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Trisha Torrey

Some FAQs about Medical Marijuana

By October 3, 2012

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There will be two reactions to the title of this post and medical marijuana.

You're either for it. Or you're against it.

The subject came up recently in a conversation with Dad. He was in so much pain that even Hospice had trouble controlling it. I asked him if he would be interested in trying marijuana to relieve the pain. He answered with a resounding, 'No!'

I suspect (although I didn't ask) that Dad's response was more about the fear that someone would find out. He lived in Florida where it is not legal, and Dad wasn't willing to risk a leap to the wrong side of the law.

Just the discussion made me wonder more about the value of medical cannabis (that's the official name), and where its use stands legally. So I did quite a bit of research, and put together a list of FAQs about medical cannabis and its use for pain relief.

Based on my research, I know that if I was in that much pain, nearing the end of my life, I wouldn't think twice. If medical marijuana could help relieve that pain - then I'd be more than willing to give it a shot. Of course, that could also partially be a result of my raised-in-the-60s, went-to-college-in-the-70s age, too.

I invite you to brush up on the truth about the use of medical cannabis, why it is controversial, and its legal use. You might be surprised to learn, despite what many of us think, that it is still - officially - illegal in every country of the world (yes, including The Netherlands.)

Then, if you will, vote in this poll. I'm curious about what others think about the use of medical marijuana to control pain, or other mental and physical challenges.

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Comments
October 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm
(1) Elizabeth says:

I don’t entirely agree with any of your answers. My honest response is “I don’t foresee myself wanting to use it, but I wish it were legal and regulated for the people who need it.”

October 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(2) gemdiamondintherough says:

Unless you have been in the kind of pain, where you think you are going to jump through the roof, or take someone else’s head off, it probably is not a good idea to judge.
Having said that, I only agree with the use,when other options no longer are viable or useful. Also, I do not believe someone should get behind a wheel and drive. That however is TRUE of many medications!!!!!!!!!
As with other “strong” medications, I believe that the person, should be monitored to see how THEY react to the medication, before being left alone.
The difficult answer is how do we regulate all this???
Part of this I believe IS Patient Empowerment.

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