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Why is medical marijuana more controversial than medical heroin?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by suntasticsunni, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. Why do people make such a huge fuss over medical marijuana but not medical heroin? I've even heard politicians (who should be educated a little bit on all issues like this) say that there are "better" alternatives than marijuana but they have worse side effects, the risk of physical addiction, and a risk of overdose. It can't just be that the people are ignorant .
  2. shadowsupernature

    shadowsupernature Senior Contributor

    I don't know of any legitimate uses for "medical heroin." However, heroin is an opiate and there are certainly plenty of those to go around in the medical field, along with their addictions. Methadone is an opiate used to get people off heroin, but it creates an even worse problem in that it is more addicting and much harder to kick than the heroin itself.

    Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states. Still against federal law, because federal government refuses to acknowledge that it has any medical purpose, despite a 5000 year history of safety and usefulness in many cultures around the world, including the US prior to it's being made illegal.

    People make a "huge fuss over" MMJ because the same government that made it illegal has done their best for the past 70 years to make people believe the propaganda they put out about the drug. Those that believe it are convinced of it's harm, while those who have tried it know better. Meanwhile, government agencies continue to haunt us with tales of mental midgets and couch potatoes, while at the same time preventing any meaningful research into potential benefits of the drug. In many cases, marijuana IS the better alternative to opiates. Opiates can be prescribed by a doctor, and pharmaceutical companies continue to profit from them. Big pharma sees no profit in marijuana since it's a weed and anyone can grow it. Their job has become to support continued prohibition, meanwhile working on isolating various compounds from the plant. There have already been a number of patents applied for and/or issued for various cannabinoids. Marinol, a licensed FDA drug, is synthetic THC. It amazes me how they can call a synthetic version of a natural plant component a legal and effective remedy, but the plant itself remains illegal.
    It's a crazy world we live in, but more and more it seems marijuana is becoming more mainstream and I can only hope government comes to it's senses and repeals this prohibition. It didn't work for alcohol, and guess what? It still doesn't work.
  3. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    to all the people who say there is no such thing as medical heroin are horribly mistakened. heroin is used in the medical field in things such as epidurals or severe pain but they dont call it heroin they call it "diamorphine"

    and the reason why medical marijuana is more controversial than medical heroin or oher drugs for that matter requires a long and complex explanation, but in a word : money
  4. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    There is no such thing as medical heroin, although morphine is close. The 10th amendment makes federal drug laws illegal. Ever wonder why we needed a Constitutional Amendment to make alcohol illegal but not other drugs? Medicinal marijuana is illegal because it replaces many drugs that make a LOT of money. Visit and write your representative.
  5. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    I think that its due to the fact that most people don't even know that there is a medical form of heroine! And yeah people are ignorant too!
  6. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    I think he herion would be used to help people get off of addiction. I have never heard of it but if it is used to ease a person during a detox it is the only alternative. MJ is not used to ease a person of of an addiction but it's use can be addictive.
  7. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Eh, medical heroin? Where the heck can heroin be used as a part of therapy? What for? o_O This is the very first time I hear about this. Are you sure you didn't read something and mistaken what you read and thought they were somehow referring to using heroin for medical purposes? Because so far I have never heard of such a thing. I'm almost certain you misread something online.

    But I have heard they use small doses of heroine to help people with opiod addiction... but never outside those settings. guess it could be used for pain, but what doctor would prescribe that?!?
  8. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Diamorphine is the proper name for medical heroin and yes, it IS used medicinally. Diamorphine is a derivative of morphine which comes from heroin (or more specifically, opium poppies). Diamorphine is basically legal heroin which is used medicinally and is actually a lot safer when not contaminated with all the crap that's mixed with it on the streets.
  9. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    It is actually my first time to read about medical heroin. Maybe one reason is that marijuana is now being more accepted in some areas and some even made it legal. That made it more controversial than the other.
  10. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    Some more information on medical heroin: diamorphine is an opioid analgesic. It was first synthesized in 1874 by CR Alder Wright. When administered intravenously, diamorphine is two-to-four times more powerful than morphine.

    Here's some information from Wikipedia about the medicinal uses of diamorphine/heroin:

    "diacetylmorphine is used as both a legal, medically prescribed drug (e.g., as an analgesic, cough suppressant and as an anti-diarrhea drug) and a recreational drug, in which case the user is seeking euphoria."


    "It is also available for prescription to long-term users as a form of opioid replacement therapy in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Denmark, alongside psycho-social care—in the same manner that methadone or buprenorphine are used in the United States and Canada"
  11. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Diamorphine and, of course, methadone will never be frowned upon inthe same way as medical marijuana. Why? because they make the drug companies a pretty packet, that's why. Nobody's going to make any money from medical marijuana and so it remains illegal.

    We all know that opiates destroy far more lives than marijuana ever will yet they still remain acceptable.
  12. Rory

    Rory Active Contributor

    Wow, this is my first time hearing about medical heroin. Based on my knowledge, medical marijuana is essentially the exact same thing as regular marijuana. The only thing that makes it medical is how it is used. Is medical heroin any different from "street" heroin?
  13. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    That's not quite accurate. Medicinal marijuana is intentionally grown to have higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC. CBD counteracts the effects of THC, thereby eliminating much of the high which is given by street marijuana. Additionally, medicinal heroin when in pure form is white. Heroin on the streets is brown due to all the other substances it's contaminated with.
  14. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I really didn't know that there is such thing as medical heroin. This is actually the first time I have heard of this one. Anyway, I am an advocate of medical marijuana, and if there is medical heroin, I would also be in favor of it. As long as these substances are being put into good use, I would never disagree with it being implemented.
  15. Rory

    Rory Active Contributor

    Thanks for the information! Seeing as drugs that many people use to get high, like prescription medicine, have medical roots, I suppose it would make sense that street drugs are just impure forms of something that could be used in a medical context.
  16. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well I am not sure that medical heroin has ever been used do to its addictive properties. Medical morphine of course is used widely as a pain killer and it is especially helpful with cancer patients. Medical marijuana of course, does not have nearly the sinister reputation that heroin does and is frequently used with those suffering from a wide variety of conditions. I think that it is something that can really benefit individuals.
  17. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I know about morphine, which is a close relative of heroin, but as far as u know, there is no medical heroin out there. Heroin is a highly addictive dangerous substance and I doubt there would ever be a medical purpose for it.