You can find the only legally grown marijuana crop in the nation at the University of Mississippi. It's legal, but still very controversial. So far, over 77,000 samples have been prepared by the School of Pharmacy there. Those who use the sample are under constant surveillance by the Drug Enforcement Agency. But no one is smoking it or taking it in pill form.
Scientists at Ole Miss have developed a marijuana patch that is placed just above the gum line. Dr. Mahmoud Elsohly said, "So we're not really introducing anything strange to the body. We are just having to make it so that we'll make it possible to be absorbed through the mucus." "In addition to pain, it includes things like reducing the intraocular pressure; therefore, it would be good for glaucoma, would be good for alleviating the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, would also be good for appetite stimulation."
Dr. Elsohly says he is not in favor of legalizing marijuana because he doesn't believe it should be smoked. But he does see the potential in good medicine coming from that plant. The hope is that a marijuana patch could someday help patients overcome any problems associated with taking the drug in pill form.
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