Medical Marijuana Research Has Taken a New Direction This Century

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Paul Armentano and NORML came out last month with a report, "Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis & Cannabinoids: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature, 2000 — 2009," detailing the findings of scientific research on marijuana and its derivatives for treating a wide range of diseases and conditions -- ALS, Alzheimer's and Fibromyalgia, to name just a few. Paul made a significant observation in the foreword to the report:
Whereas researchers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s primarily assessed cannabis' ability to temporarily alleviate various disease symptoms — such as the nausea associated with cancer chemotherapy — scientists today are exploring the potential role of cannabinoids to modify disease.
Most of the public has already woken up to the lie that's been told by drug warriors to justify medical prohibition of marijuana, the false claim that it has no medical uses. What may never be fully understood is the opportunities tragically lost, the good that could have been done if promising lines of research had been pursued decades earlier instead of decades later, but for our government's bizarre antagonism against a plant...
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As one who stumbled upon the potential of cannabis to save my eyesight from glaucoma in 1972, I've had a long view on this issue.

It is a tragedy that so many have been denied the hope cannabis offers. The 36 plus years since I knew it could save my sight has seen a lot of deaths that did not have to happen were cannabis not supressed.

Gary Storck

Medical Marijuana Research 2009

As you pointed out early on, '70's, '80's and '90's, the medical efficacy of inhaled cannabis smoke/vapors gives immediate relief from chemo related nausea and vomiting. Guess what, I have a disease called "Diabetic Neuropathic Gastroparesis" which means 'Paralyzed Stomach.' This results in delayed stomach emptying which causes me to surf waves of nausea from mild to severe every hour of everyday. This nausea is lifelong, it doesn't go away when treatment stops like the lucky chemo patients. In today's pharmacopoeia there is no drug that safely controls chronic nausea and vomiting, except for Whole Cannibis, not even Marinol. Reglan/Metoclopramide, the most commonly prescribed drug for this condition, causes Irreversible Parkinson like shakes and tremors and "Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome" which is fatal. So I challenge any doctor or politician (since they think they are doctors) to prove me wrong! Marinol does nothing for chronic nausea or pain control. At best Marinol is the most expensive placebo today, I should know for I have been on Marinol for years. Why do I keep re-filling this $800 a month prescription? Because I am disabled so Medicare and Medicaid pays for every cent, if I had to pay for it I would take the money and buy Marijuana instead for I know it works and I know Marinol does not work. So the statement made by any politician, or doctor for that matter, who says there are already other drugs that can do what Cannabis can do has been proven wrong right here. So if you know, or think, I am wrong, please let me know so I can point out where you are wrong. For you will not be able to prove me wrong. Legalize Marijuana now and end our economid crises just as the repeal of alcohol ended the Great Depression. For some surprising Hemp info just goggle 'Henry Ford Hemp' and you will see even he realized the vast econimic values of non-THC containg Hemp if widely cultivated. He built a car from the ground up using resin stiffened Hemp fiber for bumpers, door panels and fenders, interior cloth from Hemp fiber while refining and running the car on ethanol from Cannabis seeds. Add to those vast amounts from agricultural Hemp products, the money from taxing marijuana like alcohol for recreational use plus Medical Marijuana tax sales, the freedom from dependacy on foriegn oil and saving the billions of dollars every day spent on Marijuana Prohibition , we would once again be the wealthiest nation in the world. Also don't these politicians realize that Illegal Marijuana production and smuggling is the 'financial foundation' for all other illegal drug production and smuggling? Legalize Marijuana and the illegal drug trade will collapse. But wait! That would put an end to all the political jobs so many anti-marijuana peolpe have. Well maybe they could become filthy rich by growing and selling Medical Marijuana and/or Hemp. Peace, keep up the good and right fight to legalize marijuana!

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Why I Should Be Able To Smoke Marijuana Legally In USA:

I have a prescription for Marinol, but there is only 2mg of synthetic THC (and no other cannabinoids mixed in, the marijuana plant has over 20 different variations of cannabinoids that may make the difference) are in each tablet and too get the same calming feeling I get from a 1/4 gram joint (one normal tobacco cigarette contains about a gram of plant material) I have to take about 5 to 10 Marinol pills (about $75 per dosage). If I am not feeling well and I feel nauseous, then I cannot swallow the pills easily whereas I can still smoke some "weed" (as long as I do not over do it and start coughing and gagging). Now this 2mg Marinol pill costs about $8 US whereas it only costs me about $0.20 (20 cents) for the same amount in the "devil weed" (each gram of marijuana contains about 50 - 75mg of THC and costs me 10 bucks, 50mg of Marinol would cost about $200.00 US). If I was allowed to grow my own marijuana plants for medical use, it would only cost me 1 cent (or less) a MG to produce.

I have AIDS (got HIV from open heart surgery in the 1980s when I was a teenager) and often I do not feel that great in the mornings or after taking medications. Marijuana will make me feel better if I smoke (vaporizer is the safest way to smoke it) some within 5 minutes. Also, synthetic THC that is legal to prescribe by doctors somewhat works (not as well though and it takes 2 to 3 hours for the effects to be noticed and appreciated). Seems like a scam that I can legally have THC from a pharmaceutical company (inflated 1000 times the retail "street price" or 50,000 times more cost that for me to produce my own) but I cannot grow my own (I guess the pharmaceutical companies make the rules so their profits are not threatened). I feel the pharmacies are taking advantage of sick people like me and trying to get every alst cent from em before I expire!

Sure you can possibly get cancer from smoking weed in a cigarette form, but there are many alternatives that cut the risk to almost nothing or have no cancer risks at all. For example, eating it is actually good for you, it's basically a vegetable high in vitamins and antioxidants (but the effects take 1 to 2 hours to notice, whereas smoking or vaporizing THC you feel the effects in 2 minutes). You can vaporize it with a contraption that heats the THC crystals just enough that the evaporate, but the leafy plant material does not burn (the carcinogens are in the burnt plant material, so if you do not actually burn the plant then no dirty carcinogens). THC can be extracted into oils (THC is not water soluble, but it can be mixed in alcohol to make a spray) like butter, than spread on toast or used in cooking. There is also ways of spraying THC remedies in your mouth (leave it sit for a few minutes without swallowing) and the membranes in your mouth will absorb it directly to your blood stream). You can also stick marijuana up your butt (anally inserted), but this method I would never try (yuck).

Many people claim that "pot" makes people useless and lazy. Well with me, without marijuana I am actually a dull, lazy and unproductive person who would rather watch TV all day as an escape. With some THC in my system, I get to work on my home business and make it grow or feel more sociable to spend time with my family. Other people claim that pot makes you an insance rapist, for me, I would rather work on my home business than to get "laid". Other people think it causes craziness, well I am more crazy and manic without it, I will easily over react without THC wheareas with pot I think more about things before I react (it slows me down).

-clears up (or masks) nauseau caused by AIDS or medications.
-helps with my depression. I smoke a bit and my worries do not seem so bad (now I can actually think about solving them rather than panicking). I also get more motivated to do repetitive tasks (like a job) or do things I would rather find too boring to even start.
-when I feel manic or over stimulated, a few puffs of marijuana will calm me right down. It's like taking a Xanax or Valium that works in 3 minutes instead of 35 minutes (Xanax takes a long time to work, seems even longer when you are having a panic attack).
-helps me as a pain reliever that is fast acting (no 45 minute like with taking Vicoden), only takes a couple minutes for the effects to come on if inhaled THC through lungs or absorbed by mouth.

Even though I have a prescription for Marinol, I from time to time buy street weed, but I would much rather grow it myself so I know its not contaminated or moldy. I do not use Marinol very often (usually go without the THC helpers) as I have to pay the full cost out of pocket (no coverage with insurance) and there is no way I can afford to use $150 to $200 of legal pharmaceutical THC daily (would only cost $10 a day with illegal weed, or would only cost $1 a day if I grew it myself).

Not only should I be able to smoke marijuana for medical purposes, I believe that is should be made legal for everyone! There are over 20,000,000 Americans in jail for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and it takes $45,000 a year to detain them, there's 900 billion dollars ($900,000,000,000.00) of tax payers money wasted every year (almost a trillion dollars). If marijuana was legal, it would be like the end of prohibition, no more "Al Capone's" would be killing over territories and running things. It costs about $1 to produce a gram of marijauna and the governemnt could add a $5 tax to it and then stores could sell it for $10 to $15 for the same gram. Concidering that over 30,000,000 Americans use pot each week (2 to 20 grams used per person), the governments could easily make $400,000,000 extra a month in taxes (that's $4.8 billion a year). Also think about all the money that would be saved on enforcing the marijuana rules (cops could actually go after bad guys and real criminals for a change).

A recent government survey tells us: Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the United States. Over 83 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. Over 12 million had used the drug in the month before the survey. Another survey, which is conducted yearly, includes students from 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. In 2001, the survey showed that 20 percent of 8th-graders have tried marijuana at least once, and by 10th grade, 20 percent are “current” users (that is, used within the past month.) Among 12th-graders, nearly 50 percent have tried marijuana/hash at least once, and about 22 percent were current users.

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Marijuana helps better than xanax for somatic stress disorder

I was diagnosed with somatic stress disorder. What somatic means is that when my mind is stressed it can cause physical symptoms such as diarhea, vomiting, constipation, headaches and other symptoms. In my case I get loss of appetite and difficulty eating to the point it will get so bad that I start vomiting and it will last for days at a time and it's so bad that I throw up stomach acid if I try not eating or drinking anything. I've had several of these vomiting episodes and recovering from them is a whole other challenge cause my stomach shrinks so small and I'm naturally small anyway. My dr. has me on xanax and klonopin for the anxiety and I still couldn't get a normal appetite and the only thing that would help me eat a meal most days is marijuana. The marijuana helps me be able to eat way more than all that anxiety medicine and it relaxes me mentally as well. My dr. says my anxiety is so bad that its like my mind doesn't stop and that's how I used to feel before being put on medicine. Unfortunately my dr. can't know I use the marijuana because it is illegal and they really need to legalize it because I hate the fact that I have to committ a crime just to be able to feel normal and eat normal. My dr. is currently trying to lower my dose of xanax and I feel so terrible to the point I need to curl up in a ball and lay there but if I smoke marijuana it makes the tension and lack of appetite go away better than any medicine thats full of chemicals. And they say marijuana is addictive, well I did it in high school for a long time steady and stopped cold turkey for almost a year so if it is addictive it's way less addictive than the medicine my dr. has me on for my stress disorder. If it weren't illegal then people wouldn't have to enter that illegal "gateway" to get it and then people who smoke it won't have to be around illegal activity and risk being exposed to harder drugs. If it were legalized there would be that separation between criminals who sell and use harder drugs and non-criminals who just happen to smoke marijuana. If anyone likes what I have to say or any comments my email is [email protected]

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