Cannabis Legally grown and provided in daily smoked dosages

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is a treatment for pain and other symptoms of many diseases; its medical use goes back some 5,000 years. Sometimes cannabis can halt the development of a condition. It is medicine with a safe and effective dosage demonstrated by United States government research. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides by prescription a standard dose of smoked cannabis to patients in the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program. This is about two ounces per week — a half-pound per month — mailed in canisters of 300 pre-rolled cigarettes consumed at a rate of 10 or more per day.

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

— DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young

Docket No. 86-22.1988.

This long-term dosage has proven to be safe and effective, with no unacceptable side effects. As seen below in Table 1, from the Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics,

Table 1: Chronic cannabis IND* patient demographics

* The Investigational New Drug (IND) program is overseen by National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA Patient Age / Qualifying IND Approval / Daily Cannabis / Current Status

Gender Condition Cannabis Usage THC Content

Table 1: Chronic cannabis IND* patient demographics

* The Investigational New Drug (IND) program is overseen by National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA Patient Age / Qualifying IND Approval / Daily Cannabis / Current Status

Gender Condition Cannabis Usage THC Content

A

62 F

3.80%

Disabled operator / singer / activist / vision stable

B

52 M

3.75%

Disabled laborer / factotum / ambulatory

C

48 M

Multiple 1982 Congenital 26 years Cartilaginous Exostoses

2.75%

Full time stockbroker / disabled sailor / ambulatory

D

45 F

Multiple Sclerosis

3.5%

Disabled clothier / visual impairment / ambulatory aids

Source: Russo, Mathre, Byrne, Velin, Bach, Sanchez-Ramos and Kirlin. Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, Vol. 2(1) 2002. p. 9

This six-inch diameter canister held 254.89 grams, about nine ounces, of federal medical marijuana for an IND patient. This is a typical monthly supply mailed from the federal cannabis research garden in Oxford, Mississippi.

the annual dose comes to between 5.6 and 7.23 pounds of cannabis. The documented federal single patient dosage averages 8.24 grams per day — that's more than 1/4 ounce per day, two ounces per week or 6.63 pounds smoked per year.

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