Marijuana is medicine.
It has been used for thousands of years to treat a
wide variety of ailments.
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) was legal in the
United States for all purposes - industrial and recreational, as well as
medicinal until 1937.
Today, only eight Americans are legally allowed to use marijuana as medicine.
NORML is working to restore marijuana's availability as medicine.
Value Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically
active substances known.
No one has ever died from an overdose.
It is also
Four of its general therapeutic applications include: relief from nausea and
increase of appetite; reduction of intraocular ("within the eye") pressure;
reduction of muscle spasms; relief from mild to moderate chronic pain.
Marijuana is often useful in the treatment of the following conditions:
Marijuana alleviates the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite
caused by chemotherapy treatment.
Marijuana alleviates the nausea,
vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the disease itself and by treatment
with AZT and other drugs.
Marijuana, by reducing intraocular pressure, alleviates the
pain and slows or halts the progress of the disease.
Glaucoma, which damages
vision by gradually increasing eye pressure over time, is the leading cause of
blindness in the United States.
Marijuana reduces the muscle pain and spasticity caused
by the disease.
It may also relieve tremor and unsteadiness of gait, and it
helps some patients with bladder control.
Multiple sclerosis is the leading
cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the
Marijuana prevents epileptic seizures in some patients.
Marijuana reduces the chronic, often debilitating pain caused
by a variety of injuries and disorders.
Each of these uses has been recognized as legitimate at least once by various
courts, legislatures, government, or scientific agencies throughout the United
Currently, such well respected organizations as the National Academy
of Sciences (1982), the California Medical Association (1993), the Federation
of American Scientists (1994), the Australian Commonwealth Department of Human
Services and Health (1994), the American Public Health Association (1995),
the San Francisco Medical Society (1996), the California Academy of Family
Physicians (1996), as well as several state nursing associations have supported
the use of marijuana as a medicine.
In addition, anecdotal evidence exists that marijuana is effective in the
treatment of arthritis, migraine headaches, pruritis, menstrual cramps, alcohol
and opiate addiction, and depression and other mood disorders. Marijuana could
benefit as many as five million patients in the United States.
However, except for the eight individuals given special permission by the
federal government, marijuana remains illegal-even as medicine! Individuals