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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Monday, April 21, 2014

four twenty

4/20 4/20 as i wrote the dates
now what does that sound so familiar
i saw why when i started reading news reports on online

it willies day
the day the marijuana supporters celebrate every year
this year
the day was real big in colorado

since they legalized it they have raked in millions of tax revenue
that would have gone to i guess to the drug cartels
to the owners of all the jails there
some of it would have been spent on arresting those who
were using it

i noticed they arrested folks yesterday in denver
several for being out of staters smoking the weed
guess thats illegal
you cant smoke it in public
but i noticed there was a big old cloud over the 4/20
celebration there
selective arrests must have occurred

my views on legalization has changed a lot in the last few years
anything you know can be abused

the most abused thing in the united states
which carries the greatest health effects that is seen in
cost us millions of dollars a year in healthcare cost is
so anything can be abused

now with marijuana chronic excessive users pot heads
as they are called
do have long term effects
as it seems they do actually get dumber

those who use it regularly but not abusively over years
have been found to have a lower incidence of alzheimers disease

its also been used in patients with alzheimers who have
difficulty sleeping at night
a common problem because of the disease as it destroys
the brain
a common side effect of aricept (donepezil) used in alzheimers
is sleep disturbances
which is a medicine im on for possible alzheimers
i have this side effect myself

so i recently was given some medicinal marijuana to try
to see if it would help
so i took the one sample i got
it made me restless all night long i woke up frequently all night
even though i was in bed for 8 hours
then when i awoke i did not feel rested
i felt tired and sleepy for about twenty four hours

so it didnt work for me and there are no plans to retry it

there is a drug that is available by prescription that is extracted
from marijuana of course it would be branded and expensive
that helps with the nausea of chemotherapy

many cancer patients just buy some weed and smoke it
or use the weed food like brownies to take

this is a very common use by these patients

all this is blocked by our federal and state laws that really
dont make sense

the potential for medicinal use is there if more research could
be done
instead most of the medicinal marijuana is anecdotal and has
not been subjective to good scientific research

it eg is commonly used by nfl footballers for chronic pain control
during the football season as injuries mount up as the season
goes on
some athletes say its better than ibuprofen naproxen or hydrocodone

there just needs to be good studies done

researchers if they do marijuana research can only use the stuff
grown at a facility at the university of mississippi
its expensive and tightly controlled

just do the studies and prove one way or another if this stuff
really does what is said that it does

so food
then alcohol
then tobacco
all are legal
are probably the three most abused in the united states
are the causes of many of the diseases we see in our
healthcare system
including alzheimers disease and dementia

so marijuana use is apolitical really from talking to patients
over the years when they were asked about its use
all political spectrums all religions seem to use it

lets research it lets legalize it lets make some of the tax
revenues off it

i do know that in 2020 in 6 years that there will
be a month long celebration during april that year


the organicgreen doctor

1 comment:

  1. Because it has a stigma attached to it, the general consensus from the conservative base is that it is all bad. I agree. Research it. I don't smoke it, never have and don't see a need... but I'm not also suffering chronic pain or other issues. Thankfully I've become more open-minded in the past decade.