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Medical Marijuana, The whole story!

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Medical marijuana (in high THC form) has been found effective, and in fact the MOST effective drug in fighting Amputee Phantom Nerve Pain.

Below is the result of the most recent scientific studies on the plant and the chemicals it contains.


In the Americas, cannabis extract was a popular medicinal drug in the 1800s. But in the 1900s, the tide began to turn against the drug. In the 1920s, Mexican immigrants became associated with the smoked, recreational version of the drug, and anti-immigrant Racist sentiments fueled marijuana prohibition.

By the 1930s, marijuana was banned in 24 states. The newly minted Federal Bureau of Narcotics launched a campaign against the drug, and newspapers fueled hysteria with headlines like the 1933 Los Angeles Examiner's "Murder Weed Found Up and Down the Coast — Deadly Marihuana Dope Plant Ready for Harvest That Means Enslavement of California Children." By 1937, Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which effectively banned marijuana except for a few medicinal purposes, according to "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Legal" (Scribner, 2012).

In the 1950s, the Narcotics Control Act and the Boggs Act stiffened penalties for marijuana possession, with first-time offenses requiring two to 10 year sentences and a minimum $20,000 fine, according to Penalties were relaxed in the 1970s, but President Ronald Reagan increased federal penalties for marijuana possession in the 1980s even though a previous president's study found it to be harmless and recommended legalization . On the federal level, marijuana is now regulated under the DEA's Controlled Substances Act as a schedule 1 drug, meaning the government considers it to have a high potential for abuse with no legitimate medical or therapeutic uses in the same class as heroin even though modern medical research has deemed it harmless and in fact helpful in fighting cancer and other ailments.

However, numerous states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana, with 23 states currently allowing some form of either medical or recreational use of the drug as of November 2014, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In August 2013, the Department of Justice stated that while marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, they would decline to enforce federal drug laws in Colorado and Washington state, assuming that these states would set up their own rigorous regulatory schemes.

Marijuana: The Facts
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal
drug in the U.S.  and the world, and was a
well-established medicine until it was
federally criminalized in 1937. A majority of
Americans believe marijuana should be
legally regulated.
Quick Facts
 More than forty-five percent of American adults
report that they have used marijuana.
 Marijuana has been consumed for at least 5,000
years and has a long history of traditional uses
throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the
 The marijuana plant contains more than 70
compounds, called cannabinoids, in its leaves and
flowers.  The most commonly known of these
cannabinoids is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),
which is psychoactive. However, there are
numerous non-psychoactive, yet highly
therapeutic cannabinoids in marijuana as well.
 U.S. marijuana policy is unique among American
criminal laws – no other law is enforced so widely
and harshly, yet deemed unnecessary by such a
substantial portion of the population.
 The price tag of marijuana prohibition is currently
estimated at $20 billion per year, including costs
to law enforcement and lost potential tax
 Recent polls suggest that 58%
of the American population believe marijuana
should be legally regulated, while support for
allowing the medical use of marijuana is about
 Twenty-three states and Washington D.C. have
approved the medical use of marijuana, 16 states
and D.C. have decriminalized its use, and in 2012
Colorado and Washington voters made their
states the first political jurisdictions anywhere in
the world to legally regulate the production and
distribution of marijuana.
How might cannabinoids be useful as medicine?

Currently, the two main cannabinoids from the marijuana plant that are of medical interest are THC and CBD.

THC increases appetite and reduces nausea and controls pain.  The FDA-approved THC-based medications are used for these purposes. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.

CBD is a cannabinoid that does not affect the mind or behavior. It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, especially in children where traditional medicine does not work, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.

NIH-funded and other researchers are continuing to explore the possible uses of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids for medical treatment.

For instance, recent animal studies have shown that marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one cell culture study suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation (Scott, 2014).

Scientists are also conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat numerous diseases and conditions, such as the following:
autoimmune diseases (diseases that weaken the immune system): HIV/AIDS
multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control
Alzheimer’s disease, which causes loss of brain function, affecting memory, thinking, and behavior

pain (Including amputee related Phantom Pain)
substance use disorders
mental disorders

What medications contain cannabinoids?

Two FDA-approved drugs, dronabinol and nabilone, contain THC. They treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and increase appetite in patients with extreme weight loss caused by AIDS.

The United Kingdom, Canada, and several European countries have approved nabiximols (Sativex®), a mouth spray containing THC and CBD. It treats muscle control problems caused by MS. The United States is conducting clinical trials for its safe use in treating cancer pain.

Although it has not yet undergone clinical trials, scientists have recently created Epidiolex, a CBD-based liquid drug to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy.

We suggest based upon these findings, you write or call your state's politicians and voice your support towards legalizing Medical Marijuana.




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