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POT: Patients need real medical marijuana

Letter by Karen S. Lebeter, Lakewood on Dec. 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm with No Comments »
December 18, 2012 2:01 pm

My husband has Friedreich’s Ataxia. His lungs are compromised. He has constant, severe nerve pain and leg spasms. His doctor said more Oxycodone would not help his pain, but medical marijuana would.

Two people have told me that we need CBD (cannabidiol), not THC (the stuff that gets you high). I have also heard that most marijuana in the U.S. has had the CBD bred out of it because it didn’t get you high.

In Israel they are raising medical marijuana that has high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. My husband needs a liquid or pill to take, because he can’t smoke.

Now that we have tentatively legalized marijuana in Washington state, will we be getting serious about medical marijuana? Why can’t we buy a liquid or pill form with a definite level of CBD and THC?

I am not interested in gardening for marijuana. How would I extract the medicinal parts of the plant, measure the amounts and then put it in liquid or pill form? Someone suggested baking it in brownies. How would we know what the levels of CBD and THC are and how it is affected by baking? How much would he need to eat?

I don’t think we are close to having true medical marijuana. Although doctors are convinced that patients with  multiple sclerosis and other conditions affecting nerves are better off with CBD, there is no way to easily get it and no way to control doses.

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