The debate about the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use has enlivened this week with the controversial news of 12-year-old Billy Caldwell having cannabis oil, which he was prescribed to help alleviate his severe epilepsy, confiscated from him after a six-month supply. After being granted an emergency license for the oil, many politicians have been discussing whether the law should be changed. This morning William Hague has ‘urged Theresa May to legalise cannabis, saying the UK’s drug policy is “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date” and that the “battle is effectively over”. (See: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/19/william-hague-theresa-may-legalise-cannabis)
Weed by David Schmader is a comprehensive guide to marijuana and, as such, makes excellent points about medical marijuana and its palliative use for those with epilepsy:
‘Marijuana has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Typically, weed has been used not as an active treatment for disease, but for its palliative effects, which reliably diminish symptoms and side effects of AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis, and have recently shown promise in treating psychological disorders like PTSD.
‘Forever working against the recognition of marijuana as medicine is its ability to get users pleasantly high, which, in the minds of reactionary nimrods, makes all support for medical marijuana tainted by drug-seeking motives. This is one of a million reasons to cherish cannabidiol, popularly abbreviated to CBD. Unlike the popular THC, CBD has zero psychoactive effects, giving users access to weed’s medical benefits without requiring them to get stoned. Marijuana breeders are now creating strains with high levels of CBD and almost no THC, opening medical marijuana treatment possibilities for many patients who don’t want to get high – for example, children with seizure disorders.
‘For sufferers of neurological disorders – ALS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease – marijuana can reduce problematic inflammation, with cannabinoids correcting imbalances in the endocannabinoid system that coincide with neurological degeneration. Specifically, weed has been cited as a treatment for the pain and spasticity of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, for the muscle spasms and tremors of multiple sclerosis, and for seizures related to epilepsy.’
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