Marijuana as a treatment has not been considered by may doctors due to political factors. Which, ridiculous as it sounds, is like a scientist shunning a particular chemical system in the body for reasons that have nothing to do with science.
Yesterday's New York Times featured a personal Op-Ed by Benjamin Nugent, a young man inappropriately diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder. Only years later did it become obvious to him that he was misdiagnosed and that the DSM IV criteria for this high functioning autism spectrum disorder are far too broad and overinclusive to be fair to children like him.
Stronger than any pill, art has the power to transmute personal pain into mastery over the past. This idea became intensely clear when I entered a huge cordoned-off square in the second floor atrium at the Museum of Modern Art to join performance artist Marina Abramović. Together, we became a single, living work of art.
"Ahhhhhhhhh!" they screamed, three voices as one.
Mildly startled by this collective shriek reverberating up the stairwell, I was not scared by the noise, followed by laughter, from the lower gallery. Only moments earlier I emitted my own eructation, albeit an octave lower and followed by limbic profanity along the lines of "What the f---?!"
Have you ever found yourself regretting, at least playfully, a recent vacation not because of such obvious pitfalls as jet lag and Montezuma's Revenge, but because of the inevitable pain you experience with 're-entry' into your usual life?