Dr Oz: Marijuana Pros & Cons
Doctor Oz’s show on Medical Marijuana spoke about the potential pros and cons of legalizing Medical Marijuana. Who should be getting Medical Marijuana, if anyone? Dr Donald Abrams, a Marijuana Researcher and Oncologist, joined Dr Oz because for the past 30 years he has recommended Medical Marijuana for his Cancer Patients. Dr Andrea Barthwell, the Former Director of the White House National Drug Control Policy, was on the opposite side and against the legalization of Medical Marijuana. Also, here are links to recaps of all of the segments that Dr Oz did on Medical Marijuana today:
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana New Jersey Laws Make It Impossible To Get
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Laws Stimulate The Economy?
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana for MS, Cancer, HIV & Chronic Pain
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Safety & Impact on Teens
- Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana: Which States Marijuana Is Legal In
Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Dangers
Dr Andrea Barthwell told Dr Oz that she is concerned and hopes that people like Montel Williams can find relief, but that has done a complete review of all of the research, including the studies that Montel spoke about, and her conclusion is 3-fold:
1. America cannot support the smoking of a medicine.
2. Wherever Medical Marijuana is legalized, the use of Marijuana in general expands in that area.
3. The main expansion referred to in #2 is seen in the younger population of people.
Montel Williams argued this last point and said that in every state where Medical Marijuana has been legalized, they have seen the use of Marijuana among high school seniors and teenagers go down.
Dr Oz: Medical Marijuana Benefits
Dr Oz asked Dr Donald Abrams why he prescribed Medical Marijuana for his Cancer Patients over other medications. Dr Abrams said he does not see patients who are addicted to Marijuana, he sees patients who are fighting for their lives against Cancer. He uses Medical Marijuana to treat the symptoms from which they suffer. Dr Oz asked him about his opinion on the fear of using smoked drugs? Dr Abrams said he prefers to call it an Inhaled Drug, and just like Asthma patients use vaporized drugs and even Diabetes patients will soon be able to use an inhaled version of Insulin, patients in a great amount of pain should be able to inhale Medical Marijuana.
Montel Williams added that there is no proof that Medical Marijuana increases pulmonary issues or causes Lung Cancer, and in fact both Montel and Dr Abrams agreed that studies have shown a decreased risk of Lung Cancer in people who smoke Marijuana.
Dr Andrea Barthwell said that she is contracted by a British Company to work with them on the development of a program and their Medical Marijuana Policies, and if they develop a product because of this that would pass the rigor of FDA tests, then of course it would be available in the US too. A lady in Dr Oz’s audience named Sharon said that she has empathy for anyone struggling with pain and disease, but as a school nurse, she sees firsthand how when the perceived risk of Marijuan goes down then the use goes up. If Marijuana is a medicine, teens think it is legal and fine to use, and it is devastating to this generation and future generations.
Dr Oz: Addictive Medications
Montel Williams said that we know for a fact that prescription medications are overused and one of the most addictive things used in this country. Dr Oz said that the following is a list of potentially addictive medications that your doctor can currently prescribe for you:
So here is the big question: should Medical Marijuana be on that list? Chime in with your opinion by leaving a comment below!