MMJ: The Replacement for Very Dangerous Drugs

MMJ: The Replacement for Very Dangerous Drugs
Posted by CN Staff on May 17, 2007 at 15:53:32 PT
Dr. Phillip Leveque for 
Source: Salem News 
Molalla, Ore. -- When I was ordered before the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, the first question I was asked by Dr. Spokas, the chairman, from Ontario, Oregon, was “Dr. Leveque don’t you know that marijuana is very addicting and very dangerous?”Frankly, I didn’t know or believe this and all of my experience with fifty years study and 4000 patients told me this was totally false, but when one is facing a “Spanish inquisition” with psychological “thumb screws” or “hanging”, I decided to answer “maybe for some people”.
I didn’t believe a word of it. I didn’t dare ask where he got his information but I assumed it came from the U.S. government, which has produced false propaganda for 70 plus years.Marijuana is less addictive and less dangerous than Starbuck’s espresso.The Oregon Medical Marijuana Law allows the use of marijuana for Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s rage, Glaucoma, chronic pain, chronic nausea, chronic spasms, Multiple Sclerosis and seizures.As a retired Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, I accepted this with a grain of salt but when I started seeing patients, I was astonished and pleased that indeed the above conditions were “miraculously” alleviated by the use of medical marijuana.I was further astonished when I was told by the patients “marijuana is much better than any prescription I have been given". Further questioning of patients indicated it was better that the morphine-like painkillers, such as Oxycontin, Percodan or Demerol. It was also better than the Valium-like tranquilizers, such as Xanax, and Ambien, etc. and even the anti-depressants, such as Elavil, Trazadone, etc. and the really heavy anti-depressants, such as Prozac, Zoloft, etc. Another, almost strange, report was that it was preferred to Aspirin and Tylenol, etc. because it worked faster with no stomach or liver damage.For a retired Professor of Pharmacology, the patient’s reports were really a “blockbuster”. The biggest surprise came really quickly by Viet Nam veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They had been given every kind of medication, which gave minimal, if any, relief and many suffers simply turned to alcohol stupefaction to blot out PTSD battle stress. The latter had become a tragedy for many as they had discovered in Viet Nam the marijuana was an excellent tranquilizer, better than any standard such drug or alcohol.Literature review for current Marijuana Therapy led me to “O’Shaughnessy, The Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice”, a newspaper-like magazine published by a group of California Marijuana Specialists, which are providing the cutting edge for information on the subject.California is the leading marijuana state with about 300,000 legal marijuana patients. I am not / was not surprised to see that the reports of the fifteen doctors in the journal correspond with my own experiences. In fact, Dr. Tod Mikuriya has found that marijuana provides relief for about 200 specific diseases. It seems like marijuana could be / should be the first choice drug rather than the last.Cannabis / marijuana medicines were at one time the “drugs of choice” in the United States, until they were declared illegal. They had been used for 100 specific medical problems through the use of about 30 prescription medicines.Dr. Phillip is a Combat Infantryman, Physician and Toxicologist. He served with distinction in World War II, at one time taking 26 Nazi officers into custody that he and one other soldier discovered. Note: Cannabis / marijuana medicines were at one time the “drugs of choice” in the United States, until they were declared illegal. They had been used for 100 specific medical problems through the use of about 30 prescription medicines.Complete Title: Medical Marijuana: The Replacement for Very Dangerous DrugsSource: Salem News (OR)Author: Philip Leveque, Salem-News.comPublished: May 17, 2007Copyright: 2007 Website: newsroom salem-news.comRelated Article: Treatment for PTSD Should Include Cannabis Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 19, 2007 at 17:45:22 PT
Oregon Medical Marijuana Doctor Tells All
Oregon Medical Marijuana Doctor Tells All: Q&A Part 3 (VIDEO)
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 18, 2007 at 07:49:45 PT
Thank you.
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on May 18, 2007 at 07:28:43 PT
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I'm fascinating by how our modern Mass Society works. So much brainwashing goes on to put people's faith in The Institution. The humongous Government will help and protect you! But it's the INDIVIDUAL that saves the human race, again and again. We are dependent on NOTHING so much as the compassion and intelligence of individual men and women. Look at medical MJ. Millions of Oregonians voted to protect the sick and ill from attack by the government. But that wasn't even close to enough. The corporate elite and political class continue to fight using all their weapons - they control your medical care through things like the AMA and Medical Examiner Boards. No, the people still couldn't use the herb unless there were a few doctors willing to buck the system, risking their livelihood and income. We are privileged to have people like Dr. Philip and Dr. Mikayura.  People like them are the ones that have led the human race forward out of barbarism.We're lost without human compassion, something only the Dalai Lama seems to recognize, out of all world leaders. The Pope and Christianity surely don't get it, they're too busy punishing women and gays.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on May 18, 2007 at 07:20:49 PT
My hero
How many Americans would hold their head and high and refuse to lie or be silenced when their job and reputation are threatened? NOT MANY. Not many at all. This guy is amazing. He is a saint.I also see that he's more of a pharmacology scientist and not an MD. No surprise there, he's missing the arrogance of doctors. Doctors and Big Pharm are One. Sure Doc, marijuana is dangerous and addictive. That's why it never kills anyone, and your prescription DRUGS kill 200,000 per year. (100K by mistakes from illegible DOCTORS prescriptions, another 100K from "side effects")What incredible patience and willpower Dr. Phillip has. I probably would've launched over the table and attacked the inquisitor. But I'm not half the man that Dr. Phillip is.
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Comment #1 posted by potpal on May 18, 2007 at 04:42:15 PT
Dr. Leveque on video be told. Give pot a chance.
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