Cannabis is currently being researched or used to treat the following diseases:
Lung cancer and COPD
Pain of movement
Unintentional weight loss
Lack of appetite
Inflammatory bowel disease (consisting of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
Spinal cord injuries
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
Childhood mental disorders,
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Posttraumatic stress disorder
Medicinal use of cannabis is now legal in a limited number of countries worldwide, including Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Finland, Portugal and the United States.
Medical marijuana, pertains to the doctor recommended use of the dried cannabis flowers (buds) containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids in the treatment of dozens of medical conditions.
There are several methods for administrating the prescribed dosage, including smoking or vaporizing the dried buds and taking synthetic THC pills.
The following medical organizations have endorsed allowing patients access to medical marijuana:
On 20 April 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory against smoked medical marijuana stating that, "marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and has a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision. Furthermore, there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful."
In 1985 the FDA
capsules for the
treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients when other medicines won't work.
Marinol Capsules include the active ingredient dronabinol, a synthetic delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is considered the psychoactive component of marijuana.
In 1992, FDA approved Marinol Capsules as an appetite stimulant to treat weight loss in patients with AIDS and anorexia.
Patients, however, tend to prefer smoking or vaporizing the buds because of the tendency to vomit after taking the capsule. It's also easier to determine the correct personal dosage.
Some studies have indicated that other trace chemicals in the plant may combine with the THC to produce a more beneficial effect than Marinol.
Medical Marijuana in the Ancient World
Cannabis has a long history of medicinal use in many cultures, going back thousands of years.
In the 3rd century, China used cannabis as an anesthetic. It was reduced to a powder and mixed with wine, and prescribed to treat vomiting, infectious and parasitic hemorrhaging. Cannabis is a fundamental herb in traditional Chinese medicine.
The ancient Egyptians used marijuana in suppositories for relieving the pain of hemorrhoids, as early as the eighteenth century B.C.
In ancient India, doctors used cannabis for a variety of illnesses and ailments, included insomnia, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and pain. It was frequently used to relieve the pain of childbirth.
The Ancient Greeks used cannabis for both human and veterinary medicine.
Dried marijuana leaves were used to treat nose bleeds, expel tapeworms and treat inflammation and pain resulting from obstruction of the ear.
It was also used to dress wounds and sores on their horses and dogs.
In the 5th century BCE Herodotus, a Greek historian, described using cannabis in steam baths.
In the medieval Islamic world, Arabic physicians used marijuana to treat a host of illnesses.
By the 19th century, Cannabis as a medicine was common throughout much of the world, primarily as a pain reliever. The invention of aspirin, however, forced marijuana to take a back seat. The plant was no longer in wide use by the time the United States banned it in the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
The reputation of marijuana was further eroded by the stereotype that the drug was used primarily by Mexican and African immigrants.
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Legal Use of Medical Marijuana
Despite evidence to the contrary, both scientific and anecdotal, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution allows the government to ban the use of cannabis for medical use.
Not every state agrees with the Supreme Court. Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington have decriminalized the sale and possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical use by adults.
The state of Colorado has the most liberal laws, decriminalizing the sale, possession, cultivation and transportation and cultivation of marijuana for any purpose, within a regulated market.
So you have a situation in which the Federal government tell you smoking marijuana is evil and illegal, and the States says ignore the Federal government and smoke away.
Opponents to legalizing marijuana point to the fact that it would create a mixed message. How much more mixed can you get than this?
The amazing thing is that many of the 'legal' drugs prescribed to alleviate the same symptoms of marijuana have horrendous side effects, while marijuana has none. Clearly this is one of those bizarre political issues that ignore the health of the citizens in favor of some ignorant, hypocritical sense of propriety.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Public Health Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Nurses Association
- British Medical Association
- American Academy of HIV Medicine
- Lymphoma Foundation of America
Medical Benefits of Marijuana
A past evaluation by several Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), concluded that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or effectiveness of marijuana for general medical use.
Although the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health recognizes the potential benefits of medical marijuana for cancer patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved Cannabis as a treatment for cancer or any other medical condition. There are other FDA approved medicines to treat many of the proposed uses of smoked marijuana.
Most doctors who recommend medical marijuana to cancer patients do so to relieve the nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, particularly when conventional medicine have failed.
Marijuana is a proven appetite stimulant and helps prevent weight loss in AIDS and anorexia patients. It has been shown to lower the pressure within the eye ball and is effective in the treatment of glaucoma. It also alleviates neuropathic pain and helps in the treatment of muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.
According to the National Cancer Institute there are encouraging studies that suggest cannabinoids may inhibit the growth of certain types of tumors.
Cannabinoids are also being studied for potential analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits.
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