High Society – Docs, Pharmacopias & Health Canada’s Bunkweed

DML interviews Rielle Capler of the BC Compassion Club about the Canadian Medical Association’s view on cannabis, and about Health Canada’s lame-ass chemmy mineshaft bunkweed.
CPAC Clip from CMA meeting last month.

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“I looked through the compendium of pharmaceuticals – it has some 1900 pages in it with indications, contra-indications, pharmacology, adverse effects, recommended dosages – and you know, I couldn’t find marijuana in there!”
-Dr. Elliot Halparin, Canadian Medical Association Annual Meeting, Aug. 19th, 2003

Here’s a few things I dug up after hearing that quote:

“Parke-Davis organized the first industrial pharmaceutical library in the United States in the mid-1880’s. Emphasis at that time was on information concerning herbs and medicinal plants. A feature of the library was the Herbarium … an outstanding collection of dried herbs from all parts of the world…”
-Parke-Davis, “Parke-Davis at 100”, 1966

“Cannabis: …narcotic, anodyne, and antispasmodic in large doses, producing intoxication with mental exaltation. It is used in chronic spasmodic affections, such as asthma, whooping-cough, paralysis agitans, migraine, etc. … Cannabism: A morbid state produced by misuse of cannabis.”
-The American Illustrated Medical Dictionary, W.B. Saunders & Company, 1903 (Cannabene, Cannabin, Cannabindon, Cannabinol, Cannabinone & Cannabitetanin also listed)

“Cannabis Indica: …Hypnotic; Diuretic; Intoxicant; Anodyne; Nervine; Sudorific; Aphrodisiac … Uses: Headache … anorexia … rheumatism, gout, chorea, hysteria, mental depression, delirium tremens, uterine hemorrhage etc.”
-Merck Index, 3rd ed., 1907, “Cannabis” (Cannabin Merck, Cannabindon, Cannabine Merck, Cannabine Tannate Merck, Cannabinine, Cannabinon Merck and Cannabis Seed also listed. The Merck Index, 4th ed. 1930 had the same listing without the Cannabindon or Cannabis Seed)

“Cannabis indica is one of the most extraordinary drugs in the pharmacopia. Small doses of it are capable of producing severe and even alarming symptoms; yet, so far as we know, no case of death from an overdose of it has been reported. … Perhaps it’s most extraordinary effect is the sensation of prolongation of time which it produces.”
-The National Standard Dispensatory, Third edition, 1916, “Cannabis”

“…acts like opium and is used to relieve pain and to produce sleep as a substitute for morphine, in neuralgia, painful menstruation, chorea, hysteria, etc. … Preparations made from plants grown in warm climates are usually better. … When cannabis indica is taken in large doses, or when it is smoked, it usually produces a characteristic state of pleasure and exhilaration which accounts for it’s frequent use as an intoxicant.”
-Textbook of Materia Medica, 5th ed., MacMillan Company, 1932

“It first produces excitement with hallucinations, a feeling of happiness and indifference to surroundings … in the east the hemp is smoked and almost immediately produces symptoms of pleasureable excitement, followed by depression and lethargy.”
-British Pharmaceutical Codex, The Pharmaceutical Press, 1934 (Cannabinae Tannas & Cannabinonum also listed)

Cannabis: “Hipnotic; Analgesic; Sedative”
-Merck Manual, 7th edition, 1940

“…a particular delirium which is accompanied with exaltation of the imaginative function not infrequently with hallucination and later by a remarkable loss of the sense of time. … Cannabis has been used in medicine to relieve pain, to encourage sleep, and to soothe restlessness. … in some persons it appears to produce a euphoria and will often relieve migranic headaches.”
-The United States Dispensatory, Osol-Farrar, 24th ed., 1947

“Smoking Marijuana produces a mild state of intoxication which is popular among maladjusted adolescents. … No tolerance is developed and there is no abstinence syndrome in the case of marijuana.”
-Merck Manual, 8th edition, 1950

“An unreliable euphoriant which may lead to habituation and has no rational use in modern medicine.”
-Merck Index, 6th ed., 1952 “Cannabis” (Cannabidiol, Cannabin Hashish & Cannabinol also listed)

“Formerly as analgesic and sedative … a dose of 120 mg. or more, ingested or inhaled as smoke, may cause euphoria, delirium, hallucinations, weakness, hyporeflexia, drowsiness. Overdoses may cause coma and death. Prolonged use may produce mental deterioration and habituation.”
-Merck Index, 7th ed., 1960 (Cannabidiol, Cannabin Hashish and Cannabinol also listed – ibid Merck Index, 8th ed. 1968)

“Many of the psychological effects seem related to the setting in which the drug is taken.”
-Merck Manual, 12th ed., 1972

“When ingested or inhaled as smoke, may cause euphoria, delirium, hallucinations, weakness, hyporeflexia, drowsiness.”
-Merck Index, 9th ed, 1976, “Cannabis” (Cannabidiol, Cannabinol, Hashish & Tetrahydrocannabinols also listed)

“In general, there is a feeling of well-being, exaltation, excitement, and inner-joyousness that has been termed a “high”.
-Merck Manual, 13th ed., 1977

“…physical dependance has not been demonstrated. … Cannabis was formerly employed as a sedative or narcotic. It is now rarely used as a therapeutic agent.”
Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 27th ed., The Pharmaceutical Press, 1977

“An occasional panic reaction has occured, particularly in naive users, but these have become unusual as the culture has gained increasing familiarity with the drug.”
-Merck Manual, 14th ed., 1982

“…the chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not a toxicological, foundation.”
-Merck Manual, 15th ed., 1987

“…there is still little evidence of biological damage, even among relatively heavy users.”
-Merck Manual, 16th ed., 1992

“There is controversy over the effects of marijuana. This substance has dose-related effects on mood, perception and psychomotor coordination….may be useful in the acute treatment of of glaucoma and in the control of the severe nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy.”
-Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 18th ed., 1997

“Caution: Acute intoxication is frequently due to recreational use by ingestion or by inhilation of smoke. Various psychic responses have been described: impairment of attention and cognitive and psychomotor performance; euphoria, restlessness, confusion, disorientation, delirium, visual and auditory hallucinations, mood changes, drowsiness, dysphoria. In rare cases, elaborate paranoid delusions and severe emotional depression has persisted for days after acute intoxication. …may be a cause of lung cancer. … May be habit forming.”
-Merck Index, 13th ed., 2001, “Cannabis” (Cannabidiol, Cannabinol, Hashish & Tetrahydrocannabinols are also listed)

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