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

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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inspections Begin - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:59:30 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Inspections Begin
The Weed Blog (blog)
ommp oregon medical marijuana clinic The Oregon medical marijuana industry has been very entertaining to watch. Oregon started its medical marijuana program in 1998. Medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery services started in the 2000?s, and ...

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: State has inspected 58 dispensaries; closed 2 - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:07:15 GMT


KTVZ

Medical marijuana in Oregon: State has inspected 58 dispensaries; closed 2
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday released copies of medical marijuana dispensary inspection reports in response to a public records request from The Oregonian. Inspectors have found a range of violations, from lack of written procedures to ...
State releases first marijuana dispensary inspectionsStatesman Journal
State shuts down 2 Oregon medical marijuana storesBelleville News Democrat

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State: Child care providers can't use medical marijuana - Statesman Journal

- Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:38:50 GMT


KTVZ

State: Child care providers can't use medical marijuana
Statesman Journal
"You don't make these kinds of requirements for people who are using Vicodin," said Anthony Taylor, who runs a medical marijuana patient advocacy group called Compassionate Oregon. His sentiments of being singled out by the council were echoed by a ...
Oregon Bans Medical Pot for Day-Care ProvidersABC News
Redmond day care claims state shutdown over medical marijuana useKTVZ

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: James Bowman, raided by feds in 2012, growing ... - The Oregonian

- Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:17:41 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: James Bowman, raided by feds in 2012, growing ...
The Oregonian
Marijuana policy and public perception about the drug have shifted in Oregon and nationwide since High Hopes Farm was raided. Oregon this year began regulating the state's once underground medical marijuana dispensaries. Recreational marijuana is ...

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Benton Mackenzie, Iowa man convicted of ... - The Oregonian

- Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:03:34 GMT


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Medical marijuana in Oregon: Benton Mackenzie, Iowa man convicted of ...
The Oregonian
His recent trial and conviction for growing cannabis on his parents' rural property made for page-one news, closely watched by marijuana activists nationwide. On Tuesday, though, Mackenzie was just another Oregon medical marijuana patient, hoping to ...
Mackenzie arrives in Oregon to obtain medical potQuad City Times
Around Iowa: Terminal cancer patient plans marijuana tripDesMoinesRegister.com
Convicted Iowa pot growers travel to Oregon for medical marijuana purchaseThe Tribune
Marshalltown Times Republican
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State shuts down 2 Ore. medical marijuana stores - KTVZ

- Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:43:24 GMT


KTVZ

State shuts down 2 Ore. medical marijuana stores
KTVZ
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? The state of Oregon shut down two medical marijuana dispensaries for violations of state regulations. Kush MMD of Eugene was later allowed to reopen after correcting problems, but Portland Compassionate Caregivers remains ...

What Does A Good Medical Marijuana Program Look Like? - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:53:57 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

What Does A Good Medical Marijuana Program Look Like?
The Weed Blog (blog)
My home state of Oregon doesn't recognize out of state cards, but does allow out of state patients to become patients in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). I would like to see Oregon recognize out of state patients, in addition to allowing ...

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Medical marijuana in Oregon: State releases dispensary inspection reports - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:59:59 GMT


Medical marijuana in Oregon: State releases dispensary inspection reports
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
The Oregon Health Authority began inspecting medical marijuana dispensaries in May. So far, the agency's three inspectors have made visits to 58 establishments statewide. In response to a request from The Oregonian, the state on Thursday released ...

Q&A: Beaverton lawmaker Elizabeth Steiner Hayward on marijuana, Cover ... - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

- Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:17:49 GMT


Q&A: Beaverton lawmaker Elizabeth Steiner Hayward on marijuana, Cover ...
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
I supported the expansion of the medical marijuana program to include PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and I'm about to endorse IP 53 (Initiative Petition 53) the legalization (of recreational marijuana). And I voted in favor of allowing the ...

Medical marijuana dispensary inspection for Oregon Chronic Solutions - Statesman Journal

- Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:14:04 GMT


Medical marijuana dispensary inspection for Oregon Chronic Solutions
Statesman Journal
CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Oregon's medical marijuana dispensary law requires an on-site inspection of each facility within six months of the date it receives its license, and an annual inspection thereafter. READ THE STORY: State ...

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