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Do you recommend cannabis as an alternative medicine? I know it is illegally federally but there is mounting evidence supporting the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Med MJ is a rip-off.

No. There are better medicines.
The "medicinal effects" are theoretical at best. Cannabis, as presently available-in both the legalized system and the street drug system-is highly variable in potency &additives. It is a very difficult drug to manage, and the beneficial effects are overstated. Lack of motivation is a huge side effect. There are few successful, happy big-time pot users.

In brief: Med MJ is a rip-off.

No. There are better medicines.
The "medicinal effects" are theoretical at best. Cannabis, as presently available-in both the legalized system and the street drug system-is highly variable in potency &additives. It is a very difficult drug to manage, and the beneficial effects are overstated. Lack of motivation is a huge side effect. There are few successful, happy big-time pot users.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Brutoco, you have every right to disapprove of medical marijuana but science (and the reports of thousands & thousands of patients) prove that the medicinal effects are far more than "theoretical at best." I am hoping you will take a look at this thorough review of the recent scientific literature: http://norml.org/library/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana
Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: No.

The psychotropic effects of cannabis can make psychiatric illness worse or more difficult to treat.
There are psychotropic medications or supplements that are much more effective for treating illness.

In brief: No.

The psychotropic effects of cannabis can make psychiatric illness worse or more difficult to treat.
There are psychotropic medications or supplements that are much more effective for treating illness.
Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell
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4 doctors agree

In brief: Interesting question

Marijuana is fully legal in colorado, and I have many patients who swear it was the only solution to their migraines.
European studies support benefit to treat spasticity in multiple sclerosis. My kids think it is marvelous that my state is so enlightened. Regardless of the historical distortions of mj in the 1930's by the drug companies (yes, big pharma!), we still have to do the research.

In brief: Interesting question

Marijuana is fully legal in colorado, and I have many patients who swear it was the only solution to their migraines.
European studies support benefit to treat spasticity in multiple sclerosis. My kids think it is marvelous that my state is so enlightened. Regardless of the historical distortions of mj in the 1930's by the drug companies (yes, big pharma!), we still have to do the research.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A multitude of people who do not have medical insurance use cannabis for medical problems.
Pain treatment is the most common use. Some use for harm reduction, i.e., avoidance of methamphetamine ; alcohol. Migraineurs and fibromyalgia sufferers have been studied, ; cannabis has been shown to be therapeutically efficacious. Women with severe pms swear by medicinal cannabis.

In brief: Yes

A multitude of people who do not have medical insurance use cannabis for medical problems.
Pain treatment is the most common use. Some use for harm reduction, i.e., avoidance of methamphetamine ; alcohol. Migraineurs and fibromyalgia sufferers have been studied, ; cannabis has been shown to be therapeutically efficacious. Women with severe pms swear by medicinal cannabis.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, depending on...

Like all medicines, cannabis is not equally suited for everyone & every condition, but for many people & conditions it is remarkably effective & often far safer than pharmaceutical alternatives.
Its classification as a schedule 1 drug is clearly no longer supported by science. See http://norml.Org/library/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana & http://safeaccessnow.Org/punbb/viewtopic.Php?Id=9980.

In brief: Yes, depending on...

Like all medicines, cannabis is not equally suited for everyone & every condition, but for many people & conditions it is remarkably effective & often far safer than pharmaceutical alternatives.
Its classification as a schedule 1 drug is clearly no longer supported by science. See http://norml.Org/library/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana & http://safeaccessnow.Org/punbb/viewtopic.Php?Id=9980.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
For more information see my blog post on the many uses of the hemp plant as a food, medicine, fuel & source of fiber, with some good links re: its uses as a medicine: http://drrandybaker.com/2012/04/22/earth-day-2012-can-hemp-help-save-earths-environment-4/
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: As above

I a agree with other doctors.
However, it can be laced and a lot of people can end in er , in addition it can cause symptoms similar to schzophrenia.

In brief: As above

I a agree with other doctors.
However, it can be laced and a lot of people can end in er , in addition it can cause symptoms similar to schzophrenia.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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