Aspirin vs. Marijuana

Aspirin vs. Marijuana

Written by nunya

This is a repost with a few edits…

When Bayer introduced aspirin in 1899, cannabis was America’s number one painkiller. Until marijuana prohibition began in 1937, the US Pharmacopoeia listed cannabis as the primary medicine for over 100 diseases. Cannabis was such an effective analgesic that the American Medical Association (AMA) argued against prohibition on behalf of medical progress. Since the herb is extremely potent and essentially non-toxic, the AMA considered it a potential wonder drug.

Instead, the invention of aspirin gave birth to the modern pharmaceutical industry and Americans switched away from cannabis in the name of “progress.” But was it really progress? There can be no doubt that aspirin has a long history as the drug of choice for the self-treatment of migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain. It is cheap and effective. But is it as safe as cannabis?


One Response to “Aspirin vs. Marijuana”

  1. Great post. Bayer is a company with a lot of blood on its hands. Aspirin isn’t the only drug that Bayer popularized, they rose to prominence selling a wide range of opiate-containing drugs, culminating with Heroin. Before it was the scourge of the streets, it was a prescription drug brought to us by Bayer. They also manufacture and sell Methadone today to all the people they got addicted to heroin.

    Bayer was also part of the IG Farben business conglomerate that funded and backed Hitler’s rise to power. Some good books on this topic: Crime and Punishment of IG Farben by Joseph Borkin, and Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Antony Sutton.

    Cannabis vs. Heroin is obvious enough, but Cannabis vs. Aspirin is also telling. And Cannabis has been with humanity since day one — plenty of time for bad side-effects to be noticed.

    I always chuckle at how today’s prescription medication continually becomes tomorrow’s street drugs.

    I think the real problem they have with Cannabis has always been the fact you can grow it yourself and it requires no extraction or refinement manufacturing process to get the active ingredients. Too close to independence.

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