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Why medical marijuana?

If people are using marijuana to combat the effects of chemo I don't understand why anyone would be concerned with long term effects as it would be used ( supposedly ) short term. Any drug has negative effects if over used. Some would say if doctors are not getting a kick back ( like they do from prescription drugs ) they would be likely to combat any so called "home remedy". I think the medical marijuana issue has some merit but the government is to lax on policing the care givers or pushers depending on what side of the fence you are on. In Michigan I know that people are mis-representing the need to use it;but its a fast growing business in times of economic hard times.
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Personally, I use marijuana for chronic HCV, cirrhosis and severe arthritic pain, including the severe nausea and dizziness caused by the former.

While using, throughout the day, I am able to leave my apartment and go wherever; however, without my med, I am confined.  How far would you go from home if you were dizzy and nauseated while awake?

Since 1966, I have been using marijuana, but medically, for the last 8 years.  Your statements lead me to conclude that you have never used marijuana and are basing all that you say, on what you have read or been told, with no substantiation.
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Many of the problems identified with the medical (or other) use of marijuana are problems that also exist with traditional, FDA-approved treatments. In may cases, the FDA-approved treatments can produce even more severe side-effects than those of marijuana.

Marijuana is not a panacea nor is it without problems in some specific situations. It may even be downright dangerous to some individuals or at least contra-indicated in some medical conditions. However, I believe the primary objection to the use of marijuana in any medical fourm comes from drug companies.

The reason has nothing to do with patient safety: It's all about profit. Let's face it, if patient safety were the overriding concern, many of the big drugs that have won FDA approval would have never been on the market in the first place. In medicine, profit has become an increasingly high priority.

Big business is a more serious threat to the health of the American public than the diseases and health concerns they are supposed to be working to overcome. For-profit medicine is, like any highly-evolved parasite, intelligent enough to draw just enough life from it's host. Take too much and the host dies, affecting the parasite, too.

Please understand, I believe their are thousands of brilliant, devoted, even altruistic researchers and doctors in medicine and medical research. However, corporations have an overriding responsibility to deliver profits to the shareholders: That is their purpose. And for this reason, I believe they are, as I said earlier, as much a threat to true HEALTH and WELLNESS as many of the diseases they purport to be fighting.

Western medicine is about treating disease, not about promoting true health and wellness. If you are in business to treat disease you never really want disease to go away because that's the basis of your business.

Sorry for the diatribe. I am just so fed up with what we have to settle for as 'good medical care' these days.
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So true. They claim to have found a cure for cancer ( or at least some types of it ) at the UofA in Edmonton, AB. However...even though they say it has cured people, they have no plans of using it/producing it for commercial use in the near future...it's like gasoline and oil...they have cars that run on electricity, water, etc but it would put the oil companies out of business if they started making ONLY these types of vehicles.
The rich get richer...the poor suffer more.
At least we have a forum such as this one to help us find ways to bypass the "big name" pharmas...and to help us find relief in other forms.

My younger brother also uses legalized stuff for his Muscular Dystrophy. He is carefully monitored, and the stuff has "flavoring" added to it so that the police know it's for medicinal purposes only.
He prefers the blueberry flavor.
This stuff is "watered down" so to speak...it's not as strong or something as the regular stuff he says.
If it were not for this legalized stuff, he would have committed the unthinkable many years ago because of the pain.

He tried big pharma drugs over the years...and all gave him worse side effects than the marijuana ever has. Some gave him anxiety, and some caused him to have heart problems and such.
He got off the pills, and his life has improved greatly.
Guess that's a good enough reason for " Why medical marijuana"?
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I have only used marijuana once. It was my 80th birthday and I wanted to know what everyone was talking about. Well, there were none of the interesting effects I expected and I didn't like the smell, but - for the first time visiting my son I did not have an asthma attack. I can't answer for other people, but for me it sure works. There is no reason in the world that a doctor should not be able to prescribe it for appropriate diseases.
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And I just learned something else that is interesting. I know a young woman from El Salvador who is studying to be a nurse. She told me that her grandmother has rheumatoid arthritis and the only thing that eases her pain is the marijuana creme that they make in El Salvador. I never heard of it. She says that rubbing it on makes the pain disappear completely (until the effect wears off, of course). Using it does not result in a high.
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Usually, marijuana doesn't do anything the first time.  Don't know why.  The longer you use it, the less you need.  I haven't even seen it for nearly 30 years, but I did use it earlier in my life.  
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As for medical marijuana, there are several problems here.  First, the drug was outlawed as part of the right wing anti-communist hysteria in the US in the last century, so there's a distinct political element to it.  Marijuana tends to make people see the world differently, the last thing many people want since it makes people harder to control.  This has made the science untrustworthy, as there's usually an intended result by the funders including the gov't.  Second, the pharmaceutical industry wants to use synthetic THC, a far more dangerous drug than natural marijuana, and so keeping natural MJ illegal helps them sell the synthetic product.  Third, money hungry yuppies have bred marijuana to be so strong that it isn't what people have traditionally used anymore -- it's a much stronger drug that we don't have as long a history of people using.  On the other hand, after decades of research, marijuana of any stripe is still one of the safest medicines available.  One of the least safe is aspirin, and you know how easy that is to buy.  Each of us is a guinea pig when taking anything or eating anything until the profit motive and the political bias is taken out of the research and we only seek to know what's true or false.      
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When Big Pharma and the government can figure out a way to make money off MJ, it will suddenly become useful and will be put on the market. Until then they will stand by their "studies" that there is no reall use for MJ. We live in a world controled by greed. Compassion and quality of life doesn`t even play a role anymore.
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757137_tn?1347200053
On the upside is that marijuana is readily available, legal or not. And nobody is going to put you in jail for smoking a joint.
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Actually, historically marijuana was outlawed not really even because it gets people "high".  The truth is hemp used to be standard of all paper made products and a lot of clothing products.  When it was out lawed big pharma hadn't really thought of it as a threat.  It was actually Randolph Hearst who threw his weight behind outlawing marijuana and anything to do with hemp.  Why?  Well his empire was built on the newspaper business.  Right before he began to lobby for the ban on marijuana and all hemp made products in the USA, he had purchased many paper mills.  Ones that cut down TREES to make paper instead of using hemp.  Hemp is a renewable source of paper making.  But he didn't invest into hemp farms.  He was investing into saw mills and that cut trees and made paper from them.  So he threw his considerable power and weight behind the reefer madness bull and spread it across the country through his newspapers as basically a propagandist platform for him changing the way this country made certain products.  Our nation's holiest document is made of hemp...The Constitution  And some of the men that signed it were hemp farmers.  It is and was a very good source for paper, clothes, rope, so many things besides the medicinal uses we can now extract from it today and argue about!!!  What is really a tragedy though in my mind besides the lies and deception which are awful....we had a way in the 1930s to farm paper and never have to cut a precious tree for that purpose.  One very powerful and rich man made sure that we all forgot about that.  The government has loosened up a bit on "hemp" as long as it has no THC.  But if that one man hadn't done what he did, we might have marijuana pill you could take to help with suffering! No smoke inhalation. Just pure THC like they give morphine to people in pain (should something like that be a controlled substance, YES, just like morphine is!). It was all stalled because of his greed.  And a way of life disappeared.  And now big pharma wants to keep it away because of its medical implications and their own greed for who would get to "own" it?  If they can't own it and make massive profits, they don't want anyone to have it.

I will say this though, I grew up with an alcoholic father.  I see absolutely no difference between tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.  I WISH my father had been a pothead instead of an alcoholic.  I'd rather him have been spacey and relaxed instead of depressed and angry all the time.  In fact, growing up with legal alcohol being consumed in my home the way it was....probably has shaped my views

Makes the prohibition on even the not sick being able to purchase marijuana idiotic to me.  In my view, if you want to debate gateway drugs?  Alcohol and cigarettes are both legal and both gateway.  The illegality of marijuana is pointless semantics at a time when if prohibition were lifted, each state and the feds could tax it--keep a lot of people out of jail too boot --and our economy would get a boost.  

It's like gay marriage in my opinion.  If you are opposed to it, then don't have one.  Why stop other people from living the life they want?  And I'm not saying we should do this with every drug, certainly not! But marijuana is no better and no worse in its consumption by the healthy than alcohol and cigarettes.  And its absolutely wondrous in what it can do for the seriously ill.  De-criminalization could help our justice system.  And boost our economy.  

These are just my thoughts and what I know of the history.  
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I agree 100%, most Doctor's don't even care what is going on anymore. The studies show the oil cures cancer as well as many other things. This problem is they try to take it apart to patent it for money, and as with any plant it is better as a whole.
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I just read another story like this and they said they could run again and walk long distances that they couldn't do before. good luck, me I don't think we need to be policed, but it's all about the money.
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