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As I sit down to begin the writing process for this post, I am met with an uncertainty. An uncertainty in how this piece in its entirety will be received. For those of you that may have avoided the debate on cannabis or have just yet to inform yourself, I encourage you to make it to the ending of this post. I will try to the best of my ability to come from an objective vantage point, while sharing what I have come across in my own research regarding the utilization of cannabis and the products derived from the plant itself.


Cannabis currently sits with some sort of medically legal status in all but four independent states of the United States. With nine of these sitting at recreational legal status.


Though cannabis continues to be federally illegal, states have the right to make their own laws and regulations. This is demonstrated below for a visual representation of the state of legalization in our country.



Cannabis in the United States Overview



The list of ailments that allow for medicinal usage is continuously growing, just not at the rate many hoped that it would. While many would benefit from the utilization of cannabis for treating depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping / insomnia, PTSD, headaches, GI disorders, nausea, appetite stimulation, pain alleviation, and even cancer – some state governments continue to only allow for the use in treatment of seizure disorders, leaving many in the gap.


So why is cannabis illegal?


And have you done research for yourself on this issue?


So, cannabis has been banned since the 1930s. The short version is, prohibition on alcohol was a bust – a major failure for the government. Harry Anslinger was the head of the Department of Prohibition, and this department needed a new mission, PRONTO!


Harry wrote to lead scientists asking if this cannabis was dangerous and if it should be banned. Only one wrote back with a “yes”, and just like that, the U.S. Government had its new mission: The War On Drugs.


He referred to cannabis as “the demon weed” and convinced the general public they would go into a “delirious rage”, “lose the power of connected thought”, and eventually be overcome with “insanity”.


As doctors began to write in to him with their findings of the effects of cannabis on the body, Harry realized there were many positive effects and uses, though in fear of losing his job, began to threaten those that attempted to speak out. He also refused to fund any scientific studies, independently or through the government.


To this day, scientific evidence continues to be in overwhelming favor of the use of cannabis.


When comparing cannabis to legal substances with a high mortality rate: Cannabis currently sits at zero related deaths in the United States, while alcohol alone currently sits around 85,000 annually.


What would happen if we broke down the number of deaths from medical prescriptions? What about OTC or over the counter medications?


The below numbers continue to rise every year. We have legalized Tobacco with over 430,000 deaths annually – FOR MONEY. Though the government refuses to legalize and regulate a product that helps, is safer, and would bring in more revenue. 


I am left considering that the government wants us to remain sick. 



Causes of Death Chart



Do the research yourself, follow as the numbers continue to change on published statistics, look up YouTube videos and internet sites that show the healing and medical properties in cannabis, and realize there is a deeper reasoning behind all of this.


The government would lose money from multiple industries if the swap was to be made towards utilizing the cannabis plant, and its cousin, the hemp plant.



Uses for Cannabis Plant



Beyond the span of helping aid in ailments, various medical conditions, and recreation for some, this is one of the most versatile plants on the globe.


I’d like to believe it was put here for our use.





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This specific pipe is intended for use with dry herb. Make sure you utilize a quality grinder to get a fine blend to work with.


The glass is transparent and durable. Though clear glass pieces can get internally dirty, this is easily cleaned with an alcohol based cleaner. The rings in the neck of the pipe allow for the smoke to cool so that hits become less harsh than a normal pipe. For those of you that are used to a bong or bubbler, I would recommend breathing in somewhat slower than normal at first.


This specific pipe also has a deep blown glass bowl that doubles as an ash catcher inside the piece. As well as a unique rounded carb and mouthpiece, as you can see from the images below.



Upline Spoon Pipe, Top
Upline Spoon Pipe, Base


Get the Upline Pipe for yourself here.


Have anything to further add to the discussion? Let us know!



This post was sponsored by DopeBoo.


  • you just don get it

    War on drugs was more about attacking people and communities of color specifically black communities. But carry on with your mislead white feminism ideals.

    • southofzen

      I’m open to discussion. Definitely want to explore all vantage points.

      The war on drugs helped a lot of government department heads fulfill their own agendas. Unfortunately under Nixon it mainly did attack people of color and disrupt their communities.

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