Pubdate: Tue, 02 May 2006 Source: Tracy Press (CA) Copyright: 2005 Tracy Press Contact: http://tracypress.com/submitletter.php Website: http://www.tracypress.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/3862 Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v06/n516/a09.html Author: Bruce Mirken POT HELPS ASTHMATICS Editor, Your otherwise sensible editorial ("Blowing smoke at the White House," on Thursday) was incorrect in making fun of "pot for ... asthma?" Use of marijuana as a treatment for asthma attacks has been recorded in medical literature for thousands of years. In recent decades, lab studies and case reports have verified that cannabinoids (marijuana's active components) reduce asthmatic symptoms. Researcher Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., of The State University of New York, reviewed the evidence in his 2002 book, "Understanding Marijuana." His summary: "Cannabinoids may make a nice addition to current asthma treatments." Bruce Mirken, director of communications, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington, D.C.