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Reefer Madness: There Is No Such Thing As Medical Marijuana

Posted by admin in October 15th, 2019
Published in Marijuana, Social Issues, Uncategorized

There is no such thing as medical marijuana.
“What about all those children with epilepsy and my great aunt with glaucoma?” I am exhausted with the false narratives about the medical benefits of marijuana. The questions fundamentally miss one simple fact: there is NO SUCH THING AS medical marijuana!

The confusion is not surprising, as the marijuana advocacy community has done everything possible to disguise the way medical legalization works in the US.

Marijuana is not “prescribed” for anything. It can’t be, because the FDA has never approved it to treat any disease, and there is little to no evidence that marijuana, in any form, can or does help any diseases.

Pot doctors may “authorize” its use, usually after very short visits by patients. But it is important to understand that an authorization card is NOT a prescription. Less than 3% of MDs in the US have agreed to such authorizations. Most credible doctors, especially GPs, stay away from any form of “medical marijuana” because the research on its benefits and usefulness simply does not exist.

After receiving an authorization card, “patients” can then buy as much marijuana as they like for a year for any reason they choose. Three studies I read showed that nearly all were recreational users before they became “patients.” And there is no difference between so-called “medical” and recreational marijuana. They are the same drug. In other words, in nearly all cases, “medical authorization” is simply a backdoor to protect recreational users from arrest.

By far the most common conditions for which medical marijuana is authorized are anxiety and insomnia, not diseases such as Parkinson’s or even epilepsy.

The problem is we’ve legalized a substance and even called it “medicinal” when all the research conducted by scientists, medical doctors, and psychiatrists confirm that marijuana is harmful and highly addictive. There are no unique benefits to it. I cannot say it any clearer than this: The system has let us down by legalizing a very harmful substance and by marketing it as useful and safe.

I want to address two important issues.

First of all, CBD is not THC and it is not marijuana. CBD is a derivative of cannabis. It is not intoxicating and it is not a hallucinogenic. However, by marketing it in everything from hand cream to vitamins, it is the industry’s way of sanitizing or softening mainstream reaction to the drug. As one friend put it, “this is just the camel’s nose under the edge of the tent.” Mark my words, it’s a marketing ploy to get us all on board the cannabis train.

CBD is found in Epidiolex. Epidiolex is a prescription medicine used to treat seizures in some children who are at least 2 years old. Epidiolex is controlled in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act. It comes with a warning, “Keep this medicine in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.” It is still in trials and is not widely prescribed. So, yes there have been some positive responses to Epidiolex, but the active ingredient in the medicine is not THC but CBD–there is a big difference between these two substances. It’s like using poppy seeds in muffins compared to shooting heroin into a vein–both come from the poppy flower, but are completely different in their impact on the human body.

To date, the FDA has not approved a single marketing application for marijuana and/or its treatment of any disease or medical condition. Period.

My pro-pot friends have tried every which way to convince me that there is such a thing as medical marijuana. Even a close friend tried to tell me that it helped her arthritis and chronic fatigue. Nope. Not medical. Not research proven. Two drugs that have at least seen trials have a form of synthetic THC (the chemical in marijuana that causes the high) which is similar in many ways to natural THC, but compoundly DIFFERENT enough to make a distinction.

Synthetic THC is found in Marinol and Syndros – both used to treat nausea in chemo patients and HIV/AIDS sufferers. But THC synthetics are not the only treatment for either of these debilitating conditions. Phenergan suppositories for example are highly effective in treating nausea in both chemo patients and HIV/AIDs sufferers without any harmful side effects and no controversy.

It’s an enormous stretch to cloak marijuana with this “medical” label, when in fact it has no unique proven and safe medicinal properties, nor does it lend any cure to any diseases. It’s hype. It’s a new form of snake oil and big money is behind its promotion. Even stupid Wikipedia reports, “The use of cannabis as medicine has not been rigorously tested and medicinal value of the drug has not been proven.”

I hate marijuana! Marijuana is not safe, it is not medicinal, and it is not the same as alcohol:

  • It is highly addictive.
  • It causes permanent brain damage to adolescents and young adults.
  • It decreases productivity and creativity.
  • It causes psychosis and violence.
  • It can cause physical harm and sometimes death.

With the rapidly changing landscape of our nation as it relates to the legalization of this drug, someone needs to stand up and cry foul. I’m afraid my voice is not loud enough.

Marijuana is yet another facet of our nation’s culture of death mantling the next generation into bondage.

I want to end with a strong clarion cry to those who have a profession of faith in Christ Jesus.

Our world is broken and the enemy of all mankind is working to kill, steal, and destroy us. We have to speak truth whenever we hear a lie; we have to stand strong, even when the world tells us it’s not important; we have to proclaim the Gospel, even when it’s hard. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds,” 2 Corinthians 10:4. We are in a battle for our lives. What is God calling you to do?

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52033. Sherry said,
October 16th, 2019 at 8:32 am

Hi Teri,
Such thoughtful articles to explain the dangers and deceit of marijuana.
I’m SO glad that God is encouraging you to write more because you have so much insight to add.
I wonder if you would consider renaming your blog because “blahblah” is a term that indicates something being said isn’t important and what you have to say is VERY IMPORTANT!
Love and hugs to you!
Sherry from Texas

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52054. admin said,
October 16th, 2019 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the encouraging words Sherry. I am grateful that you read all five parts and took time to comment. Love and appreciate you so much!

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