Employers grapple with medical marijuana use - USATODAY.com
An estimated 300,000 people in the USA use medical marijuana, based on estimates from data on registered medical users from ASA.
Marijuana as Medicine
Posted 17 April 2007 - 10:48 AM
Posted 17 April 2007 - 02:02 PM
>From _Licit & Illicit Drugs_, by Consumer Reports, p. 403:
...In 1762, "Virginia awarded bounties for hempculture and manufacture, and imposed penalties upon those who did not produse it."
George Washington was growing hemp at Mount Vernon three years later--presumably for its fiber, though it has been argued that Washington was also concerned to increase the medicinal or intoxicating potency of his marijuana plants.*
The asterisk footnote:
* The argument depends on a curious tradition, which may or may not be sound, that the quality or quantity of marijuana resin (hashish) is enhanced if the male and female plants are separated *before* the females are pollinated. There can be no doubt that Washington separated the males and the females. Two entries in his diary supply the evidence:
May 12-13 1765: "Sowed Hemp at Muddy hole by Swamp."
August 7, 1765: "--began to seperate (sic) the Male from
the Female Hemp at Do--rather too late."
George Andrews has argued, in _The Book of Grass: An Anthology of Indian Hemp_ (1967), that Washington's August 7 diary entry "clearly indiactes that he was cultivating the plant for medicinal,purposes as well for its fiber."  He might have separated the males from the females to get better fiber, Andrew concedes--but his phrase "rather too late" suggests that he wanted to complete the separation *before the female plants were fertilized*--and this was a practice related to drug potency rather that to fiber culture.
Erowid Psychoactive Vaults
Posted 18 April 2007 - 04:47 AM
Posted 18 April 2007 - 06:48 AM
Amphetamines and LSD were legal into the early 70s here.
funny how it [hemp] was made legal for WW2 then made illegal once the war was over. lobbyists much? quite pathetic really.
I am told the Japanese army was high for a goodly part of the time (amphetamines) as were Yanks in Viet-nam? (MJ)
(I don't remember any drug problem in Oz before yank R&R in Sydney during the Viet-nam war. We sort of ignored the "Bohemians" until the US started to get up-tight))
In America prohibition (No drinkies=no smokies)and fear of Mexicans resulted "
History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States
in the period from 1915 to 1937, some 27 states passed criminal laws against the use of marijuana."
Five years later, 1942, we are cut off from our sources of hemp in the Far East. We need a lot of hemp to outfit our ships for World War II, rope for the ships, and therefore, the Federal Government, as some of you know, went into the business of growing hemp on gigantic farms throughout the Midwest and the South to make rope to outfit the ships for World War II.
So, even to this day, if you are from the Midwest you will always meet the people who say, "Gosh, hemp grows all along the railroad tracks." Well, it does. Why? Because these huge farms existed all during World War II.
In WW1 and earlier we had lots of rum. Anything to get the boys testosterone going.
Morphine addiction was invented by doctors during the 1880's Civil war in USA (The invention of the hypodermic needle helped a lot here).
So do wars cause Drug Wars?
These days we have wonderful things like PB and depleted Uranium for the troops to munch on
Gulf War Illness from Operation Desert Storm
(During the Gulf war, an estimated 250,000 troops took the drug.)
PB is a drug routinely used in the treatment of myasthenia gravis -- a disease that causes weakening of the muscles.
While effective, the drug can produce gastrointestinal and muscular symptoms that are transient, mild, and tolerable.
Troops in the Gulf War were given packets of PB tablets to take in advance of a chemical-weapons attack, in the hope of moderating the effects of nerve agents.
Recommended doses were lower than those commonly used by doctors to treat patients with myasthenia gravis
Posted 05 May 2007 - 12:49 PM
New Studies Destroy the Last Objection to Medical Marijuana
By Bruce Mirken, AlterNet. Posted May 2, 2007.
Anyone who advocates for medical marijuana sooner or later runs into arguments about smoking: "No real medicine is smoked." "Smoking is bad for the lungs; why would any doctor recommend something so harmful?" It's a line of reasoning that medical marijuana opponents have used to great effect in Congress, state legislatures, and elsewhere. Indeed, the FDA's controversial 2006 statement opposing medical marijuana was couched in repeated references to "smoked marijuana."
But new research demonstrates that all those fears of "smoked marijuana" as medicine are 100 percent obsolete.
The smoking argument was the closest thing to a scientifically meaningful objection to medical marijuana. While marijuana smoke, unlike tobacco, has never been shown to cause lung cancer, heavy marijuana smoking has been associated with assorted respiratory symptoms and a potentially increased risk of bronchitis. That's because burning any plant material produces a whole lot of substances such as tars, and carbon monoxide that are not good for the lungs.
. . .
a system is here. It's called vaporization, and has been familiar to medical marijuana patients for many years, but few outside the medical marijuana community know it exists. Unlike smoking, a vaporizer does not burn the plant material, but heats it just to the point at which the THC and the other cannabinoids vaporize.
. . .
In a rational world, the government officials objecting to medical marijuana based on the health risks of smoking would greet this research with open arms. They would join with groups like the Marijuana Policy Project in spreading the word about this important, health-enhancing technology.
Don't hold your breath.
AlterNet: DrugReporter: New Studies Destroy the Last Objection to Medical Marijuana
They have been commercially available in the UK for quite a while, if you know where to purchase them (Camden Market anybody) and a search on the web will detail many suppliers.
A really good model can cost up to £400, but a perfectly OK one is as low as £60. Really helped me when I stopped smoking tobacco while allowing me to continue marijuana smoking recreationally.
Amazing that vaporisation as a medical delivery system is only now being touted.
Posted 05 May 2007 - 01:41 PM
They've been around for a while...
Posted 07 May 2007 - 05:02 AM
Posted 07 May 2007 - 07:08 AM
My step-mom's dad made liniment with it. Marijuana buds would be soaked in alcohol for several days, then pressed. The now green alcohol could be rubbed on sore muscles for pain relief, and on joints for relief from arthritis.
So would the other health benefits also be received from absorbing it in this manner?
Research, we need research. Inquiring minds want to know.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 01:00 PM
Posted 07 May 2007 - 04:06 PM
Thank you for the kind response. I did not know if others were aware of this method for extracting the active compounds in marijuana or not.
I am an old fart, and liniments and other homemade cures were quite common in my youth. Parts of Kentucky, were I live, and Tenn. were the largest producers of hemp during WWII. The last time our family farm was in production was as a hemp farm at that time. Like many poor people, you used what you had to get by. A number if cures using marijuana date from that time, but grandpa's was the only one that used just marijuana in it. It also worked wonders, I wish I had a few gallons of it now that I am getting on in age myself.
Ancient Chinese scrolls and Sumerian tablets may shed even more light on how to use it as a medicine. It was a commonly used medicinal plant in ancient times in that part of the world. I do not think anyone has looked into this, if so I have just not heard of it.
On the number of ways it can be absorbed by the body. Once the active compounds have been extracted by alcohol, it can then be incorporated into a salve. To take orally, it can be incorporated into a syrup. A pill made from all the extracted active compounds should prove more useful than the current pill form which has just one of twenty some-odd compounds.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 06:22 PM
"Every plant is medicinal. We just haven't discovered all of the uses yet."
I would wager we have lost a lot of the progress we made through the ages.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 10:23 PM
Posted 08 May 2007 - 07:57 AM
Marijuana when applied as a liniment as I mentioned above, behaves slightly different. When applied locally, its pain killer power is increased while its mental effects are lessened. Thus it helps with the problem of getting too high, just to kill the pain.
However since Regan started the "War on Drugs", the price of marijuana has climbed to where it is too expensive to make homemade liniments from. Regan was a great man, worthless as a president, but a great man.
You are correct in that I have never seen pot lead to violence unless mixed with other drugs.
I can't agree more. How advanced would we be now if the great library at Alexandria had not burnt. The Inca books had not been burnt by priests, and so on.
Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:45 PM
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Posted 24 May 2007 - 06:28 PM
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