Hemp Journal: Part 3 - Hemp and Cannabis Flower and Leaf Abuse

by Jason J. Duke - Owner/Artisan

Fresh Content: August 1, 2022 00:36

Illicit Hemp and Cannabis Abuse is of the Flowers and Leaves

Hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves are non-ingestible intoxicant plant parts that contain cannabinoids that are commonly sold, either as pure isolated cannabinoid drug or as full-spectrum or broad spectrum extractions of cannabinoids.

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Hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves contain excessive amounts (far beyond trace amounts) of cannabinoids that have depressant, anesthetic, narcotic, and psychedelic properties from their direct reduction, interference, inhibition, and paralysis of central nervous system neurotransmitter signaling within the endocannabinoid system in the body.

The mechanisms of the analgesic effect of cannabinoids include inhibition of the release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from presynaptic nerve endings, modulation of postsynaptic neuron excitability, activation of descending inhibitory pain pathways, and reduction of neural inflammation.

—Frontiers in Pharmacology, Cannabinoids and Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules

While some cannabinoids, such as THC, are also neurotoxic and cause lasting nerve cell death, other cannabinoids, such as CBD, only have toxic effects that temporarily intervene with neurotransmitters in nerve functioning, as follows:

  • "inhibition of the release of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides from presynaptic nerve endings" is an inhibitory narcotic property
  • "modulation of postsynaptic neuron excitability" is a paralyzing psychedelic property
  • "activation of descending inhibitory pain pathways" is an interfering anesthetic property
  • "reduction of neural inflammation" is a reducing depressant property.

Any method of hemp and cannabis flower and leaf consumption, regardless of the types of cannabinoids present, is abused for inducing states of false well-being such as painlessness, dissociation, and manic euphoria, while also causing common narcotic effects of inducing somnolence, drowsiness, insensibility, nausea, decreased appetite, and apathy.

Cannabinoids are Intoxicants Found in Flowers and Leaves

The consumption of hemp and cannabis flower and leaf has no benefit to health, nor can hemp and cannabis flower and leaf be used medicinally for healing, because they are a intoxicant that interferes with bodily functions which also increases the side effects of drugs concurrently taken with them.

The nutrients and other constituents found in hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves are not viable because of the presence of the intoxicant cannabinoids.

For example, CBD is one of the constituents in full-spectrum and broad spectrum extractions of hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves that intoxicate and interfere with the body's functions, therefore full-spectrum and broad spectrum extracts of hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves are not medicinal herbal dietary supplements for health and healing, but instead inedible intoxicants.

Ingredients that are derived from parts of the cannabis plant that do not contain THC or CBD might fall outside the scope of this exclusion, and therefore might be able to be marketed as dietary supplements.

—USFDA, FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD)

Any hemp and cannabis product that is derived from anything other than the seed is not to be consumed as a dietary supplement, since all hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves contain cannabinoid intoxicants. Additionally, any hemp and cannabis products that have CBD listed anywhere on the label suggest that the purified drug CBD has been added to the product and is considered illegal drug sales. 

Adverse and Dangerous Intoxicant Effects

Hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves are dangerous to use when driving, when working, and operating heavy machinery due to their nervous system depressing effects of drowsiness, sedation, lethargy, and fatigue.

Hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves have a multitude of adverse and detrimental health effects causing physical, emotional, and mental impairment in the short-term and long-term which include:

  • headache
  • CNS inhibition
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • lethargy
  • sedation
  • irritability
  • fever
  • tremors
  • convulsions
  • rash
  • liver damage
  • nausea
  • abdominal discomfort
  • gastrointestinal disturbances
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abnormal appetite
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • increased anxiety
  • personality changes
  • abnormal behavior
  • disturbances in relationships
  • lack of empathy
  • apathy
  • abnormally slow heart rate
  • decreased red blood cells
  • low blood pressure
  • lightheadedness
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • infertility in females and males
  • decreased sperm in males
  • decreased testosterone in males
  • shrunken testicles in males
  • protein metabolism interference
  • retarded brain function
  • decreased growth and regeneration
  • decreased bodyweight of newborns
Hemp and Cannabis Flower and Leaf Snake Oil

Medical fraudsters and quack doctors, with government agency approval, wrongly promote and prescribe hemp and cannabis flowers and leaves and cannabinoid derivatives, such as THC and CBD, for quack medicine snake oil uses to inappropriately treat and manage diseases and conditions. 

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