Is Crude Marijuana Safe

Fiction:  Crude marijuana is a safe and effective medicine

“Medical” marijuana advocates claim that nausea, appetite loss, pain, and anxiety can be helped by smoking marijuana. They claim that marijuana helps with wasting syndromes of cancer, and HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, anorexia. They also claim it helps with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injuries, muscle spasms, bladder dysfunction, spasticity, and ataxia (loss of coordination) and a variety of other illnesses. They claim that marijuana is one of the safest substances known.

Fact:  Crude marijuana is not a safe or effective medicine.

Crude marijuana is not supported for medicinal use by many prominent national health organizations. [FN4]  Crude marijuana as medicine has been rejected by the American Medical Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Cancer Society, the National Eye Institute, the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Drs. Eric Voth and Richard Schwartz, experts on marijuana, having extensively reviewed available therapies for chemotherapy-associated nausea, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and appetite stimulation, determined that no compelling need exists to make crude marijuana available as a medicine for physicians to prescribe. They concluded that the most appropriate direction for research is to research specific cannabinoids or synthetic analogs rather than pursuing the smoking of marijuana.

The conclusions of Drs. Voth and Schwartz were echoed by the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine in an assessment of scientific marijuana and cannabinoid research. They see "little future in smoked marijuana as a medicine." 

Legalization advocates would have the public and policy makers incorrectly believe that marijuana is the only treatment alternative for masses of cancer sufferers who are going untreated for the nausea associated with chemotherapy, and for all those who suffer from glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments. However, numerous effective medications are currently available for these conditions. According to Dr. Eric Voth, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the only possible use for cancer is to treat the nausea associated with chemotherapy, or create appetite stimulation, but there are better FDA approved medications available. There are no uses for treating epilepsy. With AIDS it has been claimed to help appetite but there are better safer FDA medications for this. The only remotely documented benefit is with spasticity but there are better medicines available.

Below is a list of the FDA approved medications currently available for chemotherapy, and for all those who suffer from glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments.
Serotonin Antagonists
Ondansetron (Zofran)
Granisetron (Kytril)
Tropisetron (Navoban)

Dolasetron
Phenothiazines
Prochlorperazine (Compazine)
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
Thiethylperazine (Torecan)
Perphenazine (Trilafon)
Promethazine (Phenergan)
Corticosteroids
Dexamethasone (Decadron)
Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
Anticholinergics

Scopolamine (Trans Derm Scop)
Butyrophenones
Droperidol (Inapsine)
Haloperidol (Haldol)
Domperidone (Motilium)
Benzodiazepines
Lorazepam (Ativan)
Alprazolam (Xanax)
Substituted Benzamides

Metoclopramide (Reglan)
Trimethobenzamide (Tigan)
Alizapride (Plitican)
Cisapride (Propulsid)
Antihistamines

Diphenhydramine (Benedryl)