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More pharma drugs for play, but marijuana still illegal

Posted by direwolff on September 8, 2006

It’s been nearly two years since my “Cialis, Viagra, Levitra…oh hey!” blog post where I railed against the policies towards pharmaceutical drugs versus the negative attention given to marijuana, which is by comparison to most pharma drugs (as well as alcohol & tobacco), rather docile. Well, it gets better, as it now appears that U.S. researchers have found a new (beware of the word “new” in our country’s vocabulary given that it generally gets bandied around for not very new things at all, much like the word “god” is bandied around for not very godly acts) drug (read “a non-natural pharma derived drug”) that helps men with premature ejaculation.

Here’s an interesting excerpt from the linked article:

Dapoxetine belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are widely prescribed for depression and include such brand names as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. Dapoxetine was specifically developed for premature ejaculation, based on a side-effect of delayed ejaculation associated with its longer-acting SSRI cousins.

By the way, MDMA (aka. ecstasy) was also an anti-depressant and good luck getting a hard-on much less ejaculating after having some that, but I don’t hear that getting called out as a solution for premature ejaculation. A cousin of Prozac eh?! Well, I guess that means the Eli Lilly folks have to be throwing a big party over this one, who would have thought of this externality for Prozac. Nice.

Here’s another quote in the article that caught my attention:

While some men may not be too bothered by the condition, he said, “for other people with premature ejaculation, it’s devastating. It has effects that go beyond just the bedroom and it affects their self-confidence and self-esteem.”

Once again, self-esteem issues in men merit pharmaceutical attention, but terminally ill patients who seek some relief from their sure death predicaments and chemotherapy, who strive for a better remainder to their life by indulging in marijuana, merit the derogatory treatment and heavy handedness of the law to come down on them like criminals. Even some dear friends of mine that have had a brush with cancer have explained the tremendous relief they experienced from this natural plant’s soothing effects to counter the constant need to vomit induced by the chemo drugs. Yeah, I’m a little bitter because I’m flabbergasted by the myths and vilification we allow our government and impacted industries (read pharma, tobacco, alcohol, oil, and cotton) to get away with in the name of their greater profits and at the expense of our people. The so-called “War on Drugs” has been a costly one to taxpayers and yet another offense in the name of the myths of the system we live under. Sad. I’m reminded of Iron Eyes Cody’s sign-off image in a ’70s pollution commercial..

OK, enough blabbing, ranting and generally soap-boxing to myself, and back to work…

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