I Should Be Able to Smoke Medical Marijuana
I have a prescription for Marinol , but there is only 2mg of synthetic THC (and no other cannabinoids mixed in, the marijuana plant has over 20 different variations of cannabinoids that may make the difference) are in each tablet and too get the same calming feeling I get from a 1/4 gram joint (one normal tobacco cigarette contains about a gram of plant material) I have to take about 3 to 6 Marinol pills (about $50 per dosage). If I am not feeling well and I feel nauseous, then I cannot swallow the pills easily whereas I can still smoke some "weed" (as long as I do not over do it and start coughing and gagging). Now this 2mg Marinol pill costs about $8 US whereas it only costs me about $0.20 (20 cents) for the same amount in the "devil weed" (each gram of marijuana contains about 50 - 75mg of THC and costs me 10 bucks, 50mg of Marinol would cost about $200.00 US). If I was allowed to grow my own marijuana plants for medical use, it would only cost me 1 cent (or less) a MG to produce.
I have AIDS (got HIV from open heart surgery in the 1980s when I was a teenager) and often I do not feel that great in the mornings or after taking medications. Marijuana will make me feel better if I smoke (vaporizer is the safest way to smoke it) some within 5 minutes. Also, synthetic THC that is legal to prescribe by doctors somewhat works (not as well though and it takes 2 to 3 hours for the effects to be noticed and appreciated). Seems like a scam that I can legally have THC from a pharmaceutical company (inflated 1000 times the retail "street price" or 50,000 times more cost that for me to produce my own) but I cannot grow my own (I guess the pharmaceutical companies make the rules so their profits are not threatened). I feel the pharmacies are taking advantage of sick people like me and trying to get every last cent from me before I expire!
Sure you can possibly get cancer from smoking weed in a cigarette form, but there are many alternatives that cut the risk to almost nothing or have no cancer risks at all. For example, eating it is actually good for you, it's basically a vegetable high in vitamins and antioxidants (but the effects take 1 to 2 hours to notice, whereas smoking or vaporizing THC you feel the effects in 2 minutes). You can vaporize it with a contraption that heats the THC crystals just enough that the evaporate, but the leafy plant material does not burn (the carcinogens are in the burnt plant material, so if you do not actually burn the plant then no dirty carcinogens). THC can be extracted into oils (THC is not water soluble, but it can be mixed in alcohol to make a spray) like butter, than spread on toast or used in cooking. There is also ways of spraying THC remedies in your mouth (leave it sit for a few minutes without swallowing) and the membranes in your mouth will absorb it directly to your blood stream). You can also stick marijuana up your butt (anally inserted), but this method I would never try (yuck).
Many people claim that "pot" makes people useless and lazy. Well with me, without marijuana I am actually a dull, lazy and unproductive person who would rather watch TV all day as an escape. With some THC in my system, I get to work on my home business and make it grow or feel more sociable to spend time with my family. Other people claim that pot makes you an insance rapist, for me, I would rather work on my home business than to get "laid". Other people think it causes craziness, well I am more crazy and manic without it, I will easily over react without THC wheareas with pot I think more about things before I react (it slows me down and gives my conscience and reasoning a chance to "talk to me").
HOW POT HELPS ME:
-clears up (or masks) nausea caused by AIDS or medications.
-helps with my depression. I smoke a bit and my worries do not seem so bad (now I can actually think about solving them rather than panicking). I also get more motivated to do repetitive tasks (like a job) or do things I would rather find too boring to even start.
-when I feel manic or over stimulated, a few puffs of marijuana will calm me right down. It's like taking a Xanax or Valium that works in 3 minutes instead of 35 minutes (Xanax takes a long time to work, seems even longer when you are having a panic attack).
-helps me as a pain reliever that is fast acting (no 45 minute like with taking Vicoden), only takes a couple minutes for the effects to come on if inhaled THC through lungs or absorbed by mouth.
-helps with HIV/AIDS wasting, first month of Marinol I gained about 4 pounds (haven't been able to afford another batch or Marinol, but have had a few chances to get weed to maintain a gradual weight gain)
-kills my migraine headaches, other drugs (Ibruprophen, vicoden, aspirin, etc) only take a way a bit
-with THC, by the end of the day I am tired and ready for a good night's sleep by 1 to 2 am, without THC, I am insomniac and it takes me 2 or 3 hours to get to sleep and I do not sleep that well
-it's fun to use recreationally as I am a easy going person when "stoned" on "pot", but if I get drunk on alcohol, I just want to fight and be a smart *** with everyone (I get quite aggressive from "booze")
Even though I have a prescription for Marinol, I from time to time buy street weed (yes, I could get in trouble, but paying the price of Marinol will get me into financial trouble), but I would much rather grow it myself so I know its not contaminated or moldy. I do not use Marinol very often (usually go without the THC helpers) as I have to pay the full cost out of pocket (no coverage with insurance) and there is no way I can afford to use $150 to $200 of legal pharmaceutical THC daily (would only cost $10 a day with illegal weed, or would only cost $1 a day if I grew it myself).
Not only should I be able to smoke marijuana for medical purposes, I believe that is should be made legal for everyone (healthy or sick)! There are over 20,000,000 Americans in jail for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and it takes $45,000 a year to detain them, there's 900 billion dollars ($900,000,000,000.00) of tax payers money wasted every year (almost a trillion dollars). If marijuana was legal, it would be like the end of prohibition, no more "Al Capone's" would be killing over territories and running things. It costs about $1 to produce a gram of marijuana and the government could add a $5 tax to it and then stores could sell it for $10 to $15 for the same gram. Considering that over 30,000,000 Americans use pot each week (2 to 20 grams used per person), the governments could easily make $400,000,000 extra a month in taxes (that's $4.8 billion a year). Also think about all the money that would be saved on enforcing the marijuana rules (cops could actually go after bad guys and real criminals for a change).
A recent government survey tells us: Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the United States. Over 83 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. Over 12 million had used the drug in the month before the survey. Another survey, which is conducted yearly, includes students from 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. In 2001, the survey showed that 20 percent of 8th-graders have tried marijuana at least once, and by 10th grade, 20 percent are “current” users (that is, used within the past month.) Among 12th-graders, nearly 50 percent have tried marijuana/hash at least once, and about 22 percent were current users.
Written by the founder of http://www.AIDSchat.org