Latest Posts

“The truth about marijuana,” guest column by Ken Wolski in The Times of Trenton

Follow Us!Share This!The truth about marijuana Times of Trenton October 01, 2015 By Guest Columnist Ken Wolski The article, “Under the influence” (Times of Trenton, 9/27/15) is full of misinformation about marijuana. It is a good example of why we are not making any progress in reducing the harms that are associated with drug use. Dr. Singh is quoted as saying that marijuana can lead “users to be at higher risk for developing psychosis.” This is nonsense. There has never…
Read more

Medical Cannabis

Worldwide Campaign: Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes is a Human Right

Follow Us!Share This!Patients Out of Time – An international consortium of medical cannabis organisations are demanding that humans, regardless of state or allegiance and without qualification, be able to use cannabis therapeutically. In a joint declaration, the organisations from Europe and North America refer to Article 3 of the Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The declaration is the beginning of a worldwide campaign on the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. The declaration was…
Read more

Public Policy

Multiple Sclerosis

Follow Us!Share This!Both Ladd and Barbara live in Iowa. Both have been ill for years. Decades ago Ladd found out that the US government was giving medical cannabis to certain patients for their illnesses through the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program. He has multiple sclerosis (MS) and he found through personal experimentation that his symptoms improved and the disease was put in a remission-like state when he used cannabis regularly. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disorder that results…
Read more

Therapeutic Effects

The AMA and Medical Cannabis

Follow Us!Share This! During the month of November 2009 the American Medical Association made an announcement about medical cannabis that was met with enthusiasm by some advocates of medicinal treatment with cannabis. This author does not see the recent comments by the AMA as instructive, compassionate or relevant to the world wide research published on the subject. The AMA cautiously wants more “study”, patients want cannabis. Cannabis is a plant that is intricate to the human body’s balance, homeostasis, acting…
Read more

Cannabis Research

Daniel

Follow Us!Share This!I never have met Dan’s mother but we have talked on the phone a good bit and by email. It was in one of those first written notes that she got my attention. I was riveted on her words. “Al, I gave the Marine Corps a fine young man, eager to serve his fellow Marines and his country and look what they gave me back”. His mom has a full length cardboard cutout of her son in his…
Read more

Veteran Issues

Cathy

Follow Us!Share This!My recollection is that I met Cathy about the time I had first heard about her illness and her success in combating it. This would have been about 1990. Over fifty years earlier Lou Gehrig spoke to a sell out crowd of fans before his last appearance as the sterling and remarkable “iron man” NY Yankee first baseman and told the crowd, the speakers echoing in the stadium, that he was “the luckiest man alive.” This was quite…
Read more

Therapeutic Effects

A Virginia Nurse Takes on a Tough Issue: Medical Marijuana

Follow Us!Share This!It has been reported to relieve muscle spasms in people with spinal cord injuries, stave off blindness in glaucoma patients and prevent wasting in those living with cancer and AIDS. It might be a highly touted, widely used wonder drug, if it wasn’t for one significant drawback: In most states, it’s illegal. The branding of marijuana as an illegal substance, according to Mary Lynn Mathre, is causing many people with chronic diseases to suffer needlessly or secretly use…
Read more

Public Policy

Medicine’s Abdication to a Cannabis Conspiracy

Follow Us!Share This! It’s true enough what the US federal wordsmiths of spin roll out about there being a conspiracy to make cannabis available to the sick in the United States. There is such a cabal of cannabis crusaders working to undermine the US governments role in determining what medicine(s) they can use, and when, and how. I know most of these people and let me assure you that they are serious about their goal (1). I’m one of the…
Read more

Public Policy

Johnny

Follow Us!Share This! Between 1987 and 1992 I became involved with a Veterans Health Administration and Agent Orange Class Assistance Program that funded Vets, acting as peer counselors, to search out and offer aid to fellow Veterans. All the counselors who did the field work fought in Vietnam as did almost all of the clients or patients. There were a small number of women in the group, all nurses of the Army and Navy. The majority of the guys were…
Read more

Veteran Issues

On-line Medical Cannabis Accreditation

Follow Us!Share This! In 1860 the Ohio State Medical Society met to discuss an agenda that included the treatment of pain. Working in the early years of the Republic meant for most, hard labor. The use of alcohol, almost always in the form of hard cider, was the common man, woman and child’s pain killer and safe to drink liquid. Laudanum and opiates of various sorts were other common pain controls. The conference centered on the cannabis plant, used generously…
Read more

Public Policy