Medical Marijuana


For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge.

The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.








Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

 Today’s Letter is the letter M and the letter M represents

 our ½ way point in the A-Z Challenge!

A-Z Letter M






Medical Marijuana

The Cannibis Plant has more than one-thousand -years of history as a medicinal plant.

 The medicinal use of marijuana is legal in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland,

Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

 In the United States Federal Law currently outlaws all use of the drug however

 twenty-States and the District of Columbia have decided to no longer prosecute users.


The drug is effective in treating the nausea and vomiting that chemotherapy

 and Aids patients experience. It is also effective in increasing the appetites in

these patients as well. It can also be used to treat pain and muscle spasticity.


The drug is available in several different forms. It can be administered by smoking

 the dried buds, vaporizing, eating, or taking it in capsule form. There is also two

synthetic forms available by prescription- only in several countries. Droniabinol is

available in the United States and Canada. Nabilone is available in the United States,

Canada, Mexico and the UK. Canada has a liquid form available by prescription-only.

It is sprayed under the tongue.

A-Z Letter M Marijuana photo


Marijuana comes from the hemp plant. (cannabis) It contains more than four-hundred chemicals.

Researchers only understand two of them, tetrahydro cannabinol and cannabidiol.


The Mental Health Community overwhelmingly agree that the use of medicinal marijuana

 to treat mental health disorders is not helpful and in some cases it is extremely dangerous.

Using marijuana can worsen symptoms of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

Professionals have also found patients who use marijuana are less likely to actively participate

 in treatment and have difficulty taking their medications consistently.

People with a family history of severe mental illness are much more likely to have a psychotic

episode if using marijuana on a regular basis and are less likely to have a complete recovery.


 The American Medical Association is renewing its efforts to urge the United States Government

To reconsider its classification of marijuana to a schedule 1 controlled substance-prohibiting medical

and recreational use.


All drugs have possible serious side effects.  It is up to you and your doctor to discuss the

 risk verses benefit use of any medication.

 Science not politics should be our guide.


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24 Responses to “Medical Marijuana”

  • Lura:

    I have a friend with cancer that has tried using marijuana. It has not been a big help in relieving her symptoms. I think one should be very cautious in researching this before they would use it. I just listened to a report by Meagan Kelly on the dangers of using marijuana. I myself would not want to try it.

  • Like Jennifer above, I’m from Colorado, so the marijuana topic is well covered here. I do know people whose lives have been changed because they now have access to it without fear of criminal prosecution. Most importantly, families with youngsters who suffer endless seizures are finding relief with an oil made from it. Life-changing for those children and their loved ones. To them, it’s worth anything and everything. I’m just thankful I don’t have to worry about such things.

    Great post, Doreen.

  • I guess people in pain will reach out for – and damn the side effects! It’s so confusing because we don’t even know how much of the research is paid for by political lobbies.

  • It’s uncanny how politics worms its way into everything…

    In South Africa, this is a hot topic at the moment.
    I’ll give a shortened version of what’s happening…

    The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament on February 19th this year.
    The bill was submitted by Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini, who is a Member of Parliament. Last year Oriani-Ambrosini was diagnosed with stage four, inoperable lung cancer, which forms the background to this bill.
    The bill’s objectives are to establish one or more research hospitals where medical innovation can take place, especially with regard to the treatment and cure of cancer. The bill would also legalize the medical, industrial and commercial use of dagga in South Africa in accordance with emerging world standards.
    And that’s where it stands at the moment…
    Interesting times for sure…

  • Helene Cohen Bludman:

    This is enlightening, Doreen. I was unaware of the dangers of medicinal marijuana.

  • As you said, there is still so much to learn about this plant and it’s pluses and minuses. I sit on the fence post about it, especially when thinking about the way we, as a society, handle “legalized” alcohol use, how we turn a blind eye to what it does to people… Thanks for posting about the issue, because it surely is and will continue to effect our entire country.

    • I am still on the fence too. All mediation has side effects so I think it has to be a decision between you and your doctor.
      I am confused by the demonization of alcohol and cigarettes and the adoration for pot. I say to each his own as long as it doesn’t hurt me.

  • Thanks for sharing this! I was unaware of the medicinal uses of this drug.

    Sania @ Fragile Words

  • We’ve had medical marijuana legal in Colorado for years and now, recreational marijuana. I don’t really see the draw, but it has been okay so far. The only problem is that it is still illegal at the federal level so banks won’t allow companies to set up bank accounts. The businesses carry lots of cash so the robberies and burglaries have picked up.

  • Nice “scare” story. Lots of info on the history, and enough propaganda to scare the bejesus out of people who know nothing about Medicinal Marijuana. You must have just watched “reefer madness”!

    • I absolutely had no intention of scaring anyone. My best friend died a few weeks ago of cancer and it was offered to her. She was in so much pain, I just wanted her to have relief. She chose another medication but I was curious and wanted to know more.

  • Hi,

    Here from the A-Z. Didn’t know about the history of medicinal cannabis, thanks for sharing. The plant was used as a recreational drug in ancient India 3-4000 years ago, and has religious and spiritual connections, it is still in use in those contexts.

    Best of luck for the rest of the challenge,

  • Thanks so much for this post. I am also concerned with mental health given my one and only brother went depressed and all over 15 years ago and l still can’t get it.=-O

  • You certainly opened my eyes regarding medical marijuana. I appreciate the science and not the politics!


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