I am a christian and I am a republican, and I support legalizing CBD/Medical Marijuana in the state of Idaho. I’ve been very interested in CBD oil and Medical Marijuana for a while now because I was curious on just how much it helps those who really needed it. I grew up in a time that anyone who smoked weed was an addict or as we called it “stoners” and there was no reason to use it unless you were a drug addict. As time passed and I got older, the first time i realized marijuana had medical properties is when I knew someone who used it while she was taking chemotherapy. It helped with her pain and nausea and she was able to deal with all the side effects the chemo put her body through.
The more i studied the plant the more I realized just how misunderstood it actually is. Yes, there are people who abuse the plant and use it for their own personal use, but that is the same for people and alcohol, right? Some abuse it and go to far and in many cases it can lead to a death; either to the person who drinks or to someone else because of a DUI. Sadly, Alcohol is legal and Marijuana is not, and there isn’t any evidence that I have seen that Marijuana has killed anyone. Now, please do not get me wrong, I believe addiction is just like any other mental illness because their brain is wired differently and they need something to help control those urges so in many cases like alcohol and marijuana, it isn’t for all people because they can’t handle it like others; yet again, alcohol is legal and marijuana is not. You don’t even need a lot of marijuana or CBD oil to feel good for the whole day, but you need to drink a lot of alcohol to keep that feeling going. This is where I feel we have a huge issue in not only our state but in the whole country. We are so mixed up that we legalize one bad thing and not legalize something that isn’t as bad.
Now, unlike alcohol, Marijuana can help people with diseases or certain mental health issues. Not only has it been proven to help those with cancer or seizures, it has show to help those who suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar and even insomnia; so why is it considered a schedule one drug? These are questions that need to be answered and in a time where suicide is on the rise, they need to be answered quickly.
Did you know that Robin Williams was subscribed a new anti-depressant before he committed suicide? did you know that Chris Cornell was prescribed an anti-anxiety medication before he committed suicide? How about Chester Bennington drinking before his suicide? (unsure if he had any medication for his depression so I will not make any false claims). How many more people have to die before anything else is done?
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in 2017, 47,173 people have died by suicide; that is on average 129 deaths per day. Many of these, I believe, could have been prevented if they had access to marijuana or CBD oil. I may be making a bold statement here but because marijuana is a plant, an herb, we know it to be much safer than any chemicals that medications have. Medications have severe side effects and in fact can cause chemicals in the brain to change and cause their symptoms to be worse. Yes, a lot of people benefit from medication but not everyone does and in a time that opioid use is on the rise, we need better access to stuff that actually helps us not hurt us.
The country is getting better legalizing it in my states, however, many still need a wake up call. In Idaho, the suicide rate in 2016 per 100,000 individuals was 21.32, that is 7.9 greater than the national average. Idaho needs to step out of the past and realize things need to be done here and start listening to us instead of ignoring us. Please consider following or checking out some of these sites in order to be more aware on the benefits of CBD/Marijuana. Let us be a voice for those who suffer everyday and help them to live a better quality life.
- Idaho Freedom Foundation
- Weed the People Documentary
- American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
- Medical Marijuana in Idaho
- 50 Unexpected Benefits of Cannabis
Please watch Ricki Lake talk about her documentary Weed the People.