HEMP FOR HEALTH Compiled by the Business Alliance for
Commerce in Hemp (BACH). Provided by Access Unlimited, PO Box
1900, Frazier Park, CA 93225
Hemp has a long, Proud history of medical use and hundreds of
For more than 3,500 years, Hemp has been (depending on
the culture or nation) either the most used or one of the most
widely used plants for medicines. This includes: China, India,
the Middle and Near East, Africa and Europe. From 1850 to
1937, Hemp was America's prime medicine for more than 100
separate illnesses or diseases.
Research by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, etc. indicates that
when Cannabis Hemp is legally available, it will directly
replace some 10-20% of all prescription pharmaceutical drugs
and that probably 40-50% of all medicines could use
derivatives of the cannabis plant.
Hemp For Health - Medical uses of Hemp include treating
back pain, asthma, glaucoma, epilepsy, cancer, muscle spasms,
migraines, tumors, stress, depression and anorexia. It is an
antibiotic and expectorant, useful in muscle ointments and to
treat arthritis and rheumatism. Hundreds of other therapeutic
uses are likely, but health permits are required to use
it, and the federal government banned research into medical
use of Hemp, so millions of people continue to suffer
needlessly, and a valuable herbal medicine with minimal side-
effects is held hostage by out-of-date laws.
Cannabis users statistically live one or two years longer
than non-users. Hemp offers affordable health care for
Hemp Helps Children - Medicines based on hemp would be
most beneficial to young children, bringing a lifetime of
relief and ad ing years to their lives. Asthma symptoms could
be permanently reduced. Hemp eases the symptoms of epilepsy
and prevents glaucoma from developing, bringing effective
relief to those unfortunate enough to suffer from these
Hemp for Cancer - Hemp reduces the nausea suffered by
chemotherapy patients. This same characteristic has also
recently been utilized by AIDS patients and is sometimes
indicated for motion sickness (sea sickness).
Hemp Saves Eyes - Medical Hemp would benefit some 90% of
victims of glaucoma, a blinding disease. Cannabis does not
cure it or reverse the loss of vision, but can halt the
glaucoma sufferer's progressive deterioration of eyesight.
Hemp for arthritis & Rheumatism - A traditional treatment
for these ailments is to soak cannabis in alcohol and apply it
locally in a poultice.
Hemp Relieves Stress - Cannabis reduces mental agitation
and ulcers. One out of two American marriages end in divorce
and domestic violence is on the increase. Studies indicate
that these problems often result from the stress and depressed
sex drive associated with the fast pace of modern life. Hemp
is well known for its ability to reduce stress and promote
relaxation, and has long been regarded as an aphrodisiac, yet
it is not available on the open market.
Cannabis was withdrawn from the American Public in 1938
against the advice of the medical community. Hemp was moved
from the Class 2 schedule of drugs (having demonstrated
medical value) and listed as Class 1 (dangerous substance with
no known medical value) by the Nixon administration in
1970-despite all evidence to the contrary-and was retained as
Class 1 by the Bush administration in 1989.
In 1972 the Nixon-appointed Shafer Commission urged that
cannabis be re-legalized, which was not done. Still, medical
continued -often with remarkable results. Cannabis was shown
to help treat numerous health problems with very few side
Eleven states went on to adopt laws authorizing
prescription use of medical marijuana.
More Research Is Needed - At the 1975 National Institute
of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Asilomar Conference, participants were
amazed at the documented results of marijuana research and
agreed that a massive national research project was in order.
Instead, all federal research grants were terminated in 1976
and subsequent private research has been heavily restricted.
By late 1983 the Reagan/Bush administration had destroyed
large amounts of data compiled in government sponsored
marijuana research and put out a feeler to private and state
universities and others to destroy their own records. Most
refused to do so.
In September, 1988, DEA Administrative Judge Francis
Young concluded that cannabis should be re-scheduled as Class
2 and made available for medical use. It has not been. Write
to your representatives and ask that Hemp be re-legalized for
use in America.
There are thousands of other uses for Hemp: textiles,
paper, fiber, food, fuel, medicine and more.
For more information, we recommend that you read The
Emperor Wears No Clothes, by Jack Herer and The Medical
Marijuana Papers by Dr. Tod Mikurya.
For more information on hemp or to support the re-
legalization of hemp/marijuana, send $1 + SASE to: Business
Alliance for Commerce in Hemp (BACH), P.O. Box 71093, L.A. CA