Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Times Change; Attitudes Don't

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Times Change; Attitudes Don't

Article excerpt

AS times change and the world moves on, new technologies become available.

Medical procedures develop new cures and new strains of chemical compounds create wonder drugs helping combat viruses, mental disease and pain that have never before been managed or cured before. Yet as we evolve, old beliefs and prejudices still remain.

When people hear the word steroids, do they automatically associate muscled-up guys destroying their internal bodies in the effort to have a great external look or do they think of all the medications in which steroids are the main active ingredient that help sufferers with a range of problems like fissures or haemorrhoids and other skin disorders?

When people hear the term poppy plant, do they immediately associate this with heroin or medical products like morphine or codeine?

When people hear the word amphetamines, do they automatically think of speed or the cough and cold medicines available over the counter?

One thing is for certain - when people hear the word marijuana, they only think of one thing: illegal drug.

The general public never associates cannabis and medicine as having anything remotely to do with one another; yet the benefits for sufferers with conditions like MS, spinal cord injuries, neuro-orthopedic disorders, cancer, Tourette's syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder are quite well documented.

Cannabis is not without its risks, just the same as every medicine currently AMA-approved. …

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