The Magic Wand of Medical Marijuana

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A magic wand has been waved and the legislatures of 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to allow medical marijuana.  If the make-believe world of “pot magic” gets its way, its advocates will make others believe there are no other remedies for certain illnesses. The end result may be that people are convinced marijuana is only therapeutic and has no harmful side effects.  Some advocates are using medical marijuana as a backdoor excuse to full legalization.

Legislators should cast a skeptical eye on these “pushers” to assure it really is used for legitimate, health reasons. We must be aware of exaggerated claims and ulterior motives.  Fortunately New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking steps to make sure that medical marijuana, when available, will only go to the chronically sick patients.

In reality, the active ingredient in cannabis, THC,available for both HIV/AIDs and cancer patients in pill forms,  can be used to alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting.  Marinol, for instance, has been approved since 1995, one year before medical marijuana was legalized in California.

As for the claim that smoking pot can help glaucoma, the Glaucoma Research Foundation’s website states, “Advocates of medicinal marijuana cite evidence that hemp products can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with glaucoma.  However, these products are less effective than medicines prescribed by an eye doctor.”1  The American Glaucoma Society stated, “Although marijuana can lower the intraocular pressure, the side effects and short duration of action, coupled with a lack of evidence that its use alters the course of glaucoma, preclude recommending this drug… the present time.” 2

A new drug, Sativex has been formulated as a mouth spray for patients with spasticity and pain in Multiple Sclerosis and/or Parkinson’s Disease.  It has been approved in Canada and parts of Europe.  Again, not everyone is as convinced that cannabis relieves MS, despite the sympathetic pleas from Montel Williams.   Marijuana has been shown to increase “brain fog” of MS patients, so if the desire is to keep in the dark and not function, then marijuana is the magic wand.

Advocates say marijuana must be legalized so its health benefits can be studied.  They cite its designation by Congress as a Schedule I drug, as a reason to say it is not researched enough.     However, gives the results of 100 peer-reviewed medical studies of marijuana.  These studies were conducted in the United States and abroad.

On the ProCon website, only 38 of 100 studies conclude positively for the medical benefits of marijuana, hardly making it the magic potion its advocates wish to claim.  Two thirds of the studies concluded marijuana was not conclusively helpful in medical situations.


1., update August 2011

2. Jampel, Henry, MD, The American Glaucoma Society Position Paper:  Medical Marijuana and the Treatment of Glaucoma. MHS Journal of Glaucoma, February: 2010, volume 19m,, no. 2, p. 75-76



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  1. Rich Harris

    Medical marijuana dispensers in southern California are seeking patients and harassing people, as I experienced last summer; otherwise the feds wouldn’t have gotten involved. They are out for a quick buck and making up conditions that people don’t have. Too bad, these hustlers are hurting the cause of medical marijuana.

  2. Matthew Meyer

    “A new drug, Sativex has been formulated as a mouth spray for patients with spasticity and pain in Multiple Sclerosis and/or Parkinson’s Disease. It has been approved in Canada and parts of Europe.”

    Perhaps you were not aware that Sativex is made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids from herbal cannabis.

    This is from the website of GW Pharmaceuticals, which makes Sativex:

    “Sativex is the world’s first prescription medicine derived from the cannabis plant.”

    These are not synthesized cannabinoid drugs; Sativex is a very nicely made tincture of cannabis, quite like the tinctures many medical marijuana patients already use.

    • thoughtfulness

      Yes, we were aware that Sativex is made by extracting THC from herbal cannabis. We
      did not intend to imply anything different.

  3. Swallowing a pill to help with vomiting yeah?
    Does that make sense to anyone?


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