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U.S. Surgeon General Says Marijuana Can be Helpful

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U.S. Surgeon General Says Marijuana Can be Helpful

These days, it seems like more and more people in high places are coming forward to show their support for medical marijuana and its healing, therapeutic effects. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama have expressed their views on legalization, giving advocates and patients something to be optimistic about in the future. Now, the U.S. Surgeon General is joining the chorus, saying that cannabis can be helpful for specific medical conditions.

As the surgeon general, Vivek Murthy serves as the chief spokesperson and top doctor when it comes to public health. Regardless of who is in the position, when a surgeon general expresses an opinion on those matters, it’s viewed as important and highly-regarded. In this case, Murthy is on the side of those who believe that cannabis can help to heal and/or maintain an illness and the symptoms associated with it.

“We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, marijuana can be helpful, so I think we have to use that data to drive policy-making, and I’m very interested to see where that data takes us,” Murthy said.

His comments illustrate what has become a slow but steadily blossoming trend among politicians and others associated with the federal government: reluctant but optimistic acceptance of cannabis as medicine.

Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, believes that an expression like that from someone as high-ranking as the surgeon general should require immediate action from the government.

“Dr. Murthy’s comments add to a growing consensus in the medical community that marijuana can help people suffering from painful conditions.” he said. “It’s crazy that federal law still considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, a category that’s supposed to be reserved for substances with no medical value. In light of these comments from his top medical adviser, the president should direct the attorney general to immediately begin the process of rescheduling marijuana.”

States in the U.S. are already getting their plan, petitions and campaigns together for the 2016 election where, like in 2014, cannabis will likely take center stage in many regions. Because of Murthy’s standing as a top medical advisor, his perspective on the efficacy of cannabis in the medical world is a huge win for advocates who seek political support. Hopefully comments like this will continue to spark the change needed to get marijuana to be seen as the healing plant that it is.

Does cannabis help you manage your symptoms? Tell us how in the comments. 

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. alan

    March 18, 2015 at 3:41 am

    I have rhumatoid arthritis and marijuana is the only thing that has relived the pain i have in all my joints of the body.i dont like takng precription drugs,they have dangerous side affects.marijuana helps me go to sleep and rest.thnkyou

  2. millie

    February 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    ALL STATE MARJUANA SHOULD BEL LEGAL. IT HELP PAIN ALOT OF DIFFERENT THING.so HELP OHIO BRING IT HERE THANK YOU

  3. Pamela

    February 16, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I didn’t realize how much “MARIJUANA” really helped me until I quit smoking it for over a year. I have a few medical and physical problems that create different symptoms, the worst ones being pain, seizures and a rare liver disorder called “PORPHYRIA” (HCP to be exact, which has some mental problems). When I quit, the pain became unbearable at times and I started having more seizures. I had one at a Walgreens store, injuring my hip and shoulder, now I need a complete shoulder replacement. Just after Thanksgiving (2014) I started smoking again and I am “TRULY AMAZED” how much “MARIJUANA” really helps me with all of my ailments!!! I thank GOD, that it is legal for medical treatment instead of all the prescription drugs that I can’t have a lot of, due to my Porphyria. I’d prefer not to smoke it, but it’s the fastest way for it to get into your system for it to work.

  4. Jennifer Fanuzzi

    February 15, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    During this past year, I have undergone several complcated and painful surgeries. Medical grade cannabis has allowed me to eliminate my use of narcotic pain medications almost entirely. My caregiver is highly educated and understands my specific needs. I hope to see a certification program for caregivers and growers in the future so consumers can be assured that the medicine they receive is safe and accurately dispensed.

  5. Stephen

    February 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    it helps me with Grand Mall seizures this past December I was in between doctors and I ran out of medicine for 22 days never had a seizure usually by the fourth day of not having any medicine I start fishing out I am my own lab rat the truth is there

  6. Sidney

    February 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I suffer from seizure, pain in my back, was just diagnosed with epilepsy, blind in one eye, and had an AVM removed. I’m allergic to opiates, barbiturates, it s ‘really depressing having to get it uncontrolled and untested from an outside dealer who uses God knows what pesticides. I am not a criminal……… Thank you…..

    Sidney

  7. frank

    February 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I have cancer and between the head aches and nausea it help me eat rest and the pain is manageable the sick feeling goes away

    • frank

      February 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Medical marijuana helped my aunt to eat she suffered thru brain cancer I use it to feel better and not to depend on pills I stay nauseous all the time and it stops the sick feeling to were I can eat not hurt so I can eat and rest and generally feel better

  8. leroy

    February 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Marijuana relives my leg pain more than the medicine prescribed to me by a doctor, it has helped me with depression, anxiety, appetite, n focus, while being able to live day to day life. I work, pay my taxes n take care of a family. Its god given, safer then ciggarettes, n other man made drugs. And wow, the jobs and tax money it would bring to the country, the space freed up in jails. Thank you.

  9. manuel .....

    February 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    If I didn’t I would have committed suicide already my depression was bad till I found green the meds help too

  10. Cyril Richards

    February 14, 2015 at 5:40 am

    I was diagnosed with clinical depression in the mid ’80’s. Went through 2 divorces and some pretty dark places afterwards. I suffer with chronic pain from a motorcycle accident in the mid ’90’s. I live with Long Q-T Syndrome which causes me to pass out. I have been smoking marijuana for years to get through my days. I tried the chemicals prescribed by Doctors that gave me no relief. God gave us weed for a reason so I’m taking advantage of it.

  11. Logan

    February 14, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Marijuana is the best medicine anyone could ask for. It helps with anger issues and depression. If not for this medicine I would be crazy.

  12. matt

    February 14, 2015 at 4:30 am

    its help me with chronic pain severe anxiety loss of appetite several side effects chronic lead poisoning cancer treatment radiation it has benefited me greatly I had to stop they have not legalized it for medical purposes in our state so I don’t want to get in trouble end up in jail I tried to deal with pharmaceutical prescription from my doctor and I do not have the same results I don’t want to go outside panic attack chest feels like its gonna explode I guess I’ll be patient and hopefully next year so that I can have some type of

  13. Dawn

    February 14, 2015 at 1:26 am

    i have chronic migraines, I can walk, talk, see or function at all and it is the only thing that helps keep them away. Although I occasionally have break thru headaches, without smoking is be sick a lot more.

  14. caren

    February 13, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    i haxe a brain toumer ans sezers ! also t-boned by school doing 65 …bad back when useing no pain no sezers!! cought with 2 funny cigg … back on pain meds and benzo.s lol gov wants pill heads hooked!!

  15. Renee

    February 13, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I have a disease called Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. CVS for short. I can not process food sometimes and have lost over 25 lbs plus at times because I couldnt eat from the nausea. Im 5`10 ” tall and only weighed athletic healthy 145 150 when this illness began. So fo my body that is alot of weight. Ive been threatened with feeding tubes, because couldnt eat keep food in. It made it so I could no longer work. Been fighting that battle too. But could if I lived in a state where it was legal. But I live in bible belt judgemental Oklahoma.I had to do what had to do so I smoked. Im in my 40s never had really liked old school smoke, just made me hungry and tired, Well now with this illness, I can eat at least 1meal a day. Im not in as much pain because I also have fybromyalgia, I go to sleep and sleep. Before all drs thru at me was prescription pills made me a slave to them. Smoking took that away. The addiction to what drs said was best. Now I found loop hole in oklahoma where I can and do get Marinol the pill. It helps too. Well theres my story in nutshell.

  16. Doug

    February 13, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I’m heading for 63 this Aug and I’ve had terrible dry skin. Last winter is the first year in my life that I didn’t have to grease my whole body down after taking a shower. Never even give it a thought until I saw on FB that weed cures skin diseases. Thank You GOD for your wonderful healing herb.

  17. Ryan

    February 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Cannabis has helped with my bipolar depression for many years when nothing else has and now being older after years of retail work it helps with the severe arthritis pains I experience and that is accelerated by the break in my leg a few years ago.I also have struggled with gran mal seizures since 2009 and cannabis oil has been proven countless times to prevent seizures,if you have never experienced one you just can’t imagine,especially when you come to with blood all over you from a fall. None of the pharmaceuticals have worked for me with the depression and I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals to begin with. I lose sleep at night and the cannabis works, there’s no other way to put it,it just works and after 15 years, it’s my preference. Marijuana is medicine and there are people who desperately need it. To keep it illegal is to deny people natural herbal remedies, in a world of poisonous pharmaceuticals. #legalize marijuana

  18. Lorrie

    February 13, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    yes I use it to control my migraine headaches when I don’t have I end up at the emergency room at my local hospital.

  19. Eric

    February 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Helps to deal with stress an depresion keeps my calm an unagetated

  20. James stockton

    February 13, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    This medication helps to make my chronic pain easier to live with.i also have PTAs from bad situations from my past.and chronic depression. This makes me feel better.and don’t like to have my pain meds taken away for positive urine tests

  21. Austin

    February 13, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Honestly it helps me when I get mad.an it also helps me gain weight

  22. tina

    February 13, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Well im in my second month of pregnancy with serve morning sickness.i have no urge to eat feeling to sick. In the morning if i smoke a couple hits im good. My symptoms subside enough for me to eat so i can gain the weight i need to gain

    • kurt

      February 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Yoo Wtf is wrong with you? I love weed but while you pregnant with another human being I don’t care what you say it’s not good for your child’s cells. Regardless is there cigs weed or hookah any kind of drug is terrible for the growing stages. One lady actually just got put in prison for smoking pot and drinking alcohol while pregnant and she will not even get a chance to meet her child after she gives birth. If you can stop for your child’s sake your a terrible mother

      • kurt

        February 13, 2015 at 7:38 pm

        Cant*

    • Pamela

      February 16, 2015 at 7:48 am

      People think that it harms the fetus, but my children are living proof that it doesn’t harm it. I had the same problem as you and it’s the only thing that helped.

  23. johnny

    February 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Marijuana helped through some rough times from depression to not being able to eat and build up a appetite. I hit the blunt once and I was feeling a good vibe even beans and rice seem real good to eat its a not a drug in my point of view more like Gods work he did give us this plant just how we use other plants some shit

  24. Jake

    February 13, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    It saved me from a deep depression.I come from a divorced family with a history of suicide.If not for marijuana I probably would not be here to comment.Thank God for M.J.! Anyone against it has no sense of common decency.

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