Sunday, June 22, 2014
Medical Marijuana's Untold Story
Put in more precise terms, one is psychoactive. That one is medical marijuana that has a high THC content.
Many medical marijuana products are high in CBD, which is not psychoactive.
The distinction is rarely made in stories about the tide of medical marijuana legalization sweeping the country.
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, seems to think, wrongly, that the distinction between the two products has to do with whether they are smoked.
The New York Times reported Cuomo agreed to not veto a pilot medical marijuana program because “no smoking of the drug would be permitted, though a variety of other options — including edibles and tinctures — would be. Patients would also be allowed to inhale if the drug was vaporized, similar to e-cigarettes.”
Indeed, some CBD products are smoked, and the issue is not lung cancer.
The media, always willing to hype marijuana stories, would have Americans believe that edible marijuana can make you paranoid. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd reported that she freaked out after eating much more than was ever intended by the seller. She said there were no instructions on the label.
She wrote that the edibles had effect immediately but in a short time: “… I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy.”
Dowd apparently survived this experience though we never found out what happened to the room service.
It may not be in the interest of medical marijuana users for people to know too much. If they do, some might insist that there is no need for medical marijuana that can get you high.
Some insist they need such products. And clearly it has not been proven that only CBD-based products are needed. Little is certain where marijuana is concerned, other than it is not a gateway drug, does not lead to violence or brain damage.
According to some, CBD, because it does not get you high, is not the evil weed. In other words, not marijuana at all.
“According to this political pretzel logic, marijuana gets you high, but CBD-rich marijuana doesn’t get you high; therefore, CBD-rich marijuana is not marijuana.
“This is not medical marijuana. It’s just an oil derived from that plant,” according to Wisconsin GOP state representative John Spiros, a former police officer who voted to approve CBD-only legislation. Gage Froerer, a Utah state legislator, weighed in with similar rhetorical gimmickry about CBD: “It’s not a drug. It’s not medical marijuana,” reports Project CBD.
When Florida became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana it specified that it only be strains with a low THC count. The District of Columbia also has legalized medical marijuana.
CBD Only Stampede
Maureen Dowd Gets Stoned