|Marijuana use may confer health benefits by lowering overall body temperature, according to Tod Mikuriya, MD. It has been observed by his office staff -and confirmed anecdotally by colleagues- that people seeking physician approval to medicate with cannabis usually register body temperatures markedly below 98.6. Just as lower calorie consumption is associated with greater longevity, lower temperature could confer an advantage by slowing down metabolism! (Sometimes "great ideas" are simple and obvious. For example, all history is the story of class struggle, and, in addition to the thoughts we're aware of, we have unconscious thoughts that can be glimpsed in dreams.) Mikuriya writes in the new O'Shaughnessy's:|
Hypothermia in the mouse is one of the "classic tetrad" of symptoms indicating activation of the cannabinoid system. The genesis of hypothermia requires further study. The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission observed that one of the reputed benefits was to help laborers tolerate the heat. Cannabis was described as used to cool the passions -in contrast with alcohol, which heated them.
There's many a pothead thinks their drug of choice makes them cooler than the general population. Wait till they find out how much cooler! O'Shaughnessy's is the journal of sorts that I produce for California's small but growing group of pro-cannabis doctors. It is not available by subscription, but a contribution of any amount to the CCRMG (California Cannabis Research Medical Group) will get you on the mailing list for Fall '05 and future issues. The CCRMG is a 501(c)3 non-profit; contributions are tax deductible. It was founded in 1999 by Mikuriya, whose pioneering clinical research has been rewarded by the Medical Board of California with a $75,000 fine (to pay for the cost of his own prosecution; the liberal equivalent of being made to dig your own grave). The CCRMG is not supported by a generous grant from MPP, Green Aid, DPA and other reform bureaucracies. It is BY FAR the best way to support the medical marijuana movement (as opposed to the medical marijuana industry, which does not really need external support). Please send what you can to CCRMG, po box 9143, Berkeley CA 94709 But wait, there's more! If you order now, you'll also receive a never-before published transcript of the 1937 Congressional Hearing that led to the Prohibition of Marijuana, with commentary by your correspondent.