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

oregon medical marijuana - Google News

http://news.google.com/news?pz=1&ned=us&hl=en&q=oregon+medical+marijuana

Medical marijuana in Oregon: 5 questions with Shango Cannabis owner Shane ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:36:35 GMT


The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Medical marijuana in Oregon: 5 questions with Shango Cannabis owner Shane ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Like a lot of medical marijuana dispensary owners in Oregon, Shane McKee has been growing cannabis for years. But he hopes his two Portland dispensaries -- Shango Premium Cannabis ?- are distinct enough in their appearance and products to set them ...
Boutique marijuana for the recreational user?KOIN.com

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Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers In Southwest Oregon - OPB News

- Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:04:13 GMT


OPB News

Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers In Southwest Oregon
OPB News
In southwest Oregon, cannabis is a cottage industry. Thousands of people grow under the legal protection of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, and have registered with the state. Others grow without any legal protection in secret, in backyards and ...
Legal pot on the ballotCNNMoney
For Marijuana, a Second Wave of Votes to LegalizeNew York Times
2014 ?Marijuana Midterms? to Establish 2016 as Most Crucial Year for Cannabis ...Brookings Institution (blog)
CBS News -KPTV.com -Reuters
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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Gets Boost From Cops - Huffington Post

- Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:08:24 GMT


Huffington Post

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Gets Boost From Cops
Huffington Post
"Marijuana is already functionally available to almost any adult that wants it in Oregon," Marquis told Oregon Live. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use, including Oregon in 1998. Colorado and ...
Oregon Police Positive On Marijuana LegalizationLive Trading News

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Blue Dream proves popular marijuana strain in Portland, while Trainwreck ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:55:23 GMT


The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

Blue Dream proves popular marijuana strain in Portland, while Trainwreck ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Walk into most medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon and you're bound to find Blue Dream and Blackberry Kush on the shelf. You'll likely spot Blue Magoo, Jack Herer and Cinex, too. Turns out those are the most commonly stocked marijuana strains in ...

Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries is Lifted in Salem - Salem-News.Com

- Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:45:42 GMT


Salem-News.Com

Ban on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries is Lifted in Salem
Salem-News.Com
Done. The Council agreed to the detailed plan and applications for licenses to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Salem were accepted beginning October 28, 2014, for those with proof of registration with the Oregon Health Authority. There are ...

Marijuana Legalization Lessons From Washington's Shaky Start - Forbes

- Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:02:50 GMT


Forbes

Marijuana Legalization Lessons From Washington's Shaky Start
Forbes
Next Next week voters in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., will decide whether to legalize marijuana. If they look for guidance to the two states that took that step in 2012, they will see a situation ... The main obstacle to complying with that ...

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Despite ruling, Oregon medical marijuana dispensary vows to stay open - The Republic

- Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:09:39 GMT


Florida Today

Despite ruling, Oregon medical marijuana dispensary vows to stay open
The Republic
KERBY, Oregon ? Cheryl Keil said marijuana saved her husband Jesse's life, after a stroke 15 years ago left him partially paralyzed and suffering from depression. They ventured from Idaho to the Illinois Valley, where an old friend had a pot garden.
Oregon medical pot dispensary vows to stay openLexington Herald Leader

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Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:49:47 GMT


Oregon Court Rules That Local Governments May Ban Medical Marijuana ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
medical marijuana advertising ban outdoor denver It has been a wild ride for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been around for a long, long time in Oregon. However, until late 2013 they were illegal, and it ...

Portland keeps 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana, ditches medical ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:07:03 GMT


Portland Tribune

Portland keeps 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana, ditches medical ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
As expected, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to keep a 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana on the table Wednesday while dismissing a controversial proposed tax on medical marijuana. A final vote on the sales tax, which officials ...
City mulls tax on pot salesDalles Chronicle
Pot tax established in North BendCoos Bay World
Portland OKs recreational marijuana sales taxPortland Tribune
Statesman Journal -GoLocalPDX -OPB News (blog)
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Vote to Make Marijuana Legal in Alaska and Oregon Only a Week Away - The Daily Chronic

- Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:43:12 GMT


Vote to Make Marijuana Legal in Alaska and Oregon Only a Week Away
The Daily Chronic
In Oregon, the elimination of criminal penalties associated with the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana was established over 40 years ago. In addition, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program has been in place since November 1998. In the upcoming ...