Marijuana vs Big Pharma

Marijuana vs Big Pharma

Thoughts of Hope

July 24th, 2017


Marijuana. What’s the big deal? I have been wanting to do a blog on marijuana for awhile but was a little unsure because of its social acceptance. BUT that was silly because I’m not unsure about something I strongly believe in. I am a firm believer in marijuana. After reading all of the research I have gathered I assume you may have your own thoughts about it as well! There are constantly new articles on how marijuana is good for you and can benefit you this way and that way.


What medical illnesses might weed be used to treat?

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia/nerve pain disorders
  • Currently being tested in CANADA for MS.
  • Fighting the opioid epidemic
  • Treating sick animals
  • Testing Weed Gum to treat IBS

It’s literally no wonder the gov wants to keep it illegal! Big Pharma would lose out on money, people would live, what a shame?


How are we able to treat these illnesses?

Many different CANNABINOIDS are used in the effort of treating these illnesses. I’ll do a blog on a few cannabinoids and what they’re used to treat in my next blog. Here’s a quick definition of cannabinoid in case you’re not familiar with the term.


What is a cannabinoid?

A term referring to one of a number of chemical compounds found in the weed plant. When you smoke or ingest marijuana cannabinoids these are the chemicals that interact with your body to produce health benefits such as:

  • Anti-proliferative [md1
  • Anti-metastatic md2md3
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  • Pro programmed cell death md5.JPG


How much does weed cost on average in a legal U.S. state?

Price varies throughout the whole country, but on average, AFTER taxes, a single gram is $10.00



Where do the taxes from marijuana go?

In 2015, the state of Colorado brought  $129,136,316 in state taxes! A SINGLE state brought that in!  The first 40 million goes to a state program called BEST. BEST awards grants to local school districts to build and improve school facilities. Local governments get a 15 percent cut of the state’s special sales tax on pot, which was worth about $10 million in the fiscal year that just ended.

The rest of the 10 percent special sales tax and all of the regular 2.9 percent sales tax (about $76.5 million in the last fiscal year) are free to be spent by the state legislature.

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2015-2016 fiscal year.


How much does a Big Pharma company average in profit a year?

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What are the taxes on weed?

In the state of Colorado the total marijuana tax includes: 2.9% retail and medical marijuana sales tax, 10% retail marijuana special sales tax and 15% marijuana excise tax.


What is the average cost a Big Pharma prescription filled?

The average annual retail price of drugs was over $11,000 in 2013 for a patient who has prescriptions for a chronic illness, according to a AARP report. That total was “almost three-quarters of the average Social Security retirement benefit ($15,526),” and nearly half the median income of someone on Medicare ($23,500).

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What are the taxes on Big Pharma?

This is long and not “Straight-to-the-point” because Big Pharma is very creative in how they get around taxes [not to mention the 28 billion dollar tax break thanks to Pres. Trump!!]. Big Pharma often stashes their money in little nations with little or no tax amounts. Here is a link to an article explaining this in way better detail than I can, feel free to read. HERE


Think about this.. Do you have medication[s] to treat symptom[s] from another medication?




In case you have heard FALSE information about marijuana giving you cancer…well I hate to break it to you!

Doesn’t smoking weed increase your chance of lung cancer?

In lab and animal models, researchers found that two cannabis compounds (THC, CBD) are successful in killing lung CANCER cells. Treatment will CBD has been shown to trigger cell suicide in lung cancer cells. Studies have shown….

Smoking the equivalent to one cannabis joint a day for 20 years was NOT associated with negative impacts on lung function [here]. Studies have also found no link between moderate marijuana smoking and negative lung function [here]. Thus far there is no evidence that heavy smoking increases negative lung function, although there is also no evidence to rule it out–yet.






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