Sunday, October 23, 2005

Dateline THC

Last Sunday on Dateline NBC Melissa Etheridge discussed her cancer, her recovery, and her marijuana use. Her argument is the same as most people using medical marijuana. She said she could have taken five or more pills a day that barely helped at all, or she could go the natural route, smoke half a joint, and feel better immediately.

I was glad to see this interview on national TV, and I'm thrilled that this debate and the truth about this drug is finally gaining political credibility. Marijuana has been used medically for thousands of years, as evidenced by the link above. It has been used to treat menstrual cramps, stomach pains, and pain in general. Thomas Jefferson grew hemp at Monticello. In fact, it was only made illegal because of the Mexican immigration problem. The government thought it was the cause of socially deviant behavior and making it illegal may stop people from streaming over the boarder. We all know how well that worked.

12 comments:

michelle said...

If you have cancer or another horrible illness or disease I say take whatever you want for the pain.

I see no other reason than that. Note I said horrible illness or disease. Not the common cold or every day headache.

You already know I am dead set against marijuana, so enough said by me.

United We Lay said...

Hzave you read any of the information about why marijuana is illegal?

michelle said...

I have read some of the article you have given and what you have cut and pasted in the past.

The two of us will never see eye to eye on this one. I have always been interested in your blog, as you know already. I like your education blogs the best.

Good luck with moving.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Ditto on what Michelle says.

Good luck moving, hon! That's a friggin nightmare. I don't think I'll ever move again. Ever.

The Zombieslayer said...

Funny, this is my post for the day as well.

Liquidplastic said...

I agree with you on this one PC, I remember the old folks using it, but they called it "rabbit grass".

United We Lay said...

I just think that if you can control pain in a natural way without being hooked on pain pills or having to go through withdraw, you should be able to.

michelle said...

Naturally meaning vitamins from GNC yes, natural meaning marijuana no.

United We Lay said...

What's the difference, other than the legallity? Impairment isn't an issue. Alcohol, cigarettes, and cough syrup are all readily available. Safety isn't an issue. Laws prhibiting use outside of the home or while operating a vehical work with alcohol. There is no good reason why marijuana shouldn't be used and even more importantly, why it shouldn't be legal. Are we really going to believe that it's harmful just because the government says it is? What about all the drugs and food products that the government allows that are infinitely more harmful to the body? Why is such a stigma attached to marijuana? It's plain ignorance, pure and simple.

michelle said...

Are we really going to believe that it's harmful just because the government says it is?

Nope, I am going to believe it because I know, because I lived it, because it is harmful. I am not ignorant about this. Been there done that.

I will stick with my first statement and move on to the other topics...

If you have cancer or another horrible illness or disease I say take whatever you want for the pain.

I see no other reason than that. Note I said horrible illness or disease. Not the common cold or every day headache.

PS. How is/was your move? Getting settled?

United We Lay said...

Actually, since it's illegal to travel with my pain medication, I've been in so much pain I feel like I haven't been able to help my husband as much I should, but he's been great. Now that we're getting settled, I'll be able to manage my pain better. I had forgotten how bad it is when I can't do anything for it. Unfortunately, (or fortunately since most pain meds are VERY addictive) the normal pain meds don't work for me. I'm allergic to most, and the others don't work. So I know I'm coming from a different place than most people on the subject.

michelle said...

PC,
I have not forgotten why you feel the way you do about this subject. I just want to post how I feel because I think a lot, most, people aren't in pain when they talk about marijuana. I would never judge a person who is in true contant pain. I can't imagine. I know that Saurkraut is also in constant pain. I just think a voice like mine needs to pipe in on the subject to make it clear that I think people should only consider marijuana for diagnosed and ongoing medical reasons.

Did you ever get to try the mail order pharmacy I suggested? Will he mail them to you up in PA?