The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

Re Med­i­cal Marijuana Is A Mi­rage (May 15): Mar­garet Wente is right: It is too late to do much about con­trol­ling marijuana pro­mo­tion and use as a cure-all. But why is this even an is­sue when pseudo-medicine prac­ti­tion­ers such as natur­opaths and home­opaths are pre­ferred by many over qual­i­fied physi­cians with six or more years of train­ing? Sudhir Jain Cal­gary

Mar­garet Wente fo­cuses on marijuana’s fa­mous eu­pho­ria-pro­duc­ing chem­i­cal THC. Of course the com­ing le­gal recre­ational mar­ket will sell strong THC weed, and peo­ple will buy it to get high, and make all kinds of un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims as to its health ben­e­fits.

The real med­i­cal ben­e­fits, how­ever, will be from the anti-in­flam­ma­tory, plant-de­rived CBD, which, in extracted form, will not pro­duce a di­rect “high,” but rather tar­geted ef­fects. As CBD’s po­ten­tial is stud­ied and max­i­mized in the com­ing years, scoffers from her gen­er­a­tion will thank their lucky stars for its avail­abil­ity in the twi­light of their lives. M.J. Martino Rose Bay, N.S.

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