Q: Isn’t it true that “Medical Marijuana” is an oxymoron at best and a joke at worst? — Skeptical In Seattle
Frankly, common sense and life experience seem to agree that a “weed that gets you high” has nothing to do with medicine or healing sick people. I must admit, that was my reaction when I first heard the phrase “medical marijuana” myself…and I started smoking marijuana almost 45 years ago!
But in the 15 years since the people of California voted to make medical marijuana in that state legal, there’s been ample time for patients, researchers, and medical professionals to get some real-world results. Cannabis can – and does – relieve symptoms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, and AIDS. It also shows proven potential in totally relieving the symptoms or outright curing of Crohn’s Disease, depression, and glaucoma, and it has helped people with arthritis, obesity, and even Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In fact, according to the Marijuana Medical Handbook, there are 40 million Americans who could be helped by medical marijuana.
It’s just as unfair to run around saying that “marijuana can cure everything”, as some critics like to claim medical marijuana supporters do, in their letters to newspaper editors and blog comments. The thing is, I have yet to hear of any legitimate marijuana doctor, researcher, or organization actually saying that. This claim is essentially a bit of hyperbole, based on the fact that cannabis is indeed proving effective for a wide variety of ailments.
There’s no better source of information about this than the legendary Granny Storm Crow’s List (which you can download right here in PDF form). Granny Storm Crow updates this compilation of links to medical studies, abstracts, and news articles about medical marijuana every 6 months or so, and it currently weighs in at just under 550 pages.
A complete list of the diseases and medical conditions she covers would be redundant, but just for an example, the “A”s include ADD/ADHD, Addiction, Aging, AIDS, Alcoholism, Allergies, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Amotivational Syndrome, Anorexia, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Anti-Anxiety, Appetite Stimulation, Arthritis, Asthma, Atherosclerosis, and Autism. There are 25 letters to go.
Old Hippie is a MMJ patient living somewhere in the wilds of California whose only link with the real world is a 420 MHz radio. He blogs on BeyondChronic.com and vapes on Sour Diesel.
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