A Price Guide For Antique Cannabis Medicines


IS Medical Cannabis Effective?
      AND Superior to Other Anti-Nausea Drugs?
            AND to What Degree?

The author will neither debate nor argue about what by now has become so obvious.   Here I simply state it as an established fact, with the only issues left to be resolved involving the exact extent of its superiority.

However, before going into the subject, this author wants to clarify one point as best he can.   That being that we should not allow ourselves TO FALL into the old, "Medical Cannabis MUST BE SUPERIOR" or else it legal (medical) use should NOT BE ALLOWED.   Hey, wait a minute here, STOP.   If I may use an analogy, isn't Aspirin inferior to other, much more expensive drugs?   And if so, does this mean that Aspirin of-and-by itself, should be outlawed?   Sound silly, maybe, but then why should Medical Marihuana be held to other standards?

One could name numerous drugs in used today that are, "NOT AS EFFECTIVE" as others, yet consumers freely choose to use them because they are far cheaper, or more widely accessible, or easier to use, or just come with more readable instructions etc. I know that if I had a choice of using a less effective drug, but one that didn't come with a lot of undesirable side-effects, that I would look closely into it. Point being made, well maybe Thomas Jefferson worded it best:

"If people let government decide what foods they eat and what Medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."
Which maybe is another way of saying that when I look up in the sky, I don't see Fidel Castro's commie flag, or an Islamic crescent up there, I see the Stars and Stripes.   Ok, enough said on that matter.


QUESTION:   Exactly, how MUCH MORE effective is Medical Cannabis (as opposed to other alternative anti-nausea agents), in combating the weakening effects of Chemotherapy?
ANSWER:   Data taken from various old studies and foreign research seem to put the answer at about 20%.

QUESTION:   So why isn't Medical Marihuana FDA approved?
ANSWER:   The answer is simple: Because it's been effectively [1][2] against the law to do medical research on Marihuana for the last 30 years. NO medical research, NO FDA approval. This fact alone should raise a red flag within the reader. Why should the Federal Government want to outlaw medical research period. I mean, I could see it if Medical Marihuana was a new bacteria from Mars that may endanger the whole of the planet, but with Medical marihuana, something smells rotten in Denmark, I say. And indeed it does, proof is now coming out that the Fed's have known for years (and have even gone so far as to censor a studies), that showed Cannabis of-and-by-itself seems to have the power to fight and reduce Cancer tumors. [3]

QUESTION:   If it's effectively against the law to do medical research on Cannabis, where did the 20% (superior performance) figure come from?
ANSWER:   The figure comes from various sources, granted the exact numbers are debatable, but not the basic premises:
  • Foreign Private/Governmental Sources: Contrary to what the narc's would have you think, the United States is the exception to the rule. Each year more and more nations allow their doctors to prescribe the use of Medical Marihuana for their patients. And while true, I would question the authority of (let us say) the Upper Botswanan medical authority, I feel safe in saying that most Americans would recognize the numerous European/Canadian medical establishments. Most of which now feel that Cannabis is medically sound, medically safe, and medically effective.

  • The Marinol Studies: Inside the very studies used to obtain FDA approval for Marinol, (a synthetic form of Medical Cannabis) themselves is the fact that actual Medical Cannabis [the plant] will work in certain cases where their synthetic drug would NOT. And why, one might ask, was Marinol, allowed by the narcotics police to have FDA approval? Answer, because at the time there were a whole-lot-of-people where were not responding well to other established anti-nausea drugs. In other words for some percentage of the population it is Medical Cannabis [the plant] or nothing. ---- As an aside, if Medical Cannabis has "No Medical Uses" as the narcotics police today claim, then why was Marinol given FDA approve? Hmm! I feel the question is already answered, but an interesting one anyway.

  • The 1960's/1970 Cancer Studies: The reader can see short summaries of these studies at the [original found at ] These studies, essentially were done during the brief (in-between) hiatus just after the old FBN was abolished and today's DEA created. A quick scan shows that in all but two of them, more cancer patients chose to use Medical Cannabis, as opposed to any other alternative. In addition, if you add all the numbers up, Medical Cannabis once more comes out on top.

  • NIC Studies: The NCI (National Cancer Institute) after numerous investigations into the matter, has made only two public statements:
    1--First that there is no evidence one way or the other, as to whether Medical Marihuana is effective as an anti-chemotherapy agent. Which is government talk for, "After spending more than 30 years and squandering millions of dollars on studies, trying to prove that Medical Marihuana does NOT work, we haven't succeeded."
    2--Second, that Medical Marihuana has been clinically shown to work faster than other anti-chemotherapy agents do. I think they call it the "Speed of absorption factor" In other words (even they admit) that Medical marihuana is superior to other anti-chemotherapy agents -- including Marinol, because it's absorbed by the body quicker (in other words it works faster) than the other so-called, "Alternatives to Medical Marihuana. And believe me, if your body is suffering from the effects of chemotherapy, those extra minutes or hours can make a big difference -- especially if you happen to be on the borderline between surviving and not surviving the chemotherapy treatment.
QUESTION:   Does anyone have any Negative scientific studies?
ANSWER:  I always begin this subject, by asking the following question, "Does anyone out there have any evidence of Medical Marihuana inferiority?" Almost always the silence of the tomb follows, no one (not the narc's, not no one), seems to be able to point to any independent clinical studies confirming their position. [Note, here we are talking about independent scientific studies, NOT something that has been paid for and run by the narc's [4] ]

I also want to point out, that there exists the testimonials of so many thousands, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands (possible even millions) of our fellow American citizens. And their testimonial must be taken into account, or does the reader think that they are all faking it, just so many sons and daughters of the Unwashed Hippie.

These are people that come from all walks of life and from every part of our country. People of different economic and social groups, of different races, ages, etc. People with only one thing in common - they've all decided to vote against the anti-Medical Marihuana laws with their feet. As one ex-law enforcement official (who used to imprison Marihuana users before developing cancer) so well put it - "I've tried the other (anti-chemo therapy) stuff and it didn't work."

Are the testimonials of so many thousands of our fellow (other wise law abiding) American citizens to be ignored. What is proof (of Medical Marihuana's benefits) if not the testimony of so many thousands of our fellow American citizens. These are people that are risking everything just for the chance to live (to survive cancer) or just to improve the quality of life.
  • They risk drug forfeiture asset laws
  • They risk their children being taken away from them
  • They risk jail, the taking away of their very liberties
  • They risk loosing their very right to human dignity, - the label DRUG ABUSERS

[1]-- Effectively against the law meaning that, if one wants to do medical research on (say) aspirin, one simply gets some off the shelf and starts in. If you want to do medical research of Marihuana however, where is one going to get the Marihuana? You have to get permits from (drug) law enforcement officials in Washington. These permits are seldom (very, very) seldom ever given. Thus making it "EFFECTIVELY" against the law to do medical research on the subject. It should also be pointed out that other federal agencies, such as the National Cancer Institute have bitterly opposed this policy, but at this time the policy is still in place.
[2]-- NOTE; Some brakes in that policy are now taking place, with some very limited medical studies taking place. However, this happened only after the passage of numerous State Medical Marihuana Initiatives (and the ensuing publicity), re-legalizing its medical uses -- at least at the State level.
[3]-- Mention of this study is referenced to elsewhere, here however, we must limit our ourselves ONLY to the subject of Medical Cannabis as an anti-Nausea agent.
[4]-- For many years there has been a study that is used by the medical marijuana prohibitionists about marijuana killing brain cells. It is the Heath/Tulane University study, in which Rhesus monkeys had been strapped into chairs and pumped the equivalent of 63 Colombian strength joints in five minutes, through gas masks , loosing no air and having none provided. Doctor Heath correctly identified that the monkeys died from dead brain cells. What he did not identify was that the monkeys dead brain cells were due to suffocation. Three to five minutes of oxygen deprivation causes brain damage - dead brain cells courtesy of the Red Cross Lifesaving and Water Safety Manual.


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