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Medical Marijuana May Impair Thinking
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Emma_WebMD_Staff posted:
A small study done by Anthony Feinstein MD, PhD, of the Sunnybrook Health Services Center and the University of Toronto, states that MS suffers who smoked or ingested medical marijuana had side effects such as problems with attention, learning, or memory, ranging from mild to severe. Read our article HERE .

Do you think the benefits might outweigh the side effects?
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BodoJ responded:
I am not able to use medical marijuana. I would either be arrested or lose my job. But here is my opinion on it...

I already have the symptoms you listed here, so using marijuana wouldn't make me any worse, but at least I wouldn't know it, I wouldn't care, and I wouldn't be in constant pain. I hate illegal drugs and the people who sell them, but God put it all here for a reason and I think medical purposes is it.
 
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Emma_WebMD_Staff replied to BodoJ's response:
Hi BodoJ,

I think you have some good points here. Did you see Dr. Oz's episode today is on medical marijuana. Montel Williams states he uses it to help him to deal with MS daily.

Hope to see you around more often .

Take care,
Emma
 
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mmthlvr replied to Emma_WebMD_Staff's response:
I only use a little at bed time & it really helps. I tried going several nights without it, the 2nd night was a nightmare. The burning, twitching & muscle spasms were almost unbearable. Good for Montel Williams, I will do whatever it takes to deal with the daily stuff this MonSter thows at me.
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Tammy
 
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swampster1952 replied to mmthlvr's response:
Good on you Tammy! Light up a bowl for me tonight, okay?

Dave
 
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Emma_WebMD_Staff replied to mmthlvr's response:
Hi Tammy,

That's what Montel said, he deals with it each and every day. He deserves to be able to be pain free even if for a short time. It was a really great episode of Dr. Oz.

Do you feel however, that what you get from smoking marijuana, out weighs any side effects talked about in our article?

Take care and hugs back at ya!
Emma
 
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mmthlvr replied to Emma_WebMD_Staff's response:
With all the side effects with the MS drugs we take daily, one less pill is a good thing. I had all those issues before using the medical marijuana & since I started using there has been no worsening of these symptoms. I have found I can even cut back on some of the night time meds.

I only use it at bedtime so getting the muchies is not an issue. I do, however, want to learn to cook it in foods, that way I don't have to worry about the smoke affecting my lungs.
 
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magickalme responded:
absolutely not. In any controlled study, if the researchers are doing their total controls, there should be built in to the issue averages for any and all side effects, either negative or positive. Most PPL don't like the thought of MMJ being "legal"....well, it isn't. What any study that purports to be the "WORD, as in, final...should be labeled odd. What MMJ is, currently in this war against drugs, is a target....EZ to hit. the whole deal is thought provoking. (And it should be). MMJ is RECOMMENDED, not prescribed. Takes it out of the physicians liability for prescribing a substance the FDA/DEA insist has no medical value whatsoever. Well, tough. I think, having read this study at UC Davis, that it is seriously flawed in several areas. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck and has feathers like a duck, its probably a chicken. No MD wants HIS/HER DEA to come under scrutiny- and who can blame them? But the real issue is that MJ has been around for centuries, used in many forms, for what is now commonly called sustainable use commodity. Be that as it may, PPL who suffer from MS should have available to them anything that can help: and I know it helps me. In CA, the voting public agreed, years ago, that it should be available without prosecution for approved medical conditions. (Leave it to a few potheads to give the rest of us a bad name). If it gives you a benefit, just go ahead and see how the rest of your capabilities are or are not affected. I would file this "research" under "hmmm. It works. How can we make it not very attractive so PPL won't get the wrong idea?" It's BS, and I am living proof. flapkat
 
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magickalme replied to Emma_WebMD_Staff's response:
Hey Emma,
I read that study at UC Davis, and found it to be seriously flawed. PPL report what they think will rouse public ire and/or curiosity.
Read the study again, and you can see where the prejudice lies.
flapkat
 
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mmthlvr replied to magickalme's response:
Hi Flapkat,

Well said & I would love to have some of your brownies.
I've never cooked with it And I worry that some brownies will be more potent then others. My reg Dr is all for the MMJ, but my MS specialist isn't that crazy about it. If they had to deal with the stuff we do I'm sure they would be using it also.
Hugs
Tammy
 
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magickalme replied to mmthlvr's response:
agree. However, unless they practice independently, (and what physician can really afford to,in these good-old-HMO-days?) you will find if they are part of a sponsored group practice, they will "officially" be against it. Good luck finding a practice that will condone one of their employees, such as an MD or DO, agreeing with or recommending it. Goes against policy. Doesn't matter if it works or not, it doesn't make them any money. They would rather we put another toxic substance into our bodies, rather than a natural product.
Think about that. All about the $$$$$. War on drugs, my butt.
However, and this is a huge however, many have already experienced it, understand the mechanics, the benefits and the availability, BUT even though those conditions may apply, they will not officially sanction its use.

If one does it correctly, each dose is measured and equal in strength to the next, provided the same base unit is used for all the mixture. That means from the same original source, and according to the same recipe.
It doesn't make big pharm any money....that is why it continues to "be of no medical use" per DEA and FDA. Who left those idiots in charge of our bodies? When it's available on craigs list??? I'm just saying...
flapkat
 
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mmthlvr replied to magickalme's response:
Like I said in my previous post, my MS Dr isn't to happy about MMJ. Fortunatly my reg Dr happens to be the greatest Dr ever & he's all for whatever helps.

I went to an MS dinner last night that was put on by the MS society & he was there. One of his nurses has MS & she is hardly able to walk, he took her, helped her walk & took care of her like she was his mother. He also takes her to her MS specialist 6hrs away. I feel so fortunate to have a Dr like him, to bad there aren't more like him.
Hugs
Tammy
 
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magickalme replied to mmthlvr's response:
so who held the bowl and who had the lighter? Scratch the surface of so many ppl, and I am NEVER surprised what I may find. Sounds like a good doc. Wonder what they do about the munchies? fat-free chips and low cal dip? LOL.


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