Posted: 16 April 2006 at 4:59pm | IP Logged
I think there's a lot of misconceptions about marijuana. People say that you'll instantly get addicted to it the moment you take it. That's not necessarily true.
I have a cousin who injured her foot some time ago and when she went to
the hopsital they gave her some marijuana and she much felt better. She
did act a little funny when she was on it but she didn't get "addicted"
or have any brain damage afterwards. Her foot healed and she was all
better again. Nothing about her changed.
Here's a study done on Marijuana by the Insitution of Medicine. You can read it here
Q: Is marijuana addictive?
A: "Compared to most other drugs ... dependence among marijuana
users is relatively rare." [p. 94]
"In summary, although few marijuana users develop dependence, some
do. But they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs
(including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be
less severe than dependence on other drugs." [p. 98]
||Proportion Of Users That Ever Became Dependent (%)|
|Marijuana (including hashish)
I think if patients need to take some marijuana to avoid intense pain
caused by their illness than I think thats perfectly fine. If it's
going to help them than why not? Why would somone choose pain over
But if their treatmeant is going to be long-term than they should
probably seek other alternatives to relieve their pain because there is
a possibility that they can become dependent on it if they use it for a
long period of time. But I don't think the hospital would let someone
do that to themself. They would probably stop the treatment right away
if their patients became really addictive or sick. They would give them
the some other kind of pain killer even though it might not work as
I think as long as the person gets better from their original state by
using marijuana I think its pefectly fine. If its going to help them
get through their injury or illness than why not?