Letter: Medical marijuana a physician’s call | Letters to the Editor

In his letter, “What’s Medicine got to do with it?,” Dr. March Seabrook proposes that there is no scientific basis for the use of marijuana as medicine and this, combined with the fact that the FDA has not approved its use, makes it inappropriate to ask physicians to recommend it to patients.

I have researched marijuana cannabinoids for over 18 years, published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, and have had many patents, one of whom uses cannabidiol (CBD, a non-psychoactive compound of marijuana) to treat autoimmune hepatitis for which CBD was approved recently by the FDA as an orphan drug.

It is ironic that the government has classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance with no medicinal use, while the FDA has approved THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana) to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy in cancer patients and to stimulate appetite and prevent weight loss in AIDS patients.

Also, a combination of THC

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