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Jul-03-2007 14:28printcomments

Medical Marijuana Medical Conditions

Phillip Leveque has spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Physician and Toxicologist.

U.S. states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana
U.S. states that have legalized the medical use of marijuana (as of 3/2007) Courtesy: NORML

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The disparate medical conditions for which marijuana/cannabis is effective is astonishing. It must mean that many of the physiological and/or pharmacological effects are on cell membranes despite the fact that there are at least two different receptors, CB-1 and CB-2. Cannabis seems to work everywhere.

The California law, Proposition 215, which launched the legal medical marijuana programs in the U.S. states, in part, that patients have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the persons health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief. The last part of this paragraph has been found to be the most protective for both physicians and patients, and California physicians have found cannabis to be efficacious for many other diseases.

The medical marijuana journal/newspaper O’Shaughnessy, spring 2004, lists the following conditions for which the California physicians found marijuana use to be effective: (1) AIDS wasting syndrome, (2) arthritis, osteo- and rheumatoid, (3) asthma (while not burning cannabis), (4) Crohn’s disease/inflammatory bowel disease, (5) depression, (6) mental illness--schizophrenia (pro and con articles have been reported), (7) degenerative neural diseases, (8) eating disorders/anorexia, (9) epilepsy/seizures, (10) glaucoma, (11) intractable breathlessness, (12) migraine, (13) multiple sclerosis, (14) nausea and vomiting, (15) obstetric problems (dysmenorrheal, morning sickness, uterine bleeding, and antimiscarriage), (16) pain, of all types, (17) phantom limb pain, (18) tumors ( blockade of a carcinogenesis enzyme), and (19) withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism, morphinism, cocaine addiction, chloral hydrate addiction, etc. (and probably tobacco addiction).


Medical Marijuana in the USA NORML Map

California physicians have tried it for many other conditions on the basis that their patients told them it was effective.

Some of them are: anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, brain trauma, ADD, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, panic attacks, Tourettes syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, ulcers, celiac disease, pancreatitis, diverticulitis, lupus, spondylitis, scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis, interstital cystitis, Sjogrens, chronic fatigue, Bechets syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, optic neuritis, Lou Gehrigs disease, Parkinsons, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, senile dementia, sleep apnea, COPD, chronic sinusitis, and psoriasis.

It appears that the patients, especially in California, have become the practical pharmacologists because it is certain that no physician would have the therapeutic courage to try marijuana de novo for any of these last-mentioned diseases. (Here's a link to Oregon's accepted conditions: oregonmedicalmarijuanaprogram.com)

It reminds me what Dr. William Osler said, “The patient will tell you what’s wrong with them—and what works.”

It will take awhile before American physicians will be wise enough or brave enough to try the long used and broadly successful marijuana/cannabis as a first choice medicine.

I predict it will happen.

Dr. Phil Leveque is Salem-News.com’s Medical Expert

Dr. Leveque has a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry, working as an osteopathic physician and forensic toxicologist. He is currently a non-practicing physician in Oregon who has testified in over 400 court cases as an expert witness and continues to share his wisdom through speaking engagements and special events, as well as with readers far and wide. Phil Leveque has always been a fighter, from his days in the Army during World War Two, when he captured 26 Nazi officers in a single day -by himself - to the rigors of being a Professor while also a full-time medical student.

He spent 25 years as a Professor, teaching in 10 different colleges and universities in the U.S., and two years teaching in Africa through the University of London where he had the opportunity to help train the first physicians in Tanzania. He was also offered the position of Chief Toxicologist for Baltimore, Maryland, offered Chairman of Pharmacology in Texas and Deanship at the Osteopathic College in California.

He then settled down as a retired professor in Oregon, and continued to pursue an occupation as an osteopathic physician and forensic toxicologist.

Dr. Leveque was an integral force in the passing of Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act in 1998, and co-founder of the THC Clinic in Portland, Oregon. He was a vigilant patient activist throughout his battle with the Oregon Medical Board, earning him the moniker “Most dangerous doctor in Oregon” and continues to serve the public good as a national spokesperson. (For consult or to invite Dr. Leveque to your event, contact via email, below)

Do you have a question or comment for Dr. Leveque? Email him: Newsroom@Salem-News.com

Learn more about Phil Leveque’s true life story found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier by Phil Leveque about his experiences in WWII.
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Anonymous January 4, 2012 8:16 am (Pacific time)

9 states down 41 to go!SLOW


anynoumous September 13, 2011 8:09 am (Pacific time)

i have terrible naseua , anxiety,ADD, apetite , and insomnia and marijuana is illegal where i live wich is bullshit cause its the only thing thats helps me i dont smoke to get high i smoke because it helps alot . it jus sucks because im viewed as a criminal for a fucking plant is just rediculous i think u retartds need to pull your heads outta your asses and legalize cannabis , phycedelics and hallutiagens beacuse they dont care about our safety one bit there just dont want us taking back our minds because it easier to control a moronic precription druged up alcoholics to retain though . its very sad the world we live in and the way people are going . all im saying is ron paul for 2012 or usa is fucked for good and im outta here


Sheila August 26, 2011 1:16 pm (Pacific time)

http://www.freemygreen.com/bbs/index.php?  a place for patients, caregivers and growers find each other. Where we help legal OMMP cardholders become self sufficient by helping obtain plants, trade strains, get growing advice and find support to grow their own medicine.You are welcome to join this community if you are a legal OMMP card holder.

You are also welcome to join this forum website if you need information about obtaining your OMMP card. There are many members that will assist you with the necessary information and guidance.


This is a safe compassionate site has been set up for the following so that upon entering this community you understand:
That most of the people here are patients, and there will be peace in this community.
To help other patients with kind words, and to give compassion when needed. and to share laughter one day and a shoulder the next, as we are all part of the OMMP in some way.

To help and assist growers and patients obtain plants to grow their own medicine.



This WILL be:
* A place to exchange growing ideas techniques and styles.
* To share recipe's, or tell a joke.
* A safe place to communicate with, and make new friends.
* To ask questions, or give answers.
Come Grow With Us at
www.cannabiscompassion.org


?? July 16, 2011 12:58 am (Pacific time)

i have multiple sicknesses". i have asthma and idk what else becuase i bleed everytime when i go #2 . And it hurts i hate going to the bathroom". And i cant go to sleep at nights :( i sleep like at 4 or 5. iam 15 and i was searching for medicine becuase i hate being sick and i found this pg. but i dont think iam old enough and i rather not put my name. but if theres any info please let me know. And iam a girl by the way :(


amber July 7, 2011 11:53 am (Pacific time)

marjunia is not a bad drug i dont smoke it but i now a lot people that do when you smpke you dont hurt any one like you do on other drugs my brother was in a car cracsh many years ago and he has to smoke it calims him down stops him from shacking and stops the hurt thank you amber


matt February 23, 2011 8:03 am (Pacific time)

GLennDonald are you quoting pineapple express


jdunaway July 9, 2010 7:40 am (Pacific time)

i am 76yrs old.i had 2 back operations and find that i now have arthritis. i go to a pain doctor and get percocet.been on it for 2yrs and go for blood test. i want to try other pain. i want to try marijuana. i smoked it years ago. jd


Jaclyn Wright July 8, 2010 4:30 pm (Pacific time)

There was an earthquake yesterday, July 7, 2010. I was having a tantrum and my parents were listening to everything I said but my mom asked if she was on camera. I was acting out of rage; few of friends say I have tourettes, OCD, ADD, and ADHD. I agree and am getting help tomorrow I am going to a Medical Marijuana Evaluation Clinic to get evaluated for all of my conditions.


cj upson May 4, 2010 10:27 am (Pacific time)

i dont see a problem with it it is just a plant compared to all thoses other drugs it aint notin and if was to be legal texas could make so much money


cait March 30, 2010 11:20 am (Pacific time)

leaglize in Texas already! it's safer than most drugs people are addicted to and the US could make so much money....tsk...tsk...tsk


believer March 20, 2010 9:13 am (Pacific time)

I have gastritis. It's the only thing that makes the pain go away.


Mark November 21, 2009 2:07 am (Pacific time)

I have ADHD, and anxiety, and depression, and even some anger issues sometimes. When I smoke marijuana I feel comfortable and less distracted from all the bs in life. Sometimes I cant even concentrate because I have so much on my mind about EVERYTHING, but when I smoke pot i can focus a lot better. Would I be able to be perscribed to medical marijuana if I go to one of the states where its legal? They need to legalize it everywhere in the USA already. It's so retarded how they treat marijuana like it's the devil. ITS A PLANT! i mean, should we illigalize onions, or parsley?


cherry November 9, 2009 11:35 am (Pacific time)

legalize it in texas already


mcfancher October 25, 2009 1:23 am (Pacific time)

@UpSetTummy I am Catholic, but God does not want you to suffer. In my belief, Jesus has already felt your pain when he died on the cross. He did this so he would understand what you are feeling. I know you may feel wrong for smoking weed, but your not doing it for the wrong reason. God does not want you to suffer for him. He wants you to love him and believe in him. Pray to God and you will get the answer you desire and that answer is to smoke.


Chad S. October 19, 2009 9:45 am (Pacific time)

I live in ohio,and am currently on morphine and oxycodone.I am addicted to both of them,and I tyake them for cronic back pain.I have 3 herniated discs spinal stenosis,and degenerative disc disease.I already have liver damage from these meds.Who says these drugs are better for me than pot is?

Editor: Chad, you can't use profanity here, OK?


UpsetTummy February 27, 2009 9:33 am (Pacific time)

I used to smoke marijuana because I always had persistent abdominal pain doctors later diagnosed as gastritis. Whenever I smoked marijuana, there was no pain. Because my religious scholars have said marijuana was a drug and I shouldn't use it, I stopped. Even though in my religion (Islam) Muslim physicians use marijuana as a treatment for different ailments. Ever since I stopped, my pain has come back...Nexium, Protonix and Zantac do not work well for me. After an ultrasound and MRI doctors did find inflammation of my stomach. I'm really confused because #1 I never used the marijuana to get high, only to get relief. #2 It actually is the only thing I have used that actually worked quite well and didn't cost a fortune like nexium and protonix...for me these drugs cost $182 for only 20 pills. I could smoke only one joint (about $.50) a day and get all day relief which means I'd only spend $15 or so a month and it worked, but my religious scholars have deemed it an intoxicant which I cannot use despite Islamic Sharia saying we are judged on intention. My intention is medicine, but they think I'm trying to make excuses despite my medical evidences. SO, now I'm forced to suffer everyday of my life. My diet consists of boring foods which has not change my situation. Sometimes just drinking plain water causes pain. I have pain whether I eat or not. I don't really know what to do. Using it anyway will help me, but I've been given so many different opinions that I'm afraid God will punish me anyway.


GLENN DONALD February 2, 2009 6:26 pm (Pacific time)

I im from canada ontairo near toronto i currently have a long crimanal record all because i smoke buds. Gods creation . and i im fighting for my freedom in this twisted society constinlty looked down upon because i lyke to relax. i have no hope in humanity if these laws do nawt change i strugle to find work because of my "record" as a crimanil . all this system we have now is doing is putting money into the hands of drug dealers and real crimanls . my life would be greatly changed if i could aquire medical weed how could i do this please


Steve Stroud January 26, 2009 8:41 am (Pacific time)

I am a habitual marijuana smoker, I have Chronic ashtma,shattered clavical, joint pain. I live in Illinois. I would like to receive the benefits of medical marijuana, but at this time Illinois doesn't have any programs. So, I will have to relocate. My question is how hard and how soon after relocating will I be able to obtain a doctor's permit or recommendation?


Michael Basson June 12, 2008 1:37 pm (Pacific time)

iam in uk.reading this gives me hope that one day i will not be a criminal.that the powers that be will see sense instead of the dollar...THANK YOU...


terry oliver February 28, 2008 8:12 pm (Pacific time)

after two back surgery i find out the surgery is creating scar tissue on my spine, my dr michel sandquest sugest fusing my spine to help reduce the constant pain level 8 plus all the time. i will see him again on the 5th of march to discuss in more detail other options , medical marjunia as one of them. pleae tell me what i need to do to get a medical marjunia card to purchase legal marjunia for my pain. thank you terry oliver

Editor to Terry: There are many articles on this site that you may want to begin with, I take it you are in Salem? If you will, please email us at newsroom@salem-news.com and tell us what state you are in if it is not Oregon and we will try to answer your questions about state qualifications.

Thanks


S.LaMarche; July 3, 2007 6:17 pm (Pacific time)

Legalize It!, give Rush Limbaugh a card so's he doesn't have to break the law and get reprimanded, poor fellow. Give Ann Coulter a heavy dose too. Put it in the food chain in the white house's catering wing. And can I obtain a permit online?, seriously.

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