Thanks Moshe for this great article. And thanks for your efforts as MK to improve conditions in Israel. I hope your measure succeeds.
Re: the subject of "control" and who wants to exercise it and why – it's my observation that, at least in America, people who have a strong desire to control others in general see any mind altering drug as, literally, unwelcome competition. THEY want to alter your mind themselves – according to THEIR priorities. That's why you see such extreme resistance to any move towards more freedom for the public when it comes to any kind of drug. That's my 2 cents anyway.
Thank you, Moshe. So very well articulated.I ama retired RN and have seensomany patients in end-stage health status who would have benefited greatly from medicinal cannabis. If there just wasn't so much red tape and near impossible odds to receive it. Their lives near the end would have been a little bit easier. Pain control is so important, the controlshouldbebetween patient and doctor. Hatzlacha on getting this law passed.
Comment by Mitch Fourtwenty — October 25, 2013 @ 12:20 AM
It is clear that the majority of ‘medical marijuana users’ enjoy the euphoric ‘high’ of smoking. Today a proper medically measured and produced pill can be ingested for a more accurate desired medicinal effect as organic or synthetic cannabis pills under the names ; Sativex, Drabilnol, Marilnol… and the list goes on.
The medicinal effect of marijuana pills lasts at least 2x longer than by smoking. The dosage is also accurate and without the harmful side effects; cancer (due to deep inhalation) , depression, bi-polar disorder, compromised immune system, compromised serotonin and melatonin production, lethargy, loss of work and wages (and subsequent burden of social assistance/welfare), may also trigger schizophrenia.
In Jewish Law we don’t base opinion on the exceptional cases. Those need to be dealt with on an individual basis. Medical Marijuana pill are tried and true, but they won’t get you high. Do your own research and you’ll see for yourself.
Dr Tashkin… who??? Studies from the following disagree with Tashkin and agree with writenut regarding dangers of smoking Marijuana; Columbia University Study on Marijuana, Harvard University Marijuana Substance Abuse, Mayo Clinic Study, New England Journal of Medicine (various)… etc.
When we do research its to find the truth, not what we want to hear.
Jesus specifically told his disciples to “anoint” people. That anointing took place using a specific formula made from a recipe found in the Old Testament book of Exodus.
That recipe (Exodus 30:23) includes about 6 pounds of “kaneh-bosen”.
According to many biblical scholars, “kaneh-bosen” was/is Marijuana.
Most of the diseases mentioned as being healed miraculously after anointing are, curiously, the same ones that cannabis can heal today. Things like epilepsy, leprosy, and “crooked limbs” (an obvious reference to multiple sclerosis).
23 Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. 26 And thous shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, 27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick ahd his vessels, and the altar of incense, 28 And the altar of burnt offerings with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot. 29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
Comment by Malcolm Kyle — October 26, 2013 @ 11:53 AM
1) Tobacco is cancer causing largely because it delivers specific carcinogens such as NNK and NNAL that are not present in cannabis. Not all "tar" is created equal, and tobacco has some of the most carcinogenic types of tar known to science, whereas cannabis does not.
2) Cannabis (marijuana) use is associated with a DECREASE in several types of cancer… potentially even providing a protective effect against tobacco and alcohol related cancer development.
Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.
Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.
"Components of cannabis smoke minimize some carcinogenic pathways whereas tobacco smoke enhances some. Both types of smoke contain carcinogens and particulate matter that promotes inflammatory immune responses that may enhance the carcinogenic effects of the smoke. However, cannabis typically down-regulates immunologically-generated free radical production by promoting a Th2 immune cytokine profile. Furthermore, THC inhibits the enzyme necessary to activate some of the carcinogens found in smoke. In contrast, tobacco smoke increases the likelihood of carcinogenesis by overcoming normal cellular checkpoint protective mechanisms through the activity of respiratory epithelial cell nicotine receptors. Cannabinoids receptors have not been reported in respiratory epithelial cells (in skin they prevent cancer), and hence the DNA damage checkpoint mechanism should remain intact after prolonged cannabis exposure. Furthermore, nicotine promotes tumor angiogenesis whereas cannabis inhibits it."
So there we have it: Tobacco Causes Cancer and Cannabis Prevents Cancer – even when smoked!
Comment by Malcolm Kyle — October 26, 2013 @ 11:54 AM
Here is a list of 25 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. Note that the consistent theme between them is that marijuana shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells.