Is Marijuana Medicine?

One of the biggest points of contention about marijuana is whether or not it can be considered medicine, according to Kevin Sabet, PhD, Policy Consultant and Assistant Professor, University of Florida. He says that while smoked crude marijuana is not medicine, marijuana does have medicinal properties – found in its individual components. These components can be isolated and delivered in a safe and effective way. Many of these components are being researched; some have been approved as medicines in the U.S. and elsewhere.

In the second of a two-part series of white papers to outline the facts about the drug, Dr. Sabet discusses:
•    What does the science say?
•    Non-smoked marijuana as medicine
•    Rescheduling marijuana
•    Obtaining marijuana for research
•    Non-FDA approved “medical” marijuana
•    Marijuana as medicine and youth

Read the white paper here Marijuana and Your Health- Just The Facts Part II.

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    Herschel Baker

    November 12, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    American Society of Addiction Medicine Rejects Use of ‘Medical Marijuana,’ Citing Dangers and Failure To Meet Standards of Patient Care
    Cannabis Should Be Subjected to the Standards of Federal Regulators Rather than to Voters’ Whims at the Ballot Box
    CHEVY CHASE, Md., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

    Citing the dangers of marijuana, the lack of clinical research on a controlled substance with a high potential for abuse, and the physician’s oath to “first, do no harm,” the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) today issued a white paper recommending a halt to using the weed as a medicine in states where it has been declared legal.

    The organization—considered the nation’s leading professional society of physicians involved in addiction prevention, treatment, research, education, and public policy—supports the need for federal regulatory standards for drug approval and distribution, and discourages state interference in the federal medication-approval process.

    “Our policy statement is a careful attempt to put marijuana into proper perspective,” said Louis E. Baxter, Sr., MD, FASAM, President and Board Chair, American Society of Addiction Medicine. “We do not recognize this as a ‘medication,’ having not gone through an official FDA-approval process. As experts in addiction medicine, we reject having its use as such foisted upon us to effectively regulate a non-FDA-approved substance to administer as medicine. We also advise physicians against recommending it, as it is, and possibly forsaking the Hippocratic Oath of ‘first do no harm.'”

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    Herschel Baker

    November 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    The Treatment Research Institute (TRI)
    A prominent US-based addiction research centre, Treatment Research Institute, has issued a policy position report on medical marijuana. After a wide ranging review of the scientific literature, TRI found insufficient evidence to change the current Federal policy that restricts the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The TRI report states that in its raw plant form, and particularly when smoked, marijuana can have an array of medically harmful effects. The report also highlights the danger of ‘diverted medical marijuana’ finding its way to unintended users, especially to adolescents. ‘Even the most ardent marijuana proponents cannot claim that smoking marijuana is beneficial for the development of adolescents.’

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