People keep using it because it works not because they are addicts.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I first wrote about this subject a year ago about Dr. Andrea Barthwell, the attack Pit Bull for former Drug Czar John Walters who didn’t have one good word for medical marijuana, but she was working for the Sativex Company which makes medicine from, guess what, marijuana!
For anyone with a lick of sense, the movie Reefer Madness was the funniest, most grotesque movie ever produced by bad actors pimping a very bad script but it has probably been seen by millions of extremely gullible viewers who believed it.
It also sold the Hearst newspaper syndicate a lot of papers and made Hearst a multi-millionaire. Get a look at his California castle (San Simeon).
I think all the lies and misinformation started with him big time! But I did write a story about that 2 years ago in Salem-News.com. The big lie was that it was only used by Blacks and Hispanics so they could play music, rape and murder.
This crap is continuing today. In the past two weeks three stories have appeared. Sanjay Gupta had a TV show about drug addiction. His first addicting drug was marijuana. He is an M.D. Neurologist and his parents come from India where 3000 years ago cannabis first started as a medicine.
People keep using it because it works not because they are addicts. Actually it is less addicting than Starbucks lattes, aspirin or Tylenol and a lot safer.
The next example was medical writer Dr. Dean Edell with the title, Is Marijuana Shifting His Sex Life Into Low Gear written in Feb 2000.
He is correct that useful research has be “forced underground”. He says it depresses libido (sex drive). He tells the inquirer to have her boyfriend stop using it for his ADHD for 2 or 3 days and “see what happens”.
Dr. Dean, THC stays in the body for up to 4 weeks. This couple does have a problem. I don’t think she would like him on full bore ADHD. Maybe affection and understanding would help.
Many PTSD Vets are given heavy doses of anti-depressant drugs which really cause impotence. Many have shifted to cannabis which they have found is at least a passive aphrodisiac.
The last story is by Amy Dickinson who took over for Ann Landers who if I remember was neutral or sympathetic to medical marijuana users? Amy quotes a “boyfriend” who says he is a (MJ) addict and has been for 5 years. He is 19 now. Amy says his life depends on his quitting. He is not an addict.
He must have some underlying medical problem which is stabilized by using MJ. Marijuana is according to DEA Administrative Judge Francis Young “the safest drug ever found by man”. Millions of patients use it legally OR illegally for medical purposes.
IF Amy were writing about aspirin, Tylenol or expresso coffee, I would agree with her but the movie Reefer Madness was pure fiction and her comments are a disservice to the about 400 thousand legal medical marijuana users in this country.
The U.S. Gov’t says that about 10 million are using it on a daily basis with no adverse effects.
To the above writers Gupta, Edell and Dickinson I say get yourself educated, cannabis medicines are the drugs of the past and future.
By Dr. Phil Leveque
April 27, 2009