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Marijuana: The Unique, Best TranquilizerDr. Phillip Leveque Doctor of Pharmacology Salem-News.com
Yes, it really is the best!
(PORTLAND, OR) - I can feel a bunch of psychotherapy-minded psychiatrists jumping up and down, causing a minor earthquake. That's OK, we pharmacologists have a totally different understanding about what goes on under patient's hats. Besides that, it was the biochemists who made the first discoveries about what made the wheels in the head go around or not go around.
I wasn't sure how to approach this subject, so I checked my dictionary to define the word "tranquilizer" or "tranquil". The most common definitions are; calm, serene, steady, soothing, still, pacify and sedative. I also looked up "euphoriant" because I believe it fits in there somewhere with bliss, ecstasy, happiness, well-being and wellness. I hope that I have covered the ground.
Marijuana is TRULY a unique medication, although in many states it is acceptable for cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's, cachexia, anorexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures and muscle spasms, one of the most ambitious advocates for marijuana as medicine, Granny Storm Crow, has found medical literature references for its benefits in about 60 medical conditions. What I am going to do is sort out the central nervous disease conditions for which it is safe and effective, and related to tranquilization, these include;
Marijuana works as well or better than the standard prescription drugs with a few exceptions.
I presume it is necessary for me to put up or shut up about how marijuana is better than the standard drugs. Ethanol or alcohol is the historical tranquilizer in small doses but overdose kills and it is addictive. Barbiturates can be used as sedatives and hypnotics but it is easy to overdose and kill one's self. They are also addictive. "Benzo's" such as Valium are also addictive and can cause death, especially with alcohol. Benadryl-like drugs used for sedation are just not strong enough. Elavil, like others, a presumed antidepressant, causes objectionable zombification. Haldol-like drugs cause extremely dangerous, abnormal movements, body movements, which are not tolerable. Gabapentin, used mostly for epilepsy, is a seriously zombifying drug.
After going through this litany, how is marijuana the best tranquilizer? First of all, it can be used as a minor sedative just to calm a person down. Increasing doses can act as a hypnotic to enable sleep. Higher doses can cause or enable general anesthesia, but it has never caused death.
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