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DRUG WATCH TRUTH & LIES
Marijuana" TRUTH AND LIES #1
The illegal or harmful use of psychoactive drugs is a
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is an effective medication for nausea associated with cancer chemotherapy.
overwhelmingly reject the idea of prescribing smoked marijuana.
Crude marijuana contains over 400 different chemicals.
THC, the main active ingredient in crude marijuana, is available as the
prescription drug Marinol for the treatment of nausea associated with
chemotherapy; however, safer and more effective anti-emetic medications are
available and preferred by oncologists.
is a beneficial treatment for glaucoma.
There is no scientific evidence that marijuana prevents the progression
of visual loss in glaucoma. While
marijuana, as well as alcohol and a host of other substances, can lower
intraocular eye pressure, the medication must be carefully tailored to the
individual to prevent further eye damage. Besides
numerous adverse side effects of smoking marijuana, the dose cannot be
marijuana is effective in treating the wasting syndrome associated with AIDS.
marijuana compromises the immune system and puts AIDS patients at significant
risk for infections and respiratory problems.
Current scientific studies show that Marinol (oral THC), which is
available to treat AIDS wasting syndrome, is effective in increasing appetite
but is ineffective in increasing weight gain.
government is withholding important medicine from suffering patients by not
allowing the prescribing of marijuana.
Crude marijuana does not meet the scientific requirements for efficacy,
quality, purity and safety necessary to be considered medicine.
It is neither compassionate nor medically responsible to prescribe
harmful impure substances to ill people.
marijuana reduces the spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.
In a recent double-blind scientific study, the latest high-tech
electronic monitoring equipment was used to determine if smoked marijuana had
any benefit in treating spasticity in patients with MS.
The study found that all patients receiving marijuana, rather than
placebo, perceived their spasticity to be lessened, when in actuality, it was
doctors want crude marijuana available so they can prescribe it to their
Most doctors want the best medicine possible for their patients.
Although synthetic marijuana (THC) in a pure and standardized form is
available by prescription, it is often the last choice of doctors, because many
better medicines are available. The
American Medical Association, the Federal Drug Administration, the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy
of Ophthalmology, and the American Cancer Society have all rejected the use of
smoked marijuana as a medicine. Marijuana
is not recognized as a medicine in generally accepted pharmacopeia, medical
references, or textbooks.
ANY MODERN MEDICAL STANDARD, MARIJUANA IS NO MEDICINE.
STATEMENT ON MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE
Leaf marijuana is not medicine.
It is a harmful psychoactive drug, composed of over 400 different
chemicals, which should not be used by anyone, especially by people who are ill.
Marijuana use has serious health consequences.
Concentration, motor coordination, memory, lungs, reproductive and immune
systems are all adversely impacted by marijuana use; marijuana is addictive.
Physicians who treat people for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma,
and other diseases do not favor the use of marijuana.
Not one American health organization accepts marijuana
as medicine. These include the
American Medical Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American
Glaucoma Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Cancer
FDA/DEA have repeatedly rejected marijuana for
medicinal use. Marijuana fails to
meet any of the Drug Enforcement Administration's requirements or Federal Drug
Administration's eight criteria for approving drugs for medical use.
Even Marinol, a synthetic form of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol),
available by prescription for treating nausea, has far more negative health
effects than other available agents.
There are numerous safer and more effective anti-nausea
agents. These include
prochlorperazine (Compazine), metaclopramide (Reglan), lorazepam,
corticosteroids, thiethylperazine (Torecan), ondansetron (Zofran), promethazine
(Phenergan), perphenazine (Trilafon), and chlorpromazine (Thorazine).
The pro-drug lobby exploits the suffering of patients
with chronic illness with false promises about marijuana as a medicine.
They have stated that they are pushing marijuana as medicine and using it
as a "red herring" as part of a strategy to legalize marijuana for
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