Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, February 03, 2006

WindsorStar LTE:First do no harm

Letter to the Editor,
Windsor Star,
167 Ferry St.,
Windsor, Ontario,
Canada N9A 4M5

Dear Sir/Madam,


ref: (Editorial, Jan 30 2006) see http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=4b9aa7c8-397a-4fcd-86df-bfb13b602309


First do no harm

Editorializing on medical efficacy (or not) of cannabinoids for pregnant woman has demonstrated that in the public discourse on illegal substances, science flies out the window. [Pot and Pregnancy a bad mix./30Jan06]

While Victoria University researchers have found smoking a little cannabis does produce the well known anti emetic effect, so too does ingesting cannabis's 'evidential' goodness via an infusion. British Pharmacopoeia pre 1950 describes such 'grannies special tea' for morning sickness and a whole lot more besides. For many Caribbean woman, the taking of 'the herbal tea' is culturally normalized - so much so that during confinement smoking ganja is left entirely to the menfolk. Research by **Harvard Medical School found newborns [neonates] from both heavy smokers and 'tea' drinkers performed inexplicably better across a raft of tests. Victoria research merely validates what many folk know from lore. It maybe speculative but it sure looks logical; that better retention of (available) nutrition may account for the measurable physiological advantage that accrues to the child and all accomplished with minimal [if any] toxicological downside. It demonstrates cannabis usage is better mediated by normalized behaviors than by laws and prejudices. In the complex fields of pre/post natal, pediatric and mother care, stress is to be avoided.. The alternative, although not posited directly in your Windsor Star editorial, is Jail. This radical intervention has been found wanting in failing to produce any useful outcomes for mother or child. Effacious societal norms are the conservative, cheapest and healthiest policy, so lets avoid the license to toke prejudice and First Do No Harm.



Blair Anderson
Director, Educators For Sensible Drug Policy
http://www.efsdp.org
50 Wainoni Road.
Christchurch, New Zealand 8006

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**NB
PREGNANCY AND CANNABIS BABIES

Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica: An Ethnographic Study Melanie C. Dreher, PhD; Kevin Nugent, PhD; and Rebekah Hudgins, MA

Measurements and main results.

Exposed and nonexposed neonates were compared at 3 days and 1 month old, using the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale, including supplementary items to capture possible subtle effects. There were no significant differences between exposed and nonexposed neonates on day 3. At 1 month, the exposed neonates showed better physiological stability and required less examiner facilitation to reach organized states. The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers."


"A maxim for the twenty-first century might well be to start by not fighting evil in the name of good, but by attacking the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found." Tzvetan Todorov
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