High Country

2013, Drugs  -   89 Comments
Ratings: 8.73/10 from 63 users.

Marijuana, weed, flower, bud, pot - call it what you will but humans have been using cannabis for millennia. This is an ancient medicinal plant that was widely used by physicians in America and everywhere else on the planet right up until 1937 when the government decided to make cannabis illegal. And just because you make something illegal doesn't magically strip it of its therapeutic properties.

In 1970 cannabis was classified as "Schedule 1" drug, when the US government decided that the plant had zero medical value and a high potential for abuse.

Forty years on, medical pot is legal in 18 states, including Washington DC. In November 2012, Washington State and Colorado voted to legalize small amounts of weed for recreational use. With the world's eyes on Colorado, which just green-lit the first ever regulated, taxed, legal, recreational cannabis market, Motherboard headed west to see about the new green rush. They first went in a nondescript, industrial corner of town, in the grow house for Denver Relief - Colorado's second oldest medical pot dispensary.

Cannabis isn't just a plant; it's not really the evil weed that everybody thinks it is. Right now universities and college camps are not even allowed to study or research cannabis, which is pretty ridiculous. They're allowed to study cocaine and all the other drugs, they can do experiments, research and development on them, but they can't do that with cannabis. We know that there's medicinal value in cannabis and the government knows damn well that there's medicinal value in cannabis, and the fact that they don't let the Universities research it, it's a crying shame.

The government is not that interested in funding therapeutic studies, they're willing to fund studies looking at how bad cannabis is for you. You can only get cannabis from the government, you can't get it anywhere else, and DEA is making sure that nobody else can grow or research cannabis. The government is saying that cannabis is "Schedule 1," that there is no accepted medical use for it, and on the other hand they're not allowing any research to happen, to show that it has any sort of therapeutic efficacy.

Even if you've never smoked a joint in your life you have sort of internal cannabis in your body. You have an endocannabinoid system. You've got cannabinoid receptors in your brain, liver, spleen, bladder, your immune system cells... you've got receptors all over your body for this plant, so when you smoke you're sort of stimulating working within the endocannabinoid system. You're stimulating your cannabinoid receptors that help to regulate your immune system, energy, metabolism, blood sugar, etc.

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89 Comments / User Reviews

  1. tim thompson

    so much disinformation! so many souless shills. cannabis is THE medicine so sick of big pharma muddying everytihing

  2. Bob Bobert

    I even smoke weed sometimes and love the s*it.. but still... don't make the mistake of thinking its only good... theres some serious psychological downfalls that only a long term smoker would recognize.

  3. Bob Bobert

    " you've got receptors all over your body for this plant" You also have receptors all over your body for a whole variety of different poisons.
    Also just because something binds to a receptor.. that doesn't mean that is the purpose of that receptor.

  4. Bob Bobert

    Not worth watching... and I know that because there are blatent LIES in the description "the fact that they don't let the Universities research it, it's a crying shame." Thats bulls*it... I personally know someone who studied cannibis in university.

  5. Daath Gnosis

    Same conclusions I also made supplementing with cbd and melatonin is good for preventing issues obviously, having problems with marijuana is not something is consider personally though, personally I know It helps me and someone saying otherwise is a complete m*ron in my eyes, the word m*ron is perhaps a bit overused.

  6. Guest

    I will paste this comment in a more recent cannabis video. People need to wake up.
    For heavy smokers of high grade marijuana (high THC content) the withdrawal symptoms are very serius and take months to go away. Depersonalization, panic, can´t eat, paranoia, muscle pain, headaches, tachicardia, alterations in body temperature (hot/cold), night sweats and vivid nightmares, insomnia, blurred vision, extreme anxiety mixed with lethargy.
    Hard to believe?! That´s because the potency in marijuana is very high today in many places so more and more people are having more severe withdrawals.
    What relaxes in marijuana is not THC. THC creates tension, anxiety, euforia and hallucinations/psychotic symptoms. What gives stress relief are CBD and CBN which are sedatives and counteract the phychotic symptoms of THC.
    Today marijuana is very high in THC but has very low CBD and CBN level. This turns the problem worse.
    Marijuana is a complex drug, the addiction is complex and the withdrawals are complex too and goes in waves.
    People who smoke low or mid grade marijuana are not undertanding how hard the withdrawals can be for a heavy user of high grade.
    Have in mind that a standard joint of normal weak weed has less than10 mgs of THC and a joint of high grade has something around 150 or 200 mgs of THC.

    1. Yogurt Head

      You have simply been brainwashed by hogwash jargon.

  7. nacia

    Cool doc guys! Thanks!

  8. ChefBryn

    Its only illegal because of lobbying and the massive tobacco Companies forcing the hand of the government to make it illegal.....

    1. Psych3d

      If it were only this simple... but you're on your way anyhow ;)

    2. Krutarth

      Its more like lobbying from big pharma companies.

  9. Psych3d

    All those fencing with studies about schizophrenic/psychotic behaviour, loss of braincells, and whatever mumbo jumbo that comes up... I can assure you that even IF one day a study does actually PROVE a certain compound/molecule (of a way vaster array of compounds in the plant, mind you) would "trigger" (not cause!) this behaviour, then they would still notice it's a very small minority (couple percent?) in comparison with all the regular legal prescription and non-prescription drugs out there... In fact, if this empire called "america" would allow studies to find the POSITIVE effects of marijuana, one might even find compounds that actually destroy the triggers for various mental disorders... As with any substance out there (whether food, plants, drugs, ...) you have those that will be impacted either negatively or positively. Not any one substance has the same effect on every individual. But if we choose to live in ignorance, it'll always just be a yay versus nay debate with no progress whatsoever...

    That said, what triggers even more mental disorders is the media itself... uninformed biased information being put into the minds of many through tv-sets, internet, music, religion, politics, lobbyists, ...

    In this day and age it is simply very normal behaviour to go totally nuts... If you consider oneself "normal" then it is time to reconsider what normal really is... but that is a whole other discussion entirely, though a way more appropriate one than wanting to ban a plant on bases of wrong information...

    Hell... if you show some law enforcers out there a psycho active plant, they get scared thinking the plant might somehow affect them from a distance (just pointing out how much idiots are invading your personal freedoms/pirvacy, lol)... but it's good this debate keeps on going though, hopefully one day, the skeptics have some disorder that can only be helped by marijuana, making them conquer their fears and thrive by using some sort of extract that makes their lives a better place... and they will be glad by then that they didn't vote to criminalise it again...

    we will see what the pot-future brings...

  10. Scoobsnheather

    This documentary was wonderful! It was light hearted, but very educational and interesting!

    I personally use pot and have for over 16 years. I have horrible body pains as well as having Bipolar Disorder with occasional delusions. Pot helped to save my life when I hit one of my most severe depressions back in December of 2011. Its side effects are not harmful in the least for me, even with my serious mental illness.

    I also use pot to help with my body pains (the doc thinks I may have fibromyalgia, but I also suffer from osteoarthritis.). It helps me eat and sleep when I can't do it on my own, and best of all, helps me deal with my widespread pain!

    1. Robin Wright

      totally agree my friend;
      i've had a rare disease since birth with chronic pains most of my adult working life.
      To me, pot is a bad word; it is 'sacred cannabis' and there's evidence that use goes all the way back to the very beginning of Judaeo-Christianity if not before, the Egyptians. We are one of the few cultures in the world that make it illegel so that 'law enforcement' can say it's doing its job, moving billions of dollars each year. While we pain-sufferers are criminalized because we seek relief and stability

    2. Scoobsnheather

      To me, pot isn't a bad word, then again...I am Canadian. lol :)

      It's really frustrating, as a pain sufferer, because the long term use of the medications they prescribe is not sustainable for us physiologically. Those meds do way more harm than good in the short and long term. There are no harmful side effects to ingesting pot (edibles), especially physically. It is a sustainable method for pain relief with no major consequences. That point really upsets me when I have a damn good doctor who doesn't believe in giving me a medical card for pot because he's either afraid of the liability or he just simply doesn't agree with that method.

  11. Guest

    Addiction is a psychological disposition of a person. Objects and substances do not create the mentality of a person. So, that argument is a dud. Marijuana is a controversial matter, which means that the substance has to be used properly and be of quality. Legalize it already. By the way, I don't smoke.

    1. Carl Hendershot

      I have done it all and then some... No addictions whatsoever. I wonder if others who have become "Addicts" have some sort of DNA flaw...

  12. dmxi

    'bootifull' doc...one of the best esp. the two giggl'ing at the end .
    highly recommendable watch,even for the mildly interrested !!!

  13. oQ

    Marijuana got acknowledged for it's benefit by the mass at large through documentaries, Motherboard is the latest testimony of how far the US has gotten, but what direction is it taking by the way?
    And what about Canada? Or Europe?

  14. djc200

    drooooool. :)

    While this doc was fun to watch (for me at least), I heard a perspective rather striking and true on NPR this morning... that the decriminalization of marijuana was a good first step, but that America is not actually ready for legalization. Allowing "getting high" to be a legal business, subject to pure free-market forces, can lead to very negative consequences for society on a whole. So what also needs to be pushed concurrently is proper, truthful education on mind-altering substances. Americans have been lied to their whole lives about drugs - we still are. Therefore, Americans are mostly ignorant and prone to not only abusing marijuana itself (a rather harmless consequence, relatively speaking), but more importantly, prone to creating a hedonistic sub-culture - one that will inevitably weave itself throughout the American fabric and will persist as a major undertone to our post-modern history.

    1. WiseGapist

      "Americans are mostly ignorant and prone to not only abusing marijuana itself (a rather harmless consequence, relatively speaking), but more importantly, prone to creating a hedonistic sub-culture - one that will inevitably weave itself throughout the American fabric and will persist as a major undertone to our post-modern history."

      You mean humanity as a species is prone to hedonism as a central part of its culture, a trait that has woven itself into the human social fabric since our tribal days.

    2. RedMagnolia

      We already have a hedonistic sub-culture: It is called the 1%!

  15. dmxi

    a pity that roaches cause the 'stuck-to-the couch' - syndrome !!!

    1. AJF13

      English guy here. Please explain that sentence to me.