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Marijuana has no medical use, FDA says

kaniz

TRIBE Member
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it does not support the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The FDA said it and other agencies with the Health and Human Services Department had "concluded that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use."

Eleven states, including Washington, have passed legislation allowing marijuana use for medical purposes, but the FDA said Thursday, "These measures are inconsistent with efforts to ensure that medications undergo the rigorous scientific scrutiny of the FDA approval process and are proven safe and effective."

The statement contradicts a 1999 finding from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, which reported that "marijuana's active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea, the anorexia of AIDS wasting and other symptoms, and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials."

In 1998, Washington voters authorized the use of marijuana for specified medical purposes, including cancer, HIV and intractable pain. However, marijuana cannot be legally purchased and there is no identified legal way to distribute marijuana in this state.

Dr. Greg Carter, a rehabilitation-medicine specialist at the University of Washington, said there have been good studies that support the medical use of marijuana for neuropathic pain, muscle spasms, chemotherapy-associated nausea and loss of appetite, glaucoma and several other conditions.

He noted that current federal rules allow doctors to write prescriptions for Marinol, a 100-percent concentration of the most active ingredient in marijuana.

The government classifies Marinol in the same category as Motrin, a prescription-strength anti-inflammatory, while placing marijuana, which is far less powerful than Marinol, among the most dangerous drugs for which there is no medical use.

"So there is clearly no scientific logic to their decision," Carter said. "I think this is politically driven."

Bruce Mirken — director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supports medical marijuana — said the FDA issued the statement at the behest of Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., who opposes medical marijuana.

Souder, chairman of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Drug Policy, has said the promotion of medical marijuana "is simply a red herring for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use."

The FDA statement noted "there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful. ... There are alternative FDA-approved medications in existence for treatment of many of the proposed uses of smoked marijuana."

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002946072_pot22.html
 
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The Tesseract

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This is just part of their agenda. Booze and Guns are okay, but marijuana is not.

Aren't Canadian studies showing quite the opposite?
 
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[- FuNKtiOn -]

TRIBE Member
kaniz said:
The statement contradicts a 1999 finding from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, which reported that "marijuana's active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea, the anorexia of AIDS wasting and other symptoms, and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials."
well lets at least give the media credit for pointing out that the FDA is wrong, even if they did pussy foot around actually making the statement itself.
 

Boo

TRIBE Member
The Tesseract said:
This is just part of their agenda. Booze and Guns are okay, but marijuana is not.

Aren't Canadian studies showing quite the opposite?

Yes, all the latest articles from High Times magaizine seems to favor the use of marijuana
 

Dr Funk MD

TRIBE Promoter
kaniz said:
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it does not support the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

He noted that current federal rules allow doctors to write prescriptions for Marinol, a 100-percent concentration of the most active ingredient in marijuana.
I_bRAD said:
Marinol is weird and far more expensive than pot.

Here are the two statements on which the crux of this whole argument stand.

If the FDA says that pot is an effective pain reliever (or any of the other wonders that marijuana advocates claim it contains) then the pharmaceutical industry is going to shit its collective pants in anger over being forced to go through years of testing and millions of dollars to legally come up with little pills that do the same thing as smoking a bowl. And rightfully so. You might call it conspiracy but plain and simple it’s extremely financially detrimental to the drug industry to say otherwise.
 

peko

TRIBE Member
VERY well said, Funk MarijunaDoctor!

Votes are in, and Americans are singing Joey's tune:

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Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated
Just get me to the airport put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane
I can't control my fingers I can't control my brain
Oh no no no no no
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go....
Just put me in a wheelchair and put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane
I can't control my fingers I can't control my brain
Oh no no no no no
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated
Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-o I wanna be sedated
Just put me in a wheelchair get me to the show
Hurry hurry hurry before I go loco
I can't control my fingers I can't control my toes
Oh no no no no no
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go...
Just put me in a wheelchair...
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Lysistrata

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bitchass said:
and many others might say otherwise :)


funny how different things have diffrent effects on different people. for instance, cheese makes me happy. for some people cheese makes me constipated.

or, and my favourite one, how depression can be a side effect of SSRIs for some people... of course, i tend to think 'side effect' is the wrong term for "effect that is the exact opposite of the intended effect."
 
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dvs

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what a crock of shit. if you can't bottle it, market it and sell it to make millions then it can't be of any beneficial use. pffft.

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codename

TRIBE Member
After I had laser eye surgery I smoked Marijuana to ease the pain during the three days it took for my epithelium to heal. That way I could save the perks they gave me for a rainy day.
 

sweetdaddy

TRIBE Member
i don't give a damn what any study says.
i have used marijuana to cure my own ailments many times.
obviously, it can't cure everything.
but sleeplessness, upset stomach, muscle pain, etc all feel a a whole lot better after i smoke a joint.
 
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Polymorph

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Hey, I haven't touched one of these things since I was, what, 21?...

That being said. It's a fucking plant.

Read/saw a good article/interview of late... guy said..

"don't try to outlaw a fucking plant that can grow like a weed... You will fail..."

Damn straight.

And I mean. The FDA? wtf. Yeah. Legalize oxycontin, ritalin, and all them other approved pharmaceutical variations on crack cocaine...

I guess it really is all about controlling the means of....

Whatever.


Well, at least beer is legal. And porn.

Well, ok then, back to the program....
 
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