A shame Michael Jackson did not use cannabis sleep medication instead

The coroner’s report showed that Michael Jackson, in his overpowering desire to sleep, demanded and received narcotics so powerful they were, obviously, life-threatening. Inability to sleep can be profoundly disturbing. Sleep deprivation is a key CIA torture technique. “It causes people to feel absolutely crazy.” Insomnia in the elderly is a major cause of depression and lack of will to live. Jackson’s insomnia appears profound; he received injections of powerful drugs from 2am until 10am.

Insomnia is one of the conditions legally treatable with medical cannabis in some states. Prohibitionist lampoon such applications for medical marijuana as trivial. Actually, the effectiveness of cannabis for treating insomnia points to how the plant provides nearly a universal medication. What percentage of the population sometimes has trouble sleeping? If seeking medication for the problem, why should they be forced into drugs stronger than cannabis, those with real dangers, including addiction and death? Likewise should those suffering pain be forced into medications less safe than cannabis by drug laws formed in ignorance and prejudice?

Strangely, it is a misplaced sense of morality that seems to motivate prohibitionists. Those wishing to restrict the use of medical cannabis on moral grounds should realized that Queen Victoria herself made use of medical cannabis for menstrual cramps. Mitch Earlywine in Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence, on page 113 mentions that the Queen’s chief physician, Dr. J. R. Reynolds, “recommended the drug for insomnia.”  Reynolds wrote of the therapeutic effects of the drug in Lancet in 1890. So, despite the restrictions Victorian morality, the Queen and her subjects enjoyed medical freedoms deemed illegal in the USA over a century later.

Apparently the cannabinoid best suited for aided sleep is CBD, cannabidiol. High CBD cannabis medications in the form of edibles and tinctures are available in dispensaries not far from Michael Jackson’s LA home. What a shame the entertainer and his doctor focused on high-risk narcotics instead of the far safer cannabis medications available nearby. As DEA law judge Francis Young noted back in 1988, “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”

11 thoughts on “A shame Michael Jackson did not use cannabis sleep medication instead

  1. He is a really great guy. it really pissed me off because before he died everyone was calling him gay and making stupid jokes about him and now that he is dead everyone is starting to appreciate him a lot more. its sad because i know his kids heard some of the jokes and that probably upset them a lot. if someone talked about my parents in a bad way i would kick their X@@##! but there is no way they could stand up to all of them people. MICHAEL JACKSON is da best! 😀

  2. Yes I believe that insomnia is one of the conditions legally treatable with medical cannabis in some states. Well, we really don’t know what happen to Michael Jackson. Only God knows. Thank you for posting.

  3. Few people truly understand the intense pressure that celebrities like Baldwin, Winehoue and Jackson are put under. In many cases the scrutiny is too much. After all, drug use and addiction is part of our human nature, so whether a star crumbles from a drug problem that began before or after their stardom doesn’t matter at all. We don’t need to appreciate or care about their behavior, but I think it is fair to give concession to the pressures of fame – intentional or not…

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