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The Science Of Marijuana – A PBS Documentary

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Montana PBS’s new documentary, Clearing the Smoke, reveals how cannabis acts on the brain and in the body to treat nausea, pain, epilepsy and potentially even cancer.

Extensive interviews with patients, doctors, researchers and skeptics detail the promises and the limitations of medicinal cannabis. Even though the video has an American perspective, marijuana use is illegal throughout many countries of the world for reasons that are not clear.

This video is important because it mainly investigates the scientific basis underlying the medical benefits of marijuana use instead of focusing on the social, political and legal hysteria that have been attached to it.

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  • Seth Green

    my name is Seth Green i live in Bluff City, Tennessee and i would like
    to address an issue i have an that is Medical Marijuana being legal in
    the
    state of Tennessee. Im 22 years old i have Cerebral Palsy on my right
    side as well as seizures artistes in my back. I have been in an out of
    the hospital since i was born, the doctors that i have talked to said
    that they would try an help get me the best heath care out there.
    Unfortunately they have not, They will not give me any pain medications
    under the new law. I went to a Pain Management in my local city, they
    said that they would do steroids shot in my back. I did research on the
    matter an i believe that 6 people has died by giving steroid shot, I do
    not want to take them because of the risk. I would like for you to think
    about this an address this with people that can help because my family doctor said to go ahead and smoke even thou
    its illegal. Marijuana honestly help my cerebral palsy and my pain
    issues an with the pain im having is causing me to have seizures more an
    more and i honestly can not take the pain much longer i hate breaking
    the law, but i do not want to live in pain. I would like to reduce the
    pain the best i can. When the doctors will not give me the pain
    medications that i need or the nerve medications that cerebral palsy need…. i have to find something to help an Marijuana is
    helping its my only option. It shows in studies that marijuana help arthritis as well my
    seizures. Do not know where else to turn, and i am hoping that there
    will be a bill put in place in Tennessee where Medical Marijuana will be
    legal for people in my situation. Thank you for your time. P.S can you
    help get my story out front so it could be heard. Thank you for your time

  • moldy

    Good catch on the Ryan pix, nazis stick together.

  • moldy

    That Doc Voth is an shrill for big pharma… farily obvious isn’t it?

  • People can say what they will…thanks to cannabis, I no longer need 60mgs. of methadone, and 40 mgs of hydrocodone to manage cronic pain resulting from a botched fusion of c3-c7. I feel so much better and now have far more good days than bad ones. Legalize…and allow all to benefit from this wonder medicine!!

  • If you need ammunition try searching “endocannabinoid NIH”

    There are more endocannabinoid receptors in the body than any other receptor type.

    The endocannabinoid system is a major regulator in the body implicated in almost all diseases including cancer.

    Medical Marijuana prohibition is a crime against humanity and a violation of the religious precept – heal the sick.

  • DavidTheExpert

    WHY IS THIS IN ALL CAPS, GUY?

    YOU MAY HAVE A GOOD POINT, BUT YOU LOOK LIKE A LUNATIC WITH YOUR ALL CAPS.

  • Johnny Bloomington

    Good Doc but its not new Johnny.

  • wowFAD

    This was a great documentary. Make sure flash player is updated; I had some audio sync issues. I had more issues with the ominous picture of Paul Ryan in the background of the interview with the prohibitionist doctor, Dr Voth. This documentary finally helped me understand how, at the cellular level, cannabinoids cause cancerous cells to commit suicide.

  • AL

    “FOR REASONS THAT ARE NOT CLEAR” , PLEASE ALLOW ME TO CLEAR THAT UP FOR YOU , WEED IS ILLEGAL ALL OVER THE WORLD BECOUSE OF THE PRESSURE (THRU AIDE AND SANCTIONS) THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT PUTS ON FOREIGNE GOVERNMENTS TO KEEP MEDICINE OUT OF THE MARKETS THAT IT WILL DOMINATE IN SHORT ORDER ONCE THE SCIENCE CAN BE APPLIED , BIG OIL AND PHARMA KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE AND SPEND BILLIONS TO KEEP WEED AND ITS MILLIONS OF DIRITIVES (NATURAL , NO TO LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT) FROM FLOODING THE MARKETS WITH VIABLE ,LESS INTRUSIVE ALTERNATIVES TO TODAYS HORMONE LACED GARBAGE PERMEATING ALL ASPECTS OF OUR FOOD AND WATER ECO-SYSTEMS