Why Marijuana?

I see that Delaware has become the 16th state in the USA to legalise the use of marijuana for “people diagnosed with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, decompensated cirrhosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, intractable nausea … (etc)”.  There is quite a lot of pressure for other states to follow suit.

I’m all for allowing its use if it helps people with these terrible diseases.  I can’t believe anybody would be so rigid in their anti-drug stance that they would deny it for medical purposes if it would help.

But I still do not understad in what way it does help!  I’ve tried to find out from the online sites that strongly promotes its use, just what is so good about it, but can’t find anything specific.  All I can gather is that it does help relieve pain. 

As I’ve said before, with Don’s MS the pain doesn’t seem to be an issue so it’s not really relevant to us.  But if it was I think we’d be trying the pain-relieving medications that are so prolific nowadays, and also are so very effective.  I talk to a pallliative care nurse for example and she tells me there is no reason for anybody nowadays to experience the unbearable pain that she used to witness often.

I’m not being dogmatic about this, just wanting to know.  Is marijuana a better pain-reliever than the prescription medications?  Or is there some other advantage to the use of marijuana that I don’t know about?

If somebody knows more about this than I do, please enlighten me.

Marijuana and MS

Every now and then, somebody will ask if we have ever considered getting some marijuana for Don.  There are reports that it can help MS sufferers.  We have in fact discussed the possibility — or rather, I have, because Don is strongly against the idea.

Last time it was raised, I said, “If we did want to do it, I have absolutely no idea how I would go about getting some, who would I ask? where would I go to get it?” — a comment that was met with incredulity because apparently anybody can get marijuana at the drop of a hat.  Yes, even staid elderly-looking people like myself.  Although I still don’t know how or where.

But what is its benefit? I’m not clear about what exactly it does to help MS sufferers.  Except as a pain reliever, but Don experiences very little pain with his MS; pain has never been an issue with the disease for him.  Articles about it seem to focus more on how you go about getting it, and why it should be legalised for medical use, and whether there is significant lung damage from smoking it, etc, than describing what are the specific reasons for its use.

http://newsfuzion.com/2011/03/29/dr-oz-covers-the-legalized-medical-marijuana-controversy/

The only “alternative” treatment Don has tried is LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone), and I’ve said before how pleased I am with its effects.  Only, one side-effect of the LDN is nausea and stomach-ache, and Don has had that quite badly over the past week.  To the extent that maybe he needs a puff of pot after all, just to relieve the pain and discomfort.  So what is my next step?  Sidle up to a likely-looking character in a pub? Speak out of the corner of my mouth to a shady-looking loner?

Nah.  He’ll just have to put up with it, I’m afraid.