Cannabis and Migraines

In America, more than thirty-seven million people suffer with migraines. Almost three million of those are considered chronic cases. Sufferers often become debilitated with the pain to where they can do nothing. Beyond a headache that is severe, those with extreme cases will also often face nausea and vomiting.

There are several pharmacy grade medications that are used to either prevent or treat migraines, but there are a lot of side effects that come from those medications including addiction, dry mouth, constipation, weight gain, muscle weakness, dizziness, and drowsiness, plus many others. These medications will often not bring relief to those who suffer anyways.

Many people who suffer with migraines will look to alternate, natural ways to help them with their pain, ones that don’t have any health risks. Cannabis has been found by many to fit this bill. The University of Colorado, earlier this year, did a study with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on one hundred and twenty-one people who suffer from migraines. The tests were to show how inhaled and ingested cannabis would affect them. Their study proved the healing properties of cannabis as we have known them to have all along. Around forty percent of those participating reported that they felt good about how their migraines were when using cannabis. The number of migraines they had monthly went down more than sixty percent. Almost eighty-five percent of the patients, while using cannabis, reported they suffered a lower number of migraines during the month. Researchers found that there was a substantial amount of improvement in the subjects with both how they felt and how they functioned.

This is one of the big reasons we fight for cannabis. There are too many people suffering from illnesses that could be cured or made easier. They should be able to go to their medicine cabinets and pull out cannabis rather than having to go to the pharmacy and purchase medicines that come with a lot of side effects. Let us all stand together in this fight.

The President Elect and Marijuana

Now that we have a new President Elect with Donald Trump, we need to start looking more closely at his stance on marijuana and its legalization. It can be hard to really pin down whether he supports it or not. There are not only many statements he has made that are contradicting, but the context that those statements were made in must also be considered.

In this past election, we saw just how much of a bipartisan issue legalizing marijuana is. Eight out of nine states passed policies that allow some form of marijuana use in November, and now Congress has begun allowing veterans to access medical marijuana. Considering these things, it is not very likely that Trump would be able to dismantle the state laws that have already passed.

Recently, the Marijuana Policy Project, or MPP, did some research on whether Donald Trump supported legalizing marijuana. Below are some of the things they found.

The first question they tried to answer concerned his stance on marijuana. In Nevada about a year ago, it seemed that Trump softened his ideas on marijuana. At that point, he said it should be a state issue rather than a federal one. Nevada was one of the states that had the legalization of marijuana on the ballot in this past election and they passed the use of recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21.

Since Trump’s speech in Nevada, he has had many other comments regarding the use of marijuana. He stated that he opposed legalizing and regulating marijuana for adults, but then also stated that he supports legalizing medical marijuana and that states should be able to come up with their own policies.

About a year ago, in Nevada, Trump was softer on his stance about the legalization of marijuana. He stated that the legalization should be left up to each state. Looking back even further, he said he was in favor of legalizing all drugs in 1990. The war on drugs was a big issue at that time. His idea was that to win that war, the profits needed to leave the hands of the drug czars through legalization.

With all that said, what will a Trump presidency bring in regards to marijuana? Well, it looks as if all the laws from the states will stay in place. The state’s ballot must be where we see the overall expansion of marijuana being legalized, though, for both medical use and full access to recreational marijuana.



Cannabis and the War of 1812


Title: Veterans of the War of 1812, at ‘Rosedale’ the home of William B. Jarvis 1861
Creator: Photographer unknown, after William Armstrong, 1822-1914
Date: October 23, 1861
Identifier: JRR 772 Cab II ; PICTURES-R-3914 ; D5_JRR_772_Veterans of the War of 1812, at the home of William B. Jarvis
Rights: Public domain
Courtesy: Toronto Public Library.

Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy learning about the cultures and wars of the past? Well, in your readings, you may have never come across anything to do with cannabis and the culture around it.


Both the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 were intertwined deeply with cannabis hemp. Before the War of 1812, Russia led the world in production of cannabis textiles for centuries. Canada had a large growing number of farms and mills dedicated to cannabis but the British navy, in the early part of the 1800’s, still had to count on Russia for a good portion of their cannabis sails and rope.

In France, as Napoleon rose in power, Britain chose to use their superior navy to blockade Europe. By controlling the Straits of Gibraltar and the English Channel, they cut off the entire Continent from trade in the Atlantic.

Since Napoleon was unable to beat Britain by sea, he banned all trade with Britain by the European nations so that their supply of cannabis was cut off and they would be economically isolated. Britain, to try and get around the ban on trade, would occasionally capture American ships, make them buy Russian cannabis by force, and then have them take it to England.

Since the cannabis industry was so important to the economy of Russia, it did not abide by the ban on trading for very long. This made Napoleon mad because he needed to keep the navy of Britain from getting the supplies to make their cannabis ropes and sails, so he decided to launch an invasion against Russia in 1812, one with disastrous results.

In America, the navy was built up using cannabis that was domestically grown and processed by the labor of the slaves. The United States, being annoyed with Britain and their blockade against Europe and their treatment of the American ships, saw a way to grow their own territory and declared war on Britain. The American navy, in 1812, invaded Canada, a nation that was supporting Britain by increasing their production of cannabis to help the British navy at the time.

As you can see, cannabis has been a huge part of the economy for a long, long time. I am sure you didn’t learn about that in school when studying the wars!