Famous Doctors Quote on Medical Marijuana
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CNN Medical Correspondent changes his mind on Medical Cannabis.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / Neurosurgeon.
“It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes Marijuana is the only thing that works… It is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve Marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”
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Andrea Barthwell, MD / Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy under George W. Bush
“It is not a medicine. You don’t know what’s in it. If there were compelling scientific and medical data supporting Marijuana’s medical benefits that would be one thing. But the data is not there.”
Meanwhile, MD says, chance of overdose is zero....
Philip Denney, MD / Physician
“I have found in my study of these patients that Cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else.”
More and more people are turning to Medical Cannabis to treat substance abuse.
Dr. Christian Thurstone / past President of the Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society
“Well, so I’m the medical director of an adolescent substance abuse program, and we noticed in 2009 at the beginning of the year that we were not very busy, and at the end of the year we ended up having probably tripled our referrals to the adolescent substance abuse treatment program. And 95 percent of our referrals are for Marijuana.”
Cannabis is non-toxic and is a great all-round medicine.
Joycelyn Elders, MD / Pediatrician, Public Health Administrator
“The evidence is overwhelming that Marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, Marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”
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Cannabis might be dangerous, says the only naysayer on a panel of more than 20 physicians and scientists.
Bill Frist, MD / Surgeon
“As a physician I have sympathy for patients suffering from pain and other medical conditions. Although I understand many believe Marijuana is the most effective drug in combating their medical ailments, I would caution against this assumption due to the lack of consistent, repeatable scientific data available to prove Marijuana’s benefits. Based on current evidence, I believe that Marijuana is a dangerous drug and that there are less dangerous medicines offering the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms.”
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Andrew Weil, M.D. / Physician, Neuropath, Writer, and Teacher of Holistic Medicine
“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”
Most Powerful Medical Association gives thumbs up to Cannibals.
American Public Health Association
Eliminating criminal penalties for personal drug use and possession is an essential feature of a public health response to drugs and drug misuse, and APHA calls on state and federal governments to remove such criminal penalties…Jurisdictions that have legalized medical Marijuana, decriminalized possession of Marijuana and/or other drugs, or tolerated limited, retail sales…have not experienced significant, if any, increases in Marijuana or other drug use.”
Dr. says Medical Cannabis benefits AIDS but there are better drugs for other conditions.
John A. Benson, Jr., MD / Professor
“The IOM report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, released in March 1999, found that Marijuana’s active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea and vomiting, AIDS-related loss of appetite, and other symptoms and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials. The therapeutic effects of smoked Marijuana are typically modest, and in most cases there are more effective medicines. But a subpopulation of patients do not respond well to other medications and have no effective alternative to smoking Marijuana.”
Nurses think Marijuana is good medicine.
American Nurses Association
“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic Marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or Marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.”
Veteran researcher is continually amazed at Cannabis as a medicine.
Dr. Ernest Small / Research Scientist
“My first 10 years as a professional scientist were mostly devoted to Cannabis, but after that most of my research was on other crops of more immediate priority to Canada. Nevertheless, one doesn't lose interest in a plant as amazing as Cannabis, and my literature collection on it has accumulated to occupy several filing cabinets.”
Atheist Scientist calls Marijuana effects God-like.
Oliver Sacks / Neurologist
“I was fascinated that one could have such perceptual changes, and also that they went with a certain feeling of significance, an almost numinous feeling. I’m strongly atheist by disposition, but nonetheless when this happened, I couldn’t help thinking, ‘That must be what the hand of God is like."
Famous scientist wonders if Marijuana was the first agricultural plant!
Dr. Carl Sagan
“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of Marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.”
Nobel Prize winner and pot.
Richard Feynman / Theoretical Physicist
“Ordinarily it would take me about fifteen minutes to get a hallucination going, but on a few occasions, when I smoked some Marijuana beforehand, it came very quickly.”
Scientist annoyed with misinformation about Marijuana
Kary Mullis, Biochemist
“And all I knew about drugs was what I read in magazines like Time and Life. I learned that Marijuana was a dangerous addictive drug and that I should stay away from it.”
How an important institution learned about Marijuana as a medicine.
Michael Karus / Co-founder of the Nova-Institute
“While working at KATALYSE, I was contacted by Mathias Bröckers, now one of the managing directors at the HanfHaus GmbH in Berlin. He had just discovered the book by Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and was looking for scientific verification of the proclaimed benefits of the “miracle plant” hemp.”
Cannabis is a safe alternative, says MD.
Philip Denney, MD
“I have found in my study of these patients that Cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications.”
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