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Spliff Twister

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"Medical" Marijuana - The Facts

Medical marijuana already exists. It's called Marinol.


A pharmaceutical product, Marinol, is widely available through prescription. It comes in the form of a pill and is also being studied by researchers for suitability via other delivery methods, such as an inhaler or patch. The active ingredient of Marinol is synthetic THC, which has been found to relieve the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy for cancer patients and to assist with loss of appetite with AIDS patients.


Unlike smoked marijuana--which contains more than 400 different chemicals, including most of the hazardous chemicals found in tobacco smoke-Marinol has been studied and approved by the medical community and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the nation's watchdog over unsafe and harmful food and drug products. Since the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, any drug that is marketed in the United States must undergo rigorous scientific testing. The approval process mandated by this act ensures that claims of safety and therapeutic value are supported by clinical evidence and keeps unsafe, ineffective and dangerous drugs off the market.


There are no FDA-approved medications that are smoked. For one thing, smoking is generally a poor way to deliver medicine. It is difficult to administer safe, regulated dosages of medicines in smoked form. Secondly, the harmful chemicals and carcinogens that are byproducts of smoking create entirely new health problems. There are four times the level of tar in a marijuana cigarette, for example, than in a tobacco cigarette

Morphine, for example, has proven to be a medically valuable drug, but the FDA does not endorse the smoking of opium or heroin. Instead, scientists have extracted active ingredients from opium, which are sold as pharmaceutical products like morphine, codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone. In a similar vein, the FDA has not approved smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes, but has approved the active ingredient-THC-in the form of scientifically regulated Marinol.


The DEA helped facilitate the research on Marinol. The National Cancer Institute approached the DEA in the early 1980s regarding their study of THC's in relieving nausea and vomiting. As a result, the DEA facilitated the registration and provided regulatory support and guidance for the study.


The DEA recognizes the importance of listening to science. That's why the DEA has registered seven research initiatives to continue researching the effects of smoked marijuana as medicine. For example, under one program established by the State of California, researchers are studying the potential use of marijuana and its ingredients on conditions such as multiple sclerosis and pain. At this time, however, neither the medical community nor the scientific community has found sufficient data to conclude that smoked marijuana is the best approach to dealing with these important medical issues.


The most comprehensive, scientifically rigorous review of studies of smoked marijuana was conducted by the Institute of Medicine, an organization chartered by the National Academy of Sciences. In a report released in 1999, the Institute did not recommend the use of smoked marijuana, but did conclude that active ingredients in marijuana could be isolated and developed into a variety of pharmaceuticals, such as Marinol.


In the meantime, the DEA is working with pain management groups, such as Last Acts, to make sure that those who need access to safe, effective pain medication can get the best medication available.

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/ongoing/marinol.html

Just so you get a feel from where the "enemy" is coming from.
 

Spliff Twister

New Member
"The DEA recognizes the importance of listening to science. That's why the DEA has registered seven research initiatives to continue researching the effects of smoked marijuana as medicine. For example, under one program established by the State of California, researchers are studying the potential use of marijuana and its ingredients on conditions such as multiple sclerosis and pain. At this time, however, neither the medical community nor the scientific community has found sufficient data to conclude that smoked marijuana is the best approach to dealing with these important medical issues".


Funny that when they fund researching that might support medical marijuana they dont talk about it but when its information that they like its all they talk about. Almost a good cop bad cop going on here.

Also there is no evidence that smoking marijuana isnt the best way of delievering the medicine.

Last thing they say here that the agree the marijuana is effective for pain relief and are fine with giving Marinol but dont think chronic pain qualifies as "seriously ill"
 

bahnzo

New Member
Again, what is the DEA doing here? I fail to understand how this is *any* of thier biz? Also, why in the hell would a synthetic version of THC be needed? I mean the stuff grows easily, why would a manufactured version be produced, except to line the pockets of drug manufacturers and politicians and etc etc.

Again, it's not the DEA's place to comment on anything like this. Get back to busting AIDS and cancer patients llike you were intended to do.....fuckers.
 

Happy Kitty

Well-Known Member
Chronic pain is not a serious illness? Tell that to someone suffering from chronic pain and see what they have to say about it.

This kind of attitude is exactly what we are up against. And it only a vote to change the laws, and get some of these yahoo's outta there.

You know, I wonder how many DEA people have their own positive opinion about pot.I bet lots don't know why this is such a big deal, and that its a big waste of time, money, and effort. But it's their job, it's what they do...

They aren't going to win this war if we vote. Law or not, they will never stop the millions of people who excercise their right to smoke marijuana. It's not going to change smokers point of view, and obviously all the negative propaganda on the majority of the population isn't working, either.

Peace and happiness:peace:
 

Pinch

New Member
There we go again, those two words.

DELIVERY SYSTEM

The DEA is always searching for a better PR to sell to the American Public, this is their new battle cry.
 
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