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5.0 out of 5 stars Close the info gap about marijuana...so much new!, November 15, 2010
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I am 66, an RN, former psych nurse, didn't think I needed to know much about marijuana. Never used it before. With 3 chronic conditions, I've always looked for safer alternatives to pharmaceuticals. This book is eye-opening abt the twisted history of prohibition and the latest scientific research that can make life so much easier for those with autoimmune and neurological disorders, acute & chronic. The stigma that has been perpetuated by politicians, law enforcers - esp the DEA, the government are so easily refuted by science. Science continues to be hidden, but it is exploding.

Many people associate it with counter culture. It holds so much more promise beyond that. I am angry that I am this old and am in the field of medicine but only now am finding this information. I think of so many people who could have relief and better health. I am furious at the political machinations that have kept the truth from the public and apparently the president and people who make drug laws. There needs to be a paradigm shift where science reigns. Older people in particular have the most to benefit from its use because they are usually the ones with several chronic diseases and pain. I think AARP needs to make the information known to their members.

If you are a parent, you need to read this book to keep up and inform your kids, rather than having a knee jerk reaction. I've told my kids I wish I'd had this info when they were young. It is important to get perspective when our society is steeped in alcohol use that causes diseases and kills. All proceeds of the book go toward medical cannabis research.
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Initial post: Aug 17, 2012 11:51:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2012 11:51:54 AM PDT
J.-X Li says:
Read "Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure". That is a very informative book about how the whole drug problem was promoted by Nixon administration since late 1960s. The late NIMH/NIH director, a psychistrist and expert on drug abuse, said that the pot use by kids should be treated like giving a parking ticket, no big deal. And he was fired the second day by Nixon, simply becasue he told the truth.

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 9:48:29 PM PST
Dr Jas says:
Why give anyone a "parking ticket" for using lifesaving medicine? Instead, we should, as the original poster stated, educate the naysayers. There's a reason for cannabinoid receptors in our brains, and not feeding them might just be what's causing a multitude of problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2015 7:05:03 PM PST
Sean W says:
Probably because the danger to those under 20 or so years is real, documented, and hard to refute. There is solid evidence that before 25 years old cannabis has a tendency to restrict prefrontal cortex development.

Your understanding of cannabinoid receptors is false. Yes the receptors are there and they are there primarily to respond to endocannabinoids. When the endocannabinoid system is insufficient then cannabis is most likely the best possible medicine for a variety of ills. Low toxicity means it's much safer for recreational use than alcohol. Some say there is no practical toxic level.

However when a drug restricts or alters brain development in young people we need to pay more attention before releasing cannabis as a daily life enhancing substance.

Personally I think it's the best all round geriatric medicine on the planet. Everything from PTSD, stress, anxiety, migraines, arthritis, depression, stomach and digestive issues, to gout, asthma, MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, sleep problems, and many more. But I'm glad I didn't discover the benefits until three years ago during the most stressful times of my life when I thought PTSD might just kill me -- it sure made me want to die. Now I can manage those issues as good as any person without it.

I only agree with use in children when it's for seizures or other afflictions that are serious enough that sacrificing brain development is a small price for relief from MS or other diseases children get that respond to cannabis.
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