Did you know that about 1% of the population has epilepsy, a condition of spontaneously recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden, excessive discharge of nervous system electrical activity that usually causes unexpected changes in behavior, motor function, sensation or consciousness.
Those afflicted throughout history were labeled as ‘the devil’ or having evil spirits inside and some times they were killed. Early Greeks labeled epilepsy as a curse from the Gods, and in the 15th century two friars published in a book that seizures are characteristics of a witch. Over 200,000 ‘witches’ were burned at the stake.
Not until the late 1800’s did doctors identify epilepsy as a condition that came from the brain. Medication was soon developed, and even cannabis made it’s way in the hands of many epilieptic patients. That is until 1937 when the United States reclassified marijuana.
It’s impossible to perform an internet search and not see videos or articles about children, adults and the elderly finding remarkable benefits from marijuana.
By restricting the access to this valuable medicine (marijuana) and to all kinds of patients, not just epilepsy, we are literally burning people at the stake and calling them ‘the devil’. It appears not much has changed in a couple of millennia. Where they burn books, they soon burn people.