In response to your editorial of June 7, "Medical marijuana makes
The last international NYU Medical conference on Marijuana and
Medicine (Humana Press), showed that the active psychotropic
pharmacological agent in marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, did
provide properties for possible medical use.
The use of THC has been narrowed to an appetite stimulant for AIDS
patients and an anti-emetic in cancer chemotherapy. As an appetite
stimulant for AIDS patients, it is not effective since they have an
infection with a protein diathesis.
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To the Editor:
I compliment the Food and Drug Administration for its truthful report
indicating that are "no sound scientific studies" supporting the
medical use of marijuana.
I am an addiction specialist and practicing physician who has studied
marijuana for three decades and who co-directed two conferences on
marijuana, including a 1998 international conference at New York University.
At this conference, 51 papers presented failed to show that marijuana
had any practical therapeutic value. This included use in anorexic
H.I.V. patients, who continued to lose weight despite using marijuana.
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Rum-spiked eggnog. Port in front of a fire. A bubbly toast on New Year's
Eve. Sometimes, alcohol seems to be synonymous with holiday festivities. Yet
alcohol is a potent drug with possibly devastating health effects. Can you
mix alcohol and the holidays safely? It depends on who you are and how you
do it. Here is a primer of alcohol do's and don'ts for the holidays:
Don't ever drink if you are an alcoholic. There is absolutely no degree of
alcohol that you can safely drink. Ever.
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It's time that we who provide medical addiction treatment that
ultimately makes patients narcotic-free speak up against methadone
maintenance programs as they are now constituted (news article, Sept.
30). It is morally wrong to promote methadone maintenance as a
treatment because, in reality, it replaces one narcotic with another,
and especially since we can inexpensively, medically detoxify the
heroin addict over a few days.
Also, to promote methadone maintenance programs that are open-ended
and provide support for a life-time of addiction is an insult to the
thousands of recovering addicts who are able to kick the habit without
methadone and who are now drug-free.
NICHOLAS A. PACE, M.D. New York, Oct. 2, 1998