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By Thomas Paine 2nd http://independentrealist.blogspot.com/ independentrealist.weebly.com
It has become almost fashionable to advocate for the legalization of marijuana these days, and in the forefront of the legalization movement is the “Medical Marijuana” movement. Even billionaire George Soros is pushing for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. In examining the issue of “medical marijuana”, I find there are three questions that come to the forefront of my mind that need logical answering before I can formulate any decision regarding this issue. First, does marijuana use create a “high”? Does a person get high from using marijuana? The answer is, of course, yes. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the major psychoactive drug found in marijuana) causes the user to experience feelings of euphoria, calmness, pain reduction, etc. IT IS a psychoactive drug. So, to say that a person using marijuana (whether for recreation or medicinal purposes) does not get high (as some adherents claim) is clearly not true. Second, can a person who is in recovery (or “recovered”) for an addiction to a drug other than marijuana (i.e.: cocaine, meth, heroin, or what-have-you), still use marijuana and be considered “clean and sober” because they have not used the drug they are in recovery for? The answer to this is, no. If a person is in recovery for cocaine, but still continues to use marijuana or alcohol, or any other drug then they are still “getting high” and they are not clean and sober. You don’t have to take my word for it, please feel free to call and ask alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, or any other addiction recovery program. They will tell you the same thing. Therefore, the smoking of marijuana for medicinal purposes, while at the same time in recovery due to addiction to another drug, negates any medicinal benefits of marijuana, and the marijuana becomes nothing more than a replacement for the initial drug the addict is in recovery for. Third, is marijuana addictive? Again, the answer is yes. Now, allow me to explain. The term addiction is a general term, and does not necessarily indicate a physical addiction. There are many substances that can cause a physical addiction, such as heroin and barbiturates. There is another type of addiction, known as psychological addiction. A person becomes psychologically addicted to a substance (such as marijuana) when their body has grown dependent upon that substance. This includes “medical marijuana.” Although the users reasoning for taking “medical” marijuana may be for the alleviation of pain or some other medical condition, the result is the same as for the recreational marijuana user. The user’s body becomes dependent upon the drug, and it reacts negatively when the drug is removed. When a “medical marijuana” user is using marijuana for nothing more than pain alleviation, the pain that is masked by the “medical marijuana” returns, and often in
but in increasing amounts to counteract the increased pain caused by their initial cessation of use. When a person skins their knee. A good example of distorted perception in the context I am using would be those who use marijuana medicinally. and Glaucoma are the primary conditions for which I think the THC found in marijuana could be beneficial. the pain goes away. However.. but a licensed medical doctor. Currently. Once prescribed. marijuana can easily become a “gateway” drug for some people.increased severity. marijuana is a psychoactive drug. Is the pain gone? No. The nerves respond by altering their initial behavior. I think it would be dependent upon the users personality becoming heightened by the drug. and I have been personally told by “medical marijuana” users that this is a common practice. Psychoactive drugs (or psychotropic – it is the same thing) produce mood changes and distorted perceptions. or the anesthetic mentioned above. If they apply a topical anesthetic. the anesthetic creates a distorted perception. however. That being said. the anesthetic numbs the nerve endings and convinces them that there is no pain. In effect. By distorted perceptions I do not necessarily mean the user becomes a “whacked out fiend”. The pain is still there. nothing is “cured”. the THC will cause the brain’s neurons to ignore the chronic pain message being transmitted by the body’s pain receptors.d. I can understand the use of “medical marijuana” do a degree. This will generally cause the “medical marijuana” user to not only reestablish their use of the drug. In this way. I believe that THC should only be prescribed as a last resort for seriously debilitating and life threatening medical conditions. nor are they as stringently regulated as licensed pharmacists. HIV. The pain is still there (although not felt) as well as whatever is creating that pain. First. and will attach itself to the brain’s neurons. the nerve endings are still damaged. They do. a psychoactive drug) is ingested by the user. but only to a degree. The same is true for those who use marijuana medicinally. “medical marijuana” users can acquire their possession permit. they are in pain. Acting the same way as aspirin. it should be carefully monitored by a licensed physician. I do not agree with several aspects of “medical marijuana”. As mentioned previously. a person in chronic pain will use marijuana to alleviate that pain. who has received training and special licensing by the state or federal government to dispense THC. This increased pain can also cause the “medical marijuana” user to think that the “medical marijuana” was ineffective in “curing” their pain. but the person no longer feels it. For example. The THC (remember. I admit that there are those who are prescribed this for verifiable and serious medical conditions. all on the same day. The injury is still there. and then purchase as much marijuana as they want from many different dispensaries. right? Wrong. although this is a possibility. Only the feeling of pain is alleviated. They are not regulated as stringently as a licensed medical doctor as described above would be. The anesthetic “masks” the pain. and lead them to using stronger drugs. So-called “pot dispensaries” are nothing more than licensed drug dealers. And not just someone with a PH.  . thus interfering with the normal interaction between the neurons. Not for every addict who claims to have non-medically verifiable pain. Cancer. Tylenol.
In fact. As stated above. they only have to produce their medical permit to possess marijuana. The facts far outweigh the claims of marijuana activists such as “NORML”. Is marijuana dangerous? Yes. “Moms for Marijuana”. They must be prescribed by a licensed physician and they must be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. including THC. many “medical marijuana” users not only purchase their marijuana in bulk. Oxycontin. Especially any other psychoactive medication. “medical marijuana” does not. there is absolutely no need for any “medical marijuana” user to possess marijuana in its natural state. It has also been shown that users with heart disease may be at significantly higher risk of heart attack due to the fact that marijuana binds readily to hemoglobin. Currently. and it has also been shown that marijuana smoke can adversely affect pulmonary functions. thus reducing the amount of oxygen carried to the heart. then there is absolutely no need for marijuana in its natural state when THC pills are available.  . It should also be noted that the any beneficial effects of smoking marijuana are short lived at best. including marijuana. but I am very much against the sale. and long term use causes cellular changes in the lungs. many studies and tests have shown that in its natural state (as “weed”). but they also continue to purchase marijuana from street dealers. Since THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that is used medicinally. Because marijuana users will typically inhale marijuana smoke more deeply. I can support the use of strictly regulated “medical marijuana” in either pill form or aerosol inhaler. and increasing the need for more oxygen when using marijuana. and hold that smoke in far longer than tobacco smokers. similar to an asthma inhaler. Since these are all psychoactive drugs. Many of these are known carcinogens. This leads to an even higher exposure to the carcinogens found in marijuana smoke. In addition to this. Currently. the FDA has approved a number of THC pills. from several dispensaries consecutively in a brief period of time.If marijuana is being prescribed for a medical condition. use. One must also consider the fact that marijuana is physically harmful when it is ingested in its natural state. They know that if they are stopped by law enforcement and questioned about the marijuana in their possession. It has been shown that marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. A marijuana “high” only lasts one to two hours. marijuana users will have an increased exposure of their lungs of the marijuana user to carcinogenic smoke. and other drugs are strictly regulated. Second. marijuana is more carcinogenic than tobacco. the user must smoke more marijuana in order to alleviate their pain (which often returns with increasing intensity). THC can also be utilized in aerosol form as well. then it should regulated just like any other medication. After the effects have worn off. and law enforcement has absolutely no way to tell if their marijuana came from a licensed dispensary or a street dealer. and all potentially addictive. as there is no valid logical or rational reason for it. There are over 400 chemicals found in marijuana. Prozac. then they should all be treated the same. Is marijuana addictive? Yes. and others. or possession of “medical” marijuana in its natural “weed” state.
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