But I thought Medical Marijuana Was a Hoax?

The left hand says

Existing Legal Drugs Provide Superior Treatment for Serious Medical Conditions
The FDA has approved safe and effective medication for the treatment of glaucoma, nausea, wasting syndrome, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
Marinol, the synthetic form of THC (the psychoactive ingredient contained in marijuana), is already legally available for prescription by physicians whose patients suffer from pain and chronic illness.

The right hand said (in a 2003 Patent application!):

Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation
associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease,

Setting aside the immorality of the United States government granting itself a patent on something – I find myself reminded of something asked of Senator McCarthy:

“You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

I think even Kafka would consider the U.S. government’s behavior with respect to marijuana too outlandish to write a story about.

I am an anarcho-capitalist living just west of Boston Massachussetts. I am married, have two children, and am trying to start my own computer consulting company.
  • http://n/a A. Stern


    In addition to the fact that synthetic THC/Marinol is absurdly expensive — which limits Marinol’s availability to people with tons of money or to people with the right insurance plan — Marinol has distinct disadvantages.

    According to the American College of Physicians*:

    “While useful for some, these drugs [Marinol & Nabilone] have serious limitations. The oral route of administration hampers the effectiveness of THC because of slow absorption. In addition, for patients with severe nausea and vomiting, for whom oral THC is indicated, swallowing a pill may not be feasible.”

    “The oral, synthetic THC has low and variable bioavailability. Oral THC is slow in onset of action but produces more pronounced, and often unfavorable, psychoactive effects that last much longer than those experienced with smoking.”

    “On the other hand, smoked THC is quickly absorbed into the blood and effects experienced immediately. Studies have found that patients prefer the immediate effect on symptoms that occurs after smoking marijuana.” END QUOTE

    In addition, Marinol lacks several of the therapeutic compounds available in natural cannabis. Cannabis contains over 60-something unique compounds known as cannabinoids — in addition to naturally occurring terpenoids (oils) and flavonoids (phenols) — that act in a synergistic fashion to create cannabis’ wide array of healing properties.

    Marinol’s active ingredient is an analogue of the single most psychoactive of the cannabinoids, delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC). Problem is, other cannabinoids (like CBN/cannabinol & CBD/cannabidiol), terpenoids, and oils with therapeutic value are left out of the Marinol equation.

    For example, cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, has been clinically demonstrated to have analgesic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antipsychotic, antinausea, and anti-rheumatoid arthritic properties. Animal and human studies have shown CBD to possess anti-convulsant properties, particularly in the treatment of epilepsy.

    While drugs like Marinol and Nabilone should remain available, as they have been helpful to some, the superiority of real cannabis for many contexts and conditions should not be obscured.

    *Source: American College of Physicians (ACP), “Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana,” January 2008

    The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second largest physician group in the United States, representing 124,000 member doctors specializing in internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology and infectious diseases.

    The ACP publishes “Annals of Internal Medicine,” the most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world.

    Here’s a link to the whole paper:


  • http://pith-n-vinegar.blogspot.com Quincy

    tarran –

    There’s a sick sense of beauty in this post. Nice work.

  • Scott

    There is a way to extract the oils and resins in the dried herbal plant. A man in Massachusetts has a patent for the extraction process, and it provides the full range of the herb’s available 60-something constituents, so the oral extract is ‘holistic’, like whole wheat. It could be made into large gel capsules like lecithin or vitamin E. Or, it might be added to food stuffs.

    The Israeli’s found that many of their soldiers had PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with suicidal impulses. Now, many American GI’s returning from the middle east are experiencing the same disease, and the already under-budgeted VA Hospital’s are brushing these vets off saying, “It is a pre-existing condition they had before the war.”

    But the Israeli’s found that boiling dried cannabis, (probably obtained from police evidence lockers and confiscated off the black market) , produced a cough syrup-like oil that the soldiers could take in tablespoons 3 or 4 times a day. Well, it worked for the Israeli’s, and it can work for us too.

    Simply have the cops send their contraband to a government program that boils it in Mazola or Wesson, bottles it, and distributes it to VA hospitals. A scientific study could be underway in a very short time, and lives could be saved.

    Over 7 thousand returning Iraq war veterans have commit suicide, and it appears that there is a crisis at the VA hospitals. Dozens and dozens a week are dying, and they could be saved.

    The AMA, the IOM, and the American College of Physicians have been asking for a research program, and a source of raw materials to do the research so badly needed. Well here are two ideas. Have the police supply it, and boil it in vegetable oil for soldiers to take like cough syrup, in tablespoon doses, 3 or 4 times a day.

    So what are we waiting for ???

  • Pete

    Scott, two words. Reefer Madness. Members of senate and congress are all almost in the generation where they believe that marijuana is a ‘devil drug’. It is as if they are brainwashed. I believe it will be quite some time before we will have marijuana regulated.

  • A. Stern


    When weighing the “Pros & Cons of Marijuana as Medicine,” it is important to keep in mind there are many delivery methods — besides SMOKING — including:

    1. VAPORIZERS – a relatively new technology/device that draws heated air through the cannabis (marijuana), releasing the beneficial properties in a vapor or fine mist, which is inhaled into the lungs.

    Because vaporization occurs at temperatures much lower than actual combustion, the carcinogenic potential of smoked cannabis is largely eliminated.

    According to a June 2006 article in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

    ” Vaporization offers patients who use medical cannabis the advantages of the pulmonary routes of administration … while avoiding the respiratory disadvantages of smoking.”

    “Using the (brand name) device for the pulmonary administration of THC, a delivery is reached that is comparable to smoking, but without the presence of degradation products or harmful byproducts in significant amounts.”

    — Hazecamp, A., et al., “Evaluation of a Vaporizing Device (brand-name) for the Pulmonary Administration of Tetrahydrocannabinol,” Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, June 2006

    2. CANNABIS-INFUSED BUTTERS AND OILS FOR COOKING & BAKING – Many patients use the marijuana leaves or flowers (BUDS) to make cannabis butter or oil that can be cooked, baked, or added into foods like brownies, cookies, cakes, CHOCOLATES, spaghetti sauce, tamales, and even ice cream, to name just a few. Oils also can be added to salads, veggies, yogurt, etc…Or as Scott pointed out, cannabis can be made into a syrup too!

    3. CANNABIS TINCTURES – a medicinal extract can be made using an alcohol or glycerin solution. Tinctures are a great option to avoid the respiratory implications of smoking.

    Until the scandalous “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937,” well known pharmaceutical companies — like Eli Lilly & Co; Merck; Parke-Davis & Co (today known as Pfizer, Inc); Squibb & Sons (today known as Bristol-Myers-Squibb); and Sharp & Dome (today a part of Merck & Co.) — made cannabis tinctures that were many times more potent than any cannabis strain grown today. If abused, these tinctures could put you to sleep for a while; BUT you always woke up! (I wish I could say the same for modern FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, which kill tens of thousands of people per year).

    4. CANNABIS TEAS AND TONICS – The leaves or the bud of the plant can be dissolved/boiled in water, milk, or alcohol to make teas, tonics and even fruit smoothies. In India cannabis tea have been made for centuries.

    5. CANNABIS **PILLS** MADE OUT OF REAL CANNABIS – Like Scott has already said, with access to real/natural cannabis, you can make your own cannabis pills, for a fraction of Marinol’s cost. You can buy kits to make the pills on the internet, already!

    And Marinol contains only one (THC) of the 60-something cannabinoids found in real cannabis, which is one of the reasons many patients find real cannabis superior to synthetic THC/Marinol.

    6. CANNABIS BALMS & RUBS – Some patients find that cannabis balms help relieve arthritic pain as well as reduce muscle spasms.

    There are more delivery methods for cannabis, but these are some of the more popular methods.

    ** I realize that a lot of readers already know this stuff, but I’m trying to reach the people “on the fence,” or the people who have not heard the truth yet…

    Scott, where did you find the info on the Israeli soldiers Med MariJ program? I’ve been trying to get info about that program for a while, but I haven’t had any success, past a basic description of the program.

    With the U.S. sending troops already traumatized soldiers back into war, there will be a lot of soldiers dealing with the crippling effects of PTSD.

    BTW, nice article tarran. The Hoax, of course — that has a lot of our elected official still “spellbound” — was “The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937” and the 70+years of “Reefer Madness” that has followed.

    The FEDS are destroying any freedom we once had and turning the U.S. into “the land of the incarcerated.”

    Caging sick people and/or stealing their medicine is a historic low for the Feds…There was a day when the U.S. was “THE model” for a humane criminal justice system.

    Now, the U.S. is teaching the rest of the world how to interfere with Medicine by attacking their sick and dying citizens…And how to create a cheap source of labor by locking people up for consensual activity (even for following a doctor’s recommendations).

    The U.S. has become a very scary place: WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN JAIL THAN CHINA.

  • Nicholas

    Help me out here. Is the govt claiming that it has a Cannabinoid which is non-psychoactive? Is that the breakthrough?

    Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to
    NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids
    useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation
    associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and
    autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular
    application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological
    damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the
    treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease,
    Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such
    as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid
    toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses
    useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed
    class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula
    (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group
    consisting of H, CH3, and COCH3.

  • http://www.themarinol.com Buy Marinol

    I really like how your wrote the post and got me thinking about when I was in chemo treatment about 6 years ago. The nurses last resort was offering my Marinol to aid my vomiting and nausea.

    How is it now a days? do they offer it quicker?