Though it is known to be extremely damaging to the immune system, chemotherapy treatment is claimed by practitioners to benefit cancer and AIDS patients. But chemo has some other serious side effects too, including nausea. Marijuana is the best agent for control of nausea in cancer chemotherapy, according to Dr. Thomas Ungerleider, who headed Californias Marijuana for Cancer research program from 1979 to 1984. This is also true in AIDS and even in the unsettled stomach common in motion sickness.
Pharmaceutical nausea control drugs come in pills that are often swallowed by the patient only to be thrown back up. Because cannabis can be ingested as smoke, it stays in the system and keeps working even if vomiting continues.
Throughout Californias 10-year Compassionate Marijuana Medical law, George Deukmejian, both as attorney general and as governor, with no regard for the suffering of dying cancer patients, made it virtually impossible for them to get cannabis. California Governor Pete Wilson was following the same course until the medical marijuana initiative passed in November 1996.
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