Advice | August 11, 2016 9:00 am

Is Marijuana Still as Bad as Heroin? The DEA Says Yes.

Pot has 'no medical use,' apparently

Despite a “cascade of states moving to legalize medical marijuana,” the DEA will officially announce tomorrow that marijuana will remain a Schedule 1 drug — the categorization of substances defined as having “no currently accepted medical use,” and includes heroin, LSD and peyote. 

That means that pot is considered less medically useful than cocaine. Hey, it worked out great for Dr. Thackery, so — yay!

But the ruling has us wondering — what does THC have to do to get a little respect around here? Let’s take a look:

Cannabinoids … could potentially be useful in the treatment of glaucoma” — British Journal of Opthalmology

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain” — Salk Institute

Cannabis lifts Alzheimer’s appetites” — Meridian Institute for Aging

Cannabis might significantly slow the progression of ALS, potentially extending life expectancy and substantially reducing the overall burden of the disease” — American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Cannabis might have a place in the therapeutic armamentarium of Parkinson’s Disease” — Clinical Neuropharmacology

Cannabis ranked among the most effective [complementary and alternative] therapies [for Parkinson’s Disease patients]” — Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Cannabis may dampen the strength or emotional impact of traumatic memories” — Drug Testing and Analysis

Chemicals in marijuana “protect nervous system” against MS — Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology

Systemic Administration of [cannabidiol] Has a Dose-Dependent Therapeutic Effect on [collagen-induced arthritis]” — Journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

We could go on. And we will. 

We believe that HU-444 [a novel cannabidiol derivative] represents a potential novel drug for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases” — The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Marijuana stops child’s severe seizures” — CNN

Marijuana chemical shows promise for hard-to-treat epilepsy in kids” — HealthDay

Treatment [of Tourette’s syndrome] with THC should be taken into consideration” — Behavioral Neurology

Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts” — American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Decreased prevalence of diabetes in marijuana users” — BMJ Open

There’s plenty more

If it’s good enough for the president’s daughter, surely it’s good enough for all of us?