The prohibition of cannabis has caused a massive delay in research and study of this natural medicine.  Only recently has there been enough acceptance of the benefits of cannabis to allow for legitimate, scientific-based testing to move forward. While we are far from understanding cannabis as a medicine completely, progress is being made.  This page will provide a number of links to recent studies demonstrating the positive benefits of choosing cannabis as part of your health care.

At the same time, more information about the dangers of many prescription drugs is being released.  Prescription drugs not only cause multiple side effects, many of which are horrendous, but are rapidly becoming the street drug of choice of far too many people.  There will also be links below presenting this information.

Choosing to use cannabis as a medicine is a decision which must be weighed carefully.  Patients who have used cannabis can attest to its benefits, which include providing them with an improved quality of life, reducing their dependence on prescription drugs, achieving pain relief that prescription drugs were unable to provide, allowing them more control over their medication in terms of dosage, means of administering the medicine, reduction in medicine costs, etc.

On the other side, there is the lingering stereotype of the "pothead" which still needs to be overcome.  Many people are still stuck in a "reefer madness" mind set which will not accept the possibility that cannabis is legitimate medicine.  Many fear rejection from their friends and family for choosing cannabis.

There is also the fact that cannabis is illegal at the Federal level, and law enforcement at every level still views cannabis as something that is criminal.  Until this attitude is overturned, cannabis patients will face legal issues that simply do not exist for patients who use other medications.  (When was the last time that you heard of an insulin-dependant diabetic being charged with "drug paraphernalia" as a result of needing syringes to manage his disease?)

The ability to choose cannabis is still greatly limited.  But it is growing.  15 states and the District of Columbia now allow for some sort of medical cannabis.  Here in Oregon, we are fortunate that the voters saw the benefits of medical cannabis back in 1998, and passed the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.  Read through the articles linked below, and see for yourself if medical cannabis might provide you with better health, better pain relief, and an overall improved quality of life.

STUDIES DEMONSTRATING THE BENEFITS OF CANNABIS

Cannabis use predicts shorter duration of untreated psychosis and lower levels of negative
symptoms in first-episode psychosis: a South African study

Smoked cannabis reduces pain, improves mood and helps sleep

Cannabis reduced pain intensity and unpleasantness equally

Cannabis-based medicine is effective in reducing pain and sleep disturbance in patients with multiple sclerosis related central neuropathic pain

Clinical Research Concerning Cannabis

 

DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Accidental Drug Poisonings now leading cause of accidental deaths-Opioids account for 40 percent of these fatalities.

Doctors who prescribe a lot of opioids may not be doing so safely.

100,000 Americans Die Each Year from Prescription Drugs

High risk prescription drugs

Center for Disease Control's report on Drug Poisonings-Including Prescription Drug Deaths and Injuries

Over 1 million Emergency visits by older Americans caused by adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals or other types of medications

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Deaths from Marijuana v. 17 FDA-Approved Drugs

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Proposed pot-plant limits spark outcry from medical marijuana supporters - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:31:30 GMT


OregonLive.com

Proposed pot-plant limits spark outcry from medical marijuana supporters
OregonLive.com
Leaders of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees recreational marijuana, have estimated as much as 75 percent of medical marijuana grown in Oregon ends up on the black market. A recent analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive of ...

Urgent Medical Marijuana Call To Action By Compassionate Oregon - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:11:57 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Urgent Medical Marijuana Call To Action By Compassionate Oregon
The Weed Blog (blog)
oregon sb 936 compassionate oregon medical marijuana I just saw an urgent message come onto Oregon Cannabis Connection's Facebook page from Anthony Taylor of Compassionate Oregon. If you live in Oregon and want to help protect Oregon's ...

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2 medical marijuana dispensaries face off in cutthroat fight for prime ... - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:30:10 GMT


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2 medical marijuana dispensaries face off in cutthroat fight for prime ...
OregonLive.com
One Southwest Portland medical marijuana dispensary filed a $400,000 lawsuit this month against the owners of another dispensary, claiming the second business lied on a state registration application to "poach" the first business' clientele. Oregon law ...

Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Rights at Risk with SB936 - Salem-News.Com

- Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:53:43 GMT


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Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Rights at Risk with SB936
Salem-News.Com
While sensible regulations and oversight of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is an honorable goal, SB 936 simply goes too far, costing too many patients their medicine and putting too much of a burden on medical providers. For instance, under this ...
Testimony For Oregon Marijuana Legalization Public HearingThe Weed Blog (blog)
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Cannabuzz Goes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference - The Portland Mercury (blog)

- Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:11:15 GMT


Cannabuzz Goes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference
The Portland Mercury (blog)
Early on a Sunday Morning is hardly the time you want to be standing on a street corner in heavy rain waiting for a BoltBus, but that's where I found myself two weekends ago. I was heading to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference in Eugene, ...

Oregon 'Marijuana Czar' Firing Creates Many Questions - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:15:50 GMT


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Oregon 'Marijuana Czar' Firing Creates Many Questions
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fired marijuana job Tom Burns was the head of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and oversaw the roll out of dispensary licenses. He toured the state participating in speaking engagements, and was considered by many within Oregon state government ...
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Oregon medical marijuana patient says edibles more effective than smoking for ... - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 06 Mar 2015 21:29:12 GMT


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Oregon medical marijuana patient says edibles more effective than smoking for ...
OregonLive.com
Susan Lind-Kane, a medical marijuana patient who lives in Sandy, travels weekly to Canna-Daddy's Wellness Center, a dispensary in Southeast Portland, to pick up the cannabis-infused candies she consumes to help her cope with severe arthritis.

The medical marijuana industry gathers for a conference - The Register-Guard

- Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:53:16 GMT


Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

The medical marijuana industry gathers for a conference
The Register-Guard
Travis Ashley, with High Grade Harvest in Talent, chats with conference attendees during the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference Sunday at the Hilton Eugene. The marijuana industry is predicted to grow by 32 percent this year. (Amiran White/ ...
Medical marijuana on way; will problems follow?Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Recreational pot on minds of medical marijuana professionalsKVAL
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Guest Opinion: Marijuana offers Oregon benefits, drawbacks - Mail Tribune

- Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:15:10 GMT


Guest Opinion: Marijuana offers Oregon benefits, drawbacks
Mail Tribune
If we are serious about using medical marijuana dispensaries toward helping people, then Oregon, by applying marijuana tax money, can become a leader in the research and development of cannabidiol or CBD in marijuana. CBD is non-psychoactive ...

Oregon's state marijuana chief Tom Burns fired by OLCC - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:11:04 GMT


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Oregon's state marijuana chief Tom Burns fired by OLCC
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Tom Burns, director of marijuana programs for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, was fired Thursday. Burns, who oversaw the implementation of the state's medical marijuana dispensary program and has been instrumental in launching efforts to ...
Oregon pot czar fired over leaked document, lying to bosses, OLCC saysKATU
Oregon's marijuana director confirms he has been terminatedBellingham Herald
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