Monday March 10, 2014
Marijuana Health Concerns
Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
(PORTLAND, OR) - For whatever reason which is certainly not clear, The New York Times Jan 8 2013 continues to print ridiculous stories implying that marijuana use is somehow dangerous. I guess it increases the circulation of the newspaper.
One of the most prominent advocates for the use of marijuana as medicine other than former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, was DEA Judge Francis L. Young, who, after preceding over a months-long trial in 1988, about its dangers, wrote in his opinion:
Also, on WeedBlog.com, is an article, 25 legal drugs more dangerous than marijuana. This includes, Tylenol, caffeine, aspirin and even hamburgers.
The New York Times printed the article, Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns by Roni Rabin, but which quotes Dr. Nora Volkow, the highly discredited director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who doesn't seem to know that the U.S. government grows and gives marijuana to several patients, and also that the Food and Drug Administration legalized and approves prescriptions of Marinol; the pure marijuana chemical, which unfortunately has bad side effects, different and more dangerous unlike natural marijuana. They chatter about the higher potency of currently used marijuana, which just means patients use much less, except the newcomer high school kids, who sometimes get carried away with their own bravado.
Dr. Volkow bleats that teenagers, "May be more vulnerable to addiction," but the addiction rate is far less dangerous than alcohol, heroin, or tobacco, all of which are really lethal, unlike marijuana. She chatters that it can cause severe withdrawal symptoms which may be true (emotional not physical) in a very small percentage of users but certainly not with medical users.
Brain function tests on adolescents are questionable, but marijuana does have sedative effects on everybody and is widely used medically as a sedative/tranquilizer.
Some authors have published that about 40 percent of youth between 18 and 24 years, use marijuana occasionally or frequently. From The New York Times article, one might surmise a great epidemic of bad results. It has not happened.
We marijuana doctors, about 3500 in Oregon, for about 80,000 patients, recognize that marijuana is a valid medicine and it is estimated that throughout the U.S. there are several million card carrying legal users. No epidemics of bad side effects have occurred
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