More than 15 million Americans are affected by asthma. Smoking cannabis (the raw drug as the AMA called it) would be beneficial for 80% of them and add 30-60 million person-years in the aggregate of extended life to current asthmatics over presently legal toxic medicines such as Theophylline prescribed to children.
Taking a hit of marijuana has been known to stop a full blown asthma attack. (Personal communication with Dr. Donald Tashkin, December 12, 1989, and December 1, 1997.) The use of cannabis for asthmatics goes back thousands of years in literature. American doctors of the last century wrote in medical papers that asthma sufferers of the world would bless Indian Hemp (cannabis) all their lives.
Today, of the 16 million American asthma sufferers, only Californians, with a doctors recommendation, can legally grow and use cannabis medicines, even though it is generally the most effective treatment for asthma.
(Tashkin, Dr. Donald, UCLA Pulmonary Studies (for smoked marijuana), 1969-92; Ibid., asthma studies, 1969-1976; Cohen, Sidney, & Stillman, Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana, 1976; Life Insurance Actuarial rates; Life shortening effects of childhood asthma, 1983.)
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