Monday, March 10, 2014

Medical Marijuana Myths

by Kate Collins

A lot of information has been coming out lately on the medical benefits of cannabis -- impressive studies by respected researchers -- which alarms many people who view marijuana as a gateway drug.

I was back and forth on the issue until I read a very clarifying article and learned that, as per usual, much of the information being put out there to scare people is coming from pharmaceutical companies who stand to lose money. Surprised?

Here's why.  Medical cannabis can take the place of a wide variety of synthetic drugs, especially for the following conditions, without the toxic side-effects of pharmaceuticals: Mood disorders, pain disorders,
degenerative neurological disorders such as dystonia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, PTSD, and seizure disorders.

But is that same marijuana a gateway drug? Consider this.  Prescription drugs have far greater potential to turn you into an addict.  Legal drug addiction is taking lives in record numbers and leading many to heroin, which is many times cheaper to buy than oxycontin, for example.  In the US, according to a CDC press release of July 2, 2013, there were four times more deaths among women from prescription painkiller overdose than for cocaine and heroin deaths combined in 2010.

Pharmaceuticals in general are among the leading causes of death in the US, and some medicines have killed tens of thousands of individuals. The painkiller Vioxx killed over 60,000 before being pulled off the market.

The diabetes drug Avandia, it is estimated, in a five-year span killed some 800,000 people in Europe from inappropriate use of beta-blockers in non-cardiac surgery patients.

In comparison, deaths attributed to cannabis hardly register. And medical grade cannabis, by the way, has very little of the chemical in it that makes you high.

I'm fortunate that I don't have a condition that requires any kind of drug intervention, but if I did, and medical marijuana would help treat it, you can believe I'd be seeking more information. If you're interested in reading the article I'm referring to, here's the URL: Cannabis or Marijuana as Medicine

Wishing you good health,
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