Fear and propaganda have run rampant
I love the article in Mothering. Its about time someone had the courage to step forward and state the obvious. In our FDA approved world we have shunned what our ancestors have known for thousands of years. Natural herbs work..... we may not know how or why...but they do.http://www.olywa.net/when/indications11.html
Have you ever watched the evening news? Every other commercial is a drug advertisement. Do you ever listen to the side effects mentioned? Many times they seem worse than the original malady you’re trying to treat. But since the FDA gives a big thumbs up then it must be safe? Right? WRONG!!!
Marijuana has been around so long, used by so many; you could almost say it’s the most tested drug we have.
Consider how quickly some drugs have been pulled off the shelves....thalomid for example. These are drugs that were thought to be useful but in the end turned out to be devastating.http://www.celgene.com/thalomid/
Using your brain for a moment...and by this I mean putting aside your fear and morality.... don’t you think that if Marijuana was truly dangerous we would surely know by now? How about all those baby boomers who had kids in the 60's and 70's..... Just think about it!!
Instead we have dubious reports stating dubious findings. If you look at any report that has to do with Marijuana and babies you will find that included in the scope of the study are alcohol and nicotine. This means that any results from these studies are tainted by the fact that instead of studying the effect of 1 drug your studying the effect of 3 drugs. Consider that the next time you hear of a new study. Does this seem like a sound way to conduct research and then extrapolate results? Hardly!
I urge you to consider that this is a medicine. Major pharmaceutical companies are bringing products to market that are derived from cannabinoids contained in marijuana. http://www.pharmoscorp.com/
I understand the concern...Ideally the developing fetus would have a pristine environment to gestate in...However if you live in the modern world that is just not the case. Do you drive? What about all the diesel and exhaust fumes you inhale on your way to the Dr. Apt. Or how about the water you drink or the food you eat that is covered in pesticides. What is the effect on the fetus?
If your hang-up is legalization then write your senator and congressmen and let them know you want to see the laws changed....because after reading the posts it seems that is the biggest concern. If marijuana were legal then the arguments presented in this forum would disappear!
Three cheers to Mothering Magazine for publishing this article!