Medical Cannabis is All About the Pain.
It’s 2016 and fresh legislative sessions are kicking off around the nation. 2016 is going to be a good year for medical cannabis as we may see 4-6 more states legalize all use and several more expanding medical use.
Georgia House Rep., Allen Peake (R) – Macon, introduced HB 722, which creates a regulated in-state cultivation and distribution program. HB 722 also expands the qualifying conditions from 8 to 17 and includes intractable pain. We expect this bill to make it through the house of representatives without much trouble, but plan to see serious opposition in the state senate.
One LOUD objection that has already arose is that this bill includes ‘intractable pain’ as a qualifying condition to use medical cannabis. They worry that pain stricken people will abuse the system to get access to deadly cannabis, when safer legal drugs, like morphine and oxycodone, stop being fun for them.
Not allowing doctors to recommend cannabis for pain is asinine. Here’s why.
I have been providing medical cannabis to people for over 15 years. I help patients who have AIDS, all types of cancer, MS, ALS, epilepsy, mitochondrial disease, sickle-cell, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, PANDA, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, lupus, celiac, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy, myoclonus and fibromyalgia (this isn’t even all of them).
Pain relief is the #1 benefit that cannabis provides ALL of the patients listed above.
Ask someone with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s or lupus what they hate most about their disease and they will say, ‘pain’.
Ask someone with Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, or IBS about what they hate most about their disease and they will say, ‘pain’.
Ask someone with sickle-cell, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis what is most debilitating about their disease and they will say, ‘pain’. I could go on and on.
Pain is a legitimate medical condition and anyone who says otherwise is uninformed.
In fact, I can make a strong argument that pain is the worst medical condition. Think about it, what is the worst thing about having the flu? It’s that you’re in awful, debilitating pain. It isn’t the microscopic virus that’s inside you, it’s the pain that it’s causing. We have plenty of other bacteria and viruses living in our bodies. We just don’t care about them because they aren’t causing chronic, intractable pain.
Think about the last few times you went to the doctor. Wasn’t pain and discomfort the ultimate reason you went?
If you had a flu or infection, you had pain. If you had eczema or psoriasis, you had pain. If you went for depression or anxiety, you had pain. Basically, you only go to the doctor to have him take your pain away.
Whether the pain is from inflammation, neuropathy, cancer or depression, it is still pain and it will kill you if left untreated. The various cannabinoids can treat all of the above pain via our endogenous pathways, safely and naturally. Click here to learn about the endocannabinoid system.
Pain is the fundamental symptom of all illnesses and there are numerous legislators who want to prevent it from being treated using cannabis. By the way, these same people have no problems with people destroying their brains and livers using recreational alcohol. None of them are doctors, either.
This is the kind of insanity that goes on during legislatures. I encourage everyone to get your voice heard. Call and email your house and senate rep and demand that they support HB 722 with its current conditions. Remind them that this is an election year and you will vote them out if they don’t do what 84% of Georgians want.
It’s time to stand up to disconnected politicians and make them represent us. You can find your reps at openstates.org.
By Daniel Macris, founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.
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