healing vs disease management
healing vs disease management

How Cannabis Promotes Healing While Big Pharma Promotes Disease Management

What is the difference between managing a disease and healing a disease?

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Reginald Reefer on Sunday Aug 20, 2023

healing vs disease management

How Cannabis Warps Your Mind In Relation To Illness


Big Pharma doesn’t want you to be healthy. At least, this isn’t very good for their profit margins. However, I think it’s important to make a distinction between pharma and Big Pharma.


Pharmaceutical companies primarily focus on treating illnesses and medical conditions, and there's a complex interplay between their goals and promoting overall health. It's not accurate to say that they don't want healthy people, but their profit model is largely driven by medications and treatments, which are essential for addressing diseases.


Big Pharma, are the top players within the pharmaceutical industry and are the ones who spend billions on dining congress people, sponsoring the news, prime television, and anything they can. It’s important to distinguish an independent pharmaceutical company that might be working on some specific disease, than the “Big Fish” on the market. Despite the fact that “Big Pharma” would probably end up buying out the small fish, there is a distinction between the chemists and scientists that are genuinely working on curing diseases for humanity, and the people who are responsible for sales and distribution.


One way the pharmaceutical industry can be perceived as keeping people unhealthy is through the concept of "disease management."


Instead of focusing solely on prevention, they often emphasize managing and treating chronic conditions with medications. This can create a cycle where people are reliant on these medications rather than addressing underlying lifestyle factors.


Furthermore, the profit-driven nature of the industry can sometimes prioritize the development and promotion of drugs over holistic approaches like lifestyle changes. The marketing of drugs for conditions that might be managed through healthier habits can indirectly discourage people from prioritizing prevention and wellness. For example, “using a weight loss drug” vs simply eating better and becoming more active.


However, it's important to recognize that this issue is multifaceted.


Many pharmaceutical companies invest in research and development to find cures and treatments for serious diseases. The challenge lies in striking a balance between profit motives and the genuine desire to improve public health. Addressing the complexities of this dynamic requires a comprehensive approach involving healthcare policies, patient education, and shifting societal perspectives on health and well-being.


Now that we’ve established this, let me restate my original premise.




This is also a reason why Big Pharma isn’t too keen on legalizing cannabis around the world, and why in the US – despite having nearly 80% approval among votersthe DEA will “check” about a report so they can do their report in order to “reschedule cannabis”.


Despite all of the approval of cannabis, you have credit card processors like Visa and MasterCard declining cannabis related purchases. You have delay after delay and it really isn’t “that difficult”.


We have now more than 26-years of legal cannabis in one form or another. We know how people react to different potencies. The only reason why we aren’t seeing cannabis legalized and completely removed from the Controlled Substance Act is because Big Pharma doesn’t want that to happen.


Cannabis promotes Healing, Pharma Promotes Disease Management


Pharma doesn’t like cannabis because they can’t patent the plant. They probably will be able to patent particular cannabinoid concoctions and processes, like creating cannabinoids through bacteria farms and so forth.


But, even with all the science, to get your own cannabis fresh from the ground, you just need some sunshine, soil, water, and patience. Then, taking the cannabis and converting it into oil or other forms of consumption is relatively easy.


With cannabis, you can be the complete supply chain for your medicine without the need of pharma’s involvement.


Because growing your medicine is so easy, it’s safe to assume that you’d eventually grow a small surplus, process a bunch of it, and have an infinite supply of medicine without having to fork over a dime to anyone else.


More importantly, because you’re managing your pain or treating your symptoms with cannabis, you’re not feeling the side effects of the pharmaceuticals – and with more vigor, you begin to get more active. You eat better, you exercise, and before your know it – you’re no longer ill but healthy.


You lose weight, you gain more energy, your thinking is sharper – you’re a whole different human.


This is what Pharma abhors above all – self-sufficiency and the healer’s  mindset. Cannabis inspires the body to heal. You smoke a joint and it might not “dull the pain” completely, but it allows you to reevaluate and disengage from the symptom. This creates space between you and the disease, and you allow your awareness to drift away from the cloud of association of illness.


As your mind is distracted from the symptoms, your body can begin to heal itself, as you are no longer tense and inhibiting the process. You shift into rest and digest mode, relaxing, allowing the healing to take place.


Cannabis also helps the mind steer away from the negativity. It allows the mind to detach from the “pain of the moment”, accept it, and simply decide to engage with other aspects of life.


“Yea it still hurts, but I’m going to keep on living and going forward”.


This isn’t an action of defiance to the illness. It’s saying, “everyday my body is getting stronger, every day I am getting healthier…”


Taking medicine to control the symptoms, that is an act of “defiance” against the disease. It’s saying, “Yes I’m sick and it hurts in these different parts, and as a result I’m taking this medicine because it’s too much for me to handle.”


This isn’t to say that you can’t take medicine to control the symptoms. Sometimes, even the chirpiest of attitudes won’t cure your headache. Taking some Aspirin in these instances  to deal with the pain of the headache allows you to be functional. But, simultaneously you’ll rest, hydrate, relax (in the case it’s stress related). You focus on the healing as opposed to treating the symptoms.


Why this shift matters?


The difference in mentality comes down to being a victim of your circumstances versus being someone who is actively involved in your healing process. You are choosing to eat better, to sleep better, to do exercise, to watch our emotions.


This is an active stance towards optimal living, and as a result, your unconscious mind gets conditioned to look for more of the same. The unconscious mind only replicates that what we focus on and discovers patterns within the fabric of reality.


Therefore, if you’re focused on being “healthy” and adhering a “healthy lifestyle”. The unconscious mind will begin to seek out similar events in your life, compounding your actions to become healthier and healthier.


However, pill poppers become dependent on their source of symptom management. Instead of coming to terms with their pain, to examine their relationship to their pain, to learn how deep the wounds actually go – and who find their relief in the bottom of a pill jar.


These people will forever be subjected to the pain. When their  opioids run out, the pain returns and much greater intensity.


This isn’t to say that opioids on occasions can’t be a blessing. But as we know, many people don’t take opioids sparingly. They get prescribed hard drugs post surgery, relieving their pain momentarily, but also potentially hijacking their reward system, hooking them on a potent narcotic.


When the prescription runs out, people often turn to black market opioids to satisfy their need. Even within the black market, Pharma makes some money. After all, if some dealer on the street is selling Oxy, Pharma already got paid.


Why is this important?


Well – turns out that legalized cannabis has a significant impact on illegal opioid consumption.



Researchers at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and UCLA surveyed 205 people who use cannabis and opioids without a prescription from December 2019 to November 2021, aiming to test the theory that marijuana represents an effective harm reduction tool amid the overdose crisis.


The study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, found that 58 percent of participants reported that their motivation to use marijuana was to reduce opioid cravings. And a multivariable analysis showed that cannabis use “was significantly associated with self-reported reductions in opioid use.” – Source Marijuana Moment



Can you imagine a near 60% reduction in profits for Pharma? No need to imagine, this is already happening on a state level. Big Pharmaceuticals are said to lose billions every time cannabis is legalized.



The findings reveal that the legalization of cannabis in those states coincided with a 1.5-2% drop in stock prices for giants like Purdue Pharma and Pfizer, among others, which amounts to roughly $3 billion in lost sales and nearly $10 billion in market share losses for the industry as a whole.


After analyzing stock market data recorded in the immediate aftermath of cannabis legalization in legal states, researchers observed a statistically significant drop in the returns of major drug companies. The study’s authors said the trend “persists during the 20 business days following” legalization, resulting in market share losses worth billions, and a decline in post-legalization sales for Big Pharma. – Source (Leafly)


What this means is that whenever cannabis is legalized pharma loses money not only on the legal market, but consumption declines on the black market as well.


Couple this with people who smoke cannabis generally having a lower body-mass index than their non-smoking counterparts, the fact that cannabis consumption enhances the enjoyment of working out and increases the speed of recovery.


This doesn’t mean that all stoner habits are healthy. On the contrary, “the munchies” can be a double-edged sword. Nonetheless, despite all  of this cannabis users seem to be “healthy” and those who use medical marijuana will talk about their “journey to health”.


I personally think that this is the key element in the equation – the shift in mindset. Why depend on pharma if I can grow my own medicine? Why pay them when I have the ability to us nature in my favor without the intervention of a third party?


These lines of questioning petrifies Big Pharma and as a result they fund lawmakers, the media, the scientific communities, anyone who is willing to take their money – and why cannabis still hasn’t been legalized in the US despite its popularity.


The Sticky Bottom-line


Some might think that mindset doesn’t matter, but any psychonaut knows it matters a great deal. Therefore, if cannabis helps people tune into the healing frequency as opposed to disease management frequency, then you’ll create “healthier people”.


Pharma doesn’t like this. They may claim they want to research the healing potential of cannabis, but only to turn it into drugs they can patent. They have no interest in legality, they have no interest in human rights.


To Big Pharma, you’re the product. They buy you from the government, the entertainers, the media – all with the idea of injecting fear, confusion, and disease into your mindscape for the sake of maximizing profits.


Or maybe I’m just high!





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