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Marijuana for MS: Miracle or Menace?

It’s clear that marijuana use can cause cognitive problems in the short-term, and perhaps even long-term. It is not something to be taken lightly, but for the chronically ill, perhaps that’s a fair trade-off.

Currently, 13 states allow some use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s approval, and earlier this year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that it will no longer raid state-approved marijuana dispensaries; our view of marijuana is changing.

It’s all very cut and dry if you believe that marijuana is nothing more than a dangerous and illegal street drug. But the testimonials by the chronically ill give one pause. Quality of life and end of life issues take on a whole new meaning when it’s your life rather than a hypothetical exercise.

Living comes with difficult choices that we’d rather not make, and sometimes it’s about the lesser evil. If marijuana, in its common form or some other variation, can improve quality of life, if only briefly, should it be treated any differently than any medication prescribed by a physician? Is it a moral issue?

Whether it’s a miracle or a menace may be in the eye of the beholder.

Writer Ann Pietrangelo embraces the concept of personal responsibility for health and wellness. As a multiple sclerosis patient, she combines a healthy lifestyle and education with modern medicine, and seeks to provide information and support to others. She is a regular contributor to Care2.com’s Reform Health Policy blog in Causes.

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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8:32PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

miracle

10:53AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

People should have the right to TRY anything that they want. It's their lives. We need to quit being a NANNY STATE. I live with chronic pain. I'm waiting for an appointment with a civilian doctor to get a Marijuana script to deal with the pain because the VAMC system CAN"T prescribe it even though it's been shown to be VERY effective for PTSD and other medical conditions. The pharmaceutical companies don't want it used because that takes money out of THEIR pockets. The same reason they don't want cures for things. It's all about the money. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY ME ANY TREATMENT I WANT TO TRY. My body, my CHOICE!!!!

9:54AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

To Laura S... I disagree I have M.S. you try living in our shoes. For me it is better than any Chemical than Man has Made! Rather it be injested or smoked, it relieves my Muscles and Tendons from feeling like they are pulling all the way up to my throat! I did Bee Sting Therapy, yes Bee's can be a menace also, but do you think our World would be better off without Honey Bees? I dont think so!

6:06AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Thank you

4:54AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

I think it's a menace to society and should be banned.

3:39AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

miracle

2:30AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

thanks

1:40AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

interesting, thanks for sharing

10:33AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

Thanx for the interesting reading.

5:17PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I'M NOT ONE TO JUDGE SINCE I DON'T HAVE IT!

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