Pubdate: Sat, 30 Jun 2007
Source: Daily Observer, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2007, Osprey Media Group Inc.
Author: Genevieve Jones



So I have this back spasm, and I am in excruciating pain, unable to 
walk, barely able to crawl to the phone to call for help. I have a 
choice to make.

Option #1: I can call a friend to take me to the hospital emergency 
room, where I may wait hours to see a doctor.

After looking me over and asking a few questions, he/she will 
prescribe pain medication and muscle relaxants.

This commonly used prescription drug is produced by a corporation 
whose main goal is not my health, but to make money for itself.

This becomes evident when I look at the warnings from

This medication should not be taken by anyone who:

Is allergic to methocarbamol, ASA, codeine or any ingredients of the 
medication (including tartrazine dye); has an active stomach ulcer or 
duodenal ulcer; has had a bronchospastic reaction (severe asthma-type 
reaction), generalized hives, severe running and itching nose, or 
shock brought on by ASA or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 
(NSAIDs, e. g., ibuprofen, naproxen), the list goes on.

Side effects may include: dizziness; lightheadedness, or feeling 
faint; drowsiness, heartburn or indigestion; nausea or vomiting; 
stomach pain (mild).

Less common or rare: abdominal or stomach cramps or pain; blurred or 
double-vision or other changes in vision; clumsiness or unsteadiness; 
constipation; diarrhea; dryness of mouth; false sense of well-being; 
frequent urge to urinate; general feeling of discomfort or illness; 
headache; hiccups; loss of appetite; muscle weakness; nervousness or 
restlessness; nightmares or unusual dreams; trouble sleeping.

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very 
often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical 

Option #2: I can call a friend to bring me some of her homemade 
organic cannabis tincture.

She will apply it to my back and the spasm will be gone in minutes. 
Cannabis is anti-spasmotic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

I will get a good night's rest, reapply the tincture whenever the 
pain comes back, and take it easy for a few days.

There are no negative side effects.

This plant has been used for 5,000 years to cure pain and spasm, 
among many other ailments.

You used to be able to buy it by the pound in the grocery store.

In fact, when it was outlawed in 1937, the American Medical 
Association was in an uproar because almost half of what every doctor 
carried in his little black bag was a derivative of marijuana.

Of course, owning the cannabis tincture today would be illegal so... 
Option #3: Maybe I'll just lie here on the floor and wonder why we 
are arresting the wrong people.

Seems to me that the prescription drug fits the definition of a 
poison and a danger to society, while the only problem with cannabis 
is that it is illegal.

Genevieve Jones

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