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Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Postby Wesley1982 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:23 pm

Am I allowed to discuss marijuana in a thread at Dharma Wheel? thanks.
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Postby AdmiralJim » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:45 pm

Excellent painkiller. We need to purify it and make it into a tablet form so no damage from smoking it.
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Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Postby Wesley1982 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:47 pm

I wrote 4 pages of what I thought about Cannabis Research.
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Postby AdmiralJim » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:57 pm

Where?
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Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:09 am

Some papers in a folder in my desk.
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Postby AdmiralJim » Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:11 am

What is your opinion then?
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Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:14 am

Quality marijuana should be 'decriminalised' for private & personal use.
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Postby tomamundsen » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:17 am

AdmiralJim wrote:Excellent painkiller. We need to purify it and make it into a tablet form so no damage from smoking it.

This is already done, actually. There are also plenty of other ways to ingest marijuana without having it "purified," which I assume you mean extract the THC. Edibles, tinctures, drinks, etc. exist in dispensaries, co-ops, and collectives all over California.
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Postby conebeckham » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:36 am

My running joke, when a visitor or tourist asks me if they can smoke here in SF--I say, "Not within 20 feet of a building or park, unless you're talking about weed, in which case, you can smoke that pretty much anywhere." :smile:
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Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Postby Nemo » Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:52 am

We could also decriminalize it and stop pretending it's this super amazing cure all medicine. Let's just say it is as medicinal as my glass of red wine after dinner for my arthritis. (Pom Wonderful works just as well by the way. Don't tell my wife.)
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Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:32 am

Here in the State of Texas - its not very liberal but a red + conservative state. (It has to be obtained illegally) :|
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Postby tomamundsen » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:18 am

Nemo wrote:We could also decriminalize it and stop pretending it's this super amazing cure all medicine. Let's just say it is as medicinal as my glass of red wine after dinner for my arthritis. (Pom Wonderful works just as well by the way. Don't tell my wife.)

I agree it's not an amazing cure-all as some radicals say. But it definitely has more therapeutic value than alcohol, sorry. AND with less negative side-effects.
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Postby Sönam » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:23 am

Wesley1982 wrote:Here in the State of Texas - its not very liberal but a red + conservative state. (It has to be obtained illegally) :|


Texas is not the most open state for anything ... when you say red, you mean neck I suppose, not communist :smile:
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Postby tomamundsen » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:24 am

conebeckham wrote:My running joke, when a visitor or tourist asks me if they can smoke here in SF--I say, "Not within 20 feet of a building or park, unless you're talking about weed, in which case, you can smoke that pretty much anywhere." :smile:

Haha, funny but true. I've read that it has been listed below spitting gum on the priority of law enforcement in SF.
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Postby tomamundsen » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:25 am

Sönam wrote:when you say red, you mean neck I suppose, not communist :smile:

In America, red can refer to the Republican party.
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Postby Jikan » Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:11 pm

it's also a terrific anti-emetic. Most anti-nausea medications have horrible side effects, much worse than cannabis in the opinion of many.

unexpected consequences: if you smoke a joint and then drink to excess, you risk alcohol poisoning as you're unlikely to vomit in time. This compounds the problem of binge drinking among youth in the States.
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Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:13 pm

You can also smoke too much or -too often- affecting the brain chemistry.
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Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Postby Ogyen » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:16 pm

I've seen the whole range of people with serious addictions to it to the use of it purely as medicine in sparing (and as needed) doses.

I personally have a strong aversion to the smoke entering my lungs part. I like breathing. Smoke hinders that. I used to be a smoker for years (a weird one who resisted enjoying the smoke part), and was bluntly addicted to the chemicals in the cigarettes as well as the nicotine. I did not deny I was addicted, I did not deny I was fat when I was, I tend to be pretty honest about what I'm doing to myself. I was also told by docs I could not have children most of my adult life. When I got pregnant, I was like.. holy cow, this is great - it was sufficient reason to never pick up another cigarette, have a baby and lose 125 lbs. I'm now down to a very normal weight.

Coming through that experience, I gained an interest in the culture of people who use marijuana as a medicine or a past-time having a lot of friends who use it/smoke for all sorts of reasons. Some like it, others find it a necessary evil due to illness, others LOVE it-needit-wantit all the time. It IS curious to me how those who are really into its use pretty much venerate to the point of being some miraculous herb AND deny all its negative traits.

I agree there are many positive medicinal applications in its use, but there are a lot of negative effects as well that most hardcore advocates seem to be in complete denial about... I mean common sense stuff... LIKE the compounding effects of THC's accumulation in fatty tissue, for one and the generation of cysts in the body. Or the long-term effect of heavy usage on the brain's functions (there's a lot of lipid in the brain), or even the way it's smoked - with techniques to "hold in" searing smoke unfiltered smoke in the lungs scarring the tissue by burning off the cilia with the intense heat and layering the tar into the bronchial sacs that comes from the resin.

I tried an experiment in talking to open advocates about these things, like the fact that one unfiltered joint has the equivalent in tar of 16 cigarettes. I've found if the smokers endorse the use, they completely and vehemently deny (no matter what evidence is presented) in a nearly fanatical manner that "Marijuana has no chemicals" or that "It is NOT a chemical substance".... :crazy: I mean ground pepper is a chemical substance, everything IS a chemical compound of some kind, it's composed of chemistry... but it's interesting... there is truly NO reasoning with the real marijuanaists. I might as well be discussing creationism with a fundamentalist Christian who BELIEVES the earth is 4,000 years old... And there is nothing you can say, it just comes down to oh well...'light it up - let's get high'

Many people who have prescriptions, don't have cancer, terminal or degenerative illness - they are imo just addicts. There's plenty of Rx addicts too. I think addiction is in the person, not in the drug though. Because some people are not addicts, but use what medicine they have to when they have to. Others 'get hooked'.

In reality, it would be better to have legal MJ than people taking experimental drugs that big pharma doesn't even know the effects of (or care - it's all about profit), and now due to many US deregulations within the FDA, they don't have to report effects that affects less than 6% of test subjects (even if it's death). It would be nice to see some regulation with MJ at least so that if people are using it, it's in a medium that is safer than smoking it. You DO need your lungs for the rest of your life... :shrug:

Oh and I am a firm believer of decriminalizing all drugs. I am also a firm believer that some drugs just DO NOT need to be manufactured to start with, but if you're making them, decriminalize them. It's hypocritical to make it in mass production, then deny it to feed the prison (racket) industry. A rigged game that feeds addictions and the pockets of the rich. Pretty much, poop or get off the pot yo.
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Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Postby conebeckham » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:48 pm

Good post, Orgyen!
I agree with everything you say.

The situation here in CA is, quite frankly, ridiculous. Yes, it has (limited) benefit in medicine. But getting a "card" to a cannabis club is cake....I'd say 75% of cannabis club members are just potheads, plain and simple. I suppose "self-medicating" is a whole 'nother issue, but it's a bit of a joke....and I'll admit I'm "ex-chronic" myself, in my High School years. If it were legal for all, there wouldn't be much of a trend up or down, out here on the Left Coast, that's for sure.
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Re: Real Marijuana as Herbal Medicine?

Postby Lhug-Pa » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:34 pm

Even though the tar is thicker in smoking Cannabis, I think that it still has less carcinogens than cigarettes. Marijuana still should not be smoked though (unless of course you don't care much about your health). And sometimes you don't know what type of artificial synthetic chemicals it could be laced with.

As for ingesting Cannabis, I think it could possibly be worked with in a Shamanistic way (empowering with Mantras, etc.); that is if we are sincere, as opposed to using that as an excuse to indulge in it recreationally.

An occultist teacher once said that the Elemental of Cannabis is very "tricky", and unless this Elemental is worked with properly (with precise Magical or Shamanistic methods), the use of Marijuana could lead to mental problems (or further stimulate already-existing ones) for some people, or even open up doors to provocations of some sort.
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