New Futures for Cannabis-Based Medicines
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New Futures for Cannabis-Based Medicines
Posted by CN Staff on November 16, 2009 at 04:52:36 PT
By Gregory L. Gerdeman and Juan Sanchez-Ramos
Source: St. Petersburg Times
USA -- Medicinal use of cannabis is being discussed more actively than ever. Although prior to its prohibition in 1937 cannabis was used widely in pharmacies, there was little debate about its usefulness to treat various symptoms such as inflammatory pain. Cannabis remedies were well known, publicly advertised and widely prescribed. "Marijuana," on the other hand, was virtually unknown Mexican jargon before becoming the "assassin of youth" in propaganda films. Such depictions led to an unceremonious vote by Congress to effectively criminalize Cannabis sativa in all of its forms.
The strongest opposition came not from the public (which did not equate the new "scourge" with cannabis remedies) but from the American Medical Association, whose congressional liaison decried the legislation as speciously motivated by "indirect hearsay evidence."Over the next 72 years, the image of the American cannabis user morphed from the immigrant madman and criminal deviant of the '40s, to the counter-culture crowd of the '60s to the unmotivated slacker of the '80s. In the '90s, a "new" image arose: the medical marijuana patient, who is driven not to get high but to get well. It is linguistically ironic that "medical marijuana" may usher in a new chapter in the ancient relationship between human society and the cannabis plant. Now the American Medical Association has turned heads by again weighing in on cannabis policy. After extensive review of scientific and clinical evidence regarding the harms and benefits of cannabinoids (molecules found in cannabis) as well as recent legal precedence regarding medical marijuana, the AMA announced that the federal Schedule I status of marijuana (most prohibited) should be reconsidered in order to advance clinical research with botanical cannabinoid medicines. The AMA report furthermore expresses that "physicians who comply with their ethical obligations to 'first do no harm' and to 'relieve pain and suffering' should be protected in their endeavors, including advising and counseling their patients on the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes."About The Authors: Sanchez-Ramos was a physician involved in the "Compassionate Use Protocol for Marijuana" sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In this study, marijuana was prepared and shipped by NIDA to patients with various medical conditions. His patient suffered from muscle spasms and pain caused by a rare disease, successfully treated with cannabis. Snipped   Complete Article: St. Petersburg Times (FL)Author: Gregory L. Gerdeman and Juan Sanchez-Ramos, Special To The Times Published: Monday, November 16, 2009 Copyright: 2009 St. Petersburg TimesWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 16, 2009 at 07:07:34 PT
Thank you. I made tinctures of St. John's Wort and Valarian Root years ago and that is how you do it. I understand that smoking cannabis will always have the prohibitionists complaining but they can't complain about a tincture.
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Comment #2 posted by ezrydn on November 16, 2009 at 06:49:39 PT
Further on "Tincture" Technique
I did some research some time back and found a process that works.Take one oz of crude and run it through a coffee grinder. Place ground contents into a small glass sealable jar. Add your favorite alcohol (Liquor type-I use Tequila) to just float the mixture and vigoriously shake. Place sealed jar in rear of dark drawer and wait a week.During that week, go to your local pharmacy and find a small pump-type spray bottle (shirt pocket size) of anything and when you get home, empty it and clean it out by pumping/spraying clear water through it.After one week, take jar and give a good shake and return it to the drawer for another week. Sorry, it's necessary.After two weeks have passed, first strain the mixture with a sieve, then run the liquid through a coffee filter to get minute bulk out. Now, pour cleaned liquid into your spray bottle.One spray to cheek and gum will do the trick. It's not as fast as smoked so beware you don't over do it. Just wait it out. 15-20 min is norm. Oh, and have a Hershey's Kiss ready to tackle the taste.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 16, 2009 at 04:55:35 PT
Tincture of Cannabis
This would be easy to do just like it is easy to do with any medicinal herb.
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