In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have “no accepted medical use.”
Since then, 17 of 50 US states and Washington DC have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana.
Proponents of medicinal marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions.
They cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history.
Opponents of medical marijuana argue that it is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA-approval, and that various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary.
“They” say marijuana is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and injures the lungs, immune system, and brain.
“They” say that medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization and recreational use.
Tell that to the 1 million medical marijuana patients in the USA – many who now live productive, “prescription” drug-free BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR USE WITH PAIN MANAGEMENT!
“They” ALSO fail to discuss the subject in context or expand past the characterization that a “war on drugs” – including pot – is valid. The popular “war” is based upon corporate greed, failed US policy and a distinctly insane rationale based upon “one-sided science”.
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL – Emeritus Professor Calls MMJ a “Wonder Drug”
“The mountain of accumulated anecdotal evidence that pointed the way to the present [marijuana as treatment for HIV neuro-pathic pain] and other clinical studies also strongly suggests there are a number of other devastating disorders and symptoms for which marijuana has been used for centuries; they deserve the same kind of careful, methodologically sound research.”
Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School [See cite below*]
Angels of Change
People like “Brownie Mary” (left) must be remembered with great fondness, gratitude and respect when discussing advocacy of use for medical marijuana – most famous for her passionate patient rights activism and unlimited vision of legalizing the use of medical marijuana for pain and other ailments – she’s also well known for her brownies!
Alice B Toklas and her unwavering belief in the benefits and use of medical marijuana is a story of true grit and an inspiration to us all in our desire to expand acceptance of MMJ! Alice’s Recipe here!
Current Thinking | List of Medicinal Uses of Marijuana:
Recently ADDED to the Growing List of Recognized Ailments that a
Patient May See Benefit from or Symptom Relief From the
Use of Medical Marijuana:
Dec. 17, 2001 –
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted the following symptoms or conditions under Appendix IV of their Nov. 2002 report titled “Descriptions of Allowable Conditions under State Medical Marijuana Laws”:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Wasting Syndrome”
Nov. 2002 – US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
* Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, wrote in a Mar. 1, 2007 editorial in theBoston Globe titled “Marijuana as Wonder Drug”:
“The mountain of accumulated anecdotal evidence that pointed the way to the present [marijuana as treatment for HIV neuropathic pain] and other clinical studies also strongly suggests there are a number of other devastating disorders and symptoms for which marijuana has been used for centuries; they deserve the same kind of careful, methodologically sound research.
While few such studies have so far been completed, all have lent weight to what medicine already knew but had largely forgotten or ignored: Marijuana is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, spasticity, appetite loss, certain types of pain, and other debilitating symptoms. And it is extraordinarily safe — safer than most medicines prescribed every day. If marijuana were a new discovery rather than a well-known substance carrying cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.”
Mar. 1, 2007 – Lester Grinspoon, MD
Ethan Russo, MD, clinical neurologist, researcher and author, told ProCon.org in a Dec. 17, 2001 email that marijuana might provide relief for the following:
Tod H. Mikuriya, MD, a psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist, published on the internet on Feb. 21, 2001 his report titled “International Classification of Diseases 9 – CM 1996, Chronic Conditions Treated With Cannabis, Encountered Between 1990-2001.” (The ICD-9 numbers are the International Classification of Diseases used by all physicians.):
Click here to view full list.
Feb. 12, 2001 – Tod Mikuriya, MD
National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation, IRP, noted on the NIMH website, updated Jan. 25, 2002:
“Electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral studies have shown that cannabinoids (marijuana-like drugs) suppress pain neurotransmission. […]
We think that these results have implications for how cannabinoids may work in chronic pain states. A differential anatomical basis underlying cannabinoid and mu opioid modulation of primary afferent transmission is supported. Whereas mu opioid receptors in spinal cord are associated predominantly with thin-diameter primary afferents, cannabinoid receptors are localized to both thin and coarse diameter fibers.
These differences may provide a basis for the possibility that cannabinoids may relieve pain when traditional opiate drugs fail.”
Jan. 25, 2002 – National Institute of Mental Health
The UK’s Medicinal Cannabis Research Foundation published on its website in Nov. 2001:
“Research to date suggests that research into the medicinal uses of cannabis and cannabinoids has the potential to make exciting breakthroughs in the management of severe symptoms such as pain, spasm, bladder dysfunction and nausea and could therefore bring a dramatic improvement in quality of life for people with:
|AIDS wasting syndrome
||Nail Patella Syndrome
||Phantom limb pain
||Spinal cord injury
Nov. 2001 – Medicinal Cannabis Research Foundation (MCRF)