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Medical Marijuana Questions & Answers with Dr. Phil Leveque (VIDEO)

The latest round of answers for the myriad questions our viewers submit over the use of legal cannabis.
Photo and video by Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - In our ongoing video series on the legal use of medical marijuana, Dr. Phil Leveque and Bonnie King discuss the person many regard as the first medical marijuana pharmacologist: Queen Victoria of England.

Dr. Leveque explains that the infamous Queen used cannabis throughout her 11 pregnancies. Many women will tell you that marijuana has no equal when it comes to suppressing morning sickness.

While some doctors may scoff at the idea of pregnant women using marijuana, there are no proven ill effects, and doctors are trained with out of date material in medical school to take issue with the substance when in reality, there is no sound reason. The standard jargon published in anti-marijuana booklets is turning out to be mostly false. So if a woman is able to avoid being wretchedly ill, how can it be negative?

At any rate, it worked for Queen Victoria whose influence is visible to this day across the western world, and right here in Oregon.

In fact there is a long list of moms who are mostly quiet on a public level about their successful use of marijuana during pregnancy for legal reasons.

The state of Oregon in particular, will essentially kick a woman to the street and strip her of benefits, along with her unborn child in need of pre-natal care, if they discover by sifting through their urine that they have used this herb.

But back to the video.

Who can legally grow marijuana for medicinal patients?

Doctor Leveque addresses this important question by reminding everyone that anything they do should take place within legal boundaries. There are no provisions that he knows of that allow a person to grow without authorization from a state authorized medical marijuana program. Patients can designate both caregivers and growers, but it all has to be conducted according to the voter-approved rules.

The doctor addresses a total of five viewer questions related to diseases or chronic pain and the related use of medical marijuana.

One asks, "how does medical marijuana work in conjunction with other prescribed drugs?" Dr. Leveque says that in many cases, medical marijuana can replace some narcotics that a person is dependent on. We at Salem-News have received contact from many people over the years who tell us this is true from personal experience.

However, there are plenty of situations where this will not be the answer and it is important to remember that in spite of its many applications, marijuana as medicine is not a miracle cure and should not be seen as such. Either way, it is a natural remedy versus one created in a scientific laboratory.

The father of a 14-year old with verbal Asberger's asks Dr. Leveque if, after exhausting traditional treatments that all involve hard drugs, which have failed to work, medical marijuana might be worth exploring?

These questions and more, in this video segment:



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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
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 and Dr. Phil Leveque.

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Anonymous December 11, 2012 1:56 pm (Pacific time)

You're all insane and brain dead from your drug abuse. A mother who abuses drugs is NO mother.

Editor: You are WRONG and you are seriously undereducated in the subject, marijuana is a natural plant that grows out of the ground level your charge at God OK?

PDXRosebud October 23, 2010 10:39 am (Pacific time)

I am a medical cannabis grower and am 8 weeks pregnant. I quit smoking a month ago (the day I found out I was pregnant) but have continued to vaporize my weakest Indica strain (no White Widow for me!) only when the morning sickness and nausea become overwhelming. I have eliminated all drugs with the exception of vaping ganja and drinking an occasional cup of coffee (1-2x/wk) which strangely seems to also help with the morning sickness, but I feel far guiltier over the coffee than the cannabis. Caffeine, antihistamines, alcohol, and smoke of any kind (due to oxygen deprivation and combustion of any material causing the release of carcinogens) are all known to be harmful to a developing baby, but there is surprising empirical evidence in studies by Dr. Melanie Dreher that points toward ganja doing more good than harm. However, I am scared that even though I am otherwise legal to use and grow (my very fine and all-organic) cannabis, eating an organic diet and taking the highest quality fish oil and organic, food-derived prenatals that I will be listed as a child abuser if I admit my ganja use to my midwife at my first prenatal appointment in two weeks. I've been unable to find any solid information pertaining to procedure in the State of Oregon for moms admitting to eating, smoking or vaping cannabis while pregnant. I already love my baby very much and don’t want him/her taken away by Child Protective Services. Any reliable sources on this subject would be most appreciated.

God Save the Queen March 30, 2009 8:18 pm (Pacific time)

Queen Victoria is my hero! Now every one that appreciates her impact on the world can understand how she made it through with a smile on her face. All hail the royal marijuana advocacy!

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