One of the greatest tragedies of our society is that we turn our backs toward possible lifesaving medicine, techniques, and alternative remedies because it is not the traditional way of doing things. Marijuana often has an extremely, undeserved negative connotation attached towards it. The funny thing is that the only reasons Marijuana is outlawed in the United States (which it gradually became, starting in the early 20th century) is due to Racism, Corportate Profits, and Fear. What is saddening is that the growing trend of anorexia in America requires some sort of appetite increaser while simultaneously discouraging bulimia. Marijuana might be the answer.
Hemp, which is the plant that grows Marijuana, has been know to increase appetites of those who indulge in it. Unlike smoking tobacco, which suppresses appetites, “Weed” (as it is called) increases metabolism in the body. This increase in metabolism creates a phenomena known as the “munchies”, which is a huge increase in hunger after smoking the plant. This increase in hunger can be quite beneficial to those who have a higher ability to suppress their own appetite by self-disciple. Yet, the hunger that Weed provides will not and can not be the only solution to Anorexia.
What is needed alongside an artificial appetite supporter, which Marijuana might fit perfectly, therapy is needed. Without constant monitoring and emotional support from a therapist, the anorexic individual might become bulimic and simply throw up all of the consumed food due to their distorted body image. While Weed could be a good temporary fix, one must understand that without psychological help these people will constantly look at themselves as obese, fat, or just out of shape.
Marijuana was illegalized because of well-known racists like William Randolph Hearst, who had a foot hold in the timber/paper industry, wanted to conserve their corporate profits. Hearst, who was also a celebrated writer, constantly wrote of the evils of Marijuana without basis nor factual evidence. His investments in the timber industry, which hemp was bound to replace, made him turn against Weed by using racist tactics and newspaper headlines to stir fear in the general public. Here is an exerpt of one of his pieces: “Was it marijuana, the new Mexican drug, that nerved the murderous arm of Clara Phillips when she hammered out her victim’s life in Los Angeles?… THREE-FOURTHS OF THE CRIMES of violence in this country today are committed by DOPE SLAVES — that is a matter of cold record.“
Of course, the above quote was never recorded, nor a source for it listed anywhere in the following article. One of Hearst’s many timber farms was raided and destroyed by Pancho Villa, leaving him with a cold hatred for the Mexican people. He was racist prior to this, but the main motivation towards putting out this crap was two things: selling papers and fueling his timber profits. Obviously, it worked. To this day, people like Hearst who have selfish motives, prohibit anorexics and other people in pain from getting better. The medical use for Marijuana should be considered in many more cases, and is not due to all of the reasons Hearst has outlined in his yellow journalism.
– Drug War Rant, Why is Marijuana Illegal?
– Cannabis MD, Medical Marijuana for Anorexia