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  1. by   GilbertDaddy
    Quote from butterfly63
    i work on an oncology unit and i have seen what cancer does to people. if a little weed relieves a patients nausea and suffering then by all means they should be able to use it.


    besides the pharmacutical companies put out a drug called marinol it has all the same substances as weed except the thc. it relieves nausea symptoms and increases the appetite. i'm sure that the marinol cost alot more that a bag of weed. so once again big business is making a profit at the suffering of others.

    definitely..

    http://www.drugsense.org/wodclock.htm

    about $600 every second :angryfire

    i appreciate the research being done and the theory of marinol but once again, we have a perfectly affordable way of providing that to patients for literally the cost of a small bag of soil, a couple seeds, and water.

    the cost of just growing or legally buying some weed has to be a fraction of what a drug like marinol costs.

    some would say that smoking could be harmful. while there has never been a marijuana-related fatality (from overdosing, sole cause of cancer, etc), even if you didn't advise smoking it.. there are still several high-quality vaporizers which burn the plant at such a high temperature that only the thc vapor is inhaled.. completely free of any smoke.

    don't mind me - i'm passionate about this. my kids shouldn't get second rate educations because we can't afford good education and a war on pot and now that my dd is in 1st grade... she is.
  2. by   NurseRatched67
    I don't seem to see many of my end stage cancer patients worried about lung cancer or smoking related illnesses.

    I've seen marijuana relieve symptoms in patients that even 12 Fentanyl patches couldn't.

    These patients are not driving, not operating heavy machinery, not working..they are just suffering.

    Let them have whatever they want.

    As for N/V in chemo patients. There are a ton of drugs out there besides marijuana that allviate the N/V.

    I think what really needs to be looked at is how and when to use all drugs properly for symptom relief.

    A good majority of newly diagnosed oncology patients want to try and stay as active in their lives and work as possible.

    While I think MM has it's place, it must be used correctly or the benefit for some will not outweight the risk. Think secondary malignancies in early cancer stages.
  3. by   flightnurse2b
    Quote from GilbertDaddy
    Definitely..

    http://www.drugsense.org/wodclock.htm

    About $600 every SECOND :angryfire

    I appreciate the research being done and the theory of Marinol but once again, we have a perfectly affordable way of providing that to patients for literally the cost of a small bag of soil, a couple seeds, and water.

    The cost of just growing or legally buying some weed has to be a fraction of what a drug like Marinol costs.

    Some would say that smoking could be harmful. While there has NEVER been a marijuana-related fatality (from overdosing, sole cause of cancer, etc), even if you didn't advise smoking it.. there are still several high-quality vaporizers which burn the plant at such a high temperature that only the THC vapor is inhaled.. completely free of any smoke.

    Don't mind me - I'm passionate about this. My kids shouldn't get second rate educations because we can't afford good education AND a war on pot And now that my DD is in 1st grade... she is.

    i agree with you on this 100%. it is something i feel very strongly about also and i couldn't have put it any better.
  4. by   nursesail
    We already have a form of medical marijuana. Why do they need to smoke it as well and pollute everyone else's air?
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from nursesail
    We already have a form of medical marijuana. Why do they need to smoke it as well and pollute everyone else's air?
    Because there are many patients who say that Marinol does nothing for them. If they are terminally ill, it's not my job to tell them they can't smoke their pot.
  6. by   nurseirma
    I am for the legalizing of marijuana period, for the same reasons that have already been stated.
  7. by   d4nNY
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    Decriminalize it. Increase tax income from it's sale, increase farming jobs, decrease court cost w/ prosecution, decrease jail time R/T violation of its use & distribution (and perhaps allow for criminals who have commited serious crimes to fulfill their entire sentence vs. early release d/t overcrowding).
    I was going to post that entire statement in my own words. No better way to say it!
  8. by   Babs0512
    Ditto!
  9. by   CNAcollegestudent
    This thread is great and i am very pleased to see 90% of us nurses are agreeing to the rights of medical marijuana. The differences between marijuana and alcohol in a prolonged use is astonishing. Alcohol is by far way worse for you then marijuana EVER could be! I dont get why they appeal marijuana as such a demonic drug.
    Overdosing on alcohol =BAD NEWS/POTENTIAL DEATH
    Overdosing on marijuana = good sleep and maybe a severe case of the "munchies".
  10. by   ShannonRN2010
    I would LOVE to see it used medically.

    My FIL has glaucoma...he's doc years ago told him that smoking pot would help it...and it did, but now that he is religious, its illegal and he won't use it.

    When you see that it CAN help ppl live a productive life, seriously, what is the harm?
  11. by   dorie43rn
    I personally know someone who was addicted to Oxycontins. He tried to get off of them cold turkey, and it was a disaster. He decided to try smoking pot when the withdrawls came, and he was off his addiction in three days, no kidding! They hand out Oxycontins like candy, but medical pot is such a no no. They are so STUPID!!!! Something needs done.
  12. by   shodobe
    It should have been decriminalized decades ago along with prostitution(another issue). Police need to go after more violent criminals and NO I don't think the use of MJ leads to harder drugs. Also, NO I have never used the stuff or even inhaled it(accidently). I just think it is sad that people have something that will relieve their pain and suffering and there are those who hold onto their beliefs that a crime is being commited.
  13. by   mama_d
    Here's a nurse who hopes that her kids never find out the extent to which I experimented when younger...I never did coke or heroin, too scared to, but boy did I smoke a lot of weed!

    I know several people who smoke, and when I was post-op from abdominal surgery and ended up with an ileus, I would have loved to have been able to take a few hits to take care of the nausea/vomiting and pain. Several days of vomiting after abdominal surgery and not being able to hold down any pain meds made for a very awful time.
    I also care for oncology patients on a regular basis. The entire time I was sick post-op, I was thinking of the poor patients I care for who deal with feeling that way constantly. I have had a few patients whose family members quietly, after testing the waters first, tell me that they provided pot for the patient at times and that as the end became nearer, it was the only thing that seemed to help. I think it's a travesty that we have the ability to provide this to them but it's denied for legal reasons.

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