Pharmaceutical Industry Synthesizing Marijuana To Patent It… And It’s Already Killing People

Why would we turn to Big Pharma to synthesize what Nature already got right? Millions of people are successfully using medical marijuana to treat an array of disorders and diseases. We do not need huge corporations to fix what is not in fact broken.
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    A marijuana plant stands during a press presentation of a legal medicinal marijuana harvest in the La Florida municipality of Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Planting, selling and transporting marijuana is usually illegal in Chile and carries prison terms of up to 15 years. But the law allows medical use of marijuana with the authorization of several ministries.

    Many have speculated whether or not the pharmaceutical industry has something to do with the continued prohibition on marijuana. It’s easy to see where these suspicions are coming from, considering the fact that marijuana has been proven as an effective treatment for so many maladies that “Big Pharma” treats with synthetic medicines.

    Matt Agorist, with The Free Thought Project, notes that “there are over 20,000 articles searchable on PubMed detailing the effects of “cannabinoid”(s). New research has shown that cannabis is an effective treatment for a myriad of ailments ranging from cancer, to epilepsy, to PTSD.

    Now, the pharmaceutical industry seems to realize the inevitability of legal marijuana – across the nation – so they are doing something about it: they are trying to patent it.

    Since it is impossible to patent the plant itself, Big Pharma is turning to its scientists to synthesize and patent the active chemicals in marijuana – so they can monopolize the market for these chemicals.

    The drug Marinol, produced by Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc. “contains a nearly identical molecular structure as the THC molecule and has similar effects of marijuana on cancer patients in regards to increasing appetite, etc.,” Agorist writes. “But unlike its natural counterpart, Marinol does not grow on trees.”

    The results of this synthesizing has been numerous deaths, according to Ouest France. They report that in a test by the corporation Biotrial, conducted for the Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial, there have been six people hospitalized in Rennes.

    Recently, one of those victims of these unnecessary tests has died. The tests are unnecessary, because Nature has already given us the cannabis plant itself to properly deliver these active chemicals. We do not need the pharmaceutical industry to isolate and encapsulate them for us.

    Marisol Touraine, France’s Minister of Health made it clear that no natural marijuana was used in these studies at all. Only the synthetic ECS stimulant was used.

    Agorist notes that “Taken orally, the drug was undergoing a Phase 1 clinical trial at a licensed private European laboratory that specializes in clinical trials, the French health ministry said… Attempting to recreate the natural analgesic effects of cannabis, this pharmaceutical company unwittingly killed someone and gravely injured several others.”

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    • Simiansez

      This sort of worthless “research” is part of the reason medicines cost twice as much in the States as they do in the rest of the world.
      It doesn’t take a scientist to recognize that MJ is a self propagating weed that is prolific by nature.

      • Annish

        MOSTLY the reason medicine costs so much here is there is no control over the prices at all. In countries with socialized medicine, the prices are negotiated. Look up how much the same exact drug, made in the US or not, costs in different countries. If drug companies can make fat profits on dramatically lower prices everywhere else… why are we paying? Because big pharma bought our lawmakers. Revolting and factual.

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    • Rob Shaffer

      Big pharma and politicians both parties in the same bed. They feed us poison and deny us medicine. What a world we have ended up living in.

    • J Kyle Boudreau

      I’ve heard DuPont family lobbied for demonizing marijuana, but more intent on hemp. They were developing synthetic fibers and products and they saw hemp as competition. Not sure if this has been substantiated, but definitely seems plausible.

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    • A Freedom Fighter

      Just more strong evidence that Big Pharma is all about money and has nothing to do with what is good or safe for people. Cannabis has never killed from toxic overdose in all medical history. Drugs from Big Pharma kill over 200,000 people per year here in the United States alone not to mention another 5,000 people who die each year in traffic due to pharmaceutical intoxicated drivers.

    • malcolmkyle

      “Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people.”

      —an extract from: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.