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.