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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Smoke weed every day

Marijuana apparently is less likely than tobacco to cause lung cancer, at least according to this report. While this is great news to those who like the ganja ( and i have been known to be a fan), i am not really sure this piece of news is fairly accurate for 2 reasons: 1) It's written for a medical journal called "Harm reduction". Harm reduction is the method anti-drug law supporters preferr to prohibition; it states that we should educate people about drugs and drug use, since they are gonna use it anyway. Kind of like the drugs answer to sex education if you will. So you can see why such a report in such a journal might be slightly biased here. 2) This sentence: "the review noted that there's increasing evidence that marijuana can improve the lives of patients with a broad range of health problems, including insomnia, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease" Ok, i can buy the insomnia one, cause smoking weed makes you sleepy. I can also buy the AIDS one, because it combats nausea and makes you eat various types of food in large quantities, as opposed to AIDS which causes you to lose appetite and throw up. The Alzheimer disease one though, ehhhh, yeah, not so sure about that one; I doubt that a drug that makes you forget and messes with your memory will help you with a disease that makes you forget and messes with your memory. Maybe it makes you forget to forget your memory? Hmm.. Unlikely, but that would be cool. No?


At 10/21/2005 12:32:00 AM, Anonymous Jordan from Left Canada said...

Regarding Alzheimer, I can completely see how marijuana would be very helpful... perhaps just to reduce the awful symptoms.

I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for about four years. I start smoking pot to help combat the constant fatigue, memory loss, and concentration problems. (along with a whole mess of legal medications)

It doesn't any way reduce the fatigue and cognitive problems, but it helps you tolerate it. Its like "turning down the volume" on life's annoyances.

That being said, marijuana is difficult to get, it doesn't work at all on bad days, and the body develops a tolerance to pot very quickly. These problems would be easy to address if pot had the same legal rights as prescription grade heroine.

FYI, I never smoked pot prior to being diagnosed with CFS... it was due to a motorcycle accident (usually the first question).

Marijuana's biggest drawback is that it DOES reduce ambition... keep it away from highschool kids!


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