1. Doctors Viewpoints on The Use Medicinal Marijuana Use:
“This is a historic statement by one of the world’s most respected physician groups, and shows the growing scientific consensus that marijuana is a safe, effective medicine for some patients, including many battling life-threatening illnesses like cancer and AIDS,” said former US Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elder. ” [source]
– This should come as shocking news to no one. As many know, the U.S. had marijuana noted as a known pharmacological substance; recognized by U.S. doctors until the mid-1930’s, when Mr. Hearst and his gang of miscreant liars started their campaign of “Yellow Journalism.”
2. Medicinal Societies’ Thoughts:
Large medical associations move cautiously, and for the American College of Physicians to note ‘a clear discord’ between scientific opinion and government policy on medical marijuana is a stinging rebuke to our government. It’s time for politicians and bureaucrats to get out of the way of good medicine and solid research.” [source]
– Well alright then! We have no less than “the American College of Physicians” stating that marijuana is of use and the science that supports it is being blocked, detoured, and lied about by our own government. The ACP noted the robust proof that marijuana is highly beneficial in the treatment of AIDS and its related “wasting syndrome.” As if we needed more proof, the CPA then goes on to note that the associated nausea and vomiting that cancer patients endure during chemotherapy treatments might also be lessened significantly. Also noted by the American College of Physicians, there is more than circumstantial indications that many other medical uses of marijuana may await discovery; but that investigation into cannabinoid research has been obstructed by a byzantine federal endorsement procedure, inadequate access to scientific grade cannabis, and the never ending debate over marijuana’s role in society.
3. The American Federal Government Patent on Cannabinoids:
United States Patent # 6,630,507 Assignee:The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC). [source]
Let’s pause here for a moment…
What kind of sick humor is this? So while our federal government throws medical marijuana patients in prison for growing the medicine that they need; our own government has performed studies — and have established the evidence that the active ingredients in marijuana, most noticeably their cannabinoids have significant medicinal value. Yet the federal government continues to push its propaganda on its citizens, claiming that marijuana has no medicinal value and therefore should remain a schedule one narcotic.
4. Potential Dangers of Smoking Marijuana:
Presumptions regarding cannabis use as a risk factor for the development of certain types of cancer, particularly lung cancer, warrant critical examination. Epidemiologic studies over the past several decades have established causation between alcohol consumption and cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon and rectum, among others. Tobacco use, particularly cigarette smoking, has also been determined to cause similar upper aerodigestive tract (UAT) cancers, as well as cancers of the pancreas, kidneys and bladder, and is implicated with cancers of the stomach and liver, among others.
To date, similar epidemiologic and/or clinical studies on the use of cannabis and cancer are few and not definitive. However, the public and policy-makers should interpret the ambiguity of these results with caution – neither construing them at this time as an endorsement of cannabis’ safety nor as an indictment of its potential health hazards. [source]
As a personal notation to the potential dangers of smoking marijuana, I’ve been smoking for more than half of my life. In this time, it has been my experience that alcohol, not pot, has the greatest potential for danger of any of the recreational substances that are currently available on the market today. From distorting a person’s logic, sense of inhibition and leading them down the path of other harmful and offensive decisions.
5. AIDS and Medical Marijuana:
The effectiveness of cannabis for treating symptoms related to HIV/AIDS is widely recognized. Its value as an anti-emetic and analgesic has been proven in numerous studies and has been recognized by several comprehensive, government-sponsored reviews, including those conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the U.K. House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, the Australian National Task Force on Cannabis, and others.
The IOM concluded, “For patients such as those with AIDS or who are undergoing chemotherapy and who suffer simultaneously from severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs might offer broad-spectrum relief not found in any other single medication.” [source]
With currently over 30 illnesses listed within the subcategory of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, many AIDS sufferers will contract several of these horrific illness before finally succumbing to one of them.
The current medicines prescribed are known to produce an extensive variety of unwanted side effects, including the loss of appetite, intense nausea, pounding headaches, chronic depression and pain; along with fevers and disorientation. The only known herb to date that is capable of providing relief for the entire spectrum of misery is marijuana and its active cannbinoids. Logically, that remains illegal.
6. Marijuana And the Incurably Ill:
The medicinal and recreational use of cannabis has been controversial, especially in the United States. Marijuana for medicinal use is approved in 14 U.S. states and has recently been considered for legalization in several additional states. Given its demonstrated efficacy in symptom management, marijuana has a potential role in palliative care. This study utilized a 16-item questionnaire to assess the knowledge, experience, and views of hospice professionals regarding the use of marijuana in terminally ill patients. The study results revealed that, like the general public, hospice health care providers are generally in favor of legalization of marijuana and, if legalized, would support its use in symptom management for their terminally ill patients. [source]
… for those that are about to die, this treatment presents a slightly different set of issues. For these terminally ill patients, medicinal marijuana and any harm that may be associated with smoking a joint, is a joke. For these terminally ill patients who are suffering in anguish from their debilitating pain and for whom all specified prescriptions have been unsuccessful in providing them relief from their pain. You don’t have to have a very big brain, or heart, to see that the medicinal benefits of smoking pot will absolutely dwarf the harm.”
7. Marinol… and Marijuana: One Vs. Many:
Marinol is manufactured as a gelatin capsule containing synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in sesame oil. It is taken orally and is available in 2.5mg, 5mg and/or 10mg dosages. Marinol may be prescribed for the treatment of cachexia (weight loss) in patients with AIDS and for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conventional antiemetic treatments. Marinol Lacks Several of the Therapeutic Compounds Available in Natural Cannabis … The active ingredient in Marinol, synthetic delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC), is an analogue of one such compound, THC. However, several other cannabinoids available in cannabis — in addition to naturally occurring terpenoids (oils) and flavonoids (phenols) — have also been clinically demonstrated to possess therapeutic utility. Many patients favor natural cannabis to Marinol because it includes these other therapeutically active cannabinoids. [source]
Marinol has many problems. The most important of which deals with the fact that the pill only contains a synthetic form of Delta-9-THC, minus any of the other calming cannabinoids; add to that the lethargic commencement of the psychoactive ingredients, minimal absorption rate, plus the amount of medication absorbed varies from person to person.
With marijuana, a patient smokes when they feel they have the need. The onset of the medication is instantaneous thereby providing the immediate relief they seek. With Marinol, a patient would not be able to adequately meter out the proper dose of THC medication when needed.
8. Marijuana’s Lack of Addictive Qualities: Is marijuana addictive?
No one would argue that marijuana is as addictive as alcohol or cocaine. However, it’s wrong to say that it is not at all addictive. More and more studies are finding that marijuana has addictive properties. Both animal and human studies show physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms from marijuana, including irritability, restlessness, insomnia, nausea and intense dreams. Tolerance to marijuana also builds up rapidly. Heavy users need 8 times higher doses to get the same effects as infrequent users. [source]
Ask anyone that has ever told you about how much they love smoking a blunt, bong or joint; if they have ever had to stop smoking for a prolonged period… and most will say yes. If marijuana was indeed addictive, as the feds have been claiming it is for the last 50 + years; we’d have a nation of drooling, unemployed idiots. Last time I checked, that was not the case. Ask any reputable doctor… is marijuana addictive? If their honest… they’ll say no.
9. The Real “Gateway” Effect:
New research from the University of New Hampshire shows that the “gateway effect” of marijuana — that teenagers who use marijuana are more likely to move on to harder illicit drugs as young adults — is overblown. [source]
You want to see a gateway drug? Check out caffeine, or sugar, cig’s, or booze. Any of these items would certainly qualify as a gateway drug – long before pot. Yet, because they’re all huge industries that pump millions of dollars in the US economy…there “O.K.” by federal standards. But you dirty “pot smokers,” that can grow your own supplies – without dipping your financial toe into the U.S. economy – are ADDICTICS!
10. Medicinal Marijuana and Youth Drug Use:
Medical marijuana, like any prescription, could be potentially abused. People with prescriptions could possibly sell medical marijuana to teens or other individuals, getting around current laws and making it easier for some to gain access to the drug. With several states legalizing medical marijuana since 1993, this could be a cause for concern for teen drug use. In the new study, while marijuana use has increased since 2005, medical marijuana was not linked to increased use in high school students. [source]
A recent report based on analysis from 1997 to 2009 from the C.D.C. wrote about the risk of Youth and their current addiction habits. The report dealt with 13,000 kids in the state of R.I. and approx. 25,000 in MA. Within R.I. and Mass. in any given year, the report found 30% of youth reported smoking marijuana at least once in the last 30 days.
The difference here is that R.I has medical marijuana and Massachusetts does not. So what does that show us? Regardless of whether there or not you are in a mmj state, kids are going to experiment with altered states of mind and as everybody knows… marijuana is safer than alcohol.