The Wonder Drug

  The Wonder Drug

Posted by CN Staff on March 05, 2007 at 21:00:32 PT
By Dallie Howerton, Press Columnist 
Source: Carthage Press 

Missouri -- As a person who has diabetes and arthritis for which I am prescribed pain killers, an article in the Boston Globe this week peaked my interest. Written by Lester Grinspoon, a professor at Harvard Medical School, it's titled "Marijuana As Wonder Drug."The article focused on a new study in the Journal of Neurology being hailed as unassailable proof that marijuana is a valuable medicine saying, "It is a sad commentary on the state of modern medicine--and US drug policy--that we still need 'proof' of something that medicine has known for 5,000 years."
The recorded use of this medicine goes back to ancient times and became a well established Western medicine whose versatility and safety were unquestioned--safer than most medicines prescribed every day. If marijuana were a new discovery rather than carrying so much cultural and political baggage, it would be hailed as a wonder drug.In the study, marijuana was found to be effective at relieving extreme pain. Neuropathic pain is notoriously resistant to treatment with conventional pain drugs. Even powerful and addictive narcotics like morphine often provide little relief. This study leaves no doubt that marijuana can safely ease the pain of millions of Americans suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and arthritis. It is also very effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, as well as other debilitating illnesses.Because all marijuana research in the US must be done using government-supplied marijuana of very poor quality, the potential benefits are probably underestimated.This got me to thinking--What's behind the U.S. drug policy anyway? So I decided to do a little research on the history of this "wonder plant" and wouldn't you most everything else today, all you have to do is "Follow the Money."But before I delve into the history of marijuana saga, I have to mention a tragedy that occurred last week. A very sad commentary on the state of healthcare in this country, or the lack thereof. If this is not the best argument in favor of universal healthcare, I don't know what is.Last week a 12-year-old boy in Maryland died of a toothache. A routine, $80 tooth extraction would have saved him. That is if his family could have afforded it, or if his family had been insured, or if his family had not lost Medicaid coverage due to budget cuts.By the time he got any attention, in the emergency room, the bacteria from the abscess had spread to his brain. After two operations and six weeks in the hospital the boy died. The cost of his care exceeds $250,000.Unfortunately, those without any insurance coverage are forced to use the emergency room as their primary source of medical care. If society is going to end up paying the tab anyway, what makes more sense, preventive care, or crisis care? You do the math.Now back to the wonder drug known worldwide as "cannabis or hemp," until the 1930s when it became known as marijuana.Between 1850 and 1937, cannabis (marijuana) was widely used throughout United States as a medicinal drug and could easily be purchased in pharmacies and general stores.Powerful Cannabis Extractum (hash oil) was widely known as a non-toxic, non-addicting medicine. It had been the second most commonly prescribed medication between the 1820s and the 1890s for everything from baby's teething pains to Gramma's hot flashes without a single documented case of addiction or fatal overdose.The American Medical Association opposed the prohibition of cannabis as a medicine, but in 1936, just before they enacted marijuana prohibition, the US Congress was lied to and was told that the AMA backed the prohibition. Most Americans had no idea that marijuana and cannabis were the same drug. Through its association with minorities in the newspapers, cannabis, a perfectly acceptable drug, was renamed "marijuana," taken from the Mexican-Spanish word "marihuana." A previously unheard of drug being used by evil, violent non-whites to lure our women and children.In opposition to the "Marijuana Tax Act of 1937," the American Medical Association wrote, "There is no evidence that the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives has caused or is causing cannabis addiction. The prevention of the use for medicinal purposes can accomplish no good end whatsoever. The obvious purpose of this bill is to impose so many restrictions on their use as to prevent such use altogether."The pharmaceutical industry is scrambling to create a synthetic version that could be produced in pill or serum form. Any rational person would simply ask, "Why bother when it already exists in plant form? Of course the answer is...medical marijuana is a threat to pharmaceutical profiteering. Big Pharma pumps millions of dollars into campaign coffers to ensure marijuana remains illegal and demonized.The USDA approved a new drug called "Tysabri" for the treatment of multiple sclerosis that affects 350,000 Americans. The cost of the drug is guesstimated to cost between $20,000 and $30,000 per year. Hmmm...300 million more reasons to keep medical marijuana illegal.Many researchers agree that marijuana's illegal status has a direct connection to the "gateway theory." Not because of the drug itself, but because, in order to acquire it they are more likely to become acquainted with people who sell other, more dangerous drugs. Some contend that legalization would substantially reduce the use of more dangerous drugs by taking the distribution of marijuana out of the hands of criminals, and regulating it in a similar manner to alcohol or tobacco.As Paul Harvey says, stay tuned next week for "the rest of the story."Just some food for thought.Source: Carthage Press, The (MO)Author: Dallie Howerton, Press ColumnistPublished: Monday, March 5, 2007Copyright: 2007 The Carthage PressContact: carpress ipa.netWebsite: http://www.carthagepress.comRelated Articles & Web Site:Dr. Lester Grinspoon Marijuana as Wonder Drug Still Ostriches On Medical Marijuana and Medical Marijuana

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Comment #11 posted by ekim on March 06, 2007 at 10:41:46 PT
i view the Swiss story the same way
where are those that know down deep in there souls that killing off our natural cannabis seeds will come back to hurt all on this planet.Where are those that profess to stand guard over such evil acts.I do have hope that the farmers that have seen first hand how the animals that the Swiss so love will be hurt --
and to make the leap that humans too will be hurt must surly follow
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Comment #10 posted by Truth on March 06, 2007 at 10:37:39 PT
post #7
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on March 06, 2007 at 10:29:16 PT
That's interesting. I haven't seen the movie yet. It sounds really good though from what I've read about it.
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Comment #8 posted by ekim on March 06, 2007 at 10:16:33 PT
the USS Tomorrow
FoM that was the last scene in the film Children of Men.the hope that after 18 years of no children being born to
the planet the ship could offer hope for coming generationsslowly the ship sailed thru the fog with the young mother and child
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 06, 2007 at 09:37:39 PT

Isn't it a great feeling? I am confident we are on our way to a better tomorrow. 
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Comment #6 posted by Toker00 on March 06, 2007 at 09:31:47 PT

This Article
Is making it's way all over the web. Sites that normally shun drug talk and sensor topics have this article posted. A friend of mine started reading the article from one of her sites when she was visiting so I asked what site it was, and she just said it was an esoteric site where, normally, drug links or articles are not posted. I think the audience we have been preaching to have now graduated and become the Preachers. People are talking and realizing w/acknowledgement, from the widest cross-sections of society, that Cannabis is GOOD. Phenomenal. Drug War is over if you want it. What's that creaking sound? Is that the Drug War collapsing from it's own waste/weight? Jerry may be home sooner than later. Toke.
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Comment #5 posted by doc james on March 06, 2007 at 06:47:31 PT

Past time for the Lies
to end and the truth be told, for the sake of the children...and the planet. The FDA would approve a bullet for a headache as long as they could regulate it.
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on March 06, 2007 at 03:57:54 PT

The Government's Middle Men.
Notice how the government uses middle men to poison or kill us? It's ok to eat poison if it goes through a cow, or a plant, or the atmosphere, or a drink, or through medicine. It's Safe that way. Just ask the FDA. They could just send us envelopes of Toxins to take each month through the mail, but that would be suspect. So, CORPORATIONS or middle men do it for them. Flawlessly now that you can't sue the Corporations.Poison, Prison, Prohibited, Propagandized, Polluted, Planet.Toke. 
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Comment #3 posted by Toker00 on March 06, 2007 at 03:36:34 PT

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withdrawal of U.S. troops within a set timetable. This would mean that a 
vote for the appropriation would be a vote against the war. This is an 
exciting development – a longshot, but worth fighting for. So when we call our Congress members today, ask them to support a 
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and Rev. Lennox Yearwood. More info: http://pdamerica.orgToke.
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Comment #2 posted by observer on March 05, 2007 at 22:12:03 PT

UK Crown Prosecutor Lies
Anyone see this item?UK: Grandmother who 'cooked with cannabis' denies possession

Tom Moran, prosecuting, told Carlisle Crown Court: "Mrs Tabram is somebody who passionately believes in the use of cannabis as a way of relieving pain. "She says she suffers symptoms from various unfortunate health problems that are, she says, not alleviated by conventional medicine. "She believes she should be able to take cannabis to do what conventional medicine cannot do." Tabram is believed to use the drug to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus, whiplash and depression. Mr Moran reminded the jury of six men and six women that they were not there to debate legalisation of cannabis, however. He said: "You are not here to debate whether the law should be changed, you are here to apply the law as it stands at the moment.";jsessionid=CSO5IPBQRZ4H1QFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/03/05/ncannabis105.xmlThat's a big lie the Crown prosecutor, Tom Moran, tells there. English common law stipulates that juries are free to convict or acquit for whatever reason they choose, and they are accountable to no one. Jurors may vote to convict or acquit and jurors need not explain their vote to anyone. Apparently, however, government judges and prosecutors are free to lie to gullible jurors any old time they choose. Par for the course. see: etc. 
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on March 05, 2007 at 21:16:50 PT

FDA/Big Pharm in action
FDA poised to approve antibiotic for cattleBy Washinton Post | March 5, 2007WASHINGTON -- The government is on track to approve a new antibiotic to treat a pneumonia-like disease in cattle, despite warnings from health groups and a majority of the Food and Drug Administration's scientific advisers that the decision will be dangerous for people.
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