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Marijuana as medicine

Now, as I know, all of you won’t agree with me on this, but think of a man, who on his dying bed is waiting to receive his prescription for an herb to help his chemo-related loss of appetite, pain and general discomfort. Would you turn him down? Marijuana has been PROVEN a magnificent medicine for many different diseases and different ailments, but people are still stern that it’s just a “street drug”, with no purpose being distributed to people, legally, or not. I’ve read the stories, leukemia, chronic pain, AIDS, epilepsy, there’s so many different ones, but should they be punished with a class 1 drug for trying to better their lives? I think not. Marijuana could do tremendous things in my eyes with the economy, medical world, and peoples minds in general. It IS a drug, however, not a drug in the way most think of drugs. Marijuana is non-addictive (physically) and has very light effects on the body, maybe a little coughing, but I’d put that over a liver or kidney that has been destroyed by pills. Now I’m no doctor, but I’d give a prescription to medical-grade marijuana for pain over giving someone a prescription to vicodin or oxycontin, same being some of the most addicting substances known to man. What would you do? All I’m saying is, look at the facts, look at the plant, and realize what we’ve all been missing until recently; marijuana is a wonder-med.


18 comments

  1. At least around these parts.

    Some friends’ elderly Mom was dying of cancer a few years ago.  Back in the day she was the beloved Dragon who ran ragged on all of us, so it was quite something when I learned that her kids had convinced her to try smoking a little pot to ease her body and mind in her final months.

    A good friend of mine when we were teens was extremely straight laced, didn’t smoke or drink.  She got shot in the neck at 18 and has been sitting in a chair for the past 27 years.  After dealing with years of medical side effects of drugs meant to deal with a variety of symptoms she got prescribed medical pot (in Canada).  She writes for a newspaper in Canada (this is Barb Turnbull, who writes for the Toronto Star) and she has written some very cogent articles in support of medical marijuana.

    My wife never tried pot when we were young, but suffers from migraines.  Over the past few years, after dealing with extremely negative side effects from migraine medication she tried a puff or two (literally) of pot and found more relief with no side effects.  Unfortunately we moved and I don’t know anyone who smokes pot around here so now she just suffers through them again.

    I think most Mooses would agree, whether righthanded or left.  Criminalized marijuana makes no sense at all, particularly medical pot.  

  2. Kysen

    that you will find many here who disagree with you, my friend.

    Our banner is not the only thing Green about teh Moose.  😉

    It is a interesting subject…and there is a lot of news currently pertaining to it. The AMA asking for review of Marijuana’s status as a class 1 drug is just the most recent thing to hit. You might think about writing a more detailed diary on current events surrounding the movement towards the legalization of marijuana….I think you would find your audience here both receptive and engaging.

    Welcome to the Moose!

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  3. Sa09

    for the special welcome and agreement on this subject, I’m actually not all that new to the moose, I’ve known about it for a while now (my grandfather is John Allen), so I guess that makes sense, also placing me as probably the youngest person on the site. It should be interesting to have someone who’s not even yet capable to vote put in their 2 cents.

  4. when Scott came up behind me and laughed. I hadn’t refreshed the page to see his comment explaining our relationship.

    He’s a bit of a liberal. I’ve been brainwashing educating him for awhile now.

  5. properties of marijuana. Sure, it’s anecdotal, but true none-the-less.

    The regulars on the Moose know what I went through with Gina. Or rather, what Gina went through with me at her side. Marijuna gave her more relief than any of the more expensive anti-nausea drugs she was on. Some of those drugs were ridiculously expensive.

    I’ve seen it work time after time for other people. Generally as an anti-nausea drug, but also as a migrane treatment.

    Personally, I suffer from insomina. I find that a little marijuana taken an hour before bedtime helps me fall asleep and stay asleep all night without any detrimental effects the next morning. There isn’t another sleep aid out there that doesn’t linger on into the early hours of the next day.

    I’m glad the AMA finally spoke out on this issue.

  6. Shaun Appleby

    I moved to one of the premium cannabis cultivation regions just about the time I gave up all but the most casual use.  Sigh.

    Let me know when medicinally approved cocaine enters the marketplace, I could use some of that these days.  Before prohibition it was available over-the-counter at the chemist.  And darn useful too.

  7. Hollede

    About 10 years ago I came down with a condition called uveitis in my right eye, which required steroid drops to decrease inflammation. The only problem was my first eye doctor never checked the pressure in my eye; and even after quitting the pred forte, years of painful and useless drops, and surgery; I still have regular pressures over 40. Unless I smoke weed. The problem is it is rather difficult to find here (I have recently moved to a new area) or find it anywhere on a regular and consistent basis. Oh and it is illegal. I can no longer see out of that eye. Unfortunately the pressure continues to remain high and the eye hurts like a red hot knife is poking it every moment of the day. So please, feel free to write about the benefits of marijuana here on the Moose.

    It would also be interesting to look at how much our country spends on prohibition. Law enforcement, the judicial system and prisons are a start. How many people are in prison for non violent drug offenses? How many are in prison for marijuana crimes? What are some of the benefits of using marijuana and hemp? And I wonder if we couldn’t take a giant bite out of the deficit, just by legalizing marijuana.

    Good luck to you Scott and welcome to the Moose. I figure you might need the luck with John being your Grandfather. Hey! You two may be the youngest and the oldest members of our little group;~J (Hollede ducks and runs away quickly, unfortunately knocking into shit on her right side, as usual.)

  8. dtox

    But I grew up in the North of Pakistan, and went to university smack in the middle of prime pot country. God knows it’s contributed to keeping me from drifting even further from sanity.

  9. Sa09

    I agree, I wouldn’t mind doing a real in depth diary about marijuana use in general, the limited side effects, the impact legalization would have on the economy and medicinal and just recreational use. I’ll have to put that on my to research list, find out the full history and beginnings of the herb, and it’s history throughout mankind as used by shamans, hemp’s amazing fiber strength and resiliency, and how prohibition was nothing more than greedy, greedy men only looking to shut down the hemp industry just for profiteering.

  10. fogiv

    Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.

    –William F. Buckley, Jr.

    Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.

    –Richard Neville

    Researches tested a new form of medical marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get the user high, prompting patients who need medical marijuana to declare, “Thank you?”

    –Jimmy Fallon

     

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