December 1, 2003

Ugh

Spent the day sick as a dog yesterday. Funny thing is, I had just posted a comment on Steve's site telling him to get better soon (he's got the flu). My problem was gastrointestinal, of the 24 hour variety. Thank goodness for brief but intense illnesses.

It's pretty amazing how quickly you can go from feeling well to feeling like you want to die. Though I didn't get that bad this time, it made me think about people who have illnesses with no hope of recovery -- illnesses which drag on and make each day's goal just to hang on and deal with it. The healthy person has a variety of goals. When you feel crappy, getting up from the couch is a challenge. Someone explain to me why we prevent ill people fron getting marijuanna, if it would help them?

Posted by James at December 1, 2003 10:19 AM
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Why? Wait, maybe that was a rhetorical question, but do I ever let that stop me?

Because it's bad to feel good. It's even worse if there's something that can MAKE you feel good. Then everyone would want some, and then everyone would be feeling good. That's bad because... um...

You're not allowed to induce a good feeling (other than sex, and there are plenty who disapprove of that as well) even if the alternative is to feel like shit. And if you are smoking pot for chemo I doubt that you'll be feeling *good*, as such. Just better.

If you're a doctor and the DEA feels that you've been prescribing too much morphine, you'll get in trouble. But at least morphine is legal, even though it's very addictive. Marijuana, on the other hand, is not addictive and not legal. So I guess there is more to the mystery than just feeling good and there is certainly more to it than health issues.

So... all the above thoughts can summarize my answer to your rhetorical question as "duh, I dunno."

Posted by: julie at December 1, 2003 1:57 PM

Then we're both confused? I appreciate the company.

Really. People need to take the pole out of their asses.

Imagine if they had a THC gum that cancer patients could chew (so that they felt a little better and perhaps worked up an appetite). The only way anyone would produce such a thing would be if it became legal.

I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: James at December 1, 2003 2:06 PM

There are legal anti-nausea drugs that contain THC (or a synthetic version of it) for chemo patients. They are weak and not very effective. Their entertainment value is virtually nil. Unfortunately, their therapeutic value is not much better.

Posted by: julie at December 1, 2003 9:50 PM

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well. Hope you don't have another bout! :)

Posted by: Chuck S. at December 2, 2003 10:00 AM

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