Marijuana as Medicine
Marijuana as medicine has been used for thousands of years. It was used by the Chinese and Europeans and many other societies.
Q. Why isn’t marijuana accepted as medicine?
A. There hasn’t been any research on humans that can be used by doctors.
Q. Why hasn’t any research been conducted when there are countless personal stories of marijuana helping with numerous diseases?
A. Essentially, few studies have been approved. Because marijuana is listed by the DEA as a Schedule 1 drug which makes it very difficult to study. Because marijuana is on schedule 1, all studies on humans must be approved by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). NIDA in the past has approved only studies that are looking to show the possible harm caused by marijuana. (Recently, Dr. Sue Sisley had her study approved, after a three year wait, to study marijuana & PTSD. She is now waiting for marijuana from the only NIDA approved provider, the University of Mississippi, which grows bulk marijuana. She has asked for a variety of types of marijuana some with higher ratios of CBDs which they did not have.)
Q. So how would I find out information on marijuana as medicine?
A. First, talk to your doctor or a doctor that has worked with medical marijuana. As with any medicine, your doctor can determine what is best and safe for your health. There are a number of drug interactions with marijuana. You’ll need to be aware of them.
There are many good websites with information. Here are a few helpful links to help with your education:
Americans for Safe Access (Advancing Medical Marijuana Therapeutics & Research)
Cannaeffect (Stories of medical marijuana patients)
Leafly (Understanding Strains)
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis and Compulsive Bathing: A Case Series and Paradoxical Pathophysiological Explanation (Excess Vomiting, Nausea and bathing associated with chronic marijuana use)
What Makes Cannabis Medicine – The Cannabinoids
What are cannabinoids?