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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Medical Marijuana, and
the article Weed: The New Science of Marijuana.
But it's a Two-edged Sword!
You don't want your children at any age using this drug!
(except for medical problems and under a doctor's supervision)

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
As marijuana goes mainstream, claims about its medical benefits proliferate. But what do we really know?
"High Science" by Hampton Sides in National Geographic

6-1-15 Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
by Hampton Sides in National Geographic Magazine
Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease. There's nothing new about cannabis, of course. It's been around humankind pretty much forever. In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial mounds dating back to 3000 B.C. The Chinese were using cannabis as a medicine thousands of years ago. Marijuana is deeply American too - as American as George Washington, who grew hemp at Mount Vernon. For most of the country's history, cannabis was legal, commonly found in tinctures and extracts.

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted,
researchers around the world are trying to understand
how it works and how it might fight disease.

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With marijuana's rising acceptance comes more debate about its potential benefits and drawbacks.

Cannabis for Kids
Hoping to help their sick children, three sets of parents turn to medical marijuana as a last resort.

Marijuana's Moment
More than 20 million Americans used marijuana in 2013. Possession and sale are illegal under federal law, but medical use is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Will Marijuana for Sick Kids Get Government to Rethink Weed?
The drug's ability to reduce seizures in some children has softened opposition to research and may someday lead to changes in government policies.

But it is a Two-edged Sword. Read On!

Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use
by the The New England Journal of Medicine
which has reviewed 77 studies of the effects of marijuana use, with both positive and negative effects. Includes charts and tables of the results.

The Adverse Effects of Marijuana (for healthcare professionals)
by CSAM, the California Society of Addiction Medicine
which has reviewed 20 studies of the effects of marijuana use, with both positive and negative effects.

So it's not all as pretty as the pot-heads would have you believe.

Nonetheless Medical Marijuana has shown positive results for:

  • Relieving the Horrible Pain and Misery of Chemotherapy
  • Treating Glaucoma and Helps Prevent Blindness
  • Relieving the Painful Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Helping Control Epileptic Seizures and Parkinson's Disease
  • Relieving the Pain and Inflammation of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Slowing Alzheimer's Disease and Reduces Dementia

Which makes your support of Medical Marijuana a positive thing
to do for people who are suffering without any other real relief.
Believe me, you would not want to be in their shoes!

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Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana's Secrets
As marijuana goes mainstream, claims about its medical benefits proliferate. But what do we really know?
"High Science" by Hampton Sides in National Geographic

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Medical Marijuana, and
the article Weed, The New Science of Marijuana.
But it's a Two-edged Sword!
You don't want your children at any age using this drug!
(except for medical problems and under a doctor's supervision)