Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Faux Pot

Nearly everyday I see a posting or a journal article about the medicinal benefits of cannabis (POT!) It's not like I needed convincing. Other countries that don't have such plebeian laws have recognized this long ago.

They (the powers that be) know that it's the cannabinoids containing the Delta 9 THC that attaches to special receptors in the brain.

It has been shown clinically (we won't discuss subjectively here ) to :

*relieve muscle spasms

*increase appetite

*reduce nausea

The FDA has approved a synthetic version of this naturally occurring compound. The very first drug made available is MARINOL who's proprietary ingredient is called dronabinol. They make it clear that it does not actually contain any marijuana. It is a synthesised version of the natural cannabinoid.

Marinol is approved to prescribe to cancer patients to combat side effects of chemotherapy and to aide HIV patients. It's only disclaimer:The most common adverse effects probably related to MARINOL are dizziness, euphoria, paranoid reaction, somnolence, thinking abnormal, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Did they say adverse?

Nothing in this class of pseudo-ganja has been approved for Multiple Sclerosis, but studies have been done and more are underway. I was excited when I saw this headline today:

Cannabis could hold the key to ending multiple sclerosis misery

A team of scientists led by David Baker, Professor of Neuroimmunology at Queen Mary, University of London had some notable findings. They found that cannabis not only helped with the symptoms of neuropathic pain and spasms in Multiple Sclerosis but that it could significantly enhance therapy, not only by reducing nerve damage and erratic nerve impulses, but perhaps even by hindering development of the condition. They found it could block the autoimmune response and slow the disease progression!

So the article goes on with allot of medical jargon talking about the different receptors in the brain, especially the ones that cause those pesky aforementioned adverse side effects. After all this good news Doc Baker breaks the bummer:

"Professor David Baker said: “Whilst targeting CB1 receptors for therapy runs the risk of causing the unwanted “high” to achieve these effects, we can get the same result by targeting CB2 receptors, which avoids these risks. Therefore, we can start to think about using new drugs that harness the potential medical benefits that cannabis has to offer but move away from the issues over the legality and recreational use of the plant product”."

I predict...(what, you didn't know Bubbie was psychic???) They, the Big Pharma companies will continue playing in their respective labs concocting synthetic "oids" for medicinal use. The whole plant, as nature intended will not come into legal use until such time as the evil geniuses at Monsanto, DuPont, or ConAgra find a way to own the patent on the seeds, genetically engineer them, grow them and control the sale and use of the crop. Then we will be able to purchase it OTC where it will sit next to the sinus medications, and we can sign a registry (so they know WHO you are) pay the nice lady and go home and smoke a fat one.



SPEAK IT, SISTA! Dayum you're good...ever consider an "activist" career?!? Big Pharma will rue the day when "it" faces off with you!

Linda D. in Seattle

Bubbie said...

"activist"? That would require being active! LOL. I think the only things I have that are active are the misfiring neurons in bramaged dain. They may be responsible for my tendency to see the absurd.