JWH prevents the inflammation caused by Amyloid beta proteins involved in Alzheimer's Disease and has shown to be one of the most promising new medicines in age related dementia. Another compound in the series has shown to prevent prostate cancer cells from forming. Yes, this is in Laboratory settings, but my point is that our legislature is making these compounds (and their analogues) illegal before we can discover their full medicinal value.
Saying marijuana is safe and beneficial, simply because it's natural, is willful ignorance (the worst kind of ignorance). Marijuana has over 37 active cannabinoids. Some of these have medicinal value, some just get you high. We still don't have a lot of information on every cannabinoid, which is why legit scientists and real doctors create synthetics that isolate the individual compounds and test their medicinal value. Natural marijuana by itself has very little medicinal value beyond getting you high for pain relief or giving you the munchies if you have nausea. By the way, I totally support the legalization (or semi-legalization) of marijuana to give responsible adults an opportunity to purchase it safely, but calling it medicine is like my paw paw calling his bottle of Dewars "medicine." The only way to get a "safe and natural" cannabis-like high, is to run a marathon and get your body to produce Anandamide.
Stick to your drum circles, hippie!
PS I've known plenty of people who crush up anti-depressants and snort them. I'm not saying they're particularly bright people, but it happens. If it makes you feel better, feel free to replace "prozac" with Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocets, Somas, Ambien, Viagra, or any other legal pharmaceuticals that are far more dangerous than any cannabinoid (synthetic, endogenous, or herbal).
St. Pierre says. "Natural things are always better than chemical things...."
I'm pretty sure that penicillin is better than moldy fruit. Even LSD is better than toxic morning glory seeds. The sad thing about all this is that our state legislature is banning CANCER MEDICATION! When this is all done, maybe Marinol will become as popular a street drug as Ritilan or Prozac.
"the current vogue for banning the substance is 'hysteria.' "
That's the truth if I ever saw it.
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