Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pot for pain

I think the Christian right is really behind the "no to medicinal pot" efforts...
clipped from www.iht.com
A new study in the journal Neurology is being hailed as unassailable proof that marijuana is a valuable medicine. It is a sad commentary on the state of modern medicine that we still need "proof" of something that medicine has known for 5,000 years.
The study, from the University of California at San Francisco, found that smoked marijuana was effective at relieving the extreme pain of a debilitating condition known as peripheral neuropathy.
It was a study of HIV patients, but a similar type of pain caused by damage to nerves afflicts people with many other illnesses including diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Neuropathic pain is notoriously resistant to treatment with conventional pain drugs. Even powerful and addictive narcotics like morphine and OxyContin often provide little relief. This study leaves no doubt that marijuana can safely ease this type of pain.

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Intellectual Insurgent said...

I don't know that this has as much with the Christi-nazi right as it does with keeping big pharma in business.

Reign of Reason said...

Both actually...

I have some Christian friends that think pot is as evil as coke, meth or any other "illegal" drug.

You can't reason with these people...

Some of them drink, but never ever think about actually getting drunk. I don't know how they reconcile the issue, but like everything else in christiandom, they have an apology that works for them.