acts420: Your excessively belligerent approach to pontificating has provoked much of the pushback you have received on this thread.
I'm not sure what you're talking about.
Whereas I agree that this is not a scientific discussion that demands the kind of proof laconicstudent has asked of you, I do believe that simple politeness and the common desire to maintain peace on this thread place on you some burden to post the sources he's requesting. I encourage you to stop blowing him off and instead post some of the sources you say you've read on the medical benefits of cannabis.
Please be specific. I already cited a peer-reviewed scientific article, before you locked the thread, showing that the cannabinoids in cannabis have been used against diseased cells in medical experiments. And I made clear that more are to be find at the link I have already provided. I had provided a link to that article and more, but I kept on getting trolled to actually post a citation. So I clicked into my own link from page two of this thread, copied the citation, and pasted it here on page three for these people. How many more articles do I need go copy and paste to this page, from the link I gave on page two, in order to be "polite?"
Biro has for whatever reason asked me to provided specific articles from "The Lancet" and "the New England Journal of Medicine." laconicstudent has quoted his demand in one of his posts to me, and asked me to copy and paste relevant medical articles. Are you saying I must now take time off to find these journals, pour through them for articles related to cannabis, and post my findings for biro and laconicstudent? Or do you mean I must simply copy and paste more articles from the page I've already posted a link to? (I already copied and pasted one article from that page.) How many more articles do I need to cut and paste, exactly? Or do I just need to search for "cannabis" in pub med and copy and paste some articles from there to here?
That said, it's certainly within the prerogative of your audience to read more to verify your claims if they want to, just as the Bereans read the Scriptures to verify St. Paul's claims. However, it is still incumbent upon you to first make a convincing case for your point of view. You have resisted doing so, despite others' increasingly insistent demands that you substantiate your claims. I therefore think laconicstudent's request for sources reasonable and formally expect that, if you wish to rejoin this discussion, you will fulfill his request within the next 72 hours.
If I simply need to provide a peer-reviewed article found from searching pub med, then here is one I found after a quick search in pub med for "cannabis." "As a medical drug, marijuana should be available for patients who do not adequately respond to currently available therapies." Analysis of the medical use of marijuana and its societal implications
; Taylor HG; Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association (Washington,D.C.). 1998 Mar-Apr;38(2):220-7.
My assertion has been very simple. Cannabis healed me, others say it has healed them, and medical science has shown it can be used therapeutically. As far as my own disease and healing, all I can provide is my own testimony. For others, I cited an educational documentary video where others make similar claims by name on video record. I provided the testimony of a medical doctor regarding cannabis' medical benefits in the video I linked to in the original post. I cited a journal article anyone can read, even before this thread was locked, and cited a database where more such articles can be found. Now I've searched that database myself and posted another scientific, peer-reviewed journal article that anyone can read.
Is this enough yet? May I please talk freely here now about my experiences with the plants God created?
acts420's "advice" is to be taken as nothing more than the pontification of an anonymous Internet poster
Actually, I'm not anonymous. My website is posted under every post of mine, and there anyone can find my name and phone number in case he or she would like to speak to me. If anyone wants to meet me, he can feel free to give me a call and we can arrange a meeting. I live in San Francisco.
All: ... If the thread explodes once again into a burning mess of belligerent pontifications and demands for proof, however, it will be locked permanently and formal discipline may be meted out to make sure everyone understands that the kind of inflammatory dialogue I've seen here is inimical to the mission of the OC.net discussion forum and will not be tolerated.[/b][/color]
If you could list specific examples of my excessively belligerent behavior, I would appreciate it. Then I could attempt to conform myself to your principles and avoid your formal discipline. Please be careful though. There is a time when it is right and orthodox to respond to sarcasm with sarcasm. "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes." I only walked them through the links I posted as if they could not do so themselves, to the scientific article I already provided, after they repeatedly ignored it while continuing to request a peer-reviewed, scientific article again and again. I had provided it. They had ignored it. I told them they were ignoring it. They continued to ignore it and request articles like it. So I finally used some of their sarcasm back at them. I honestly don't know what else to do.
If the blind man that Christ healed told people how his disease had been removed, and if a bunch of Pharisees became belligerently upset because he mentioned the c-word, then I would be very careful before accusing that man of being excessively belligerent simply because of his zeal for the c-word. Wonderful medicines tend not only to make people thankful. Often they'll make those they've healed want to tell others about it, especially if they love their neighbors.
I used cannabis to heal myself of a disease that had been plaguing me for years and which my doctors could not heal. I have since found that many have similar experiences, and a large number of doctors acknowledge cannabis' medical benefits. If saying so makes me belligerent, then lock my discussions about cannabis. God have mercy on us.