BBC Video: Cannabis and Human Evolution

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director August 26, 2010

    While not necessarily ground-breaking science to longtime observers of cannabinoid research and cultural anthropology, the BBC video below (with about 45 seconds of pro-reform advocacy added), featuring US taxpayer-funded medical research conducted just up the road from NORML’s Washington, DC offices at the National Institute of Mental Health is very well done.

    Question: When will a major American (or Canadian) media outlet cover the fascinating and ever-emerging science of cannabis as well as the BBC has?

    43 responses to “BBC Video: Cannabis and Human Evolution”

    1. Just the Facts says:

      This is shockingly good video but mentioned in the later part of the vid. it states ” to lobby politicians to legalize Marijuana “. It’s the trillion dollar Pharmaceutical political contributions that is preventing legalization . Now we know whose really running this Country , it’s money from Pharma .It’s called ; Bribery

      Senators Phamaceutical Contributions

      Max Baucus, MT D $261,020
      Richard Burr, NC R 301,898
      Orrin Hatch, UT R 262,950 No
      Joe Lieberman, CT I 199,540
      Mitch McConnell, KY R 225,900
      Arlen Specter, PA
      D 353,550 Yes
      Source: Maplight.org

      Importation is illegal. Advocates of legalizing it say that American consumers would save $100 billion over 10 years, as competition would force prices down for prescription drugs. The pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration say drug safety would be jeopardized. When importation was proposed as an amendment to health care overhaul, the Senate rejected it — 51 for importation and 48 against, with 60 needed to approve.

      And if you look at the Maplight analysis, you’ll find—little surprise here—that senators voting nay have averaged 66 percent more in campaign contributions from Big Pharma than senators who voted yea. The difference: $85,812 vs. $51,803, spread over the period Jan. 1, 2003, to Aug. 12, 2009. Not a lot of dollars if you prorate it, but it is consistent.

      Maplight earlier ran the numbers on a couple other pharma-related votes—a Senate Finance Committee vote on Medicare drug prices three months ago and, in a less refined analysis, a 2007 Senate vote on an earlier prescription drug bill.

      Political scientists have devoted years to debating the potential links between votes and money. The predominant wisdom: money doesn’t move votes, it follows them. Donors tend to give to lawmakers who already are on their side.

      The Maplight data don’t settle that debate. What they do point out, however, is the enduring relationships between lawmakers and interest groups, and the monetary cement that helps them bond.

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    3. PS says:

      This part of the documentary is very informative but for the most part the entire documentary is just disinformation and propaganda. Focusing on negative, ill effects of cannabis. Quite disappointing if you watch the whole thing.

    4. seeker79 says:

      This is a really good presentation. The results are explained clearly, the implications and relativity of the results are clear as one could hope for, and the recap at the end was a perfect fit for the delivery of the content as a whole. This sort of scientifically explained and image result with commentary on what you are seeing will make larger strides in public awareness than a half presented rant by a cannabis fan. Thank you for posting this, I will be sending the link to friends and family.

    5. Ricardo Colon says:

      Why do our so called political leaders fight to evilize Marijuana?

    6. Anonymous says:

      theres obviously some money involved in prohibition but more so i think the government is too high and mighty to admit their 60 year prohibition policy is a fucking failure. it has literally not accomplished anything good and the Government has nothing to say for that, so they keep trying to throw more money at marijuana prohibition and lo and behold it still does not work.

      I also have a suspicion that the DEA is somewhat to blame for keeping the pressure on the Government as this is their jobs stake. If weeds legalized they’re job will become a lot harder or they may have to find new ones.

      What the hell is the point of a drug enforcement agency though? This should be left to the police and the states from a legal point of view. Ether way this is going 60 years and it wont get better. The only answer is to legalize. Whether you like weed or not, legalizing it will be better for everyone except the jail owners,dea and government- as they will be embarrassed when their shitty prohibition finally comes to an end, more so to benefit society and not the other way around

    7. claygooding says:

      BBC special on Cannabinoid Receptors…below an article by Steve Kubby, Sierra Times …A new study published in Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells. It is hard to believe that the knowledge that cannabis can be used to fight cancer has been suppressed for almost thirty years , yet it seems likely that it will continue to be suppressed. Why? According to Cowan, the answer is because it is a threat to cannabis prohibition . “If this article and its predecessors from 2000 and 1974 were the only evidence of the suppression of medical cannabis, then one might perhaps be able to rationalize it in some herniated way. However, there really is massive proof that the suppression of medical cannabis represents the greatest failure of the institutions of a free society, medicine, journalism, science, and our fundamental values,” Cowan notes. Millions of people have died horrible deaths and in many cases, families exhausted their savings on dangerous, toxic and expensive drugs. Now we are just beginning to realize that while marijuana has never killed anyone, marijuana prohibition has killed millions.

      You really needed to read the article under the video at youtube to tie in the alleged fact that prohibition has killed millions.

    8. claygooding says:

      As I have posted before,I believe that within 10 years of cannabis legalization,our cancer rates in America will drop from the present rates of 1 in 3 chane for contracting cancer to a 1 in 7 chance,,,,or more.

    9. Grandma420 says:

      “The other side” does not seem to want an honest debate, let alone being interested in medicinal properties of cannabis. The age of the internet is making freedom of speech and many people are calling for the madness to stop.

      Until there is an honest debate, which there is no debate really, the government knows they will be proven wrong. End Prohibition!