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

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Uni researchers in cannabis breakthrough

> University researchers have found that an oral spray substance based on extracts from cannabis plants could become crucial in the fight against cancer.

> Doctors say the spray works by activating molecules...

(as reported in 'The Student" - Scottish Student Newspaper of ths Year 2009)

Which gives lie to the notion that cannabis is NOT medicine. However it works, folk have been benefiting from this 'academic breakthrough' mechanism for thousands of years.

> The medical spray has been developed so that it does not affect the mental state of the patient, therefore not producing a ‘high’ normally associated with cannabis consumption.

For those for whom pain is a unendurable chronic experience the 'high' can and often is, a crucial part of the therapeutic model. That is not to discount the experience - folk for whom the trepidation of even a slightly altered state of mind (no matter how good it might feel)is simply immoral medicine might also like to direct their research bequests to stripping morphine sulphate of its 'heady' effects. One cannot [it seems] have medicine that is is remotely risky AND 'enjoyable'.

> The authors warn that the results do not support the recreational smoking of cannabis, which can increase risk of cancer.

Nor, rather crucially, do these results support the continuing prohibition of this plants herbal supplementary qualities. The 'recreational' aspect of which is a valid experiential titration that moderates risk when needed.

The reference to risk of cancer, in this case is objectively laughable and brings the balance of the 'value' of this new 'medicalized' herb into disrepute. Mild, Moderate and Heavy Cannabis use does not correlate to cancer risk has been shown convincingly (n=>64000) by Kaiser Permanente whereas tobacco and alcohol does.

It is IMPORTANT to understand the difference between distorted and misrepresented conclusions and enabled health promotion, Only by removing apparent double standards surrounding neighbouring intoxicants are we able to to ensure and protect informed choice.

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