The Case for Medical Marijuana has been clouded by an old-fashioned prejudice against marijuana, left over from the sixties, when it was associated with hippies, and psychedelic concerts and folk music.
But times change, and the search for natural medications continues and many medical professionals are coming around to the view that there is a valid use for medical marijuana. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, opened the door to a re-examination of the legitimate values of medical marijuana with his special on how he changed his mind on the uses of medical marijuana. You can view it at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana.
With all the laboratory-created, totally UN-natural medicines used to fight pain and disease symptoms, there is always value in finding more natural remedies, that have less potential side effects and that might be beneficial to patients.
Medical marijuana holds this possibility. It reduces pain in many patients, and also reduces nausea for people undergoing chemotherapy. Now it seems that by taking out the hallucinogenic elements, you are left with a very safe, and very effective medicine.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision this week to not interfere with Washington and Colorado and to allow them to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults is a big breakthrough.
Again, here is a substance that has a proven record of efficacy, that is easy to grow, and has a place in today’s medicine cabinet. It’s all natural, and offers excellent pain relief, and it seems like it’s time to judge it on it’s own merits, not continue to let it be stigmatized by how it was used in the past.