- Analyzing Drugs
- If something is legal it must therefore be perfectly safe and it means the government recommends everyone does it?
- Why Do People Try — Why Do People Use — Drugs? Part 1 (Version 1.1.4)
- Ending Prohibition
- A Working Vocabulary
- Objections to Ending Prohibition
- The Diseased Theory of Addiction
- Pregnancy and Drug Use - The Facts
- Do You Have Aging Parents or Friends?
- Drug Availability
- Harm Reduction
- Drug use not tied to mental decline in middle-age
- DEA Analyst, Before Drug War 1.3% Population Addicted to Drugs, $1Trillion Dollars Later, 1.3% Addicted
- Judge Jim Gray's Top 10 Drug Policy Goals
- Specific Drugs
- Coca and Cocaine
- Dr. Lester Grinspoon Speaks in Favor of Marijuana
- Frontline Investigates?
- Harvard Economist Reports (2005) on the Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition
- Judge Gray Testifies Reasons to Legalize Marijuana
- McLaughlin Group Discusses Ending Marijuana Prohibition Video
- One Reason the Boston Globe (and others) Badmouth Marijuana
- Pete Tutmark, 33-year Police Veteran Advises Legalizing Marijuana
- Sheriff, John Urquhart, Legalizing Marijuana is Good Policy
- Tony Budden on History and Myriad Modern-Day Uses of Cannabis
- Travel Expert Hosts "Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation"
- Very Important Potheads
- Willie Nelson on Marijuana on Larry King Live
- ‘One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana’
- Marijuana, Untapped Healing Properties
- The Science of Medical Marijuana Website
- Protecting the Brain Using Marijuana
- Cathy Jordan, ALS Patient, Sings Theme to Cops in NORML Ad
- Retirees Demand Marijuana
- Woman Buys Marijuana for Sick Aunt, Looses Job
- "Ganja users performed significantly better than non-users on the psychiatric and physiological battery of tests."
- Federal Medical Marijuana Compassion Program
- Granny’s List, A Huge Cannabis Compendium of Medical Marijuana Studies, with Links
- Medical Marijuana 411
- Mother's Account of Giving Marijuana to Autistic Son
- NORML.org's Compendium of Recent Research on Medical Marijuana
- Poetry by Debbie M. Wilson
- Research About Mom’s Using Marijuana - Children NOT Harmed 1
- Patients for Medical Marijuana Website
The Science of Medical Marijuana Website
(Please note: as of 2013-11 CAP has noticed this domain is no longer being hosted by those who wrote the piece below; very sorry to see it go.)
This is how the site is described in in the About… section
Despite Political Obstacles, Medical Marijuana Has Been Studied
Political opponents of allowing the use of marijuana as a medicine routinely say that there is no scientific basis for claims that the drug is useful. For instance, U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey has said, "There is not a shred of scientific evidence that smoked marijuana is useful or needed."
This website's compilation of scientific research and informed commentary shows otherwise. And it is only a part of the scientific record. Nothing on this website is more than 20 years old, and much of it is far more recent. Were anyone to try to encapsulate the long history of marijuana's use as a therapeutic agent, both in the United States and worldwide, such a compilation would be many times larger. That history literally goes back thousands of years.
Medical marijuana research is something of a "forgotten history" in the United States. This site illustrates the fact that much promising research was once conducted on marijuana, only to be shut off by a political climate of intolerance toward marijuana use for any purposes.
Today, just as more state laws are being passed to allow medical use of marijuana, new evidence is emerging on the potential benefits of the chemicals unique to marijuana, a class of compounds called cannabinoids. These chemicals, which include THC and several other compounds, show new promise for reducing neuropathic pain, for protecting the brain from the effects of strokes, and in helping AIDS patients to stick with their multiple-drug regimens. And despite the availability of new anti-nausea medications, cancer patients continue to opt for smoking marijuana as a more effective alternative. In short, marijuana has not dropped out of therapeutic use; in fact, its medical use may be growing.
Despite this site's focus on science, we recognize that politics and science will probably never be fully separated in the medical marijuana debate. However, just as a negative climate once reduced scientific studies on marijuana's potential, it is hoped that, soon, a more politically open climate can encourage more good science to be conducted. Doctors and patients can only benefit from new and better information. And a reliable science base is understood by most to be necessary for marijuana to eventually be made legal for medical purposes nationwide. If renewed interest in doing the necessary research could be one result from patients asserting their rights to use marijuana without criminal penalty, and of voters' endorsing that right, so much the better for all concerned.
Americans for Medical Rights