Dear Stoner: Can cannabis cure these medical conditions?

Dear Stoner: In the song "Legalize It," Peter Tosh says herb is good for glaucoma and asthma. Was marijuana being used for those things back then, or was he just full of it?

S. K. Eptical

Dear S.K.: Peter Tosh's claim that ganja is the only cure for either condition is incorrect, but his lyrics are rooted in reality. He's referring to local folk-medicine treatments that Jamaicans have used since the 1800s, when ganja likely arrived on the island. And some fishermen reported that they could see schools of fish more clearly in the currents after puffing a spliff.

Scientists in Kingston took these claims seriously, and soon discovered that there was some truth to the anecdotal evidence. By the mid-1970s, Jamaican doctors Henry Lowe and Albert Lockhart had created Canasol, a cannabis-based eye drop for glaucoma patients that helped relieve ocular pressure; by the 1990s, it was selling over the counter around the world.

A similar route was taken with asthma. While cigarette smoke can inflame airways and constrict breathing, studies show that certain cannabinoids in cannabis smoke can relax airways and actually make breathing easier. Jamaican scientists helped create Asmasol, an inhaler of cannabis-based serum that can drastically reduce airway inflammation. It's also been shown to help chemotherapy patients deal with nausea.

Dear Stoner: I'm trying to remember the name of a song and the band that did it, and would like your help. It was on the radio and is about hashish. I think it was a eulogy about it. The only clue I have is that it said something like "Hashish I love in the morning."

Carburetor

Dear Carburetor: Congratulations: You've stumped our stoner database for the first time! After an exhaustive, three-bowl-long search, we still couldn't pinpoint the exact song you described. But you could be thinking of "Smoke Two Joints," originally done by the Oregon-based Toyes in the '80s and later covered by Sublime. The opening line is "I smoke two joints in the morning, I smoke two joints at night/I smoke two joints in the afternoon, and it makes me feel all right." It was featured in a Billy Bob Thornton movie about herb called Homegrown, though I'm not sure it ever got much radio play. Also, there's no mention of hash.

However, if by "eulogy" you meant "parody," then it's most likely another Toyes song: "Monster Hash," a parody of the 1962 Halloween hit "Monster Mash." You can find both songs at YouTube.com. If anyone else has a suggestion for Carburetor, shoot us a line.

 
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GrowCannabis
GrowCannabis

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, with forty-two percent of American adults reporting that they have used it. 


Despite the fact that marijuana's effects are less harmful than those of most other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, it is the most common drug that people are arrested for possessing... 

Luckily More and more countries are allowing the use and cultivation of marijuana for medicinal reaons. http://www.cannabis-samen-bestellen.com

nativespirit101
nativespirit101

I have acid reflux helps that  I have PTSD helps that  also RSD  helps that  cant sleep  helps that chest congestion helps that  arthritis helps that  OCD helps that so I defiantly see a medical need.. 

nativespirit101
nativespirit101

In my day there was a book about cannabis an how it helped your health it was about 5 inchs thick  surely someone else remembers that book.  I am old school thoe so may be to long ago  I think it came out in the 60s or 70s ?? 

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

how man red white and blues do you consume daily Nathaniel?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

From personal experience, it helps my sphincter relax.

Donna Coy-Mick
Donna Coy-Mick

I have actually witnessed that it has saved lives as a nurse.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

I can speak from experience that marijuana helps asthma.

Keon Truth
Keon Truth

hey, easy there...drugscum addict you

Keon Truth
Keon Truth

lol...this guy has got to be trolling

Rob Strong Paw Ruby
Rob Strong Paw Ruby

not at all. in fact, i work for the sheriffs office. it's just sad and pathetic that brainwashed mentalities, such as yours, still exist in 2013.

Jack Baker
Jack Baker

Teabaggers are trying to destroy our country.

Nathaniel C Marshall
Nathaniel C Marshall

marijuana dealers need to die in prison! sad pathetic dirtbags destroying our community.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nativespirit101 ... read THE LAW, moron. You can possess 2 (two) ounces TOTAL of "medical" marijuana.



nativespirit101
nativespirit101

@rkutchjm Thank you for caring about us vets.   You are a good man  even if you are white  ha ha just kidding   no pain intended l love what you have written it hits home for me.  Thank you for your work and compassion...   your friend Nativespirit101  my native name is Ma Ga   like say ah for the doc... Creator Bless you..

nativespirit101
nativespirit101

@rkutchjm Rob I know  cannabis helps with this illness, so its not a disorder  even my military Doctors called it that..  Do you think it can be cured?

nativespirit101
nativespirit101

@DonkeyHotay@nativespirit101 Lets just say leave me alone  you are not being nice to me  so don't comment to me  you have down graded me twice next ones well lets just say there wont be a next one just shut up when it comes to commenting to me!!  get it white boy

rkutchjm
rkutchjm

@nativespirit101@rkutchjm 

Yes I think at the very least, it will give you a better quality of life. I will be writing more articles on new research being done to see the full beneficial effects of certain components in cannabis that help. Please subscribe free to my articles at RenovatingYourMind.com

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@nativespirit101 You do realize he can't read your comments since he posted on facebook?  Might as well talk to a wall.

nativespirit101
nativespirit101

@DonkeyHotay@nativespirit101 I am new to this   and it really doesn't matter anyway I am not going to come here anymore  I don't get a lot of the way people act on the sites I go to. Plus I am Native American don't really get the things people say anyway.  But thank you for showing me how stupid I looked :)  Creator Bless you DonkeyHotay

 
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