Aggie author makes case for medical marijuana – Bryan-College Station Eagle

About 40 people — some searching for hope for themselves or loved ones, others just curious — attended a presentation Saturday by author Nishi Whiteley on the benefits of medical marijuana.

Whiteley, who is a Texas A&M graduate and author of Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill, addressed the group at First United Methodist Church in Bryan and shared content from her book. First, she explained the neurology behind cannabis use and how it affects brain function. Like other fatty acids, cannabidiol (CBD) stimulates the endocannabinoid system. Whiteley said CBD has a significant effect on chronic pain and stress and enhances parts of the brain that fight oxidation and forms of inflammation, which can help with such issues as nausea, lack of focus, memory retention and anxiety.

Whiteley noted that the use of cannabis or CBD is not a “cure-all” or “magic pill,” but that the substance’s many medicinal properties were once used effectively in about 2,000 common pharmaceutical drugs in the United States before its taxation in the 1930s made possession illegal. In 1970, the marijuana tax was found to be unconstitutional, and marijuana was reclassified as part of the Controlled Substances Act.

“What is it that greed, racism and ignorance have in common?” she asked her audience. “They are the foundation of our national cannabis policy, not science.”

Whiteley received the support of Brazos County Judge John Delaney, who has spoken out against the prohibition of medical marijuana use in Texas.

“I have been on this mission pursuing this cause for about eight years now,” Delaney told Whitley’s audience during a break in the seminar. “It’s a complex story involving friends and family members whose lives were

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