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....... 43. Like every oncologist I know, _ have had patients who
used marijuanas with great success8 to prevent or diminish the
severity of nausea and vomiting they encounter following chemo-
therapy. These patients obtain marijuana from non-medical
sources. In the vast majority of cases_ physicians are fully
aware of what the patient is doing. While physicians may be
concerned by questions of legality and medical controls, they
almost universally support such actions.
44. In my experience, chemotherapy patients, who report
smoking marijuana, vomit less and eat better than patients who
do not smoke. By gaining control over severe nausea and
vomiting, these patients also undergo a change of mood and have
a better mental outlook than patients who are unable to gain _
control over nausea and vomiting through the use of standard
45. In my experience, both as a oncologic researcher and
as a practicing physician, marijuana has proved itself to be an
extremely safe, highly effective anti-emetic agent.
46° When compared with the other, highly toxic chemical
substances routinely prescribed to cancer patients, marijuana
is clearly "safe" for use under medical supervision.
47. _n all of my experlence_ ! have only encountered one
episode where marijuana produced a noticeable adverse effect.
In this instance, a woman on her way to treatment =- and
already extremely anxious over her chemotherapy -- smoked some
marijuana, which she had illegally obtained, while on her way
to the hospital. By the time this woman arrived at the
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