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

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Robert Melamede, Dr. Cannabis

Dr. Cannabis

Whether the issues are legal or logistical, medical marijuana advocates say the system isn't achieving its potential.

"Patients need high-quality stuff, and [many of them] can't grow it themselves. Then, we don't have enough dispensaries," says Dr. Robert Melamede, a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor who calls himself a "nationally known pro-cannabis scientist."

Melamede, a biology professor and former head of the UCCS biology department, teaches various classes at the school including Biology 408, "Endocannabinoids and Medical Marijuana."

"What endocannabinoids" — that is, cannabis chemicals produced by our bodies — "do is help protect us from free-radical damage, which, in general, is responsible for aging. They literally regulate everything in our bodies," says Melamede. "There are huge medicinal benefits to cannabinoids, both endo- and exo-."
Melamede has written peer-reviewed scientific research that shows pot doesn't just quell nausea and muscle pain, but actually can remedy biochemical imbalances. It can effectively treat high blood pressure and depression. Melamede argues it can even kill cancer cells.

Never mind that the federal government says pot sizzles your brain like a fried egg. Melamede says cannabis actually protects brain cells and serves as an effective anti-aging drug.

"There are many uses that have not been officially recognized," he says. His Web site even hints that weed could help reduce the lethal degree of bird flu, should it one day spread among humans.

Blair Anderson
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