Patient Awareness

Are you or a loved one or friend suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer treatment, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, lack of proper sleep, anxiety, depression, nausea or lack of appetite due to treatment or medication, or any other serious illness or condition?

If so, there is a natural solution which could provide relief. Medical marijuana has numerous benefits for California patients with serious illnesses and conditions as identified under CA Proposition 215 and Senate Bill 420. Not only is it safely available, but you may qualify to participate in our Patient Med Aid Free Medical Marijuana Program. It's a proven natural solution to ease many symptoms.

We understand it's not always easy. Every day, millions of people throughout the world fight a battle that healthy people might be unaware of. Not the battle of everyday life most people deal with, from dealing with a bad economy, getting the kids to school, going to work, or any number of routine tasks most face. The battle fought is for much more basic things many healthy people take for granted. Sometimes its a struggle just to get out of bed, bathe and feed themselves, if nausea doesn't prevent eating, or any number of common tasks a healthy person easily deals with. Sometimes, the biggest personal victory can be being able to get out of bed, put on slippers, and get to the bathroom without assistance.

Dealing with ailments such as HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epileptic seizures, cancer and the effect of chemotherapy, or any number of other diseases or conditions, can be debilitating. Some are born with their conditions, some develop or acquire these during their lives, and a relatively lucky few are fortunately able to recover. Many patients cannot work and are disabled, relying on government subsidized programs to even survive, through benefits like SSI, disability, MSI, ADAP, section 8 and low income housing programs, to avoid being homeless.

Marijuana in U.S. History

It's amazing, isn't it? How can one plant stir up so much controversy? It wasn't always like this in this country, and throughout the world.

The founders of this country grew it and understood its many benefits and uses. In fact, every part of the plant can be used for a number of different purposes. In fact, at least one original copy of the Declaration of Independence is on paper made from hemp, or marijuana, one of the longest lasting and most resilient form of paper.

For centuries, man has used marijuana for its medical benefits. Unfortunately, the very processes for passing legislation and enacting laws in this country were abused. Lies were spread to make it illegal less than a century ago, when the head of the American Medical Association (AMA) testified there were a number of known medicinal uses for marijuana. Those very same senators immediately dismissed him and his testimony, then lied about it when asked by other legslators as to the AMA's position, to pass the politically motivated legislation which made marijuana illegal in the U.S.

After all of the efforts our country has made to eradicate this plant, when it used to be mandatory for all farmers to grow it for its use for hemp rope and sails resistant to the effects of salt water and rapid deterioration, any other plant might be on the "endangered species list." However, this plant is a survivor, growing quicker and more prolific than pretty much any other crop known to man. It produces seeds which contain the highest concentration of L-amino acids essential to life itself. The hemp can be processed to create paper or clothing which is softer and stronger than cotton, producing much more per acre than cotton, in a shorter amount of time. Recently, it was discovered that the marijuana plant can be used to produce alternative fuel, which outperforms what is produced by other plants, like corn.

This amazing plant is far from the Webster's dictionary definition of "weed," which is "any undesired, uncultivated plant that grows in such profusion as to crowd out a desired crop" or "something useless and/or harmful." In fact, it could be, once again, the most prolific, desired and profitable crop, with better education and understanding about its many uses and benefits.

The strains of marijuana cultivated for its medicinal properties are much different than those of a century ago. There are three major strains, each with its own unique properties and only two of which have medicinal applications. The primary medicinal strains are cannibis sativa and cannibis indica, while cannibis ruderalis has little or no medicinal value. In all but one specific specie of indica, the female plant provides the highest level of medicinal benefits.

After the female plant matures and creates its flowers, it is harvested and processed (trimming, drying and curing, then manicuring) to result in high grade medical marijuana which provides the highest level of beneficial medicinal properties.

In 1970, President Nixon signed into law the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) which classified marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance, primarily due to ignorance pertaining to its medicinal benefits, where schedule 1 states as part of its definition as any "drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." Included in schedule 1 with marijuana is LSD, heroin, psilocybin, and peyote. However, because cocaine has acknowledged medical uses, it is amazingly classified as a schedule 2 controlled substance, along with PCP (commonly referred to as angel dust), oxycodone and hydrocodone (both recognized as some of the most addictive substances). Even more anazing is the fact that the people of this country hold within their power the ability to petition the U.S. Attorney General to change the status of marijuana as a "schedule 1 drug."

Attempts were made in the late 1980's to synthesize the active ingredient responsible for most of the medicinal properties of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, in the form of marinol pills. Marinol was placed on schedule 2 of the CSA in 1986, and in 1999 was changed to a schedule 3, which was cited by petitioner Jon Gettman in his attempt to get marijuana removed as a schedule 1 controlled substance. His petition stated, "Cannabis is a natural source of dronabinol (THC), the ingredient of Marinol, a Schedule III drug. There are no grounds to schedule cannabis in a more restrictive schedule than Marinol." Obviously, the petition failed. Interestingly, while there has never been a documented human fatality from overdosing on tetrahydrocannabinol or cannabis in its natural form, the synthetic THC pill "Marinol" was cited by the FDA as being responsible for 4 deaths between January 1, 1997 and June 30, 2005.

Fortunately, information and education is starting to change the outdated misperceptions about the dangers of marijuana use in this country, and around the world. A majority of U.S. citizens support medical marijuana, and dozens of states have passed legislation that recognize the beneficial properties of medicinal marijuana. Recently, Washington and Colorado voted to make marijuana legal for recreational use, contrary to the outdated stance of federal authorities.