Doctors Have Doubts About Marijuana As Medicine

They think this might be more effective:

As medical pot becomes increasingly mainstream and Canada moves toward legalizing the substance, health experts are emphasizing the need for doctors and patients to consider the sometimes serious side effects linked to the various ways of consuming the drug.

Paul Farnan, an addictions specialist at the University of British Columbia, likened a recommendation to smoke medicinal marijuana to a doctor handing out a prescription to light up an opium pipe.

“We know there’s something in opium that helps pain, and we’re able to pharmaceutically develop morphine and other analgesics, but we wouldn’t say to people, ‘You have pain? Why don’t you smoke opium?’ ” he said.

“We’re kind of saying to people, ‘We think there’s some stuff that cannabinoids will be helpful for. Why don’t you just smoke cannabis?’ First of all, cannabis is actually a really dangerous thing for your lungs.”

Mikhail Kogan, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., said he sees no reason for people to smoke marijuana medically anymore.

It’s difficult to absorb enough of the drug through the lungs, and gastric acids interfere when someone eats it, he said, adding that it’s more effective to take the drug by other means, such as under the tongue.

“Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption. You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration,” Kogan said.

You don’t say.


(Try to keep the comments clean.)

  • Tooth&Claw

    Somehow I think the bias against suppositories is not that great when you’re desperate for medical help.

  • Alain

    First I want to make it clear that I do not use marijuana in any form. That said it is worth mentioning that “doctors” claimed real butter to be bad for your health before deciding the opposite. The same goes for so many things, which is why I would take this with a grain of salt.

    • canminuteman

      I have no comment on the subject of the medical efficacy or mj. I just think it is ridiculous that it is almost illegal to smoke cigarettes (someone is trying to make it a law that you can’t smoke in an apartment unit) but you’ll be able to smoke mj. I also think there is a case to be made that tobacco is justas medicinal as mj and it would be interesting to see someone bring forward a proposal to allow people to smoke tobacco for medicinal reasons.

      I would be happy to get rid of all drug laws, but if society is going to pick up the tab for stoned losers we couldn’t afford to do that unless we also got rid of socialized medicine and government funded social services.

      • Alain

        Yes, I agree with you.

        • canminuteman

          Good. The world would be a better place if everyone always agreed with me!!

        • Justin St.Denis

          I prepare RSO, a marijuana oil extract, for a friend who uses it to treat his cancer, which is inoperable and incurable. I think he would have died years ago without it. His oncologists remain puzzled by his longevity under the circumstances.

          We know very little about marijuana’s medicinal properties, except that they exist. Nobody I know smokes it for medicinal reasons. Smoking it is almost always recreational.

        • terrence22

          Awhile ago, the World Health Organization did THREE 50 year long studies that involved children growing up and BOTH parents smoked, most were chain-smokers, and the moms were ALL stay at home-moms. After 50 years, none of the now 50 year old people had ANY lung problems.

          The Heartland Institute also has a paper on the HARMLESSNESS of “second-Hand smoke”

          But, the nanny-state DO-GOODERS know what is best for the peasants.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Isn’t salt supposedly bad for your blood pressure? Or is coffee bad? Oh, so many 180 degree turns on that research, too.

  • John

    How about using something like a volcano vaporiser.

  • Countermeasures_Dispenser

    One thing I will say about medical marijuana use in the US: regardless of state laws, if you have a federal security clearance, don’t even think about using it. Your clearance will be revoked before you can even say, “Wow, man.”

  • FactsWillOut

    Pot, tobacco, just grist for the authoritarian mill of the nanny state as it attempts to grind peoples minds down and spit out little worker drones.

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  • Malcolm Y

    This reminds me of the Polish lady that went to the doctor. He examined her and gave her some suppositories and said try these and come back in two weeks. She came back in two weeks and the doctor asked her how she felt and she said “Doc for all the good those pills did me I might as well have shoved them up my ass.”

    • huron

      Oldie butt a goodie.

      • LairdKintyre

        That one’s been making the rounds in one form or another at least since the 1970s. I was a little kid when I overheard my dad tell it.

    • Miss Trixie

      Young lady at the doctor where he has a stethoscope to hear her lungs:

      “Big breaths. BIIIIIIIIIG breaths.”

      “Oh yeth! And I’m only thiktheen!


  • Shiraz

    I have friends that live in states where medical cannabis is legal. They have had luck using it for depression, insomnia, and anxiety. They use edibles or VAPE (the oil?) it. Has to be better than smoking it.

  • LairdKintyre

    I could never tolerate potheads. The garbage they smoke, I’ve always thought weed smells like damp musty old clothes moulded ingredients in a hot dry attic.