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Title: For the First Time Ever, the Federal Govt is Referring to Marijuana as Medicine
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/fo ... -medicine/#1aIU2JDAJtMLiSWL.99
Published: Mar 19, 2017
Author: Justin Gardner
Post Date: 2017-03-19 17:25:55 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 464
Comments: 32

A profound shift in the federal government’s stance on cannabis was marked by subtle changes made this month to one webpage. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, now has a webpage titled Marijuana as Medicine. Prior to March 2017, it was titled Is Marijuana Medicine?

Apparently, they feel the question has been answered. Of course, other agencies are still mired in prohibition, and those enforcing the immoral War on Drugs will still lock you up for having the plant.

The timing of NIDA’s update is very curious, as there are signs from the Trump administration that a crackdown may be coming on states’ cannabis legalization progress made over the last few years.

The Department of Justice is now headed by rabid prohibitionist Jeff Sessions, who cites falsehoods and Reefer Madness propaganda when discussing cannabis. Only a few days ago, Sessions said cannabis “is slightly less awful” than heroin – a mind-boggling display of ignorance. Trump chose to keep Chuck Rosenberg as head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), who said medical cannabis is “a joke” and oversaw the department’s decision to keep the plant as a Schedule 1 drug with “no medicinal use.”

Perhaps this stunning level of denial – in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of cannabis’ ability to treat a variety of ailments – prompted NIDA to make their change. Twenty-eight states have legalized medical cannabis in some way, eight more have legalized its recreational use, and more states are set to join the list. They aren’t doing this on a whim; decriminalizing medical use is an acknowledgment of cannabis’ power as medicine.

Some would argue that the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services 2001 patent 6630507 called “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” was a tacit acknowledgement of medial cannabis. But still, no government agency admitted the obvious conclusion.

In 2015, the federal government unwittingly admitted cannabis is medicine in 2015 when the National Cancer Institute supported a study finding that cannabis kills cancer cells. Now, with the revised webpage title, NIDA appears to have moved beyond a reasonable doubt.

“The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.

Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use.”

The webpage now has an informational box on CBD and Childhood Epilepsy. This is a rather dramatic inclusion, as cannabidiol (CBD) has become a very promising treatment for childhood epilepsy. At the Dec. 2015 meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, the largest study presented there confirmed the astounding benefits of medical cannabis to treat seizures.

There is now a better explanation of cannabinoids, making a distinction between those naturally derived from the plant and those manufactured in a lab. NIDA also acknowledges the “state-approved medicinal use of marijuana,” and says “continued research [on cannabinoids] might lead to more medications.”

Indeed, we are only just beginning to unlock the secrets of the body’s endocannabinoid system, and using cannabis to stimulate this system for relieving inflammation which is thought to be the cause of many diseases.

Interestingly, the NIDA update also removed a link to WhiteHouse.gov regarding state laws, because the Trump administration removed the White House page explaining state cannabis laws. It appears that talk of respecting states’ rights may be just another Trump lie.

Kudos to NIDA for taking a step in the right direction and being the first federal entity to explicitly acknowledge cannabis as medicine.

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#1. To: Deckard, all libertarian druggies, (#0)

Kudos to NIDA for taking a step in the right direction and being the first federal entity to explicitly acknowledge cannabis as medicine.

Bullshit …

From the article you posted:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
has not recognized
or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.

… ‘nuff said!!!

Gatlin  posted on  2017-03-19   18:05:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Once again, they're referring to the cannabinoids found in marijuana, not the plant itself.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-19   18:08:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

"Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes."

Yeah, and they're idiots. Just because the plant contains chemicals that may be useful doesn't mean smoking the plant will give the same benefits.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-19   18:10:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite (#2)

I think this same article was posted on LF around a year ago....or, maybe I read it someplace else at that time.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-03-19   20:22:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Gatlin (#4)

or, maybe I read it someplace else at that time.

You're not sure you're lying?


The D&R terrorists hate us because we're free, to vote second party

"We (government) need to do a lot less, a lot sooner" ~Ron Paul

hondo68  posted on  2017-03-19   21:22:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#0)

"Only a few days ago, Sessions said cannabis “is slightly less awful” than heroin – a mind-boggling display of ignorance."

A mind-boggling display of ignorance is criticizing Session's statement without even knowing what he meant by "slightly less awful".

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-20   10:37:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Gatlin (#1)

No it is not bullshit. You didn't even bother to search for the case so I went ahead and did it for you. From this link:

https://www.aclu.org/files/FilesPDFs/conant_apha.pdf

ppgs 56-58 are of relevance.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-20   17:23:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: goldilucky (#7)

lol ...

I am busy with Cranky and Deckard right now.

So, I don’t have time for you.

I'll get back to you at some later date.

In the meantime, just out of curiosity….were you ever stationed at a RTAFB in Thailand?

Gatlin  posted on  2017-03-20   17:38:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: goldilucky (#7) (Edited)

https://www.aclu.org/files/FilesPDFs/conant_apha.pdf
ppgs 56 56-58 are of relevance.

First, your link is merely an Amici Curiae from the ACLU -- a brief. It means nothing. Second, your link is to a document with only 33 pages. Meaning, "ppgs 56-58" are nowhere to be found.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-20   17:42:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: misterwhite (#9) (Edited)

Second, your link is to a document with only 33 pages. Meaning, "ppgs 56-58" are nowhere to be found.

I saw the page error also….but I chose not to respond to him.

I have a distinctly strong feeling he knew those pages were not there and he was just messing with me after he has been off the forum for 8 days…yet he came on to immediately and directly to post this to me….while I am messing with Cranky and Deckard.

He is playing games....he has before.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-03-20   17:51:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Gatlin (#10)

"He is playing games....he has before."

He does that with me and he goes on my shit list.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-20   18:04:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: misterwhite (#11) (Edited)

Of course, I could be wrong this time.

I will admit that ...

It is just a feeling I got after reviewing most all of his posts, his message content and to whom he always posted.

Edit: I looked and studied some more....maybe all a coincidence, but a rather odd one.

Gatlin  posted on  2017-03-20   18:06:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: misterwhite (#3)

When was the last time you smoked cannabis, MisterWhite?

^ The film the Feds said was never made. Thanks Jack (RIP)

"Make the Most of the Hemp Seed-Sow it Everywhere, even in MisterWhite's BackYard!" - George Washington, 1794

Operation 40  posted on  2017-03-20   19:05:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Gatlin (#8)

Actually this here

http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/sourcefiles/Young1988.pdf is the EXACT document I was referring to.

My bad. I'm sorry about that.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-20   22:48:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: misterwhite (#11)

Please see post #14 for the correct link. For some reason I had posted the wrong link. It is difficult for me these days to read with lettering of small font size.

No games intended here. Just read it for yourself.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-20   22:51:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Operation 40 (#13)

"Make the Most of the Hemp Seed-Sow it Everywhere, even in MisterWhite's BackYard!" - George Washington, 1794

You do know the difference between hemp and marijuana, right?

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-21   10:01:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: goldilucky (#14) (Edited)

Francis L. Young is an Administrative Law Judge for the DEA. He's a lawyer who took an ALJ test and passed.

An Administrative Law Judge works for the Executive branch (not the Judicial) and does not rule on the law -- he rules on the agency regulations which implement the law.

His report is almost 30 years old and woefully out of date. It has no legal weight and is one man's opinion. If Congress believes it, they're free to reschedule the drug. But if they haven't done so in 30 years, it's unlikely they will any time soon.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-21   10:21:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: misterwhite (#17)

His report is almost 30 years old and woefully out of date. It has no legal weight and is one man's opinion. If Congress believes it, they're free to reschedule the drug. But if they haven't done so in 30 years, it's unlikely they will any time soon.

Some fact about the role of administrative judges. https://www.justia.com/administrative-law/administrative-law-judges/

It may be woefully out of date but nobody seems to be disputing the facts that marijuana has been used in the medical field to treat patients and has ruled more effective than traditional medicine. And not only that but this opinion may be used as an Exhibit for any future filings on Petitions to the Supreme Court should there be more disputing the facts.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-21   11:40:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: goldilucky (#18)

"the facts that marijuana has been used in the medical field to treat patients and has ruled more effective than traditional medicine."

There may be anecdotal stories out there that support your statement, but no scientific research.

That said, some studies show promising medical value from the cannabinoids found in marijuana. But those compounds have been extracted, purified and concentrated into an effective dose.

To conclude that smoking marijuana would provide the same effect is ludicrous.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-21   12:51:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: misterwhite (#19)

That said, some studies show promising medical value from the cannabinoids found in marijuana. But those compounds have been extracted, purified and concentrated into an effective dose.

Yes, but the logic should hold that if cannabis has such a value for medical purposes why would those compounds be extracted in the first place? Actually, extracting those compounds diminishes the value and the effect from using it. And that's not logical at all but plain stupid.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-21   17:51:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: goldilucky (#20)

"Yes, but the logic should hold that if cannabis has such a value for medical purposes why would those compounds be extracted in the first place?"

So if researchers found a specific chemical compound in gasoline that had beneficial medical use, you would say that it's okay to drink gasoline?

Marinol pills have synthetic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are prescribed by a doctor to treat nausea and stimulate appetite. The standard dosage is 5mg.

Now, how many joints is that? 1? 2? 10? How often would you have to smoke those joints? Are there any side effects or negative reactions to the other drugs you might be taking? Are there impurities in the marijuana that could affect your health?

Is this the way an advanced country like the United State dispenses medicine? Do we also chew on roots and bark and leaves to get relief?

Medical marijuana is a scam -- using the sick and dying as pawns in order to achieve the ultimate goal of legal recreational marijuana.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-22   10:52:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: misterwhite (#21)

Is this the way an advanced country like the United State dispenses medicine?

The US is no longer "an advanced country". Washington DC has been infested with criminals - some of whom ping pong back and forth from "government" to corporations, the Congress is overflowing with whores and idiots that have no idea what they are doing, the Treasury has been looted by thieves and brigands, and the debt is simply out of any control whatsoever. But you knew all of that.

Medical marijuana is a scam

This is a lie. Your own government says "Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years" and "Cannabinoids may have benefits in the treatment of cancer-related side effects." https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq

When was the last time you smoked Cannabis, MisterWhite? Inquiring minds want to know...

Operation 40  posted on  2017-03-22   14:07:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: misterwhite (#21)

Medical marijuana is a scam -- using the sick and dying as pawns in order to achieve the ultimate goal of legal recreational marijuana.

If medical marijuana is a scam than so is chemotheraphy.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-22   14:23:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: goldilucky (#23)

"If medical marijuana is a scam than so is chemotheraphy."

How so?

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-22   14:36:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: Operation 40 (#22)

"Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years"

So have witch doctors, shamans, spiritual healers and medicine men. Doesn't mean I'd go see them.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-22   14:43:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#26. To: misterwhite (#24)

Well, the chemotheraphy is designed to not just kill cancer cells but also what is left of the good white blood cell count that was meant to fight the bad cancer cells. So when chemo is pumped into your bloodstream, it gets to work and destroys just about every damn blood cell leaving your immune system unable to repair itself thus leaving you on your death bed. Not only that but it can very damaging on your rib cage causing it to cave in. And that is exactly why my mom died. The chemo damaged her rib cage. It did not do the job but instead killed her. She allowed herself to be subject to this experiment for 8 years. Had she made a choice of other alternative medicine, which by the way is her right under Patients Rights, such as medical marijuana under doctor supervision, she would be alive. The mistake she made was in trusting those doctors who not only administered too much chemo but also administered a vaccine that made her go into a code blue state.

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-22   14:44:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: goldilucky (#26)

"Had she made a choice of other alternative medicine, which by the way is her right under Patients Rights, such as medical marijuana under doctor supervision, she would be alive."

Medical marijuana does not cure cancer.

"The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Society’s advocacy affiliate, has not taken a position on legalization of marijuana for medical purposes because of the need for more scientific research on marijuana’s potential benefits and harms."

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-22   15:46:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: misterwhite (#27)

And to counter that statement read this from the Cancer Institute which states the opposite.

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq

goldilucky  posted on  2017-03-22   15:57:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#29. To: misterwhite (#27)

Medical marijuana does not cure cancer.

This is like trying to have a discussion with an android programmed to repeat the same old bullshite lines over and over again. You'll ignore this too! American Exceptionalism.

US GOV: Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the lab

Antitumor activity

Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that cannabinoids may be able to kill cancer cells while protecting normal cells.

A laboratory study of delta-9-THC in hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) cells showed that it damaged or killed the cancer cells. The same study of delta-9-THC in mouse models of liver cancer showed that it had antitumor effects. Delta-9-THC has been shown to cause these effects by acting on molecules that may also be found in non-small cell lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells.

A laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative breast cancer cells showed that it caused cancer cell death while having little effect on normal breast cells. Studies in mouse models of metastatic breast cancer showed that cannabinoids may lessen the growth, number, and spread of tumors.

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq#link/_13

When was the last time you smoked Cannabis, MisterWhite?

Operation 40  posted on  2017-03-23   1:43:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: Operation 40 (#29)

"Studies in mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids may inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow."

Fine. Then legalize marijuana for mice and rats -- with a doctor's recommendation.

If you get cancer, are you going with radiation and chemo or are you going to smoke dope instead? I think we all know the answer, so cut the bullshit.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-23   10:27:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#31. To: Operation 40 (#29)

"US GOV: Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the lab"

That headline is a lie. The cannabinoids found in cannabis may inhibit tumor growth.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-23   10:30:02 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#32. To: goldilucky (#28)

And to counter that statement read this from the Cancer Institute which states the opposite.

From your link:

•At present, there is insufficient evidence to recommend inhaling Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or cancer treatment– – – –related symptoms or cancer treatment-related side effects; however, additional research is needed.

misterwhite  posted on  2017-03-23   10:34:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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