Medical use of Marijuana
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Medical information and testing
Marijuana has a several thousand year history of medical use yet there are still many mysteries about its health effects on humans. Its use has been reported as early as 1500-1200BC in China and it has been described as an analgesic as early as 200AD.2727BC - first recorded use of cannabis as medicine in Chinese pharmacopoeia. In every part of the world humankind has used cannabis for a wide variety of health problems.Marijuana is legal in a number of States in the U.S.A, (Approx. 35) but for medical use only. It is prescribed to reduce nausea of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, to reduce the nausea of Aids patients and to relive the symptoms of glaucoma, to aid Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Paplegia and Quadraplegia and in treatment of chronic pain.Physical effects - Physically, cannabis is relatively harmless Studies have observed interesting results, including that it causes structural changes in the brain, depresses male sperm counts, causes chromosome damage, lowers testosterone levels and damages the lungs. Most of these claims, however, have been unreplicated in humans or have been contradicted by other work.The most serious concern is its effects on the pulmonary system. Smoking the drug with a different apparatus or ingesting it without smoking at all could greatly reduce these effects.

The acute psychological effects of cannabis that cause its intoxicating properties are no mystery, as any user can report. Long term effects of cannabis use could possibly lead to the so-called 'amotivational syndrome', but scientific evidence is lacking.Marijuana Vs Alcohol - M is less toxic physically, people don't get aggressive and abusive when they use MarijuanaMarijuana does NOT Cause brain damage - 2 scientific studies have failed to find evidence of brain damage in humans. Cause Fatal Alcohol Syndrome - no link has been found between marijuana smoking mothers and birth defects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)Lower Testosterone - A U of Iowa study found that chronic marijuana use had no effect on testosterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, prolactin and cortisol in men or women.No one has ever died of a marijuana overdose! 90% of glaucoma victims can benefit from the use of Marijuana.

M is a supreme dilator of the airways, the bronchi, opening them up to allow more oxygen into the blood. M is the best dilator of the bronchioles.Medical research indicates that light M smoking would be the therapy of choice for mild emphysema to allow more fresh areas of the bronchi to open up for more transfer of oxygen and increase the quality of life.60% of epileptics can benefit from M use.

M completely alleviates most migraine headaches - M could replace 50% of all the Valium, Librium, Thoracine and Stelacine used in the U.S.A today.Research indicates that chest pain, shortness of breath, headaches and such, which are usually symptomatic of heavy smog exposure, are usually alleviated entirely by light smoking of M throughout the day.M is the best way presently known to dry the mouth's saliva in dentistry. If legal, it would replace the highly toxic and deadly Probanthine.

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Marijuana has been used medically worldwide for centuries. It is well known that Queen Victoria used a tincture of cannabis to help alleviate her period pains but Marijuana can also help relieve some of the symptoms of many illnesses.

The earliest record of medicinal use of the plant is that of Chinese Emperor Sehn-Nung from 5000 years ago, who recommended Cannabis for: Malaria, Beri-Beri, constipation, rheumatic pains, absent-mindedness and female disorders. Hoqa-Glio, another ancient Chinese herbalist, recommended a mixture of Hemp resin and wine as an analgesic during surgery.

It was in ancient India where this ‘gift from the Gods’ became a major part of folk medicine. Due to its psychoative properties, it was a very highly valued medicine. It is believed to quicken the mind, prolong life, improve judgement, lower fevers, induce sleep and cure dysentry.

The medical work of Sushruta claimed that it cured leprosy. The Bharaprakasha of about A.D. 1600 describes it as antiphlegmatic, digestive, bile affecting, pungent, astringent, and stimulates appetite. The wide variety of medicinal uses in India covered control of dandruff, headache relief, mania, insomnia, venereal disease, control of whooping cough, ear-aches and Tuberculosis.

The value and fame of Cannabis spread with the plant throughout the World. In parts of Africa it was valued for treating dysentry, malaria, anthrax and fevers. Even today the Hotentots and Mfengu claim its efficiacy in treating snake bites, and Sotho women smoke Marijuana before childbirth.

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Drugs Testing

Tips on drug testing:
Drink lots of fluids.
Urinate and perspire often.

If going to a test:
Have a friend fill a disposable drainage bag, tape it to your abdomen and run the tube down to your fly. Make sure the urine is fresh. For women, a urine filled condom or small bottle inserted into the vagina works well. Distract the tester. If in real trouble you can always add toilet water to your sample, or a few 'Draino' crystals to lower the PH.

After you’ve been tested:
List over the counter medications which are cross-reactive such as Advil, Nuprin, Mydol or Motrin Remember: you should never use drugs at work, particularly when operating heavy machinery, equipment or are responsible for other people’s lives. The (estimated) time it takes for Marijuana to no longer be detectable in your urine (as according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics):

Single use: 3 days
Moderate use (4 times a week) 5 days
Heavy use (daily) 10 days
Chronic heavy use 21-30 days