I am curious about the opinions of my peers regarding medical marijuana. It's a hot topic lately and especially so in my area. Our governor was in for a visit last week to underscore his support of continuing research in the use of marijuana to help treat seizures in children. Our pediatric neurologist is very interested in researching cannabidiol with his severe patients. He has one child who has upwards of 60 seizures a day.
I live in the Bible Belt and change does not always come easily or quickly here. I am in support of the research. I think the stigma attached to marijuana research is legitimate, but I also believe we shouldn't let that stop us from investigating the benefits to be derived from cannabidiol.
Marijuana is not the first drug of ill repute to be harnessed for medicinal purposes. I think in this day and age we should be open to finding the facts or seeking the truth about this drug and how we can use it to our patients' benefit. It is, after all, a chemical just as the rest of our medications are.
The potential for, and history of, misuse for this drug is a fact, but that is true in many instances -- consider the myriad of narcotic pain medications we have today.
There are 20 or so states that have legalized medical marijuana. It has been demonstrated to have medical benefits for AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma and breathing disorders, Crohn's disease, epilepsy/seizures, glaucoma, hepatitis C, migraines, multiple sclerosis/muscle spasms, nausea/ chemotherapy side effects, pain, psychological conditions and Tourette syndrome. Let's try and think clearly and objectively about this research and not limit it based on the stigma it currently carries.