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Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Medical Marijuana" not so much.

Most marijuana medicinal benefits are inconclusive, wide-ranging study finds 

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Read it for yourself but here are other posts I've written about marijuana use.

Consumers should be aware of the following regarding "medical marijuana:"

1. The FDA has not approved marijuana for use for anything.

2. Medical Marijuana is not based on science but economics and personal preferences. The medical marijuana lobbying efforts have been lead by long-time marijuana advocates like NORML and a few billionaires like Sean Parker and George Soros. Although these two billionaires have financial interests in marijuana products, at least one billionaire, Peter Lewis, who was arrested for marijuana possession, in New Zealand, in 2000, basically wanted marijuana legal wherever he went. NORML is a bunch of college and former college student pot-heads who have been trying to legalize weed for decades (see Life magazine from 1969). The "movement" wasn't taken seriously until billionaires, with lobbying expertise and unlimited money, started funding legal efforts across the country.

3. Regardless of what your uninformed physician tells you or your teen, marijuana is potentially very dangerous for teenagers. So, yes, I've had numerous teens and parents tell me that their doctor(s) have not shown any concern for teen marijuana use. I find this appalling. Lately, Marijuana has been the number one reason for inpatient drug treatment for teens; it's been responsible for hundreds of thousands of teen ER visits from panic attacks and psychosis to suicidality and paranoia. Many teens have attempted suicide while "high" no weed, and I have known several teens who have caused fatal car accidents while high on weed. Clearly, teens should not be smoking weed - at all. It's also a gateway drug. So, parents who smoke weed, love to hear how it's harmless, and, they have kids who are comfortable with it from a young age. Many of these teens start smoking weed at age 10-14, and by the time their 16 to 18, they're "bored" with weed or have reached maximum tolerance, and start looking for other drugs to use. Unfortunately for them, there aren't any good choices when it comes to drugs.

4. Not one medical organization, association, or society has approved or recommended marijuana for anything - and for good reason!  Here's why - yes, marijuana may show some benefits from a few things, but as soon as you start using higher doses or for longer periods of time, the risks have consistently far outweighed the benefits. For example, the level of impairment from marijuana becomes obvious. It stays in the bloodstream and requires less and less of the drug to cause intoxication. It also causes daily withdrawal symptoms, and it causes memory loss and attention problems (this is related to car accidents). On top of that, the users aren't aware of how impaired they are becoming. 

5. Taxing marijuana will probably not outweigh the health and legal costs from problems associated with marijuana use, from things like loss of worker productivity, increased auto accidents, increased healthcare utilization especially amongst the lower working classes who utilize publically funded health insurance programs, costs associated with drug treatment, and costs related to the use of other drugs from escalated addiction.

6. Any prescription for marijuana for any condition is a shot in the dark. You'll be taking an addictive drug with potentially harmful side effects. How will you measure your progress on marijuana? Will you lose awareness of negative effects like regular users often have. I meet so many people who are quitting marijuana because their spouse gives them an ultimatum because marijuana is causing them significant problems, like social isolation, lack of motivation, memory and attention problems, and other problems. 

Don't rely on major media for good medical information and don't trust that just because you state legalized weed that it's okay - state representatives want your tax revenue to spend on their pet projects or salary increases - they don't seem to care much about your health or well-being - as evidenced by the fact that they would even consider voting to make this drug legal or medicinal, circumventing the normal legal channels of the Food and Drug Administration.









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