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"chronically _ which_ of courses is one reason they produce so
many serious adverse side effects.
30, Since all drugs used to treat glaucoma have_ as
both Keith Green and Dr. Spaeth acknowledge, many unintended
and undesirable effects, the obvious question is how do the
known adverse effects of drugs now accepted as _safe" for use
in the treatment of glaucoma compare to the known (rather than
imagined) side effects produced by marijuana?
31. Unlike Keith Green and Dr. Spaeth, _ have the
benefit of actual experience with marijuana's use in humans. I
have conducted research on and treated human glaucoma patients
with marijuana° As a _esult of my studies and experiences I
was tSe first physician to report that_ when improperly smokeds
_ marijuana can trigger an abrupt reduction in blood pressure.
This can" lead to fainting spells. WhAle not clinically serious
this could be a contemn particularly since older patients
might suffer injury as the result of a fall.
32. Greene An particular, cites this response and
suggests it is one reason marijuana should not be considered
...... "safe. _ _ dlsagree. First, this abrupt hypo_en_ive response
occu=red only in very few patients (less than 15% of marijuana-
naive subjects (Merritt, Cooker Davls, 1982) and was triggerea
by improper techniques o_ inhalation. SE_cond, patients allowed
to smoke marijuana at their own pace through pipe delivery
systems over 5_10 months (in effects self-titrating the dose)
do not appear to encounter this problem. Quiet sitting the
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