Can Marijuana Really Treat Pain or Is It Snake Oil?
When the news first broke about comedienne Whoopi Goldberg’s latest venture, selling products that include marijuana to ease menstrual cramps, I thought: Holy cow! Here’s an excellent example of why the DEA needs to reschedule marijuana.
It appears to be a wild frontier with efforts to turn marijuana into the latest snake oil. Like snake oil, there’s little or no scientific evidence for the claims that people who sell marijuana — even if their profile is as high (no pun intended) as Whoopi Goldberg’s.
We need to put this genie back in the bottle and study its effects scientifically before Whoopi Goldberg, or anyone else, can claim that marijuana is a panacea for ailments.
Maybe Marijuana Has Value for Pain Treatment
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not implying that research into the benefits of marijuana are pointless or that marijuana is the equivalent of snake oil. In fact, I’m hoping that research will find that components of marijuana can help some of the people, some of the time, with some ailments. I’m also hoping that researchers will be able to pinpoint which components of the plant are helpful, and the best ways to deliver those chemicals.
In other words, I don’t want to dismiss marijuana as a possible way to treat pain. I simply want to know more about marijuana before it garners a snake oil image.
Let’s Hope the DEA Changes the Way Marijuana Is Classified
That is why I was glad to read that the DEA may change the way marijuana is classified. The DEA currently classifies it as a drug without any medical purpose. The DEA has put it into the same category as heroin and methamphetamine.
That categorization fails to acknowledge the fact that marijuana appears to help many people today, and may prove to be a valuable tool for treating multiple medical conditions, once we learn more about it.
Rescheduling marijuana would make it easier to study it as an analgesic. Let’s hope the DEA reschedules marijuana soon. Research can help us determine if the products of the marijuana plant can be safely added to the tools in our chest that can treat pain or other medical problems.