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Letter: sick people and those who help them will still face arrest
Don Barnard, Legalise Cannabis Alliance
Wednesday 27 Dec 2006
REGARDLESS of the THC4MS trial outcome, sick people and those who help
them will still face arrest and possible imprisonment.
Pain and discomfort come in a range of unpleasant flavours - nausea,
sickness, throbbing, itching, aching, stabbing, stinging, pounding,
piercing. But all have one thing in common. Those who endure it want it
Why is there such pressure in favour of the use of synthetics or THC
Marinol (Dronabinol) and Nabilone rather than natural cannabis, to the
extent that researchers and sick people who wish to use the latter are
forced to use the former instead?
Most widely used analgesics today are essentially "folk remedies" that
have served for centuries: morphine and other opiates derive from the
opium poppy, and aspirin comes from willow bark. Although these
treatments can give relief, each has its limitations.
Aspirin and other non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, such as
ibuprofen, cannot ease the most severe types of discomfort. And even
opiates, generally the strongest medicines, do not work for everyone.
Moreover, they can have serious side effects, and patients tend to
become tolerant to them, requiring escalating doses to get any relief.
People living with a serious illness experiencing one or more of the
discomforts above who use cannabis regard the harmful effects as a
calculated risk. They do not give a hoot whether scientific evidence
shows that cannabis is not efficacious medicine , or that it is
potentially harmful. What they hope for is it might make them live as
close to a healthy, productive life .
Why is there such determined resistance to the provision of natural
cannabis for therapeutic purposes?
Legalise Cannabis Alliance
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