I just shared this video series on my Facebook page. I wasn’t planning on doing a whole post about this, but what I had planned today I left at the hospital. Oops. But it is on Parkinson so we’ll look at this instead.
When I saw that last video, I was just flabbergasted. I knew medical marijuana was useful in several neurologic conditions, but I had no idea it was useful in Parkinson! I had seen it was good with fibro and had seen a headline about using it in multiple sclerosis too. I didn’t read that article though. However, wow! Seeing is definitely believing. Look at how much that dyskinesia is controlled! And it acted in just a few minutes too! If this helps him move better, with less pain and maybe allows him to not spend $3,000 on every prescription refill, I’m all for it!
Medical marijuana isn’t a thing in Texas, my state of residence. In fact, having just a little bit will land you jail time. Depending on how much you’re caught with, you can get up to 99 years in prison! Although a motion has already been filed in Austin to consider decriminalizing it in the 2017 legislative session. That would be a step in the right direction, I think. Don’t get me wrong. Marijuana is highly dangerous, because it is addictive and in the right amount can cause harm. But so can a dozen other drugs that are prescribed by physicians everyday. For which reasons, I personally think a physician’s prescription should be required to obtain medical marijuana and some sort of ID be provided to users. I don’t like big government/big brother, but when Joe Schmoe Public is not educated enough to determine what amount is safe for him to use for his condition, rules need to followed and the control placed in another’s hands. But there is so little research on medical marijuana right now, that I doubt the physicians know the right amount either. I think we need to throw a significant amount of research dollars at medical marijuana and quickly. It seems very useful for many conditions. Sounds like a potential gold mine both in the sense of helping lots of people and making someone very rich.
Where is your state on marijuana? What’s your opinion?