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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Last Chance To Protect Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients From Harmful ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Mon, 04 May 2015 04:15:58 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Last Chance To Protect Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients From Harmful ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
Monday, May 4th, is likely the last chance to protect Oregon Medical Marijuana patients by letting the Oregon Legislature's Implementing Measure 91 Committee know that limiting patient grow sites will end up hurting the sickest and poorest patients ...
Residency requirement considered for Oregon pot business investorsBlue Mountain Eagle
Pennsylvania medical marijuana clears committee, heads for Senate votelehighvalleylive.com

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Phillip Leveque, early advocate for medical marijuana in Oregon, dies - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 05 May 2015 17:36:08 GMT


OregonLive.com

Phillip Leveque, early advocate for medical marijuana in Oregon, dies
OregonLive.com
Sandee Burbank, a medical marijuana advocate who owns medical marijuana clinics in Oregon, said in the early years of the medical marijuana program Leveque was one of the only doctors who would help sick people obtain permission to use medical ...

Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Push Back On Senate Bill 844. ACTION ... - The Weed Blog (blog)

- Fri, 01 May 2015 20:20:50 GMT


The Weed Blog (blog)

Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients Push Back On Senate Bill 844. ACTION ...
The Weed Blog (blog)
After learning about an amendment that includes harmful limits on patient gardens, to go along with intrusive home-inspections and burdensome record-keeping, the Oregon cannabis community made their voices heard, bombarding the Measure 91 ...

Bill limiting Oregon medical marijuana program faces additional legislative ... - OregonLive.com

- Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:26:48 GMT


OregonLive.com

Bill limiting Oregon medical marijuana program faces additional legislative ...
OregonLive.com
An Oregon legislative committee on Wednesday delayed action on a bill to put new limits on the medical marijuana program as they heard testimony raising divergent complaints about the legislation. Leaders of the House-Senate committee on implementing ...
Peter Buckley's Take On Proposed Drastic Changes To Oregon Medical ...The Weed Blog (blog)
New marijuana bill may curb Oregon medical growsKTVZ
New pot bill may curb Oregon medical growing operationsWashington Times

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Medical marijuana on Gresham's agenda Tuesday - OregonLive.com

- Tue, 05 May 2015 14:46:39 GMT


OregonLive.com

Medical marijuana on Gresham's agenda Tuesday
OregonLive.com
City leaders in December approved a 5 percent sales tax on medical marijuana products and 10 percent on recreational sales. However, discussions on Tuesday will focus solely on medicinal use while city leaders wait on the Oregon Liquor Control ...

Oregon medical marijuana under attack - SFGate (blog)

- Fri, 01 May 2015 19:12:01 GMT


SFGate (blog)

Oregon medical marijuana under attack
SFGate (blog)
A bill that would limit the size of medical marijuana patient's gardens in Oregon is drawing both praise and ire from legalization advocates. The state's lawmakers unveiled the proposed measure last Friday, which intends to curb private grow operations ...

COUNTY: Sets medical marijuana growing, dispensary rules - Lincoln City News Guard

- Tue, 05 May 2015 15:38:19 GMT


Lincoln City News Guard

COUNTY: Sets medical marijuana growing, dispensary rules
Lincoln City News Guard
The 16-year-old Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) allows licensed patients to grow up to six mature plants and 18 seedlings at a time. Although OMMP has been around since 1999, the state legislature only made dispensaries legal in 2014.

Texas man, accused in Portland double homicide, had been coming for months ... - OregonLive.com

- Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:43:55 GMT


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Texas man, accused in Portland double homicide, had been coming for months ...
OregonLive.com
Another woman who had come to Oregon from Texas told Portland investigators that Robinson traveled to Portland starting in October 2014 to buy medical marijuana, and she introduced Robinson to a business associate of the Pham brothers.

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Blumenauer measure to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana ... - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 01 May 2015 15:38:45 GMT


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Blumenauer measure to allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana ...
OregonLive.com
All four Oregon Democrats in the House supported the medical marijuana provision on Thursday. Rep. Greg Walden, the state's only Republican in Congress, voted against the amendment. His district, which covers eastern Oregon and parts of southern ...
House Says No To Medical Marijuana For VetsDaily Caller
Medical Marijuana For Veterans: House Rejects Amendment To Allow VA ...International Business Times
House Rejects Marijuana-for-Veterans Amendment ? BarelyRoll Call (blog)
Raw Story
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Legislature should clarify medical marijuana law (OPINION) - OregonLive.com

- Fri, 01 May 2015 22:04:24 GMT


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Legislature should clarify medical marijuana law (OPINION)
OregonLive.com
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) allows those whose Oregon licensed medical doctor or osteopath (MD or DO) had both diagnosed the person with having a listed debilitating medical condition and opined that the person's symptoms or effects of ...
What Does Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse Have To Say About SB 844?The Weed Blog (blog)
Oregon bills on ivory, pot and attacking religious freedomsOregon Catalyst

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