AKenewell Posted May 19, 2010 Report Share Posted May 19, 2010 This is taken from something that I wrote and had published. After writing this and having it published, the reporter called to tell me, that after several people in her office read it, they started to view Marijuana differently-not realizing that it really treats these conditions or how. Educating people on the truly remarkable difference's Marijuana has in effectively treating these conditions, is I believe the only way to get rid of the stigmatism that has long followed it. Alyscia Kenewell ccc The Truths and Facts About Medical Marijuana The unique biochemistry of Medical Marijuana makes it a very safe and effective treatment for a number of severe and debilitating conditions. Although it may have a stigma of being the “gateway” to drug addiction and the use of harder drugs, in actuality it is often used as a method to break drug addiction. Marijuana is non-toxic and you cannot die or overdose nor can you become highly addicted to it, which makes it a safe alternative to prescription pain medicine such as vicodin or oxycontrin. Written references to the use of marijuana as a medicine date back nearly 5,000 years. Western medicine embraced marijuana's medical properties in the mid-1800s, and by the beginning of the 20th century, physicians had published more than 100 papers in the Western medical literature recommending its use for a variety of disorders. Cannabis remained in the United States pharmacopoeia until 1941, removed only after Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which severely hampered physicians from prescribing it. The American Medical Association (AMA) was one of the most vocal organizations to testify against the ban, arguing that it would deprive patients of a past, present and future medicine. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of conditions which would include: - Neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage). - Nausea and vomiting induced from chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients - Glaucoma -intraocular pressure in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma. - Fibromyalgia discomfort - Crohn’s Disease - ALS (Lou Gherigs Disease) - Seizures or Epilepsy - Alzheimers Disease. Treatment in Alzheimers. The key ingredient in marijuana could be considerably better at suppressing the abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimers than any other currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of the disease. Marijuana therapy is also effective in reducing agitation in patients with Alzheimers. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia. Emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective. Organizations that have endorsed medical access to marijuana include:The Institue of Medicine; The American Academy of Family Physicians; American Bar Association; American Nurses Association; American Public Health Association; Lymphoma Foundation of America just to name a few. Under Michigan law, physicians are allowed to authorize patients to grow their own marijuana plants or choose a caregiver to grow the plants for them. There are certain steps for a patient to follow to see if they qualify for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP). Once a patient is approved and registered they will be issued a patient ID card from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health. This card acts as a license to use and possess marijuana. The card is good for 1 year. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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