Patients Out of Time
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For thousands of years, cannabis has been used as a medicine by cultures across the world. Physicians in the United States regularly prescribed cannabis formulations before the plant was severely restricted by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This law, opposed by the American Medical Association, effectively ended the medicinal use of cannabis, despite having no grounds in science.
While the history of medicinal cannabis is well known, it is only recently that modern science has uncovered the underlying therapeutic mechanisms. It has been discovered that the major compounds in cannabis have significant neuroprotective, cardioprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, the discovery of the endocannabinoid system by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam has instigated thousands of studies into how this natural chemical messaging system maintains homeostasis and works with cannabis to promote healing. The results have been nothing short of astounding.
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Mary Lynn Mathre, President & Cofounder
Patients Out of Time is a non-profit 501c3 corporation of the Commonwealth of Virginia that works to educate all disciplines of health care professionals; their specialty and professional organizations; the legal profession; and the public at large, about medical cannabis (marijuana).
Prior to the “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937,” marijuana was widely used by medical doctors in the United States for a variety of physical and emotional ailments. The U.S. government began a litany of “reefer madness” propaganda and police actions that are with us today. Coupled with the bureaucratic demands of the tax act, the practice of physicians prescribing cannabis for therapeutic purposes in such an environment became subject to great scrutiny and therefore unwise. Cannabis’s therapeutic value was no longer taught in medical schools; it vanished from the pharmacopoeia of the U.S.; it became outlawed.
Patients Out of Time focuses its power on re-instituting cannabis as a legitimate medicine for use within the United States. Cannabis, under modern research protocols, has been found to be effective in reducing intraocular pressure in glaucoma, reducing nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, stimulating the appetite for persons living with AIDS and suffering from wasting syndrome, controlling spasticity associated with spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis, reduction in the intensity of chronic pain, assisting with treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, controlling seizures associated with seizure disorders, and other conditions.
Patients Out of Time seeks people who are members of professional health care organizations or other social/professional organizations who are willing to take the lead in urging their organizations to formally support patient access to therapeutic cannabis. Patients Out of Time will assist in providing educational tools and/or speakers in such efforts.
Patients Out of Time gratefully accepts any donations to help in its efforts towards making marijuana legally accessible to those who medically need it. You can support our efforts by becoming a member of Patients Out of Time. Here’s how.
Patients Out of Time has no other interest, nor does the organization have any opinion, stated or unstated, about any issue other than therapeutic cannabis. All educating, lobbying, communication or any other endeavor of Patients Out of Time is limited to the sole subject Marijuana as Medicine.