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By Bill, March 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
Grow your own?
By mrfreeze, March 11, 2012 at 9:27 am Link to this comment
1) There are currently millions of Americans using weed on a regular basis. When I start seeing headlines or evidence that it is “causing problems” I’ll start believing it should remain illegal.
2) The FDA has obviously approved a huge list of drugs that are thrown in our face every day that have a laundry list of deadly side-effects (oily-anal discharge, enlarged prostate, “suicidal thoughts,” heart attack….death). They are “controlled &/legal.” Why isn’t weed?
“But some people should definitely not have access to it: Under age of majority; sensitive government intelligence workers; day care and medical care providers; on-duty civil servants like police and firemen; refinery operators, etc.”.....
the same could be said for a huge number of over-the-counter drugs, alcohol and coffee.
By Sherwood Pine, March 11, 2012 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
I suffer from high blood pressure and take blood
pressure medication to help control it. One day I
decided to smoke some marijuana and see if it had any
effect on reducing my blood pressure. I was amazed at
the results. After smoking only a few hits of a
marijuana cigarette, my blood pressure went from
165/90 to 115/75. I was so stunned by the results
that I immediately rechecked my blood pressure and
found it to be 117/78. That the marijuana was able to
produce positive results far superior to my blood
pressure medication was a shock. Why isn’t it being
proscribed for this problem. I continue to take my
pharmaceutical medicine and have had to increase the
dosage to get results which take me out of the high
blood pressure range. Because marijuana is illegal
and I could lose my job if I tested positive for it,
I am unable to access the benefits it offers. With my
current medication the best consistent results I have
been able to obtain keep the top number in the 130-
140 range and the bottom number in the 80- to 90
range, far above the results I obtained from a few
tokes of a marijuana cigarette.
By heterochromatic, March 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment
Maani——- there have been scientific studies and
they are not hampered by questions of legality.
here’s a wiki entry with a short summary of studies
For just about every claimed therapeutic benefit,
there are better alternatives…....
mostly the Mrs uses Marinol for her patients with
extremely advanced cancers and really severe
difficulty with nausea and lack of appetite.
By Maani, March 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment
“Less than sincere?” “Unable to demonstrate truth of their claims?” Once again, I must wonder about the narrowness of your research.
It is true that “absolute” “scientific” medical studies are few and far between, for the simple reason that since pot is illegal, it cannot be studied in humans in double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. But that does not mean that “proof” does not exist, both anecdotal and “circumstantial.”
Marijuana has PROVEN (through numerous studies) medical benefits with respect to easing the pressure of glaucoma, increasing appetite in those with AIDS who take med “cocktails” that suppress their appetite, and easing the nausea associated with chemo and radiation therapy. As well, an increasing number of cardiologists and others believe (again, through studies) that, since pot lowers blood pressure, it may be the best hope for decreasing heart attacks caused by heart disease. (Indeed, as far back as 1977, my father’s cardiologist recommended that my father try smoking a little bit of pot occasionally to control his high blood pressure. Its acceptance for this use has only grown over the past decades since then.)
This is just a short list; there are many other diseases and conditions for which pot has been shown to have beneficial effects.
By heterochromatic, March 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment
Maani——— people claiming medical benefits for
smoking weed tend to be less than sincere or able to
demonstrate the truth of their claims.
marijuana works ok as an anti-emetic and that’s what
Marinol is used to treat, in a carefully measure
dosage, w/o all the zillion other things mixed in and
w/o all the adverse consequences of smoking.
I’ve tried it.. it works as advertised but was
otherwise a total disappointment…..
By Maani, March 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment
Superbly on-target! Bravo!
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