Marijuana as Medicine
The synthetic solution failed because Marinol is only marginally effective.
The difference between marijuana and THC was apparent from the outset. Cancer patients quickly discovered smoking marijuana is far more effective than swallowing oral THC pills.
Why is inhaled marijuana superior to synthetic THC?
Speed of delivery: When inhaled, marijuana reduces nausea and vomiting in five to ten minutes.(50) Marinol, when ingested, takes 1 to 4 hours to start working. This gives patients plenty of time to throw-up the pill.
Control of Dose: Marijuana, when inhaled, works so quickly patients can exercise very fine control over their dose. Once relief is achieved they simply stop smoking. Inversely, a patient exercises NO control over an oral dose; once the pill is swallowed all further control is lost. Moreover, because oral THC takes so long to work, and works so erratically and unpredictably, patients may take a second oral dose. Little wonder adverse psychological effects are far more common among people employing oral Marinol than among those smoking marijuana.
**Chemical Composition: **Marijuana, like all naturally occurring substances, is chemically complex. Marijuana has more than 400 chemical ingredients. Little is known about which chemical ingredients -- or what combinations of ingredients -- are responsible for the plant's multiple therapeutic actions.
It is a misconception that cancer (and other) patients use marijuana to get stoned.
They use it to be able to lead as normal a life (go to work, raise a family, etc.) as possible. The ability to control the dosage to such fine a degree is what makes smoking marijuana simply the best delivery method available.
My brother died of the same cancer that Steve Kubby has (and was about the same age). There was no known treatment simply because the cancer was (and still is) so very rare. So my brother died 15 years ago. But Steve Kubby is alive today because he smoked marijuana for purely medical reasons. Not to get stoned. Just to stop feeling so utterly horrid from the cancer (because of my brother I am aware of just how horrid it can be).
Steve Kubby - Cancer patient
All other patients with this diagnosis have had a 100% mortality rate within five years. His physician, Dr. Vincent DeQuattro, a specialist from the USC School of Medicine, monitored his condition and treated him with conventional therapies, including chemotherapy, until referring him to the Mayo Clinic in 1981 for yet another surgery and radiation.
For the next 25 years, Kubby claimed to control the symptoms of his disease solely by smoking medical marijuana and by maintaining a healthy diet. His original doctor, an expert on this condition shocked to learn he was still alive, said, “In some amazing fashion, this medication has not only controlled the symptoms of the pheochromocytoma, but in my view, has arrested its growth.”
I have taken barbituates almost my entire life. I have epilepsy. Because of this narcotic, I do not have seizures and am able to live a normal life.
Until you have a disease that requires extreme measures such as taking marijuana or barbituates just to live normally, you can not appreciate these drugs as medicines.
First walk a mile in their shoes and then you will begin to understand.
And then thank the Lord that you are healthy and do not need “narcotics” simply so you can live a normal life.
Go with Love, Go with God