Support is building nationwide for both medical and recreational marijuana. As more states consider legalizing marijuana, we talked with several experts about the drug’s health benefits and side effects.They included Michael Barnes, PhD, of CeDAR/University of Colorado Hospital, J. Michael Bostwick, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Margaret Haney, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center.
Annette -- the challenge is that we can't easily do these studies in the US because of the federal legal stance that says it has no medical use and is only a dangerous drug of abuse. Anecdotally some anxious people are less so -- like your husband. Others become paranoid and quite anxious.
Annette, Some individuals find it helps with anxiety but it is worth noting that ER mentions (why people show up in emergency rooms) show that a large number of individuals show up having panic attacks: typically smoking more MJ or more potent MJ than they are used to. So it does not alleiviate anxiety for everyone
It's purported to reduce the eye pressure in glaucoma. It may have been one of the indications for which the federal government has provided marijuana to a limited number of people since the late 80s after losing a lawsuit.
HI Dave. I find your comment about advertizing for dispensaries in Colorado to be interesting. I don't know of anything that Marijuana actually "cures." That being said, there are a lot of claims being made in Marijuana Dispensary advertising in our state that is inaccurate and exagerated.
Good afternoon. What steps are being taken in the US for the research aspect of medicinal marijuana and is it possible to actually utilize research being done in other countries that have made great strides, such as Israel?
REsearch from other countries is available in the medical literature. There are a few researchers over the decades that have been granted US approval for research, but the process is cumbersome, requiring approval from many agencies.
Tia, Symptoms of withdrawal include sleep disruption, decreased food intake, irritability and restlessness. It usually peaks around 3-4 days of abstinence and is gone by 2 week. Less common symptoms include muscle pain or chills
The question is whether the THC that makes one high helps with pain. A smoker can titrate to the point of pain relief without getting high, more or less. There are strains that are high in cannabidiol and not particularly high in THC. Not sure how effective they are for pain.
The point of recreational marijuana is to get high. The point of medical marijuana is to get pain or some other kind of medical relief. But the boundaries between the two get blurred all the time. People who have used recreational mj are more likely to tolerate its use for medical purposes. Another blurring.
regarding the statements that no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose, here is a recent report on a death attributed to the cardiovascular effects of marijuana, so perhaps that statement needs some qualification especially in people at risk (eg with heart disease); www.forensicmag.com
Hi Tig. In Colorado, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are often sold in the same dispensaries. The drugs are sold separately, but they are exactly the same plants. The major difference is the amount of tax that one pays for the product. Medical marijuana is taxed at regular sales tax (6%) and recreational is taxed at about 35%.
In those who have a genetic predisposition to psychotic illness, it can bring the illness out more intensely and earlier. It also makes the treatment course rockier for psychotic individuals who continue to use after the emergence of the psychosis.
There is an association between heavy drug use and MJ, i.e., individuals that use drugs like cocaine or heroin all used MJ first but that does not mean MJ CAUSED the heavy drug use. All it means is that those who will use heavy drugs start with the drugs most available: alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. So MJ has not been shown to lead to heavy drug use but heavy drug users all started with MJ
A french study of 29,0000 teenagers found that the risk for other illicit drug initiation appeared 21 times higher among cannabis experimenters and 124 times higher among edaily canabis users than among non-users. This seems to support the belief that marijuana is a gateway drug.
How much longer untill the usa as a whole legalizes isnt it unfair to have some states and not others everyone cant pack up and move I think the AMA needs to push harder no research is getting done or nothing
Although causation and association with regard to marijuana as a gateway should not be confused. If marijuana is available, other drugs may be available, too, making them all gateways to each other potentially.
States make their own decisions about state laws. Federal law allegedly supercedes state law. The states are acting in defiance of federal law. Physician DEA licenses are federal, and prescribing marijuana thus puts a doctor at risk of losing his license.
Nix, There are estimates that out of 9 people who try marijuana, 1 will go on to develop a cannabis use disorder. But addiction comes with repeated use. If you stop at 1-2 tries, addiction will not develop.