July #125 : Buzz Kill - by Kellee Terrell

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Barely Legal

Speaking of Sex...

La Cage Air Force


Mouthing Off

Skeleton Key

Sneak Previews

The Big Queasy

Measurements, Please

Mass Coverage

Converse All Star

Trainer’s Bench-July 2006

Get Back

The Hunger

Preaching to the Seroconverted

Dead Men Walking

Meth Madness

Buzz Kill

Accounting 101

Kindle Kids

The Keys to Uganda

Under the Counter

Positive Bling

Editor's Letter-July 2006

Mailbox-July 2006

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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July 2006

Buzz Kill

by Kellee Terrell

The FDA sends medical marijuana up in smoke

In April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decreed that smoking marijuana, which many people with HIV use to fight weight loss, nausea and neuropathy, was medically useless. Medical marijuana is legal in 11 states, but FDA spokeswoman Susan Bro says, “There is no data proving that smoked marijuana has a value in treating any medical condition.” This contradicts a 1999 finding by the National Academy of Sciences, which claimed pot was “moderately well suited” for such treatments.

Hilary McQuie of the Harm Reduction Coalition says, “[The FDA] didn’t use any new data, and they also gave approval to test a new marijuana spray [Sativex]. It’s contradictory.” McQuie believes the FDA’s stance is tied to pharmaceutical companies’ agenda of pushing their own smokeless remedies. “This administration has a puritanical, antipleasure agenda. [Drug companies] want people to [use their products] and not grow marijuana,” she says. States make the ultimate decision. So don’t hock your heat lamp yet.              

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