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Government Should Allow all Medical Marijuana Patients Legal and Safe Access PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 January 2007
picture of a retina
Another study, recently published in an ophthalmology journal, has found that THC lowers intraocular pressure and increases blood circulation in the retina. Eight healthy German medical doctors experimented on themselves by orally ingesting 7.5 mg of THC. Two hours later their intraocular pressure dropped from 13.2 mm HG to 11.8 mm Hg. Blood circulation time in the retina decreased from 1.77 seconds to 1.57 seconds, without altering their blood pressure or heart rate.
Though this sounds new it has been known for a long time that marijuana lowers intraocular pressure. The first person to ever receive rolled marijuana cigarettes from the government’s Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program (IND) was Robert Randall. He and his doctor proved to the courts in 1976 that he would go blind if we weren’t allowed to use marijuana. Two years later, the government started delivering it to him free of charge till the end of his days in 2001.

Elvy Musikka, one of the seven patients left in the IND program, also suffers from glaucoma. She has been receiving medical marijuana free of charge from the government since 1988 and says her vision has improved due to the steady supply.

We don’t really need any more studies about this, what we need is for the government to get over its hypocrisy and allow all medical marijuana patients legal and safe access.


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 January 2007 )
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