Marijuana - An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

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Now let me begin with I'm a skeptic when it comes to things like Dr. Whoopadoo's Snake Oil Elixir, good for whatever ails you. There's no panacea that does it all. At least I haven't found it. But I'd like to believe that good health and cures for all diseases are within our reach.

Now I read this on HUFFPO:

Marijuana has long been used to effectively treat symptoms associated with HIV, such as chronic pain and weight loss. But a growing body of research suggests the plant may be able to stop the spread of the disease itself.

Adding to these findings is a Louisiana State University study published last week in the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses Scientists found that damage to immune tissue in the primates' stomachs, one of the most common areas in the body for HIV infection to spread, decreased.

Some of you may say, who cares? HIV is a "gay" disease, attributed to risky sexual behavior. Those queers deserve what they got. It's God's wrath. Well if you believe that, you don't need to read any farther. Go back to reading your Flat Earth Society Monthly periodical.

I suppose I attribute my being spared from HIV to my relatively normal, quite risk-free lifestyle. But hey, maybe my many years of smoking weed was actually helping me in ways of which I had no knowledge. Putting honesty above claims that marijuana saved me revelations, I'm glad to see these scientific research findings. And not for the reason you may think.

I'm glad because I come from the generation that saw so many die of HIV-related AIDS complications. It was the '80s and '90s. Being diagnosed with HIV was as close to a death sentence as you could get. There were no cocktails of meds that could save you. I saw friends die. Now, things are bit different.

So what if smoking grass could prevent this awful disease and its related complications? Wouldn't that be great?

Put aside the old thinking that marijuana is nothing more than a gateway drug. Of course it's got its drawbacks which, like the premature reports of Mark Twain's death, have been greatly exaggerated. It's not for everybody -- neither is alcohol or peanuts. There are also limits to be discussed. But with all the arguments against smoking cannabis, the movement to legalize it is a juggernaut. It's happening. The sooner the better.

If you're an opponent of legalization, I understand. You really don't have the facts. But give a bit of credence to the findings quoted above or this one below:

Similar research spearheaded by Molina in 2011 found that infected monkeys treated with THC had a better chance of surviving. And a report published in 2012 pointed to evidence that marijuana-like compounds can fight HIV in late-stage AIDS patients.

Let's face facts. Most of us aren't scientists. So being dubious is natural. If you have doubts about marijuana being nothing more than snake oil, that's your business. No one's forcing you to imbibe. Just don't stop others whom modern medical science show are being benefited by it. And not just HIV sufferers.

Last year, an oncologist from the United Kingdom found that marijuana compounds can kill cancer cells in leukemia patients, and scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco have conducted research that suggests those compounds can also effectively combat other forms of aggressive cancer.

If there's even the slightest bit of medical benefits to this drug, that's important to all of us. And if by some chance it actually does stop the spread of disease, let's make it available for anyone of legal age to have access to. It won't hurt you and it could ease a patient's pain or even prevent the spread of a deadly disease. The time is here. Let's take our heads out of the sand and back marijuana legalization when it comes up for a vote in your state. As they say, the life you save may just be your own.

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  • David G

    Dear Guest -- as someone who's lingered on the liver transplant list for two years I offer my deepest understanding. My problem was a different liver issue, but that's not why I write. I have benefited from a drug trial of a new medication -- though it was not marijuana. My hope in writing this article as that we stop stigmatizing a little known drug (scientifically at least) - cannabis - and allow those who may benefit, in any manor, to do do. Alcohol has it's benefits. But its use is much more for recreational purposes. We don't really demonize booze. We shouldn't do that to marijuana either. Good luck and good health. DG

  • Edward Squires

    Back in the year 2000 I was told by my doctor that I had Diabetes type 2 and Hepatitis C, a deadly viral disease, that destroys your life and with most kills you by destroying your liver. If the damage is to far advanced a transplant is needed.

    I was put on a treatment cocktail "mix"using 3 self injected shots of interferon a week, 1600 mg of Ribatrone anti-viral drug a day, for a solid year for the ONLY chance of clearing it, and being cured. It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through in my life...I'm now 58.
    If it were not for the daily use for the use of marijuana, during treatment I would have never made it through treatment for a solid year. Many that start can't take the harshness of the treatment to there bodies and drop after a few months, just to try it again, over and over. This is the only treatment that is used to clear ads and Hep-c out there even to this day...The marijuana took away the constant pain, nausea, that is common experience using this treatment. It gave me a desire to eat and the strength to get out of bed, the day after the shot was taken....

    I was one of the few that did a whole year, it almost killed me according to my doctors in the last weeks, BUT I CLEARED IT! and have been clear every since treatment...
    I did loose a third of my hair, my teeth loosened and several just fell out. The biggest problem was at 6 month I had a complete mental breakdown from the side-effects, added with the stress of my IT job as a support engineer. Now I am permanently, mentally disabled, due to the treatment.
    To make a long story short, when someone tells me that marijuana is no good for medicinal purpose's I laugh in there face and say, "don't believe me, do the research"... It's out there, everywhere now, conformation through research, In the U.K. and many states in the U.S.

    Google it and learn the real truth for yourself!

  • Bose

    Exactly, and it can't be emphasized enough that official US policy has stood in the way of basic research. Credible facilities and experts are fully equipped to run solid studies which would reveal much-needed data, but have largely been blocked by their inability to legally procure and possess their own samples.

    So, for a substance in wide use, impacting a lot of citizens over decades, the official priority has been make sure we're learning as little as possible. Crazy...