Medical Marijuana 

Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on July 02, 2007 at 10:10:54 PT
ABC News Story
Source: ABC News
USA -- For more than 4,000 years, it was used medicinally. Then in 1942, medical marijuana was banned in the US. But that's not the end of the story. Today, patients with illnesses like cancer, AIDS, and MS say it relieves pain and reduces nausea from their meds -- and is the only thing that got them through.Brian Klein takes three pills twice a day for HIV. He's also recovering from hepatitis C. "It was pretty devastating getting both at the same time," said Klein.
Hep-C meds are known for their severe side effects -- like nausea. Brian tried lots of treatments to relieve it, but only one worked -- marijuana. "Within a few minutes I could go eat, whereas before, before using it, I couldn't even keep down water. So it was amazing, dramatic difference," Klein said. A study on hep-C patients showed smoking pot made them three-times more likely to get rid of the virus -- because it got them through treatment. "If there's a patient for whom that medicine doesn't work, and they do get benefit from marijuana, then that could really be the difference between life and death," said Donald Abrams, MD, oncologist/HIV researcher, University of California, San Francisco. Donald Abrams is a long-time HIV researcher and oncologist -- and has studied the use in patients. "When we talk about the side effects if you will of marijuana compared to many, many prescription drugs that doctors prescribe on a daily basis, it's really quite safe," said Abrams. But although medical marijuana is allowed in 12 states -- the federal government has declared it "is not medicine" and "not safe." Opponents say much more research is needed and that it's linked to a higher risk of cancer, heart attack and brain damage. For Brian, it was a short term fix. he's free of the hep-C virus and has the energy to do simple things like read and even exercise. "This was relieving my nausea, and it worked. And I didn't need it for anything more or less," Klein said. Source: ABC News (US Web)Published: July 2, 2007 Copyright: 2007 ABC News Internet VenturesContact: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #8 posted by whig on July 03, 2007 at 20:03:26 PT
What I'm thinking
Petro-diesel may have a point that it gets too hard, but hemp-diesel (or just plain hemp oil) might remain just the right consistency.
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Comment #7 posted by whig on July 03, 2007 at 20:02:28 PT
I think there's a difference between a diesel truck and a car, in that a diesel truck for all the difficulty of getting something like that running is much more powerful than a gasoline engine could perform. But I am not a truck driver, maybe someone else would have a better idea.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on July 03, 2007 at 18:01:27 PT
Great job with getting that call through to Ron Paul. Thank you. It was good hearing the sound of your voice, too.
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Comment #5 posted by Dankhank on July 03, 2007 at 13:26:29 PT
Diesel ...
I've read the same re: diesel and cold weather.Nevertheless, diesel trucks roam the North American continent in all weather with impunity.Seems that it's been figured out.In Alaska they have some kinda engine block heater for the really cold. Wonder of that can be adapted.Thing is, there is a lot of research that needs to be done ... is it being done? I wonder.
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Comment #4 posted by DjLoTi on July 03, 2007 at 10:56:11 PT
Worlds leading exporter. 
I wanted to point out how we import millions of tons of hemp from Canada when we should be the worlds leading exporter. I think that argument goes a long way, too.
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Comment #3 posted by whig on July 02, 2007 at 23:46:42 PT
As I recall one problem with petro diesel is its tendency to harden at colder temperatures and it is therefore hard to start without an electric warmer or some other mechanism.I don't know whether hemp diesel would have this problem, or whether it is more efficient even just to use straight hemp oil.
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on July 02, 2007 at 23:37:03 PT
R Paul
It IS exciting to hear a presidential candidate speak about ending the drug war and the prohibition of Hemp farming.We should try to help him understand Hemp Oil if we can.To make ethanol requires sugar, I believe.Hemp oil is better for a diesel replacement, as I understand it.In any case, great question and thanks for sharing it ...peace to any who educate ...
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Comment #1 posted by DjLoTi on July 02, 2007 at 18:43:37 PT
I talked to Ron Paul on a radio show
I asked him how long it will take to stop the war drugs, and also asked about hemp. It's a 2:15 minute file... 4.2 megs. You can download it here:
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