HEAR WHAT PHYSICIANS ARE SAYING ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Kate Scannell, M.D. is Co-Director, Kaiser-Permanente,
Northern California Ethics Department.
She is the author of Death of the Good Doctor: Lessons from
the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic: From working with AIDS and cancer patients, I
repeatedly saw how marijuana could ameliorate a patient's debilitating fatigue,
restore appetite, diminish pain, remedy nausea, cure vomiting and curtail down-to-the-bone
weight loss. The federal obsession with a political agenda that keeps marijuana
out of the hands of sick and dying people is appalling and irrational.
Dr. Wakefield - Harvard:
"The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth
in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the
cancer to spread. Side effects include an increase in appetite, pain relief,
and inflammation reduction."
Leo E. Hollister, Veterans Administration Medical Center and
Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California:
Patients with spinal cord injuries often self treat their
muscle spasticity by smoking cannabis. cannabis seems to help relieve the
involuntary muscle spasms that can be so painful and disabling in this
condition. A muscle relaxant or antispastic action of THC was confirmed by an
experiment in which p.o. doses of 5 or 10 mg of THC were compared with placebo
in patients with multiple sclerosis. The 10 mg dose of THC reduced spasticity
by clinical measurement. Such single small studies can only point to the need
for more study of this potential use of THC or possibly some of its homologs.
Diazepam, cyclobenzaprine, baclofen, and dantrolene, which are used as muscle
relaxants, all have major limitations. A new skeletal muscle relaxant would be
Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at
Harvard Medical School:
Doctors and nurses have seen that for many patients,
cannabis is more useful, less toxic, and less expensive than the conventional
medicines prescribed for diverse syndromes and symptoms, including multiple
sclerosis, Crohn's disease, migraine headaches, severe nausea and vomiting,
convulsive disorders, the AIDS wasting syndrome, chronic pain, and many others.