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Marijuana: Safe for Children
Toxicologist Critiques the Critique

Dr. Leveque is a Professor of Pharmacology and a Forensic Toxicologist.

Marijuana in Oregon

(PORTLAND, OR) - The Oregonian newspaper has printed an extensive number of articles about marijuana as medicine but continues to add on false, negative comments which have no credibility in view of the fact that thousands of patients in Oregon and millions throughout the US use marijuana safely and effectively for dozens of diseases.

The Oregonian recently printed on the front page A Seven Year Old Uses Marijuana (legally). She uses it to treat the adverse effects of leukemia and chemotherapy which is nausea and vomiting, but they also print that some children use it for seizures and pain for which it is used safely and effectively. She does use a very high dose of a marijuana concentrate which indicates its safety. She has no symptoms of "high dose toxicity".

The Oregonian prints that a pediatrician should monitor per use of the medicine. Pediatricians, just like any other physician, have little or no educational training or background about marijuana therapy. Very few medical schools teach anything about it except that it is "dangerous and addicting" which it isn't. Only extremely heavy users like "stoners" have any problems. In Oregon, about 3,500 physicians have signed applications for medical marijuana patients from age 4 to 90. None have reported serious adverse effects. Sleepiness is NOT one of them.

Two writers, Dr. Todd Mikiyuria, a psychiatrist, and Granny Storm Crow, (a pseudonym) have published that marijuana is good, safe, effective medicine for at least 100 diseases. Adverse effects are minimal.

An international study (funded by the US) writes that marijuana causes long-term damage to intellect, memory and attention. If marijuana is compared to alcohol, meth, cocaine, tobacco or almost any other drug, it is not only benign, but very helpful. The statement by many anti-marijuana pseudo-experts, that other drugs treat pain and nausea more effectively, is not true most of the time. In most states marijuana is preferred over morphine-like pain killers and marijuana is better than any other drug for nausea and vomiting.

If it is smoked or inhaled, the relief is within minutes and no injections are required. It is also safe and effective for depression and insomnia.

There is plenty of medical evidence that marijuana is safe, effective medicine for certain cancers, depression, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, pain, migraines, and dozens of other medical conditions. In fact, it is the most widely used medicines in the US and the world.

The biggest adverse effect of marijuana use is police harassment, which can be dangerous and lethal.

The Oregonian decries the marijuana 'high' or euphoria. Why should medicine taste nasty and be unpleasant?

I think we all appreciate medicine which makes us feel better.


Dr. Phillip Leveque

Dr. Phillip Leveque has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and minors in physiology and biochemistry. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years, during which time he trained the first doctors in Tanzania. After training doctors, he became an Osteopathic Physician, as well as a Forensic Toxicologist.

Before any of that, Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S. Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. Do you have a question, comment or story to share with Dr. Leveque?
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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole". Order the book by mail by following this link: DOGFACE SOLDIER OF WWII If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.




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December 1, 2012 2:18 pm (Pacific time)

Regarding the safety of marijuana for children, do you have any scientific studies that back up that assertion? I have seen a study that concludes that cognitive development is impaired by children who use this drug before their brain has matured. That could explain a lot.

Editor: It is not a drug, it is a natural herb.  You saw "a study" but don't reference it?  There are many studies that indicate powerful medical results and the proof is in the pudding, as they say.  Read the other articles by Dr. Leveque please, you will learn the answers to all of your questions.

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