Medical Marijuana (The Real Dope!)

Now here’s a topic that will affect your blood pressure, in one way or another; some pretty controversial stuff.

Spanish English
La cucaracha, la cucaracha, The cockroach, the cockroach,
ya no puede caminar can’t walk anymore
porque no tiene, porque le falta because it doesn’t have, because it’s lacking
marihuana pa’ fumar. marijuana to smoke.

First, I’d like to talk a bit about the history of Marijuana. Pot, Weed, Bamba, Ganja, call it what you will, many people have many different strong opinions about Marijuana. The fact is that Marijuana use goes back to the third century B.C.and is originally from central and south Asia. It is used recreationally, spiritually, religiously and now medicinally. In some form or other, it is estimated that about 200 million people use it and that number is probably understated.

Believe it or not, in the mid 1800’s Marijuana use was fashionable and there were many establishments where it was sold and used quite freely. (A precursor to what would happen in Amsterdam in the later 20th century.)

In the early 1900’s a wave of conservatism swept the country leading to the “Prohibition” which made alcohol illegal. Marijuana was than looked on as an addictive and dangerous drug and steps were taken to also make it illegal. For more info see the:Towns-Boylan act.

The 1930’s started a hysteria about Marijuana with many believing that it not only led to harder drugs but could turn you into a homicidal maniac (as seen by such movies as “Reefer Madness”). This was directed at the masses, however the upper classes, movie stars and musicians still used it regularly. The 1960″s brought a large resurgence among the younger and not so young generations and after an initial propaganda campaign by the government about it’s evils, the laws began to slowly loosen as studies showed it’s relatively benign nature. Though still illegal in the U.S and other countries, 15 states now have legalized it for medicinal use. Interestingly, it’s medicinal properties were known going back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Marijuana is a psychoactive drug and comes from the Cannabis plant. The major psych-active component is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

There are many medicinal uses for Marijuana so get ready as this will be a long list: This is well documented so it is not an opinion.

Nausea

Vomiting

Premenstrual Syndrome

Weight loss

Insomnia

Appetite loss

Glaucoma

FIBROMYALGIA

Bowell disease

Migraines

Multiple Sclerosis

Spinal cord Injuries

Alcohol abuse

Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

Arthritis

Asthma

Colo-rectal Cancer

Bipolar Disorder

Depression

Epilepsy

Leukemia

Skin diseases

PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorders)

Psoriasis

Alzheimer’s

Lung Cancer

Breast Cancer

Brain Cancer

A.I.D.S

and the list goes on and on.

So why all the controversy? One reason is that many scientists felt that smoking Marijuana could be dangerous. However this need no longer be the case. Marijuana can be eaten, sprayed into the mouth, and used in a vaporizer (where the important components are extracted and inhaled without the other chemicals). Therefore, this eliminates the toxic compounds. Another reason is that the governments have not figured out a way to tax Marijuana as they tax alcohol and cigarettes. A third reason is that Large Pharmaceutical companies want to be able to control it, hence a potentially large income stream and lastly, Alcohol companies, see it as competition. I’m sure there are other reasons.

There are two basic strains: Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica.

Cannabis Sativa causes the “stoned feeling” as well as other body feelings (pain loss, appetite increase etc). Cannabis Indica minimizes the “stoned feeling” but includes all the other body feelings. There are also strains which are mixtures of the two and in varying degrees.

Marijuana can be very strong, quite weak and everything in-between. A visit to a Medical Marijuana dispensary is a very enlightening experience. You might see many Jars of different types of Marijuana with many different slang names, displays of cupcakes, brownies other food products, lotions, sprays and other forms. Many of the people working in the dispensaries can quite knowledgeable about the different stains and guide you to the right type which would be most beneficial to help with your symptoms. At least here in California dispensaries are in no way back alley operations, but can be multi-million dollar businesses, very modern with doctors and other health professionals on staff. Many times, employees have to go through days or weeks of training so they are familiar with all aspects of Marijuana. In some cases, these employees are much more educated than pain doctors.

As of now, Marijuana dispensaries are legal in 15 States in the United States, though Federal Law always trumps State law and it is still illegal federally. However the Federal government has take the stance of “looking the other way”.Ā  On the other hand, some county District Attorneys have ordered the closure of dispensaries and instituted arrests of those involved. Their motive is usually political in nature and it is a good bet they will be running for another office in the near future.

Marijuana is a political and moral issue and I pass no judgment, however I can say with confidence that we all know that Fibro meds can be very strong and sometimes pretty severe side effects. I’ve seen many patients in my office who could not tolerate these meds, yet medicinal marijuana got them out of bed, dramatically helped their pain and allowed them to start functioning normally.

As with all meds, Marijuana is not for everybody. Some people will have bad reactions such as increased anxiety, and paranoia.Some are allergic.Ā  For these people Marijuana is a very unpleasant experience and should be avoided. I suppose that this is an example of how we are all wired a little bit differently. I do believe that Marijuana should be taken out of the political arena and looked upon as a possible health aid as there are so many suffering, whose symptoms can be alleviated or at least decreased.

My personal story involves my sister in law who went through horrible chemotherapy and radiation for Breast Cancer, yet Marijuana helped her tremendously to get through the process, she did not lose weight and was able to continue working. It really did wonders for her. I welcome your comments.

11 thoughts on “Medical Marijuana (The Real Dope!)

  1. Hi Doc Gene. I have used this for my nerves way back when I was a teen living with alcoholics. And still today for my depression,fibro ect. soon I will be Cali bound. I can not wait to live in a place where my medicine is legal. Thanks so much for this article. Many blessings to you and yours.

  2. I am living in Cali and so very happy for that since I am a medical marajuana patient. I get so much pain relief from ganja, since I don’t take western medicine.

  3. I live in South Carolina & WISH this was legal medicine here as I want to try it but don’t want to have police problems for having it. The small town we live in sort of has a “no tolerance” isssue for marijuana, really any “illegal” drug. I’ve been suffering with Fibro for nearly 15 years & have been on 90% of the meds out there for Fibro, or any that any dr wanted to “try out!” What states is this considered medicinal or how do I find out?? Thanks for all the posts, very informative!

  4. Unfortunately Mary Jane šŸ™‚ is still illegal in Australia although technically you can grow a miniscule amount for personal use. There was a recent case where a Fibro sufferer here in SA was “dobbed in” by a neighbour and when the Police investigated they found a number of plants resulting in the poor bloke being charged and having to go to Court. The Magistrate was great and really seemed to understand that this guy had no intention of breaking the law he was simply trying to stay pain free and function day to day. While the Magistrate did hand down a fine he was extremely lenient. An Adelaide journalist followed the story and there was a feature article in one of the Weekend Magazines as a result which was both interesting and informative about Fibro and related conditions and marijuana use. Even medical use is restricted here. Personally I would like to try it and see if it would help. Back in my younger days when I dabbled I was allergic and would end up vomitting tho my daughter keeps promising she might try me on some chocolate muffins with it added so that I might be able to tolerate it. I STRONGLY believe it should be legalised for medical purposes and part.for Chronic pain and related conditions.

    • I totally agree with you and the story is very interesting. Is it true that Australian has always been a bit more forward thinking than the U.S.? at any rate, could you please post this to my facebook page as others should see it. If you are not already a friend, the name is No More Fibromyalgia than ask to be a friend and I’ll accept it.

      Thank

      Dr. Gene Martin

  5. Hi Dr G – yes we are friends on FB so I will add my comment. I USED to think that Australia (and New Zealand) were more “forward thinking” than the USA – or perhaps more “logical” and I would like to believe that is still the case but sometimes I wonder. At least we have gun laws :)! From a Fibro perspective the US is WAY ahead of us and it is my mission to get something like P.A.N.D.O.R.A. or R.E.S.C.I.N.D. happening in Australia (“mine” is called CIND’ers – check out my profile pic on FB) (Marly Silverman and Thomas Hennessy are my mentors!) the USA is def.way ahead of us with Fibro research; however I believe our medical system is WAY better than what you have in the USA. It doesnt discriminate if you are rich or poor (a bit but not like yours). Politically unfort.our guys seems to want to model themselves on your guys but we Aussies believe in “keeping in real” šŸ™‚ we’ve always been supporters of the underdog I guess. I think it’s probably swings and roundabouts depending on what area of “life” you are looking at. My bestest Twin Soul lives in Colorado (Amy Chenevert) and via FB I have learnt so much more about my illness from the USA; rather than elsewhere in the world so I do like the USA a lot! šŸ™‚

  6. As per fibro and from what I see, I believe the the U.S to be way behind. Most of the info comes from people and patients doing their own research, and unfortunately, there is not a lot of research being done on fibro, certainly not compared to other illnesses, as it is not looked on as a glamorous illness with a noble prize in it, but a pain in the A** for docs. From my own experience, the many docs (specialists), not only know nothing about it but more often than not, their info is totally incorrect. Of course there are exceptions, but overall, I’ve seen the knowledge of it to be back in the stone age.

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