” Excerpted from a much longer article on the Maharishi Ayurveda MAPI website.
The man’s daughter and four other students had a reaction to marijuana laced gummy bears on January 2, the first day after winter break. All five students reported feeling ill, and they were taken to the hospital in Leonardtown. All children survived and went home to their parents or guardians, but not without a lot of drama. The event triggered a police investigation, and a father has been charged.
In the affidavit filed, the father claims that “the edible gummy candies were given to him by an associate who came to his house for a party.” This man left his candies in a plastic bag in his bedroom, knowing they were easily accessible to the daughter.
Maryland’s “medical” marijuana program opened its dispensaries about two months ago. Southern Maryland Relief, LLC, is the only dispensary in southern Maryland.
Marijuana gummy incident in New Mexico
Also in January, a fifth grader in New Mexico brought gummy bears to school, perhaps unaware that they were tainted with THC. The girl shared the candy with fourth graders at Albuquerque School of Excellence’s cafeteria. Three students ate a single gummy, and the girl who brought the THC-laced gummies ate three or four pieces. A local TV station reported the incident on January 18.
The school suspended the girl for one week, although the administration believes it was an accidental mistake. The girl’s parents said the candies were medicinal. But it shouldn’t be so hard to keep medicine away from children without getting other people’s children sick, too.
Judicial overreach in Illinois leads to judge’s flawed decision
Medical marijuana advocates want and need chronic patients. There’s no evidence that marijuana cures pain. It only lessens pain for a brief period of time. Anyone who uses marijuana for pain will have to come back for more. Americans for Safe Access, a stepchild of Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project, has at least two staff members working full-time to lobby for Big Marijuana, suggesting that it’s as an alternative to pain pills.
Last week Judge Mitchell of Cook County declared that the state of Illinois must expand qualifying conditions for medical marijuana to include pain. The ruling came after a lawsuit filed by Ann Mednick, 58, who says she needs it for osteoarthritis. Ann uses pain pills, but wants a treatment with fewer side effects.
Since when are judges allowed to decide on science and medicine? Never, but the case was litigated in a very corrupt county, Cook County, Illinois. (Is corruption the reason why media reports are not reporting that the tainted candy in Humboldt Park had THC?)
The ruling came at the same time when two other big stories to contradict the judge’s decision are also in the news.
Charles Johnston, a man from Illinois was recently arrested in Iowa for shooting at trucks indiscriminately, due to a grudge. When police searched his car, they found prescription pill bottles full of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a cigarette box with a marijuana joint. Obviously, Mr. Johnston’s use of marijuana for pain triggered a violent eruption, possibly with psychosis. Johnston teaches Psychology at Harper Community College, which also happens to be in Cook County.
Medical Marijuana Fraud in Canada
It would be interesting to know if Judge Mitchell and Ann Mednick heard about what happened to another woman who took “medical” marijuana for her arthritis pain.
Dawn Rae Downton, 60, took marijuana for inflammatory arthritis and developed constant vomiting, according to reports from Canada. Downton, 60, is suing a dispensary in Nova Scotia for giving her eight months of sickness from their tainted product. Massachusetts and California, as well as Canada, have had widespread problems with tainted marijuana products, especially those claiming to be “medical.”
As New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned in 2014, medical marijuana is slippery slope. It poisons people while creating addiction, including children who will always be attracted to gummy bears. Big Marijuana pushes its agenda quickly in order to avoid exposure of their medical scam.
Read Part 1: Tragic Tale of Two Families named Kirk Shane Kirk and his family were living with the mother and stepfather in southwestern Oklahoma, when the troubled veteran shot his wife Jessica and his stepfather.
Jessica Kirk was a nurse who had graduated from nursing school in December, 2016. Sometime in the past year, the family moved from California, where medical marijuana has been easy to obtain for a couple of decades. Jessica’s Facebook posts reveal how much she loved being the mother to three sons, Continue reading →
Celebrity doctors who channel their education into the pursuit of fame should be especially careful of misleading people with harmful advice. One wonders why Dr. Sanjay Gupta and more recently, Dr. Oz, are singing the praises of medical marijuana. Most likely the marijuana industry has been working hard to get their support.