No Accepted Medical Use? Three Perspectives on Medical Cannabis (

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The U.S. government classifies marijuana—along with heroin and LSD—as a Schedule I drug, the most tightly restricted category of drugs in the United States. According to the federal government, Schedule I drugs are unsafe and have “no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”


As medical marijuana proponents have pointed out since the Controlled Substances Act was passed by Congress in 1970, cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and there has never been a reported case of a marijuana overdose. Moreover, in recent years clinical researchers around the world have demonstrated the medicinal value of cannabis.

We talked to a doctor, a pharmacist, and a patient to get three firsthand perspectives on medical cannabis. Special thanks to Dr. Donald Abrams, JoAnna LaForce and Don Grubbs.

Approximately 10 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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How I use Medical Cannabis (a testimonial)

A friend of this blog recently submitted a raw food-inspired fudge recipe from our “tests kitchen” near Santa Fe (which we’ll be posting soon). There were some notes included with the recipe regarding the healing effects of all the different ingredients, and we asked her to elaborate.  Although her testimony is pretty unbelievable, it’s quite easy for me to believe as I have experienced these same profound healing effects from Cannabis ~

“i have fibromyalgia symptoms, supposedly comes from my muscles never turning off – cannabis gets right into the very cells and calms them down – the spasms stop and the knotting of the muscles (you can see and feel it) stops.

i have ptsd symptoms, meaning nightmares, hyper arousal, cant sleep, fear all the time, eating is sporadic cause i cant digest food – cannabis gives me an appetite and i can actually eat without a stomach ache, helps me sleep, calms my mind so not on hyper arousal and no fear, and lessens the nightmares.

i have had to take an overabundance of vitamin c because of a toxic liver situation, which affected my intestines – Cannabis stopped the symptoms in my intestines.

I have a migraine today and cannabis took a lot of the pain off.

Now all this happens when i am not high – as i am taking only an amount to calm my symptoms, digesting it [via edibles].”