While marijuana may have many palliative qualities, the psychoactive species have some serious downsides. These are well outlined in the 800-page book titled Marijuana Syndromes by John Mini. His research validates what I have observed since the ‘60’s. As he points out, “Marijuana’s side effects increase over time” and are cumulative. He has clinically observed that “marijuana’s effects can have a drying and toxic quality. They tend to take a general progression from the lungs to the digestion and immune systems, then to the blood, heart and circulatory system, then on to the liver and nervous systems and finally to the sexual, endocrine systems and brain over time.” He also points out, as I have observed, that many people who use marijuana also are more likely to draw entity invasion to themselves. From my observation it’s more like an entity feeding frenzy. On another level, although it has some ameliorating factors, such as alleviating pain and giving emotional relief, and, as I have proven in published research, is a good treatment for insomnia, it does not take one to the depth where true healing happens. One medical doctor, who bought a “marijuana prescription clinic” reported to me that he became discouraged because when he tried to go deeper with these marijuana prescription patients with a holistic health approach to address the causal and curative levels, they, in general, were not interested in going further or deeper.
It is nice to know that there are newer varieties of cannabis developing which are not necessarily psychoactive, but still retain the palliative qualities. However, although marijuana is an herb and is natural, not all herbs are beneficial, healthful, and spiritually elevating. The argument that because a substance is natural it is therefore healthy and good is more of a cultic “religious belief” than common sense. The fact that it is an herb makes it neither good nor safe. Some herbs are absolutely deadly and do kill. The following is an abbreviated list of some of those deadly herbs: manchineel tree, datura stramonium, aconite napellus, white snakeroot, English yew, deadly nightshade (atropa belladonna), rosary pea (contains the poison abrin, which is more deadly than ricin), and water hemlock.
These are all natural plants but all can kill. People have choices…my role in this discussion is to clarify some of the implications of those choices.
Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, M.D. M.D.(H), N.D., D.D., Diplomate American Board of Holistic Medicine, and Diplomate Ayurveda, Director of Tree of Life Center, US