Wednesday, October 07, 2009

An All Natural Medicine that Republicans Should Like

Dale Gieringer, Ed Rosenthal, and Gregory T. Carver. Marijuana Medical Handbook: Practical Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Marijuana. Oakland, Ca.: Quick America, 2008.

This book is based on a data bank of over 9,000 patients.

Medical marijuana is legal in 13 states, Canada, the Netherlands, and Austria. There is also a pharmaceutical spray version of marijuana that can be used in 23 countries, but not within the United States. It is legally used by approximately 300,000 patients in the US. It is believe there are several million patients illegally using marijuana for medical purposes.

The use of marijuana has been found to be effective in treating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Tourette’s syndrome, and pain. There are studies showing marijuana is useful for patients with hepatitis C, gastro-intestinal disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). There are some indicating that marijuana is useful for patients with cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s diseases.

A drawback to marijuana is it has toxins that can create a high effect that dulls mental senses. These toxins and the high effect can be removed by vaporizing the marijuana.

Marinol is a synthetic chemical available in capsules made from sesame oil that contains pure THC found in marijuana. It is allowed by the Food and Drug Administration to suppress nausea, while is a common ailment by patients who receive chemotherapy who need to fight nausea in order to take their medication. Patients state that medical marijuana is far superior to Marinol which lacks cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids found in marijuana that allow marijuana to be more effective. In addition, nausea patients have difficulty swallowing the Marinol capsules. Patients state they prefer inhaling such medication, which can be done with marijuana but not with Marinol. Inhalation also offer for better dosage control, whereas capsules have the dosage pre-determined. Marinol is also expensive, costing up to $1,000 for sixty capsules.

Sativex is a cannabis spray administered under the tongue. It is available for Canada and 22 other countries, primarily for multiple sclerosis patients.

Medical marijuana has been found to help stimulate appetite and repress nausea. This is helpful for patients with cancer, HIV, and AIDS. Six studies found marijuana suppressed nausea in 90% of people studied while one study found it suppressed nausea in 59% of people studied.

It has been suggested the marijuana can be useful in stimulating the appetite of people with anorexia and with morning sickness.

Marijuana was found in a study to reduce muscle spasms in 88% of patients studied with spinal cord injuries.

Marijuana has been found to reduce spasms with patients with epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders, menstrual cramps, cerebral palsy and a number of other disorders. It also reduces tics faced by people with Tourette’s syndrome.

A study of 339 Parkinson’s disease patients found 46% of patients found substantial relief although it took almost two months of use before the relief took effect.

Marijuana has been found to relieve pain. Recent studies and studies going back to the 19th century have found this to be the case. In the 19th century, marijuana was prescribed for migraines and for pain from rheumatism. A number of patients experience pain related to several ailments for express pain relief from marijuana.

A study with a small sample size found that Marino diminished some of the negative psychiatric effects experienced by Alzheimer’s patients. An animal tissue study found it cannabinoids may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Marijuana may have positive effects for other psychiatric ailments. It may improve the mood of people with clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome. A study of insomnia patients found that using marijuana helped them sleep better. It is noted that insomnia is often a side effect of withdrawal from heavy marijuana usage which can last for up to several weeks. Marijuana should not be used to alleviate stress as stress comes from external conditions.

The use of marijuana may help alleviate the symptoms of addiction withdrawal, be it alcohol, tobacco, or narcotics.

Marijuana decreases fluid pressure on the eyes of glaucoma patients. Thus using marijuana can prevent blindness from glaucoma. Among the few patients legally allowed by the Food and Drug Administration to use medical marijuana have been glaucoma patients.

There has been a study that indicated that the direct application of cannabinoids to some types of cancers in animals shrinks them. This does not mean that inhaling them would have a similar effect.

Marijuana increased heart rates which could pose a problem to people with heart disease. It can make some people feel faintness. Smoking marijuana can be harmful to the throat and lungs. It should be noted that the amount of smoke involved from typical marijuana users is far less than the amount of smoke involved in tobacco users.


Blogger Chris said...

I personally find nothing wrong with the use of Marijuana, whether it be used socially or for medicinal purposes. I do not smoke it, I have before but I just don't see the fun in sitting around acting totally incompetent. However, the facts show (as you thoroughly stated) that the benefits outweigh the negative aspects.

The affects of alcohol use is far more dangerous than any possible outcome from the use of marijuana, and yet, the 21st Amendment was affirmed in 1933!

Furthermore, an excise or "sin" tax on this substance (if it were legalized) would be very lucrative and help to at least stop the 9+ trillion dollar debt from rising at the rate it has. It is economically smart and imperative, unfortunately it would probably take 10 years to make it through Congress.

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Blogger Tchaikovsky Sounds Funny said...

Thank you, Chris, for your very thoughtful comments. I appreciate them and I believe most readers will as well.

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