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Medical Marijuana

Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician, Toxicologist and Pharmacologist. He has experience with 4,000 medical marijuana patients.

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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - Cannabis as useful medicine was first brought to Western Europe by Dr. W.B. O'Shaunessy about 1840. He had served in India where he was introduced to the medical use by local physicians. He found it to be efficacious for analgesia, rabies, cholera, tetanus and convulsions and soon published his findings in England. This was followed by many physicians using it (successfully) for many medical conditions.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) via their journal the Annals of Internal Medicine as of January 2008, has published the best but unfortunately limited article about the benefits of marijuana/cannabis as medicine.

Unfortunately positive articles on the subject have rarely been printed in medical journals for the past thirty years. Only 10 of their 41 references are dated after 2005 and much of the most critical and acceptable medical information has been published since 2001 at which time physicians had enough clinical experience but could rarely get their research published.

Their article only refers to a few of the medical conditions for which marijuana/cannabis has been found to be highly beneficial. This article will indicate some 25 or more diseases for which it is efficacious.

More History

Dr. John Russel Reynolds became the personal physician for Queen Victoria around 1868, who used it for menstrual cramps, nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and obstetric analgesia. She had eleven children.

About 1860 the Ohio State Medical Society published a therapeutics report on cannabis use. They recommended it for fourteen medical conditions for which cannabis is still used today.

Physicians in California, Oregon and elsewhere where it is medically legal have found it effective for a very broad list of medical conditions.

Ms. Tia Taylor MPH indicates that cannabis/marijuana has been used for numerous (potential) uses. The conditions specified in the present communication indicate a very broad list of medical conditions. In fact the U.S. Pharmacopoeia up to 1937 listed one hundred successfully treated medical conditions.

At the present time eleven U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana for at least 400 thousand patients with the numbers increasing rapidly as physicians can review records and sign applications or recommended forms.

There are no standard or optimal doses. The U.S. government has prevented any standardization of quantity or quality and medical users of Marinol, a synthetic THC, have found the natural substance far superior.

Inhalation of the medicinal compounds through a vaporizer as with asthma inhalers (not smoked as cigarettes or through a pipe) is the optimal means of titrating to optimal relief. Oral administering and absorption is fraught with difficulties and few patients use it even with Marinol.

Cannabis/marijuana is the safest medication ever discovered. The worst adverse effect is sleeping many hours with a very high "overdose" though Marinol causes panic attacks.

This author has had over 4,000 patients with all of the medical conditions mentioned. They all say "cannabis/marijuana is better than any and all of the standard prescriptions taken!"

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More information on the history of Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of Phil Leveque about his experiences in WWII.
Order the book by mail by following this link: Dogface Soldier.
If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.

Watch for more streaming video question and answer segments about medical marijuana with Bonnie King Dr. Phil Leveque.

Click on this link for other articles and video segments about PTSD and medical marijuana on Dr. Leveque INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES

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Tim King February 24, 2008 9:08 pm (Pacific time)

D. Fredricks, good attempt at baiting us into making an illegal statement, you moron. For the record, there is nobody named D. Fredricks; this is a regular comment poster who sees antagonism as an apparent reason for life. Anything remotely liberal in nature is instantly under assault by this individual. I will let other people respond to his assertion if they so desire, I'm banning every comment from this individual in the future, regardless of the incarnation he wishes to impersonate, and there are several.

Jared February 24, 2008 8:52 pm (Pacific time)

Why not give a 13 yr old marijuana it is safer than asprin the only difference is the feeling. Why would you not take something that is less harmful and makes you feel good??

Alastair McGowan February 24, 2008 12:24 am (Pacific time)

I just can't understand why the past 100 years history with cannabis hasn't convinced us to legalise it and allow society to benefit from these effects. Instead we get governments deciding that it has no medical benefit and worse still that it can cause social harm. Has anyone come up with the following statistics, and if not why not: aggregrate the social benefits of cannabis and the 'social harm' of cannabis objectively/quantitatively and see what the result is. I predict only social good. There must be enough data by now to enable such a calculation.

D. Fredricks February 23, 2008 9:49 pm (Pacific time)

My question is this, would you recommend marijuana to a 13 year old female for menstrual cramps? Why or why not?

Jeff February 21, 2008 8:23 pm (Pacific time)

God Bless Dr. Leveque, he was the one who told me my Diabetic Neiropathic Gastro Paresis nausea qualifies me for a legal medical marijuana prescription in Oregon. Trouble is I live in Iowa where the politicians think like our biggest product PORK.

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