• How do you feel about legalizing marijuana? With the elections in full swing it's a hot topic.

    Asked by Leuky on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    How do you feel about legalizing marijuana? With the elections in full swing it's a hot topic.

    Myself, I don't care if it's legalized, I mean there are worse things. And if it will help us, why not? More and more studies are showing it works. Here is another

    Study: CBD From Marijuana Plus Chemotherapy Tripled Cancer Survival Rates In Mice
    Mice with pancreatic cancer treated with a combination of cannabidiol (CBD) and chemotherapy survived nearly three times longer than those treated with chemotherapy alone, according to a new study that spotlights the potential for human treatment.

    CBD, the non-psychoactive (non-intoxicating) compound in marijuana, has already been shown to improve side effects of chemotherapy like nausea and vomiting. The latest results provide more justification for testing in humans, building on prior animal research that uncovered possible anti-cancer properties of the compound.

    "Cannabidiol is already approved for use in clinics [in the UK], which means we can quickly go on to test this in human clinical trials,” said lead researcher Marco Falasca from

    29 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Myself I see no reason not to legalize it. The taxes that some States are making are crazy and paying for lots of things. Plus if it's a benefit for us and other health issues, why not?

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I just wrote a blog about this for LungCancer.net. They alerted me to the fact that they would be publishing it, but couldn't post it on Facebook like they normally do. Facebook flagged one of their other groups for posting something about legal medical marijuana and said they were promoting drug use. This world is NUTS.

      Here's the link to my blog: http://hopeandsurvive.com/medical-marijuana-an-idea-whose-time-has-come/

      It is interesting (maybe) because in it I discuss a man I met who swears the oils cured him of SCLC that was about to kill him.

      My son uses marijuana to combat PTSD. I am a huge believer in legalization. I have seen it work miracles for him.

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      A fair number of people believe that full extract cannabis oil (FECO) helps as a curative. Most take it along with the medical horrors. Just like with radiation and surgery and drugs alone, some make it and some dont. The numbers who resolve the cancer issue are astounding.

      Because it is still so hard to get, some people start FECO after treatment has begun and, as often as not, even the doctors are astounded by the turnaround.

      It was legalized in Floriduh but the creepy governor wont let anyone buy full extract because he hasnt chosen an official grower. The West Coast, Maine, D.C. and other places are a lot saner.

      The CBD alone isnt a curative for cancer.

      Bah humbug.

      over 1 year ago
    • merpreb's Avatar
      merpreb

      I am all for it. For those of us lucky enough to live in states that have medical marijuana cards it's become less of a problem. For me I only require very little right now. But these states have huge restrictions and places are hard to get to. A lot of people seem to secure it no matter what. I can't smoke it due to lung cancer and really don't want a high so the hemp oil is perfect- so far. There have been many breakthroughs with it and it's plain stupid for any government to put a pox on it.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      I think the discussion about legalizing marijuana should always be separated into discussions about legalizing MEDICAL marijuana and a separate discussion about legalizing recreational marijuana.

      I think medical marijuana should be legalized nationally to help any way it can medically (with a physician's prescription). I definitely don't think it should be legalized otherwise---do we need to encourage another entire group of people to get DUI's and harm others, as alcohol and drugs do? Why should we ASK for obvious problems? They've already said that the Denver area has had more automobile accidents since marijuana was legalized across the board.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      As a child of the 60-70s, I'm in favor of full legalization (I much prefer someone to smoke pot than get drunk), but I definitely think medical marijuana should be legal everywhere. It frustrates me to no end that it isn't. Texas legislators are very redneck about legalization of medical marijuana. I don't know that the state's voters feel the same way, but they don't put it out to us to vote on.

      over 1 year ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      Our state just legalized recreational use. You're allowed to possess 1 oz, 2 mature plants and 4 immature plants. But if you're caught selling or buying it, it's illegal. Not allowed in public areas and this would include public housing. We got letters once the law was passed. You can use medical marijuana in our public housing but only with a vaporizer and edibles. Can't smoke while driving or boating. And they didn't tax it because it's not through a dispensary. Too me that was the dumb part!!!

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I'm for full legalization of marijuana, both medical and recreational uses. I'm in favor of legalizing all recreational drugs - IF there is government supervision and help given to addicts of heroin, opioids, and other such drugs (I'm not including marijuana in this). I'd love to put the criminals out of business (or at least hamper them as much as possible, as I know they'll find a way to compete with government-controlled drugs). My brother was addicted to "downs" for twenty years. He OD'd twice. He finally got clean thirty years ago and has remained so ever since. A close friend's son is a heroin addict and is living in a homeless area of L.A., three thousand miles away from her. She and her family have tried in many ways to help him. My brother lost five friends to overdosing when we were all in our late teens/early twenties. And on and on.

      If there were government-controlled medical supervision of all these addictive drugs - I'm a firm believer in governments supporting their people - there'd be many fewer deaths, drug-related crimes, people in prison, etc.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hey, Carool,
      I may have misunderstood what you meant, but if you want government-controlled medical supervision of all addictive drugs, why do you want to legalize recreational marijuana? If it's legalized recreationally, there won't be any supervision.

      Have a good day!

      over 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I definately think medical marijuana should legal. I think there should be quality control. As for recreational marijuana ditto for quality control. It should be a controlled substance like tobacco and liquor. And stiff penalties for driving under the influence.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have seen people that have children that have had a massive reduction in the number of seizures they have in a day from using some type of oil that is produced from it, so that's a good thing. If it helps with pain for those of us that have terrible surgery that's a good thing. I was on the strongest of pain meds and still had it, but I wouldn't be smoking weed. But if there is an oil that is produced from it, I would probably use it. I see some benefits in it.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Smoking marijuana whether legal or not is at least as likely as tobacco to cause cancer and other medical problems. At one time I read it was ten more times more likely than tobacco to cause cancer.

      I believe I've heard of marijuana pills being taken by cancer patients for nausea.

      over 1 year ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar
      macfightsback

      I would like to see it made legal for medical treatment.

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      One would think so @BarbarainBham but, as it turns out, cannabis smoke does not cause the body to fail. I do agree, however, that there are now better ways to take it. Juicing is popular in fully legal States.

      Pot is nothing more than an herb like tarragon or mint or sorrel or sage or even a banana. It has zero to do with schedule 1 drugs and simply does not belong there.

      I wonder if you know why marijuana became illegal after being so useful including as a medicinal?

      It has to do with Randolph Hearst. The same man Oscar Wilde made light of in Citizen Kane; the same man who was grandfather to Patty Hearst and who owned newspapers. The same greedy man who won a swathe of forest land in a poker game and decided to campaign against hemp so he could sell his new found timber. Prior to his shenanigans, the US had an economic steam engine in hemp as the largest grower of fiber to make paper, rope, celluloid and who knows what else? Hemp fiber is wonderfully soft as clothing too.

      If you look through an old pharmacopia, you would see dozens of medical uses for cannabis sativa.

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      BarbarainBham, I wasn't clear in my comment. I think marijuana use usually isn't as addictive or destructive of one's life as are other now-illegal drugs, so no government supervision is needed with pot. I do think pot is potentially harmful to the body, but there's not enough scientific evidence to show that (from what I know). I'm no expert in drugs, and my thinking about legalizing all such drugs is a bit fuzzy, I admit. I know that the Netherlands and England have tried legalizing those kinds of drugs, but I don't know the outcome. May research this, for my own interest.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hey, Carool! I would be interested in what you find out. I read over 20+ years ago in the newspaper that smoking marijuana was 10 times more likely than smoking tobacco to cause cancer, including lung cancer, bladder cancer, and stomach cancer. At that time I had tried smoking pot socially with a BF, but no more for me after that.

      I would like to know about marijuana forms other than smoking to use for nausea, which I've lately had a problem with. Less than a month ago, I spent the night in the hospital because I was dehydrated and hooked up to an IV of Zofran.

      As far as legalizing recreational marijuana, we can look around and see the extent of problems with alcohol and drugs to see that it's all destructive, whether DUI or addiction, and assume society doesn't need another behavior problem to deal with.

      Although marijuana is not legal in Alabama, with the exception of medical research on epileptics, I saw something at Walmart called "Hemp oil."

      Geekling, I have had stomach cancer, so I expect I should be careful what I put into my stomach and digestive system.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Hey, BOISEB!
      FYI, tobacco and liquor are not "controlled substances." I think you meant regulated by the government for quality control, and I agree.

      A controlled substance is a drug such as an opioid and other pain killers that the Federal government calls a "controlled substance" by law. Doctors have to have a "Controlled Substance Certificate" with a valid DEA # from the Federal government to write a legal prescription, plus in Alabama you have to hand carry a paper prescription to get the medicine, supposedly to prevent fraud.

      Using the DEA #, if a doctor is reported by pharmacies to DEA as writing too many CS prescriptions or writing for invalid diagnoses, DEA takes his Certificate away, which means he can't write prescriptions for controlled substances any more. Some doctors get hauled to Court for crimes like being in cahoots with pharmacies to sell drugs illegally. (This is why doctors have become reluctant about writing narcotic prescriptions.)

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BarbarainBham, I bought hemp oil to use with my essential oils :) I haven't yet, but I will one of these days, I guess. It isn't the same thing ... at least not what I bought (not sure what you saw). My son bought CBD oil at a pet show for his elderly cat who screamed all of the time to be fed. They put just a few drops on his food every day. Not only did it "cure" an inexplicable gray spot on his back (he's a pure black cat), it calmed him appreciably. When they ran out of the oil, he refused to eat at all for a day or two.

      I am sorry to hear that you were hospitalized! I know people who take the oils (either CBD or ones that also contain the THC ... can't remember what that's called) under their tongues or swallow pills. I read somewhere just yesterday that people use cannabis as edibles and oils ... but I don't even remember where I read it or how credible the source was/is.

      The cannabis of today is definitely NOT the same as the cannabis of old! Costs a lot more too, but back in the day we got seeds and stems and dead dry stuff that looked a lot like Italian seasoning when we bought an ounce for $10. Now, an ounce costs CONSIDERABLY more than $10 ... I forget what my son pays for his, but he buys it by the gram ... and doesn't consume an ounce in a month, whereas my husband could go through an ounce in a day back in the 70s.

      Anyway, when I see news stories and pictures of what is sold legally today - wow! Big, beautiful buds that look moist and fresh. (and of course, from what I understand, the dispensaries sell all kinds of edibles and oils ... it is becoming a pretty big business in states where it is legal ... and I see preparations made here for if it ever becomes legal)

      One more anecdotal story. We had a friend who was what I will call a pothead who was diagnosed with stomach cancer back in the 90s. The doctors gave him only weeks to live. Nurses were in his room talking about him as if he was already dead. He told them to get out and to never come back and told the doctors that he wanted only people with a positive outlook in his room.

      Well, he died only a couple of years ago and it wasn't from stomach cancer. He didn't go through chemo so my only explanation for how he lived another 20 years is the marijuana. He smoked it .. and I'm sure he often didn't have high-quality pot because he was purchasing it illegally here in Texas from whatever his source had. (I never heard HIM credit marijuana for curing his cancer, that's just my own take on it.)

      Sorry, this turned into a book...

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Very interesting, LWC!! I guess I'm gonna have to educate myself. My nausea problem started in the last year or so, more so the last few months, but I have to take my chemo pill (Gleevec) to stay alive. The doctor in the hospital thought the nausea was probably caused from my reflux getting worse, probably connected to both my parents dying a year and a half ago.

      I was in the hospital dehydrated July 8th, and they found new tumors because I hadn't been taking my Gleevec regularly. Last Saturday, I had another spell, so I have to find a plan. I have to admit I haven't tried the Zofran every day yet. I've been taking my Nexium more, just experimenting.

      I guess I need to educate myself about pot ---it's hard to imagine myself on the street "making a deal" here at age 69. :)

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Hemp's oil extractive is quite different than cannabis oil extract. CBD is not from hemp. THCs are not from hemp. Hemp is an industrial plant from which can be made paper goods and plastics which are biodegradables. The material only takes a season to grow to be mature enough for use so it us an easily renewable source unlike trees which take years to replenish themselves. It is a grass.

      Cannabis is a different. Is will change your attitude. It has medical uses. Many consider it curative for certain ailments.

      Same family of plant but not the same.

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Sorries. Meant to include this link:

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BarbarainBham, I've seen it work personally for my son's PTSD. You can't believe the difference in him since he got rid of all of the VA drugs and started using marijuana instead. My mom went from being vehemently against marijuana to a proponent after she saw my son blow up ... crazy blow up, come home, smoke just a little pot, and become sweet, happy, and ready to face the world again. All within 15 minutes.

      I've not ever tried it for nausea, but I hear fabulous reports, including from research. I heard a doctor speak at a conference earlier this year. He said he won't prescribe it because it could have an impact on his license, but he has friends who do. He sends his patients who want to try marijuana to his friends for prescriptions. Anecdotally, he sees the marijuana working for his patients who try it for nausea. He's essentially a closet proponent :)

      I am distressed hearing that you have new tumors :( Do they think if you will take the Gleevec regularly that you can keep them stable or that they will go away? TAKE THE PILL, my friend!!!!

      I am supposed to take a daily Prilosec. I don't mind taking it, but I usually forget. It isn't that long before I start remembering again though because when I don't take it regularly it hurts like everything to eat. As long as I remember to swallow that pill, there is no pain associated with eating. (I apparently have reflux I am unaware of and the Prilosec controls that reflux)

      I understand not wanting to take the Gleevec with its side effects, but why not take the Zofran? (Is Nexium similar to Zofran or do you need to take both? Haha, I seem to know more about pot than about legal drugs :) )

      Here goes, I'm writing another book ... but I have more to say about consuming marijuana. We have a friend who makes an oil from his marijuana. If I remember right, he just heats some plant material in olive oil or something for several hours to leach out the THC/CBD. Then, he uses the oil on crackers. It takes it a while to work (he WANTS to get high and that's the whole reason he does this), but then it works for several hours. If you don't like the feeling of being high, you could try using it at night-time before bed. Then the only side effect will be a great night's sleep :)

      over 1 year ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      @BarbarainBham, I'm sorry you have new tumors, and I hope your return to taking Gleevax regularly stops any new growth and shrinks the ones that grew. Sending hugs.

      @LiveWithCancer, I love your "books"! I rarely read real books these days, since getting my iPhone, I'm sad to say. I was an avid reader. Funny about your son's cat.

      Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I smoked pit occasionally, though I never bought it myself (I got it through my brother or friends, and the form was always in hand-rolled cigarettes). I also smoked hash once in awhile. The effect was powerful - too powerful (senses enhanced - that was great - but the feelings of unreality and lack of control scared me, so I stopped completely). I'll never again use it recreationally.

      BarbarainBham, I do think pot can cause cancers (I'd read it might cause head and neck). However, I doubt it's worse than tobacco. I'll wait to read about studies, if they come out in our lifetime (as you know, scientific studies can take decades for reliable conclusions, I think).

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/complementary-and-alternative-medicine/marijuana-and-cancer.html

      To fight cancer, FECO (full extract cannabis oil) is the preferred way to go. Basically, marijuana is boiled in a solvent (Everclear is preferred as it dissipates completely) until all that is left is a goo or the oil. The goo is mixed with a carrier oil (usually coconut oil) and turned into suppositories for those who wish to bypass the high. For others who dont mind or look forward to an attitude adjustment a teeny tiny bit of oil will do the trick. Some need to build up to a therapeudic dose over time.

      This is a plant substance. It acts as a curative. There are many who swear by it.

      Best wishes

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Carool and LWWC, thank you for your concern. Yes, the new tumors are because I haven't been taking much of the Gleevec. It's a miracle pill, but throwing up is a strong deterrent, because I can't even hold water down for a day or so. I didn't even throw up when I was pregnant, so I know little about how to manage it. The IV Zofran helped in the hospital, but I was hoping the Nexium would be enough if the nausea was caused by reflux. Sometimes it is enough, so just experimenting, trying to figure out how to tell when I'm going to have a problem and need Zofran. (It happens pretty quick.)

      Like Carool, I've smoked pot with an old BF years ago, but smoking isn't a good option for a cancer patient.

      LWC, I didn't mind being high in a social situation, but at home alone it's not really safe, so I don't usually take opioids or anything that could make me have trouble walking or driving.

      Geekling, medical marijuana isn't legal in Alabama, but I did a search and wondered if it's legal for an out-of-state resident to be seen by a doctor in a Florida clinic and buy medical marijuana in Fla. Would crossing the Alabama line get me in trouble if I was caught with it in my car? I'm not willing to buy it on the street here.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      GEEKLING, THANK YOU FOR THE ABOVE ACS LINK TO INFO!!! I'm providing part of it to others here re Cannabinoid drugs:

      "There are 2 chemically pure drugs based on marijuana compounds that have been approved in the US for medical use.

      Dronabinol (Marinol®) is a gelatin capsule containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that’s approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy as well as weight loss and poor appetite in patients with AIDS.

      Nabilone (Cesamet®) is a synthetic cannabinoid that acts much like THC. It can be taken by mouth to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy when other drugs have not worked."

      Does "approved in the U.S." refer to Federal law?

      Thanks again!

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BarbarainBham, it seems like Marinol is prescribed across the US ... https://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/marinol_PI.pdf I don't see anything to indicate that it is only available in states with legal medical marijuana.

      https://www.dea.gov/divisions/sea/in_focus/marinol-cessmet.pdf ... might be interesting??? I didn't read it.

      I just remembered that I watched a video and then wrote a blog about dealing with nausea. I'm off to try to find it. They had some solution to nausea. Nothing worked for mine either ... so I was real interested in what they had to say ... but now I've forgotten the details. I'll post the link or the information if I can find it.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @BarbarainBham, I don't know if the blog will be of much use to you (https://lungcancer.net/living/nausea-vomiting/) but the drug they were talking about is called Olanzapine.

      Here's what I wrote, in part:

      It was over five years ago that I received chemotherapy. Since that time, new chemotherapies that are less toxic have been discovered. In addition, doctors have discovered a new use for a drug called Olanzapine, brand name Zyprexa. This drug is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but oncologists have found that it is also very effective at controlling nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.

      The drug works by blocking multiple serotonin and dopamine receptors that can cause vomiting. Cancer patients receive a much lower dose of the drug than those with mental disorders. Oncologists are so excited about how the drug works to control nausea that it was written up in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016.

      Navari, R., et al. Olanzapine for the Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting. 2016/07/13. New England Journal of Medicine. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1515725. Available at: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1515725.

      over 1 year ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Thank you for all the info, LWC! I've learned a lot.

      I realized I didn't answer your question about the Nexium and Zofran. Nexium is for the reflux the doctor suspects caused my problem because I've taken Gleevec since 2013 mostly without problems. Previously I had taken Nexium only as needed, usually about twice a week, so I first started taking Nexium more often without taking the Zofran. Although I didn't remember it every day, I'm starting with the Zofran this week. Yesterday it helped even after I started feeling nauseous, but it took about a hour. (Zofran is an anti-nausea med, so I need to learn about its side effects, too. It was put in my hospital IV, too.)

      over 1 year ago

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