Medical Marijuana: Snake Oil or Good Medicine

Sunday, May 13, 12:15 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd, Albuquerque

By Donna Lockridge, Ministry of Membership

Most of us only know marijuana – weed, grass, Mary-Jane –from back in the day when, in our “ill spent” youth, we might have had occasion to smoke it or perhaps had a “special” brownie or two.

But did you know that as early as 2737 BC Emperor Shen Neng of China was said to have prescribed Marijuana (Ma) tea for a variety of ailments?

While still illegal on the federal level, today, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for a variety of medical conditions.

Recently, an FDA advisory panel backed a cannabis-based drug as a treatment for kids with rare types of epilepsy. The drug is made from an oil called cannabidiol that doesn't get you “high.” Several parents testified to say that it helped cut down on their kids' seizures and improve their quality of life. The FDA will make the call later this year on whether to make it the first drug from a cannabis plant approved in the US.

What is the difference between recreational marijuana and medical marijuana?

How does it work? What varieties are there? What conditions is it used for? Is it safe?

All are invited to a presentation featuring Daniel Day and his partner Kirsten Billings as they answer these questions and provide information about the different forms of this controversial, very old but “new” adjunct to Western Medicine. You will also have an opportunity to hear from members of our own community how this “medicine” has helped them and the ones they love.

We will meet at in the Social Hall at 12:15 on Sunday, May 13, for what is sure to be a lively and enlightening conversation. Lunch will be served.

For more information contact Donna Lockridge at (505) 280-5210 or email at